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Hordes: Primal MKII

| Published: 2010
Expansion for Hordes
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In Hordes, monstrous beasts set upon one another in a bloody clash of tooth and fang that churns the battlefield into a seething sea of carnage. Brought to righteous wrath by the intruding wars of man or their own thirst for conquest, their masters feed on the pain and rage and forge primal energy into a weapon to wield against their enemies. Ash, desolation, and the smoking ruin of once-proud civilizations are all that remains in their wake.

Unleash your inner fury and let loose the beasts of war!

Set in the wilds of the Iron Kingdoms, Hordes is Warmachine's feral twin. In this award-winning, fast-paced, 30mm tabletop miniatures game, players jump into the action controlling powerful battle-wizards known as warlocks. Warlocks are formidable combatants in their own right, but their true strength is drawn from their synergy with packs of savage warbeasts that allow them to contend on equal footing with the greatest modern armies of the Iron Kingdoms. Players collect, assemble, and paint fantastically detailed models representing the varied warriors, minions, and beasts in their hordes. This is monstrous miniatures combat, and your tabletop will never be the same!

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I Love Playin' Games
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The Bronze Heart
84 of 91 gamers found this helpful
“Simple Intricacy”

Let me start at the beginning. In 2003 a new miniature games came out called WarMachine. It is a steam-powered miniature combat table-top miniatures game published by Privateer Press.
The games premise was that you took on the role of an elite soldier-sorcerer called a warcaster. The warcaster and his army is a formidable force on the battle field, but the coolest ability of a warcaster was to magically control and coordinates the action of their mighty steam-powered combat automatons called warjacks.
So for some time I was content with WarMachine, it was cool and everyone was playing it.

Then in 2006, Privateer Press came out with Hordes. This is where I drop WarMachine and started playing Hordes. The cool thing about it was 100% compatible with WarMachine. I was totally drawn in with the whole monster thing.

In Hordes Instead of warcaster you are powerful warlock that draws power from there beasts instead of controlling warjacks.
As a warlock you take control of fierce warriors and monstrous warbeast. Force them to do you bidding in the battle field. Push them too hard and they can turn and frenzy.
So now we come to 2010, Hordes Primal MK II and my review. Hordes Primal MK II is a reboot of the original Hordes rule book. It has some minor rule and point value structure changes.

Replay Value:
Well there is a ton of replay value, with different missions and 5 different factions and with it 100% compatible with WarMachine and different point sized battles the replay value is endless.

Well it’s a rule book.
The Hard cover is beautiful. It has a glossy hard cover and full color pages. It is well written and has lots of examples of game play.
The soft cover is beautiful too and the same as the hard cover but just in a soft cover.
Inside you’ll find,
– 248 pages and full color.
– Complete Core rules.
– History of the nations of western Immoren.
– Detailed profiles and rules for the powerful warbeasts and soldiers of the Trollbloods, Circle Orboros, Legion of Everblight, and Skorne.
– Instructional painting and hobby guide.

East to Learn:
The Hordes game is not very complicated, but the strategies are. Don’t let this stop you from playing Hordes. It takes dedication and figuring out which combinations of warlock and warbeast work the best together. The combinations are many and diverse. This in my opinion makes the game clean. It also makes you try new things.

So if you like trying to figure out new strategies and combinations on how different warlocks and warbeast work together then this game is for you. Also, add in that every time you play the battle field and the opposing army is always different. Then Hordes is for you.

Hordes table top miniature game is a lot of fun and it has a degree of simple intricacy like no other miniature game. I would recommend this to anyone as their first venture into table top miniature gaming!

One other thing I’d like to point out that this is a Rule book, along with that there are miniatures that will need purchasing, assembly and painting. You’ll also need dice, 6 should be enough. A tape measure and a 4 ft by 4 ft playing are with some terrain that you can buy or build yourself. So in a sense this makes the games even more satisfying as the simple intricacy.

Game on!

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5 Beta 2.0 Tester
Cryptozoic Entertainment fan
81 of 112 gamers found this helpful
“Bring on the carnage!”

Hordes: Primal MKII is a eye catching game that doesn’t strain the eyes but keeps ones attention with rich colors and easy to read typeface. Primal MKII really focuses on letting the player get into their faction and not spend precious play time on rule debating.

Like other miniature war games Primal MKII is roll dice and move model game-style but the actual interaction between miniatures is what sets it apart like hurling your enemies across the battlefield, delivering devastating magical attacks to make short of your foes! Its this personal interaction between player and figure that makes this game so exciting and different.

The only downside to games like these are the costly miniature sets that sell for $49.99 but are great for hobbyist who like to customize and paint miniatures and get more out of it than just moving figures around the board.

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Movie Lover
Miniature Painter
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
81 of 115 gamers found this helpful
“Sooooooo Much Fun!”

Having played several other mini-wargamers (i.e. Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Mordheim, Bloodbowl, etc…) before I was blown away when I was introduced to Hordes and its companion game Warmachine. (It shoud be noted that these games are 100% compatable, they simply have a few key rules differences.) These gamers are easily the best and most fun games of thier type out there today!

The gameplay is fast and furious and the tactics are as varied and dynamic as you can possible want. You can build your personal army to your specific tastes, and even include mercanaries into your force.

Unlike other major miniature wargames companies in business today all factions in Hordes or its companion game Warmachine all receive new models and options at once. This means that you do not have to wait years before you get stuff, only months.

Games can have a fast pace or a slow one, eitherway they will no doubt be fun. Overall the models are awesome, the rules are great and the backstory is some of the best out there today.

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81 of 123 gamers found this helpful
“Love my Minion Piggies!”

Love the hobby of miniatures, the building, the painting, but these sculpts are really pretty! The game play is so much fun and has simple rules to be able to pick up and begin play. A potential player could easily pick up the two player starter to get everything they need right there and begin learning, or just grab the core book, find a faction that fits them and begin picking up the models they need to build their ideal army. That’s what I did with my Thorn Alliance faction. I loved reading the fluff behind the minion factions, but more so that of these twisted, blood hungry, mechanical, piggies!
We have a league in the store, that is really nice and fun to play against. They meet every Sunday and don’t mind teaching and helping new players out.

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Amateur Reviewer
76 of 140 gamers found this helpful
“One of the best wargames”

This game takes place in steampunk world, where mighty Warcasters and Warlocks clash they swords. This wargame is between massive and skirmish scale. You control Warlock who is key piece in your army. All miniatures are top noch quality, rules are very balanced. And theme is high developed, with huge amount of lore. This wargame is not perfect, but ahead others.

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4 Beta 2.0 Tester
73 of 141 gamers found this helpful
“Giant Beasts beating each other What more is there”

The Hordes game is a lot like Warmachine with a few different mechanics, Instead of Warjacks you get giant beasts, of flesh & bone or even stone, your warlock bonds with these beasts in order to run amuck on the Iron Kingdoms. This game has fantastic miniatures and combines great strategies with pure force. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes table top games.


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