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Warmachine: Prime MKII

| Published: 2010
Expansion for Warmachine
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In Warmachine, the very earth shakes during fierce confrontations of Armageddon-like proportions. Six-ton constructs of tempered iron and steel slam into one another with the destructive force of a locomotive. Lead-spewing cannons chew through armor plating as easily as flesh. And a tempest of arcane magics sets the battlefield ablaze with such that the gods themselves fear to tread the tormented ground.

Victory shall favor the bold! So bring it on—if you’ve got the metal.

Warmachine is a fast-paced and aggressive 30mm tabletop miniatures battle game set in the steam-powered fantasy world of the Iron Kingdoms. Players take on the role of elite soldier-sorcerers known as warcasters. Though warcasters are formidable combatants on their own, their true strength lies in their magical ability to control and coordinate mighty warjacks—massive steam-powered combat automatons that are the pinnacle of military might in the Iron Kingdoms. Players collect, assemble, and paint fantastically detailed models representing the varied warriors, machines, and creatures in their armies. This is steam-powered miniatures combat, and your tabletop will never be the same!

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86 of 93 gamers found this helpful
“An obsession”

Privateer Press makes it really easy to get into Warmachine. They offer a simple 4 page rule set for free on their website that has all of the rules you need to play the game. Combine that with any faction’s starter “battle box” and you are ready to go.

For a typical game of Warmachine, two players face off with a small skirmish force led by a single Warcaster. These warcasters are unique personalities that bring to the table a plethora of spells and abilities that drive they way your force performs. While extremely powerful, these warcasters can be easily defeated if overextended. Three other types of combatants fill in the rest of the skirmish force. You have warjacks, large warmachines that lumber across the battlefield leaving a wake of destruction in their path, units, groups of six or more infantry models that can form the bulk of your force, and solos, powerful individuals free to roam the battlefield filling in where their skills are most suited.

One thing that sets Warmachine apart from other miniature games is the focus point system. Each turn, your warcaster has a set number of focus points that can be used to cast spells, augment jacks, or be saved to increase the warcaster’s defense. This adds a resource management aspect to the game. Do you use all of your focus to zap enemy models, or do you allocate some of it to your warjacks so they can move faster and hit harder? Each turn you will be faced with agonizing choices on how to utilize the resources that you are given.

There is a lot of thought that goes into designing your skrimish force. Units and warcasters synergize with each other very well. A unit that might be underwhelming on it’s own can potentially dominate the battlefield when supported by the right solo or warcaster. In my experience, the combinations are limitless, and there is no single most powerful unit that shows up in every game.

The miniatures themselves are top notch, both in design and quality. There is also new stuff coming out every month. Some people like this, while many do not. Although new models aren’t necessarily more powerful, it can be very daunting to stay on top of everything. Not knowing what you are up against can be the biggest disadvantage you can have.

The rules themselves are solid and elegant, especially compared to other systems. It is very rarely that something comes up that the rules can’t explain. They are clear enough that there is not much open to interpretation. The game plays quickly and while it’s dice driven, it’s not a dice fest. You’ll rarely be rolling more than three or four dice at a time.

I really enjoy this game. It looks beautiful on the table, it plays well, and even between games, I enjoy playing around with different force combinations, trying to find the best combination. But that’s the thing, there is no best combination, just many really great ones.

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83 of 92 gamers found this helpful
“If Magic: The Gathering was a miniatures game...”

I’m going to try to keep this to the high points. There are a number of good breakdowns of the details of the game that I don’t feel like I need to go into it, but let’s talk about what makes Warmachine different.

Unlike many miniatures games that hold on to their roots as military simulations, Warmchine is probably closer in feel to games like Magic: The Gathering. Warmachine isn’t as much about the utilization of firepower and terrain as it is about exploring and exploiting the synergies between the various powers and abilities of your units. Yes, you’re moving around your units and giant walking tanks in order to shoot your buddies models right in their stupid faces, but if you do that without giving strong thought as to how to maximize the effectiveness of your individual units then not only are you not playing the game to its fullest potential, you are likely going to lose.

The rules, on the surface, are pretty straight forward. It doesn’t take long at all to learn the basic dice, movement and shooting mechanics. Unfortunately, like Magic: The Gathering, there’s some fairly serious complexity under the hood. Figuring out actions, special actions, as well as timing of various things can really trip you up at times. It’s one of those games you can end up playing just plain wrong and not know it until you play with a new group. Of course, it’s the depth of the rules that make the game rich and interesting but I suppose that makes it a double-edge sword.

The miniatures definitely have their own style. In my opinion most are good, but not great. Fans of Games Workshop miniatures will miss the overall quality of GWs plastic kits.

Overall, there’s a lot of like with this game. Even when you think you’ve lost it’s always possible to squeeze out a win if your opponent makes a bad decision or the dice don’t go his way. Every game is a nail-biter.

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83 of 119 gamers found this helpful
“Best miniature game out there!”

Having played several ther mini-wargamers before I was blown away when I was introduced to Warmachine and its companion game Hordes. (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 game play 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 wargame companies in business today all factions in Warmachine or its companion game Hordes 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 thier today.

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81 of 125 gamers found this helpful
“Wonderful miniature game”

Having played many of the games workshop games, I had become tired of constantly trying to keep up with the newest army or book release. What appealed to me initially about Warmachine was that units released initially were still viable after many years of expansions and additions. Add to that a rich backstory and a army of loyal gamers and you have the makings of one of the best table top games I have ever played. Great support through the various cons (Temple con, Gencon, etc.) and wonderful volunteer gamers who work to show people how to pick up the game and run local tournaments show the game’s staying power and how dedicated people are to having it continue. Fun game to play win or lose, this is a game all should take a look at.

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72 of 119 gamers found this helpful
“Excellent miniature wargame”

I’ve only played this once, but the game left me with a really good first impression. The miniatures are beautifully crafted, and the game mechanics make for an experience that is loaded with strategy, tactics, and of course some luck. Although I am not an avid miniature wargamer by any means, I can see why games like this are so popular. If you have the chance to try this game out, I highly recommend it.

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80 of 134 gamers found this helpful
“Take chess and throw in Metal constructs and you get this game.”

Warmachine is a great miniatures game; it combines skill, knowledge and a pinch of luck if you want to win, with Warmachine even when you look down and out there is that small chance on a “balls to the wall” move that can win you a game. The models that Privateer press releases are amazing to paint and play with, they give a very stimulating look to an already awesome game.

As time passes with this game in only continues to get better, the staff at Privateer Press have a great product and a great game for everyone who loves miniatures games.

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67 of 135 gamers found this helpful

If you think you can’t your wrong! This is an excellent entry into the Table top world! great game mechanics!


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