Since Summer last year I have slowly fallen out of love for the GW hobby.
I am first and foremost a GW gamer. Some you might have seen my other log of Tyranids and although the list is large and impressive, for the most part I find nothing more satisfying than a 1500 - 1750 point game where the game is won or lost on a single dice roll.
But recently, most games I play on a weekly basis are not this any-more. 40K can be won with the wallet or with a cookie cutter army list if you do not fight an similarly built army. My Tyranids especially I think have suffered this edition with a poorly written codex and imbalance against the Meta-game.
I had until recently pondered starting another army, but with a Wedding to save money for and the recent GW price hike this has for now been put on the back burner.
So over the last few months I have searched for a new game. I have heard of Warmachine for many years. And recently I have had some trail games. On the back of those games I have decided to switch systems.
Warmachine attracts me for two reasons. Firstly and most importantly - the game itself. In the trial games I have played and demos I have seen on-line, it comes across as a much more tactically interesting game. I feel that I have barley scratched the surface of its tactical depths and now doubt have many months/years ahead of me learning all the tricks of the game. From the few games I have played it feels like Chess with the random chance of dice added to it. And this attracts me.
I have also been told that the rules are all written together. There are no "cookie cutter lists" Again this attracts me.
Thirdly - Army composition - that being quantity of miniatures. As I have said, I am a gamer. Painting although a joy for me has always come as a second priority to me. As a kid, I had many Marine armies. Each miniature I put my heart and soul into its paint job. Although on the battlefield they looked amazing (to a small boy - the paint job was never out of this world) the quantity of painted to unpainted miniatures that I had displeased me a great deal and I would get disheartened very easily. When I started Tyranids all those years ago, I knew that eventually I would have hundreds of the little buggers, so I chose a very simple colour scheme to paint that would take little effort but look effective. Thus Hive Fleet Cronus was born.
Now with Warmachine, I can game with only 4 models. How cool is that! Therefore with this game system I have vowed to put my heart and soul back into my painting and paint to the very best of my ability. If a single model take 3 weeks to paint so be it.
I have yet to really learn the fluff of Warmachine, and to be honest the miniatures as a whole are not to my liking, I really hate most of the Horde models. But they are growing on me. I had originally thought of starting with the Retrubtion of Scyrah as their models was to my liking (The Heavy Rifle team was a must have to me) but was advised that they were not a beginners army and that I should start with the box sets to start learning the hobby.
Out of the four main factions I could pick from, Kahdor - I liked some of the models, but had a general dislike the painting red with black. This was somewhat also true of painting white which put Menoth at a disadvantage - I also disliked their models. Which left me Cryx or Cygnar. I think the Cryx have some of the best models in the range, but their colours are very dark and sombre and I had wanted to move away from blacks and greens (colours of my Tyranids) and then I finally come across the Cygnar Cyclone and I was sold on Cygnar.
Cyclone for those who don't know the miniature.
On further research of their range I slowly acquired a taste for their theme and models theme.
So here I am diving in to Warmachine with amazing painted miniatures (I hope) I have started by buying the Cygnar Plastic Battle-group.
This is my painting log of my adventures in to the World of Warmachine.
Early Test Models of my Tyranid Horde
My Malenthrope, which is one of my better painted minis to date for Hive Fleet Cronus
Mephiston - I painted this when I was about 10 (At the time of writing I am now 29). This is the effort that I use to put into each and every model I owned. It is this effort of painting I hope to emulate now, although I hope that my quality will have much improved since then.