We interrupt our regularly scheduled halfling review to bring you the new Elf fleet for Armada. There are actually a lot of reviews on the new halfling plastics, but I haven't seen any yet on the new Elf ships, so you get those first :-)
Of course we begin with the elf starter fleet. It includes three ships, the fleet rules, the unique elf magic cards (spellbook and the new elf spell) and MDF markers if you like to put your upgrades on your ship cards (though I wonder how many people actually do this?) It also includes cards for each of the ships.
So we begin with the small support ship. Why? Because when you look at the numbers on the spruelettes, these are the first ones.
Most of the elf ships are multi-hulled - meaning they have more than a single hull. Think of the classic catamaran. These give more stability, more maneuverability (Masters of the Winds) and are basically pretty cool looking. So the small Storm Chaser is two hulls
These are connected by a single bridge piece
and have a single sail (# R4801003) (which is slightly smaller than the other 'standard' sails. All the sails on the elf ships are 'leaf' shaped.
The sail spruelettes are numbered slightly differently than the ships, and different ships reuse the same sails. The sails are numbered R48010xx, while the ships are numbered R48011xx
Of course I will be painting them separately from the ships, and it is easier to paint these while still on the sprues, so I don't have pictures of the fully assembled ships.
The medium main ship is the Drakon's Fury. This is also a split hull ship, but it is three hulls, not just two.
The bridge connects both of the side hulls to the main hull
It has two sails, one R4801002 and one R4801004
The cannon fits in the front, and the bridge fits with the 'wings' facing the bow.
Then there is the large ship - the Leafblade. The unique ship for the elf fleet is a variant on the Leafblade (Pride of Adar), so the starter contains both the card and the alternate parts for this ship.
The large and extra-large ships are both single hulled - they are simply too large for a multi-hulled ship.
Unfortunately the numbering doesn't make sense - the standard Leafblade used R4801109 and R4801112) (you can tell because the Leafblade has a single combat canon in the fore and aft, and these parts each have a single canon, while the Pride of Adar has two combat canons in the fore and none in the aft)
Parts R4801110 and R4801111 are for the Pride of Adar. You should be able to magnetize these if you want to switch the ships out, or make the variant you want.