It has been far too long since I wrote here, but the main articles that I envisioned for this blog are coming to fruition. You’ll find the first in a multi-part series here.
A brief recap for those who are visiting for the first time. The Theme Workshop is a blog dedicated to themed armies in the Warmachine and Hordes game system. This blog covers any and all theme armies, from home grown to tiers. We’re not going to delve into playing the game and how to field the most effective group of soldiers. We will be exploring how to field a force of soldiers that both looks and feels awesome on the table top. What does that mean? Well, we will be exploring that below.
What’s a Theme army?
This is a question that has been asked many times before. We here the term tossed around on gaming forums, in hobby articles, in army spot light features, but rarely has anyone sat you down and told you how to build a theme army. There is a reason for this. Themed armies are all about the feel, and the rational. They are not about finely tuning a list to get a certain combo off, nor are they about packing as many powerful units into one list as possible. Themed armies are about style, fluff, and feel.
I’ve been involved in this hobby for a long time (a jar of jellybeans to any who can guess how long), and in that time I’ve seen a lot of player armies I would call themed. Some have had really strong themes, some not so much. All of that experience however, leads me to define themes as such:
Themed army – Any army which has one or more unifying elements that are expressed in some way across the majority of models.
A pretty good definition I think, and one which will be used for all future articles. So remember it. Write it down. There might be a test later.
A theme army is still a very general concept though. Armies can be themed based on the background, or based on the models themselves. Many types of themes are available to build an army around, and no army or faction is limited to just one theme. Warmachine and Hordes take place in a world setting rich with fluff and the armies in these games can easily be constructed with themes in mind. So let’s explore the type of army themes available to us.
Another 4-7 posts will come over the course of the next few weeks discussions various theme builds. Stay tuned (for real this time)