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So I’ve decided to run a 30k tournament.  I’ve actually wanted to run a tournament for some time now however I’ve just not had the time or whatever.  Late last year, around November I think, I decided to just get it started.  One of the reasons it took me so long to get it going in the first place was all the ideas I’ve had bouncing around in my head for a tournament.  It was a little overwhelming.  Then I thought, I really am enjoying 30k, I can keep a 30k tournament manageable size wise, and I’ve pretty much got enough scenery to run a modest sized event.  I didn’t want it to run along the usual tournament formula that we have here where I live.  No disrespect to our tournament scene organisers, TO’s are seriously unsung heros, and endure a lot with little to no thanks or rewards.  So much respect to all the TO’s I know.  I just want my event to run along a different formula.

So basically what I’ve done is put together an event that is something I’d really like to go to myself.  I also wanted to explore a few e-commerce tools I’ve been wanting to use for some time now.  e-commerce intrigues me, and to incorporate what is now available (most of the time free, or very cheaply) to increase efficiencies in the planning, administration and delivery of a tournament was an aspect that interested me too.

So I’ve played in enough tournaments now to know what I like and don’t like about them,

Some of the things I like about attending tournaments is;

  • meeting other hobbyist and making new friends – some of the most talented modellers and painters I now count amongst my friends I met through the tournament scene
  • getting to show off my army to other players, and have their army shown off to me – there is nothing like two really well painted armies clashing over a tabletop

Some of the things I don’t enjoy about attending tournaments…

  • Two day events – a whole weekend of gaming is a bit too much for me to bear
  • crappy scenery/tables
  • unpainted armies
  • I hate to say this, but I’m going to – the 40k meta game.  It’s way beyond a joke now.
  • The ‘hobby’ side of our hobby is marginalised/lip service given to.
  • Difficult to access for new hobbyists – going to a tourney can be a little scary, and if you go and find there are a lot of WAAC players, crappy scenery, unpainted armies it may put new players off – I really don’t like this.
  • Tournaments that are set up to cater for player tournament ranks maintenance

So I’ve spent the last 3 months planning a tournament I’d like to attend.  The Emperors Legions is what I came up with.    It’s a one day, Horus Heresy, 1,000pt, 5 game event that concludes with a meal, a few drinks, a 30k triva quiz and awards ceremony.  It’s limited to 10 players too, and is being held in a quality inner city hotel.  There is a strong emphasis placed on painting, sportsmanship and army composition.  Obviously winning games is important too, however this is not the man focus of this event.  In fact ‘generalship’ makes up only 25% of the overall score.

All the tables are going to consist of high quality scenery.  I’ve got some posts in the pipe line documenting the construction of some new scenery too.  They’ve just not come up yet as I’ve had other things to post.  They’re there, all done, just waiting in the que…. You’ll be in for a pretty big shock when you see what I’ve been working on too!

I’ve put together a 30k triva night too (with some help from a good friend of mine who I call a ’30k scholar’) I wanted to do this so that at the end of the event, all the players can hang around, share a meal together, make some new friends, swap stores of the day, and have a laugh.

I’ve made it 1,000pts so that we can get the event over and done with in a day.  Spending two days wargaming is a pretty big ask for me, and I’m guessing a lot of other people too.  1,000pts is a good size force, but isn’t too difficult to put together either.  So its accessible for new players.  One of the army lists I’ve received for the event already is 11 models!  If you’d like to see how a game of 30k plays out, have a look at my World Eaters v Iron Hands battle report

It’s also been interesting for me actually planning the event and incorporating some of the e-commerce solutions I’ve been wanting to explore.  Currently all tournaments (to the best of my knowledge) are advertised on a local forum.  I really wanted to move away from that and have a stand alone site dedicated to the administration of the tournament.  So it’s been enjoyable learning new skills (Thanks Jen)  and putting these things together.

If this tournament formula is successful, I’ve got some pretty big plans I’d like to see rolled out in subsequent events.  However this one is all about laying the ground work, getting a few of the bigger planning aspects proven.  I’m really excited about it and cant wait to see how it all goes.

So, if you live in Brisbane (or are willing to travel for the day) head on over to The Emperors Legions, download the players pack and register (there are only a few spots left though) Also, go like the Facebook page too.  You’ll be able to see plenty of pics of the day when it rolls up if you don’t live nearby.  If you just want to come and look, you’re more that welcome too!  If the painting standards of the current attendees is anything to go by, you’ll be seeing some of the best 30k armies on the planet (and scenery too)

Thanks for dropping in

John

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So this is 2013’s entry into Armies on Parade.  It consisted of a ‘turned’ force of World Eaters space marines, accompanied by their new allies.  Daemons of Khorne.  Specifically, the amazing Blood Thirster made by Forge World and some Bloodletters.

This year GW decided not to have a Games Day in Australia.  So they decided to still do the Armies on Parade competition, however photos of the winning entries from each store would be sent to head office and put up on GW’s website for everyone to vote on.  Yet again I won the store comp but didn’t win the overall comp.  I hope GW decided to have a Games Day for Australia this year.  Even though I live 1,000km away, its well worth the expense and effort to get there.

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It was still good to get the shop award though

Thanks for dropping in

John

Hello Folks !

Its been a while between post…  It’s not through being idle I can assure you.  I’ve had a pretty packed last few months with study and quite a bit of travel, which has meant something had to give… Writing posts for the Bunker was one of them.  So, I’ve just finished making drafts off all the posts I’ve got to catch up on and this is the first one of thirteen.  The plan is to write them all this afternoon and then release one every second day or so.

So over the next 2-3 weeks you’ll be seeing quite a few posts.  Some of the topics are very interesting indeed…  You’ll see the results of some comps I’ve entered models in, progress on the the World Eaters (of course) a new gaming table I’m working on (cough *Anphelion Base* cough) and maybe even a battle report (or two)

So lets get started with the first post…  This years Queensland Model Hobby Expo.  As usual, it was quite an interesting event.  With the best modellers from all over Queensland entering in one of the 30 something categories.  This year I entered models in two categories and won prizes in both.  In fact, in one of the categories I entered, I won all three places.  They liked the models I entered so much, they even awarded me a two silvers in the same category!

It was my World Eaters that stole the show.  The Spartan, Contemptor Dreadnought and Storm Eagle (no post yet) cleaned up, and my Reaver Titan also got a place.  I actually got approached by the editor of Australia’s only? local modelling magazine, ModelArt Australia to write an article on my Reaver.

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So these are the awards I picked up.  I was a little disappointed I didn’t do as well in the Single Figure Open category.  However the man the took the Gold was a good friend of mine who is a very accomplished modeller and being beaten by him isn’t such a bad thing.  The Silver medal missing the plaque is the second Silver that they just ‘invented’ for the category I owned…  I guess they stole it from somewhere else and removed the plaque.
IMG_294002One of the things I really enjoy about going to these types of events is seeing how other modellers do business.  You can learn a lot from other modellers.
IMG_294103 IMG_294204 IMG_294305The classic scene from the classic movie Mad Max.  The film that launched Mel Gibsons’ career.  If you haven’t seen it, go a do it now.  Then watch part two.  Don’t worry about part three…
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Ok, so overall, it was a great event.  Its basically a staple of the Brisbane modelling scene.  Very well run, and very high quality models on display.  I would like to put a few more models in other categories next year, and of course take out a few more places…

Until the next post…

John

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