Privateer Press Posts New Warmachine Previews

By Polar_Bear
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Apr 11th, 2017
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We start off the day with a heaping helping of Warmachine. Privateer Press has posted up a bunch of new previews for Cryx and Khador. Plus a Cygnar preview sneaks its way in there (as much as a colossal can “sneak,” I suppose). Let’s take a look.

From the posts:

Kommander Andrei Malakov has developed into a ruthless but eminently capable Khadoran officer. Driven by bold self-confidence and implementing unconventional tactics, he has no qualms about ordering artillery strikes close to his own lines or pushing feints to their limits despite casualties. As a protégé of Supreme Kommandant Irusk, the young warcaster strives not only to emulate his mentor but also to surpass him, developing his own more aggressive doctrine.

More than just craftsmen, Forge Seers also take to the battlefield alongside the warjacks they help create. These Greylords apply their knowledge of magic and mechanika to imbue the weapons of warjacks with the power needed to cut down unnatural foes who are more than flesh and steel. Clad in Man-O-War armor, Greylord Forge Seers charge into battle with the hiss of steam in their ears and the chill of winter at their fingertips.

Assault Kommander Oleg Strakhov has spent decades carving a bloody trail through the kingdoms of western Immoren, eliminating high-profile targets and destabilizing opposing forces with well-orchestrated strikes. Strakhov stands as a Khadoran legend. Those who tell of his deeds speak of him as more specter than man, an unseen force capable of accomplishing impossible tasks under cover of night and leaving no evidence of his passage.

Stormwalls and Hurricanes tower over Cygnar’s enemies with the majesty and menace of a looming cloudburst. From the thunder of its guns to the blinding arcs of electricity from its lightning pods, the Stormwall is the mechanikal embodiment of the tempest. The Hurricane is a state-of-the-art weapons platform designed to put down the heaviest enemy targets while offering arcane support for its warcaster through its arc node. These technological marvels pound the battlefield with a hailstorm of cannon shells before smashing survivors with their giant fists.

For decades Kharybdis was lost, believed to have been destroyed when the Cygnaran Navy sank the blackship carrying it. With nothing but a crude map, Captain Aiakos set out to recover this powerful helljack that slumbered in the deep. Kharybdis now terrorizes victims of the warcaster’s bloody raids, tearing anything within reach to pieces.

Mortenebra is the dark mistress of the Cryxian war industry. With her cold and penetrating mind, she has worked behind the scenes to further the development of the Nightmare Empire’s necromechanikal horrors. Driven to seek insights through the crucible of combat, she has continued to augment her own physical form through iterative reimaginings of her mechanikal frame. Now, with the chance to observe her creations in battle, Mortenebra’s dark mind has been stirred to new and greater heights.

A merciless cutthroat of the high seas, Aiakos has risen from humble beginnings among the gangs of Blackwater to become one of the fiercest captains in Cryx’s pirate fleet. The warcaster rushes to the forefront of every engagement, bounding from ship to ship to skewer his opponents with harpoon and blade. Wherever the promise of a bloody battle arises, Aiakos and his crew are not far behind.

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  • DB

    The Man-O-War solo’s pauldrons makes my back hurt by proxy, good grief.

    And Scylla was the one with the tentacular wriggly bits, not Charybdis. Charybdis was the whirlpool. Dangit, Privateer.

    • crazytuco

      Agreed on the MoW solo.

      And maybe it’s the paint job, but does Malakov’s face look just straight up weird?

      • DB

        Malakov looks a bit like a Thunderbirds puppet. I thought Gerry Anderson was dead…

      • odinsgrandson

        I kind of like the Man o War solo. Maybe I’m just too used to seeing Terminator armor, because by comparison, that looks downright comfortable.

      • Ghool

        It’s the paint job.

    • odinsgrandson

      That reminds me about the version I read in high school. The translator decided that all of the soft C sounds were wrong and replaced them with Ks.

      (Kyklopes was the worst one).

      The argument was that it was closer to the original Greek, but I figured that the purpose of translation was to replace the Greek words with English ones…

      • DB

        How about “Aias” for the more familiar Ajax?

        It’s a little jarring, but it’s definitely closer to Greek. There’s less of a shift if you read it consistently, rather than bounce back and forth, just in case someone decides to study the Classics/ancient Greek further on.

        I still tend to use what I grew up with, unless I’m around academics…and even they are forgiving.

        • odinsgrandson

          I’m bilingual, and I’ve known enough of languages that I don’t speak to know that simply writing out a foreign word phonetically in English almost never results in people saying it correctly.

          Basically, my inability to write out Rio de Janeiro or Osaka lead me to believe that Kirke and Kyklopes aren’t helping me say it like an ancient Greek.

          If your actually working with the Greek texts, then I think it is appropriate to say it correctly, but at that point you have information that isn’t available on the page of the English translation.

          • All this reminds me of in my Ancient Rome classes where it was pointed out that Latin didn’t have “w” or the soft “c” sounds. So, instead of how most of us might pronounce “Vini, Vidi, Vici.” It’d be closer to “When-e, Weed-e, Week-e.”
            … Just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

          • odinsgrandson

            I’ve always wondered- the language has been dead for so long- what information do we have about how the Romans spoke?

            I’m not saying that it is unknowable, I’m just curious about how we know what we do.

          • crazytuco

            Maybe just watch Caligula? I think they were Romans in that.

          • DB

            “I, Claudius” is good (and on Amazon Prime, I think). “Caligula” was awful, despite having a lot of things I like.

            Malcolm McDowell, John Gielgud, Peter O’Toole, Helen Mirren…how can you screw that up?

            Pretty easily, apparently.

          • odinsgrandson

            Oh yeah. How could I have forgotten that Romans have British accents.

          • DB

            They pick up American accents later, around the time of Commodus (in Gladiator).

            Then they start speaking either Cockney or Deep South/Cajun, because nobody wants to do films about later Imperial Rome.