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This weekend at RAAF Base Amberly will see the annual Anzac Cup hosted by WW40k being held.  Its a 1950pt Warhammer 40,000 6th Ed tournament,  more details can be found here.  I’m playing with my Carcharodons and I’m looking forward to participating as the team who ran the ADFWGA Championships are behind this event, and if their last tournament was anything to go by it should be an awesome weekend.

The organiser of the event has asked me to bring along my Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape board to have set up for display as well as some of my other models, including my Titans and a few others pieces from my collection.  So if you are able to drop in on the Saturday or Sunday and have a look it would be great to have your company.  As usual there will be a strong fund raising focus for Legacy over the weekend so if you can a small donation would be greatly appreciated by families of serving and past Defence Force Personnel.

Entry is free and there will surly be some amazingly painted armies battling it out over arguably the best tournament scenery in Australia for the Anzac Cup.  I’m sure its going to be a great weekend.

If you click on this LINK it will take you to the Google map for RAAF Base Amberly’s location if you are not familiar with the area.  Also below is a picture of where the event is being held on the Base.  The good thing is that you won’t need a Military ID to get in as the tournament isn’t being held in the secure area, so there will be no hassles for you coming along.  The only stipulation is that you cant wear thongs (flip flops for my American readers, incase you think Aussies walk around wearing G-Strings everywhere)

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So it’d be great to see you along over the weekend and I’m sure you’ll be impressed with what you’ll see.  If you are not able to make it along, you’ll be able to live vicariously through my post tournament review that will surly follow next week sometime.

Hope to see you then, thanks for dropping in

John

So, CanCon 2013 has come and gone.  It’s been a big weekend, having not been to this event in over 12 years. In some regards glad its over and happy to be home.  So lets break it down blow by blow.  Firstly, let me just quickly explain what CanCon is for those of you who are not familiar with it.  CanCon is a 3 day Wargaming, Roleplaying, Card Game, Board Game convention that is held over the Australia Day long weekend in Canberra each year.  It’s been going for something like 30 years and is a big event on the calendar of practically every person who’s into gaming.  Virtually every wargame in every scale you can think of is represented at CanCon in one form or another, and this year I participated in the Warhammer 40,000 event.

For 40k CanCon 2013 it was a 1850pt event with no comp, and 40k approved Imperial Armour units were allowed.  It’s 8 games over the three days, with 3 games on the Saturday, 3 games on the Sunday and two games on Monday, one in the morning and two in the afternoon.  The first two games on Saturday are random draw and the rest of the games are seeded after that based on battle points alone.  At the end of the event your battle points are modified by up to 20% for sportsmanship and painting respectively, and then the winner and other places are determined.

CanCon attracts some of the best 40k players in Australia and this year of the 130 players, 30 were ranked in the top 100 players according to RankingsHQ, of those 30, 8 were in the top 20.  So the competition was pretty stiff, and the stakes were high for the more competitive players because a strong final placing in CanCon almost assures an invite to the High Lords of Terra comp held later on in the year.

So, lets look at my list first.  Now, I consider my list actually a fluffy list, meaning its based on a theme I believe would be very consistent with how I perceive a Space Marine army would fight.  It’s a bit of a ‘one trick pony’ but that one trick is pretty nasty indeed.  It’s a full drop pod list that works on the basis that Marines would send their form of artillery in first to suppress the enemy, then once this is achieved they would launch the assault proper with massed infantry to neutralise and seize the objective(s), with close air support to maintain air superiority.  I don’t see Marines using tanks and static formations to get into protracted symmetrical conflicts.  They turn up to the fight, smash their opponent in the face with a brick, then run off with his wallet, putting the boot in just to be sure he doesn’t give chase.

The only slight deviation I took from this idea is that I would have preferred to used a Storm Eagle for the close air support however I didn’t have one painted so I had to use Imperial Guard Allies to achieve this aspect of my list.

So, how did it play out?

Game 1.  Chaos Space Marines – Minor Win

This was an interesting army as it featured many 1st ed CSM models in the list.  So I really enjoyed looking at it, brought back a lot of memories.

Game 2.  Eldar – Major Win

This was a fun game, it was a nicely themed army with Wraith Guard and Wraith Lords en mass.

Game 3.  Dark Eldar – Major Win

My opponent actually ended up finishing quite highly in the overall placings (6th overall), getting highest score for Xenos for a non placing army.  However during this game, he didn’t appreciate the impact of putting his army so close together in the deployment zone.

Game 4.  Orks – Major Win

This was a great looking Ork army with many interesting conversions.  Sadly though, the orks really copped a pasting from the Deathwind’s and I got extremely lucky with a few rolls that went in my favour which spelt the end of for the Orks

Game 5.  Chaos Space Marines – Minor Win

This was a very interesting game.  At first things were really going my way, what I didn’t destroy with shooting, ran off the board after breaking in close combat.  Then came the two Hell Drakes.  These two managed to kill all but 3 of my marines by turn 5.  Before their arrival I had around 30 on the board.  If it wasn’t for Lysander getting the warlord trait allowing him to be a scoring unit things wouldn’t have been as rosy.  Still a very hard fought game.

Game 6.  Grey Knights – Minor Win

This army had Cotez with 5 x 10 man GK squads with 4 psycannons in each.  He also had a squad of 10 hench man.  This was a very tough game.  Even though I managed to kill all but 3 of the Grey Knights by the end of the game I still only managed a minor win.

Game 7.  Necrons – Major Loss

Yeah, Necrons… nuff said

Game 8.  Imperial Guard with Grey Knight Allies – Minor Win

I’d had my fill of 40k by this stage and so had my opponent.  I was glad when the game ended.

So in the end I managed 5th place out of about 130 players, by far my best placing in terms of size of players and talent at a comp.  Which considering I was using marine list with apart from the 4 Imperial Armour, was pretty basic.  So I am quite pleased with my result.  Would I have done things differently?  Yeah, for sure.  I would have liked to have had a Storm Eagle, I would have done a few moves differently with the Necrons in the 7th game.  But overall it was a great learning experience in terms of tactics and army composition.

The final placings were

1st – David Teoh – Necrons

2nd – Joshua Leondaris – Daemons

3rd – Joshua Pope – Dark Eldar

4th Chris Turk – Necrons

Best Imperial Army – Me – Space Marines

Best Xenos – Andrew Wynen – Dark Eldar

Best Sports – Joshua Diffey

Players Choice – David Travers (couldn’t hear what army he painted when it was announced)

Overall, as far as the event was concerned I was very disappointed.  It didn’t live up to my expectations given the size and longevity of the event.  Let me qualify a few observations of areas that were lacking when I compare them to other events I’ve attended.

Terrain – This for me was by far the biggest let down.  For an organisation the size of the CGS that runs an event the size of CanCon with the amount revenue they must generate from CanCon, they STILL rely on terrain lent to them from the larger gaming community.  Wouldn’t it be sensible to reinvest some of the revenue into their own tables and hire a storage shed to keep it between comps or even hire it out to other event organisers to create an income stream.  I can not stress enough how much of a let down this aspect of the tournament was for me.  Even just limit the amount of players so that you get quality over quantity.

At $50 per player and 130 players, that means $6,500 in revenue was generated.  Prize pool was $2,000, with a large proportion of it donated by the Combat Company, The Games Capital & Milsims.  I really think much more could have been done in this department.  Big let down.

Organisation – Although the tournament ‘happened’ it could  have happened a lot better with just a few minor improves.  None of the tables had an ‘admin area’.  Most tournaments I’ve been to have been played on 8 x 4 tables with a 1 x 2 section at each end cordoned off for the players to keep templates, models, drinks etc.  I’ve even been to tournaments where key aspects of the game flow and terrain adjudications have been fixed to this area for easy reference.  There was non of this at CanCon.  Each table had a stapled together set of pages with this on it, but they went missing, and there was no admin area on the tables.

Also, for an event this size, 130 players, the round draws were printed out on A4 pieces of paper and sticky taped onto walls in two places.  You can imagine what this looked like when 130 players wanted to find out where their next game was.  It was ridiculous.  Seriously.  Hire a projector, ask a friend for one, buy one and book it as a capital purchase for CGS.  Its not like it will never get used again.   Printing out the draw on a few pieces of A4 paper and sticky taping them to the wall is far from an acceptable stand for an event of this calibre.

One last point on organisation.  Timings and announcements.  Neither of which were done well.  If you know you’re going to be having to communicate to about 130 people in a giant hall with about 500 people in it, yelling won’t cut it.  Get a PA or something, see my remarks regarding a projector for possible solutions to this problem.

Army Presentation Standards.  Although this is to a degree out of the control of the organisers, it can be influenced and shaped by culture and incentive.  By culture I mean ensure that players who are attending this event know that army presentation is expected to be and is to a high standard.  This expectation is from the other players attending as they will be bring armies presented to a high standard, and this is reinforced by the event organisers ensuring that army presentation is elevated by themselves in terms of prizes and status provided by winning these components of our hobby at their competitions.   Finally, the second way it can be influenced in a positive way is by having a reward, or consequence by not having a well presented army nor for players providing a vote for the players choice.  By having more rigorous appraisal standards for painting, a bigger consequence for having a poorly presented army, and finally a negative effect on battle points for not voting on an army for players choice.

Non of this was present.  I saw unpainted armies, no exaggeration.  I saw some armies that were in various stages of assembly and some extremely well presented armies too.  As a matter of fact the 2012 Armies on Parade winner was present.  So it wasn’t all bad. However, on average the one third of people that did put some effort into their armies were grossly overshadowed by the people that had no regard to this important aspect of the hobby.  This is disrespectful and mustn’t be allowed to feature as a cultural aspect of our hobby.

A culture of well presented, best of your ability armies needs to be fostered and rewarded, both in terms of status and prizes.  Coming first for your painted army and first for your level of skill as a general needs to be equal and treated as such.

So, sadly I was let down overall by my experience at CanCon.  Perhaps I had too high an expectation?  Maybe.  I genuinely believe that if a few improves where implemented this tournament could be world class.  It seems that the event organisers have been using the same formula for many years and its been getting them by.

To finish on a positive note, it was great to play some of the best players in Australia and see the way they do business.  If you want to improve your gaming ability and painting ability, tournaments are by far the best place to do that in, in the shortest amount of time.  Also, going interstate meant that I was exposed to players and armies that I don’t see where I live in my usual gaming circle.  So this experience was invaluable.  I am looking forward to seeing if CGS implement some changes to their formula and turn CanCon into what it should be.  Exceptional.

Thanks for dropping in

John

Hello Everyone,

About that rather long title…  So much win to report.  So what was accomplished over the weekend?  The most important thing, lots of hardcore hobby & wargaming action and over $10,000 raised by ADFWGA for Legacy.  This is a massive achievement!  I really tip my hat of to Ty C. & Dave H. for making this happen.  Its also a huge improvement on last years effort too, where $4,000-ish was raised.

It was also BY FAR the best tournament I’ve every played in.  In terms of thoroughness of organisation, venue, quality of tables & scenery, quality of presentation of the armies competing, quality of opponent, prize pool, extra curricular activities that were fun and helped raise funds for Legacy and just overall awesomeness.  Any metric that you can think of to determine the success of a wargaming tournament, the ADFWGA Championships exceeded them all.  As far as I’m concerned this tournament is the one that all others are now judged from.  Its the yardstick.

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Friday afternoon and all the tables are ready to go

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The massive amount of awards that were up for grabs across the three wargames on offer over the weekend.  40k, WHFB & Flames of War.

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A nice touch.  A measuring template and commemorative coin that were available for participants at the Championships

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Some of the prizes that were donated for auction to raise funds for Legacy.

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Some of the small details that add up to greater than the sum of their parts and contributed to a great weekend of wargaming.  Each table had useful sections of the 40k rule book reproduced so to facilitate smoother running games.

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Each table also had the tables terrain defined, along with references in the rule book and a very hand sequence of events.  Nice

Lets break the weekend down blow by blow.

Friday

So our group arrived from Brisbane at Townsville a short while after lunch on Friday.  My main concern was running the painting tutorial for the 10 hobbyist who’d signed up and delivering value and good quality practical and technical advice.  Having never taught anyone how to paint something before this was a new venture for me, however I did try and plan for a much as I could.  If you’d read my previous post, you’d know that the aim of this tutorial was to take the participants step-by-step through how to paint a Leman Russ tank side.  Although we all painted the same thing, what I was wanting to impart was principals and techniques that could be taken away and applied to their own armies at a later date.  The tutorial went much long that I expected, going for over 6hrs…  however to everyones credit, the enthusiasm showed and we motored on after dinner to finish the project.  Everyone that participated was thrilled with their efforts and I’m sure in the next few months we are going to see some fantastic looking armies emerge.   Thanks again to Battle Station Ipswich and Hobbyrama for their assistance in putting this together

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Right at the start of the tutorial.

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A few of the guys talking smack during the painting tutorial.

Overall, I was really pleased with the success of the painting tutorial, not only did we raise $400 for Legacy, but we’ve also raised the standard of hobby by imparting new skills that the participants can use to better their armies.  Awesome.

So… the games

Saturday went like this

1st game.  Carcharodon’s V Tryanids.

I have to say from the start that this tournament didn’t allow Imperial Armour at all (thats now been fixed for future events, score one for common sense)  So my Carcharodon’s were actually a Space Wolf army in disguise.  Space Wolf Sharks?  Nevermind.  The Tyranid army was really well painted, and had quite a few monstrous creatures (funny that) but thanks to my Ruin Priest and Jaws of the World Wolf psychic power (what a jack!) I managed to dispatch this army with little to no causalities.  It would be remiss of me though not to include some pictures of this Army as its really well painted, has a strong 2nd Ed vibe to it…

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My next game was against a Blood Angel Army.

This is the game that I should have won, and have been reprimanding myself ever since.   I made a few very small, but tactically costly mistakes that meant I lost by the narrowest of margins.  The final move of the game that made me want to scream was my “Wolf Lord”, Ruin Priest and a squad of “Grey Hunters” charging a squad of tactical marines for victory.  I needed a 6″ roll to get into close combat.  I made the roll.  The tactical marines with a plasma gun overwatch fired.  The plasma gunner rolled two sixes and two wound rolls.  Smoking two of my grey hunters and thus turning a 6″ charge into a 7″ charge.  Fail.  Face Palm.  Angry face.  Good game though, probably the most challenging game over the weekend actually.

My third game for day one was against a Dark Angel Death Wing army.

Unfortunately for my opponent the dice just were not on his side this day, and despite him having massive amounts of terminator armour, the amount of 1’s he rolled was greater.  He kept good humour about it though which we all know can be difficult to do when the dice just don’t want to cooperate.

At the end of the first day we had the Charity auction, where I picked up all of the 40k rule books except for 1st Ed and 6th ed (I already have both of these) and a Drop Ship Commander Army starter.  Raised $450 for Legacy so its all good.

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Day two, game 1.  Carcharodon’s V Space Wolves

I have to admit, I was worried about this game.  Space Wolves are a potent army and my opponents force looked strong.  What made it worse too was he stole the initiative! ouch.  In this game my Wolf Lord really shone.  It was a VP mission, and my Wolf Lord accounted for over half the final tally.  He just kept on single handedly killing things.

So by the last game of the last day, having won 3 games and lost 1, I knew my final opponent was going to be strong.  To my despair it was a Drago lead, Grey Knights Army where upto 5 objectives had to be captured.  So it was Drago with his Paladin posse including an Apothecary out front with 3, 10 man squads of Purifiers and 2 Twin linked autocannon wielding dreadnoughts in support.  Ouch.  Knowing they had to move on me, I decided to sit back and let that happen until I could break their momentum (read kill Drago) then begin my own offensive.  Turns out this plan worked (except for the killing Drago part) when fortune smiled on me.  Enter Jaws of the World Wolf.  Remarkably, and I mean remarkably I managed to kill Drago with this, but also 2 of his Paladin retinue.  Amazing.  After that it was pretty much down hill with my Wolf Lord and his retinue mounted in a Redeemer coming out of hiding and assaulting the enemy.  Kicking ass and taking names.

To my opponents credit, his army was beautifully painted (winning one of the peoples choice awards) and I feel it necessary to share some photos of his models.

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So for all my troubles, I managed to get 3rd in the Best General Competition, 3rd Overall, Best Painted Army and Best Painted HQ model.  The weekend was a great success and I’m already scheming planning my army for next year…

If you want to see some more photos of the weekend go to my FB page or the ADFWGA FB page to see some great action over the weekend.

Comments welcome

John

Hello everyone,

On the weekend I participated in an 8000pt Apoc tournament and placed 3rd overall, and also won “Best Painted”  It was a great tournament, with 4 games being held over the two days.  It was a smoothly run Tournament which would be expected when the steady hand of Jeremy from GW Chermside was at the helm.  As you would have seen if you like my FB page, there were some pretty amazing armies present.  In particular a pretty striking Eldar army, with an amazing Phantom Titan (which whipped my ass)

So the breakdown of the games went like this.

Game 1.  Me Vs Matt.

Matt had a rather large Salamander Space Marine force being supported by two Warhound Titan.  Luckly for me, I smoked the two Warhounds straight away.  Major Victory to me

Game 2.  Me Vs Tony’s Eldar

Phantom Titans are tough to hurt, let alone kill.  That is all – Major loss to me

Game 3.  Me Vs Reds Imperial Guard

My Titans really gave Red’s guard a hammering.  The Reaver was killing super heavy tanks at will, and due to a rather unfortunate deployment roll for Red, meant that the blast templates from my Titans were laying hammer blows everytime they shot.  Major Victory to Me

Game 4.  Me Vs Steve’s Imperial Guard

My opponent conceded half way though my 1st turn.  It was pretty ugly for the Guard.  Major Victory to Me

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The Titans were really fun to play with.  In games of Apoc they seriously come into their own.  It takes a concerted and determined effort to destroy one, let alone 3 (unless your a Eldar Phantom Titan).  The fire power they dish out is astonishing too.  It was very pleasing to see them on the Battlefield, and to get best painted was a rewarding achievement after so many months of painting these 3 massive projects.

Thanks for stopping in

John

Hi all,

Just a really quick post to let everyone know that organisers of QMHE have put the 2012 photo gallery up on their site.  Drop by if you have time and have a look there are some amazing models featured their.  As I mentioned in a previous post I won a few awards at this competition, but the real focus of this competition is the military and car modellers however moving forward I hope to see more wargaming modellers attend in future.  Go like their Face Book page too

Cheers

John

What a weekend it was!  I have to say when I eventually got home last night at about 10pm I was a spent force.  So let me give you a quick break down of the two days

QMHE

So this is Brisbane’s biggest modelling event and is in its 17th year.  As I mentioned in previous posts its mainly for military modellers as well as car, bike and boat scale enthusiasts too.   However for the past 2 years the event has catered for wargamers as well.  I entered models into three categories.   28mm single miniature, 28mm squad & 28mm vehicle/equipment.

I actually went on Friday night to drop my minis in as the option was to do it Friday night or Saturday morning from 9am til 11am.  I was glad in the end that I took up the option to come in Friday night.  Saturday would have been a seriously bad idea.  I was amazed at how many people there were dropping miniatures in on the Friday night.  It was mayhem.  If you have a look at my Face Book page you’ll see dozens of photos of both events.

Seeing competent military modellers bring their A game is really inspiring to me.  Their techniques and skill levels are so far ahead of most wargaming painters its always great to chat to them to learn new things.  I saw some absolutely amazing models on the day.  So Saturday was spent looking around at all the entries and speaking to various vendors and enthusiasts about modelling, which are my favourite things!  I have even taken the plunge and brought a 1:35 scale military model to try my hand at.  Its an Australian Army Bushmaster PMV.  This kit has been long awaited by many Australian modellers and is Showcase Models first venture into plastic model kits and from all accounts its an amazing debut.  The deal clincher for me was the two part step-by-step build featured in Australia’s only domestic modelling magazine Model Art Australia.  The step-by-step build is thorough and very detailed.  Enough so that I felt that I would be able to do this very detailed kit justice should I attempt it.  So stay tuned for some pictures up in the near future.

So although I wasn’t able to be  present for the awards giving ceremony I had my good friend and also long time miniature painter their to collect any awards I won.  I ended up getting 4 awards.  One Gold for my running Warhound Titan, a Silver for my Legion of the Damned Squad, Silver for my Iron Hands Librarian and lastly Best Paint Finish for my Warhound stomping on the Eldar Wraith Lord.  This was the award I was most impressed with at getting.  To put it into context, its a very big deal for military modellers to award such a coveted prize to a wargaming modeller.  Its good in a way that perhaps the military modeller fraternity  attitudes towards wargaming modellers is beginning to change somewhat.

The day ended with me showing my good friend Michael B, who has only just moved back to Brisbane after a few years overseas, some of my favourite modelling and hobby shops (again, some of my favourite things) Overall I really enjoyed attending QMHE (as always) and was glad that Michael encouraged me to enter a few models.

Next up is Games Day

Games Day

So this was the real big ticket item for me.  I always like attending this event as for me seeing the Golden Daemon entries is the real reason I go.  All the other ancillary activities are just bonuses.  I entered models in two categories.  40k Monster (Chaos Renegade Ogryn Berserker) and my Carcharodons Armies on Parade board.  I was very shocked at the calibre (and quantity) of entries for the Golden Daemon and AoP.  Truly amazing and inspirational.  There were even AoP boards that had been featured in White Dwarf and even the new 40k Rule Book!  As you would expect both of these were stunners.  However at the end of the day the I didn’t win any prizes at Games Day, which I would be lying if I said wasn’t disappointing.  However the AoP winner was not only a good friend of mine’s but also a work colleague who’s “Dead Man Walking” board was sensational.  Up until the event, I’d only seen photos of the board and unfortunately his photographic skills leave a lot to be desired.  The board in person was really a sight to behold.  The winner really was well chosen and a very deserving one at that.  Congratulations again Eddie.

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Another great experience I had at GD was sitting in on a Q&A session with Forge World’s Senior Designer Mark Bedford.  This hour long session was very informative and gave me additional insight into the internal workings of this amazing off sprout of Games Workshop.  Little detail was given about the soon to be released Horus Heresy series, but from what he did let on and judging by his body language (like a 6yr old boy on the night before XMas when he knows he’s going to be getting shit loads of presents) I could tell that HH is going to be a defining moment in 40k.

Ok, thats it for me, bit of a long post but I hope you’ve persevered with it.

I picked up the Games Day figurine (a great throw back from the 2nd Ed box cover art) which I plan on painting shortly and maybe entering in next years QMHE and an art book.  The thing that really got me into 40k was the art and imagery that the talented artist that GW employ/freelance produce.  So whenever I have the opportunity to get a new art book I will generally grab it.

I’m aiming to finish off the Landspeeder youtube tutorials this weekend, so expect some more posts on that shortly.  I’ve had some really good feed back from that little experiment of mine, so thank you all that have watched it and offered me constructive feedback.  I intend on doing some more, so if you have any ideas on topics you’d like covered flick me a message.

Thanks again

John

Games Day 2012

Posted: September 9, 2012 in Competitions

 

Just sitting at the Sydney Airport and wanted to make a quick post to say its been an epic day and to go and look at my Face Book page for some photos of the event. I’ll be doing a more thorough post in the next few days but the pics on FB should keep you going until then. Enjoy!

A massive congrats to Eddie for taking out armies on parade with his DKoK army and all the other winners, really amazing work

John

Hello fine people,

Just a quick post today to let you all know that yesterday my Carcharodons on their new display board won the Armies on Parade qualifier round so they can be presented at Games Day in Sydney on the 9th.

 

Although I fully intend on going to Games Day, I brought my ticket the day they came out here, I wasn’t intending on entering anything in the painting competition.  I’m still not sure how the hell I’m going to get the 2′ by 2′ board on the plane and safely down to Sydney.  I’m sure I’ll figure something out.

I was pretty chuffed to win this one actually, the guys in the store tell me I got 29 of the 40 votes.  I saw on Facebook some of the other armies that won from around Australia and it looks like there will be some pretty stiff competition I have to say.  Two in particular looked amazing!  Suffice to say, I’ll be posting tones of pics of the event.  One feature of Games Day I really like actually is the choice of venue that Games Workshop chose to hold the event.  Its at a place in Sydney called Technology Park which way back in the day used to be an old Train factory.  Without exaggeration it actually looks like a Forge World factory or something… here are a few pictures that I took last year to give you an idea of what I mean, just click on the picture to see more

Ok, thats it for me for now.  I’ve got a few things that I want to finish off this week, one of which is the Renegade Beserker Ogryn, my Iron Hands Landraider and Rhinos and then I want to start thinking about getting this Titan unit finished off with a Reaver

Bye for now

John

Hello fine people!

Its been a while since my last post… over the weekend I played in my local games workshops 40k tournament called Iron General.  Which I won “Best Painted” for my Iron Hands.  Which to be honest I was a bit surprised about because its a black army and typically its difficult to make black armies look good, so it was pleasing to win best painted.  I came 5th overall too, which was good to.  It was a bit of a rude army list, with 10 Terminators who were accompanied by Lysander and a Librarian with Gate… so yeah…  Those boys can dish out some punishment, but at 760 points, they’d want to…

Anyways, thats taken up my weekend, along with other social commitments so no time for painting.  Now, onto the board.  I have to confess, I was a little disheartened with how this board was beginning to turn out, it wasnt quite what my minds eye had pictured and it didnt seem to be heading in the direction that I wanted it, so finding motivation to paint it was difficult.  However on Tuesday night, I decided just to get on with it and put in 4-5 solid hrs of work and by the end of it I was really pleased at how it was coming along and my enthusiasm for this project was renewed.

Ok, some pics

Ok, so this is a good money shot and will give you a good overall impression of how its going to look competed.  Keep in mind that the photo was taken with my iPhone and because the board is massive my painting lamps dont really cut the mustard to light it properly, but you get the idea.  Now as I write this I have to say that I actually went on and finished it, however I want to wait till its daylight so I can take some proper pictures of it with the Sharks on it.

I’m really pleased with this area of the model.  Which ironically was the area I was most displeased with in the beginning.  However its really come up nicely and looks in my opinion fantastic.  Again, the light is crap but in a few days I’ll take some proper pics for you to see

There is some really awesome detail on this model, its one of those models that you’ll be painting away on and then see something you hadnt noticed before.  An example of which is if you look at the kill marking some soldier has scratched into the wall on the left hand side as you look at it of the door.

Ok, thats it for the time being, I’ll take some proper shots of it most likely on Friday, or Saturday morning depending on light and time.  So until then!

Thanks for looking

John

 

 

 

 

Hello fine people,

Been a while between post as I have been painting like a daemon to get my army ready for a few tournaments and this coupled with work and other things has meant that there’s been no time to post… however…

I did win Best Painted over the weekend at Quarter Master (QM). This was very pleasing as the calibre presentation was very high and their was some genuine competition present. QM is easily one of the longest running tournaments here in Brisbane (with a few notable exceptions) and attracts some of the best 40k gamers in Queensland. It has not been without controversy and QM 3.6 was not run by its original creator as he stepped aside. It was good to see that Neal who ran 3.6 did a great job and I hope he builds on his success for QM 4.6.

So the tournament is the usual format with 5 games over two days (3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday) If you want to see pics of the event and dont yet follow my FB page, go have a look. I took lots of pictures of the weekend. So the break down of the games went like this…

Game one. Grudge match between myself and Aaron Baily’s Tyranids. I count Aaron amongst my good friends and he’s an exceptionally talented painter and quite a good gamer too. He too has a blog, so if you haven’t been to have a look at it, stop reading this now and check it out. Our game resulted in a minor loss to me, however it was a fun game and many laughs were had. Aaron’s army actually won the “Peoples Choice” award, which is who the participants of the tournament believe had the best painted army…

Game two. Carcharodons V Hayden Walduck’s Daemons. This game resulted in a comprehensive thrashing of my Sharks. Ouch

Game three. Carcharodons V Kevin Vidgen’s Dark Eldar. My sharks were thrashed within an inch of their lives in this one too… sad face

Game four. Carcharodons V Phil Brigland’s Orks. This was a major win to me. Phil actually won the Sportsmanship award, which I consider to be a massive compliment and in my opinion equal to a podium finish at any tournament. After playing Phil I have to admit its easy to see why he won the accolade. He’s a very easy opponent to play against, with a friendly easy going manner.

Game five. Carcharodons V Ben Avis’s Eldar. This game resulted in a drawer and yet again my burning dislike towards Eldar was deepened.

Overall I placed 15th out of a field of 23 players. So not a hot result, especially after coming of a 3rd at Rebelcon However it was a good weekend overall. The podium finishers were:

1st. Patrick Carter – Necrons

2nd. Josh McGowan – Necrons

3rd. Dave Flemming – Eldar/Grey Knights

Ok, so this weekend I’m playing in a 1750pt GW tournament, Iron General. I’m taking my Iron Hands for a bit of a change. The following weekend its Armies on Parade, and if I get my display board finished in time I plan on entering the sharks. In September there is of course Games Day, and the WW40k 40k Charity event, and then theres October… Its going to be busy…

Ok, thats it for me.

Thanks for dropping in

John

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