Over the past few weeks, Spartan Games have revealed and released the immense Dreadnought Battle Robots for their Core Nations. Now we have the last one for the Republique of France (a very controversial figure, it must be said!), I thought I would have a closer look at them and give you my initial thoughts on their designs.
Many in the community are not fans of this release, seeing it as a cynical cash-grab and a lazy design choice to release up-sized robots with big price tags. Especially when many of the Alliance Nations are lacking in models and updates, to release something nobody asked for has not been a popular move.
I'm not going to debate Spartan's choices in their release schedule. I have already said their haphazard release schedule over the summer months did not help me focus on Dystopian Wars. I might have wanted something more for the Alliance Nations, true, but I am not against these releases. They give a big centrepiece to all of the Core Nations, and offer something different to another Carrier or Cruiser variant. I already have a fully-painted Hochmeister-class Dreadnought-Robot, and found it to be a very enjoyable project!
As long as Spartan consider this to be a one-off release and don't begin escalating the size and ridiculousness of their models in the future, things should be fine. I do not want to see them make the same choices as GW did with their rampant escalation of Warhammer 40,000, and would rather keep it a game naval warfare with a steampunk twist.
Enough naysaying, onto the Robots!
|The Windsor-class Mobile Fortification is a wonderful piece of steampunk madness, with two extremely large cannons. I like this one a lot because it is not just a big robot but a walking fortress, and think in the future more design like this would be welcome. That said, I'm not a huge fan of the rather clunky-looking legs|
Rating - interesting model, probably not one I will buy but would like to see on the battlefield