1. How long have you been playing tabletop-war games?
I'm 33 and have been playing them since I was a teenager.
2. Why did you start playing tabletop-war games?
Fun, challenging, skillbased. Chess is a good example of such a game, often omitted for some reason, although the war theme is evident enough.
3. What do you love about tabletop-war games?
Same as in #2 + that you can develop your skills and do an analysis of your game. In many cases it's also customization and replayability that contributes to the fun-factor.
4. What advice would you have for someone who wants to get into playing them?
Start with cheap and simple stuff and a theme you really like. Theme is very important as a newcomer to the genre, and so is simplicty. Don't be fooled to think that the more complex the game the better it is. Avoid getting games that take more than 1-2h to play, at least from the start. Also avoid games that require 3 players or more to play, as you are likely to play them very seldom after a month or so.
Also, if you have any pictures of favorite models you've painted and would be willing to let me use them, I'd love to include a few in my article.
Most of the tabletop gamers don't paint their models, while hobby miniature gamers do. Here are two pictures I took of my pre-painted (dust models) models that I am fond of that you're free to use: