I have two armies at the moment but have collected 3 over the years.
Space Marines: My first army, painted terribly black and boltgun metal to makes them into "Night Marines". I chose them because I was young, thought they looked cool and eventually lost, sold or traded them away; I still have a few old Pewter models sticking about.
Imperial Guard: I wanted to have a big force, and Catachans had just come out in the battleforce. Bonus to this I had a job for the first time and disposable income was mine to throw at it. They were painted Enchanted blue with bright red "splodges" all over. It looked horrible, played horrible and eventually I just got sick of them. However over the years I vowed to return to them and I eventually did, opting for a Bright Orange and Yellow desert camo scheme. I filled a whole citadel case with Infantry make-shifted from Cadians, Catachans, Valhallans, anything I could get my hands on.
In a way I never understood what made them great, but I was always drawn back to them. I dug them out recently to get myself back in the game, but the prospect of painting new guardsmen or having to make more tanks was just upsetting. I've played a few Mech-Vet lists and won solidly but also lost solidy, they taught me the game I now love and will always have a place in my heart but I wanted something new and different. Which lead me to look around for a new army.
Chaos Space Marines (current Army): In a way I ended up surprising myself. I came to heresy look to scope out what was a possible start to starting "afresh" in the hobby. Originally I was leaning to Eldar, Tyranids and even Dark Eldar as they were just on the cusp of being released - Grey Knights were an option as well but I didn't like the idea of going from mass blob forces to super-elite units. However I watched and posted in forums here. I was also buying the little 5-man and 3-man boxes as well to "get my eye" back into painting as-well. When ordering brushes I saw the Chaos 3-man unit and thought, What the hell I'll give it a go I may as well since it's power armour. Then I read a thread on here discussing how Chaos should be portrayed; and someone went off on a rant about how Imperial Space Marines are rigid robots, clinging to faith and the codex doctrines in order to survive, where as Chaos Space Marines are free from such shackles and live to do what they want. The best leader is charismatic, deadly and generally the King of Bad-assery. This just stuck to me; they suddenly weren't faceless badguys, they were a force with depth and individuality - A chapter is a chapter, yeah it has quirks, but it's just not the same.
All of a sudden I looked at Chaos armies in a different light; they were a force with character, not some kind of strict codex to follow or over-zealous ideal, they were just dudes annoyed at the status quo. Suddenly my little 3-man boxset went from a on the spur purchase to being the "darkhorse" of the army selection. I then played DOW 2 and fell in love with the way Araghast looks; his Chaos Knight helmet on his terminator armour won it for me.
Following this I went out, bought my first unit and now have an army I'm putting together and writing my own fluff for; yeah it's under powered, one dimensional and all, but it's fun. Every time I customize a Berserker helmet or paint a few stages of my scheme I think "Who is this guy in the army? What is his story?". It's great fun, and already people are commenting how much they like the conversions I'm doing, though they are just small ones. I'm also pushing my painting skills forward, taking the hobby seriously for the first time in forever and loving getting the WYSIWYG components together. It's rewarding knowing my opponent has to proxy stuff where as the love and effort I put in means I don't.
"Ambition is the biggest killer of Momentum"
Starting afresh with my Chaos Space Marines.
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Project Rebuild, Reboot, Recycle:
Stripping, rebuilding and remaking my Guard army.