Who plays that anymore? Well, me... and Martin... at least on Saturday.
The "Epic" version of Warhammer 40K was one of Games Workshop's best games, in my opinion. For whatever obscure/obtuse business reasons, GW discontinued the game or sent it down to the minor leagues, along with some of their other great games, like Warmaster and Man-of-War. Before my move to Canada, my buddies and I played Epic a lot and we had most of the usual armies covered - Space Marines, Imperial Guard, Eldar, Squats, Orks, and Tyranids. I have a Tyranid army but I feel I should shower whenever I touch it. We had a few great games. Then GW changed the rules and I found the game unplayable. (Again personal opinion.)
A while ago, Kevin, one of the Panjandrums of the Hamilton Road Gaming Group, told me of the Net Epic discussion group on-line. The rules seemed to be a slight variation of what I considered the classic Epic rules. The usual armies were available, but they added a few others - including the Ecclesarchy (The Church of the Emprie), Slann, "Evil creatures" (somewhat weird, I think), and Tau. Oh, Tau! I've been converting and dummying them up.
Finally, Martin and I agreed to try the rules. We laid out small forces - Dark Angel Space Marines vs. an Imperial Guard force. The Marines were outnumbered but were of much better quality. The IG was wave upon wave of expendable infantry with heavy armour support and loads of artillery. We weren't sure how the game would be, but it ended up to be a real nail-biter of a see-saw battle - quite satisfying all around. (Martin grasps rules very quickly and we're both quite amiable at the table, so we have fun.
The objectives included a small town and a large power-plant. The Guard was to hold both and the Marines were to take both. Simple goals for a simple game. (Martin and I took the photos.)
|Your humble blogger measures something or at least appears to.|
|The massive power plant, where the power-techs burn compost, leftovers, and old manuscripts|
to provide power for the masses. (An end-of-game photo)
|Early in the game, the Big McLargehuge* Memorial Power Plant was held by an Imperial Guard|
heavy weapons section, backed up with a company of infantry.
|My third infantry company moves forward to engage the Land Speeders.|
|An early game photo of the heavy weapons guarding the Big McLargehuge* Power Plant.|
The building is a chunk of wood with two old film canisters attaches as cooling towers
or maybe deep fryers.
|Heavy weapons in town, setting up in the post office or some other official building.|
|Leman Russ tanks with company HQ and a Commissar's tank.|
|Razorbacks! Land Raiders! Rhinos!|
|Dark Angels Devastators/Heavy Weapons.|
|Baneblade on the rubber road. Now you see it.|
|Now you don't. I've got to remember to pack cotton balls to show brewed-up vehicles.|
|The Leman Russ company come forward.|
|Dark Angels Whirlwinds.|
These models were always among my favourites,
|Slowly taking losses, the armour still advance.|
The real strengths of the Imperial Guard troops in this game are the armour and the artillery.
I almost felt that the infantry was a side-show... until they retook the power plant!
|There they are! Fighting hand to hand with Rhinos and an HQ stand.|
The figures are from a BattleTech range. Not totally "orthodox", I know, but they add so much variation.
AND they're cheaper!
In the end we called it a "bloody draw", which I don't consider a bad thing, since I hadn't played there rules before and the figures hadn't seen the light of day in almost 10 years. I left both of us with an appetite to play again, and do do micro-armour moderns.
|As Martin moves his Razorbacks, you get a good idea about the size of these models.|
|One of my infantry companies prepares to enter the forest and defend the power plant.|
|Helicopter gun ships... with a news chopper from the local news Tri-vid outlet.|
|I have fun painting flags, mostly free-hand.|
|Another infantry company in the town. Again BattleTech figs in the Russian green-and-cream cammo.|
|Martin's Terminators, Tactical Marines, and Assault Marines de-bus to annoy my peaceful town.|
As to the name of my power plant, you can find it here in an MST3K rif.
|* The origin of the Big McLargehuge Memorial Power Plant*|