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Like many of you, I'm really excited about Halo Wars 2, given that I'm a huge fan of strategy and tactics games and the idea of controlling whole squads of soldiers rather than just one at a time. Unfortunately, with no confirmed release date and rumours placing it at least six months away, I'm not going to be getting my fix any time soon. However, in a similar vein, I'm an enormous fan of the X-Com franchise, and have been playing its newest instalment religiously for the past few months: of particular note here is that X-Com 2 is the first title to feature integration with the Steam Workshop, where among others things, there are a large number of Halo-themed customisation mods to be found.

 

This brought me to a great realisation: even though Halo Wars 2 is still a very long way away, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy some Halo-themed tactical alien blasting!

 

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The premise for this series is pretty simple: I'm going to be doing a playthrough of X-Com 2, and I want to do it with your Spartans. Every few days, I'll record another part, and upload it to our forum YouTube channel, so make sure to check there frequently to see how things are progressing. We'll also be posting updates to our Twitter and News pages, as well as the Shoutbox, so whichever of our communications outlets you prefer, there'll be a way of staying informed.

 

Signing up is incredibly simple, as all you need to do is provide the following information:

  • Your Spartan-III's first name, gender, company (Alpha, Beta, Gamma), number, and nickname (10 character limit!)
  • Your Spartan-III's base class, specialisation (if you'd rather I didn't mix and match) and preferred weapons - see the spoiler below for a list of options
  • Your Spartan-III's armour, as it appears in Reach - yes, you can have helmet attachments, different shoulders, gauntlets and utility items!
  • Your Spartan-III's face, if you don't want to wear a helmet: includes stuff like scars, facial hair, eye colour, hair colour and style
  • Your armour's colour and pattern (e.g. default, striped, tigerskin) and your visor colour (default, gold, silver, red, blue, brown, orange, purple)
  • Your weapon's name, colour, and pattern (optional, and with the same options as the armour)
  • A short backstory for your character (preferably about 140 characters

And I'll do the rest!

 

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Character Classes

 

 

Infantry

 

Primary Weapons: DMR, Assault Rifle, SMG

Secondary Weapon: Magnum

Specialisations: Regular, Irregular

 

'Regular' specialists focus on winning in a straight fight by trading fire, while 'Irregular' specialists focus on exploiting the enemy and put pressure on the enemy

 

Ranger

 

Primary Weapons: Shotgun, Assault Rifle, DMR, SMG

Secondary Weapon: Machete

Specialisations: Scout, Assault

 

'Scout' specialists focus on sneaking around and gathering intel for the squad, while 'Assault' specialists focus on high-risk, high-reward close range attacks

 

Specialist

 

Primary Weapons: Assault Rifle, DMR, SMG

Secondary Weapon: Gremlin

Specialisations: Medic, Hacker

 

'Medic' specialists focus on keeping the squad healthy, while 'Hacker' specialists focus on using their robotic assistants to deal damage and take down enemy robots

 

Grenadier

 

Primary Weapon: SAW

Secondary Weapon: Grenade Launcher

Specialisations: Demolitions, Heavy Gunner

 

'Demolitions' specialists use lots of high explosives and collateral damage to manipulate the battlefield, while 'Heavy Gunner' specialists focus on high direct damage

 

Sharpshooter

 

Primary Weapon: Sniper Rifle

Secondary Weapon: Magnum

Specialisations: Sniper, Pistol Expert

 

'Sniper' specialists use their sniper rifles to deal high damage at long ranges, while 'Pistol Expert' specialists can carry out a variety of trick shots with their sidearms

 

 

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If everything goes smoothly and we get enough sign-ups, I'm hoping to start recording sometime next week. If you're reading this after the series has started - yes, you can still sign up! Just fill out the information above and I'll do my best to get you into the squad, though do note that the longer you delay before signing up, the higher the chances of your character being killed off as the enemies don't make allowances for lower-ranked soldiers.

 

In terms of who I'll be using in the squad from week to week: while I'm going to ask all the staff to sign up, priority will be given to forum members over them, with staff only used to fill gaps in cases where we don't get a lot of sign-ups or there aren't enough uninjured characters to go on a mission.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them below, and I'll do my best to answer them! And if you need a quick example of how to fill out the sign-up information, please open the spoiler below:

 

 

Carter, Male, Alpha 259 'Noble 1'

Infantry, Regular, DMR

Commando Helmet, Commando Torso, Commando Left Shoulder, Mark V Right Shoulder, Tacpad Wrist, No Utility

Dark Blue Primary Colour, Grey Secondary, No Pattern, Gold Visor

No Weapon Customisation

'He's got the mass.'

 

 

 

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See you on the battlefield, Spartans!

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While I am unable to participate in this sort of event, I will talk to some of my friends who would be able to see if they are interested. I'll be spreading this throughout the other sites and try to get some more sign ups as well!

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Spartan A283 'Morrigan", Alpha Company, Female, Nickname: Shotty,

 

Specialization: Ranger, Prefered Weapons: Shotgun and DMR,

 

Amour: MK V Helmet, FJ/PARA Shoulders, HP/HALO Chest Piece, TACTICAL/HARD CASE Utulity Piece, BLUE Visor, FJ/PARA Knee Guards, Primary Color: White, Secondary Color: Blue

 

Backstory: Betrayed by an ONI chosen Spartan, leader of her squad, Morrigan was forced to lose her memory from a gunshot wound to the head, only being able to survive by being placed in cryo. She was healed at an un-specified UNSC Hostpital several years later.

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*Squeals in delight* 

 

I'll add to this soon! Homework to attend to first  :(

 

Keko, Male, Bravo 212. Nickname: Bulwark

Infantry, Regular 

Primary: DMR 

Secondary: Magnum

Armour: JFO helmet, CQC left shoulder, ODST right shoulder, Collar/Grenadier UA chest, Breacher wrist armour, Tactical/Trauma Kit utility

Visor colour: Black

Armour: Is it possible for a tigerskin design, with black as the primary and a dark purple as the secondary? 

Weapon name: DMR: Blazon Fist, black with the tigerskin pattern please! 

Weapon name: Magnum: Dawnbringer, black with the tigerskin pattern please!    

 

Backstory "Guarding the Galaxy, one day at a time" 

 

This will be awesome!!! 

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Name: Tyrone

Gender: Male

Company: Alpha 616

Nickname: "Big Ty"

Base class: Grenadier, Heavy Gunner

Armour: EVA CNM helmet, Assault/Sapper chest armour, Commando left shoulder, EVA right shoulder

Colour: Black Primary and Red Secondary, tigerskin, Red visor

Weapon Name: "Hellfire" (SAW), "Little Hansel" (Grenade Launcher)

Colour: Bright Red, striped (SAW), Black, striped (Grenade Launcher)

Backstory: After his colony was destroyed, Tyrone enlisted for some swift justice

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Name: CLASSIFIED

Gender: Male

Company: Bravo  077

Nickname: T

Base class: Ranger, Assault

Armour: Haven't played reach in a while and don't remember my armor so ill go with full Mark VI

Colour: Primary Pink, Secondary White, Visor Black (don't remember the actual colour names)

Weapon Name: "TheBoomBoom" (DMR), "Chopper" (Machete)

Colour: Both Black

Backstory:  ████ █ █████████ █████ ███████ █ ██ ██████

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Name: Colin

Number: 1138

Gender: Male

Company: Delta? (If not, Gamma)

Nickname: Boss

Base Class: Specialist (Primarily Medic)

Preferred Weapons: SMG

Armour: Hazop helmet (CQC Alternate), FJPARA legs (i dunno if this is an option...), ODST shoulders, Collar/Grenadier chest, Any medkit utilities.

Colour: White and Orange, default pattern, Blue Visor

No weapon name or pattern

Backstory: Silent, Steely-eyed, and steady under fire; "Boss" has all the makings of the perfect combat surgeon.

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Richard, Male, Beta 557 'Slik'

Fill, Fill, Weapon as needed (AR if there is a choice to be made)

Armor: http://legacy.halotracker.com/Reach/ReachStats.aspx?GamerTag=Sikslik7(I think I had a hard case and an orange tac pad) (feel free to have no helmet)

Darkest Orange, White/steel, Silver Visor

No Weapon Customisation

'The slikest one of them all"

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Anthony/Male/Alpha Company/1176/Yash

 

Sharpshooter/Pistol Expert

 

https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/games/halo-reach/xbox-360/service-records/players/yoshi1176 Something like this

 

Weapon Name: HTA's Regards  Color: Dark Grey with Silver streaks

 

Backstory: Always wanted to be an infantry man, but his constant talking and ridiculous ideas ticked off his superiors enough to get him landed on a mountain providing overwatch all day. Still finds a way to have fun though whether it be by finding the funniest way to kill his enemies or by doodling pictures in the dirt. If seriousness is what you're looking for, look elsewhere.

 

Sorry I didn't get to this sooner, I was in such a rush when I first read this I missed the idea of the post. Can't wait to see this become a thing!

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The first set of characters are done! Please check the spoiler tags below to view your character, and if there's anything about them you'd like me to change (you want a different armour pattern, or to change your shoulders, or whatever) please let me know and I'll be happy to do so.

 

Morrigan A283

 

 

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Keko B212

 

 

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Tyrone A616

 

 

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Spartan B077

 

 

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Colin D1138

 

 

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Richard B577

 

 

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Anthony A1176

 

 

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Sikslik needs to be bald Red. How else can this be accurate.

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Sikslik needs to be bald Red. How else can this be accurate.

 

He is bald, just look under the hair!

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This is sick. Did you do this with a mod?

 

Dan, Male, Beta-222, Nickname "Kool Aid"

 

- @@Yoshi1176 already put everything I wanted to put so I have to change myself-

 

Infantry, Highly Irregular 

Mk. V Helmet, Everything else Air Assault

Helmet always on both heads

Primary color: White, Secondary: Cyan 

No weapon nicknames as I'm always discarding them for new ones with fresh ammo after running out from killing so many people

Backstory: Mad at Yoshi for stealing his Spartan idea, he lets off steam by killing all of his enemies. He's no sadist, he puts two in the chest and one in the head when possible to make it quick. Yoshi, on the other hand, is a sicko.

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This is sick. Did you do this with a mod?

 

Dan, Male, Beta-222, Nickname "Kool Aid"

 

Yoshi1176 already put everything I wanted to put so I have to change myself-

 

Infantry, Highly Irregular 

Mk. V Helmet, Everything else Air Assault

Helmet always on both heads

Primary color: White, Secondary: Cyan 

No weapon nicknames as I'm always discarding them for new ones with fresh ammo after running out from killing so many people

Backstory: Mad at Yoshi for stealing his Spartan idea, he lets off steam by killing all of his enemies. He's no sadist, he puts two in the chest and one in the head when possible to make it quick. Yoshi, on the other hand, is a sicko.

 

Thanks for signing up - but just so you know, if you want to use the same class or weapons as another Spartan, you totally can! I'm quite happy to adapt to player preferences if that's what they want rather than asking people to fit their characters around the idea of variety, so if you want to be a sniper, I'd be happy to make you one :)

 

As for mods - yes, I'm using quite a few. I'll add links to them on each video description on YouTube and in the opening post when a video goes up here on the forums (though it'll probably be spoiler-tagged for the sake of page length).

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Are you still taking in Spartan requests? I'd love to make one!

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Are you still taking in Spartan requests? I'd love to make one!

 

Yes! There's no hard end date on signups, and recording won't start until next week at the earliest. You can even sign up after the campaign begins if you'd like (though unfortunately your character is more likely to be kille dthis way as they'll start at rookie level and enemies don't scale back for weaker characters).

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Yes! There's no hard end date on signups, and recording won't start until next week at the earliest. You can even sign up after the campaign begins if you'd like (though unfortunately your character is more likely to be kille dthis way as they'll start at rookie level and enemies don't scale back for weaker characters).

 

Nice.

 

Name: Brandon

Gender: Male

Comp: Echo

#: 478

Nickname: Gambol

Sharpshooter/Sniper Rifle named "Heavy Hitter" and a Magnum called "Pocket Sand"

 

Armor: (From my old account from way back when)

  • Security Helmet
  • Left Commando Shoulder
  • Right Security Shoulder
  • ODST Torso
  • Tacpad Wrist
  • No utility

Black Primary

Red Secondary

Gold Visor

 

Backstory: Dedicated to save humanity, decided to be a SIII.

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Drizzy and Ardent, your Spartans have arrived! Please let me know if there are any changes you'd like to make: remember you can make almost any alterations you want, if you'd like to swap out armour pieces, change visor colours, add an armour pattern, etc.

 

 

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Drizzy and Ardent, your Spartans have arrived! Please let me know if there are any changes you'd like to make: remember you can make almost any alterations you want, if you'd like to swap out armour pieces, change visor colours, add an armour pattern, etc.

 

 

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It's...it's...BEAUTIFUL! *smashes like button*

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Count me in!

 

Name: Alex

Gender: Male

Company: Sigma (if there are only alpha, beta, and gamma companies, then I pick gamma)

Nickname: Maestro

Class: Demolitions Grenadier

Preferred Weapon: Well... my options appear limited. (EDIT: If the situation requires it, DMR/BRs can be used)

Armour: Red Operator CNM helmet (silver visor), CQC shoulders, Commando chest plate, TACPAD, trauma kit, Grenadier knees

Face: I always wear a brain bucket

Backstory: He put his engineering skills to use in more... creative ways when he answered the rebels' call to arms.

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Name: Church

Primary Weapon: Sniper Rifle

Secondary Weapon: Magnum

Specializations: Sniper, Pistol Expert

  • Mjolnir MK VI Helmet
  • FJ/Para Shoulders
  • HP/Halo Chest Piece
  • Tactical/Tacpad Wrist
  • Ua/NxRA Utility
  • Gold Visor Color
  • FJ/Para Knee Guards

Primary/Secondary Color: Ice, no pattern

No Weapon Customization

 

Backstory: Many of you may know the story of Church from Red vs. Blue. What many of you may not know is the other adventures he has had...in this story, he finds himself entangled in a computer simulation of war between the human race and an invading alien conglomerate. Sound familiar? At any rate, to escape the simulation, he finds himself pressed to join the human faction under the supervision of Commander RedStarRocket91, to wage war against the aliens and take back Earth, or be trapped forever in the simulation. He's been through worse -- remember the time loop? This can't be too hard...or can it? After all, we all know how great Church is with his sniper rifle.

 

"There's a fine line between not listening and not caring. I like to think I walk that line every day of my life."

 

"There are so many stories where some brave hero decides to give their life to save the day, and because of their sacrifice, the good guys win, the survivors all cheer, and everybody lives happily ever after. But the hero... never gets to see that ending. They'll never know if their sacrifice actually made a difference. They'll never know if the day was really saved. In the end, they just have to have faith. Ain't that a *****."

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  • Aohebi, Male, Beta-119, Nickname "Blue"

Infantry, Irregular, Assault Rifle

Mark V Helmet and Shoulders, HP/PARAFOIL Torso, UGPS Wrist, Soft Case Utility

Blue Primary, Steel Secondary, No Pattern, Gold Visor

"Just another Spartan in a war without end"

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