Here it is, the last Line of Sight post for the year! We've had a great time in 2017, but now that the year is drawing to an end... what do we do? A new year is a fresh start and a great time to set goals, change up your hobby, or just try something entirely new. Here's our list of fun things you can do to kick off the new year!
1: Pick Up a New Faction
The new year is a great time to go pick up a brand new faction that you've not played before, and getting into a new faction in WarmaHordes is easier than ever before. Theme forces have created distinct sub-types among factions you can buy into and collect, narrowing the scope of what you might need to get into the finer workings of a faction. Do you like Exemplar but aren't that interested in Idrians and Zealots? Pick up some Exemplar Interdiction models and get yourself a list together. Enjoy the Immortals in Skorne but not a fan of the pointy eared blood mage types? Pick up an army featuring The Exalted theme force. You might find you want to branch out after that and really get into the faction more seriously, but for a relatively low price you can create a nice modular army collection of any faction you wish. On top of that, we've got Grymkin, who you can pick up the entirety of for less than the other main factions we're used to if you just want a real change of pace without limiting your options!
2: Get Into Painting
Alright, hear me out. I'm not an artsy type, or at least not for physical mediums; I prefer making and enjoying a good tune but I've never been one to draw or paint or build things or whatever. Still, I thought I'd try my hand at painting in my early Warmachine days and it stuck with me for years now. No, I'm not an amazing painter by any means but I hold my own, and you could too! There are tons of great tutorials out there in the world, everyone from youtube to our own page (with more of that sort coming soon!) and it's easy enough to get some paints, get some brushes, prime a couple models, and just... give it a go! You may be surprised and find you enjoy it more than you think, even if it's less about the painting and more about just having some color on the models you play with so many hours of your year. If you don't do well at first, don't get discouraged. Remember playing Warmachine for the first time; we were all new at one point!
If you want a great example of some painting styles that are easy to pick up on once you've got some basics down and get your stuff looking good, I'd highly suggest Dallas Kemp's Formula P3's Painting Tutorials and Warhammer TV's Warhammer Painting Tutorials as they both feature really good commentary, explanations, and instruction on painting styles that are simple but very effective.
3: Plan Some Travel
There are a lot of great Warmachine events that happen all across the country, and some of them can definitely be a little ways away from your home town. There's no better way to really get involved in the Warmachine community and play some great games than travelling outside of your usual meta and hitting up a new one, be it for a tournament going on the next state over or a convention happening halfway across the country. Travel can be a big undertaking, though, and it's good to start planning early. Look into flights, hotel rooms, maybe you have friends you could stay with or, even better, friends wanting to come along from your area.
My personal recommendation for a first convention to make it to would probably be Lock n' Load, Privateer Press' official convention that takes place every year around June/July in the Seattle area in Washington. For some, that's an extreme distance, so I'd suggest Warmachine Weekend, which takes place in St. Louis, Missouri around November, is relatively cheap as far as travel goes vs. some areas of the country, and is pretty central to the United States for anyone. That's for the USA anyway, and there are many great European and Australian events you can make it to if you live in those areas, although we'd love to see you in the States!
4: Set Some Goals
Goals can take a lot of different forms. For a competitive-oriented player it might be specific events you want to place at or even win, or maybe a matchup you want to work on and master. For a hobbyist it might be about finishing painting your faction, learning a new painting technique, or starting a new project entirely. For anyone it might just be about getting in games, having fun, and meeting new people. I find my time with the game and the community much more enjoyable when I'm striving for something, and the new year is a great time to set those goals and steel yourself to work hard and push through!
My personal goals are to qualify for Masters at the three conventions I know I'm making it to (LVO, Lock n Load, and Warmachine Weekend,) and to qualify for the Warmachine Weekend Invitational. I'm already setting up my plans for how I want to achieve this, but even if you aren't able to attain your goals for the year, remember: it's all about the journey, the fun you have, and the people you meet along the way. We've got a great game and a great community to be a part of, so enjoy it!
5: Just... Plan to Play
Yeah, sure, it sounds like a cop out but I'm dead serious. Warmachine is a time and social commitment, and requires some planning and organization typically, and it's easy, especially over the holiday season, to just... forget to keep coming in and playing games. Beyond that, I've found people who just aren't playing or have taken a long break are the ones most angry about aspects of the game (it goes hand in hand, really, if you're upset you won't play, but still), and the people who are just going in and rolling some dice are having a great time. Don't get caught up in internet doom and gloom, just go and enjoy a great game with your friends. Laugh at the crazy moments, feel the triumphs of your great plays, learn from the defeats, just go and get some games in and have a good time with the pieces you've bought. In the end it's all about having a good time and bringing a community together, and the more you play and have a good time, the more others will see how good a time you're having and want to come join in. Beyond organizing events or advertising or anything, the best advertisement for helping grow your community is just a couple people rolling some dice and having a great time, willing to talk to anyone who comes over asking what they're up to.
This is a great community to be a part of, and I'm excited to spend the next year of it with you all. See you all around, and thanks for reading!