I've always loved army men. Then one day I discovered miniatures. my father took me to a hobby shop, and I fell in love with Games Workshop Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game. Eventually, I liked guns again, and went back to army men, until they weren't specific enough for me and I wanted World War II army men. So I searched and searched and the cheapest miniatures that weren't too tiny to me were 15mm/1/100. So I decided to buy a bunch of 1/100/15mm minis from Battlefront/Flames of War. I went to Brookhurst Hobbies I bought some Germans and some Americans. The next year I bought some Russians and more Americans. The next year I bought some Finnish, some British and even more Americans. All three times I bought Axis and Allies armor. I mainly used these for "set ups." I would set them up and leave them. Eventually I developed my own wargame, but then scrapped it once I realized that Call of Duty 3 wasn't the best source for weapon stats. So I went back to "set ups." I then realized that in order to do good dioramas, I needed to paint my minis. 15mm minis didn't look like the easiest to paint, so I moved up a size. I went back to Brookhurst and bought some Esci 1/72s. I got some Americans, some Germans, some British and some French. I planned to paint these but never got the time. After looking at plasticsoldierreview.com, I realized that my French were actually pre World War I Foreign Legionaries. Discouraged from miniatures, I decided to take a break. My interests in drumming and Xbox took some chunks out of my spending budget, and I still don't have any money. Eventually, I went back to miniature and developed a second wargame for use with my 1/72s. It was the best I made, and pretty fun, but I had moved on from World War II. I am now interested in Modern miniatures in 20-25mm scales. The scales I'm looking at are 1/76, 20mm, 1/72 and 25mm. I've also got a few 28mm science fiction minis from heroscape and the first hobby shop (not Brookhurst).