Recently, a friend of mine introduced me to someone else, someone who offered me a different perspective on life and has given me a new outlook. At first it was just a quick and casual introduction but I quickly found myself looking her up and wanting to spend more time with her. I've been making excuses to stay out after work and on the occasional weekend just to be with her. Is this the one whom I was meant to be or is she really just an escape, an excuse, to strike back at my true love for shutting me out?
So dear reader, what would you do in this situation? I know that many of you have probably been down this same path and have felt the exact same thing that I am feeling now. Do I leave Games Workshop and make a clean break for Warmachine or do I try to balance both in my life and hope that they do not find out about each other. Wait, what... did you think I was talking about my wife? Oh she may take my money and change her mind on a dime but I could never leave her, I couldn't afford the alimony ;)
Recently, a buddy of mine started playing Hordes at the local store. I was over at his place three weekends ago and we spent a good two hours going over his army and the mechanics of the game. I left that night with some quick starter rules and spent the next few hours pouring over the Privateer website, looking at the models. In the next few days I played a demo at the store and soon enough my son and I walked away with two battle boxes. He picked up the Skorne and I picked up the Protectorates of Menoth. over the past two weeks we have played 5-6 games now and we are having a blast. The models may not be as nice as GW's kits but being able to play a game straight out of the box with very little rules reading makes for a nice change of pace.
|The start of my Menoth army|
|The start of my son's Skorne army|
|A game from Monday night against Smitty. We played a Halloween themed game where zombies swarmed us for 4 rounds.|
|His army is hiding behind the building ;)|
So, does this mean I am dropping 40k and Fantasy? No, but in the past year, almost all of my games played have been in tournaments and to be honest, the tournament scene is getting ugly ever since GW opened the flood gates to what players can bring to a game. I'd rather get in more friendly games outside of the events but its getting harder and harder to find the time to set up a day to play a game, where as warmachine or x-wing take, at most and hour or so to play. This way I can get in a couple of friendly games with my son or my friends rather than devoting a day to finding someone to play 40k on the off weekend. This will be an interesting journey over the next couple of months as I am attending Adepticon for the first time next year and I'll be participating in the 40k team event but I think I will also be spending some time at the x-wing and possibly the warmachine tables as well.
|Yeah, Menoth is pretty bad-assed.|
I know that this blog has always been about 40k so I will ask you readers, do you want to see me blog about my journey with warmachine over the next few months as I learn the game, or stick with my 40k and Fantasy projects? Chances are that I will be spending more time painting my army, playing games and eventually building terrain that is more themed to warmachine. For now I have been playing on my swamp board and it really looks cool but as I learn more about the Warmhoardes lore I may get the itch to start building terrain to reflect that world. Lastly, for any of you who do play warmachine or Hoardes, do you have any advice for a budding Kreoss/Menoth player like myself or my son's Morgul themed skorne army? I'd love to hear your take on each faction and your overall thoughts of the game.