Unboxing: Halo Fleet Battles

Halo Fleet Battles Box

 

It’s Spartan Games’ dive into the Halo Universe! BoLS takes a good look at Halo Fleet Battles: The Fall of Reach!

Hey BoLS Readers! AdamHarry with another Unboxing! This time we take a look at the new fleet based combat game from Spartan Games (aka the Firestorm Armada/Dystopian Wars guys) – Halo Fleet Battles!

 

Halo Fleet Battles From Spartan Games

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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
  • 30 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.

Halo Fleet Battles

 

This game has been in the works for a while now and the box is packed full of Halo goodness. The Battle of the Covenant vs The UNSC is on! The models look cool and once built are great representations of the ships from the Halo Universe. Any fan of the franchise will appreciate the quality of the sculpts. The bases are different from Spartan Games other systems and have unique multi-stand per base option. Basically, you can position ships on the bases in different ways – which makes for some cool looking bases!

The Campaign Book and Core Rule book are well done and are loaded up with Halo lore and info. I’m happy I can get my Halo and Space Fleet fixes at the same time with this new game. It’s going to make waiting for Halo 5 that much easier…Maybe.

 

Master Chief Laser Up… It’s time to take out some Covenant!

  • Secret_Keeper

    Why Why WHY always with the comment “use some plastic glue”? These are exactly the sort of models with very little leverage on the glued sections that will make you life so much easier if you just use superglue.

    • crusader284

      No matter what brand I use, superglue always seems to wane over time for me, causing the model to fall apart. I use plastic glue now because at least that actually fuses the plastic together.

    • Jason McFarland

      I would NEVER use superglue on plastics that can take plastic glue. I don’t ever take my models back apart, so I want the best, strongest joint possible.

    • mannstein

      Superglue won’t hold the models together. It doesn’t work properly on plastics. I don’t honestly know why anyone would ever use superglue on a plastic kit.

      The largest covenant ship has a small area joint between the fore and aft sections, and the UNSC ships (other than the frigates) are all multipart kits. They simply will not stand up to handling if you use superglue.

      • Shawn Parker

        Try Bob Smith Super Glue. Don’t bother with anything you find in the non hobby stores either.

        • mannstein

          Might give it a go when my current superglue runs out. Won’t be using it on plastics, though, since I’m a bit particular about which glue I use for which application, and I prefer my joints to be as strong as possible. Especially on stuff I know I will never need to break up.

    • Ryan Sullivan

      most of the models practically stay together simply dry fit, I only needed the tiniest ammount of glue

  • dinodoc

    Scale comparison with BFG models?

    • From what I saw in videos the cruisers in this box should a bit shorter than the standard imperial/chaos cruisers from BFG.

    • Ryan Sullivan

      smaller but the ships are 1:20,000 scale
      they are more epic armageddon sized in terms of most space games

      • dinodoc

        Dang. I still want them but I was hoping that they’d be in line with FSA in terms of scale.

        • Ryan Sullivan

          It is a fleet scale game
          think FOW or Epic relative to 40k

  • Chumbalaya

    The minis are really nice and easy to put together. With the colored plastic they play easily right out of the box.

  • nonafel

    So the question is, will it blend?

    All joking aside, we need a better idea how the game plays and what it’s future looks like.

    • Ryan Sullivan

      the game plays smooth and quickly in my eperience so far.

      Next month the compoenent parts of this box will be available seperately.
      and they have already shown the september releases which include more “cruiser” type ships for both sides

      rumour is that we will see the assault carrier and infinty/trafalgar by the end of the year

  • Sean

    I can’t wait to see some flood conversions.
    And I just realized the huge silver covenant ship isn’t included. I guess that will be the first expansion.