There is no time for diplomacy.
Well, like they say, we're f******.
A (mis) interpretation:
Well, like they say, we're f******.
A (mis) interpretation:
Category type: Warbot.
Unit type: Mass production tactical support warbot.
Model type: Harold FS.
Manufacturer: The Rothchild Corporation.
Affiliation: The Rothchild Experimental Division (former); Terra Coalition Armed Forces (former); The N.O.M. Legion - Die Grau Tatengruppen (former); The Fallen warbands (current).
Height: 7 feet.
Powerplant: Twin turbo BRINK supercharger diesel engine.
Armour thickness: 130mm; plates 150mm.
Armour type: Super hardened steel alloy.
Std. armaments: 30mm FUBAR auto-cannon x 2; ; Auspex - multi-scanners and sensors; Machinensegnen - modified Task Intelligence System.
15th September 1916. Walter Rothchild would have been a proud father and happy war profiteer. His son Darwin's creation, the Harold FS under the Rothchild Experimental Division, which represented a breakthrough in technology of those times, could have reaped in massive profits for the Corporation. But instead the Harold FS tactical support warbot series, the first to be equipped with a Task Intelligence (T.I) System, with a "cross design" concept of upper torso, arms of a warbot but with a Type 61 tank-treads lower body, would turned disastrous. The primary armaments are a pair of 50mm depleted uranium bolter shells recoil-less FUBAR auto-cannons, with option to replace it with a pair of warbot arms for close combat.
It was highly anticipated for its official release since the preview of the prototype during the CLXXII Rothchild Annual Convention, with the sales pitch throwing in a free, bonus 4 feet Little Harold FS, which shares identical specifications as the standard Harold FS. Little Harold FS is deployed as "little protectors" of its larger brother. Both unfortunately the series end up as a failure during its mass deployment, a cautionary tale of which Darwin would reflects back occasionally as the only black spot in his otherwise impeccable lists of achievements and successes. Walter, the powerful, self-styled Lord of War, was personally hauled up to answer for the high rate of "friendly fires" incidences involving the Harold FS warbots causing exceptionally high casualty rates amongst human grunts, as well as its incredibly sensitive Anti-Tampering System, before the Council of the High Lords of Terra. The humiliation breaks the very much proud Walter, and it changes him forever. He resigns from all posts within the Corporation and at the age of 22, his son Darwin Rothchild succeed him. Walter later died of Luna dust poisoning related terminal illness at the Rothchild City on Luna, an incident of which Darwin personally played a role. Any traces of empathy within Darwin dissipates that night, as Walter gave out his last breath. Darwin at least keeps the tradition of weeding out the "weak" from the Rothchild family dynasty. And the long waited opportunity to ascend to the top of the mega corporation as the Emperor of Rothchild in order to mold and steer the fate of humanity as he deems fit.
The Harold FS warbot series or The Firstborn as Darwin referred it to, gain an ill-reputation and relegated into a pariah status amongst the various factions of Terra but ironically, this very status makes it a favourite amongst the emerging separatist and techno-anarchist factions of those times, such as the N.O.M. Legion and the MOD. The latter, consist of members of techno-savvy, cyber terrorism incline individuals whom sip their gourmet coffees in posh cafés within the Space Colonies, would use it to show their anarchist intent. The N.O.M. though, would easily machine wipe captured or stolen Harold FS and give them a second chance to prove their worth as rampaging but controllable war beast which would become equally feared by both the Terra Coalition Armed Forces and the Ecclesiarchy of Mars.
N.O.M. affiliated Harold FS are amongst the first warbots to be initiated into the newly established sub-group called the Dark Deed, which would later be re-designated as the infamous Dirty Deeds Einsatzgruppen. Controlled and herded by Noir de Plume personally, the "machine blessed" machinensegnen Task Intelligence system Harold FS would terrorise the battlefields of Mars and eventually Terra through their sheer indiscrimination of wanton destruction. Their 30mm FUBAR auto-cannon would cut through the enemies like weeds, with sufficient armour protections to carry out their objectives before falling back, disappearing like ghosts through the Webways. Decades later, news of Harold FS being sighted on Terra and Mars are still being reported, as well as being deployed by the N.O.M. Legion's traitorous Fallen warbands such as the likes of The Bleeding Eye, making it the oldest warbot technically still in service throughout the entire event of the Great War.
I call this experience "being itchy". I obviously suffered from being a spend thrift syndrome. I have had previously owned the Goodsmile x 3A 1/6th JDF EMGY Harold FS which should have sufficed but sold it off, only to later enquire about it to 3A customer care after the closing of the Bambaland sale, whom put me in the KIV list in case of cancel orders, and they are kind enough to reply that the colour way I wanted, the Dark Deed, is still available after readying for shipment and, now here it is. The Bambaland online store release offered a staggering range of most colour-ways for a WWR robot in recent memory. It took a while for it to be released, and comes with an additional 1/12th scale version. The box packaging is the same, except, due to the inclusion of the 1/12th scale Harold FS, is bigger. The box illustration is slightly different, with the JDF version having additional schematics of the weaponries and wordings. That aside, it includes the paragraph of a story involving the notorious Harold FS. Nevertheless, I thought I am by now fully prepared for the actual battle to come, that is, to put in the bloody ball sockets and joint pegs, or whatever they are called. Due to my suspicion of somewhat gradually lower IQ as my age increases, I underwent the same cycle again - fiddling like fiddler on the roof - on how to get the joints in the right angle, slot the peg in etc. I was sweating like a pig in the air conditioned room as usual over matter involving act such as this. Get the angles right, which involves rotating the ball joints. The arms slots in, albeit balancing insane pressure and delicateness. OK done. Could not remember how it fit in. Pulled it out again to remember the angles so I could swap the arms with the guns. Screwed up once more. Repeat, more fiddling. OK. Arm slots in once more. Now the pegs. Pegs? Darn pegs all crucial to reinforce the joints, otherwise - possible breakage, could not be plugged in! How did I do it for the JDF version then? I finally gave up after the pegs were, say, two third in. Apart from that, the first strike, the first thunder has been stolen by the JDF version, pertaining to what and how the Harold FS is all about and posted about it. I made the right decision to go for the Dark Deed colour-way. It is reminiscence of the Large Martin Iron Panda rust and accent. And thus sits well with it and the weathered NW MK2.5 Heavy Bramble too. Lets see if I were lucky enough to see a 1/6th scale improved Bertie MK2 this year from 3A in, what else, Dirty Deed colour-way. And I hope they include some, now this definitely sounds grisly, of those severed human heads and machete as seen in the 1/12th scale versions and the earliest first Bertie 1/6th fig with those almost non-existent legs.