I see Privateers employ former magicthegathering artists, maybe thats why Cryx are so phyrexian looking, and the Cygnar kingdom caught between a barbarian horde and a rebellion of mad zealots is much like the Icatian empire in Magic's fallen empires expansion set.
And the steam\magic powered bots?..hmmm.. Escaflowne manga?
The concept behind Cryx kingdom too, a dark lord preparing to unleash armies of zombies from a fortified island, reminds me of a Roger Zelazny's work, the one about Hindu gods.