I used to play Napoleonics with 7mm Figs. You can do pretty good with detail on Epic. Not the same as a 28mm fig of course, but then you don't need to worry about the individual fig in Epic. Fighting is done by unit.
I think it's a cool game, but really, not as visually stunning as say 40k or an Apocalypse game.
It's all about scale.
Just think of an Epic game as being as Vash said, 30 Apoc games on one table. Or...a 40k Game being one tiny segment of an Epic game.
I guess that can be appealing, but visually, 40k is a better scale by far. I'm a film student... so I sort of look at it like this. When you're making a movie, you have an establishing shot to show what's going on around the action, but it doesn't last very long-- really like 3-5 seconds usually. Then the rest of the scene is a series of medium shots and close-ups, because you can actually get a feel for what's going on and how things interact at that range. There just seems to be more "action" for lack of a better way to describe it, in 40k scale. Admittedly, if the system for Inquisitor were a bit more streamlined (*cough* D20 *cough*) then that'd probably be the ultimate in the 40k universe as far as detailed action went.
Those mini-miniatures still have amazing detail. Though warmaster has much cooler minis in my opinion, Epic does give you the chance you wield tanks and row upon row of tanks and other xenos warmachines!
yes i know that you can add much detail to the tanks, its the troops i was talking about when i said base coat, i think the best part of epic is the vehicles and giant warmachines. But beyond that i think its not the worth the investment. It would be cool though if there were armies 30x the size of apocalypse scales in the 28mm range imagine the tables!!!
EDIT: AND THE SHOTS!!! "So lets see that 3001245 shots. Ok lets get the dice..."
Last marine army I painted, the chaps had shoulder pad details inc Red Scorpion Chapter symbols and yellow trim. I do paint the detail on the guys so still disagree with the base coat thing im afraid.
The idea is to get the army to look good en-masse though if your looking at one troop stand you have missed the point of the game really. Troops in the original rules for epic last less time than grots in 40k. They really are cannon fodder.
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