So apparently Saga 3 is named "Rise of the Gears". Seriously, forget the Type 005 since thats a sad pathetic joke. The Trithemius is on par with the Hunter as ridiculously effective in melee for its cost. Yes, you read that right, IN MELEE.
For 40 points you can take:
the Flight Innate Ability and its Speed is increased to 8/12
Of course, any list with multiple gears will have the wonderful Fate and she gives a passive buff to the Trithemius of +1 attack. I had assume that give the small buff it wouldn't be a big deal however..............
I WAS COMPLETELY WRONG! The attack buff as almost as ridiculous as the one Grim receives. The final BASE stats you get for a mere 40 points with Fate in your team (and keep in mind you can take 2 at 300 points):
8/12 + Flight
Yeah, your reading that right. Those are leader level Base stats on a measly 40 pointer. On a charge you are at Att 8 Dam 7, thats on par with the Hunter with a +2 att buff from a support character except that the Trithemius requires no Att buff except for the passive from Fate. In melee, with 4 AP, the Trithemius can dish out 2 6/7 attacks. Even leaders have to fear this level of basic attack. If you have 2 Trithemius gang up on a single character with 4 ap each (which with flying 12" charges might not be that hard to set up) then their poor target is in for four 6/7 attacks every other turn. Not many characters can withstand that.
Canyon Legate is an amusing mini Exodia Cannon. At 4 AP, with the stats above, you'll get an 7/8 ranged attack which becomes a 10/7 ranged attack with Fate's Markerlight. This all adds up to some absurd amounts of firepower for only 40 points.
To top it all off, Trithemius is surprisingly tough for is costs. ARM 4 and 18 LP is something that the poor Type 005 wishes it had. At the very least, the Trithemius shouldn't be one shotted except vs the most excessive Att buff stacking teams. While Fate can heal them she is in most cases better off healing a more valuable gear.
Just of the top of my head I came up with this 300 points pure Gear team with 6 models:
The Gear Project (saving you a whopping 30 points):
Hecatondies Zero Sigma
Grimorium Verum (Frederick Mausser)
Theurgia (Elfriede Adler)
2x Trithemius w/ the above set up
Fate (of course, duh
BEHOLD, the mad genius of Reist Ebersbacher's Gear Project!