Friday, February 05, 2016

Warhammer Army Lists for OTT 2016

Tomorrow is the big day. All lists are in, and final preparations are being made. We ended up with a field of eight players for Warhammer Fantasy on the Saturday, with Nick and I joining on Sunday.

Follow the link below for a collection of army lists for the weekend:

OTT 2016 Army Lists

Here are some of the more interesting participants:

  • Morbidex Twiceborn
  • The Glottkin
  • Festus the Leechlord
  • Asrai and Druchii getting along
  • Orghotts Daemonspew
  • Malekith the Eternity King
  • Valten, Luthor Huss and Arch-Lector Kaslain
  • Daemons with Doomwheels
The Player's Packs
It seems that only Chaos and Elven races have managed to survive the End Times this far, with Valten and the Cult of Sigmar standing defiant. I am looking forward to witnessing the resulting carnage, and seeing these great models out on the table - for the first time, in many cases, but hopefully not the last.

Valten with Ghal Maraz

A big thanks to everyone who is bringing down terrain. I have been painting a few pieces over the last few weeks but was unable to get it all done in time.

I will post some photos form the event over the course of the weekend. See you down there!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Age of Sigmar Army Lists for OTT 2016

With only a few weeks left until Over The Top 2016, preparations have stepped up a few levels.

The player's packs are ready. The PDF version is available on-line, but I have printed them as booklets because they list the full set of scenarios being used. I have also prepared some scoring sheets and rule tokens.

We found the custom rule tokens to be very useful in our games, so I went ahead and made enough for everybody.

Last night I finished painting the army I will be taking to the event. With the two weeks remaining I hope to be able to get some new terrain pieces painted up.

The final field of AOS players at OTT sits at four. It was always going to be interesting to see what numbers would be like, but I was heartened by all the interest. In most cases the dates just didn't work for people. At one point we had 8 players wanting to come. I look forward to future events and seeing this number grow. Most entrants so far have not attended a gaming event, so I hope to keep the atmosphere casual.

There is still time to register if you are interested. Just flick me an email for more info.

On to the lists. We are using the UK Independent Pool Document  and Clash Comp rules for this event, which were just updated in the last few days. The basic idea is that we bring along up to 15 pool choices worth of models. For each game, we deploy up to 10 pool choices worth of models, which allows players to customise their force for each opponent.

Undead Deathrattle Horde

Dark Aelf Exiles

Aelf Highborn

Stormcast Eternals

The biggest consideration for the players writing the lists is the ability to hold objectives, as this is the main win condition. Single models cannot hold objectives, so there needs to be a good amount of 'rank and file'. The armies with shooting attacks have a big advantage over the Undead army, but this is tempered by the ability to regenerate. The Stormcast army is not taking the Thunderstrike Brotherhood Warscroll Battalion, which would have allowed them to 'deep strike' over objectives, in favour of just placing more bodies on the table.

With the four players we will likely play a round robin round, and then a final round to determine the champion. 

This weekend will see some practice games being played at the first of a series of regular AOS gaming events at our local store Gaming DNA. If you are interested in an escalating campaign, and can spare a few hours once a month, feel free to register. I will be posting more info on this blog.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Warhammer Masters Tournament 2015

The Masters events for WFB, 40k and Flames of War were held in Hamilton this year. I was lucky enough to be able to lend my support as umpire and scorekeeper for the Fantasy event, and so was able to witness the games first hand and hang out with a great bunch of wargamers.

The comp pack used was based on the ETC 2015 rules, to ensure a tight and tested set of list guidelines, proven for a competitive environment.

We had eight players competing, due to some last minute withdrawals. The field was tightly contested by a few heavy hitters. Kelly Gragg has been dominating all year with his Warriors of Chaos, and continued to smash face at Masters. McCrae Loudon fielded a gazillion Wood Elf Waywatchers to decimate his opponents. The Elven hordes (PEGs) made a strong showing, making up 5 of the 8 lists.

Here are the final results:

Congratulations to Kelly Gragg for a well deserved victory, and the capstone to an epic year!

This could well be the last Masters event to run Warhammer Fantasy, and while there will continue to be events which run this rule system, the community is likely to opt for Kings of War or 9th Age for Masters next year. 

I had a blast being involved with the event this year. Wherever these top gamers end up directing their interests, and the many other gamers around the country alike, I hope they continue to achieve in and enjoy their hobby going forward. Please keep in touch, and as always, let me know if you want to roll some dice, whatever the game system.

Here are some photos from the event:

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Over The Top 2016 - WFB and AOS Player's Packs

Over The Top is the Hamilton Immortal's annual Games Workshop game system event, this year held on February 6th and 7th in Hamilton.

Brian and I were given the opportunity to organise the player's packs for the Fantasy event. The intention was do do something a bit different, while keeping to the theme of 'over-the-top'.  OTT has always been a no-comp event, and we wanted to keep in that tradition.

You can find info on all the events at Over The Top on the Hamilton Immortals website as the packs are finalised. In addition to Warhammer 40,000 and Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, there will be a two-day Warhammer Fantasy event and a single day Age of Sigmar event.

Warhammer Fantasy Battles

The recent proliferation of game systems in the NZ tournament scene makes it difficult to accommodate everyone's tastes and interests for wargaming events. Being a GW event, we decided to stick to the 'Old School'. WFB 8th Edition is still enjoyed by our club members, and the successful Tauranga Open earlier in the year showed that there are plenty of folks still interested.

In order to make this 'not-your-usual Warhammer Tournament' we also decided to include a lot of the End Times rules. We have included custom scenarios, based around a Hero of the End Times model for each army, giving the event some narrative value. In addition, a 'bingo' like meta-game will take place over the course of the weekend.

Hopefully this will provide a different set of challenges for veteran gamers wanting to add this to their gaming calendar, and a great excuse to 'get out the toys' for newer players. It would also make for a great send-off to the game system for those moving on.

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Warhammer: Age of Sigmar

This is for those that are enjoying the new models and game system. I'm under no illusions that AOS is not for everybody. However, some of us are having a good time with it, and for those people we felt the opportunity to run an AOS event was deserved. It certainly fits the theme of 'over-the-top' in any case! To my knowledge there has not been an AOS event run in New Zealand yet, so this is a great opportunity for those who are interested to give it a go.

The open nature of the basic AOS rules has not proven a problem for us in casual games, but makes it unsuitable for competitive events. Overseas, AOS has been run as a tournament using the set of composition rules and a pool choice document used for the UK's Clash of Swords event. It is regularly revised based on feedback from every event that uses the comp. I have emulated those for Over The Top.

The game size has been scaled down so that players with just the starter set will have enough models to participate.

We have enough registrations already for this to go ahead, but if for whatever reason not everyone can make it on the day, there will instead be pick up games going over the course of the weekend, so come check it out if you are interested.

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Everyone who attends will be given a 15% discount voucher from Mark One Comics & Games. The Immortals have a special offer on this year whereby you can nominate one other player attending the event, and that chosen nominee will get an extra $5 voucher from Mark 1. So grab a buddy ( or more if you're popular) and enjoy some dice games.

Please let me know if you have any questions about these events. My contact details are in the Player's Packs.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

AoS Hobby Challenge - Deathrattle Horde for OTT 2016

Despite my overlong periods of non-bloggery, I have been far from idle on the hobby front. Long overdue catch-up posts will be forthcoming, so if you like Mordheim, X-Wing, and board gaming in general, I suppose there are worst places in the internet to go. Not many, but still. Stay tuned.

Unlike many of my compatriots, I have been bitten pretty hard by the Age of Sigmar bug. I'm really enjoying the work coming out of the Black Library, and am excited about exploring the Realm of Shyish with my own Undead Hordes. To that end I hope to start running some small events down this neck of the woods for those who are interested (yes, we exist), starting with Over The Top 2016 - the Hamilton Immortals' annual GW gaming event - in February next year.

We will be running AoS alongside WFB 8th edition. So far there has been just a few players interested in the new version of the game, so I do not anticipate huge interest - if it happens, it happens. But there are still a good number of folk from here, Auckland and Tauranga who enjoy 8th ed, so it's nice to have the option of continuing.

At the very least, my buddy Troy and I will spend the weekend playing demo games of AoS if there are no other takers. I will be helping to run the WFB event at the same time, so keeping it casual would work in my favour, so that I can attend to umpiring duties as required.

So that leaves me with just a few months left to get my army together.

We will be using the Clash Comp, or UKIP Tournament Pack, which provides a good structure around army composition for more formal events (see below for links). The only change is that we will be scaling down the game sizes - 15 total army pool choices, with 10 deployment pool choices in each game. This allows those people who have the AoS Starter set to use those armies pretty much straight out of the box.

Here is the force that I have decided on:
  • Krell, Lord of Undeath - 1
  • Heinrich Kemmler, the Lichemaster - 1.5
  • Wight King w/ Infernal Standard - 1
  • 10 Grave Guard - 1.5
  • 20 Skeleton Warriors w/ Spears & Shields - 2
  • 20 Skeleton Warriors w/ Swords & Shields - 2
  • 5 Black Knights - 1
TOTAL = 10 Pool Choices

Krell's Deathrattle Horde - in progress! With the boss looming in the background.

It is not a very strong list, as far as the Age of Sigmar goes, but I have been (un)dying to field Krell and Heinrich for ages now. Theme-y as hell.

With only two units of Skeleton Warriors, I miss out on being able to use the Deathrattle Horde Warscroll Batallion, which requires three units. If I find I am missing the bonus rules too much, I will deploy them in three units in a subsequent game. The problem is that I only have two command groups at hand.

The only thing missing is the round bases, and I have a whole heap of those ordered from my pal Jeff at Dragon Forge Design. I've already trialled some for my Mordheim Warband, and have been very pleased with the results. 

The Grand Undead Legion of Konrad von Carstein

Troy will be bringing his Stormcast Eternals. I hope to cajole him into being a guest-poster on this blog so that the rest of the Mortal Realms can benefit from his excellent paintsmanship.

Plenty more updates to follow. These are exciting hobby times for me personally - hopefully I will keep motivated enough to share my activities on the blog! If you are interested in attending any gaming events in the Hamilton or Waikato area, do get in touch.