Newton was also able to tap on decades of Jaeger research and tech, incorporating the best qualities of these gigantic machines into an advanced frame that was able to maximise the Jaeger's fullest potential. The result was an extremely high performance machine that was able to stand toe-to-toe with the flagship Jaeger of the PPDC's brand new Mark-VI fleet, even managing to best Gipsy Avenger during the incident in Sydney (granted, Jake Pentecost was rusty but still). The way Obsidian Fury caught Gipsy's first punch seemed to say "Not this time, tin can", as if it was payback for all the punches their predecessors took to their faces.
Armed with a generous assortment of weapons, Obsidian Fury's armament however were ostensibly anti-Kaiju rather than anti-Jaeger. Granted: most of the weapons capable to killing Kaiju can also deal phenomenal damage to Jaegers, but an anti-Jaeger combat system would have incorporated some form of EMP weaponry, which was presumably still effective as an EMP Mist Launcher was equipped on Titan Redeemer, the most under-utilised Mark-VI Jaeger.
Obsidian Fury's signature weapons are definitely the twin plasma chainsaws that deploy from the Jaeger's forearms: huge close-combat armaments bladed with a rapidly-rotating sheath of volatile plasma energy. In order to stem the spread of toxic Kaiju Blue, anti-Kaiju energy weapons such as the Plasmacaster have cauterizing properties to seal off wounds, stopping the flow of the noxious fluid. In this vein, the plasma chainsaws are perfect weapons to use against Kaiju, with the plasma serving to improve the weapons' penetration rate while preventing spillage of Kaiju Blue. However, it is worthy to note that the plasma on Obsidian Fury's weapons glow a bright angry orange as compared to the gentler hues of blue found on PPDC plasma weapons, suggesting a different wavelength for increased cutting strength.
The rogue Jaeger that is Obsidian Fury also represents a paradigm shift for Jaeger tech in general. From a costly-to-maintain and difficult-to-achieve two-pilot system of control, automated combat drones could mitigate many tactical difficulties on the battlefields of Pacific Rim. Drift-compatible pilots are hard enough to identify and train, while automated drones can always be produced as long as the core AI remains available. Removing the human element also eliminates risk from combat situations; no longer will human lives be lost due to crushed conn-pods or defeated Jaegers. Modern Kaiju are genetically programmed to go for Jaeger conn-pods, fully aware that those are quite literally the head of the entire machine. The Kaiju-controlled Jaeger drones were also observed tearing off the conn-pod of Omega Valour, while another stomped on the head of Titan Redeemer.
Removal of the conn-pod allows for the control mechanism to be housed in another, more secure area of the Jaeger, such as the chest or torso sections. Without the need to incorporate life support equipment or escape pods, Jaegers can be fitted with a variety of other specialised machinery, such as a communications jamming array built into Obsidian Fury's spinal column. Unmanned systems could change the face of warfare, but also open up the possibility of hacked Jaegers, which happened during the Drone Jaeger's debut.
Obsidian Fury is a remarkable design, blending the best of both worlds into a single, fearsome machine.
As with the HG Gipsy Avenger, the HG Obsidian Fury is a marvel of modern model kit engineering, with a fantastic build quality and experience. The model will look great out-of-the-box, although a little paint would serve to cut through all that glorious black. The set comes with two pairs of plasma chainsaws: one pair molded in all black to represent the weapons in their inert form while a pair molded in translucent orange serve as activated ones. It was tricky masking the chainsaws' teeth in order to only paint the middle section, but I think I did okay.
For this build, I used the following colours to at once keep the spirit of Obsidian Fury while giving it a little more colour separation and depth:
- Tamiya Metallic Black
- Bosny Metallic Black
- Anchor Flat Black
- Fox Matte Black
- Nippon Pylox Black
- Tamiya Gunmetal
- Bosny Metallic Gold