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Boy Do I Suck At This…

Blogging. I used to find it quite easy to do regularly. It is well over a year since my last post. Real life does its thing and obstructs all. Since my last post, based on a little look into the chemtrail conspiracy theory, there have been a multitude of changes. Several job changes have occured and recently a large house move to Wales has happened and we are just about settled in at this point. Hobby wise this has meant I have lost my gaming group and regular friday gaming sessions. On the plus side it also means a whole new group to play with and I have graduated from a corner under the stairs for hobbying all the way up to what is effectively a full hobby workshop! As far as games go, the Age of Sigmar situation that was has settled it seems and GW appear to have learned and improved the way they do things, which is refreshing to see from them.

I have the New 40k on order with imperial forces being mustered together in the form of Astra Militarum as well as some Skitarii, I have a marine force assembled for Horus Heresy which will double up as a 40k marine force further expanding my Imperial forces as well as an Imperial knight to bring the heavy hurt. Shadow War Armageddon has been a staple recently and is the reason I have any Skitarii at all. I have started gathering terrain and started building my own gaming table for use in my workshop.

I am presently unemployed and doing the house husband thing again so I’m hopeful I will be able to get the blog running again properly but we will have to see because, as stated already, I’m kinda bad at this.

A Thought Occurred…

Whilst at work today a thought struck me about my beloved Warmachine/Hordes. There are those that state it is to cartoony for them. Looking at the Trollbloods faction I can certainly see that point of view has some validity to it. But I find myself wondering if this might be part of the appeal of the game? Looking at the concepts and a lot of the artwork I find my mind drifting back to such  pleasures as Visionaires, Bravestar and other classic 80’s cartoons from my childhood. It seems to me that Warmachine has massive potential as a cartoon series, something akin to the new Thundercats cartoon that came along recently. Look at the art for the Cygnaran Trencher Commandos…

They feel like they could be in a popular cartoon series like those mentioned above. Its something I would watch today, so long as it wasn’t on a channel I had to pay extra for. I don’t know if this would detract from some peoples enjoyment of the game, I’m sure there are those that would cry out in horror at the prospect. I put it to you however that there are far worse things that have been made into cartoons that have done very well indeed…

I realise this is the second time I have used this cartoon in a post. It is not one I watched….    …Honest….     …Stop looking at me like that!

Now obviously a cartoon for warmachine would not look anything like the 80’s monsters of my childhood, Cartoon Technology has vastly improved since we had to watch people with the facial definition of an early Action Man flying through the air killing the baddies. Now-a-days we would look at the joys of this…

…with no small amount of derision. These days though…

compares very nicely to its first incarnation

Where anatomy often seemed to be a secondary consideration.

But I digress…  When I look at my favorite Warmachine and Hordes units and characters my mind is always cast back in this way and this is what made me think that just maybe those fellows at Privateer Press are quite heavily influenced by the greats of the 80’s. Heres a little Imagination experiment for you… 

 

Replace the characters in the Thundercats with some characters from the Iron Kingdoms. How “Lion’o” is Stryker?

 

Aside from the Gun and Armour its all quite close. There are setting differences here obviously but I think you would not find it hard to transplant the 2 characters in your mind and put Lion’o in the Iron Kingdoms and Stryker somewhere on Third Earth. Its not a strenuous mental exercise. Just something to give you an idea of whats running through my head.

In all frankness, a Warmachine/Hordes Cartoon would work far better for Privateer than for anything GW make, with the possible exception of Bloodbowl.  Anyway I think I’m starting to rant. I apologise if this post is a little disjointed. Unfortunately this is often the way my brain works. Therefore I will leave you with images from Warmachine and Hordes for you to put into cartoons…

Seriously. Cryx would make excellent cartoon baddies!