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Friday, August 21, 2015

Halo Fleet Battles - a quick look inside the Gen Con Special 2 Player Battle Box

 I missed Gen Con but, thanks to Niel at The War store I didn't miss out on one of the amazing specials... the HALO Fleet Battles 2 Player Battle Box!

I found it waiting for me when I made my weekly pilgrimage to the mailbox and just had to take a quick look inside!  Here is what I found...
















 The first thing that I notice is that the box is massive!.. I mean really large... and heavy too.  The colorful outer sleeve is not particularly sturdy... nor are the two content boxes inside.  This isn't a big deal but I like the look of the box and suspect it won't hold up to handling for very long.

No worries! That is what bespoke cases are for!  And well need some because this box is packed with stuff!

There are two sheets of punch out terrain to dress up the battlefield which I encountered in the box sleeve, that are made of a similar material and are a similar weight as the sleeve so be careful not to miss them when opening up the box.







 What I'll refer to as Box 1 has a perfect bound rulebook, a less robustly bound campaign book, several bags of dice, assorted tokens, reference sheets, overlays,  and the packet of Gen Con Extras.








 Here is the packet of Gen Con extras.  Its a capital ship sprue from each faction which is a huge upgrade to the set as each faction comes with one capital ship, a few middleweights, and a pile of frigates.  With this packet you double your Major vessels and get a couple of extra frigates to boot.  The packet also contains the related tokens and game markers for these ships.  Thanks Niel!



Box 2 contains the ships and flight bases.  There is a pile of them... 49 very detailed ship modles molded in hard plastic in good faction colors... 55 when you add the Gen Con goodies!  It looks like a quick wash would see them tabletop ready but there is a lot of room for actual painting as well.






I'll be reading the rules next week and see about a game... but, at the moment, I'm glad I picked up two sets of this!

I've always been interested in the Spartan Games offerings but have never jumped in.  If the rest of their catalogue is up to the quality of this set I've got another company to go all fanboy over!

Now off to the War Store to see about pre-ordering more Halo stuffs....

2 comments:

  1. Woo! More awesome swelter mini's to be painted up! I am been trying to avoid this games...I know I'll break when home one and the imperial star destroyer become avail for armada...no way I can hold off on those.

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    1. Yar! Turned out that getting two of the Gen Con specials means that I essentially have the game fully upgraded as regards the pre-release stuff... which means... I might have to get in on Firestorm! It really reminds me of FASA's old Renegade legion: Leviathan which was a really great game... evil evil evil!

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