I started playing Battletech back when it was brand new, and fell in love with the concept immediately. I've always loved armored vehicles, and spent 12 years in the US Army as an M1-A1 tank crewman, the last six of which I was a commander...so naturally, a game with big walking tanks was appealing. I've followed CBT off an on through the past 20 years or so when I had time, and found that I enjoyed painting miniatures as much as I did playing the game. I started out by painting minis for myself and my friends, then branched out into doing some contract work about four years ago, what with access to the internet and Ebay. I don't get to play often, but since I just enjoy painting the minis and don't really collect them, I still get what I want. My wife and daughter are very understanding and supportive of my hobby, for which I am extremely thankful.