Thursday, 18 September 2014

GuardCon 2014 Weekend & Results. part 1.

Another well attended and top weekend of games with a number of systems hosted at GuardCon weekend. Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40k were the mainstays again. Flames of War, Board Games and this years two new systems at the convention, SAGA and X-Wing also getting a run. Both of the new tournaments were heaps of fun. Rob running SAGA and Amol and myself running the X-wing. We saw a great turnout from the Auckland community and a smattering of travellers from around the country. With only 130 at the tournament we thought it would be great to have everyone in the main hall which gave it a the exciting convention feel. The number of smiles and excited shouts was encouraging for the hobby and continued tournaments ahead.

Remember that Equinox 2015 (mid March) and NatCon 2015 (Easter weekend) will be our next two big tournaments. Early bird registrations will be up this weekend.

The first thing at the tournament I noticed is the more relaxed standard of painting at this years tournament. The number of new players in the community coming through our local club is testament to the popularity of the games. All you vets out there know how much sustained painting goes into making an army complete. It will take a while for the standard overall to rise again. In saying that the benchmark for painting at the top of the tournament was very high. There were some amazing armies and the ones that were noticeably wowing me were the winners of best paint for both WHFB and WH40k. The 'Grey Wardens' for WH40k and The 'Double Carnosaur' for WHFB were a dream for any painting aficionados out there.

Here's some of the tournament Pic's courtesy of Lee our Photographer (many thanks for your top work). There are also some photo's from my point and snap, and I'm sure you'll recognise those.

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Auckland City Guard at Freemans Bay

WH40K on the left, WHFB on the Right. SAGA, FoW & X-Wing at the back of the hall.


 Great to see young bloods at their first tournament. Also grand to see some experience to temper that too.


 Some very nice tables of terrain at the tournament.




 Good amount of competition mixed with easy going fun.

 X-wing is definitely a good change up. I'm think WHFB & WH40k will still be my main hobbies. 
X-Wing is a refreshing filler afters. The miniatures are so cool.

At this point my Camera threw a sicky. Thanks to all these chaps for sticking around for the prize giving and giving us a hand to pack down, Legends!


Warhammer Fantasy was run by Nick L-I again this year and Swedish Comp was used. The variety of Armies at the event and positives from the tournament testify that it's very solid. Here are the results and big ups for Rory, defending his title to claim the 'GuardCon Shield'.

Name
Sports
Battle (120)
Adjusted battle (60)
Paint (16)
Adjusted paint (22)
Penalty
Total (100)
1
Rory Finnemore
15
84
42
16
22
79
2
Kelly Gragg
14
82
41
16
22
77
3
James Brown
12
85
42.5
16
22
76.5
4
Sean Robertson
16
74
37
16
22
75
5
Glen Tibbles
14
75
37.5
16
22
73.5
6
Nick Lironi-Irvine
14
70
35
16
22
71
7
Ryan Simister
15
76
38
16
22
5
70
8
Antony Kitson
12
72
36
16
22
70
9
Richard Barby
14
66
33
16
22
69
10
Brian Smith
14
62
31
16
22
67
11
Phil Comins
15
57
28.5
16
22
65.5
12
Michael Coxon-Baines
16
55
27.5
16
22
65.5
13
John Willenbruch
14
58
29
16
22
65
14
Paul Dalton
13
62
31
15
20.625
64.625
15
Daniel Street
16
53
26.5
16
22
64.5
16
Daniel Leigh
13
61
30.5
15
20.625
64.125
17
James Cardno
13
77
38.5
11
15.125
5
61.625
18
Ken Hay
14
51
25.5
16
22
61.5
19
Mike Youngs
15
56
28
16
22
5
60
20
Erdem Oguz
16
60
30
9
12.375
58.375
21
Rowan Coker
15
52
26
16
22
5
58
22
Richard Holtzhausen/Neil Heileman
13
39
19.5
16
22
54.5
23
Aaron Cue / Paul Davison
14
45
22.5
16
22
5
53.5
24
Russell Simister
15
43
21.5
16
22
5
53.5
25
Tom Cochrane
16
30
15
16
22
53
26
Chris Ellis
11
48
24
9
12.375
47.375
27
Michael Partridge
14
48
24
4
5.5
43.5
28
Curtis Tweedale
14
39
19.5
7
9.625
43.125


Best Paint : Sean Robertson
Best Sport : Erdem Oguz

Well done Rory, defending the Shield!
Kelly capturing 2nd should catapult him in the rankings.
Go James with a consistent podium finish.
 Best paint Sean. Those Dinosaurs look magnificent. Can't wait to see more work from you maestro. 
 Mr Nice Guy. Erdem with best sports.
Curtis wins the 'Booby' prize. He also captured the Young Blood award.

 Sean's Dinosaur army.

 Very close second in the Best paint awards.







 I'll have the rest of the results and more pics in the next part tomorrow. 
It's getting late.





Thursday, 11 September 2014

Space Hulk sneak peak for this Saturday.

Space Hulk is getting a relaunch this weekend. It was sold out in it's first issue so like most companies who find a popular item selling GW has done a second printing with a few extra's. I missed the first issue so am ecstatic to get a copy this time around.


It comes with the iconic Blood angels fighting Tyranids. I've got big plans for the various Terminators in my collection to add more flavour to the game. This will be so cool. The possibilities of creating your own missions with the various miniatures in your collection would be mind blowing.


 I've been told that it also comes with extra missions and extra add ons. Just enough that previous edition owners get that envy factor going.



So it means it's new toys next weekend yuss!


With Tournament weekend going off this time come Saturday, I haven't had time for much hobby. I did get a chance to scratch build a couple of characters for my Blood Bowl team though.

Characters for BB and also doubles as a Coach and the team Doc.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Lotsa Wargaming Next Weekend

GuardCon weekend approaches on the 13th & 14th of September here in Auckland. ACG's annual convention will kick off with a number of different systems at James Cook High Auditorium. It'll have Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40K doubles, Flames of War and SAGA in the main tournament. Currently sitting on 100+ for the convention.


Tournament venue at Equinox earlier this year.

Also in the hall we'll have a casual 4 round X-wing tournament both on Saturday and Sunday. Recently we had real genuine mass interest in the miniature game. Short notice but it's still expected to have a good showing. Lotsa of prizes up for grabs so if you have either of the days free, come and get some game time. Details are here Here.


Just some of the bling up to be won.

Greenstone cup is also kicking of the same weekend. The Surrey Pub will host gamers from all around the country and across the ditch. I've been involved in the ABBF league and Blood Bowl is still a popular game. A big contingent of Auckland City Guard members will be trying to battle for the trophy against the masses next weekend.


Board Games will also be hosted at GuardCon by John M for both days. You can get a hold of him on the ACG facebook page. Just search for 'Auckland City Guard at Freemans Bay'.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Nagash just another way to play the game : Superb!

Nagash rises and heralds in a whole new way to play the game as an option. It's not really the end times its more fun times. All those doom and gloom posts on the internet jumped to conclusions again sigh. I had a look at it and I am incredibly interested in picking it up when it gets released over here. Unheard of detail Collectors models and some alternative fun game times spurs it.

Here's some of the more concrete details. It gets the thumbs up.


Explaining the new release.

Awesome new progress in the WHFB world.

He's a beast isn't he.

Good walk through from some vets.


Board Game of the week. Star Trek : Fleet Captains

A bit biased as we played it with the help of a giant cookie! Three factions with the expansion meant that we could play as the Federation, Romulans, and the Klingons. It has massive amounts of depth and the 3 hours we spent breaking it open meant that we only visited a few of the dynamics its capable of. Replayability means this game gets top marks or though I think it is just slightly too niche for it to be ultra high appeal for all.

Monster Cookie scatters the Romulan fleet.

The Federation breaches the Neutral zone.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5. I think I need to give it time to draw me in more.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Terrain building for GuardCon and Hobby

GuardCon is in a couple of weeks. It's our local club's 'Auckland City Guard' annual convention. All those of you who are interested in Warhammer Fantasy & 40K should keep an eye out. It's looking to be the biggest turnout for both systems this year so far at a tournament. Along with the usual suspects there is also Flames of War, Saga, X-Wing and Bolt action happening over the weekend of the 13th of September. Don't worry I'll have reports and pics leading up and during the event. Until then enjoy some recaps thats made the tournament in its previous incarnations.

'Da Sportz moments'

'Da Nom nom moments'

'Da Glory moments'

'Da Commaraderie'

See you there, it's going to be massive fun this year too!

So needing over 60+ tables of terrain means that every little bit helps. I've started touching up and upgrading mine over the weeks. It's an excellent feeling as it slowly takes shape. If you have terrain you want to show of at Guardcon, sponsor a table and help the tournament out.

 Some more GW trees.

 My mushroom forest getting the start of new bases.

 Twin forests for my elven table of terrain.

Bases for the Jungle terrain WIP.