A couple of weeks ago I put up the first part of Spartan Games narrative campaign Flastpoint Amber and it would appear from the latest article its all a trap set Zenian and its forces.
I was more than a little surprised after my last article on Trees was so popular. If you’ve not had a look at the article you can find it here.
When I was asking the team about what I should do next, Darren was pretty keen thet I do one on Asteroids. I think he has some other project in mind that he’s after tips for. Though as I have the Dropfleet Commander Kickstarter about to arrive soon I thought why not.
A lot of the terrain projects I do are very simple. My hope is to get the terrain in a usable state on the table in a decent amount of time. There are certain projects I spend a lot of time on, but most can be done in a few hours.
This year featuring 5 demos Including the brilliant Halo: Fleet Battles, now while this has been slightly slower to take off than I thought I am hoping some strides will be made soon with a new stockist who is expanding his range, but thats not what this article is about.
If there’s one minor complaint I see repeated for Firestorm Armada, it’s the turning template.
It’s pretty basic and easy to use for the most part, but I do see many people complaining about how it either slows the game down too much or how its impossible to fit in between close formation squadrons or terrain. The point about it slowing the game down isn’t everyone’s experience, but almost everyone has experienced the “how do I get the template in there?” moment.
I’ve come up with something that might help.
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“Storm Zone: Return of the Overseers” Two Player Battle Box
When the leaders of the Aquan Prime heard of the assault of Proteus Prime by Directorate forces they were gripped with fear. The ancient texts told of a great danger hidden in the planet, an ancient force that could destroy the entire galaxy.
In response the latest fleet of Aquan starships was sent to intercept and destroy the Directorate fleet orbiting the planet. An epic battle is taking place above the planet of Proteus Prime – so gather your forces Commanders it is time for war!
INSIDE THIS TWO PLAYER BOXED SET:
1 Oannes Class Heavy Carrier
2 Sulis Class Cruisers
2 Shiva Class Gunships
4 Chimaera Class Frigates
2 Large SRS Tokens
2 Small SRS Tokens
1 Anarchist Class Battleship
2 Turmoil Class R&D Cruisers
2 Annihilation Class Gunships
4 Liquidator Class Frigates
2 Large SRS Tokens
2 Small SRS Tokens
ALSO IN THE BOX
1 multi-part resin and acrylic Dimensional Gate
1 Firestorm Armada 2.0 Rulebook
3 Token & Template Sheets
2 Asteroid Sheets
2 Fast Play Sheets
2 Tactical Action Card Decks
1 Mission Booklet
The fleet patrol box from Firestorm Armada I decided to look at this month is the Retholza. These spider like creatures rely heavily on nanites and firm one of the three main forces of the Zenian League.
Employing advanced, nanotech Cloaking Fields the Relthoza fleet advances toward the enemy shrouded from their attacks. Lethal torpedo volleys pick off outliers as the Relthoza stalk their prey, drawing them forward into a deadly trap.
Then, when they have acquired optimal firing solutions, the Relthoza ships drop their cloaks and channel all power to their weapon systems. Banks of hydroxide cannons line the flanks of the Relthoza vessels, primed to unleash millions of hull-devouring nanites on their targets. Seconds after the flash-frozen shards bury into their prey, its hull will begin to dissolve, exposing gaping wounds to the void.
The picture above shows the Widow class frigates the box sets Tier 3 selection. Although singly not able to put out much damage they can be cloaked and are difficult targets and four of these combining there fire could well be a threat to most commanders.
Next up we have the Assassin class cruiser with one upgraded to the Huntsman Heavy cruiser.
The Assassins are Tier 2 ships with Stealth systems and able to start dishing out pain from 48″ away with torpedoes that can be upgraded. The Huntsman Heavy cruiser, the upgrade is included in the patrol fleet, adds extra firepower at all range bands with its primary range bands from 24″ and closer, plus comes with the self repair rule, which is no joke as it starts with 6 points of damage to begin with a few cruiser squadrons backed up with the Huntsman can seriously dominate the mid range of the game.
Now the Tier One, the big boy, the ship that will make you fear the Retholza, the Nexus class Battleship.
Looking sleek pointy and totally alien this model, made up of only five parts plus base is slightly large, at under 200 points on the battlefield it’s also sweetly priced.
With plenty of hardpoints and upgrade options, along with its specific Model Assigned Rules the Nexus can be tailored to most scenarios. Upclose and personal battering ram, of a stand off backfield puncher.
With the ability to add MARs to its primary weapons, including Corrosive, your gaining the opportunity to start racking up problems for your opponent from 32 inches out.
The hardpoints of the Nexus can be used to bring it in close with the options of stealth or more fighters and point defense.
Just imagine your opponents face when his ships blunder into this trap. You could quite easily wipe a squadron off the board before you have even started to get aggressive.
Looking forward to setting up a few games with these going against the Terrans and their Tyrant class battleship when I have finished painting them and picking out some of the insanely detailed features on the models.
It’s here the email I have been waiting for.
Spartan games will be shipping Planetfall to retailers on October 22nd. This is the 10mm scale planetary invasion side of the Firestorm Armada game. RRP will no surprise, be £80 the forces in the box will be Directorate facing off against the Aquans.
As you can see as expected the minis look great, and you will get a fair few off them as well.
Looking at the box contents I am predicting the same product model as Firestorm Armada. With the Terran and Zenian Alliance and Zenian League army manuals being released soon after the two player box. Hopefully in time for the Christmas rush.
A new player battle box coming next month a new 2 player box for Dystopian Wars.
Also being released is new Chinese fleets for Dystopian Wars
If that wasn’t enough the new suppression group should light a fire under your……. Chair.
If steam punk alternate reality isn’t your thing feast your eyes on on these new Firestorm sets.
More alien goodness. Being released next month.