This is a great f’n idea and a refreshing way to look at Warmachine and Hordes.
This all kind of started last year when I decided to switch from running an ultra-competitive eLylyth blitz to surprise people at GenCon Hardcore last year to this WTF Ashlynn list that actually turned out to be really boss. I got a lot of shocked looks at the convention when they heard I took Ashlynn to Hardcore. Some people thought I was flat out nuts. Well, I kinda am.
Then someone at the tournament tells me that the format handicaps Trollbloods and that they can’t be competitive in HardCore. All that does is just get me to play them. Partially to disprove that kind of garbage, and partly because it’s an underdog. Let’s face it. We all love underdogs. As I got deeper into the faction, I heard more rumblings from within. Trollbloods need Champs. Kriel Warriors suck. So what does that kind of guff drive me to do? Build lists with Kriel Warriors and no Champs, of course.
At some point I saw my idea catching. A couple of last year’s more successful Hardcore players are picking up Trollbloods, one of them just to have a run with the “sucky” faction. One of my locals started building a Xerxis Hardcore list. I see it popping up here and there. People making lists for fun! Not for badass-ness, not for brokenness, not out of any sense of competitive drive. Just because it sounds like a hoot.
I’m in. I’ve been a part of this group pretty much from the time I started playing Warmachine — I simply couldn’t understand why people said certain models sucked, especially if they never play with them. It’s never made sense to me. The Sub-Partisans… yeah, that makes all the sense in the world.