Let's see, I'm 37 trying like the devil to remain unemployed/retired but Uncle Sam has for the last couple of years seen to it that I've been gainfully employed. As for the Battletech universe, I've been playing since high school and started painting miniatures at around the same time. It wasn't until 1996 or so that I decided that with all my free time I could paint miniatures for hire. The 'for hire' part was a bit hit or miss until the discovery of eBay and that wonderful Al Gore invention, the internet!! When not working for Uncle Sam in general, the U.S. Army specifically, I try to travel basing all my stops on the location of hobby shops.