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The title says it all - I am just starting warmachine (cheaper than 40k) and am torn between the Inquisition-esque Menoth and Mother Russia in Khador - advice? As to my playstyle, I havent played enough to tell.
Last edited by Steel Legionnaire; September 30th, 2010 at 17:00.
Haven't played enough wm/h or haven't played enough table top games, mmorpgs, tcg's?
There's a fluid mix of loose and caster/lock dependent dichotomies in wm/h. Maneuverable vs. durable, buffing vs. debuffing, high model count vs. low model count, range vs. melee . . . etc. etc.
There's a nice sticky over at the official forums for the game (Link) that may hep you but it doesn't cover Hordes and BattleCollege (Link) is a great resource for beginners.
There's a lot of overlap between the two so you can't go far wrong. Khador is more of a brute-force faction whereas Menoth has a lot of denial tricks. Troops-wise, Khador tends to emphasize quality, Menoth quantity. Both use lots of template attacks. Since you don't know your playstyle, I advise you to look VERY closely at the warcasters of each faction. Warmachine lists are so focused on your choice of general that you'll regularly hear people talking about "a Karchev list" or "I fought Epic Kreoss today"--you often don't need to know the list composition beyond who the boss was. Make sure there are several warcasters you like in the faction you end up choosing.
"My tanks have names, my men have numbers." -Col. Edmund Grahvess, 23rd Kronecker Prison Guard
I haven't played against many Menoth lists, but from what I know of the game they tend to rely on bringing a lot of not-so-good units, and then using support units and various combinations of spells and abilities to buff them to devastating levels.
Khador (which I have played a couple of games against) tend to be a touch on the slow side, but have a rather incredible capacity to soak up damage. You may not have a lot of troops or 'jacks in your army, but what you do have will tend to stick around for quite a while, and is capable of inflicting a lot of damage.
While I play a little bit of Warmachine I don't have an army yet. I'm still proxying units, learning how they work and seeing what I like. Vassal (if you've heard if it) is also a good way to test out armies - it's an online tabletop wargame simulator, or something like that. You need it, and the Warmachine module, and you can play anyone else with the program online.
Hope it helps you get started!
I play against both armies, especially Menoth, and feel I need to add that while some Menoth lists consists of delivers(dirt farmers with a napalm bomb on a fireworks rocket in a pipe) and zelots(same - rocket an pipe), they also have their Exemplar units, that are very much elite.
I agree with deadstar that both armies on the slow side, but where Menoth Hits harder when they get there, and has more tricks protect themselves on the way. Khador on the other hand has more ranged and quick units to support and suppress while they advance. Btw. this is just my point of view, I play Cygnar, so my battles generally consists of watching the enemy advance while I blow them to bits.
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