With so many different periods and genres to choose from in wargaming, what was it that attracted you to ancient and medieval? For me it's about the huge range of different nationalities and armies you can raise, and many of them have lots of opponents! The variations in colours are fun too.
For me, it's DBA. The compact size of DBA that allows me to create multiple armies over a large span that is attractive. If I had to populate a 6' x 4' or 8' x 5' table then I probably wouldn't have the enthusiasm. Simply, I don't have the time or space to paint large armies. I'm envious of those large tables covered with figures but sadly, the golden age passed me by. On the other hand, DBA inspires me that large numbers of miniatures isn't required to do this hobby. Once my ancients are up to date, I'm looking at DBHx for Napoleonics and HITT for WW1.
It isn't just ancient and medieval for me. I have 6,000+ 15mm Napoleonics (using Age of Eagles or Napoleon's Battles) and a similar number of WW2 (using Battlefront). However, when I play either of those we are talking full day / weekend games, lots of planning, lots of terrain and I only get to do that once or twice a year. Also, all those figures only give me 7 armies (French, Prussian, Austrian and Russian in Napoleonic 1813, 12th SS Pz Div and a Volksgrenadier Division plus a Brigade of Canadians in WW2.) I love those games but they can't be played easily.
My 1,500 or so ancient and medieval figures DBA on the other hand give me a range of 22 Armies, are very varied and multiple games can be played in an evening. Plus I can paint a DBA army in weeks rather than years. Indeed at the last big show we did - a massive WW2 Normandy game, the evening entertainment while camping at the show site was DBA. DBA travels really easily - a 24" x 24" board and 2 A4 size "Really useful boxes" for terrain and rules plus one holding a 2 sets of matched armies and you are set for an evening. Finally - I can play a DBA game with my boy at home in 45 minutes and get him interested in the hobby at an easy entry level.
I study the medieval period with a specialistion in late medieval England and Wales. I LOVE painting heraldry and prefer 15mm over larger scales nowadays due to getting bored spending hours upon hours getting every detail correct
I think it started with old movies...El Cid,300 Spartans and Ivenhoe.Then I found the books Solo Wargaming by Donald Featherstone and the Airfix Ancient Wargaming in my local library and I was hooked!Mind I was already into ECW and one of our teachers had a board set up with a battle to play...next thing me and 4 other mates were giving up our Saturday mornings to fight/defend the King.
When Christmas came along I got my 1st metal figures...25mm Greenwood & Ball Spartans and the 5th Edition WRG Ancient rules...at age 11 what was a boy to do!lol
I got into gaming via generally playing with toy soldiers, action man etc.
Then started Fantasy 3rd edition, played that and a little space battle stuff for years and got into FOW and BA.
One of the lads, well olds, at the club brought in DBA. I played that and ended up buying his Greeks.
Found I loved it so got other stuff to play different armies then HC and Lart.
Though I still love my O&G I now play more DBA and Lart than anything else.
Couple of us got DBMM to try so I now feel like a real wargamer, I even have an ECW force, time for grey socks and sandals. I would grow a beard but my folically challenged body really only enjoys growing hair in harder to see areas and generally leaves my heed alone.
I am really interested in how tactics are used to outwit an enemy and win battles. The ancient world offers several generals who turned this into a science. It's great reading about the exploits of generals like Hannibal, Scipio and Alexander and seeing how their tactics play out in a wargame. Plus you can't beat a good scrap with axes,swords,shields and spears! Well at least in the gaming world, I'm sure it would be pretty horrible in real life.