Well, I hope I got your attention with the title. First, let me state that I am perfectly aware of how important the front and back arcs in Warmachine and Hordes. The changes to DEF are huge and provide lots of tactical advantages. That's not what I'm talking about.
That makes this article a bit more of an editorial on sportmanship, I guess. I know that in any competitive game like Warmachine/Hordes or even Warhammer 40k, things can get pretty heated, but I wonder how often what constitutes the front arc comes up. I have wondered this because I have seen quite a few warmahordes bases somehow decorated to delineate between front and back arcs. Bottom line: This looks ugly to me and I want to know how socially acceptable having unmarked bases is.
So, I want to ask people who have experience on the topic. How often do people play without marked bases? Does it cause much controversy?
Being relatively new to Warmachine, I would like to have some more casual games until I have the rules down well, but eventually, I want to get into more competitive gaming. So, I wonder how often it really does matter or isn't obvious where a model's front or back arc is located and how that affects a game. I tend to see the best in people and haven't run into too many jerk players who would make too much of an issue about something like that, but this is the first game I have played where front and back matter, but also where the models have round bases. Coming from a GW background, Warhammer Fantasy includes square bases and 40k has round bases, but front and back don't matter.
Here's my request. Post a comment and tell me your stories, whether good or bad, about how marked or unmarked bases have had an effect on a game in a big way. Thanks.
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