I don't really see the similarities with PE's either though. PE's are large, bulky, and almost crude looking. They (for good reason) offer their pilots no protection, and mostly act as close combat berserkers.
The Paragons don't match Terminators in form, but in function they have several similarities. Super heavy infantry for heavy infantry factions. Bigger guns, better protection, and more elite users. Whereas Terminators lean toward protection, Paragons definitely feel like they will be more agile (which makes a good argument for Fast Attack).
Honestly though, now that I thought about it, I'm starting to get a Tau Crisis Suit vibe from Paragons. More then likely no jump packs, but they are exoskeleton suits with high protection, firepower, and mobility.
I won't be surprised if they end up being walkers, but just in my gut I see heavy infantry when I see Paragons. Interesting to note, Battlesuits arent classified as vehicle walker or infantry, so perhaps Paragons get their own classification
The bit about battlesuits is cool- I've never read a Tau dex or played against a Tau army, so I didn't know that. And I could see that as a designation appropriate to the Paragon.
I posted a side by side of a Paragon and Mortifier. The knees, hips, shoulders and top of the head are all at the exact same height and the stance and shoulders are equally wide. The Paragon looks lighter and more limber because the torso isn't rectangular; that is literally the only difference in size. I removed the pic from gallery to help clean it up the site a bit, otherwise I'd post it again.
The point about protection is certainly valid- neither the Penitent Engine nor the Mortifier were designed to protect the pilot, while the Paragon certainly was, and I suppose you are correct that this might be enough of a difference on it's own to assign a different battlefield role to the unit.
As for the PE being primarily a close combat berzerker, most certainly true; however it's not so clear when you consider Mortifiers- with the changes to heavy bolters, I actually prefer to let a unit of four sit back and take its 24 D2 shots. Despite the difference between that and the PE's, the two units are statistically similar and have the same keywords, with the exception of Adepta Sororitas.
I stand by my original assumption, however, you have presented a case that makes me see that my assumption is not the only possibility. My expectation is that this Sunday's weekly preview will confirm the Ad Mech preorder for next weekend; the following weekend will likely be an AoS/ Specialist release, but that Sunday's preview will tell us what the next dex is going to be.
Candidates include: Sisters or Orks (because of previews), Knights (because they are the only Charadon act 1 faction without a dex), CSM or Daemons (to capitalize on Be'Lakor hype). I'm hoping for Sisters. We've certainly had far more previewed than any of the other factions who are candidates. If our dex is as good as the Drukhari dex, I will breathe easy again. I am looking so forward to getting this dex, there aren't even words to describe it.
Edit: You can still see the pic I posted on page 2 of this thread.
Edited by ThePenitentOne, 16 April 2021 - 02:17 PM.