Deadzone Asterians Are Not Taudar
Last week Mantic released pictures of the new Deadzone faction: the Asterians. Essentially Space Elves, the Asterians primary combat unit is the Cipher. These biomechanical constructs are piloted remotely which are, while not exactly disposable, less of a risk compared to flesh-and-blood soldiers. I like this idea and the images that Mantic has shown look very good. Look, Mantic, I can’t paint every faction. How about some duffers?
What I found funny was the reaction in forums and blog comments to the new miniatures. I’ve seen the Asterians compared to Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40k Tau, Eldar, Taudar, Blizzard’s Starcraft Protoss, Bioware’s Mass Effect and even Corvus Belli’s Infinity Maruts.
So many people claiming that Mantic stole from so many different sources only made me aware of how much people like the denigrate the games that they’re not into. I really don’t think that these look like rip-offs of anyone else’s IP. People seem to be picking one single element and ignoring the rest in their comparisons.
I like the Asterians, as I said above, although I probably won’t play them. My favorite faction is still the Rebs and there are too many other games I want to play to start rushing every Deadzone faction.
What do you think of the new faction? Let’s see how many other IPs we can claim they infringe. Iron Man is an easy one. Their kneepads remind me of GW Space Marines. Post in the comments, smack me on Google+ or prove I’m a twit on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe if you want to keep on top of the blog.
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