It's been quite a few years since I bought the Commands & Colors epic expansion, and having been a bit of an afficionado of the standard game for a few years (though about a decade ago now, which is scary!) I decided it was probably time to actually try the epic version out.
Epic is basically two boards combined lengthways to create a board twice as wide and capable of employing up to four players per side. Obviously, as I'm playing this solo, the multiplayer aspect of it will be missing.
The scenario is Paraitacene. Who isn't a sucker for Successors?
In the picture below we have Antigonus coming from the left of the board and Eumenes from the right. The armies are reasonably well matched: Eumenes has the edge in elephants, but Antigonus has a stronger medium and heavy cavalry arm, and plenty of agile light cavalry on his left. The heavy infantry numbers favour Antigonus slightly, but Eumenes has the advantage in light infantry.
The lighting is terrible, but you can get a sense of the scale compared to normal C&C (as can be seen, I made an executive decision to use figures for this scenario. Not because I think they look better, but because I don't want to have to mix different coloured blocks to have enough units to play).
|Eumenes to our right; Antigonus on our left.|
The winner will be first side to 15 banners, but you must be two banners clear to win, otherwise it's a draw (as it sort of was historically). It is an interesting match up.
|View from the Eumenid left.|
|View of the centres: Antigonid to the left.|
|View from the Antigonid left, showing his preponderance of light cavalry|
|Skirmishing towards the Antigonid right...|
|... and towards the Antigonid left.|
|Clashes in the centre: the Silver Shields advance.|
|The cards played, in order (Mounted Charge was for the right zone).|