I started 40k back in late 2004, 4th ed was just a thing.
Good memories, the 3.5 chaos codec was cheese but it simply wasn't as "sweeping" as later editions.
Started out with Marines -black dragons-, then switched to IG with the fall of Medusa campaign.
God people complained about my list. Grenadiers so a bunch of BS4 dudes packing double plasma/melta in chimeras, same for command and then: tanks, hellhounds a drop sentinel. Very mobile playstyle.
At one point the local tread-hater complained -as he often did- about armour and claimed infantry was fluffier and more fun. So I dropped an assload of autocannons, lascannons, plasma guns and melta guns to make a counterstatement. As in enough that other people skimming the list were going "Jesus". A point was made that way. It was a pretty filthy list.
A thought just occurred to me today. Back in MkII there were some amazing models and armies being posted in the forums, stuff like Menace's Mecha-Legion or Baffo's Doom-Everythings. But lately the painting forums have been dead. Well, OK, a little quiet... very quiet. I was just wondering if the new 40K has something to do with it? It's always been my impression that GW's games attract more painters and converters than PP's, so perhaps some of the more artistically inclined in our community were drawn back to GW by the promise of 8th ed? Could it be something else? Or am I just reading too much into a random lull in posts?
Don't know, maybe it's also perception and ease thereof. Axing the PP fora probably hurt the community coherency as a whole, specifically the soft part where people in BumFiretruck Nowhere, Europe easily come into contact with a list or models he thinks is awesome made by someone in Assend Nowhere, US.