Aug 092016
 

I managed to catch up with the game designer (Derek) behind the new game HALO Ground Command.  He ran me through a turn and that was all I needed to see that the game is smooth.  HALO Ground Command features a reaction system that puts every model on what most games call overwatch.  It’s a pretty good mechanic and it really helps capture the feeling of playing the video game.

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May 042016
 

The SyndicateThe Syndicate Traders League (STL) Patrol Fleet has been designed to be light on its feet and rapidly deployed to deal with any incursion into space controlled by this faction. The highly capable Spur Class Battlecruiser takes up the Tier 1 slot on this fleet, bringing with it plenty of firepower and flexibility. Whilst not the most devastating spaceship in the Firestorm Galaxy, few rival its all-round capability in battle. Two Wraith Gunships add more violence to this Patrol Fleet, and 5 Shadow Class Frigates round things off. The Shadows can be fielded in a maximum of 3 to a Squadron, which allows players to field 1 full strength and 1 slightly under-strength Squadron OR take 2 of the Frigates and attach them to the Spur Class.

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Nov 052015
 
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Assault Carriers are monumental symbols of Covenant power, and among the deadliest implements wielded by the Prophets in their war against humanity. Each Assault Carrier is a potent instrument of conversion and compliance, capable of deploying thousands of troops and numerous fighter craft, backed by an array of devastating energy projectors that can burn entire continents to ash: a single CAS is sufficient to quell all but the most pernicious heresy, rebellion, or parasite outbreak. Colossally expensive to construct and few in number, the rare loss of an Assault Carrier is mourned by the entire Covenant.
Every major Covenant fleet has at least one Assault Carrier at its heart, if only because carriers themselves require a significant number of support vessels when operating away from High Charity or major outposts. Multiple carriers in a single fleet is unusual, but not unheard of. For example, the crusading Fleet of Sacred Consecration, commanded by the Prophet of Regret himself, is led by twin Assault Carriers, the Solemn Penance and Day of Jubilation. Together, these massive warships have scoured dozens of human worlds and bring righteous destruction to those within the Covenant who dare stand in the way of the Prophet’s holy mission.
Contains: 1 resin Assault Carrier, 1 Medium/Small Sprue, 1 custom Formation Base, 1 Formation Sprue, 4 Covenant Token Sheets, 1 bag of 10 Halo Dice, 2 Statistics Sheets and A5 Formation Overlay Sheets. Model supplied unpainted and unassembled.

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The Punic and its sister ships were the first of a new breed of warships drafted to fight a new style of colonial war in the waning years of the 25th century. Officially designated Space Control Vehicles, these massive carriers could transport and sustain entire Colonial Military Authority (CMA) expeditionary and interdiction campaigns in the remote Outer Colonies for months at a time, crushing dissent and terrorism before it could fester and spread. At least, that was the intent before Covenant fleets threatened humanity with extinction.
Punic-class supercarriers have served the UNSC well in numerous campaigns and holding actions during the Covenant War, including the heroic last stand above Estuary and as base stations for the decisive counterinsurgency and evacuation operations on Charybdis IX. Unfortunately, the destruction of each supercarrier also means an irreplaceable loss of elite crews and materiel that slowly erodes the UNSC Navy’s overall effectiveness. By 2552 only a handful of Punics’ remain spaceworthy, including the Trafalgar, pride of Reach’s defense fleet.
Contains: 1 resin Supercarrier, 1 Medium/Small Sprue, 1 custom Formation Base, 1 Formation Sprue, 4 UNSC Token Sheets, 1 bag of 10 Halo Dice, 2 Statistics Sheets and A5 Formation Overlay Sheets. Model supplied unpainted and unassembled.

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Sep 192015
 
HFEX02TokenHFEX02 Battle Group ID & Token Pack
Coloured Battle Group ID Markers are designed to easily slide over Flight Pegs, allowing players of Halo: Fleet Battles to easily identify which Formation Bases belong to which Battle Group. Also included are coloured acrylic tokens for replacing a player’s card Damage Markers, Activation Markers, Countdown Markers and Vulnerable Markers.




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A giant even amongst the Sangheili, Xytan ‘Jar Wattinree is revered by his comrades for his incredible prowess in battle. Supported by the Minister of Etiology, a minor Prophet in the Covenant during the Human-Covenant war, this fleet delivers the leadership needed to harness a tireless religious zeal that will eventually lead to the Fall of Reach.
This is an ideal way to upgrade an existing Covenant force or begin building your brand new fleet. Within this boxed set you will find two ORS Heavy Cruisers, two CCS-class Battlecruisers and sixteen SDV Heavy Corvettes. Armed with a host of plasma-based weaponry, the ORS and CCS are able to launch both Bombers and Interceptors directly into the heart of battle. Supported by SDV Heavy Corvettes, watch your heavy vessels lay down overwhelming weapons fire and obliterate your enemy.
Contains: 20x Highly-detailed Plastic Ship Models, 3x Base Formation Sprues (12x Bases in all), 3x Ship Overlay Sheets (18x Ship Overlays), 2x Token Sheets, 1x Statistics Sheet, 5x Covenant Command Dice, 1x Xytan ‘Jar Wattinree Commander Card and 1x Minister of Etiology Heroic Character Card. Models supplied unpainted and unassembled.

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Few in the upper-echelons of the UNSC are as respected as Admiral Lord Hood. As a veteran of numerous military campaigns throughout his military career, Hood is an outstanding choice to lead your fleet to victory. Supported by the Artificial Intelligence Cortana, one of the most potent and valuable assets in humanity’s arsenal, your fleet will ensure the Covenant pays a heavy price in ships and soldiers.
This is an ideal way to upgrade an existing UNSC force or begin building your brand new fleet. Within this boxed set you will find two Epoch-class Heavy Carriers, four Marathon-class Heavy Cruisers and thirty Paris-class Frigates. Armed with Light MACs and an array of impressive missile batteries, the Epoch is able to deploy both Bombers and Interceptors into the heat of battle. Marathon Heavy Cruisers are your bulk heavy hitters, commonly fielded in Battle Groups with Paris-class Frigates in either Arrowhead or Trident Formation.
Contains: 36x Highly-detailed Plastic Ship Models, 4x Base Formation Sprues (16x Bases in all), 4x Ship Overlay Sheets (24x Ship Overlays), 2x Token Sheets, 1x Statistics Sheet, 5x UNSC Command Dice, 1x Fleet Admiral Terrence Hood and 1x Cortana Heroic Character Card. Models supplied unpainted and unassembled.

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Aug 042015
 

At Gen con one of the very first things I had the opportunity to do was to sit down with Neil Fawcett from Spartan Games.   It was the first time they visited us in the states and I think it’s the beginning of many more.

I did two interviews with them where we chat about Firestorm Armada, the return of Uncharted Seas, Dystopian Wars, Planetfall, and of course HALO. The first is below.  I had to refilm it because of the background noise, Neil has a soft voice.   I wasn’t going to keep this interview at all, but there is enough in it that we didn’t cover in the second interview that I couldn’t ignore it.

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Jul 202015
 

O.K. I’m so super excited about this.  HALO has been a part of this family since my children were still in diapers, it’s actually hard to believe it’s been so long.   That isn’t the only reason why I’m looking into this game.  It’s being made by Spartan Games who has a licensing agreement with Microsoft to make the game.  Spartan Games makes great models and all of their games have been excellent , in my opinion.

Spartan Games will be at Booth 2733 and their product will be available through The War Store at booth number 1831.

 

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Here is the recent release of the 7 page PDF Overview of Halo.

Halo Fleet Battles overview

Jun 242015
 

July 20th in history:

356BC    – Alexander the Great is born!

1903       – The Ford Motor ships its first car!

1969       – Man walks on the moon!

2015       – HALO ships!

 

Spartan Games is proud to announce that Halo: Fleet Battles, its fleet action tabletop miniatures game, developed in close cooperation with Microsoft Corporation and 343 Industries, will be shipping worldwide on July 20th.

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Feb 212015
 

spartan-games-covenant-capital-vessels-542x542-bc346b651d8b487f9ca7a49b811bf4aeThere are very few games that I actually look forward to, But HALO has been a part of my family since, well since my children have picked up an Xbox controller.  If you’re as interesed in the HAlO miniatures game as we are you will find this article at Waypoint a good read.

Feb 202015
 

pfdf03PFDF03 Dindrenzi Federation Firepower Leviathan Helix
The Hyperion Leviathan perfectly exemplifies the mindset of the Federation forces – that of the fast assault aggressor. Rugged and dependable, the Leviathan is capable of sustaining tremendous punishment during its military operations across the Firestorm Galaxy. The humanoid design is intended to exemplify the ‘human perfection through adversity’ strategic thinking of the Dindrenzi, as well as deliver terrifying proof of the ‘superiority of man’.
The devastating vehicle is armed with two arm-mounted Mangonel-VII Titan Cannons – a new design that permits the tracking of targets over a far greater range without adversely affecting the Leviathan’s power supply.
In addition, the Hyperion has a shoulder rack fitted with Estock Flak Launchers, allowing the war machine to defend large areas of the battlefield with an umbrella of anti-air fire. The Hyperion is also fitted with a Nexus Designator, secreted within the command centre in the war machine’s head. This serves to support the rest of the Dindrenzi drop assets that are waiting for their turn to prove themselves in the maelstrom of battle.
The Firepower Leviathan Helix may also find itself supported by up to two squadrons of Leto Light Tanks. These are specially modified to permit the vehicles to drop from low orbit into the thick of the action. Ordinarily these vehicles execute a light reconnaissance role in the Dindrenzi battle formations, however the modified Letos in the Firepower Helix are more likely to find themselves in close support of their command element, assaulting targets that attempt to engage the war machine’s flanks.
Contains: 1 Hyperion Class Leviathan, 10 Leto Light Recon Tanks and 1 Drop Site Marker. Models supplied unpainted and unassembled.

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The Odin Class Leviathan advances through the battlefield shrugging off all bar the most concerted attacks using a combination of heavy armour and overlapping shield technology. Armed with a powerful G-72 Legacy Laser, this Terran war machine is one of the most powerful vehicle killers in the Firestorm Galaxy – woe betide the enemy that presents its flank to this behemoth!
In addition to its main armament, the Odin also carries a powerful Shrike Heavy Rotor Gun for engaging aerial threats and a number of body mounted Heavy Raptor Grenade Launchers for overwhelming dug-in enemy Infantry at short range.
Finally, the Odin has the ability to execute Artillery Attacks using a Nexus Designator. Whilst only short range, the Odin frequently uses the attack to defend itself from approaching foes by calling down the attack upon itself!…. shrugging off the damage and destroying any remnants of surrounding foes with a combination of grenades and close quarters battle.
Terran Firepower Leviathan Helix are commonly supported by up to two Squadrons of Valkyrie Light Tanks. These are used to capture objectives close to their command element, and operate best in close support with other elements in a Terran Alliance battle line.
Contains: 1 Odin Class Leviathan, 10 Valkyrie Light Recon Tanks and 1 Drop Site Marker. Models supplied unpainted and unassembled.