I've only been interested in Warmachine for about six months, only been playing for maybe two, and I chose an Ashlynn list to begin with. I've got (what I deem to be) solid 15pt and 25pt lists and will soon be adding a full unit of Nyss to boost me up to 35pts. Really looking forward to it.
One thing I've noticed in the forums is that Ashylnn doesn't appear to be quite as popular as I had anticipated, at least from what I can see. I chose her because I wanted Gun Mages desperately, but have two mates just started that both chose Cygnar so I didn't want to step on toes. After looking through the casters available to HBC, she was by far the most appealing to me. I listened to the Chain Attack battle report about her (http://www.chain-attack.com/?s=ashlynn) which I'd totally recommend if people haven't heard of Chain Attack before. They spoke quite highly of her and ranked her as pretty powerful.
This isn't a complaint, far from it, but everybody on the Merc forums here seem to be talking about Talion Charter and Searforge considerably more than anything else. Have I just caught it at a bad time? I know a lot of these games are cyclic - is it the Galleon and Ossrum coming out that have influenced this, perhaps?
I just became suddenly concerned that somehow I've picked a dud (although looking at her rules, surely not!) or perhaps on the other end of the spectrum, picked a cheesy Warcaster that will alienate people from playing me. I have already built a fearsome loathing of that stupid tart eHaley... have I fallen into the same trap?