When I started playing miniature games the first things I got into was boardgames with miniatures. Hero Quest at first and later I got into stuff like Space Fleet, Blood Bowl, Space Hulk and such and when I eventually crossed over to tabletop gaming my love fell on Space Marine (the 2nd edition of Epic 40K).
For many years I was entirely satisfied with gaming boardgames and Epic. But as years went by the people I was gaming with lost interest or we lost contact. I was still interested in miniatures but for many years I did not actively seek out other people to play with.
At that point I decided to buy myself some 40K miniatures, since it seemed like they would be more fun to paint than Epic miniatures. I decided to paint them as Blood Angels (previous I had been painting my Epic marines as Dark Angels).
It was the time of 40K 2nd edition, but already then I was more in love with the older miniatures that I remembered seeing at the gaming store in my childhood. So I was trying to get as many of the beaky 2nd edition marines I could find in the stores. It was the 90s and the wonders of the internet had still to bloom in full.
Eventually I discovered Ebay and dumped my 2nd edition army, started collecting Rogue Trader marines and (almost) never looked back.
Right now I am on my third Blood Angels army and this time around I am generally satisfied with the direction it is going and even though I now and then update a bit on the paint job I think it is painted to an OK tabletop quality for gaming.
My painted forces so far...
Librarian, Lieutenant, Inquisitor, Gyrinx and Astropath.
Psyker and Tactical Marines.
More Tactical Marines.
Closer look of the Assault Marines.
Even more Marines.
More Terminators and powerglowed Marine.
Army shot including assembled and unpainted Marines.
I really do have a lot more Marines, but some are either painted in my old (and ugly) style or still await to be assembled, stripped or prepared for painting. In the years I have collected Space Marines I have managed to get almost all the Rogue Trader Marines and by now I am only missing the last few pieces to complete my collection.
I will probably never get around to finish painting everything in my collection, but no matter what game or genre I currently play it always seem that I end back with Space Marines and Rogue Trader stuff....