Hot Takes: The Junker Queen as she’s been presented to us in that illustration is super Wasteland basic and looks more like Valkyrie Mercy x Mall Goth Zarya + Junkertown armour than anything unique or special enough to read as “The Queen of the Wastelanders”. It makes sense for Junkrat and Roadhog to be super Wasteland Vanilla because it’s not a Wasteland game so they rep their whole genre, but if they do have plans to add her later it’s disappointing they seem to be coming at it from and angle like “what if Junkrat & Roadhog but Girl Flavoured” instead of looking at how they could have built her to come across as someone in the same genre of obviously higher social status. She looks cool, but she also looks like Mercy getting ready to go to a Pink concert, and I had higher hopes that they’d give us something with the intimidation/cool/memorability factor of Wasteland Final Boss characters like Lord Humungus, Aunty Entity, and Immortan Joe.

As far as genre character design goes she’s basically coded to look like a nameless background extra


unhealthy obsession with Mad Max and all the problematic characters of the Wasteland.


if i could chime in, in the mad max universe, there’s only two reasons a dude never takes his mask off:

-he’s disgustingly deformed from radiation or burns or what ever
-he’s got the opposite of resting bitch face: innocent kawaii babbu face; and it undermines his intimidating persona

i’m sorry i had to and i hate myself

mrdaxxonford  asked:

So what would the post apocalypse version of heavy armor be? If tires is like the rank and file, then would the knight or warlords have heavy kit? Or would they go for the wez look and try to remain light and fast? Assuming heavy armor is a good idea at all what would you suggest it be made of?

Historically (generally speaking) the elite warriors inclined to wear heavier armor (such as late-Medieval knights, samurai, etc.) had access to materials that were not just better, but rarer and more costly. Leather is plentiful and easy to work, so footmen get that. Good steel is expensive and takes time, energy and skill to make into armor – you reserve than for the high-ranks.

If you apply that to the post-apocalypse, you have heavily-armored warriors in Medival-style “plate mail” made from high-quality steel salvaged from the ruins. Visually and functionally (cultural “design aesthetic” aside) it would be a lot like the armor of the Middle Ages.

Which isn’t very exciting, given that stop signs, car doors and tire treads are all viable armor made found materials, and it would be cooler if the heavy armor was similar - you could recognize the components as re-purposed objects that served another purpose from before the War.

If metal is the key (and if the symbols and writing of the ancients hold special significance) then license plates are a cool option. Plenty have people have imagined armor made from them.

(The way license plates layers makes them especially appealing for “plate mail” and similar armors. One of the PCs in my Gamma World Tomorrow Men game wears a Roman-style lorica segmentata – like in that last picture, above – made from license plates.)

Realistically, license plates are thin and probably not really great protection. But they could be backed or reinforced with better metals, so that’s not enough of  concern to discount them. (I said the same thing yesterday about stop sign shields.)

Another found metal is non-skid plating:

..which is both heavy and recognizably re-purposed.

Beyond that, maybe the answer is modern days sports equipment augmented with scrap. It’s a total trope that our tribal mutated descendants will look back at our professional athletes and warriors and gladiators – anything recognized as being related to that would have considerable cachet, even if its protective value wasn’t significantly greater.

Ultimately, the heavy armor of elite warriors is about prestige, and a combination of culturally important symbols (athletics, cars) and hard-to-find materials (non-skid steel plates) fit the bill.

Finally, your reference to Wez is a good one – some elite warriors, especially those mounted or in chariots – were indeed lightly armored. Wez has a working motorcycle and athletic pads, which is appropriate for Humungus’ champion.

Originally posted by gamabombz

Valkyrie definitely ducked. The cab of the War Rig protected Nux, he got bruised a bit but he’s fine. The rest of the Vuvalini got up, dusted themselves off, and walked to the Citadel. We all know these things, right?

TBH, I’ve been in the “Sorry, but Nux is dead” camp pretty much since I walked out of the theater on the first of embarrassingly many viewings. I’ve enjoyed watching everyone come up with stories of survival, but–Nux is dead.

But just recently I realized there’s another way to think about it. This may not be even remotely new to anyone else, sometimes I’m kinda slow on the uptake–but I’m all excited: We can stop worrying right now about how our favorite MMFR characters can still be alive for our fics!  

Let’s call it the Interceptor Rule of Survival.  (Some of y’all may know, I have a bit of a thing for the Interceptor.)

Remember, in Road Warrior? The Interceptor is Max’s whole world–until Wez catches up with it. Max wrenches the wheel to get away and the car goes flying, rolling over and over off a cliff and all the way to the bottom. It’s smashed. Totaled. No way anyone’s ever going to drive it again.

Yet there it is in the opening scene of Fury Road. Doors undented, roof intact, bedroll spread out beside it. The paint’s not even that much worse for wear.  

By the end of MMFR, the Interceptor’s been rolled, Razor-Cola’d, and pulverized between two tanker trucks.  

But see, I’m not mourning. I’m not even worried. Because I can picture the scene after the last scene in the movie.

Max slips away, makes his way past the throngs of ragged men and women, all the way through to the other side of the crowd. And there it is, next to the dirt track that Joe’s army rumbled out on, that bleeds into the Fury Road. It’s right there, black paint dulled by the desert, auxiliary tanks in the back, hidden explosives rigged to blow if you don’t know where the switch is. The last of the V8 Interceptors is waiting for him.

It isn’t a question of whether the Interceptor is dead. Because by the end of MM:FR, it’s definitely dead.

It’s that it doesn’t matter.

When the Interceptor is needed to tell Max’s story, it will be there. It will always be there, no matter what happened last time, no matter how much it got banged up or crumpled or smashed or changed into something else. It doesn’t matter if it died last time. It will be there.

And so suddenly I’m understanding: Nux is dead, that truck did run Valkyrie down, the Keeper of the Seeds did bleed out in the front seat of the War Rig. But it’s canon that we can bring them back to life and we don’t have to justify it.

These are myths, these are legends, these are stories of the swirling dust of the Wasteland that lives in all of our minds.

And as long as there is a Wasteland, there will be an Interceptor, and there will be Max, and Wez and Goose and Humungus and Angharad and Joe and Nux and Jessie and even Sprog.  They are all out there, riding on the Fury Road, however and whenever we want them to be.

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