Steam Roller 2017 is out
Hello again everyone !!
Steamroller 2017 have been released :
Lock and load coverage (PP convention)
Hello everyone !!
It was lock and load this week end here the main info :
-Next year faction will be : Crucible guard.
-Each years a new mini faction will be released at lock and load.
-Theme are the new black, and the new way to play warmachine, by the end of the year every models will be playable in a theme.
(at some point they need to get real and call them sub faction or mini faction )
-One teaser theme video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mZLbyizm40
-One teaser release video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2IwzOneJuM
-Patrick Dunford won the Iron gauntled (with Haley2 good old scenario win with feat :/)
-Mercs and Minions will eventually be gone through and add on new factions like Grymkin and Crucible Guard to factions that can take them.
-image for the next Khador theme
-More theme are coming for everyone but unless something is totaly broken they want player to figure out the meta (hell yea) and stop to fear about their models.
Warmachine CID coverage (theme turmoil)
Morning everyone !!
CID update : Trollkins north theme and Mercenary in theme are into the CID for the next 2 weeks.
While the troll update is relatively easy work for the CID community, the theme aspect generate a big amount of discussion.
I know people on the blog are more GW oriented but allow me to give you a small debrief of what happening.
What is CID : Community integrated Development, it's a beta rule set where the dev interact with the player base before releasing new models.
Does it works : Yes relatively well, they enforce really hard forum rules (you can be banned if you fuck around, whine, troll, ..). They trimmed the writers very fast and focus on actual play testing. The community produced really good report.
What the problem this time ? : Theme !!
In warmachine you must play one of the 8 (or 9) factions, there is no inter faction alliance, but 2 of the factions (mercenaries/minions) are allowed to be recruited in regular army. In MK2 Merc/minions where so good that most of the good list used them over regular faction troops. In MK3 numbers of mercs units were nerfed hard + the ability to benefit from their buff was removed, this double nerf greatly reduced their utilisation to a few corner case (solo with generic buff)
Then enter the theme, Warmachine is like MTG with models, and at some points they didn't had any design space left into the faction. Without this space impossible to produce new models for the old factions (the big seller). To solve this problem they decide to use "Themed army list". To explain it to a 40k players, it's a sub faction. For exemple you could play : A space marines army (generic faction) Or in theme : A blood angel army, (with a limited units choice but extra special rules). Imagine how bloated would be the Space marines codex if there was no chapter dex and everything was included as generic SM entry !!!
Warmachine have this problem, for exemple the Cygnar empire (poster boy of the game) : have Storm knight (electric steam punk space marines), tempest order (magic mousquetaire pistolero), Trenchers (1914-1918 themed soldier) each of these have around 20 to 30 options + Big robot for everyone ^^ It's nearly impossible to add a new units to Cygnar without overshadowing an old unit (Hello Primaris marines ^^). With sub faction they can now develop more detailed units ex: The long range support unit will be different in the 3 themes and even if one is better then the other they will have a place in their theme (but not in the faction).
Easy fix, they just do what gw did a long time ago with : BA, DA, SW, GK for the marines.
So what is the problem already ??
They explained that "Theme" (read : Sub faction) are the new primaries building block and that's how they want the game to be played.
So themed army can now include a few mercs/minions choice, reducing the interest to play non-theme to nothing. They add this because everyone have a lot of mercs models shelved and non usable in theme. This is the point of contention. A lot of players (hard to quantify) want the un theme army list to be competitive. I am not sure that is possible anymore.
I think PP already moving forward and want to release 4 themes per faction ASAP covering each aspect of each faction, giving them a lot of "Design space" to fill the void sub faction are going to have.
What to think of the CID process by PP
-Generate good rules update and always find the Cheesy/Imba combo before release.
-When canalized the community feedback is valuable and point thing that the Dev don't always see.
-A community can behave.
-Good communication by the dev team explaining intent behind rules change or concept they want tested.
-Time for troll to get buffed ^^
-Delay : There is too much delay between the beta session closing date and the integration into the game. I mean they should do like blizzard when the test server close, on week (2 max) later the changed are implemented on the retail server. Right now we tested the tournament package for 2017 in march and it's still not in retail (should be next week).
- The decision of What to include in CID or not are not always explained.
-Theme : The word "Theme" should be replaced with "Sub faction" or "Mini faction"
That's it for the coverage of the CID in warmachine, i hope it was clear enough for the non players :D
Skin an moans
Hello everyone !!
The new warmachine faction (Grymkin: The Wicked Harvest) is coming and the models are really well made and in plastic
Honestly the quality is quite good, i only saw one model for now but the details are very crisp. I hope it's only the start of increase in quality on their whole range.
(this model is quite cool)
ps: photo are not from me.
Company of Iron presentation video
Hello everyone !!!
(click on the image to start the video)
Will Hungerford present company iron.
Selling points :
Use warmachine stats.
Models are compatible with warmahordes.
One model alternate activation.
Focus on versatile models.
Good stepping stone for warmachine.
Lot of tokens and objectives marker.
Injury system (like necromunda/shadow war)
Commander upgrade with cards. (like xp).
Core rules (warmachine, but with a few change for ae buff and stuff)
10 farrow brigands
1 Agetha solo (infantry killer)
Stormblade grenadier lieut
9 stormblade (6 grunts 3 gunners)
Release is end of 2017 (but sooner that you might think)
Company of Iron
Hello everyone !!
Privateeer press is announcing a new skirmish game. it's based on their universe of course.
Perks are :
-Entry level product
-boxed game for 2 players with enough stuff to play
-Units and hero (solo) customisation.
-Alternated activation (each player activate 1 model)
-Models in the box are playable at warmahordes
It's fun that everyone is surfing on the Small skirmish hype.
Official press release by hungerford
If you’ve looked over the Lock & Load GameFest 2017 schedule, you might’ve noticed there is a mysterious hangout with my name attached to it.
I’ve been waiting impatiently to announce the project tied to that hangout, and today is finally the day to do so. The game is called Company of Iron, and it is a new way to play with your WARMACHINE and HORDES models.
If you think the name sounds familiar, that’s because Company of Iron was a league that ran early in 2016. We decided to use the name again because this game is a natural evolution of that league. The new Company of Iron also focuses the action on units and solos, but it adds light warjacks and warbeasts. Also like that league, it allows you to play out small engagements but develops that idea further from the core rules of WARMACHINE and HORDES. Due to the smaller size and focus, it’s a fantastic entry point for new players as well as a great way for current players to dabble in another Faction or two that they might have had their eye on.
The biggest change is in how models activate. Each model in Company of Iron acts independently, and players alternate activating one model each during a round. This makes for exciting games of give-and-take, where plans have to change as the state of the battle evolves.
The game also adds two kinds of cards. Each player chooses a model to be his or her company’s commander, and that commander gains a card representing a specialty. Some commanders excel at focusing on a mission’s objective while others push their force to annihilate the enemy. The other deck of cards represents battle plans and assets your force has access to. Battle plans are powerful effects that each player can use once each round. Among other things, assets allow for rolls to be boosted or rerolled, and there is no limit to the number of assets that can be used in a round.
Company of Iron is launching this fall with a boxed set containing everything two people need to play the game. The rules are based on existing WARMACHINE and HORDES rules but have been edited to reflect the specifics of Company of Iron. In addition to the cards, rules, and tokens, the game also includes miniatures for two 20-point forces along with two brand-new character solos that have never been seen in WARMACHINE or HORDES before: Lieutenant Gwen Keller, a valiant leader of Cygnar’s Stormblades who, in addition to her storm glaive, is armed with electrified grenades, and the Farrow Brigand leader Agata, Queen of Carnage, who some of you are now meeting for the first time in the just-shipped Widower’s Wood Iron Kingdoms Adventure Board Game. Lt. Keller and Agata will both be playable in WARMACHINE & HORDES as well, so be on the lookout for their stat cards to appear in War Room and in our Online Card Database once Company of Iron hits the shelves in October. And don’t miss the expanding Company of Iron content that will be available in every issue of the soon-to-be-revamped No Quarter!
We’ll be talking about Company of Iron in upcoming Primecasts and No Quarter issues as well as showing off the models at Origins next week, but your first chance to actually play the game will be with me at Lock & Load GameFest 2017. If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?
Warmachine animated short !
Hello everyone !!
PP released a short animated :
A WARMACHINE animated short film featuring two of the Iron Kingdoms’ most famous warcasters.
The 2 girls are Haley and Deneghra, 2 op sisters from warmachine.
Ok it's not pixar level but it's lot better than space marines ;)
Community Integrated Development is going well !
Hello again everyone !
A little update on the CID (open beta using player feedback) by Privateer Press.
There was a lot of doubt and whine after PP closed their forum (general and faction section) and created a new open beta forum (with very strict rules). But now that rage settled down Will Shick comment on how the CID is going and announce the next phase of the CID :
Going into open beta :
-Battle engine UP (more power and more box 30-38)
-Steam Roller 2017
To be honest i am actually surprised at the quality of the exchange on the CID forum, the feedback is real and tester are super invested. It look like a huge success but i prefer to wait to see how ppl behance when we go into faction specific buff and nerf.
Insider : http://privateerpress.com/community/privateer-insider/insider-3-22-2017
What do you think of this as a player ? could it be adapted to 40K ? Aos ? We already have some sort of beta with the AOS points value from general handbook2.
Privateerpress launch the Community Integrated Development today !
Hello everyone !!
Something big is happening today, an event that could change our world forever or destroy us !
Open beta & play testing for miniature games by the community !!!
Yea you heard it right, PP (Warmachine creator) is trying a open beta for their new limited faction (a small independent faction) .
Insider explaining it :
Pdf file "How to play test"
My 2cents on CID
It's good because you can easily find broken or completely OP units combo, in not even 10 days you get this sorted and can focus on the fine tuning.
It's bad because everything strong could be make too bland by forum warriors (every forum have them ^^) that are not even playing/testing actively .
Anyway, we will see how it goes ...
New horde faction revealed
Hello everyone !!
Warmachine new faction : the grymkin !!
Look like a mix of Halloween/zombie/jail meet tim burton but without JD
I am no cryx player but i can imagine them angry
(ps: cryx is very close to the concept presented, and was nerfed hard to make place for this faction.)
new type of warlock/caster, they don't have a feat but have trigger that can unleash strong power !.
They are basically 5 entity that refused Menoth (main god) and were banished to hell.
And now they are back, released by the old witch (baba yaga like). Old witch is both a caster for Khador, a warlock for Grymkin (and the only one to have a feat)
New Faction is Grymkin
6 casters, the original men who defied Menoth at the creation of the world
No feats in the faction
3 warbeasts revealed, an offensive heavy that gains power with kills, defensive heavy that seems to torture models to support casting (upkeeps, has arcane vortex), anti-infantry light
Hollow men - ranged infantry. Deserters from various armies
Pig Men - Gluttons. Impervious flesh, melee infantry
Some farmer guys or something. Melee troops that collect enemy corpses and can give them to allies
4 warlocks revealed:
The Child - Front line caster, little girl with a "doggie" that she sends to murder people. Can "set the world on fire" if you break her toys.
The Dreamer - Can't really figure this one out, but she "puts enemies to sleep (knockdown) and kills them with their nightmares"
The Heretic - Infantry support, anti-magic.
Old Witch2 is Both a Grymkin Warlock and Khador Caster. Has a feat