Sorry for that interruption, but you know how self righteous those pesky elves can be, always insisting that they know everything and need to come before the other races (just don't mention mirrors to them).
So where were we before we were rudely interrupted? Oh yes, the new halfling hard plastic sprues - sold in the army box, mega army box, and as a battlegroup.
The army box comes with two battle groups, and the mega army has three.
There are two full sprues, and one small one. The first sprue holds almost all the bodies (one cavalry body is on sprue 2), 10 rifles, 10 spears and six hand weapons.
You will have to do some planning when building your halflings. While each sprue set makes 10 infantry and 5 cavalry, there aren't enough arms to make all 15 equipped with the same weapons. So you can make 10 spearlings and 5 wild riders with rifles, or 10 rifles and 5 melee wild riders. Mantic is planning on releasing sets of the sprues with resin weapons for bows, or new bits to make Stalwarts (with more armor). So you will want to figure out how you want to build the sprues BEFORE you start cutting the pieces off.
Also be aware that the cavalry models are all specifically keyed together (as are the rifle arms). So there are five models of cavalry, A - E. The labelling is on the sprue (on the same side iwth the name)
The two sides of the Aralez are keyed specifically together, and they only fit the opposite version. This makes the bodies a bit more dynamic as they don't all have to fit together. Unfortunately, the halfs are NOT paired up on the sprues - I would have liked it if sprue 2 had 2 complete pairs, instead of sides for 4 different ones. Then the smaller sprue 3 should have three matching bodies (it only has one (A), with the other 4 matching the halves on sprue 2.
The heads are also keyed to specific bodies. I did not actually try to fit all the heads on all the bodies to see if they truly need to be keyed or are somewhat interchangeable.
This means that there are only 5 aralez scuplts (instead of the 25 possible models if the heads are interchangeable, or 125 if the bodies halves were).
However, not only are the heads keyed, but the cavalry bodies are as well.
I did fit some of these a bit, and you can mix them up, but they don't fit as well to the bodies they aren't keyed to, so have gaps between the saddles and bodies.
To the majority of people, they won't be bothered that this makes only 5 cavalry models, since ANY head and arms will fit with any body.
Well, almost any head. While they all fit, four of the infantry and two of the cavalry halfling bodies are female (which is great for inclusion)
To match these, there are six heads that are female (the ones with the helmets I found hard to identify)
so you may want to match the female heads to the female bodies. Or not, you can put any head on any body if you either don't care or want to be even more diverse and inclusive of non-binary genders.
The rifle arms are also keyed pairs, so that the arm fits the specific rifle.
There is one rifle and one arm that are not keyed - this rifle is held by only the one arm, and the other is free to use with it, or otherwise (say, if you want to add banners to your units).
So, once you plan out what you want (I built a regiment of rifles, a regiment of spearlings, and a regiment of wild riders (ranged) with rifles, plus a mounted sergeant with the remaining cavalry models), you can start putting them together.
|I used the top hat on the sergeant to make him stand out (and didn't use it in the other units).|
I know that people will ask (and have been asking) how do these halflings compare to other models?