Welcome to the Privateer Press Forums!
We're happy you're here and hope you'll be so for a long time, adding to the overall community that we've been building for quite some time.
Now then, as a new forumite, you're sure to have lots of questions. It's alright. We were all new once and know that sometimes one can get lost in all the options. So here's a little handy FAQ/Road Map for the forums.
#1: Where should I start as a new member?
If you're reading this, you're already in the New Member's Forum, which is great. This part of the forums is specifically designed for you to get your feet wet. Feel free to ask any questions you've got, no matter how "noobish" you feel they may be. We're happy to help as best we can.
#2: What sort of stuff do I need to start playing?
We generally recommend that players start out with the Battlebox Starters. Each faction has one available. Once assembled, they're ready-to-play armies all their own that can be played against other Battleboxes. It also contains a Quick-Start Rules poster with the basics of the game. So with just a single purchase, you can get started right away. From there, it's best to pick up the main rulebook for the game (Primal MkII for Hordes. Prime MkII for Warmachine). Beyond that, there are the Forces Of: books that are designed to give you all the information you need for your faction, including background fluff, Theme army lists, painting guides and more!
#3: Ok, that's all good, but what army should I play?
That's a very difficult question for us to answer. However, there are resources at your disposal that can aid you in your quest. The first two are pinned right next to this thread here. They're the Hordes and Warmachine Faction Descriptions:
Hordes Faction Guildes
Warmachine Faction Guides
The next-best places to look are the individual Community forums for each faction. Look over the threads and the army builds there and you can get a good idea of how each faction plays. From there, you can probably find a faction that best-fits your ideas of what you want to play.
Warmachine And Hordes Faction Communities
#4: What about painting? How do I paint my figs and do I have to paint them any particular way?
We have a potion of the forums entirely dedicated to the assembly and painting of your miniatures. Pinned at the top are several very handy threads that can help you locate tutorial sites or other useful information in getting you started.
You are free to paint your models any which way you like. Just browse through the threads in the M&M forum and you'll see a plethora of individual color schemes that can inspire you.
Modeling And Painting Forum
#5: Ok, I've got an army. I've got them painted. Where do I find others to play against?
There are a couple places you can look to find other gamers in your area. The first is the Privateer Community and Game Clubs section of the forums. Many area stores or groups have put threads here and with a quick search, you can probably find one near you.
Privateer Community And Gaming Clubs
Another way is by looking for your local Press Gang Member. PGs are the volunteer representatives for PPS and are in charge of organizing local Leagues and Tournaments and will be happy to help you out getting acquainted with the groups in your area.
Press Gang Locator
#6: I've heard about the Press Gang, but what is it, exactly?
As mentioned above, Press Gangers are the volunteer representatives for PPS. They're there to help run the gaming community local to them. Finding one near you is a great way to get involved in the Warmachine/Hordes group in your area.
#7: So I'm here. I'm part of the Community. I want to keep it that way. Is there anything I shouldn't do while here?
There are rules here, as with any forum. We like to keep things lighthearted and friendly. My good friend Josh has already posted a bit of a primer for this sort of thing. It can be found at the following URL: Privateer Forum Rules Primer
#8: I had a rules question in my last game. Where should I ask it to get an answer?
Well, you can either ask it here or down in the Rules Forum. Up here, we're happy to answer any question if you feel it's a bit "noobish" or even if it's complex. Worse comes to worse, if you ask up here and it doesn't seem like something that should go up here, we'll move it down to the Rules Forum.
The Rules Forum is inhabited by many helpful forumites who are there to get you the right answer. Among them you'll find Infernals (they've got purple screen names). Those are the fully-official rules-answerers for PPS. If they say an answer to a question, you can guarantee it's correct. However, they're not going to come in to every thread and say something. The vast majority of questions won't need their input, so they won't reply, especially if they see that a correct answer has already been given. So don't go in there calling for one to answer your question specifically, as it probably won't happen, but be assured that if they are needed to answer something, they will.
Warmachine and Hordes Rules Forum
#9: Is there anything more?
Sure! There's plenty more. If you're artisically-inclined, there's a Fan Art section. If you're interested in building terrain for your games, there's the Terrain section. If you're into games like Grind and Infernal Contraption, there's a section for that, too. The forums encompass just about everything Iron Kingdoms you can think of. Take your time to look around and you'll find a place for you.
Enjoy your stay!