The Spirit of Fire podcast episode 16: HtT, eSports, upcoming books and E3!

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Both my co-hosts, Zach and Martin join me for talk of HUNTtheTRUTH and HUNTtheSIGNAL as well as Halo eSports, what we hope versus what we expect to see for Halo from E3 this year, upcoming books and more!

This is a jam packed cast!!

This episode runs about 1 hour 45 minutes. So have a sit back, prop up your feet and have a listen as we chat away about Halo.

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The Spirit of Fire podcast episode 15: Locke and Master Chief commercials discussion

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On Sunday, March 29, 2015, two Halo 5 Guardians commercials aired during the season finale of the Walking Dead. The first featured Locke, while the latter featured Master Chief. Both were near exact in shot and sequence, but with very different dialog. These were part of the beginning of the HUNTtheTRUTH campaign, leading up to Halo 5.

In this podcast, my co-host Zach and I discuss those two commercials at length comparing scenes. In fact, if you want to follow along with what were talking about in a visual manner, open up this link in another window.

Beyond this, we talk more about the HUNTtheTRUTH campaign. Specifically Episode 1: A Hairline Fracture of the Benjamin Giraud reports.

After this we discuss the newly amounted Halo Online game.

So please listen in on our discussion and let us know what you think about the topics we discussed as well as our speculation on it. Oh, I should note, my microphone wasn’t picking up my voice as well the whole time. So the volume of my voice seems to drop a little, then raise back up. Apologies on that. I’ll be looking into that issue to fix this for the next podcast.

This episode of the Spirit of Fire runs about one hour and 20 minutes.

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The Spirit of Fire podcast episode 14: The Halo Master Chief Collection: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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In this episode, we talk about all things regarding the Halo Master Chief Collection. The title says it all, the good, bad and ugly. Before you take a listen, I want to point out that I really don’t like having podcasts with a negative tone, this one however does have that tone to a degree that draw from my personal experience with the game as well as my co-host Martin. It also includes anecdotal info from fellow Halo gaming friends of mine and their experience with the game so far. Continue reading

The Spirit of Fire podcast episode 12 RTX 2014 edition!

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We recorded this last night at about 9:30pm EST. I had with me my two co-hosts, Zach and Martin, as well as one of my gaming group fellas, Brent. We talk about the first two days of RTX, Halo Mega Bloks, and Pro gamers returning to Halo because of Halo 2 Anniversary.

Take a listen to the almost 1:40 podcast:

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And don’t forget you can always catch us through iTunes. Search the podcast section for Spirit of Fire.


The Spirit of Fire podcast E3 2014 edition!

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We recorded this shortly after the reveal of the Master Chief collection. It would have been done LIVE, but I had some technical issues. Those being I had WAY too many windows open. 4 live streams, the blog, twitter, Waypoint and more….My computer just couldn’t handle all the Halo goodness. The program I use to record crashed, so we had to record after. Unfortunately that meant that Martin one of my co-hosts wouldn’t be on as it was already about 2am his time in Australia.

However, my co-host and long-time friend Zach was with me. We talk for about 45 minutes regarding the Master Chief Collection. Here is is about 5 hours after and I’ve got SO much more to talk about. But I’ve left that to blog articles, preceding this one and forthcoming.

In the meantime, listen here:

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And don’t forget you can always catch us through iTunes. Search the podcast section for Spirit of Fire.



An extra edition of the Spirit of Fire Podcast: Halo 5 Guardians Theories!

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We just recorded a podcast two days ago…Yet here we are again. This time Martin and I (well mostly me) talk about my theories about the new character as well as the location of the concept art.

You’ll forgive me that my voice might sour a little muted. With all of the talking I did with other fans about Halo 5 Guardians in the past two days, my throat has become a little irritated. But I just HAD to get these theories out to you to listen too and hopefully form theories for yourself.

Fore-warning…a bit into this episode, my dog passed gas…I had to turn the fan on, so it may be a little hard to hear for a couple of minutes. (Apologies on that, and YES IT WAS MY DOG! lol)

Without further ado, here is our episode. Spirit of Fire: Halo 5 Guardians Theories

Listen here:

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Or download here and listen to at your leisure.

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We can also be found on iTunes. Search for the podcast: Spirit of Fire
Please let me know what you thought of the podcast, more specifically my theories.


HFFL’s Spirit of Fire podcast for 5-16-14: Halo 5 Guardians!

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I present you with the special breaking news podcast, hot off the announcement this morning of Halo 5 Guardians!

My co-host Martin joins me to discuss the name, the date release and the box art.

This is a short one at 36 minutes, but it’s jammed pack with info and fun speculation. Beyond listening to it here or downloaded from the blog, you can also search for us on iTunes under podcasts as “Spirit of Fire”.

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or download below to listen to at your leisure:

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Please enjoy and let me know what you think of this cast!

HFFL’s Spirit of Fire podcast for 4-6-14: A PLETHORA of Halo topics!

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It’s been awhile yet again since we last had a podcast. This show brings a LOT of news and topics discussed. From the Halo 2 Anniversary rumblings and rumors, to lots of Halo swag coming this month, to Halo music deals, swag, other collectibles and MORE!

We’ve got 2 hours and 16 minutes of discussion waiting for you to listen to. Beyond listening to it here or downloaded from the blog, you can also search for us on iTunes under podcasts as “Spirit of Fire”.

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Please enjoy and let me know what you think of this cast!


Fan Custom model: The Spirit of Fire

First, before I get into the article, I want to thank for tweeting the original link to this, via their website. I followed that link and found a better one that had many more pics and text from the creator of the model, which I’ve reposted much of in the following article.

I chose to showcase this model for a couple of reasons. Not only is it the ship by which HFFL’s podcast “The Spirit of Fire” is named after:

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It’s also going to be referenced to, if not actually shown in issue #5 of the Halo: Escalation comic book by Dark Horse.

Okay, on with this amazing custom model!

This model was created by Mark Kelso. He built this model out of LEGOs. Normally I do not publish works from that toy manufacturer. However, in this case, since it’s a custom and one not likely to be repeated, I decided to post it. (I’m a Halo Mega Bloks fan, through and through.)

Click on pics to make bigger. I’ll be adding Mark’s words (in YELLOW). Any commentary by me will be in BLUE.

SoF Space shot 1stTo whet your appetite, here is the finished model super imposed on a scene in space over a planet. 

Now let’s explore how Mark built this, with an explanation in his words what it took to get him here.

Mark Kelso: Once upon a time, some knucklehead (that would be me) had the brilliant (or not) notion of building another Lego SHIP (Significantly Huge Investment in Parts). He thought it sounded easy enough. After all, other builders had cranked out epic, towering monuments of ABS homage.

Psssssh, yeah. What…an…idiot.

Over FOUR *insert explicative* YEARS LATER, we finally come to the end of one of THE most challenging endeavors of my life. Oddly enough, it wasn’t the construction of the ship that turned out to be the biggest challenge, but life itself.

I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice to say the moment I finally locked the final brick in place (January 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm, but who’s keeping track?) was an accomplishment that I’ll never be able to fully put into words.

But, for me it was about having the tenacity to keep getting back up, no matter how many times life knocked me down, to see this bloody project through to its completion! Chris, you were right. This really was my own personal “There and Back again.”

With the heaven-sent help of Heikki Anttila, who was involved with the original ship’s design and 3-D modeling, I was able to render a version of the ship that was far closer to the original design than I ever expected. There are, of course, variations which we’ll lovingly call artistic license. Nevertheless, upon completion, it seemed to me the overall look of the ship really WAS that of the SOF, and I felt it should be referred to as such.

Some Stats:
Height: 85 studs
Width: 70 studs
Length: 297 studs, or 7 feet (which, by the way, is just over the length of your average NBA player.

One of the things I think I was over the moon (pun intended) about with this space ship was the level of detail. The ultimate goal was to eliminate nearly every stud, giving this creation the appearance of a scale model. I’m callin’ it a win. On that point I was happier than the camel on hump day. Between that and the fact this behemoth’s done? Oh, yeah…downright giddy.

The Command Deck
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The main frame
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The wing assembly
SoF 06 wing detail BUILD

More mainframe shots
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SoF 08 main frame detail top mid 2
SoF 09 main frame detail top mid 3

The top half nearly complete
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SoF 12 detail front 1SoF 13 detail front 2SoF 14 detail wing 1
HFFL: Man, just look at the amount of detail on this!!! It’s a thing of beauty and isn’t even half finished at this point!
SoF 15 detail wing 2SoF 16 top rear detail 1SoF 17 top rear detail 2SoF 18 TOP fin
The above pic shows the top half complete. Now we move on to the bottom half.

Bottom spire assembly
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Some mainframe shots of the bottom
SoF 22 main frame detail attach 1SoF 23 main frame detail attach 2SoF 24 bottom front detail buildSoF 25 panel detail attachSoF 26 main frame bottom and detailSoF 27 bottom detailSoF 28 bottom detail 2
HFFL: Again, some amazing detail work here. And he had to build this with the bottom half in an inverse position!
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He’s not really going to do it, is he?
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Hell no. After 4 years, would you?
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Above the model is complete and ready for it’s “beauty” shots!

SoF 37 Side 3-4 front BLACK BG

Now let’s look at some detailed shots again against a black background, with the model completed.

The front end as seen from the side
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The bottom spire seen in correct orientation.
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Top side detailed views starting from front and going to the back of the model:
Sof 32 Detail command deckSof 33 Detail side wing CLOSE-UPSof 34 Detail top-front innerSof 35 Detail top-midSof 36 Detail rear wing

For the most part, I love the look of this ship. But, I gotta say this head-on shot kind of creeps me out a little.

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Three views of the WHOLE ship from different angles:

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And that’s a wrap. Nice to be able to say this beast is finally finished.

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Folks, don’t forget that this is a SEVEN foot long model. It has THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of pieces in it. It’s not something we as consumers will ever get. However, if we ask nicely, maybe we can get a scaled down version from Mega Bloks. It never hurts to ask!

I salute Mark, his talent, and his incredible recreation of the Spirit of Fire.

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The Spirit of Fire podcast for 1.26.14. An “Array” of topics!

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In the episode Martin, Zach and I talk about the following topics:
• Ghostayame being hired by 343
• Spartan Assault finally coming to the 360
• Rotational playlists
• Matchmaking Updates, including Spartan Bowl and Paintball
• Mortal Dictata
• Tim Longo, new Creative Director hired by 343
• Twitter Conversations I had with BS Angel as well as Carl Clendenin from Virgin Gaming about Matchmaking Choices
• The Halo TV Show. This includes discussion about the Neil Blomkamp director rumor, as well as my four theories on what the show may be about.
• A position at 343 I’m applying for
•’s next BIG Halo event!

It’s as I said in the title, an array of topics. This podcast clocks in at 1 1/2 hours.

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Also, you can search iTunes for “Spirit of Fire”. It may take up to a day for this podcast episode to post there.


The Spirit of Fire podcast for 12.9.13. Spartan Assault on the XBOX!

We’ve not had a podcast in a month. Truthfully, there wasn’t much exciting news to report and repeating the Halo bulletin every week when I already do a synopsis of it on the blog is redundant. Anyone can reread the bulletin, so I’ve decided I won’t do that and only focus are the real news worthy topics.

In the episode Martin and I talk about Spartan Assault being released for the One and the 360, but at different times. We briefly talk about the One’s graphics, some of our favorite types of covenant, the new Dark Horse Halo comic book and more.

This is a short podcast for us at just about 45 minutes.

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The Spirit of Fire podcast for 11-4-13 Episode 10: Spartan Assault to XBOX!

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It’s just Martin and myself tonight as we discuss the week in Halo, Halo 4 turning one-year old, and Spartan Assault coming to the XBOX 360 and XBOX One.The Week in Halo:

For the first time ever, we record a podcast shorter than one-hour! Whew, didn’t think it could be done, LOL.

This podcast is mostly upbeat. With exception to the first report, everything else is pretty good.

Have a listen or download and please let me know what you thought of this episode by replying below!

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The Spirit of Fire podcast MULTI-Cast part 2

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This week’s podcast is a doozy. I partnered up with Robowski from Post Game Carnage Report to bring a multi/simulcast of our podcasts. As well, my co-host Zach live streamed it on his twitch channel ( ). I’m proud to say from now on, the Spirit of Fire podcast will be live streamed on Zach’s channel, so you good readers/listeners can chime in through the chatbox. We may even give out prizes in the near future through the stream…

Also, this week marks the Spirit of Fire being put onto iTunes. So if you don’t want to listen below or download from the blog, you can now go and subscribe HERE to listen on iTunes!

Anyway, so we teamed up and also invited others to join in. Robowski brought along two of his co-horts. Er co-hosts…LOL. I of course brought in Zach. Robowski invited Justin Bryce from Drunken Halo Podcast and I invited in Addicted Cha0s from

Not knowing the software I use to record the podcasts had a limit, this episode had to be broken down into two parts. The first part (here) is just a smidge over 3 hour, 20 minutes long, with this second part being 1 hour 4 minutes long.

Myself and Robowski take turns bringing up topics of discussion as well as asking our panel to respond to the topics. We jump all over from topic to topic talking about Halo 4.

Now before you listen, I want to make clear, this will for all intents and purposes be the last time I criticize Halo 4 in a podcast. Well, at least as a major portion of the podcast. After this marathon multi-cast, I kind of grew tired of saying the same stuff over and over and am about fed up with 343’s non-response… So from now on, we’re just going to report Halo as it is and not as we wish/want it to be. That is…until Halo 5 comes out!

Enjoy and don’t forget the second part to this.

Listen here:

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Download here:

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Whew, again this was a doozy.

I hope you enjoy and please feel free to comment below!