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Month: June 2011

Q-Con – Part 2


James Jennings, good friend and sexy beast, had some graffiti on his score card from his “fans”.

So third opponent was Blood Angels, weird list and my opponent was from Clonmel, apparently quite a few gamers down that way came up which was great to see.

I threw them the address for w-ired and gave them the spiel about events closer to home they might want to venture to as well. This is when the dice normalized back to “statistically likely” and my Lascannons weren’t set to stun anymore, a win by 1 kill point saw me get my first proper points but it was an impossible uphill battle to get to the top 10 from here.

Jonny and Dale make a great team and I’ve yet to see things go anything but smoothly for them at tournaments. The work they put in (and the rest of the gamers in the North including the Beasts of War who had Live Coverage over both days of QCon) is amazing and are involved in most aspects of the wargaming scene in the North. The fact that they’re so well loved (mostly by me) is a real testament to their hard work up there.

Opponent #4. Another army I’m familiar with, Deathwing! Belial and Co. were joined by a Raider and a couple of Tactical Squads. One objective each and Dawn of War meant I sat 20 boys on the top floor of a building on an objective and then just gave them a 2+ cover save every round using orders.
A straight up win with my contesting his objective with a Vendetta and holding my own. Between rounds I even had time to get Alec Cornelius’ autograph on my Imperial Guard Codex. Alec is my hero.

I had a sense of familiarity about my last opponent of the tournament….oh yeah, the Obliterator that WOULDN’T DIE from Game 2 on the first day.
This time I told him if I saw one 5 I’d break his legs and whaddya know, not one 5.

17-3 victory to me, I was going second, 5 objectives quarters. The deep striking storm troopers doing some business but the Vendettas and Hydras showing what they’re capable of when the dice aren’t insanely frustrating. Maybe I should’ve eaten this:
which I found in the local petrol station near Queen’s…
James Jennings and his opponent compare sizes…

The Bunny Killer Alec Cornelius picked up 2nd place and the Warheads came first overall out of the clubs. Jan Karnowski came first with his Kan Wall Orks. Jan was unstoppable (except at pool, right Jan? 😉 ) and even beat his bane list, Dark Eldar venom spam commanded by fellow Team Northern Ireland player Rowan Sheridan. I ended up in 14th, can’t complain after that first day I suppose!
Great weekend and I’ll be back in Belfast soon to visit all the friends we made, on top of going to Coleraine to hopefully do something with the Beasts of War, going to Ballymena for Dominion Day and visiting James Jennings and his lovely fiancee for a weekend of gaming and such.
Thanks QCon, long may it go on!!
Joe

Q-Con – Part 1

Hey folks, a write up about QCon this weekend just passed in Queen’s University Belfast run by the local gaming and anime group the Dragonslayers. This event had more than 1,800 attendees before the staff gave up counting and was hands down the best event (both best run and best craic, best value for money and friendliest) I’ve been to since I started gaming.

You’ll notice the Northern Ireland ETC logo up at the top, that’s because Jonny Fisher, Team Northern Ireland’s veteran Captain was running the 40k event and (it being NI’s biggest event) used it to advertise to potentially interested gamers about getting on the Northern Irish team and the work Team NI do in the North. Surrounded by some controversy recently because of his comments regarding some gamers not travelling to as many events as others there was some worry of boycotting after some key Cork wargamers declared their non attendance at Jonny Fisher associated events but this looks like it didn’t affect attendance since 50 wargamers showed up for 40k on the first day (with a DBM Historical wargames tournament right next door).


Also advertised was Ireland’s central wargaming forum w-ired as well as upcoming events north and south of the border.

There were plenty of nicely painted models and armies and as always our custom dice:



So an experimental list (isn’t it always?!):
[HQ]
Company Command Squad [50]
4 Flamers [20]
Astropath [30]
Krak Grenades [5]

[ELITES]Storm Trooper Squad [85]
2 Melta Guns [20]
1 Plasma Pistol [10]

Storm Trooper Squad [85]
2 Plasma Guns [30]
1 Plasma Pistol [10]

Storm Trooper Squad [85]
2 Melta Guns [20]

[TROOPS]Platoon Command Squad [30]
3 x Flamers [15]
1 Heavy Flamer [20]

Infantry Squad [50]

Infantry Squad [50]

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Platoon Command Squad [30]
3 x Flamers [15]
1 Heavy Flamer [20]

Infantry Squad [50]

Infantry Squad [50]

[FAST ATTACK]Vendetta [130]
Heavy Bolters [10]

Vendetta [130]
Heavy Bolters [10]

Vendetta [130]
Heavy Bolters [10]

[HEAVY SUPPORT]Hydra Flak Battery
2 x Hydras [150]

Hydra Flak Battery
1 x Hydra [75]

Hydra Flak Battery
1 x Hydra [75]

Bit of a strange one I agree but bear with it, it’s only 1,500 points, 250 lower than the Irish scene normally caters for and it still has 16 twin linked autocannon shots, 4 deep striking meltaguns and 9 twin linked lascannons so medium mech shouldn’t prove too much hassle.

Or so I thought. Man oh man how wrong was I. I forgot one important aspect of my plan…. Dice. Those that know me know I never blame dice but this is a special occasion. First matchup, Sisters of Battle, no extra armour transports, one squad with meltaguns and the rest had flamers. So just the excorcists to take out and a canoness with wings and eviscerator. Got side armour with 3 of my hydras and all of my vendettas just on the deployment and scout move (me going first)! This should be straight forward, 9 twin linked lascannons and 6 twin linked autocannons in the side of rhinos and excorcists! Turns out the dice had different plans.

Seize the initiative roll for my opponent….this wasn’t too bad actually, I had 4+ saves on the vendettas and still had deep striking melta and hydras to take care of business.

Again the dice had different plans. Below is a picture of his lone canoness hitting my vendetta on 6’s. Blows the hell out of it. Then the guys inside get pinned.

My original set up.

And the dice continued to horrify for the rest of the game he literally walked most of his sisters across the bored when I managed to stun their transports (after taking the excorcist launchers off the excorcists (but the excorcists were fine, just no weapon?!!?)…
Ok no big deal, they’re just dice and I have 4 more games.
Next up a similar list to my ETC Chaos list but optimised for 1,500 points and with an extra Lash Prince.
Really nicely converted Nurgle Rhino….

And the list, 3 oblit (2 man) squads, plague marines and princes.

My opponent was relatively new to the tournament scene and I knew the list well so I had high hopes of getting some points here. My opponent let me go first and (it being Dawn of War) I brought on the Hydras (for those delicious kill points called daemon princes) and the vendettas (to outshoot the oblits with me going first). This all went to plan perfectly actually, all the dice were totally fine, except his. His obliterators took 6 turns to kill one in one squad and all of my deep striking storm troopers to kill the other. At one point his lone obliterator (who only had to sneeze to take out a vendetta (in fact the whole game he didn’t get any 1,2,3 or 4s on his penetrating table rolls….) made 11 consecutive 5+ saves.

Deep striking Storm Troopers….on suicide duty all weekend. Also failed to take down that list oblit.

Another loss. In fact I’m pretty sure I heard those (not even in cover) Obliterators say:

Part 2 coming soon….

Youngbloods: Pearce ‘Red Thirst’ Condren

Hey all,

Joey here with a new mini series looking at some of the up and coming faces on the Irish scene. I’ll start off with a good friend of mine and Dublin Games Guild player Pearce Condren. Currently sitting in a comfortable 21st position on the Irish Rankings, this die hard Blood Angels player has been gaining noteriety over the past year as a young player who’s willing to practice hard and try new lists to get to the top of the pile.

His tournament performances over the past year reflect well his time learning the fine trade of competitive play and have resulted in a player not intimidated by tournament games but eagre to play after each one. A spread of mid table results at Dominicon, Warpcon, Retcon and Gaelcon show a player who is comfortable with his rules knowledge and I have little doubt that his first tournament win is on the way in the coming season or two.
His thoughts on Blood Angels, particularly culminating in the list he’ll be using this coming season, are well documented. While not set in stone his list ideas tend to revolve around few, if survivable scoring units and hard hitting assault units with fragile delivery systems:

    Librarian

    Assault Squad
    Land Raider

    Assault Squad
    Land Raider

    Assault Squad
    Meltabomb
    Meltagun

    Stormraven

    Stormraven

    Furioso Dreadnought

    Furioso Dreadnought

    Assault Terminators
    5 Thunder Hammers
    5 Storm Shields

Lists like this show me a player who’s not afraid to think for himself and add units in that feel right rather than those that look right on paper. While it’s certainly not my kind of list, in the hands of the right player it has the potential to do damage and enough redundancy to ensure that close games stay close.

Having the ability to play against quality opponents such as John Stowe (Northern Ireland Vice Captain 2011), Paul Quigley (Republic of Ireland Vice Captain 2011), Mike Tangney, Philip Johnston every Wednesday night in Dublin has gone lengths to greatly improving young Pearce’s game.

Let’s hope his Leaving Cert this year doesn’t hinder him from getting to the top and then having to make the tough decision of going to Poland in 2012 with Team Northern Ireland or Team Republic of Ireland.

Painting Competition

It’s Competition time folks!

The Warheads in association with Gamers World are running a painting competition.

It will hopefully end up being a quaterly event with Categories verying from single model to Duels and tanks. But for our inaugural event we have the Small Base Painting Competition, the rules are as follows:

The Categories:

  • Warhammer 40,000: Any Single model on a 25mm Base.
  • Warhammer Fantasy Battle: Any Single model on a 20 or 25 mm base
  • Hordes and Warmachine: Any Single model on a ‘small’ base size.
  • Open: Any other games system with a base of appropriate size

The rules:

  • All entrants must be in by the 31st of July.
  • Entries can be emailed to painting(at)onthestep(dot)net; this must consist of: two (2) photos of the model, and your real name.
  • Voting will occur from the 1st of August to midnight on the 7th of August
  • Voting will be via a poll on OntheStep.net, a forum account will be required.
  • Voting will be blind- as in you’ll see the model but not who painted it until the results!
  • Winners will be announced on OntheStep.net and in Gamers World

Other notes:
I will be available to take photos of models on most Thursdays if you do not have a suitable camera. Send me a message either here or to painting(at)onthestep(dot)net to arrange a time.

Registering on the forum will take no more than 5 minutes.

You may enter multiple categories- it’s actually reccommended!

I look forward to seeing the entrants and good luck to you all!

The 40k Ranking Vote

Hey all,

as many of you are aware there is a pretty important vote currently on how Ranking events should be ranked, i.e. what criteria should they match.
Jonny Fisher in another thread summed up his views on why the voting has become so geographical between the three proposals and I think this view represents a view possibly held by more than just Mr. Fisher in the 40k scene here in Ireland:

People might also notice that the voting is pretty much following lines of geography, with players from Dublin and further north voting for Bristolscale7, and players from the south and west voting for Floody. Why might this be?
Well here’s my theory:
The tournaments in NI and Dublin, are generally cheaper and better organised than those in the south and west, which get higher attendances. Go to any event and you’ll find a bunch of Dubs and Nordies, as for the Cork, Galway and Limerick crowd, not so much.
Currently you’re pretty much forced to go to the big events if you want to do well in the rankings. I think that players in the south and west are worried that if Bristolscale7’s proposal wins, that the greater number of fully ranked events will have a detrimental effect on attendances at their own events. If players had a greater choice in which fully pointed events to attend, there’s a risk that they might choose to go to the better organised ones, and not just the ones that have been traditionally bigger.

So vote for Bristolscale7 and a level playing field (with adequate terrain of course)!

– Jonny Fisher

To see this view in context and the subsequent rebuttles from those with differing views see the original thread here.

Astute readers may notice the strange title to this thread:


named so because of what Padraic O’Confhaola claims is misleading canvassing on behalf of one of the proposals creators, Richard Flood of the Warheads and ETC Warhammer 40,000 Captain 2011 for Ireland.

It should be noted that this is a time of change for the 40k ranking scene (still relatively young in Ireland) so while it may look like all parties disagree, most agree on the broader points of each proposed ranking system and differ only slightly in their views of ranking events.

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