Rethinking the Retribution

At GenCon I picked up a copy of the Retribution of Scyrah army book and Kaelyssa, Night’s Whisper to play with potential color schemes.  At first I was tossing around the idea of starting up a Retribution force – the playstyle looked interesting and it had the “shiny new hawtness” going for it.  Then I realized something… I’m already getting a new faction.

Privateer Press has already stated that when Warmachine MkII is released, the Hordes MkII Field Test will begin.  At GenCon they confirmed that the Hordes MkII Field Test will be essentially “tournament legal” and that MkII will be the supported format.  And that’s when I get my new faction.


All of the doomsaying aside, most people are expecting some fairly significant change to the Legion of Everblight come MkII.  If Terminus is any indication, wings are expected to no longer evade free strikes; a major blunting of the Legion’s maneuverability.  Other models – like the Seraph, Incubi, and Raptors – have a reputation as being overpowered or open to abuse and are expected to be rebalanced.

I’m not going to whine about the changes.  I’m fully ready to adapt to and embrace the new play-style, but that’s ultimately my point – the Legion is expected to play differently.  The magnitude of this change is still up in the air, but in all honestly I’m excited about it.  I get to take the models I really like and the army whose fluff I dig, and experience them from a new perspective.  In addition, it will hopefully mean hearing less whining about facing the Legion as well, which will make playing them an all-around better experience.

Once I started looking at Legion MkII in this way I realized there wasn’t a need to go looking for the new hawtness, the new hawtness is coming to me in just a few months.  The Retribution is still interesting, but the temptation isn’t as strong as it was before.  Maybe at the end of 2010 when all of MkII has been released and we’ve played with the final version of the MkII rules I’ll revisit the idea of expanding to a new faction but for now I’m ready for some MkII Blightning.

6 thoughts on “Rethinking the Retribution”

  1. Hah hah. 🙂

    I didn’t mean to imply the book and model were a waste, though. The Retribution book still has some good content in it between the fluff and painting guides, let alone the look at the Retribution stats. I’m sorry to say I’ll definitely be keeping my hands on it for a while. 🙂 I just re-evaluated my priorities with the upcoming MkII release.

    Or maybe more appropriately…

    I, for one, welcome our new MkII overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted podcasting personality I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.

  2. Hey, I’m doing the same thing! I started picking up all the warlocks (even the ones I’m not crazy about) recently so that, come Mk2 Field Test time, I’d be ready to play whichever one ends up suiting my playstyle the best under the new Legion rules.

  3. I looked into Retribution and while the playstyle sounds interesting, I just have a thing against elves. Must be my trollish blood.

    I will await my Mk2 Overlords just as you will Dank. Praise be to MK2!

    Or something like that. Hehe.

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