I managed to play an Epic Game. Horaay! I still have my tanks half painted, but my pal KeyanSark
offered me the chance to play and, due to our respective schedules, last monday was our only common window of opportunity. So let it happen!
We played NetEpic, a version of the game I am not familiar with, but Keyan is. I used my Ultramarines and a couple of Titans and Keyan used his recently painted Squats.
|The battlefield, with objective points all over|
Each turn you roll for the initiative. Each detachment receives an order (first shoot
), which is represented by a token, kept secret until you activate the unit. Activation is alternate, so the game is quite fluid; seriously, an IGOUGO system would totally kill a game like this. This is all about adapting youself to the adversary as they move their troops.
|Small blue Rhinos advancing|
|The clash is imminent|
|Onwards! To battle!|
|End of movement phase. Now shooting!|
|But first, this pic. Just because it's cool.|
Keyan's giant cannon shot over me with some pretty devastating effects...
|Four infantry units and two Land Raiders just evaporated|
|The Colossus opened fire against my Rhinos|
|This pic is just for the dramatic effect|
|End of turn 1. Let's go for round 2!|
Turn 2 would be quite decisive, as we were going to fight for the center of the board.
|Remember Jurassic Park, the scene with the glass of water? I think something big is coming...|
|Oooops, this is gonna be fun...|
|I made the mistake of not disembarking the troops from the Rhinos. Have a bad feeling about them...|
Now for the good stuff... Titans!
|Leman Russes shot on my Reaver first, then Keyan's Reaver|
|You wouldn't expect this game to happen without tables and charts, right?|
My Reaver got an impact on the head and another one on the hip. Fortunately the tech support guys would manage later on to repair both locations and recover all the shields.
|General overview of turn 2|
The Colossus, the Gyrocopter and the Warlord all opened fire against my infantry...
|No comments. Having a bad day|
|-All of you! Hold the position! Follow me! -Ehh, Brother Captain, it's just us...|
|Hmm. Bad day to be a Vindicator crew...|
|Rhinos and Vindicators are wiped out|
|Seriously, guys, at this distance... you only kill two out of six bikes??|
|My Warlord (left) shoots the building on the right across the
battlefield. Four units killed and the building itself on the edge of
collapsing. I love Epic|
|This town ain't big enough for both of us|
Keyan's Reaver managed to destroy my right arm (well, the Reaver's right arm!), so no close combat weapon. I managed to repair the rest of the damage inflicted and recover most of my shields.
|End of turn 2!|
So Keyan was decimating my ranks! However, at the moment we kept the same number of objetives. Turn 3 would be the decisive one then!!
On my right flank, Squat bikes had surrounded my only Rhino left. All was lost. All? No! Then we heard a 'Vooooosh' 'Vroooom' 'Hshhhhh' Reinforcements had arrived!
|Of course I made all those sounds. It's essential to the game.|
|A little bit crowded suddenly!|
|This game justifies itself just by pics like this.|
Keyan just shot me with anything he had. My Titan finally fell down when the reactor core was damaged beyond any reparation (at the end of the turn I made the required roll and at least it didn't explode causing more mayhem!)
|Dramatic cinematic effects needed|
Well, it looks like the battle was pretty much decided. Anyway, this was so much fun!
We were just for the final combats...o
|The Titans and the Thunderhawk melee|
|The final combat went from this...|
So three turns and this was how it looked like in the end!
|Pretty different from the first pic!|
Well, so this is it. Victory for the Squats! Quite an enjoyable game, I must say, even if Keyan totally overwhelmed me in the end. As you can see, my approach here was totally wrong, I played WH40K instead of Epic, and that lead my troops to the disaster. I guess I played it like an Ork, haha, charging and facing such an artillery oriented adversary. But hey, this was my first game of Epic since... 2000? 2001? And that was with another ruleset, so this actually was my first game.
My main lesson learned is that this is not WH40K; not only about gaming, but about painting and organizing my forces. I had two Codex Astartes Companies and that doesn't work for Epic. Well, if you think that the game was conceived for the Horus Heresy, i.e., not for Chapters, but Legions with such a different organization, that makes much more sense. So I have to repaint some of my infantry to adapt my army to the game. I'm still painting my tanks, so this game helps me to know how to paint them too! (Yes, I'm ashamed of having played with half-painted minis, my bad...)
I'm really excited about games this size, specially after so much time having not played the scale. I'll show you my Space Marines army when finished and then I'll put my hands on my other armies. Hopefully I'll manage to grab some more battles!!