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Canon Fodder 4-15-16: Stand Your Ground

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This week in Canon Fodder, we pull the curtain back on Halo: Ground Command and take a look at a cool community project.

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Grim
Brilliant article Grim ;3
Fantastic as always. (Inhales lore)
And now...to deploy my Marine teams alongside my Imperial Guard regiments in the fight against the horrid xenos!
Great read!

I can happily say we now know what Winter Contingency is.

Also, were the Wraith and Warthog meant to be the featured articles? It doesn't look like anything's different.
Good article Grim! A bit light on the lore, but I find it interesting and appreciative that 343 is taking notice of the hard work put into Sins of the Prophets. Maybe that's hinting towards something......idk haha. Anyways, I assume the M914 Warthog is somewhere along a variation of this? And will Ground Command have different combat scenarios/lore like Fleet Battles did? If so, you think its possible those lore tid bits will be available to the wider public? I had to copy the information from a friend who bought the game in order to obtain the lore, since I wasn't able to buy the game myself. Anyways, thanks for the article as always Grim!

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Nice update Grim, always good to see new stuff from Spartan Games.

I can't wait for Ground Command to come out so I can field a Zealot and go on a glorious crusade for the Ministry of Fervent Intercession!
Ive been playing lots of firefight!

Nice to give the shoutout to SOTP.
I wonder if we'll finally learn the name of that sangheili who seemed to hunt down noble team.
You forgot to mention the Jeep Hurricane in the Warthog article. They built the first prototype 314 years before AMG did. Unless of course Jeep is now part of AMG by then.

I'm joking of course.
It was a tremendous honor to be on Canon Fodder. I've been faithfully reading these since they began.

I joined the SotP team in 2010 and we've iteratively improved the mod several times over since then, continuously trying to add more from the lore into every crevasse, relating what you observe from the official media and determine how that translates to simplistic combat stats available in the base game. Trying to squeeze every ship and structure a fan might recognize and appreciate somewhere in the project. Every drop of it a labor of love and a love letter of sorts to Halo itself and those who've worked to forge it. Recognition from the creators of the game in such a positive way was more than we'd ever thought would happen.
The pride and level of satisfaction among the team is palpable. Thank you so much, 343!

For those interested, here is a scale chart of the ships in the mod in a pretty massive resolution: http://i.imgur.com/gvU8qoT.jpg This is promotional material developed by the team and downloadable in lossless PNG along with version 0.80.1 of the mod!
By the Rings! I just watched a trailer and some lets play vids, and holy flip does it look awsome. We need somthing like this on xbox. Hire them please. If they want offcourse.
Hey Grim, can we get a render or at least a high quality screenshot of the Soldier Snipers encountered in Unconfirmed?
This is cool, I may end up getting this miniature game soon, been having an eye on the ship one as well. The characters themselves interest me more then ships, so I am excited! Also, is that Spartan mini in the picture suppose to be Fred?
This week in Canon Fodder, we pull the curtain back on Halo: Ground Command and take a look at a cool community project.

Read more here...

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Grim
That game is awesome! I hope I know how to play it after reading the instructions in the future though...
Onyx81 wrote:
Great read!

I can happily say we now know what Winter Contingency is.

Also, were the Wraith and Warthog meant to be the featured articles? It doesn't look like anything's different.
That was actually the point of my statement in this issue's last paragraph. We'll be starting to resurface previous articles each week along with sprinkling new and/or updated ones in as well. Lots of moving parts these days on a several different fronts. :-)

Grim
Boba772 wrote:
This is cool, I may end up getting this miniature game soon, been having an eye on the ship one as well. The characters themselves interest me more then ships, so I am excited! Also, is that Spartan mini in the picture suppose to be Fred?
Looks like Centurion to me...though it might just be a random S-II. All of them (bar Grey) were on Reach at the time.
That was actually the point of my statement in this issue's last paragraph. We'll be starting to resurface previous articles each week along with sprinkling new and/or updated ones in as well. Lots of moving parts these days on a several different fronts. :-)

Grim
I hope some of the locations with multiplayer maps get updated, similar to Delta Halo's page. I'd like to read about some of the locations on the Ark.
Was hoping the Wraith article including any mentions of the Honor Guard Wraith. I know it's just a skin in Halo Wars, but there's mentions of Honor Guard Banshees in the Banshee Article, so I was hoping to see a canon mention of the Honor Guard Wraith. Oh well :/

The Canon Fodder was definitely an interesting read though (as always of course).
Really looking forward to this, as a fan of Warhammer 40k. Should be interesting partaking in sci-fi tabletop wargaming experience in which the psychotic, genocidal zealots are actually the bad guys xD

Also, the support you guys show the creative community within Halo is really astounding - Halo's come a long way from handing out cease and desists to PC modders to make way for Halo Wars, and it really shows.

Just one query, though - those Army Troopers in the platoon with the two warthogs seem to be using MA5D assault rifles. As I understood it, the MA5D wasn't widely produced until well into the postwar period, still hasn't replaced the Army MA37, and certainly wasn't involved in the Fall of Reach. I'd imagine I'm simply wrong, though, and those Troopers are actually Marines in the Army BDU like in Combat Evolved Anniversary using MA5Bs or MA5Cs or something.

Another awesome cannon fodder.
Unikraken wrote:
For those interested, here is a scale chart of the ships in the mod in a pretty massive resolution: http://i.imgur.com/gvU8qoT.jpg This is promotional material developed by the team and downloadable in lossless PNG along with version 0.80.1 of the mod!
Apologies for the correction, but the Lich designation is used twice, once for the Lich itself, and once for the Seraph fighter.
Also, I think you're missing a certain Covenant carrier class in there.
Onyx81 wrote:
Great read!
I can happily say we now know what Winter Contingency is.
Also, were the Wraith and Warthog meant to be the featured articles? It doesn't look like anything's different.
That was actually the point of my statement in this issue's last paragraph. We'll be starting to resurface previous articles each week along with sprinkling new and/or updated ones in as well. Lots of moving parts these days on a several different fronts. :-)
Grim
...Are we going to get proper dimensions on UNSC/Covenant naval craft? Not just length, but beam and draft too? Along with the date in which the first ship of the class finished construction and was launched? :)

(And crew complements + hull identification markers for the UNSC/a complete naval [alphabet] for the Covenant?)
Also, I apologize, but I noticed something about the Universe article regarding the UNSC Frigate.
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UNSC Frigate
Classes:
Stalwart, Charon, Paris, Strident
Purpose:
Combat and escort
Primary Armament:
Mark IV, Heavy Coil - 94B1E6/MAC
Secondary Armament:
M42 Archer Missile Delivery System
Tertiary Armament:
M870 Rampart 50mm Point Defense Network
Quaternary Armament:
M4093 Hyperion Nuclear Delivery System
Might I suggest adding additional clarification as to the weapon systems and such? The way it is currently laid out indicates that all of the previous frigate classes were equipped with a MKIV heavy coil MAC, when this is [not the case].
Maybe something like:
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Primary Armament:
Mark II, Light Coil – 83B6R3/MAC (Charon light frigate)
Mark II, Light Coil - [???] MAC (Stalwart light frigate)
[Mark III?], [Light Coil] - [???] MAC (Paris heavy frigate)
Mark IV, Heavy Coil - 94B1E6/MAC (Strident heavy frigate)

Secondary Armament:
M42 Archer Missile Delivery System (Strident heavy frigate)
M58 Archer Missile Delivery System (Charon light frigate, Stalwart light frigate[, possibly Paris heavy frigate])

Tertiary Armament:
M870 Rampart 50mm Point Defense Network

Quaternary Armament:
M4093 Hyperion Nuclear Delivery System (Charon light frigate, Strident heavy frigate)
Italics and bracketed words are merely [theorized] details that can be implemented in said article.

By the way, while on the subject of UNSC frigates, I've noticed something about the various designs.
[Partially] crossposting from a different site:
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Maybe the Charon-class light frigate could be implemented as an Army craft? Given its design, its obviously built as more than just a fire support platform like the Paris heavy FFG and Stalwart light FFG...

Now looking at the designs of the pre-war/wartime UNSC frigates, one can see how each is specialized for different tasks. The Stalwart very likely was the first of the known frigate classes to be commissioned, to fill the role of an escort unit for a capital ship. Next up was the Charon, to truck around UNSC Army and Marine forces to wherever they might be needed, and to that end they welded a larger cargo bay on the aft section of the ship.
Of course, then came the Paris-class. And with that...
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And for the Paris heavy frigate, well, with the Insurrection becoming a rather serious problem, the Navy... wait. Why the need for the heavy frigate? Why not just keep building more Stalwart frigates and Halberd destroyers?
I mean, with the Human-Covenant War, it makes sense - build flying cannons with engines welded onto them due to supply costs (and even then, does it have to be 500+ meters in length when the Charon and Stalwart barely scratched that?), but with the Insurrection? Where the goal would lean more towards occupation than fleet engagements (not to mention that the Halberd's armaments make those of the Paris-class look anemic in comparison) and orbital bombardment?

...The Paris heavy frigate being an Insurrection-era design suddenly places the UNSC's mindset during that period of time in a new [perspective]... and it's not a very nice one either.