I don't hate the Paragon Warsuit, but there are definitely some problems with it. The most obvious is the lack of pilot knee/warsuit thigh articulation. I would have preferred if the shoulders of the warsuit were much lower, allowing the pilot to turn her head and see around her. The way the head/helmet sit in a very small recessed cavity is just bad. If the upper portion of the warsuit were lowered and moved back, and if the legs were articulated in a way that worked both ergonomically and mechanically, I think it would be a great model.
Beyond the visual aesthetics, the concept of the Paragon Warsuit is a great addition to the Adepta Sororitas range, giving the Sisters pure Adepta Sororitas options for dealing with the smaller mecha units that other factions have (as opposed to having to draw upon the larger Ecclesiarchy choice of the Penitent Engine).
Overall, not a bad addition to the range, but the visual aesthetics could have been better. Regardless of those perceived failings, I'll have some of these in my Adepta Sororitas army [whenever I get around to expanding my all-lead Sisters force].
The above was posted in the NRBA discussion, but I figured this would be a better place to pick it up.
Looking at the models a bit more, there is actually one thing that pleases me greatly: GW
didn't give these warsuits boob armour. The chest area is large enough to accommodate the needs of the pilots, but the warsuits themselves lack sexualization and might conceivably be used by any
pilots. I'm certain these will be confined to the Adepta Sororitas, so I'm not suggesting that there should be other pilots. From an in-universe perspective, however, these warsuits look like they might be piloted by anyone, which is a good thing (from an engineering/design perspective). The lack of overt sexualization is also very good thing, showing a level of maturity and sophistication.
In the ongoing discussion comparing the Paragon Warsuit to the Penitent Engine/Mortifier, the models look comparable in terms of height. The silhouette of the top and the mechanism for the shoulders and arms looks quite similar, though the Paragon Warsuit is further decked out in considerable armour. From a lore perspective, the Penitent Engine/Mortifier is a final sanction for a heretic, a method for that poor soul to make up for their transgressions by dying in service to the Ecclesiarchy/Adepta Sororitas. The "pilots" of Penitent Engines and Mortifiers are intended to die and are, therefore, given no protection (not counting the sadistic protection afforded to the Anchorites). The pilots of Paragon Warsuits, meanwhile, are given considerable protection (if I ever model any of these, they'll have helmets). Where the Penitent Engine and Mortifier, devices of torture and punishment, look primitive and direct, the Paragon Warsuits are much more elegant and refined. This is fitting for the suit, used as it is by Adepta Sororitas who are still in the good graces of the Sisterhood and who are intended to live.
One thing I don't like about any of these models is that they are all top-heavy, with considerable weight focused in the area immediately behind the pilot's head, the "head" and shoulders of the engine/warsuit. This further reinforces the opinion I stated above in the quote where I would have preferred if the Paragon Warsuit's shoulders had been much lower.
The more that I've looked at the Paragon Warsuit throughout the day (including all of the jokes and memes I've been seeing), the more that it has grown on me. The basic framework is consistent with existing counterparts among the Imperium's armies (the Penitent Engine and the Nemesis Dreadknight foremost among them). The shoulder silhouette is consistent with other engines of war such as the Imperial Knights and Titans. The overall aesthetic is largely consistent with the Adepta Sororitas feel. I stand by my previous criticisms, but there's more about the model that I like now, or perhaps I'm now more willing to overlook those areas that I dislike.
What I'm wondering is when we'll get character versions. The "plain" appearance that some have complained about is inconsistent with the first image we saw of these - the stained glass piece. The other Adepta Sororitas images in that stained glass introduction were fairly consistent with the models. So I'm wondering if it's possible that we'll see officer versions of these warsuits, complete with wings, organs, sacristies, censers, etc.
And I'm waiting to see the conversions where the head/helmet is more protected, or where other weapon combinations are applied (big honking chainsword/eviscerator, maybe flails).
The one thing I'm hoping for is the ability to pose the arms in a variety of positions. The suit's arms and the pilot's arms are supposed to be positioned similarly, so the limitation, I think will be in the pilot arm options. I hope that the shoulders will allow for a bit of posing variation. Since these will be plastic, however, it shouldn't be too difficult to convert some different poses.