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NWG 2011

The North Wexford Gamers run an annual 40k (and Fantasy) tournament in Gorey, but with a twist.  It’s a fully ranking tournament, but they move away from the standard Irish tournament format by pushing the points limit up to 2000, and allowing Forgeworld units (but not superheavies, gargantuans, strength D or the other Apocalypse scale stuff).

UPDATE: Photos from the tournament organiser available here

It messes with the usual meta, and you can’t rely on your normal approach.  The armies are bigger, and there’s a bunch of stuff that you’ve never seen before, for example a Kroot Mercenary Army,

Defenders of Vraks,

and a bunch of other cool stuff:

The atmosphere was great, and I think the unorthodox format lends itself to a more lighthearted approach to the games.  Rules arguments were generally settled in mere seconds with both parties jumping to be the bigger man (usually resulting in a 4+ roll to resolve things).

My list didn’t contain any funky forgeworld stuff (I don’t own any!), and was as follows:

ARMY: Chaos Marines
HQ1: Daemon Prince Mark of Slaanesh Wings Lash of Submission [155 Pts]
Elite1: 3 terminators 3x Combi-melta [105 Pts] in Transport 1
Elite2: 3 terminators 3x Combi-plasma [105 Pts] in Transport 2
Troop1: 5 chaos marines, Icon of chaos glory, melta gun [95 Pts]
Troop2: 10 Plague marines, personal icon, 2 flamers, champion, power fist [285 Pts]
Troop3: 5 chaos marines, Icon of Chaos Glory, melta gun [95 Pts] in Transport 3
Heavy1: 3 Obliterators [225 Pts]
Heavy2: 3 Obliterators [225 Pts]
Heavy3: 3 Obliterators [225 Pts]
Transport1 : Landraider, dozer blade [225 Pts] Carries Elite1
Transport2 : Landraider, dozer blade [225 Pts] Carries Elite2
Transport3 : Rhino [35 Pts] Carries Troop3
[2000pts]

ROUND 1

MISSION KillPoints, Spearhead

My first opponent was John O’Connor, who was running a beautiful Raven Guard army.

John was just returning to 40k after a bit of a hiatus, we had a great game, but the super shooty nature of my list was the undoing of his more balanced force.

RESULT 18-2 WIN

ROUND 2

MISSION Capture and Control, Dawn of War

Second opponent was Adam O’Connor, who was running a Death Guard army, with a Forgeworld Blight Drone and Plague Hulk.

After some aggressive deepstriking I thought I had the jump on Adam, but after a rake of 5+ invulnerable saves it was clear that Adam thought otherwise.  I hadn’t scratched him and had left a bunch of juicy targets right in his front garden.  I took some losses, nevertheless I pushed hard for his objective but couldn’t quite make it through his defenses by game end.

RESULT 10-10 DRAW

ROUND 3

MISSION 3 objectives, Pitch Battle

Third opponent was Ger O’Brien, who was running a Space Wolf army, with a Forgeworld Caestus Assault Ram.  Terrifying list – in particular a Caestus full of assault terminators with meltas; and a drop pod with Logan, Arjac, and multimelta longfangs (relentless thanks to Logan).  I tried all reserving to avoid my landraiders  (and other valuables) getting chewed up by the podfangs, but no such luck.

I thought the oblits would be the saving grace as they dropped on his objectives.  But after 6 plasma cannon shots all I did was a gets hot wound on an oblit, and the final plasma blast scattered onto my terminators.  So 450 points of oblits dropped in and did no wounds to my opponent, and did two wounds to my own army… blerg.  I took my kicking for several turns, but just managed to crawl some troops onto objectives to get the draw.

RESULT 8-12 DRAW

ROUND 4

MISSION Capture and Control, Pitched Battle

Fourth up was Eoin O’Mahony, who was running a Necron army.  Eoin had been shocked by how well his Necrons (and also John Stowe’s Necrons) had been doing in the tournament.

Eoin goes first, and one shots a LandRaider with his Monolith then glances all the weapons off the second (and stunned it for good measure).  My oblits try to lascannon the Deceiver to death, but only manage to do one wound – so FOUR left (cheesy broken Necrons!).

(incidentally, if you look closely below, you’ll see the Warhammer Tower that he had to use to proxy a monolith (picture is from a later game))

The shooting continues like this, but I keep throwing stuff at his objectives so he can’t put all his efforts into chasing mine.  My Daemon Prince just about makes it to the Necron lines (1 wound left) and manages to assault and run down a full squad of necrons.  But Eoin still has one left on his objective, and a squad with his lord on my objective.  Nurgle to the rescue, bottom of turn 7 my plague marines assault the necrons on my objective, and they break and get run down!  Clawed back a draw from what looked like imminent defeat.

RESULT 10-10 DRAW

ROUND 5

MISSION Killpoints, Dawn of War

Final Opponent was Colin Murray who had a 9 Oblit Chaos list quite similar to my own.  I won the roll for first turn, and having played several ‘mirror matches’ before, I knew that was a big advantage for me.  The game went extremely quickly, I had all my shooty stuff coming on turn 1, Colin reserved all his tough stuff.  His luck was average to poor, and mine was average to good, and combined with his forces coming in piecemeal meant it was a tough slog for Colin.  I’d been in that exact position before, and I knew it was not fun – but Colin was good humoured about it, and was a pleasure to play against.

RESULT 17-3 WIN

OVERALL RESULT: Two wins and three draws gets 3rd place for me.  Jan Karnowski comes in first with his (216) Orkses,

and second place for Paul Quigley and his Dark Eldar

More pictures are up on the WarHamSandwich Facebook page

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ETC 2011 DAY 2

As I mentioned yesterday, Warhammer 40,000 doesn’t quite have a world championship, but this role is at least partially fulfilled by the growth of the European Team Championship (ETC) to incorporate teams from all over the world, far beyond its European origin.

While it is a highly competitive international event, it’s important to retain some perspective, and ensure that all players enjoy the complete range of experiences on offer, as clearly demonstrated by Woody:

ETC 2011 finished in Switzerland today with the final three rounds of the two-day  six-round tournament.  What I’ll cover here is a brief round up of the results, mainly focusing on the performance of team Republic of Ireland, and team Northern Ireland.

NOTE: All results courtesy of TableTopTournaments

Here are the standings going in to day two:

OVERALL PLACING END OF DAY 1

Place Team Points Difference
1 Germany 6 184
2 Poland 6 144
3 Sweden 5 162
4 Italy 5 68
5 United States 4 100
6 Spain 4 46
7 England 4 40
8 Latvia 4 34
9 Wales 4 20
10 France 4 -6
11 Czech Republic 3 36
12 European Union 3 0
13 Switzerland 3 -10
14 Belgium 3 -28
15 Ireland 3 -58
16 Denmark 2 -12
17 Scotland 2 -16
18 Finland 2 -56
19 Norway 2 -94
20 Belarus 1 -38
21 Austria 1 -52
22 Northern Ireland 1 -144
23 Russia 0 -140
24 Greece 0 -180

How does this get shaken up by Day 2?

ROUND 4

Team A Team B Points TP
Poland Germanyvictory 0 : 2 57 : 103
Swedenvictory United States 1 : 1 82 : 78
Italy Spainvictory 0 : 2 73 : 87
Latvia Englandvictory 1 : 1 75 : 85
Wales Francevictory 0 : 2 41 : 119
Switzerlandvictory Czech Republic 2 : 0 86 : 74
Belgium European Unionvictory 0 : 2 62 : 98
Irelandvictory Denmark 1 : 1 84 : 78
Finland Scotlandvictory 1 : 1 77 : 83
Norway Belarusvictory 0 : 2 29 : 131
Austriavictory Greece 2 : 0 110 : 40
Northern Ireland Russiavictory 0 : 2 56 : 104

Team NI faced off Russia for their opening game, but the great Bear of Russia proved a difficult opponent.  Loss for Team NI.  Republic of Ireland looked like a victory mid game, but the Danes pulled back the draw.  Not a bad start for RoI, top half of the table!

Worth noting that this was the first ever loss in a round by Poland, so well done to the German team for that performance.  I’m sure there’s an inappropriate WW2 joke in there somewhere, but let’s just leave it at that.

ROUND 5

Team A Team B Points TP
Swedenvictory Germany 2 : 0 99 : 61
Polandvictory Spain 2 : 0 95 : 65
France United Statesvictory 0 : 2 61 : 99
Italy Englandvictory 0 : 2 74 : 86
Latviavictory European Union 2 : 0 112 : 48
Ireland Switzerlandvictory 0 : 2 55 : 105
Walesvictory Czech Republic 2 : 0 86 : 74
Austria Belarusvictory 0 : 2 74 : 86
Denmark Scotlandvictory 1 : 1 75 : 85
Finlandvictory Belgium 2 : 0 119 : 41
Norway Russiavictory 0 : 2 50 : 110
Northern Ireland Greecevictory 1 : 1 76 : 84

Team RoI faces the host nation, Switzerland, and lets them win out of sheer politeness.  Team NI get back on the horse with a hard fought draw against Greece.  Things are heating up at the top, with Germany, Poland and Sweden all on 8 points.

ROUND 6

Team A Team B Points TP
Polandvictory Sweden 2 : 0 103 : 57
Latvia Germanyvictory 0 : 2 47 : 113
England United Statesvictory 0 : 2 67 : 93
Switzerland Spainvictory 0 : 2 66 : 94
Walesvictory Belarus 2 : 0 100 : 60
Italy Francevictory 0 : 2 71 : 89
Finlandvictory European Union 2 : 0 90 : 70
Denmarkvictory Czech Republic 2 : 0 91 : 69
Russiavictory Scotland 1 : 1 83 : 77
Irelandvictory Austria 2 : 0 103 : 57
Belgiumvictory Greece 2 : 0 91 : 69
Norway Northern Irelandvictory – : 160

RoI took on Austria in the final round, but flight schedules meant the Austrians couldn’t stay the course and had to concede.  Not the way RoI would like to win it, but there you go.  Similarly Team NI got a walkover from Norway as they had to leave early.  A bit of a flat end, but the boys did us proud and hopefully they had a great time!

FINAL RESULTS

Place Team Points Difference
1 Germany 10 258
2 Poland 10 174
3 United States 9 160
4 Sweden 8 158
5 Spain 8 58
6 France 8 52
7 Wales 8 -6
8 England 7 36
9 Finland 7 36
10 Switzerland 7 24
11 Latvia 7 22
12 Denmark 6 -6
13 Ireland 6 -56
14 Belarus 5 36
15 Italy 5 24
16 Scotland 5 -6
17 Russia 5 -26
18 European Union 5 -48
19 Belgium 5 -120
20 Northern Ireland 4 -40
21 Czech Republic 3 -10
22 Austria 3 -40
23 Norway 2 -416
24 Greece 1 -264

Great performances overall from teams RoI and NI, and we hope for even better next year!  For excellent video coverage of the full event, check out RHQ.tv


ETC 2011 DAY 1

Warhammer 40,000 doesn’t quite have a world championship, but this role is at least partially fulfilled by the growth of the European Team Championship (ETC) to incorporate teams from all over the world, far beyond its European origin.

ETC 2011 takes place in Switzerland today (Saturday 20th August) and tomorrow (21st).  I’ll be doing a brief round up at end of both days, mainly focusing on the performance of team Republic of Ireland, and team Northern Ireland.

NOTE: All results courtesy of TableTopTournaments

ROUND 1

Team A Team B Points TP
Russia Belgiumvictory 0 : 2 66 : 94
Northern Ireland Austriavictory 1 : 1 78 : 82
Norway Latviavictory 0 : 2 57 : 103
Switzerlandvictory England 1 : 1 84 : 76
Scotlandvictory European Union 2 : 0 106 : 54
Spainvictory Czech Republic 2 : 0 113 : 47
Denmark Polandvictory 0 : 2 63 : 97
Germanyvictory Wales 2 : 0 120 : 40
Greece United Statesvictory 0 : 2 30 : 130
Italyvictory Sweden 1 : 1 82 : 78
Finland Irelandvictory 0 : 2 69 : 91
Francevictory Belarus 2 : 0 88 : 72

A good start for team Ireland, beating Finland in a close match up.  The first game of a tournament can really make or break players’ confidence and this got the whole team on a good footing.  The Northern Ireland team held their own against Austria, all to play for in round 2!

ROUND 2

Team A Team B Points TP
Germanyvictory United States 2 : 0 105 : 55
Spainvictory Scotland 2 : 0 97 : 63
Latvia Polandvictory 0 : 2 57 : 103
Irelandvictory Belgium 1 : 1 82 : 78
Switzerland Francevictory 0 : 2 59 : 101
Italyvictory Austria 2 : 0 86 : 74
Swedenvictory Northern Ireland 2 : 0 121 : 39
England Belarusvictory 1 : 1 79 : 81
Finlandvictory Russia 2 : 0 88 : 72
Norway Denmarkvictory 0 : 2 44 : 116
Czech Republicvictory European Union 1 : 1 83 : 77
Walesvictory Greece 2 : 0 108 : 52

A good start in Round 1 means a tough opponent in Round 2!  The RoI team faced off Belgium, and came away with a draw.  Another solid performance which puts them in a good position for Round 3.

Joe “Maynard” Cullen wore his lucky hat and beard, and it appeared to pay off getting 11-9 with his Chaos Marines against seer council Eldar:

Team Northern Ireland lost their way slightly in round 2 and were defeated by the Swedish team.

As a twist of fate, RoI would face Sweden next in Round 3, can they get revenge for their Northern brethren?

ROUND 3

Team A Team B Points TP
Germanyvictory Spain 2 : 0 107 : 53
Polandvictory France 2 : 0 112 : 48
Ireland Swedenvictory 0 : 2 38 : 122
Italyvictory Belgium 2 : 0 106 : 54
Denmark United Statesvictory 0 : 2 55 : 105
Latviavictory Scotland 2 : 0 97 : 63
Finland Englandvictory 0 : 2 55 : 105
Walesvictory Austria 2 : 0 97 : 53
Switzerlandvictory Belarus 2 : 0 92 : 68
Northern Ireland European Unionvictory 0 : 2 51 : 109
Russia Czech Republicvictory 0 : 2 32 : 128
Norwayvictory Greece 2 : 0 92 : 68

After a poor performance in Round 1, the Swedes were fighting hard to get back up to the top.  Team Ireland stood in their way at the end of day 1 but unfortunately got steamrolled by the Nordic Nightmare.  A harsh result for RoI, but tomorrow will be a chance to get back in the tournament.  Team NI suffered at the hands of the Merc term, they’ll need a good start tomorrow to lift their spirits!

OVERALL PLACING END OF DAY 1

Place Team Points Difference
1 Germany 6 184
2 Poland 6 144
3 Sweden 5 162
4 Italy 5 68
5 United States 4 100
6 Spain 4 46
7 England 4 40
8 Latvia 4 34
9 Wales 4 20
10 France 4 -6
11 Czech Republic 3 36
12 European Union 3 0
13 Switzerland 3 -10
14 Belgium 3 -28
15 Ireland 3 -58
16 Denmark 2 -12
17 Scotland 2 -16
18 Finland 2 -56
19 Norway 2 -94
20 Belarus 1 -38
21 Austria 1 -52
22 Northern Ireland 1 -144
23 Russia 0 -140
24 Greece 0 -180

Overall good start to the ETC for team Ireland with one win, one draw, and one loss.  Team NI didn’t get such a good start, with one draw and two losses.  Here’s the matchups for Round 4 tomorrow morning:

Team A Team B
Poland Germany
Sweden United States
Italy Spain
Latvia England
Wales France
Switzerland Czech Republic
Belgium European Union
Ireland Denmark
Finland Scotland
Norway Belarus
Austria Greece
Northern Ireland Russia

Ireland plays Denmark, and Northern Ireland plays Russia, best of luck fellas!


Retcon 2011

So here it is, the last tournament of the Irish season.

Retcon 2011 will set the final ranking positions of Ireland’s Warhammer 40,000 players, and will be the decider in who makes the national team for the ETC. It’s an open field, so I expect some hard fought battles.

The only stats I’ll be running in this post are the game results from round to round. I’ll be updating this post on the fly, thanks to my shiny new iPhone.

Round One:
Deployment: Pitched Battle
Mission: Seize Ground. 5 objectives, 4 to be placed in the centre of each table quarter and one in the very centre of the table

RESULT: 17-3 victory vs Eric Duffy and his Imperial Guard

Round Two:
Deployment: Spearhead
Mission: Killpoints

RESULT: 16-4 victory vs Pearce Condren and his Blood Angels

Round Three:
Deployment: Dawn of War
Mission: Seize Ground (5 objectives)

RESULT: 5-15 loss vs John Stowe and his Space Wolves

Round Four:
Deployment: Pitched Battle
Mission: Capture and Control

RESULT: 17-3 victory vs Shane porter and his Black Templars

Round Five:
Deployment: Spearhead
Mission: Seize Ground. (3 Objectives)

RESULT: 12-8 draw vs Michael Tangney and his Dark Eldar

Final result: 4th place (out of 33 players)


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