After finishing Roger Kershaw's excellent history of Market Garden, I have been working on a scenario inspired by this campaign for Epic 40k. I had forgotten how many unpainted Epic models I still own, abandoned a dozen or so years ago when my flighty attention was drawn elsewhere. So this weekend I painted up 6 Vindicators, 3 Demolishers, 2 Basilisks, a Deathstrike missile launcher, 2 Warhounds and a Reaver Titan. To think I considered putting them on eBay a couple of years ago... The fun of painting these miniatures came flooding back. The metals especially are crisply moulded and work well with a wash. I have also used Tamiya acrylics for the first time. What a lovely smooth paint! I'll look out for more next time I go to Hobbycraft.
I've been putting together detachments of Space Marines, Imperial Guard and Orks. The premise is that a small Space Marine force is landed by Thunderhawk to seize a river crossing, with orders to hold until relieved by the Imperial Guard. We will play down the length of the table, with Ork reinforcements arriving ad hoc from different table edges. This is pretty close to the Blitzkrieg scenario in the Epic Battles book, except the Ork players will not know the composition of their detachments until these arrive. Their challenge will be to improvise with whatever comes their way.
I've yet to work out whether to have the whole game on one table, or to set up the Space Marine bridgehead on a separate table. I have the very fine old Avalon Hill board game, Storm over Arnhem, which provides inspiration and even (who knows?) a playing surface. I think a lot will depend on how many players sign up and how long we set aside to play.
Now, to get a date in the calendar and recruit those players! Ian is already committed, I think Matt is persuadable and if I can book it far enough ahead, I hope my son Nick will come back for a weekend game. Four is quite a good number. If I get more, we'll consider hiving off the bridgehead as a separate game.