I'd like to get into playing a bit of 40k Epic, as it seems cheaper (and a little easier to carry around) than standard 40k is these days.
But I don't know where to start,apart from buying models.
What do I need for a complete rules/equipment set to play Epic?
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- Posted Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:06 am
R. Brent Ward
All of the Epic players hang out here:
There is a section at the bottom of those forums about "Net EA"; the latest version of Epic Armageddon.
You may also download the rules here: http://www.net-armageddon.org/
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- Posted Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:11 am
Barring the hinted at return of a boxed game this is long out of print but with a steady aftermarket.
A few things for reference in case you've not seen them (others please correct me as I'm rusty)
first edition adeptus titanicus had less distribution and soon turned into
there's classic: Space Marine 2nd edition this had a huge following and is often what folk mean when they talk about epic 40k. it's also the ruleset that you'll see on auction sites by factions.
it got a bit arcane and possibly considered slow with custom rules (special units)
this was ruthless pared down for Warhammer Epic 40,000 which many boardgamers seem to like more but which epic players thought gutted the game. 3rd edition
in an attempt to recover this Epic Armageddon 4th edition reintroduced some complexity but (afaik) based off the more streamlined rules of 3rd edition . however this was just before the whole line was cancelled.
GW released the 4th ed rules as a free download for years but it's long since vanished from their site.
Options to play most of these editions are available at some price in some form. also of note - after 3rd edition a DIY community formed and created a reformed 2nd edition NetEpic http://www.netepic.org/ . i think it seems to have died down but it got through base rules, army lists, and codexes for most factions.
Pieces and armies
my 2 cents:
there's reasonable amounts of space marines, eldar, orcs. chaos and IG are more expensive. tyranids are rare and pricey. I've seen a little Tau but don't know if they ever had an army release as such.
there are/ have been various other games at this scale whose models can be proxied.
[edit: Brent is more up to date than I am ;-) and is more helpfully also talking about this edition specifically. I've not played for a long time]
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- Posted Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:20 am
It's also worth mentioning that there are quite a few third-party Armies
that are as good, or in fact: Better than the long OOP GW figs.
These are also (generally) considerably cheaper than the EBay prices for OOP figs...
For example, for Codex Dark Eldar
Onslaught Miniatures makes amazing figs in their 'Stygian' line
(Onslaught also does amazing Sisters of Battle proxies, Kroot proxies, Genestealer Cultists, Tyrannic proxies, Tau proxies...
... Many other proxies by other companies can be found at the Tac Command site mentioned,
but those were the ones I remember off-hand.)
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- Posted Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:11 am
John Di Ponio
Welcome to the world of Epic or at least your interest in it. As mentioned, there are plenty of rule sets to choose from. I came into the frey back in the 2nd edition and liked it quite a bit but really got hooked when 3rd edition came out. I liked how the units were organized although most flyers were treated quit abstractly compared to the previous version. I have only dipped into Armageddon probably due to the fact that my group enjoys 3rd edition so much. Every one has their own preference on the rules for sure.
Models are pretty available and storage is pretty easy. I use tackle boxes and they hold a ton!
As far as what you 'need', I suggest downloading the current rules to get a feel for it so you can see what forces are required for an army. Other than the rule set, you need a battle board and some terrain. D6's and a ruler and your all set. Of course, there are some blast templates but I am sure they are downloadable somewhere.
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- Posted Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:56 pm