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Unspeakable Freak
Madness


Reviewed August 22, 2006

Constructed: 1.3
Sealed: 1.7

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating
 

King Sephiroth

"Unspeakable Freak"

This lovely looking creature, can definitely mess with your opponent's
strategy if they're relying on their creatures to maintain points in cells,
or even good field presence. Being able to Warpstrike an opponents monster
can always be very advantageous, especially if your opponent can't
strike-back.

Although I do have to say that I LOVE the Warpstrike set of creatures, and
how they function, the "Unspeakable Freak" has to be the most lopsided or
"Freaky" creature of the bunch. A nice 5-Power for 10PPP definitely isn't
too shabby whatsoever, but in the long run, we can easily see where this
creature can become very expensive. Having to pay 7 Spawn Points during your
spawn face can definitely be a tough task; but not only must you pay the
cost, you have to be in a scoring cell, which normally doesn't happen for
long in Madness due to the low defense of most of its creatures.

But how does this guy function with the rest of his freaks from Madness?
Well when you think about it, not too well. With Scissors running around in
most, if not all, Madness warbands; and all of the Madness creatures being
near indestructible, you won't be getting much bonus spawn points, now will
you? This makes it even more tough to obtain the "extra" points needed to
pay for the cost of the Freaks Warpstrike 7 ability.

With a power that's normally too tough to invest in, and stats that can be
considered worth the spawn cost, I consider this guy average; but because he
doesn't create any synergy with the low defense of Madness, I can't exactly
rank him that high up on my list.

Overall Constructed: 1.5/5
Overall Sealed: 1/5

Artwork: 3.5/5 (Freaky!!!....)
 


Charninja

Unspeakable Freak

I will assume that you all have checked out Rolf's very nice PDF spoiler and therefore do not need me to explain this guy's stats and effects. I will however, give you the wikipedia explanation of what Euclidean geometry actually IS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclidean_geometry

Short version: It's the basis of the stuff you learned in the 8th grade.
While I understand it, that doesn't mean I respect it either.

This is probably Madness's big creature, alongside Windborne Blademaster.
The choice really depends a lot on your play style. Obviously, if you go with Mr. Freak here, you A.) Have a TON of spawn points to spend and B.) REALLY like Warpstrike. Which is fine, because I like Warpstrike a lot too.
Doomsinger is one of the best monsters in the game just because of that (Though the decent stats help too, be sure of that).

However, as I said, you need a LOT of spawn points. 7 would be enough for Nevret Screamtrooper, or Faceless Stalker, or THREE Spellbound Scissors. And to top it all off, you need Freakazoid to be in a scoring cell. I guess that wouldn't be TOO hard, especially if you have some Valor figs (Scarab Warcharm, anyone?) to bolster your forces and get people moving. And god knows, 7 power attacks are... very, very good. Add it in to the fact that you can hit ANY nonlocal enemy... and yeah. This guy EATS sniper kitten.

As is typical with the expensive figures though, his power rating is a bit too low for comfort. As is typical of Madness figures, he is weak on defense, but 12 life is not shabby. That's at least four 3s, so it's definitely going to take a couple of guys to take this guy out. Problem is,
5 defense, is very easy to disrupt, and it is a guarantee that he will just be shunted off to a far corner where it might take a few turns to get back to a scoring cell and start sniping again. And I just cannot get over that 7 spawn point cost either.

To recap:
+Acceptable power-to-cost ratio
+Awesome Warpstrike strength will either kill or shunt anything but the
biggest critters
+Perfectly nice life

-Pitiable defense
-Needs to be in a scoring cell to get its ability off
-7 spawn points is just, to my mind, to high of a cost for something that doesn't automatically kill a decent sized creature or get every single one of my units exactly where I want them to be.
-Sculpt, while admirable in a technical sense, isn't all that inspiring.
He's like a Salvadore Dali painting.

Constructed: 3/5 I guess if you really want, he would be fine in a Madness band, but compared to Scissors or Faceless Stalker, or even other warpstrikers like Doomsinger, he isn't all that good.

Sealed: 2/5 Good if you don't get something better for the cost, but unless you pull quite a few Madness figs, you may not even get him out.
 

king atlantis

Ok- my first 'mini of the day'. awsome :-)

today we have Unspeakable Freak, from the base set.

lets look at his stats, shall we?

It costs 10, with an aspect cost of 3 madness, so youll probably be bringing him out later in the game. He has 5 power- not something to shake at. He has a defence pretty low :-(, and a 12 life. I like 12 life, but i see this getting disrupted. Allot. And then theirs its effect...

Its a score effect, meaning you MUST be in a scoreing cell for it to work. Bleh. thats gonna take a bit. Then its a 7 spawn ability. This effect is you get to make a 7-power attack against a non-local enemy. Meh again. first you gotta spawn it, then you gotta get ti into a scoreing cell, and after all that, you still have to spend 7 spawn points, which you could you's to bring out something else.



constructed: 1/5 theirs just WAY better minis. neat effect, just to many restrictions.

limited: 2/5 for the fact that its got high(ish) power

mold (art): 3.5/5 looks like a weird chtulu. awsome :-)

~*The King*~
like my reviews? think im completely off ballance? find me on pojos forums, as "king Atlantis" or e-mail me at king_atlantis@earthlink.net
 
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