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I have gone thru the quick start rules and checked out the models and army info on the privateer press website. I really like the models/fluff/playstyle of skorne and circle oboros (spelling?). At first glance skorne appears really cool, but i want to know whether they are actually tactically challenging, since they kind of seem "rawr, charge in and kill everything". I also like the circle, but i was wondering if they are a "fun" army to play.
Any information about hordes would be appreciated, especially a good hordes forum.
Well, if you want a good hordes forum, try - http://forums.privateerpress.com/
That's the official Privateer Press forum, and has stuff about warmachine as well.
Have you got a copy of Hordes: Primal yet? That would be the first step, so you know what else there is outside of the starter boxes.
If you've had any experience in WARMACHINE (Hordes' predecessor), then I'll tell you Skorne are very much like Khador, big tough, stompy, not extremely tactcially inclined, but that's mostly my opinion.
The Circle are like Cryx, fast, great magical ability, but squishy when it comes down to it.
The Trollblood's are alot like Cygnar, very shooty, but can also have some great melee capability as well.
The Legion can really do anything, from shooty to melee to magic, they pretty much have their bases covered.
I'm a legion player myself, but I initially considered the Circle, and still take a liking to them. Skorne never really appealed to me, but if you like them, then why not.
Hope that helped somewhat - and oh yeah ; Make sure you play at least one battle with every faction (starter box usually) before you make a decision, as your opinion will change when you get the feel of how they play.
One of the nice things about PP games is that EVERY Faction is tactically challenging - its the nature of the game. Hordes is all about risk management, and thats an issue that every Faction will need to face. And every army is, really, fun. You can play many styles with each army as well - changing a warlock changes the entire feel of the force. I make it a habit of owning every warlock/warcaster for factions I play just for this reason.but i want to know whether they are actually tactically challenging
Skorne are more melee oriented, and have a lot of hitting power. That doesn't mean they should charge straight across the battlefield, no. It just means that you want to see your troops safely into melee where they can do the most damage. You've got plenty of tricks to get you there (or get the enemy to you). Arcturii, for example, can use their harpoons to drag the enemy around and line up charges for your other forces. Titan Gladiators can slam the enemy around in a similar fashion. The Skorne seem, to me, like an army that is all about the setup. Prepare those charges right and you can devastate the enemy in a single turn of fighting!
The Circle are fast moving. Thats really their niche. They can avoid all kinds of terrain problems and just swarm the enemy. They're about speed and evasion, and generally confusing the heck out of the enemy's forces while singling them out to be ganged up on. This doesn't mean their fragile or anything, its just their most prevalent tactic. But even so, if you played a list using Wold Wardens and Wold Watchers (the giant animated stone statues), you could play a very tough (and still fairly quick) army - just an example of how each faction isn't limited to a single stereotype.
Briefly, the Trollbloods are an army centered around being tough and resilient - almost every model in the list has either the Regeneration or Toughness rules! They're split between melee and ranged - in fact, they have more ranged units and attacks than most armies, it seems! The Legion I have the least experience with. It seems like a swarm army that pummels the enemy around in conjunction with some crippling magic, and also a LOT of speed (but without the all terrain feel of the Circle).I'm a long-time Khador player, and I've messed around with Skorne a bit, and I don't feel that either army really is tactically unchallengingIf you've had any experience in WARMACHINE (Hordes' predecessor), then I'll tell you Skorne are very much like Khador, big tough, stompy, not extremely tactcially inclined, but that's mostly my opinion.