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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Spartan Games January 2015 Releases

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Spartan Games has just announced their lineup for January 2015, and they plan on starting the year off with a bang. For the beginning of the year the company is planning to bring out the big guns with Planetfall, as they’re releasing 6 brand new Heavy Armour Helix boxes. Each of these boxes will feature machines of war that come packing some serious firepower. Adding to this, the Aquans and Directorate will be receiving Core Helix boxes, which means all of the Firestorm galaxy factions will have 2 Helix boxes each.

For Planetfall, here’s what you can expect out of each Heavy Armour Helix box:

  • Terran Alliance:

1x Tyr Heavy Tank
3x Baldr Tank Hunters
2x Ullr Specialist Tanks (with 2x AA Drops and 2x Shield Drops)

  • Sorylian Collective

1x Huk’Vok’Ka Heavy Walker
3x Sor’Ka Tank Hunters
5x Ka’Kun Light Skiffs
1x Sky Drop Marker and 1x Dice

  • Aquan Prime

1x Haumea Heavy Skimmer
3x Locatu Tank Hunters
2x Votari Nodes
1x Sirsir Specialist Skimmers
2x Sky Drop Marker and 2x Dice

  • Dindrenzi Federation

1x Ares Heavy Skimmer
3x Gorgos Tank Hunters
2x Circe Specialist Skimmers
4x Sky Drop Markers and 4x Dice

  • The Relthoza

1x Vardiss Heavy Walker
2x Talamis Tank Hunters
6x Namisc Light Walkers
1x Sky Drop Marker and 1x Dice

  • Directorate

1x Castigator Heavy Crawler
3x Avenger Tank Destroyers
1x Stalker Medium Crawlers (with Punisher Drones)

As for the Core Helix boxes:

  • Directorate

1x Desolator Heavy Tank
3x Retaliator Medium Tanks
5x Informer Light Buggy Squadron
2x Trojan Medium Specialist Tanks
1x Intruder Combat Personnel Carrier
6x Patriot Infantry Bases

  • Aquan Prime

1x Sedna Heavy Tank
3x Lamana Medium Tanks
4x Imzani Light Tanks
2x Stingray Nodes
2x Votari Crystals
1x Sirsir Medium Specialist Tank
6x Khitari Light Infantry Bases
2x Sky Drop Markers and 2x Micro Dice

The Heavy Armour Helix boxes will retail for $57.75 each, while the Core Helix boxes will retail for $70 a piece. Each of these boxes will be available starting January 28th.

Switching gears to Firestorm Armada, a brand new two-player battle box will be releasing next month. It’s called Storm Zone: Return of the Overseers and it’s got plenty of punch behind it. Here’s what you can expect:


1 x Oannes Class Heavy Carrier
2 x Sulis Class Cruisers
2 x Shiva Class Gunships
4 x Chimaera Frigates
2 x Large, 2 x Small SRS Tokens


1 x Anarchist Class Battleship
2 x Turmoil Class R&D Cruisers
2 x Annihilation Class Gunships
4 x Liquidator Frigates
2 x Large, 2 x Small SRS Tokens

1 x multi-part resin and acrylic Dimensional Gate
Firestorm Armada 2.0 Core Rulebook
3x Token & Template Sheets, 2x Asteroid Scenery Sheets,
2x Fast Play Sheet, 2x Tactical Action Card Decks, Dice
Mission Booklet

The new battle box will retail for $157.50 and start shipping at the same time as the above products. Honestly all of this looks really good, and I’m quite interested in Planetfall. It just may become my new tabletop miniatures game that I get into in 2015! Get ready to unload your wallets next month.

Firestorm Armada Storm Zone Return of the Overseers



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