Been collecting and playing irregularly since 1989 when I picked up a box with the old orc catapult "man mangler" in a store, read the rules on the back and just had to buy the 3ed rulebook as well. Initially collecting everything that looked good. Our armies at that time were just based on alignment and not race, I didnt own the warhammer armies supplement so our battleforces typically included stuff like 10man´ cannons (made of lego) crewed by pygmies (prince august homecast goblins) and similar weird but fun stuff. The collection slowly crystallised into mainly dwarfs and then undead.
Now playing and collecting
Vampire counts (no idea on total points value)
Nurgle daemons (no large scale games yet),
Chaos dwarves (just collecting yet, lots of unpainted FW and very old models in need of repainting)