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Targetdrone.gif Epic redirects here. For the vessel of the Imperial Navy, see Epic (Ship).

Epic is a series of tabletop war games produced by Specialist Games, using Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe.

General Information

EPIC and Warhammer 40.000 scale comparison

Epic battles consist of hundreds of soldiers and dozens of tanks arrayed across a long battlefield[1]. To make this possible the scale of Epic miniatures is around 6mm, compared to the 28mm for Warhammer 40,000.[Needs Citation] Models are available through Specialist Games, Games Workshop and Forge World.

In terms of game play, players take turns in moving and firing one or two units at a time. This more closely simulates real time battlefield developments giving it a more real feeling.

As the game is based on 6mm scale, the physical size of armies is much smaller. This reduces the cost of purchasing forces dramatically compared to other games. It also allows much larger vehicles and creatures to be fielded, including Titans and Bio-Titans, as well as using many aircraft at once. Aeronautica Imperialis concentrates heavily on aircraft at the same 6mm as Epic, allowing physical interchanging of models between the game systems.

While the scale of Epic makes it excellent for fielding large ground forces, it is still too large to field Battlefleet Gothic forces. As the 4th Edition rulebook states: "Even a small Lunar class Cruiser would be over 5 meters long if we made an Epic scale model of it"[2].


First Edition

Epic - 1st Edition
Name Description Image
Adeptus Titanicus (game) A game of battles between titans Adeptus Titanicus box cover.jpg
Space Marine (game) An independent game compatible with Adeptus Titanicus, introducing infantry and vehicles SpaceMarine1989E.jpg
Codex Titanicus (1st Edition) An expansion rulebook
Codex Titanicus Front 398x500.jpg

Second Edition

Epic - 2nd Edition
Name Description Image
Space Marine (game) EESpaceMarine1991.jpg
Titan Legions (game) A new version of Space Marine with extended rules for Titans. The name epic is used here for the first time using the symbol on the packaging.
Armies of the Imperium An expansion for forces of the Space Marines and Imperial Guard
Armies of imperium.jpg
Renegades An expansion for Chaos and Eldar forces
Ork and Squat Warlords An expansion for Ork and Squat forces
Hive War An expansion for Tyranid forces
Space Marine Battles A collection of White Dwarf rules articles and battle reports

The 2nd edition is continued and extended by the fan-based web project NETEPIC.

Third Edition

Epic - 3rd Edition
Name Description Image
Epic 40,000 Epic40k.jpg
Adeptus Titanicus II

Magazine expansions

Fourth Edition

Epic - 4th Edition
Name Description Image
Epic Armageddon
Epic Swordwind

Related Systems

Final Liberation