So, that time of the year has rolled around again where I’ve made the epic journey upto Townsville for the annual ADFWGA fund raiser. Do you remember last years post?
I’ve not really participated in that many tournaments in 2013, in fact, I’ve not even played that many games. I’m more about 30k or social playing 40k these days. However, the ADFWGA put on a great show, and its for a very good cause. This year the 40k tournament was 1750pts and I took my Iron Hands. I didn’t use the new mini dex however.
I also ran the painting workshop, which this year was focused on batch painting. I believe we raised $500. Also, one of the guys who attended won an airbrush set up in the raffle at the end of the comp!
So I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
So all the models and paint for the painting tutorial were generously donated by Battle station Ipswich. Roughly about $700 worth. Extremely generous
The painting workshop in full swing. There were many skill levels and painting backgrounds represented. Everyone learned some new skills and had a good time. It was a seriously long day though. I was exhausted! Having only gotten back from my trip to Europe 3 day prior didn’t help either… Next year I’ll stick to painting sides of tanks!
The calm before the storm. One thing I really like about the ADFWGA comps is how well they are organised. They are by far and away the bench mark for tournaments in Australia. No other events even come close to touching these comps.
The scenery is always very high quality too. The tables have a great admin area on them to put your army, books etc. They even have a table to follow so you dont forget any pre-game admin, like warlord traits etc. Very helpful, especially for people like me who don’t play that often anymore…
As usual, the armies are all really interesting and high quality. This one was one of the more interesting ones. Its and Eldar Exodite army. Tones of converting and custom work were put into this army to get it looking right. Not only that, but the paint job was excellent too. Sadly the owner didn’t manage to get it finished in time, so they were ineligible for a prize etc. Pity. Pardon my crappy iPhone photos.
This was an army I actually played against. I was really impressed with the paint job. It was well thought out and skilfully executed. I was genuinely shocked that it didn’t get a better painting score, or even a place for that matter.
So overall I came 6th. Which I was seriously surprised at. I only won two games, and drew the other three. My army list was just a very basic marine one. I did however have A LOT of stand off fire power. Which worked quite well actually, however I didn’t really have anything that could deliver the killing blow. No heavy hitters that could get up into the enemies grill.
The Iron Hands also got second place for the painting comp too. Which again, seriously surprised me. The Iron Hands are quite an old army now, and I’ve come along way technically and creatively since I first painted them. So to get that sort of score was pretty overwhelming. I wish I’d actually taken the World Eaters and played them as CSM. But I just didn’t have the time to paint what I wanted… And my Iron Hands army is MASSIVE, so lots of different choices available to me.
So overall the weekend was a great success. The ADFWGA raised over $12,000 for Soldier on and many good games were had. A big improvement on last years efforts, raising $10,000.
Next stop, the ANZAC Cup in April