Spartan previews John Henry robot

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Feb 2nd, 2011
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Spartan Games have posted images of the 3D sculpt for the Dystopian Wars “John Henry” robot.

  • Wow! John Henry? So is it going to be FSA then? I’d imagine they are going to do a landed/walking version too. Too flippin’ cool!

  • Nosaj Verush

    This game just keeps getting better and better!

  • Zac

    This is the first release in this range that I am generally unimpressed with. It doesn’t seem very “steampunk” or Victorian in design.

    • Chameleon

      Agreed. The concept isn’t really appropriate to the genre as well.

    • fattdex

      No love for The Iron Giant?
      I can see the hole in the waist is for a flying stand- I think that painted in iron, and with some black cotton wool smoke bellowing from those back exhaust ports, it will look and fit in great.

    • Whereas this was the first in the range that made me interested to check the game out.

      • PanzerKraken

        The same.

        Was avoiding it because of general fatigue of another game using the same ruleset, but giant robots! sign me up.

  • Tommygun

    I think if he didn’t fly it would be fine.
    The flying part seems more anime than steam punk.

  • widgren

    i love it! the steam punk/victorian theme is streched to (and beyond) its limits any ways. i didnt hear anyone complain about the fighter planes..

    • Zac

      I think biplanes are a bit closer to the genre than giant walking robots.

      The bombers are probably more of a stretch than biplanes but if you don’t have fighters then you don’t have any need for monstrous carriers either.

      • PanzerKraken

        Depends what you see as Steampunk. Warmachine is often referred to as being steampunk when it obviously is very different from mosts with heavy fantasy elements. Malfaux on the other hand goes into Gothic and Western themes mixed with steampunk.

        Steampunk to me never gave me the illusion of giant tanks that looked like buildings really, but that’s in the game.

        • Zac

          Are they really even marketing it as “steampunk”?

          • PanzerKraken

            Nope, but really most things that people lable as steampunk is not marketed as such even. Why I say the whole genre is so vague since it gets tossed around so much.

  • Endre Fodstad

    I have always found “steampunk purists” eternally amusing. Spartan only gives the genre the over the top treatment many companies have found success with in the miniatures gaming world.

    • Zac

      I have always found “steampunk purists” eternally amusing.

      Less condesention please. People are allowed opinions without you dismissing them in this manner.

  • PanzerKraken

    Looks great, now I got to get this game since it has robots in it. Also don’t see a problem with it and the setting which is already wacky. Steampunk really is a very vague genre, it often treads on pulp territory too, but all in all there really is no definite vision of steampunk out there.

  • Grim6

    This has convinced me to pick up the FSA faction, to add to my other two… I’m sure it won’t be long before I pick up the last. I can’t wait to see the Prussian robot!

  • GS_topcow

    I’ve no qualms about having victorian giant flying robots (just tell me they have use for those legs, that they also function as ground combat platforms and i’m done), and I quite like the iron giant/tetsujin 28, however.

    Wheres the hammer???

    he’s jhon henry the steel drivin’ man, WHERE’S THE HAMMER!

    GS

  • TylerT

    so anyone else thinking sky captain? i’m thinking sky captain. and i like what i’m thinking.

  • AoM

    agreed

    • AoM

      wtf? that was supposed to be a reply to topcow.

      • Zac

        Sometimes the Reply button doesn’t work. Depends on your browser but I find that I sometimes have to click it twice.

        Can we also keep the abbreviated swearing out of comments as well please?

  • axabrax

    Ok this is the first thing in the range I’ve seen that I thought was a fail.