Friday, September 23, 2005

Tempest in a teacup

Well, I had Totaltoyz make me a Tempest custom heroclix sculpt; purdy, ain't he?

No one really can make sense out of Tempest's powers, and having just read the original Tempest miniseries, I can understand why. The more Phil Jimenez explains things, the less comprehensible they become.

He can make water hot or cold (like Celsius from the Larsen Doom Patrol) and he's got your basic aqua-toughness; that's pretty straightforward.

Unfortunately, somebody (hi, Phil!) couldn't leave well enough alone...

As a result, Tempest also shoots ill-defined energy blasts from his eyes (purple-colored, naturally).

He's also got some sort of hydrokinesis that lets him make whirlpools and waves, I think (but not "hard water powers"). He'd be fun at a water-park, I bet!

Like most "mages", he can also do whatever silly magick-trick the plot requires (like, say, turning himself into a fish with the infamous and oh-so-useful "Henry Limpet" spell).

How do you represent that on a heroclix dial? Wizkids hasn't given us "Ranged Bungling Expert" or "Halfwit" as powers yet....

I gave him the dial of the Veteran Pyro from the Marvel Universe Set (ui111). Range of 8 with double targeting, because I've seen him go zappy-zap with both hands at a distance in the comics. Three clicks of Ranged Combat Expert and five of Energy Explosion (Ka-zap! Ka-zow!). Nice solid defense to start, with two clicks of Barrier (from hydrokinesis and freezing the water, I suppose). And Flight, not because he really flies but because it lets you take someone with you when you go somewhere; he does that a lot, from what I can tell.

All of this presupposes playing him on a water-map or with the "Atlantis Rising" battlefield condition, of course. And naturally I gave him the Aquatic Ability for free.

You might think the 42 point Vet Pyro doesn't do justice to "Garth's powerful mystic abilities", whatever the heck those are. Yes, I could have justified giving him some dial with TK or even the Mystic ability. But there was no way in god's blue ocean I was going to make him a higher point figure than Aquaman. No matter how many writers keep re-emphasizing, "no, Aqualad's powerful now, really; no, we mean it, really!', I remain committed to NOT having him be worth more points than the Experienced Aquaman from the Icons set (56 points).

Unless someone can suggest a better dial option, that's my choice and I'll stick to it.


jnr said...

you know, if it weren't for you, i would never even have noticed the little dial on the pedestal of the tiny karate kid figurine that came in my wizardworld chicago freebies bag. let alone known what the darn thing was for.

you really should oblige us with a panoramic shot of the miniscule heroes and villains of the absorbascon universe.

hawkman in the foreground, naturally.

Scipio said...

Actually, that's kind of what my OWN photo is, jnr!

"Karate Kid figurine"?

Wizkids has NOT made a Karate Kid clix yet... can you send me a picture of what you got?

N said...

Too many powers.

Time for another reboot.

Ariel said...

I agree with N. As cute as I think Garth is, he's too powerful and confusing now.

I think he should have all the Atlantean standard water breathing, strength, along with hydrokinesis and that's it. No other mystic mahoojeejiwhatsits.

Scip, how about a link to a page with all your custom clix pictured on it? They are cool as all get out.

Scipio said...

Well, we have Dale to thank for their glory!

Let me see whether I can make a place on line for those.

Dale, maybe you could do the same for ones you've make for OTHER people?

Scipio said...

That should do it; enjoy!

TotalToyz said...

Dale, maybe you could do the same for ones you've make for OTHER people?

Brilliant suggestion!

Ariel said...

HA! Alfred is priceless with that feather duster!

And Valkyrie and Super Adaptoid are awesome.

Thanks guys!

Scipio said...

Alfred with Feather Duster versus Hawkman with Mace.

I'll give 2 to 1 on Alfred.

totaltoyz said...

And Valkyrie and Super Adaptoid are awesome.

Thanks a bunch! Both are available for purchase at Big Monkey Comics' eBay store.

Barry said...

This won't succeed in reality, that is exactly what I think.
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