Archive for June 30th, 2010

June 30, 2010

For the Motherland

by Nate Birkholz

So when I was first looking at Warmachine, I was fascinated with the  Retribution of Scyrah. While I am not an Anime fanatic, I appreciate the Anime aesthetic of the Warmachine Elves and felt it provided an interesting counterpoint to the rest of the units in Warmachine/Hordes while still fitting into the overall look of the game. A coworker also was correct in that I appreciated the fiction: as Gdaybloke of Lost Hemisphere calls them, “pointy eared xenophobic finger-pointing terrorist elves.” I liked that they were a new faction, so there wasn’t an overwhelming number of unit choices for the faction, yet the force seems to be designed well, with lots of reasons to take different units (on the whole).

But my foray into Warmachine was partly inspired by seeing the box for the Devastator model on the shelf at my local gaming store. I started to look at Khador and was slowly won over by the Russo-Nordic-Slavic identity of the faction. My heritage is, on one side of the family, Russian/Czech/Slavic, and I have always had an affinity for the culture of that part of the world, including a fascination with the darker 20th-century side of the coin. So I became more interested in Khador.

I still have a vague inkling that I might want to do a Mercenaries force, and have beeen awaiting the Forces of Warmachine: Mercenaries book due out July 7th. I own the Ahslynn D’Elyse and Gorten Grundback models–in fact I have painted Gorten for the unofficial Privateer Press forum painting competition–but I probably will stick with Khador in the end, since the fiction appeals to me more. I also really like the Skorne models but am not really sure whether anyone plays Hordes locally, I haven’t seen any Hordes armies being played, though of course Mk II of Hordes isn’t out yet.