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James Rhodes
Armor Wars

Reviewed 07.21.2006

Average Rating: 4

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

Rurouni KJS James Rhodes (War Machine LE)
wing speed
119 points
Team: none
Range: 8 x 1

12 10 08 10 09 09 08
10 10 09 09 09 08 08
18 17 16 16 16 15 15
03 03 03 02 02 04 03

Powers and analysis:
1st two clicks are all about Running Shot and Invulnerability.
3rd click drops to Toughness but gains Range Combat Expert.
4th & 5th clicks lose Running Shot and get Incapacitate.
6th click gets Force Blast and Energy Explosion, losing RCE.
But the final click gets RCE right back.

With a nice, steady Attack Value, excellent starting defense and high damage all down the dial, Rhodey here is a dangerous, hard to hurt piece. The dial's a little short and the lack of a TA (and a 2nd target) hurts. But you really don't want to see him across the table from you. And I do mean "across"...range is his game. Try not to let him get based so he can't use his guns.

Aside from the usual standbys (ICWO, PROTECTED), nothing really fits. NANOBOTS or TRICK SHOT are usable mid-dial, but only for a few clicks each.

Any armored theme. Pal him with his old boss, friend and occasional rival Tony Stark. He was also a member of The Crew, a short-lived mishmash of urban vigilantes, but he's the only one made in clix form.
And so I'll be putting him on my racist Black Anti-White Boy Revolutionaries theme team.

Comic accurate?
I guess. Seems there ought to be some Super Strength in there, but War Machine was always a more gun-oriented suit than Iron Man proper.

In sum:
Despite the aforementioned weaknesses, James Rhodes is a solid piece all around.

Rating: 4/5.

Rurouni KJS is here to help.

Today's review is James Rhodes from Sinister

 We end LE week with a very good click (Finally!!!).  It’s the LE of the star attraction of Armor Wars…War machine.


He is an LE, 111 points, 8 range 1 target, 7 clicks of life, a flier, and no team

Speed: 12,10,8,10,9,9,8  Running shot first three, Force Blast last two

Attack:  10,10,9,9,9,8,8  Incap for clicks 4 and 5,  EE last two

Defense:  18,17,16,16,16,15,15  Invuln for two, Toughness for four

Damage:  3,3,3,2,2,4,3  RCE clicks 3-5 and 7  

The Good:  3 clicks of running shot is great

      Good range

      Good, consistent attack

      Able to do a lot of damage

      High Def

      Damage reducers keep him around a while

      Able to be pushed

      Very good for the points

      High movement

The Bad:   Incap and EE with one target is pointless

    Hard to heal

    Force blast will always be wasted points

    Seth that tease…why no 4 damage first click?

    Why no double targets like all the other WM’s?

Feats:   ICWO, Protected…..Nanobots and Trick Shot aren’t that great for him because of the last of ability to really use it.  If the RCE was frontloaded it would be a different story. 

Overall:   If you couldn’t tell by now….I love this click.  I wish I had him.  The high def, the consistent attack,  the high movement….he is an offensive powerhouse.  In a 300 point game, he needs some perplex on his side to help that damage.  In higher point games, he is one of the best secondary attackers out there.  There is no bad version of War Machine, and the LE is no exception.  He is capable of even more damage than the REV for about the same points. I wish he kept the double targets, then he would be all around awesome.

Constructed/Unrestricted: 4 / 5

Sealed/Draft: NA / 5


Overall:  4 / 5

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