I was a Warmachine player once upon a time while MKII was going on (I think I was still around for Scyrah, but not for Convergence. Used to play mostly Cygnar, a bit of Circle on Hordes side.
Anyway, back then I quit for multiple reasons, not enough time to invest in the game anymore, the games getting too big (infantry machine), it being harder to get the models where I lived. After that, I tried to look here and there what is going with the game, but never really got interested enough and it mostly died in the area I was playing in.
Fastforward to some time ago this year, when I found out about the new edition/reboot MKIV. Been looking with interest at how the releases are going and a few days ago I finally did get the app to look up on lore and fiction and rules.
And I must say, man am I sad that there is no way to get the game in here anymore because I am really liking how MKIV is shaping so far. The focus on more streamlined armies, smaller units, customizable jacks/beasts… it all seems like exactly what I started to miss in the game back when I was quitting.
There even already are multiple armies I would be interested in due to both designs and lore. Reading through the fiction was fun and even if I will not be able to play, I will be checking out for a while how it’s going and what is being added for sure!
Some thoughts on the armies and fiction that follows may contain spoilers for the stories in app so far, just a warning.
Even though I was mainly a Cygnar player in the past I never get into the Storm themed models, and as for infantry that didn’t much change, BUT I do must say I like the galvanic warjacks which is a surprise and I like Athena and Wolfe from the fiction. Especially Wolfe was great in the story about elven emmissary. It’s nice to have such a sympathetic character represent Cygnar. Though also glad Caine, who was my main caster back then, is still kicking around, that Magnus one shot was fun. Maybe he can be in the potential second Cygnar army? Do we know what that army might be? As I understand it all factions get a second one right? But even if they commit to just new casters I don’t mind, it’s nice the story is getting new POVs.
As for Khador, it seems like Khador is still Khador, but it’s interesting to see them as allies now in lore what with the Orgoth invasion. I really do like Ilari as a character and am very curious where his story will go now after Zevanna tricked him into using what I assume is Vlad’s sword. Annihilator Cadre seems pretty cool from the art too.
Orgoth have a proper look for the villainous barbaric armies. I do like the more beastly looking jacks and also the Ulkor. The art for Cursebound Cadre looks sweet too. The characters in the faction feel like proper antagonists. Really enjoying the rivalry between them. Very funny seeing how Horrusk makes fun of Sabbreth for hunting Ilari and then he himself gets in the same situation with the undead elf hahaha.
Dusk I’m surprised how much I like since I never really liked Scyrah in the past, but the lore here about the dying of gods and the nation being left undead and with a renewed purpose of defending Iron Kingdoms is pretty neat. I did love Hellyth in the fiction and am curious where their path will go. Also curious about the upcoming cadre, the elk riding warcaster and seekers looks awesome.
Then the pirate trolls? Oh yes please pirates are always my jam, Shadowtongue especially looks interesting and has great story. Love the sea themed beasts, the upcoming shark riding warcaster looks insane. Looking forward to more lore on trolls, I like that they found a space for themselves in the south. Hope all goes well (it never does though does it haha)
Khymera I am still waiting on more lore, but the introduction story was interesting and their look of mechanical-biological lizard like constructs is pretty sleek too.
But oh I am rambling a lot am I not haha. Just wanted to say I really like how MKIV is looking and hope it does well and the game again gains traction and maybe appears again where I live in Europe in a year or so? Good luck to the company, and looking forward to at least reading lore and admiring new designs!