Function: Air Commander
Transformation: A-10 Thunderbolt II Airplane
"You could be above the law, and I'll still be on top of you."
Profile: Nobody knows the strength of what floats above better than Nimbus. It was in the midst of an electrical storm over Altihex that Nimbus was shot down by Prometheus' lackey Dragonfly, and the shock of the storm's consequences continued to burn into him as irrepressibly as Prometheus' own laser-scalpel did. Nimbus vowed that if and when escape was possible, he would not only take advantage of that window of opportunity, but dedicate himself thereafter to knowing all there was to know of the forces of the heavens, and prepare himself physically and mentally to embrace those forces, to use them to his advantage, and ultimately to bend them back against Dragonfly as the demented Decepticon had to Nimbus. But even after he fled with Jaw Crusher and the other Minibot escapees from Prometheus' lair, Nimbus knew that mere vengeance would not be enough to gain an effective understanding of the mysteries of the skies. Ultimately what started out as the need for retribution evolved into a respect for the natural forces of the planet's stratosphere, and eventually the role it plays in the great circle of Cybertronian life. Nimbus has since found greater use for his meteorological talents, helping to protect those in harm's way and thus loosening Dragonfly's stranglehold on those beneath him. This is a responsibility Nimbus treats with utmost seriousness, even in circumstances where it would seem his advanced aerial acrobatics are meant to dazzle opponents - if they're bewildered by what they're seeing, then they're already as good as dead. Nimbus is not above using deception against those would prey on the powerless - he knows they would do the same if given half a chance, which would put him in their crosshairs instead. As the result of his enlightenment, Nimbus doesn't like to 'fight dirty', but he will if the circumstances and the enemy deem it necessary to do so, and when he does it's for keeps. And that's precisely the kind of soldier Jaw Crusher needs in the air, where the vast majority of the team has no foothold since most are bound to the ground below. Crusher is pretty liberal where Nimbus' performance record is concerned - Nimbus almost always gets the desired results, and that's led to a strong working friendship that extends into a command triad including the group's chief land warrior Pepper and marine agent Moray. This, perhaps, is the reason why after years of torture and shame, Nimbus no longer possesses the apprehension that he once shared with others who have been airborne - he knows there'll be someone there to catch him if he falls.
Abilities: In plane mode, Nimbus can clock in at 750 miles per hour at top cruising speed. With intermittent use, Nimbus can radically increase his power output to send him thundering at a devastating 4000 miles per hour. His aerial maneuverability is among the most masterful of any Transformer, and armed with long-range concussion bombs and thermal laser blasters, he can reduce even the fastest-moving ground target into ash from above. Nimbus can also utilize his weaponry in robot mode with expert sharpshooting skills, able to shoot down the fastest strafers before their own artillery can make a mark on him.
Weaknesses: Nimbus' aeronautical abilities often require great fuel consumption for their execution. His lack of experience in land warfare also hampers his performance in that capacity, despite his own sense of commitment to getting the job done from the ground as well as from the air.
My eighth TF 're-deco' character, a blue version of Powerglide. You'll notice this one has a more dynamic pose than the others; that's because I had originally done the line art for the robot mode for a project that I was never able to finish. The same can also be said of the line art I used for Prometheus, as well as the upcoming Overpass. I'm at a point now where I can't stand to see projects I started once unfinished.