EDIT (18 FEB 2013): Adding in a “collage”. That is all.
Remembered this guy yesterday. Was thinking of interesting, lower-point villains I’d like to see, non-generics that might make good “rounders” to a team build. This particular character named Silencer was/is an assassin, first appearing in the 1980’s Hawkeye limited series. Reference material: Ye Olde Marvel Wikia and Ye Olde Marvel Universe Appendix.
Gist: Silencer is silent. A “highly skilled normal human”, using technology that eliminates sound he makes, sound within inches from him, and uses a gun firing specialized ammunition that uses the same super-sci tech (the bullets make no sound upon impact).
On the Marvel site linked above his name is “unrevealed” and he’s presumed dead. The fan-site (the second link) says his name is “Dean Helm”, the name revealed in Marvel’s hardcover reference books, Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe, A – Z, mentioned in Crossfire’s entry.
“Dear Marvel”: Personally, I think it would be better if his name remained unknown, kinda like the first Spymaster. Since he’s a tech-based, globe-trotting assassin-type, he should be a “recurring” character, in the sense that it might be a good “for sale” identity. Maybe Justin Hammer could have been involved, maybe someone else is involved in putting people into the Silencer gear now (my money would be on Taskmaster; this would be an “elite” graduation present to some lucky student of his).
“Dear WizKids”: Anyway, what I’d like to see for this guy is fairly simple and straight forward. But, as always, WizKids introduces some cool new game mechanic that has me thinking of all sorts of characters that could benefit from its application: Post over on HCRealms.com reports that a WizKids rep popped into an Austin, TX area game store to chat with players and show off some stuff.
One of the things shown-off by that rep was a version of the SHIELD Specialist game piece due to hit in the CAPTAIN AMERICA 10-figure “gravity feed” set at the end of this month. This version of the SHIELD Specialist is 2 figures in one. WizKids is using “alternate starting lines” on this piece (Think: The “alternate starting lines on pieces like the IC Sentinels, or the newer TRU-exclusive Sentinels, and a few other recent pieces like Shazam!/Black Adam from B& tB last year, or the Frost Giant from GSX). The result is one 25 point figure that can be played using either of the two separate 4-click versions. Brilliant! Thank you, WizKids! It’s getting labelled the “dual-dial” design over on HCR.
This is a cool development. Lot of possibilities, not just for future generics but for low-level 3rd-stringers like Silencer here.
Silencer: Could have a more “traditional” standard powers-only dial. To my mind, he falls somewhere between Paladin and Spymaster on the “cheap, effective, but expendable” list of HC game pieces. 25 points does seem flexible and appropriate. Two starting lines, 5 clicks of life for each version. Sharpshooter combat symbol. Decent stats, Stealth,Running Shot, and/or ES/D for both versions. Special Power or Trait to reflect his “silencing tech”, like characters adjacent to him being unable to use Leadership or something. Heck, that might a be a good trait for both alternate “dual-dials”. I remember him being a close-in guy, despite the use of his pistol. So, either the “standard” 6 Range, or even 4. The alternate dials should emphasize different ranged capabilities. One could focus on RCE, the other on PPB.
Not sure about Keywords. Soldier and/or Spy might be appropriate, since he’s a hired assassin. Dunno.