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ETC Army Predictions

The Irish 40k team for the Border Shield and Six Nations teams have been announced. It’s exactly the team I would have chosen and represents the absolute best available. I assume the Nordies are suitably terrified by this year’s dream team.

1. Mike Tangney
2. Paul Quigley
3. Richard Flood
4. Jannick Rottgen
5. Alec Cornelius
6. Dan Ahern
7. Philip Johnston
8. Peter Scott

It is said that one should prepare to fight the next war, not the last war. Bollix to that. 
By looking carefully at the last war, you see how to win the next one. So, what should they bring? It’s pretty easy. Let’s look at the highest scoring lists from last year’s ETC.

Army Games Points/army AVG points/battle
Grey Knights 119 1329 11.1681
Witch Hunters 30 335 11.1667
Tau 6 66 11.0000
Dark Eldar 70 730 10.4286
Black Templars 46 473 10.2826
Eldar 83 842 10.1446
Blood Angels 130 1315 10.1154
Space Wolves 142 1436 10.1127
Chaos Space Marines 95 957 10.0737
Orks 131 1295 9.8855
Chaos Daemons 30 290 9.6667
Imperial Guard 130 1196 9.2000
Tyranids 66 590 8.9394
Space Marines 52 456 8.7692
Necrons 6 52 8.6667

Immediately, I strip out the Tau and Witch-hunters. The former are too small a sample, the latter no longer exist. This gives us seven codexes running ahead of the win-loss curve. I pick all of them.

There are five power armoured armies, Grey Knights, Black Templars, Blood Angels, Space Wolves and Chaos Space Marines. Both types of Eldar are in, Dark and Regular. That leaves one space which we all know has to be given to the Necrons.

With that list, we turn to the players. We’ve got six codexes which have obvious matches. Each of the below is the best in the country with their army and their armies are on the list. Let’s divide them out.

Necrons: Paul
Grey Knights: Floody
Eldar: Jannick
Dark Eldar: Alec
Space Wolves: Phil
Chaos: Peter

That leaves two players without armies and two armies to assign. Both Dan and Mike are strong players who have successfully played several codexes so this isn’t likely to prove difficult. I’d give Mike the Templars and Dan the Angels. No real reason for it apart from a sneaking suspicion that Dan has access to a Blood Angels army in Cork and the DGG have at least two or three Templar armies knocking about the club.

Black Templars: Mike
Blood Angels: Dan

We won’t be going into any detail as to the likely composition of those armies. But I suspect that the tournament veterans amongst us already have a few ideas. They might also wonder at the inclusion of the Dark Eldar, a codex which is proving a mite vulnerable of late. I’m including it on the assumption that it’s used as an early attacking list.

The team will also need Imperial Guard (Leafblower) and Eldar (Footdar) counter lists. Dark Eldar can deal with the latter, very well. I also suspect that we can find a Necron build that would make the Guard cry.

(Credit to http://etc2011-results.iis.cz/index.php for the stats.)

Newsflash: The Scarab Spring

Dark tidings from the North. It appears that following the overthrow of our good friends in Libya, the grim spectre of anarchy has reared its malformed head in our fair republic. We are receiving sketchy reports that the Dublin Games Guild has overthrown the benevolent rule of the Warheads and seized the title of “Best Irish 40K Club”. Faced with the fall of their only slightly tyrannical regime, Warhead supporters have responded calmly and reasonably, taking to the streets to express their mild concerns in a dignified manner.

And there is cause for concern, comrades, we have evidence that the DGG has formed a pact with the most unholy, trading their very souls for mere temporal power. Behold your new “President”, Quigley. Formerly of the fifth circle of hell itself. He will eat your babies.

The first act of the Quigley regime was the restoration of the Johnston Monarchy. This hapless fop, whose family fled with much of the treasury during the glorious revolution of 2010, has pledged to “return and trample those filthy peasants into the mire”. Expect mass starvation within weeks.

We also regret to report that Great Comrade Leader Joseph Cullen was cornered in a sewer while heroically hiding, captured through dastardly means involving a trail of Terminators leading out of the pipe and is now being displayed like an animal. Truly, this “Games Guild” are no more than modern day Huns. Their barbarism knows no bounds.

Several high ranking military officials from the former government have donned, frankly, shoddy disguises and are attempting to flee the country. Their absence has hastened the collapse of what will be remembered as a just era of unprecedented prosperity.

Some members of the old regime remain at large with the Comrade Minister for Internal Security having captured several unlucky tourists. He has sworn to keep executing hostages until the Great Leader is released or at least forced to wear a shirt.

Many documents have allegedly been captured detailing the Warheads’ involvement in gun running and human trafficking. Please, citizens, remember that these accusations are only half true. War Criminal Stowe can be seen below, frantically falsifying police reports.

 Although, it is said that an amnesty will be granted to lower-ranking Warheads, Comrade Minister for Communication has specifically been excluded from any such deal. From an unknown location, he released a statement declaring that the Warheads were still the No.1 Club and that he would beat his enemies with shoes.

These are the darkest of days, I hope some of us survive to see brighter, happier times. Sniff.

…………….. I’m sorry, it appears our studio is being …………… ow,ow, ow, stop hitting me, I’m not saying that ………………. ow, ow, ow, ow, okay, okay, I’ll say it ………….

Seriously, though, congratulations to the Dublin Games Guild. Your successes are noted and know we’ll be waiting in the wings to pounce. 😉

Dominicon 2011 (Final Update)

So, dear players, you left Maynooth just in time. Two hours after your departure, the Dominicon staff wandered off to celebrate. Whereupon an unprecendented power cut plunged all of Maynooth Village into darkness. Our convention ended, medieval style, as we all gathered in a darkened alehouse to drink and relax after a weekend of hard labour.

I’d like to thank Gamer’s World, Brian McKenzie, Richard Flood, Tristram Hills and Barra Mac Niochaill for the terrain. I’d alaso like to thank Barnard Kroon for his stellar work behind the podium. And all our players for making the trip to our neck of the woods.

And the final standings for both 40k and Fantasy. The bolded score is the player’s final score, it is preceded by battlepoints, painting and submission scores and followed by their victory point tally.

Fantasy Final Standings
1. Kevin Rothwell [VC] (77+20+10) 107 (6600)
2. James Fitzsimons [VC] (72+20+10) 102 (5218)
3. Ivan McGowan [LZD] (61+20+10) 91 (1962)
4. Malcolm Cooney [LZD] (58+20+10) 88 (1273)
5. Richard Morrison [DE] (56+20+10) 86 (346)
6. Barry Lynch [CD] (55+20+10) 85 (608)
7. Matt Hamill [DoC] (52+20+10) 82 (943)
8. Colin Power [LZD] 50+20+10) 80 (-17)
9. Mick Wendel [OGRE] (50+20+10) 80 (-386)
10. Fergus Finch [HE] (45+20+10) 75 (-641)
11. David Wade [WoC] (37+20+10) 67 (-2160)
12. Phil Connolly [WoC] (32+20+10) 62 (-5080)
13. Chris Mince [WoC] (29+20+10) 59 (-4189)
14. Brian Dolan [LZD] (26+15+10) 51 (-4477)

40K Final Standings
1. Richard Flood [GK] (79+20+10) 109 (2828)
2. Tristram Hills [IG] (67+20+10) 97 (2345)
3. Alec Cornelius [DA] (66+20+10) 96 (1624)
4. Paul Quigley [DE] (65+20+10) 95 (1898)
5. Brian McKenzie [GK] (62+20+10) 92 (510)
6. Mike Tangney [ELD] (69+20+0) 89 (2635)
7. Barra Mac Niochaill [ELD] (57+20+10) 87 (466)
8. Philip Johnston [SW] (56+20+10) 86 (-414)
9. Alan Marshall [DE] (55+20+10) 85 (1399)
10. Dan Ahern [IG] (62+20+0) 82 (2554)
11. Jonny Fisher [GK] (51+20+10) 81 (1466)
12. Cian O’Dowd [IG] (50+20+10) 80 (-1499)
13. Ulick O’Sullivan [SW] (49+20+10) 79 (641)
14. Pearce Condren [BA] (53+15+10) 78 (776)
15. Dale Fisher [[SW] (49+15+10) 74 (1706)
16. Chris Rooney [BA] (48+15+10) 73 (-948)
17. Ryan McMullen [SW] (42+20+10) 72 (-2213)
18. Patrick Finnegan [SM] (42+20+10) 72 (-2896)
19. Alan Condren [SM] (39+20+10) 69 (-2440)
20. Derek Bieniek [GK] (35+20+10) 65 (-1983)
21. Francis Mahon [ELD] (27+20+10) 57 (-3752)
22. Stephen McCarthy [IG] (26+20+10) 56 (-4161)
23. Sam Dowzard [IG] (29+20+0) 49 (-366)
24. Cormac Ó Tuairisg [SW] (22+20+0) 42 (-176)

Dominicon 2011 (Update 5)


Apologies for the collapse of the live blogging project. I was forced to jump in as a bye buster in the last round. The last two rounds below and the final standing will be following shortly.

Fantasy Round 4
Ivan McGowan:Kevin Rothwell
480:192
11:9
Malcolm Cooney:Mick Wendel
217:396
9:11
Matt Hamill:James Fitzsimons
646:2782
0:20
David Wade:Brian Dolan
2508:885
20:0
Richard Morrison:Fergus Finch
946:256
14:6
Phil Connolly:Chris Mince
2333:1969
12:8
Colin Power:Barry Lynch
452:2694
0:20
Fantasy Round 5
Kevin Rothwell:James Fitzsimons
731:1053
8:12
Ivan McGowan:Malcolm Cooney
1205:1200
10:10
Richard Morrison:David Wade
2086:413
20:0
Matt Hamill:Mick Wendel
1214:901
12:8
Fergus Finch:Barry Lynch
1027:1793
5:15
Phil Connolly:Colin Power
363:2724
0:20
Brian Dolan:Chris Mince
2400:0
20:0
40k Round 4
Richard Flood:Alan Marshall
1517:245
19:1
Tristram Hills:Paul Quigley
908:855
14:6
Alec Cornelius:Brian McKenzie
853:1037
8:12
Barra Mac Niochaill:Dan Ahern
400:729
10:10
Cian O’Dowd:Jonny Fisher
666:535
14:6
Alan Condren:Cormac O Tuairisg
0:0
20:0
Ryan McMullen:Mike Tangney
580:1620
1:19
Derek Bieniek:Sam Dowzard
765:983
16:4
Francis Mahon:Philip Johnston
0:1750
0:20
Patrick Finnegan:Pearce Condren
255:916
3:17
Chris Rooney:Ulick O’Sullivan
0:1750
0:20
Stephen McCarthy:Dale Fisher
234:1077
2:18
40K Round 5
Tristram Hills:Richard Flood
1069:623
8:12
Alec Cornelius:Ulick O’Sullivan
1750:575
20:0
Brian McKenzie:Mike Tangney
797:1020
8:12
Alan Marshall:Paul Quigley
830:1137
5:15
Jonny Fisher:Ryan McMullen
919:604
14:6
Cian O’Dowd:Barra Mac Niochaill
488:995
7:13
Pearce Condren:Philip Johnston
1321:871
8:12
Patrick Finnegan:Sam Dowzard
757:588
16:4
Alan Condren:Dan Ahern
180:1618
0:20
Derek Bieniek:Dale Fisher
260:1292
4:16
Francis Mahon:Chris Rooney
800:1750
0:20
Stephen McCarthy:Cormac O Tuairisg
0:0
20:0

Dominicon 2011 (Update 4)

It’s Sunday morning and all is well. The Dominicon charity auction went well, with lots of 2nd edition Citadel lots, Space Crusade units, pre-2nd ed items, OOP Gorkamorka stuff, things that no-one could identify and the Mystery Brick of Magic Cards.

And now the latest from the front.

Fantasy Round 3
Kevin Rothwell:James Fitzsimons
2410:375
20:0
Matt Hamill:Barry Lynch
2470:492
20:0
Ivan McGowan:Malcolm Cooney
384:315
10:10
Fergus Finch:Colin Power
1292:883
12:8
Richard Morrison:David Wade
1055:590
13:7
Phil Connolly:Mick Wendel
1060:2699
0:20
Brian Dolan:Chris Mince
1204:1939
6:14

1. Kevin Rothwell 60 (7210)
2. Matt Hamill 40 (2766)
3. James Fitzsimons 40 (2760)
4. Ivan McGowan 40 (1669)
5. Malcolm Cooney 39 (1457)
6. Fergus Finch 34 (815)
7. Mick Wendel 31 (-252)
8. Colin Power 30 (-136)
9. Richard Morrison 22 (-2017)
10. Chris Mince 21 (-1425)
11. Barry Lynch 20 (-2400)
12. Phil Connolly 20 (-3083)
13. David Wade 17 (-2110)
14. Brian Dolan 6 (-5254)

40k Round 3 
Richard Flood:Dan Ahern
1555:678
18:2
Tristram Hills:Jonny Fisher
1188:682
17:3
Brian McKenzie:Mike Tangney
559:438
12:8
Alec Cornelius:Alan Marshall
681:1555
6:14
Ryan McMullen:Cormac O Tuairisg
1125:625
17:3
Cian O’Dowd:Alan Condren
1157:910
14:6
Chris Rooney:Barra Mac Niochaill
833:1138
8:12
Pearce Condren:Francis Mahon
837:561
12:8
Philip Johnston:Paul Quigley
306:1534
0:20
Patrick Finnegan:Dale Fisher
518:520
16:4
Stephen McCarthy:Sam Dowzard
725:1039
4:16
Derek Bieniek:Ulick O’Sullivan
463:1220
3:17

1. Alan Marshall 49 (2978)
2. Richard Flood 48 (2002)
3. Tristram Hills 45 (1846)
4. Paul Quigley 44 (1644)
5. Brian McKenzie 42 549
6. Mike Tangney 38 (1372)
7. Alec Cornelius 38 (633)
8. Ryan McMullen 35 (-858)
9. Barra Mac Niochaill 34 (288)
10. Dan Ahern 32 (787)
11. Jonny Fisher 31 (1282)
12. Ulick O’Sullivan 29 (66)
13. Cian O’Dowd 29 (-1123)
14. Chris Rooney 28 (-148)
15. Pearce Condren 28 (-335)
16. Francis Mahon 27 (-1052)
17. Philip Johnston 24 (-1714)
18. Patrick Finnegan 23 (-2404)
19. Cormac O Tuairisg 22 (-176)
20. Sam Dowzard 21 (-415)
21. Alan Condren 19 (-1002)
22. Dale Fisher 15 (-169)
23. Derek Bieniek 15 (-733)
24. Stephen McCarthy 4 (-3318)

Dominicon 2011 (Update 3)

Bizarre news from the Iron Kingdoms. Cygnar actually win something. Kinda.
Plus Fantasy and 40k results from round 2.

Warmahordes Final Standings

Name/Faction/Strength of Schedule/Control Points/Points Cost Destroyed

1. Gerry Nolan (Legion) 3-4-4-113
2. Noel Flynn (Cygnar) 2-6-0-99
3. Stuart Gorman (Circle) 2-5-0-75
4. Anthony O’Reilly (Trolls) 2-4-1-65
5. Owen Conlon (Legion) 1-5-0-32
6. Tony O’Hare (Cygnar) 1-5-0-15
7. Siskey (Menoth) 1-4-1-14

Round 1
Neol puts down Siskey.
Owen breezes past Ghost, the invisible bye player.
Stuart slaps Anthony around.
Gerry beats on Tony.

Round 2
Siskey avenges himself on Ghost.
Anthony beats his near namesake, Tony.
Noel storms past Stuart.
Gerry slaps Owen back down.

Round 3
Tony sees off the plucky Ghost.
Anthony compounds Owen’s day of defeat.
Stuart does likewise, beating Siskey.
And Gerry takes on his latest challenger, Noel. And wins. Again.

40k Round 2 
Richard Flood:Paul Quigley
1300:740
13:7
Brian McKenzie:Cormac O Tuairisg
745:313
16:4
Tristram Hills:Alec Cornelius
1360:1265
8:12
Philip Johnston:Jonny Fisher
660:1486
8:12
Barra Mac Niochaill:Alan Marshall
364:1300
4:16
Francis Mahon:Derek Bieniek
429:449
14:6
Ryan McMullen:Sam Dowzard
600:1039
16:4
Pearce Condron:Ulick O’Sullivan
832:1103
12:8
Cian O’Dowd:Dale Fisher
731:1125
12:8
Alan Condren:Dan Ahern
343:1750
0:20
Patrick Finnegan:Mike Tangney
0:1750
0:20
Stephen McCarthy:Chris Rooney
348:1750
0:20
Fantasy Round 2
 Ivan McGowan:Chris Mince
2322:724
20:0
Fergus Finch:David Wade
2600:957
20:0
Colin Power:Malcolm Cooney
692:981
9:11
Matt Hamill:Kevin Rothwell
428:2615
0:20
Barry Lynch:James Fitzsimons
175:2650
0:20
Phil Connolly:Brian Dolan
2313:782
20:0
Richard Morrison:Mick Wendel
1590:1752
9:11

Dominicon 2011 (Update 2)

Round 1 Matches
Here are the quick and dirty results for round 1. It’s not pretty but the info is there.

Fantasy
Kevin Rothwell:Brian Dolan
3028:40
20:0
Barry Lynch:Mick Wendel
2425:372
20:0
Colin Power:Chris Mince
1665:1103
13:7
Ivan McGowan:David Wade
1173:1171
10:10
Fergus Finch:Malcolm Cooney
726:1963
2:18
Richard Morrison:James Fitzsimons
425:2745
0:20
Phil Connolly:Matt Hamill
524:3499
0:20
40k
Tristram Hills:Chris Rooney
1750:505
20:0
Alan Marshall:Sam Dowzard
1476:308
19:1
Barra Mac Niochaill:Ryan McMullen
1240:321
18:2
Richard Flood:Dale Fisher
761:196
17:3
Jonny Fisher:Ulick O’Sullivan
1247:285
16:4
Dan Ahern:Mike Tangney
861:604
10:10
Patrick Finnegan:Alan Condren
470:1122
7:13
Derek Bieniek:Brian McKenzie
540:536
6:14
Francis Mahon:Cormac O Tuairisg
40:796
5:15
Pearce Condron:Philip Johnston
888:1228
4:16
Cian O’Dowd:Paul Quigley
642:1618
3:17
Stephen McCarthy:Alec Cornelius
148:1750
0:20

Dominicon 2011 (Update 1)

Right, let’s see if we can do this. The plan is round by round updates of the various tournaments running in Maynooth over the weekend.

Warmachine/Hordes (After 2 rounds)
1. Noel Flynn 2
2. Gerry Nolan 2
3. Stuart Gorman 1
4. Owen Conlon 1
5. Siskey 1
6. Anthony O’Reilly 1
7. Tony O’Hare 0

Fantasy (After 1 round)
1. Kevin Rothwell 20 (2988)
2. Matt Hamill 20 (2975)
3. James Fitzsimons 20 (2320)
4. Barry Lynch 20 (2053)
5. Malcolm Cooney 18 (1237)
6. Colin Power 13 (562)
7. Ivan McGowan 10 (2)
8. David Wade 10 (-2)
9. Chris Mince 7 (-562)
10. Fergus Finch 2 (-1237)
11. Mick Wendel 0 (-2053)
12. Richard Morrison 0 (-2320)
13. Phil Connolly 0 (-2975)
14. Brian Dolan 0 (-2988)

40k (After 1 round)
1. Alec Cornelius 20 (1602)
2. Tristram Hills 20 (1245)
3. Alan Marshall 19 (1168)
4. Barra Mac Niochaill 18 (919)
5. Paul Quigley 17 (976)
6. Richard Flood 17 (565)
7. Jonny Fisher 16 (962)
8. Philip Johnston 16 (340)
9. Cormac Ó Tuairisg 15 (-756)
10. Brian McKenzie 14 (-4)
11. Alan Condren 13 (652)
12. Dan Ahern 10 (257)
13. Mike Tangney 10 (-257)
14. Patrick Finnegan 7 (-652)
15. Derek Bieniek 6 (4)
16. Francis Mahon 5 (756)
17. Pearce Condron 4 (-340)
18. Ulick O’Sullivan 4 (-962)
19. Dale Fisher 3 (-565)
20. Cian O’Dowd 3 (-976)
21. Ryan McMullen 2 (-919)
22. Sam Dowzard 1 (-1168)
23. Chris Rooney 0 (-1245)
24. Stephen McCarthy 0(-1602)

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.

The Root of All Evil Special (Part 2 of 2)

The 2011 40k Masters

In honour of the previous author, we introduce the bonus round. Here, I shall penalise the organisers for every tiny piddling error, strip them of their hard earned points before sending them on their way, hopefully in tears. Unlike the previous authors, I will provide inrefutable proof of all my wild assertions.


Projector not on. (-10 points)


Score cards not water/beer proofed. (-10 points)


Overly attractive delete everything button. (-10 points)


Presence of counter-revolutionary swine. (-10 points)


Organiser exposed himself to children. (-10 points)


Criminals shipped in to play, replacing Irish talent. (-10 points)


Judges appeared under-skilled. (-10 points)


Organisers attacked my cameraman. (-10 points)


Some treats were wrapped, difficult to open. (-10 points)

So, when all factors have been taken into consideration, that leaves the total at 5/100 points. However, as the projector is clearly off (again) in the final shot, I feel duty-bound to dock the tournament an additional 10 points. Translated into the old scoring system, that leaves the Irish Masters on a disreputable -1/20.

[Ed: Part 1 can be found here]

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