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Good afternoon everyone,

Well, CanCon 2016 has been and gone, and what an event it has been.  I have now attended three CanCon events over the years.  Once in 1997 (yep, seriously), in 2013 and now in 2016.  I can unequivocally say that 2016 was by far the best I’ve seen, for many reasons.  Allow me to explain.

Firstly, I was playing in a new type of tournament to what I usually play in.  I’ve been playing 40k (now 30k as far as I’m concerned) for over 20yrs now, and I’ve not really dabbled into too many other systems.  So to participate in a new system in a tournament setting was a new prospect for me.  As I predicted, the event organiser was right on top of his game.  Right from the players pack, to the terrain, to the trophies was all superb.  Best of all though was all of the great gamers I met from all over Australia.  Even Perth had a representation!  As you all know, the person on the other side of the table during a game makes or breaks the whole experience.  So playing in a system where all of the gamers were seasoned veterans made a big difference.  It seems to be a feature of the Epic Armageddon system, that only real wargaming die-hards seem to play it.  Which I like.  You have to be committed to get involved, which requires character and experience (for example, you can’t just simply order an army online and off you go, amongst other things).  Both of these qualities were abundant in all of the gamers that participated in the tournament, and let me tell you it makes such a difference.  Speaking of which, I need to give a shout out to the wargaming club, Newcastle Legions.  Almost half of the players were from this club (12-14) and they also brought a few tables worth of scenery.  Every guy I met from this club was awesome, and I hope to make it to their flagship event, Castle Assault.

The second reason why CanCon was so good in 2016 was just the energy of the event.  There just seemed to be lots of people attending.  Both spectators and participants.  There were lots of great vendors in attendance too.  So it really made it worthwhile for me, because I could cruise around and see whats new, and how other systems do hobby.  Which often is a great source of ideas and inspiration.

So, how did I go?  Well, I played in six games over the two days.  I didn’t have very high expectations for my performance, as prior to attending the tournament, I’d play only 1 game of Epic Armageddon 40k.  Here are the match ups for the six games, I took a generic Codex Marines list (Using models from my epic 30k World Eaters army).

Game 1 – Squats, yes Squats.  Those tenacious little midgets live on in Epic Armageddon.  It was an interesting game because there I’d never played a Squat army before (even in 28mm 40k) and the fan rules for them is (apparently) still under development.  The biggest take-away from this game for me was just how my army operates and what you can and can’t get away with using them.  While I didn’t win the game, I did learn a lot.  Thankfully I didn’t encounter the Squats again during the tournament, they’re tough little guys.

Game 2 – Space Marines.  I managed to win this game, mostly by fluke though.  It was good playing against another marine player, to see how they do business.

Game 3 – Eldar.  Just like in 40k, Eldar in Epic Armageddon are tricky customers.  I didn’t win, but I achieved a moral victory by killing his Phantom titan.  Apparently this is quite difficult (it was!).  Interestingly, my Whirlwinds did quite a bit of damage to it, which in itself is a miracle and significantly contributed to its demise.  However, this was a truly fun game and I enjoyed every second of it.

Game 4 – Tyranids.  I made a silly tactical error early on in the game that meant I had an uphill battle on my hands all the way.  Had I not been so bellicose in my first turn, I’m confident I would have had a strong victory.  I did manage to turn it around (through some exceptional luck on my behalf, and some exceptional bad luck on my opponents behalf) so it wasn’t a complete pasting, but a loss non-the-less.

Game 5 – Necrons.  Again, this is one of those armies that just like in 40k 28mm, they’re tricky to deal with.  I got totally hammered in this game due to not recognising that the army was a one trick pony, but oh what a trick it is.  Had I deployed with more foresight and understood a little more about how these guys operate, things would have turned out differently.  In the end, it was a pretty frustrating game.

Game 6 – Space Marines.  This was a Salamanders army (not the one I painted) and was very similar to mine (in terms of composition).  By this stage of the tournament I had a few tricks up my sleeve. I managed to get the initiative early on in the game and seriously compromised his core command unit.  Win to me.

The up side was I did win best painted.  To be honest, this came as somewhat of a surprise.  There were several extremely well painted armies present (in my opinion), most notably an Eldar army.  So I was pretty honoured to get this accolade.

Here are some photos of the tables and the armies.


Epic Armageddon - Table 1 Epic Armageddon - Table 2 Epic Armageddon - Table 3 Epic Armageddon - Table 4

Love this table, which is an homage to the Imperial Airbase “Typha-IV” as presented in Imperial Armour Model Masterclass Vol. 1. (if you don’t have it, you should.  It’s a must have for all model wargaming hobby enthusiasts).  Epic Armageddon - Table 5 Epic Armageddon - Table 6 Epic Armageddon - Table 7 Epic Armageddon - Table 8

As you can see, all of the terrain was first class.  Super impressed.

Epic Armageddon - Chaos Space Marines Epic Armageddon - Eldar 1 Epic Armageddon - Eldar 2 Epic Armageddon - Size Comparison

The old GW Warhound Titan, compared to the 6mm version of the Forge World Warhound.  Interestingly, I’ve seen a similar comparison between the old Armour Cast Warhound and the 28mm Forge World Warhound.   The size difference is comparable there too.   Epic Armageddon - Game against TyranidsThe World Eaters desperately defend the township from being overrun by the Tyranids in game 4.  I did managed to turn the tide around (pardon the pun) but it was too little too late.  All I can say is Land Speeders in Epic Armageddon are the bomb!
Epic Armageddon - Titan Maniple There were a few Titan Legion armies present.  

Epic Armageddon - AoP Epic Armageddon - AoP

 

Epic Armageddon - World Eaters

This is my World Eaters that ended up taking out best painted.  I like the composition of the army, I doubt I’d change anything.  However now I’m a little wiser I would certainly do things tactically a lot differently.

So thats it for this wash up.  My holidays are rapidly coming to an end, and I have many unfinished projects on my bench.  I’ll be away next week for work, so I won’t be able to get any painting done.  However, when I return home next Friday, I’m going to use the following weekend to attack whats left.  We’ll see how we go.  I’ve also been invited as a guest on a friend of mines podcast.  You’ve probably heard of it, The Eye of Horus.  The shows host, Tim & Michael are two great guys, and in the unlikely event you’ve not listed to their podcast, go and download a few episodes now.  They’re knowledge of the various GW gaming universes (WHFB, AoS, 40k and 30k) is encyclopedic!  They recently attended ACT of Heresy, which was run in Canberra over the same weekend as CanCon.  I had too much time pressure to visit it (I did lend them my new ZM board though!) and by all accounts it was a resounding success, and has set a new bench mark for wargaming tournaments in Australia.  There is an impressive photo gallery of the event here and here.

Until next time, take care

John

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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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Good morning fine people

Last Saturday I went into my local GW store (Mt Gravatt) to order my copy of the new 6th ed 40k rule book.  Gokan showed me a limited release Collectors Bundle that I could have if I parted with $466AUD of my hard earned.  I wasnt sure if it was a good idea, but I went with it anyways cos I knew GW would do something special for it.  It is 40k 6th ed after all…  Anyways, this morning I went into GW Mt Gravatt to pick up my order.  All I can say is WOW!  so much AWESOME in this box its not funny… so let me walk you through it…

This is the box that it all arrived in… sealed with a nice purity seal…

upon opening the box, this is what I found… nice touch GW

a hand signed certificate of thanks from John Laughlin, Global Head of Sales

and thats when the AWSOME started flowing… proper!

nice

yep

very nice… going straight into the pool room…

this is my favourite item in the whole box of stuff… post card sized covers of every 40k rule book since 1st edition… very classy…

what we really all came for, the rule book…

very nice case… sort of feels like leather…

surprise!

the cover of the limited edition rule book

the numbered edition

So over all I am extremely pleased with what GW have turned out here.  Very classy, and full of so much WIN!  I was told by Adam, that apperently there were only 20 of these sold in Australia, and when I came in last Saturday and ordered mine, as I was leaving the shop, they got an email saying that they’d all been sold…  So I must have ordered one of the final copies available in Australia…  yay me.

Ok, I’m off to read the rules now, and look at the sure to be amazing artwork and painted models in the new rule book.  Bye for now

Thanks for looking

Regards

John