Thursday, April 9, 2020

Epic Adventures 2020 (Part I)

Something never dies. The first real miniature wargame I was into was Epic Space Marine, the 2nd edition of the game. It must have been around '91 or '92. I got the boxed game for my birthday and right away we put the Titan together and played around with that and the Rhinos, Land Raiders, Ork Battlewagons and Eldar skimmers.

Together with some friends we embarked on the journey to collect each a different army and battle it out. One friend chose the Eldar, one friend chose the forces of Chaos, I chose the Space Marines, since I already had a quite large army from the box. Eventually a 4th friend chose the Squats.

But in the end it was always the Chaos player and my Space Marines dugging it out. We only played with fully painted miniatures, so I guess it was only us who actually had painted armies.


This is how the 2nd Edition box was presented.

I had to choose a Space Marine chapter for my army. 

I really liked the Blood Angels army I saw in all the pictures and battle reports, I also liked the Ultra Marines army they used in some othe rbattle reports. 

But in the end I had also looked a lot on the older pictures of Epic miniatures and especially the cover for the 1st edition Space Marine box set caught my eye. The Dark Angels in their shiny black armor.

Add for 1st Edition and Codex Titanicus.

But I was living in the early 90s, so my Dark Angels army was mostly black with a drybrush, metal parts picked out in boltgun metal and goblin green bases. I did do a bit of random things to spice it up, but it was mostly ugly with ugly on.

A mighty Blood Angels army of yore.

Fast forward to around 2010 I got back into some Epic gaming with Dr. The Viking, from over at Dr. The Viking's Miniature Games Hell, but since he was introduced to Epic a wee bit later than me it seemed that we didn't really agree on what the game was supposed to be.

I wanted to do the Epic 2nd Edition I knew from my childhood, but we ended up doing Epic Armageddon, which I didn't really grow super fond of, and we also tried stuff like Future War Commander.

I started repainting my old forces and this time I went for those nice Blood Angels. I was doing Blood Angels in 28mm scale now too.

Some of the Blood Angels I painted around 2010

This army never got really finished and digging it out here odd 10 years later I decided to update it a bit and finish it this time too.

So now in 2020 it is time to go really back to the roots. I am going to finish a 4000pts Net Epic Gold Blood Angels army.

 4000pts: A mix of new army, old army and some second hand.

I chose my army from what I already had painted (everything will be updated though) and then I upgraded from there. Doing it the old way, taking three Marine companies and adding from there.

I picked from the Vanilla list, since we didn't use special chapter rules previously.



#
Figures
Pts
Painted Figures
Company Cards:



Tactical Company
1
29
750
0
Devastator Company
1
29
1000
0
Battle Company
1
29
800
0
Special Cards:




Chapter Master
1
2
100
0
Chaplain
1
2
75
0
Support Cards:




Terminator Detachment
1
6
350
0
Vehicles:




Land Raiders
1
3
250
0
Predator Squadron
1
3
200
0
Vindicator Squadron
2
2 x 3
2 x 150
0
Heavy Artillery:




Whirlwind Battery
1
3
150
0





Total

112
3975
0

Some of it is more painted than other things and I might change the list over time or add additional units. I plan to end up with at least one painted unit of each of the classic choices and ignoring anything too new I don't like. And I will paint Titans (of course)

So far I hope to paint 500-1000 points pr month. Starting with the Terminator Detachment, the Land Raiders and probably som other random stuff to test the paint scheme and such

This losely follows the rules of A Get Back into the Epic 40.000 Universe ArmyChallenge™ started by Dr. The Viking. And I hope to keep up with him.

5 comments:

  1. This. Is. Fucking. Awesome.

    Savored every single bit of it.

    I couldn't afford a GW box till 40k 2nd edition (Rogue Trader was just a book) but was obsessed with space marine, looked like forbidden fun for a kid.

    Finally got my hands on epic but you know...strip bases...

    Love the old school basing, as squared marines look a better fit space-wise. They occupy same space as a rhino does and work better over scenery.

    Keep the good stuff coming.

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    1. Thanks. I hope you will like where this is going :) Next update should hopefully be in 2 weeks or so.

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  2. Ah that brings back memories, Epic 2nd edition was the first GW game (apart from Heroquest/Space Crusade) I ever bought.
    Never did manage to build a full army for though before I moved on to Necromunda.

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    1. It is a great and awesome looking game :)

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  3. Jonas I loved your description of how you got into the game with 2nd edition Space Marine. My own experience with the game was similar and at the same time but I expect on the other side of an ocean ;-) I had owned the Rogue Trader rulebook and some miniatures first but Space Marine was the more accessible game that really got me hooked into GW's gaming universe.

    I look forward to following your updates and really appreciated all the classic scans from WD in your post.

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