Having been out of Epic after my gaming group gave it up in the wake of 40k v3, I started busting out the old figs after reading the first few HH novels. Once we had a few workable forces painted up we tried out the various rulesets. And eventually settled upon a few modifications to the standard FoW ruleset for our Epic battles.
Namely changing the way artillery works, just had to get a scatter dice in there somewhere! Plugging in an Elan test against the pinning effect of FoW Defensive fire rules. And attaching Force morale directly to the scenario objectives rather than to platoon losses or the tactic of eliminating your opponents HQ then forcing a company morale check to auto win the game.
To revive the flavor of Epic in the system. We created Legion specific special rules for each of the nine legions fighting for either Horus or the Emperor. Each Legion has its own opposing side twin if you will. To liven it up a bit we went a bit further with each player starting the game with a deck of cards that have in game effects with specific requirements to using them. We were leary of them at first, but they've turned out to be one of the funnest things about our Epic:Fow games.
I'll get into the ins and outs of it if anyone is interested, but namely, these rules allowed us to field companies of SM's in 6 base detachments from Epic of old plugged in as platoons. Taking a bit of license on the size of a Heresy era SM company, we built them out to be ten platoons (6 base detachments) of infantry models per force. With attached rhino's, land raiders, whirlwinds, artillery, titans, air power added on.
These two things combined, gave us exactly what we were looking for in a game of Epic. Really Large games, with most of them involving 400+ bases of Space Marines plus all of the attached vehicles. We like our games fast, which is why we went with the FoW rules as a base, and we've been very happy with the results.
As a side note, we're well on our way to having a force painted up for each of the First Founding Legions in Heresy Era colors.
We're kind of out in the middle of nowhere as far as Epic goes. Nobody within a days drive has shown any semblence of interest. So if it isn't an issue I'm looking to use these Forums as a place to document and sound board our efforts if you will. Hopefully you'll enjoy the ride, the pics, and we'll all learn a few things about Epic battles with little plastic figs =]
To start off, here are a few pics of our last battle at the local GS. Imperial Fists, Ultramarines, and Salamanders facing off against Emperors Children, Iron Warriors and World Eaters. We picked randomly from the stack of armies to decide on what forces we used, so I can only say the scenario has no basis on any fluff. It was fun though. Loyalist victory in the end.
Questions, comments, criticisms as always are welcome =]