Welcome back to another edition of our Community Player Spotlight series. This time around I am interviewing one of our top players, Tyler Hamil. Since it did not come up in the interview, I would like to congratulate him again for taking 2nd overall in last years ITC rankings. Enjoy!
Name (Nickname): Tyler Patrick Hamil (SlickKid)
Club: I have learned through the Age of Sigmar community that you don’t necessarily need to belong to just one club. I have become friends with players all over the world and consider anyone who plays or has an interest in playing Age of Sigmar already in the club as far as I’m concerned. I have been known to bounce from club to club every event, so who knows . . . I could be a Chupacabrah from the greater Los Angeles area or even a SoCal AoS member. But never a WSD member; those guys are butts. They slay my Dragons. Hahaha
Home FLGS: My interest in Age of Sigmar started at the GW Portola Plaza location in Mission Viejo the day AoS was released, but I really elevated an interest once I found out my beloved Bretonnians were in the General’s Handbook. Though, I have been known to roll dice at locations all over Southern California such as Comic Quest in Lake Forest, CA, the GW store in Tustin, CA or even Brookhurst Hobbies in Brookhurst, CA.
Gaming Bio: My best friend from 8th grade invited me over to play after school one day and showed me this magazine called the White Dwarf. I fell in love with everything Warhammer 40K especially, Imperial Guard back in 3rd Edition. He got me my first box of Catachan Fighters and invited back over to play after school. All I remember is that I got wrecked. Things haven’t changed since then. Hahaha
In High School I attended Games Day put on by GW and that was the year they released Sisters of Battle. I fell in love!!! So I packed up my Imperial Guard and solely played Sisters of Battle until the release of 7th Edition taking 6 years off from the hobby in between. After the drop of 7th Edition, I packed up the Sisters of Battle too. I was about to quit the hobby . . .
Remember that rumor years ago that the entire Bretonnian and Beastmen lines were being discontinued??? Well . . . to my benefit, the year I graduated from grad school I picked up a Bretonnian collection pretty much for free and I fell in love again with the hobby again! I played a few months of Warhammer Fantasy 8th Edition and continued to play them up to today with their latest and greatest update in Age of Sigmar!!!
Why Age of Sigmar?: Age of Sigmar offers a little something literally for everyone! Seriously, the cognitive effort it takes to build a list or better your appreciation for the aesthetic appeal in the hobby by painting or just sitting down, making new friends & family and rolling dice . . . these are all fantastic reasons. As someone with a fine art background, I grow to appreciate Age of Sigmar in that regard by seeing the sheer talent everyone has within them expressed through their armies. But my favorite thing about Age of Sigmar is the friendliness within the community – going to an event and playing with new friends and people from all over! 😉
What is your favorite thing/experience?: My favorite thing about the hobby is attending Age of Sigmar events big and small. It is an incredible opportunity to go and play against people you have never met, rolling some dice and gaining new friends through a game like Age of Sigmar.
What army are you playing now?: I have always been a Bretonnian player and always will be at heart, but I have taken a recent fancy in starting up the Order Draconis. What can I say? . . . I have a thing for all-cavalry based armies! 😉
What are your future AoS plans?: I plan to hold onto my Bretonnians and play with them from time to time – maybe even help out the community by building an unofficial Battletome for the noble Bretonnia! In the meantime, I will slowly build out my Order Draconis and Free Peoples armies.
Anything else?: If you ever happen to make it out to an event in Southern California area hit me up. It would be great to get a game in and roll dice! Hopefully, I see you all at SoCal Open in Del Mar, CA in October!