Greetings, HeroClix Fans!
Welcome to another team building exercise utilizing the figures present in the first round of booster bricks from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline OP Event! Today, we’re building around a villainous faction of androids and robots, Heavy Metal.
Up first on the team, and making its debut appearance in HeroClix, is TESS-One, the robot created for the Total Elimination of Super-Soldiers by president Roosevelt, should American super-soldiers return from the war and attempt to take over the United States! A being of consistent destruction, TESS-One features Improved Movement: Destroys Blocking Terrain, as well as a trait spelling out its name called Total Elimination of Super-Soldiers. This trait states that as long as an opposing character on the map is 100 or more points, or named Captain America, TESS-One can use Willpower. In addition to that, when attacking such a character, TESS-One’s damage value is modified by +1! In addition, TESS-One has a special power on the last three clicks of it’s movement called Rebuild From Rubble, which states that at the beginning of your turn, if it occupies a square containing a debris marker, heal TESS-One of 1 damage – so make sure you’re destroying walls and breaking through blocking terrain to seed the map if you need to heal up! Coupled with those powers are many great standard powers, like Precision Strike, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, Impervious, Ranged Combat Expert, and Close Combat Expert.
Teamed up with TESS-One is the irreverent member of the Avengers and Nextwave, Machine Man! Starting off, Machine Man possesses Improved Movement: Ignores Elevated Terrain and Hindering Terrain, as well as a trait called Extendable Body Parts. His trait states that whenever Machine Man makes a close combat attack, squares within a range of 3 and line of fire are considered adjacent to him! An Indomitable fighter, Machine Man comes loaded with powers including Super Strength, Blades/Claws/Fangs, Impervious, Regeneration, Outwit, and Close Combat Expert.
A two robot team might seem small, but each of these characters packs a punch where necessary, and Machine Man in particular can really cause havoc with his ranged Blades, and if you’re able to seed enough debris around the field, TESS-One can stay in the fight longer than your opponent might expect.
That’s it for today, ‘Clix fans! Check back next time for more exciting previews and strategy articles featuring the figures available through the Age of Ultron Storyline OP event!