What makes for an Epic Battle? After the triumphant release of our Epic Battles: American Civil War range last year, we’ve been pondering which other period of the Black Powder Age would warrant the Epic Battles treatment. There are far too numerous possibilities to list them all here, but ultimately the answer was obvious. The battle that is universally cited as a critical turning point in European military history – its outcome ushering in (relative) peacetime on the continent and ending an era of warfare that had begun with the French Revolution in the 1790s: Sunday 18th June 1815 – Waterloo.
The Most Epic Battle at an Epic Scale
This is one of our biggest ever releases – with two starter sets, one each for the British and French to choose from – each absolutely stuffed with miniatures, this is the ultimate way to replicate the most famous battle in history (or any other Hundred Days Campaign battles) on an Epic, yet manageable, scale.
Each of the two starter sets contains over 1000 figures, plus terrain, a bespoke A5 rulebook, bases and everything to get you started. Each contains a mixture of infantry, heavy cavalry, light cavalry, artillery and commanders all in plastic. Cavalry is vital for Napoleonic gaming and so we’ve made sure to cover the most iconic regiments in numbers that best represent how many were fielded in the armies covered (ie. British Scots Greys are in the box but only 2 per sprue as there was only one regiment of them).
Epic Battles, Epic Tables
We simply couldn’t leave it at armies – Waterloo is famed not just for the forces, but the geography of the battle and the now-iconic buildings that nestled within it. The strategic significances of the farmhouses at La Haye Sainte and Hougoumont cannot be overstated, and the prolonged and bloody struggles for control of these assets is paramount to the greater battle. A range of MDF building kits will allow you to play out these subsections of the Waterloo battle in detail and with great accuracy – beyond the historical accuracy of these pieces, there’s nothing quite like having a fully dressed table with your miniatures jostling for these key positions.
More unique scenery pieces can be found in the starter sets, and there are supplementary roads, rivers and trees to bring the wider battlefield to life.
Pre-Orders for Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo, open on Friday 5 November 2021; two brand new starter sets, six brigade boxes, not to mention paint sets and scenery sets. There’ll also be a range of fantastic value bundles; which will be the only way to secure limited edition miniatures:
Beyond the initial release, you can expect to see more in the future. The Prussians are (ever so slightly) underrepresented after all, and there are certain legendary generals that may require a presence on the battlefield.