While playing Epic Armageddon recently against my friend Gus of Epic Addiction, a situation arose where the intermingled formations rule cropped up, severely hampering my army. This was an interesting instance, and got me thinking about this oft-overlooked rule.
First, let’s look at the way intermingled formations can be used positively. For starters, it’s a great way to bolster your defence line. A good example of this is activating a formation to advance, taking shots at an enemy formation that’s ready to assault. This lays some preemptive blast markers, and you can also position the formation next to an otherwise vulnerable one – so, in the upcoming assault, they count as an intermingled formation and can fight together for a strong boost in combat strength.
However, this same rule can be used to tie up and bog down formations as well. In the recent game mentioned at the start of this post, for example, I had two formations of Thousand Sons next to each other. Gus managed to position a formation of his scouts so that neither formation could move without engaging, meaning that two of my formations had to waste their activations taking on the scouts. Sacrificing 300pts of scouts to hold up nearly 700pts of Thousand Sons was a very effective move here, curtailing any chance I had of solidifying one of my objectives.
I hope this has been an interesting read, it was certainly an interesting situation to be brought up in-game! Let me know what experience you’ve had with intermingled formations, and what you think of them.
Thank you for reading, and take care,