HALO: Fleet Battles Ships!

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Spartan Games has just shipped out the first copies of HALO: Fleet Battles.  Come check it out!

Halo: Fleet Battles, The Fall of Reach £80.00 / $140.00

The Halo: Fleet Battles, The Fall of Reach two player battle box is the ultimate way for fans of the Halo Universe to recreate pivotal space battles between the stalwart forces of the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) and the relentless Covenant armada. Developed in close cooperation with 343 Industries, The Fall of Reach puts you at the centre of the most pivotal naval conflict of the long Human-Covenant War, commanding massive fleets of deadly warships as they clash above the fortified human colony of Reach. Take humanity’s last stand to the gaming table!

The Fall of Reach box contents include:

  • A full colour 100+ page rulebook packed full of images and examples
  • Fall of Reach campaign guide
  • 49 highly-detailed plastic ship models
    • UNSC (32 models)
      • 1 Epoch-class Heavy Carrier
      • 4 Marathon-class Heavy Cruisers
      • 27 Paris-class Frigates
    • Covenant (17 models)
      • 1 ORS Class Heavy Cruiser
      • 2 CCS Class Battlecruisers
      • 14 SDV Heavy Corvettes
  • 25 custom Halo Dice
  • Fleet Commander Data Sheets
  • Flight Stands and Overlay Cards
  • Punch-out Scenery and Token sheets
  • Quick Guide reference sheets

Halo: Fleet Battles delivers an easy to learn, lore-infused, tactically-rich gaming experience that appeals both to experienced wargamers and fans of the Halo Universe.

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Spartan says to look out for announcement for the first expansions – coming soon!

This game is shipping NOW, and available for order from your favorite FLGS or etailer.

Look for a full unboxing and coverage of this one soon.  I think Spartan may have a hit on thier hands!

  • Krizzab

    nice models. Iam a FSA fan but this looks something between FFG miniature scam and a clasic wargame. I need the rulebook asap.

  • CoffeeGrunt

    Played this at the weekend. Was fairly quick for a demo game, and quite true to the fluff of how the two forces played. Frigates, for example, definitely have next-to-no hope against the Carriers, especially if it’s a Covenant Carrier!

    • Does the system look similar to any other games? Is it compatible with their Firestorm Armada game?

      • Ryan Sullivan

        It is completely different than Firestrom Armada

  • I’m not too interested in the game, getting togehter a game of Firestorm Armada is hard enough, but I really really want an UNSC Infinity on my shelf.

    • CoffeeGrunt

      Apparently to do the Infinity to scale would end up with a pretty hefty model. I’d love the Long Night of Solace myself, personally. 😛

      • Well the guy from Spartan Games mentioned something about huge 40cm ships that take three bases, and there are pictures on their blog of something that looks it could be that size.

        Infinity herself should be about five times the length of one of the Marathon cruisers so not too outlandish.

      • I never played Halo 4. Was it like a mothership or something?

        • CoffeeGrunt

          To address both your comments, I don’t think the system is compatible with FSA as it doesn’t just use a lot of dice on 4+s to decide damage – they have custom dice. It looks similar to FSA and plays kinda similar, but it’s not nearly the same.

          Also the Infinity is the flagship of the UNSC fleet. It’s the largest and best equipped ship ever built, basically every piece of tech humanity stole from the Covenant and Forerunners has been used to augment it. It’s pretty badass, flies straight through a CCS Class Battle Cruiser without
          taking a dent.

          • Ryan Sullivan

            Yeah it is pretty much completely different, as was addressed in the BOW interveiw.
            they thought it would have been a copout to simply make a halo version of FSA

          • CoffeeGrunt

            To be fair, it would’ve been. I’m interested to see how they expand the game and add factions, there’s a surprising amount of varied factions they could use.

    • I really like the designs. They scream early 2000s / late 90s aesthetic while still being timeless and iconic – much in the same way that the Star Trek ships look 60s yet modern, and the Star Wars ships look 80s yet modern.

  • A Black Knight

    Interesting, but what I really need are the 24″ scale skirmish miniatures. Spartan IIs as counts as 40k assassins is my dream, that’ll show those people who think a space marine would win in a fight!

    • On the spartan games blog there was someone proudly holding a prototype Scorpion MBT, but its is definetely smaller than the 40k scale.

      • A Black Knight

        Damn! Oh well, the 40k scale is a little mismatched anyway. It’s gonna happen no matter what!

        • CoffeeGrunt

          It’s looking like it’ll be 10mm scale.

          • dinodoc

            Epic Halo!

    • I didn’t much like the ActionClix, but if they put out a pack of 28mm (or similar) minis I’d buy them in a heartbeat.

  • Adam Murray

    What happened with the Star Wars Armada game did that take off?

    • AKOF

      Yeah, it has locally in Texas.

    • Phil

      Depends where you are, I’ve never seen anyone play it where I am even though X Wing is quite popular

      • Adam Murray

        Yeah it seems to have died a death.

      • V10_Rob

        The consensus in my FLGS is that Armada is good, but we’ve already invested in X-Wing, and the two games are too thematically similar to justify buying both.

    • ZeeLobby

      It’s huge where I am, see more people playing it then any other tabletop game. Supposedly the second big wave arrives this summer. So I know a lot of people who are waiting for that.

    • GreyMage

      Its not dead, its just waiting the remaining month before wave II hits.

    • Krizzab

      good game, imho has the same proble, that x-wing. The gearcard stuff.

    • USS Daedalus

      The has really taken off where I am, with a lot of people selling off their X-Wing collection or at least stalling purchases in order to focus on Armada. It helps that our local FLGS manager loves the game and has his own collection, so hosts a weekly night for it. The biggest issue with the game was how long Wave I took to arrive, because the game out of just the core set can be a bit dull.

  • 32 vs 17? I hope Covenant ships are vastly more powerful…

    • crusader284

      They are in canon, so they should be in the game also.

    • An_Enemy

      So much more powerful that even a 32 v 17 advantage would be a guaranteed massacre. At the point of Reach in the timeline the humans are pretty much just hoping Earth isn’t found because it’d mean extinction.

    • georgelabour

      From what’s been written the game will focus more on victory conditions in a scenario than point based ‘balance’. This is because in canon the Covenant was an OP juggernaut and the human’s were lucky to just hold the line.

      So in some cases (but not all and KIM this is 2nd hand info) the humans WILL get plastered but can win if they can at least accomplish certain tasks.

      Of course since a lot of gamers just feel uncomfortable playing games where they’re asked to engage in an ‘unfair’ fight I bet they’ll have a more PVP friendly setup as well.

    • Gregory Heyes

      The devs have described the UNSC vs Covenant matchup of being along the lines of wolves vs bears. The wolves will outnumber the bears, and will be able to take down a bear if they work together in a pack, but the bears will take down individual or lone wolves fairly easily.

  • Douglas Burton

    $140 bucks. Ouch. Probably try to take a look at it anyway. Looks interesting enough.

  • Weidekuh

    Never been a fan of HALO. But the models look decent.

    Alas Dropfleet Commander will have my money. 😉

  • I really love the Halo universe. I really like games where ships shoot at each other.

    Will I like this game? I’m already stretched pretty thin on the tabletop front. I probably won’t invest in a game that’s “just okay.”