Reading through No Quarter #5 has been, frankly, a delight. From the fiction filling in gaps between the 2nd and 3rd edition of Warmachine & Hordes as well as jumping all the way back to what happened to Vlad before the Temple Garrodh and Asphyxious’ attempted apotheosis, to the background of the blighted ogrun and the wrapup of the Armored Corps CID and the full article on those brave Khadoran souls who don Man-O-War armour…
May Menoth forgive me, but I’ve always been a fan of the concept of the Man-O-War. The nation doesn’t have the materials needed to make higher grade Warjack cortices? We need to save all the good ones for Heavy Warjacks because we don’t have enough to put in Light Warjacks? No worries, we’ll just convince some of our loyal patriotic military that the best way they can serve Khador is to clamber into a giant suit of steam-powered armour – never mind the risk of a popped seal boiling the pilot like a lobster – and send ’em off to war.
When I first looked at Khador back in the latter days of Mk1, we had the Shocktroopers and the Demo Corp, oh, and the Drakhun and Kovnik, I guess. The Bombardiers added a new flavour, though they had difficulty finding a home in many lists, and the advent of the Battle Mechanik Officer and his jaws of life only carried it so far. The Forge Seer, however, said “Let’s make things fancy and add some magic zot…”
Now, however, our dreams of “All Man-O-War All The TIme” are finally viable.
Warcaster? Kommandant Sorscha Kratikoff.
Named characters? Kommandant Atanas Arcanovich, Sergeant Dragod Dragadovich.
Extra support? Attachment for the Bombardiers.
More pew pew? Suppression and Strike Tankers.
Something a little faster but still with pew pew? Siege and Assault Chariots.
The Man-O-War have gone from being a subsection of the Khadoran war effort to a more versatile, more rounded engine of war, with man and machine melded behind thick plates of armour and stacked with an assortment of shootiness. The new Man-O-War Theme Force gives you a mix of old and new with Dragadovich to lead the Bombardiers, Arcanovich to look all handsome, a Forge Seer, a Tanker, and some Mechaniks to keep everything running. Aside from the potential for making a ridiculously well armoured Company of Iron list, you’ve got a great kickstart to any budding Khador army right here.
Combined with existing models like Drago, who remains one of my very favourite character warjacks (Yes,Scrutator, I’ll report for a wracking once I’m done), the armoured aspects of Khador cotinue to appeal. We;’ll hopefully be able to take a closer look at some of the new models shortly, but for now, just imagine the fun of a POW20 cannon with Smite being towed around in a chariot..