Greetings, HeroClix Fans!
Marvel HeroClix: 15th Anniversary – What If? is on the horizon, and today we are continuing our preview series with a look at an alternate version of a familiar face.
Today, we are imagining What If Iron Man Sold Out?
In this alternate reality, Tony Stark went public after he created the Iron Man armor and patented the technology, ushering in a new age in armor-based weaponry. The world changes for the worse as the Stark tech is used for terrible evils, including the introduction of powerful new Sentinels targeting mutantkind. This “Peace Machine” armor is worn by James Rhodes during the events that accompany Tony Stark’s return from seclusion to see that things are made right.
Peace Machine is used primarily for non-lethal action, and the armor has ways to directly and indirectly affect battles on the map. This figure possesses two traits. The first is Fine-Tuned Repulsors, which is a special use of Force Blast that may be used to target opposing characters within 3 squares and line of fire. The other trait, Suppression Field, causes all characters to only take 3 damage when they would normally take 4 or more.
With a budget cost of 50 points, Peace Machine’s dial is short and sweet while still having abilities we would expect to see on an armored hero like Indomitable and those granted by the wing symbol. Peace Machine begins with Sidestep in his Speed slot and armored Toughness on Defense. While using repulsor technology as pseudo-Telekinesis can be useful for positioning other figures, it is also Peace Machine’s best chance of dealing damage via using a range attack to do object damage. That damage can be sure to go through if paired with Outwit to prevent an opposing character from using a damage reducing power.
The second half of this 4-click dial brings more tech tricks with Plasticity and some range defense from Energy Shield/Deflection. These last two clicks also feature Support as Rhodey does his part to help fix this alternate reality that is terrorized by advanced technology.
Thanks for reading and be sure to check back as we continue revealing the figures in the Marvel HeroClix: 15th Anniversary – What If? set. Celebrate the 15th Anniversary at your friendly local game store with Release Day Organized Play Events and by participating in our contests here. Until next time, keep your characters in-between the gridlines!