WarbossKurgan has got it 100% right. The blog was the start and the growing "demand" and number of comments led to the forum.
But I guess a little history can't hurt...
Originally I had made this blog for fun, for my own sake and pleasure, just to fool around with html and such. The main purpose was to share my modelling and paiting progress with my friend Tortiou who lives and studies abroad. A way of staying in touch, if you will.
I honestly never expected that anyone would actually find and read my blog. In fact, my first post was kept in a very self-ironic tone. I didn't even write it in english, since I was not expecting a broad audience!
My friends visited regularily and supported the blog by leaving their comments (and in Tortiou's case, even by spreading the news and recruting new visitors from his entourage). But soon I was getting comments from "new" people I didn't know.
I was really happy about that, because that meant that there were people out there browsing the web in search for Mordheim (apart from GWs site) who actually found and apreciated my blog.
Before long there was a real exchange of ideas going on in the comment section of every post, with "painting advice", opinions and so forth.
The blog experienced a real "boost" in terms of new visitors when I uploaded the second mordheim video about the Mordheim Campaign (Tortiou had prepared the terrain by posting another very short vid before that, which showed a glimpse of our gaming table).
I was contacted by a number of people, telling my that they liked our video and wanted to share their experiences too. It took me some time before the idea of an actual "forum" popped into my head, but when it did, I was very exited about finally having a proper platform that would allow a more vivid exchange of ideas and more importantly (for me) pictures. Because, frankly, by that time I had gotten very curious to see what all these other people had done with their scenery and miniatures. And I still am!
What can I say conclusively?
I do really enjoy coming to this forum, because of the friendly, international, creative atmosphere you guys are giving it. I am very happy to see that the forum is working so well, because it allows me to stay in touch with you guys while I am abroad and unable to feed new stuff into the blog. And most importantly, i am confident that we will continue to have a great time here on Tom's (not so) boring (anymore) Forum
Thanks to all, here's to YOU guys!