Napoleonics...probably my first real wargaming interest. I started with Airfix 20mm plastic figures like so many of us, after having collected 1/32 plastics and loving the box art. 20mm gave bigger battles and with tape measures and dice instead of throwing marbles. I don't need to go down a well trodden path, I think we mostly share the same journey.
I then had some of the 25mm Prince August moulds and in the late 1980's and made some lead figures on my dad's electric cooker in the kitchen. I added some Minifigs from the shop at Devizes in Wiltshire and made some units. I still have memories of the shop keeper going back to the back of the shop after every hand written order line and checking to see how many he had. Sometimes, a few...sometimes none. Making full units was hard in those pre-internet days!
I properly got back into wargaming when I bought my first house and took over the spare room in 1993. This is the Status Quo. There has been no change, other than the troop numbers and storage boxes in my spare room...which have got larger and larger and larger...
..and yet...my Napoleonic armies have been stop/start ever since. I can barely call them armies. I'll paint a stand and then stop! Then I'll try 15mm then 6mm and then back to a stand of 28mm after a gap of several more years. It's odd. I have probably 10-15 wargaming periods that I play and Napoleonics has always been neglected since that early start in my teenage years. Is it the lace and detail? Probably - I can paint American Revolutionary War troops, lace too with no qualms. Napoleonics always seems a level too far. I can paint a unit of 30 Normans in the time it takes me to paint 6 Napoleonic figures.