Retribution Aspis Warjack preview

By tgn_admin
In Fantasy
Jun 23rd, 2011

AspisPrivateer Press have posted a preview of the Retribution Aspis Warjack.

From their website:

A marvel of Iosan force mastery, the Aspis is an unmistakable sight on the battlefield. The myrmidon is equipped to manipulate its own protective field dynamically and can catch bullets with it before they strike. A stalwart guardian of its controlling warcaster, the Aspis can smash even the largest enemies backward with blows of its force-enhanced fists to keep its master safe from harm.

  • I do like it, but my very first thought was: It looks like it’s… bowling.

  • Spartan

    Meh, very dull & uninspiring.

  • Repeter

    STRIKE!!! Out, that is…Oh well, I am still very excited to see what Level 7 turns out to be.

  • They keep using the same Chassis on most of their jacks at this point which does make them look bland- Change a head, hands, small things to distinguish jacks and you aren’t out much on molds and artists/sculptors.

    Kinda a unique Myrmidon, though, with those balls for fists.

  • SirAngry

    While I’m happy that the Retribution got more Jacks in Wrath, the one thing I kinda dislike about out faction is just how bland and dodgy looking out Jacks are, the light Warjaks in particular… so I’m really not happy to see this jack use that same poor chassis. I really, really hope the Vyre jacks use a completely different chassis and one that doesn’t look lame.

  • if anyone bothered to read the fluff then you would know that they are meant to look alike. i think the designers are going a good job to make jacks based off one chasis look as different as they do.

  • Nosaj Verush

    Convenient fluff . . .

    • Blarg D Impaler

      How dare Privateer Press introduce realistic economic thinking, both real world and game setting-wise, into their miniature designs!

      That “Convenient fluff…” makes a lot of sense. Have you read anything about the M113 APC that the US produced in the 1960’s through the 80’s? There were over 250,000 of them produced for the US and a long list of countries. Part of the reason why so many were made is because there were so many variants made: APC, mortar carrier, forward observer, command post vehicle, ambulance, AA defense, and several odd-ball variants that I am forgetting. And you know what? A lot of them looked the same or had small differences between them. Would you say that the US Army was using “Convenient fluff…” to make all of these different armored vehicles look alike?

      Are cheaper parts through economies of scale, easier assembly due to common production techniques, and easier resupply and repair due to commonality of design “Convenient fluff…”? It’s not convenient, it makes sense.

      • mathieu

        Identical chassis makes obvious sense, identical poses not one bit. The models could all be unique sculpts and still be based on the same chassis. PP could get their sculptors to do a multipart, very posable master, and use this master over and over again to generate further masters of jacks with unique poses. This is sort of what they did with the Retribution troopers: dawnguard sentinels and invictors are conversions of the same few base models; likewise for houseguard halberdiers and riflemen.

        Anyway that’s a very dead horse to beat…

        • KelRiever

          I think you can really only be a fanboi to believe the whole Tau/Eldar (yep, I went there) look fits into Warmachine. Fluff does sound like a giant justification….you could write fluff to make an excuse for anything in a game where art reigns. This is, in fact, the game where a magical construct somehow needs a coal fired furnace to function, and where black powder mortars fire shells. In other words, the point, obviously, is to make something visually appealing. And the whole space elves thing just has always been a letdown of imagination for the long awaited forces of Ios. But, it has been done, for all its failures in image, the force playins in an interesting way. So one more silly looking warjack hardly matters at this point.

    • Zac

      Do you want unique sculpts for every Jack or do you want cheap Jacks? 😉

      • mathieu

        I for one wouldn’t mind cheap ‘jacks. I’d probably still dislike their having identical parts but I wouldn’t mind as much.

        Like I said, that’s a dead horse… and I only give it a few hits for old time’s sake. I’m done I swear 🙂

        • CaffeineBoy

          That dead horse has enormous junk. That still drives me crazy. What are those Iosan’s compensating for?

          • Zac

            I’d be more concerned with the fact that you’re looking for “junk” on a mini 😉

  • TheOldMan

    I love Warmachine and Hordes, but I do not like the Retribution models especially the warjacks. They look like they belong to a sci fi game instead of a steampunk game.

    As far as cheap warjacks vs. different looking ones. I think that the new plastic warjack kits by in large look good. I especially like the Khador one. However, I’m not very fond of the new character jack upgrade kits. Yes they’re cheap but they lack…well…character.