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The Adeptus Titanicus game was released in December 1988.[1]} One player controlled some Imperial Titans whilst the other controlled some Chaos Titans, re-enacting battles from the Horus Heresy.[2] It was the first game to introduce the idea of Epic (6mm) scale gaming.

Adeptus Titanicus
Adeptus Titanicus box cover.jpg
Designer Jervis Johnson
Manufacturer Games Workshop
Released 1988[1]
Scale 6mm
Players 2+
Game time 1-2 hours
Followed by Titan Legions (game)


Adeptus Titanicus is set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, around M30 during the Horus Heresy. During this time, thousands of battles were fought between armies of Titans and war machines across the galaxy. The tremendous firepower available with a Titan makes it a deadly weapon, able to kill hundreds in a single salvo. You are given control as the commander, or princeps, of the Titan legions of the Adeptus Titanicus. Whether you follow the Traitors or Loyalists is up to you, but to succeed you will need fast thinking and good planning, or you shall suffer only death on the battlefield.[2]

Eldars were present as part of the Horus Heresy setting, usually taking side with the Loyalists, as they were fighting against Chaos rather than with the Imperium [3c]

Adeptus Mechanicus were also expanded, introducing Legio Cybernetica rules and miniatures available for both Loyalists and Traitors, robots being considered in the same class as Dreadnoughts[4]

Box Contents

Adeptus Titanicus (game) box back
  • Rulebook
  • 12 Warlord Titans
  • 8 buildings
  • Numerous paper counters

The Titans had modular arms so weapons could be changed to add more flavour.


Battle Titans

Battle Titans supplement Box (1989)[3b]

The "Battle Titans" Box released in february 1989, contained 6 plastic Warlord Titans and interchangeable weapons and parts to produce a wide range of variants[3b]

White Dwarf Supplements

Additionally, rules introducing new units and gameplay were published in susbequent White Dwarf articles :

After the release of the Space Marine game (1989), supplements were published which concerned both games :

Codex Titanicus

Supplements Miniatures

See Also

Related Articles


A reboot of the game, with all-new miniatures, was released in 2018.


Publications for the Epic game system