Alright, you got me, I really just wanted an excuse to say Poop in a post title. Even though the term Poop Deck doesn’t actually refer to poop (originating with the Latinpuppis, and making it into naval parlance via the French la poupe – lookit, you learned something today!), there’s definitely something being swabbed by the newest heavy warjack to join the Talion Charter and other privateers of the Iron Kingdoms, the Swabber.
The deranged engineer lovechild of Captain Ahab and a Llaelese refugee who was really keen on guns that poke through shields (see the Vanguard) , the Swabber is armed with both a harpoon and a shield cannon, making for an interesting proposition. It harpoons its target, drags it into melee range, and then… bashes it with the shield? I mean, it’s P+S15, so the shield’s not exactly a light thwack.. but with the Shield Cannon and the Harpoon as its two primary weapons, the Swabber definitely wants to be standing up on the Poop Deck, firing on its targets from on high.
A sturdy complement to the Freebooter and Mariner, complete with full amphibious capacity, the Swabber adds some heavy firepower and a measure of board control to the warjack stable for the Privateers. Also two beautifully rounded kneepads,
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