It’s been more than a week since Privateer Press announced the new Warmachine faction “The Convergence of Cyriss”, but has my excitement begun to fade? No way!
I’m not usually a fan of robot factions, because in my experience they usually fall into the category of “grey goo“, that is to say emotionless machines hell bent on eradicating or converting all organic life everywhere. Basically Terminator. 40K’s Necrons might fall into this category too, but at least they were a cool twist on the undead.
The Convergence of Cyriss to me, seem awesome. Just looking at the images of the currently announced warcasters shows just how much personality this faction really has.
Let’s have a look at Iron Mother Directrix, and yes I know I’m re-using an image here, but let’s take a closer look. Alone, you might be forgiven for mistaking Mother Directrix for a Star Wars protocol droid, or SCORPIO for any TOR players. She has sleek and shiny plates with exposed wires to remind you that this isn’t a human wearing robot-like armour.
Take a look a her face and she looks like the love-child of a Cyberman and the robot from Metropolis, but that’s okay because it seems like the Convergence are intentionally channeling aspects of both.
There’s not much known about the faction just yet, but from the recently released video it’s clear that these aren’t actually robots at all, they’re people infused into the bodies of robots. So exactly like the robot in Metropolis which was an attempt to bring back the deceased Maria. Or perhaps the closest comparison is to the Adeptus Mechanicus from Warhammer 40K, a cult of machinists so dedicated to achieving the perfection of a machine that they end up replacing whole portions of their bodies.
But enough about the look. What about the play style?
The Convergence bring a new dynamic to the table with their clockwork warjacks, known as “vectors”. They certainly don’t look anything like the burly steampunk bipeds of the other armies, nor do they act entirely the same.
Although they are granted focus in much the same way as other warjacks it appears that all vectors have the innate ability to pass their focus on to the next model along (presumably only if it can take it). This means that if you are more successful than you hoped, or less but don’t want to pay out for additional attacks, you can have that focus travel on to the closest vector and so on.
I’m not entirely sure how this works yet, but it sounds really interesting. The Convergence seems like a faction unwilling to waste resources, and I’d be excited to see the focus carrying on down the chain and how that alters the progression of games.
One other thing about them that is interesting is their lack of RAT and MAT stats. Vectors don’t have either stats naturally, and instead rely on their warcasters stats. For example, if the warcaster’s MAT is 7 then all vectors in his battlegroup will be 7 as well. Another exciting dynamic.
Of course I’m used to having my warlocks change how I play with my trollbloods, but it doesn’t matter if I’m using Ironhide or Doomshaper, an Axer is still an Axer. With the Convergence a warcaster changes everything. All of a sudden a model you thought was more melee orientated is now a whizz at ranged attacks. Ever caster will change the way your models play.
Well that’s all I’ve been able to find out so far, other than that there are now Warmachine novels in the works and that the Convergence will factor into them in some way.
Sounds like 2013 is going to be an exciting year for Warmachine/Hordes!