I'm not really new, but I never really introduced myself and thought I would. I also joined after being a very long-time lurker during my current deployment out here in Afghanistan and never took the time to browse the entire site to see that introductions were welcomed and somewhat common practice.
I was born and bred there (the borough in New York City) and lived there for most of my youth and adolescence. However, I joined the military and escaped with a waiver.
As mentioned, I am currently deployed in Afghanistan. I am told I am a glutton for pain and misery, as I have been overseas now for the past decade plus between Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and my present location. For the better portion of these eleven years I was in, what I've seen referred to as, my Dark Ages. Survival took precedence, I guess.
I wish I could remember the exact MOC I saw here that truly floored me, but that is exactly what it did. I found myself really inspired and drawn right back into the Castle and historic theme I had always loved as a kid as if it were a singularity. Since then, and after finding BrickLink, I have been out of control.
What probably kept me from registering sooner is my total lack of bricks. My living quarters does not lend itself much space. So, any brick purchases I send back stateside with my childhood collection. I couldn't stay away, though, and would purchase a minifigure or three and send it here. That quickly spiraled out and I have been amassing large quantities of troops here.
My goal is to build up four or five factions (Dragon Masters, Crown Knights, Kingdoms Lion Knights and some custom groups) into the several-hundred range, and build each of their kingdoms while telling a story.
Anyone that has ever posted anything has really been great for inspiration and ideas on what I could do. It makes me excited to hopefully eventually return to my collection. It also lends to the possibility of me joining LCC or one of those type groups, as I don't feel I could presently do much other than showcase an army to support one of the groups. Unless that is what someone needs . . . in which case, call upon my banners.
This is a great community of exceptional builders, though, and I am glad I've joined. I'm looking forward to hopefully interacting with more of you.
Thanks for your time in reading my ramblings. Have a wonderful day and holiday season.