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Dominicon: Return of the Guard

Once again, the War Altar decides to brighten up your day with colour. Let’s see what Dominicon tells us about the state of Irish 40K. For the sake of context, Dominicon was a 1750, ETC 2011 tournament. The attendees were largely Dublin-area gamers with a large Northern contingent. The list submission and painting scores have been stripped from the equation and we are dealing only with pure battle points.

Firstly, we have the percentage of players using each codex. The major change from Gaelcon is the re-emergence of the Imperial Guard. From nowhere, they return to claim a strong fifth of the field. We see further consolidation towards the better books as the top four codexes were used by 68% of the players. The Tyranids, Tau and former Necron codexes remain dead, dead, dead. Strangely, Black Templars appear to have vanished once more.
Now, we look at proportionate shares of the total battle points. Grey Knights, Dark Angels and Dark Eldar all perform well above par, roughly in line with the previous tournament. Eldar and Blood Angels continue to march firmly down the middle of the road. There are some surprising misfires and one that… isn’t. The poor performance of the Space Marines is unsurprising and consistent with previous results. Not so elsewhere, we would expect Space Wolves and Imperial Guard to do better.

Based on average score, Dark Angels are the best codex ever. But only when played by Alec, the 40k Irish Master. Let’s try to disregard that anomaly. The Dark Eldar narrowly pip Grey Knights as both armies perform very strongly. As previously stated, Space Wolves and Guard perform poorly. Anecdotally, there was a large proportion of less optimised lists from both armies, which may have skewed the figures. It should be noted that despite a poor showing, they remain well clear of the godforsaken Space Marines.

So, another tournament and the stats continue to support what we all really suspect. Oh, well.

From the current information, Assault on Arkham was largely Northern players and Moocon was largely Southern players. This is… interesting as the next set of charts might show some regional variations. More importantly, we should start seeing the impact of the new Necrons and identify the impact of the move from 1750 to 1000 points.

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)

The R0ot of All Evil Vol. 5.1 (Maynard’s Deathwatch RPG)

* What’s this you say 2 R0ot of all Evils in one day? Haha that’s right your getting twice the shite for free! *

Dear Maynooth Douchebags, I wish to complain about the poorly run RPG that I attended on the Sunday afternoon which started almost 2 hours late and was very poorly run. I would like to propose that this rpg GM be banned from attending any future Dominicon conventions and if possible he be castrated for such a poor performance.

Putting a Deathwatch kill team up against 5 humans and then 5 Fire warriors is not a challenge and should not be considered as such then the GM complaining that we are ridiculously overpowered shows this organizers lack of organization and obvious lack of knowledge of the game (I refer to my previous castration comment).

Also picking on one player more than others having their armour malfunction on a huge number of occasions is biased and unfair. Not preparing for our perception sucking and very poor heal rolls left him dumbfounded and lost.

Continuity was not maintained and even though this rpg was essentially zero cost I wish to request that the GM pay me and the other poor saps he conned into his game the cost of our Dominicon tickets.

DIAF Maynard, DIAF!

* This was a special broadcast by the R0ot of all Evil and won’t happen again we shall return to normal broadcasting shortly *

Opponents 3/5 (5 humans and fire warriors then to a Lictor and Crisis suit out of nowhere?)
Venue 5/5 (Lovely warm secluded room yay!)
Food 2/5 (those crisps were shit Joe, but the free coke yay!)
Rules Pack 5/5 (Thank you games workshop)
Terrain/Tables 3/5 (You lose points for not always drawing 3D maps / pictures)
Organization 3/5 (dude wtf? bring you GM card!)
Prizes 0/5 (ghey)
Value for Money 5/5 (it was free, but I want my money back!)

Overall 20/20

Total score of 46/60 and if you can’t tell the above is a piss take and thank you Maynard for providing us with some Sunday morning/afternoon entertainment and I’d love to do it again even if my armour is hugely malfunctional although more hordes please!

(I don’t think I could do better tbh so fair play Maynard!)

The R0ot of All Evil Vol. 5 (Dominicon of Steel)

*So fucking cold this weekend, feck you Irish weather! Wait what? I have to leave the house in this shit? Feck …. *

Ah for fecks sake lads what’s with all this waking up early for registration and then registration not being ready yet?! Starting 30 minutes late also needs to be looked into as that’s an extra 30 minutes I could have spent asleep.

The pre-submission date, for the love of god post it in the actual threads/advertisements you do not at the bottom of the rulespack on a separate page.

I have heard of this magical device known as a projector that puts your computer screen and displays it on a large type of screen thing and guess what all the lecture rooms are fitted with them guys! It’s there, use it don’t spend 10 minutes writing up the match ups/tables numbers (and then actually having to change them a few times) when you can easily project it when it’s ready.

Ah come on once again no tea/coffee for the con goers/war gamers it’s cheap and effective and there should be €50 (at like the absolute bloody max) in the budget for it.

I hate sounding like a broken record….. no wait I do actually love it so here it comes again:

DEDICATED SCORE MONKEY PLEASE, then you have the freedom to have your two judges roaming around sorting everything else which is needed at an event that has 30+ people.

Odd number of players does happen so plan for it with a bye buster list as this throws all the damn nonsense of “what do we give this guy in points so as to not to feck with the overall tournament”.

When you penalize people for painting scores you either coat everyone with the same brush (pardon the pun) or you let them all away with it, Flying bases need to be painted/based you say? Then ALL FLYING BASES need to be painted based this includes your lovely land speeders etc.

Food food food food food, there was previous deals at previous Dominicon events with pizza’s etc but none this year or nobody mentioned it to the war gamers? O’Briens being the pretty much overpriced thing it is was not sufficient (however thank you to the girl that showed up to do it, eeep this should be in the below part)

*Packs up my shit and saves it for the North*

Very very few complaints on this one so I’d like to start with the scores and a very big thanks to Paddy and Barnard for a smoothly run, efficient and fun tournament.

Opponents 5/5
Venue 5/5
Food 2/5
Rules Pack 5/5
Terrain/Tables 4½/5
Organization 4½/5
Prizes 5/5
Value for Money 5/5

Overall 17/20

So that’s a total score of 53/60, well done but a few things that could be looked at.

So lets go over these scores, opponents for the weekend were great, Gerry with his Necrons was a fantastically fun game where I got lucky with a turn 6 and a phase out and one point where we were arguing for each other on a rules query. Joseph with his guard (:hate:) was an unfortunate match up for myself but that’s the way it goes still a good game with bitching from myself probably more than usual and finally Derek with your guard where although it ended 6:1 kill points to me he beat me in victory points.

I was genuinely surprised by the turnout to Dominion …. I mean Dominicon of Steel, with 34 people showing up to play (then 3 not being able to due to no show/no army available, poor Dan) leaving 31 players for a 1 day tournament was to put it frankly impressive and again hats off to Paddy and everyone who showed up.

Thank you to anyone who dug deep and pulled out all the terrain, while 2 tables could have done with a bit more terrain/less huts and hills overall it was well set up, fair and plenty of it. Loads of room around each table so no butting of heads over space although one Space Wolf player did have to spend some time after sending his entire army hurtling to the ground (ouch).

The lack of Tea and coffee while probably out of the war gamers organisers hands should still be something every event should look into, it’s a great touch (man how many times have I said this) and cheap.

Price, wow seriously I can’t argue with the price here, €12 for the one day is well worth it especially with the turnout that showed up.

As said above you had a projector on hand and it should have been used, for more than just the final scores, why leave it idle?

* Might want to stop reading for a second as the next part could be construed as self promotion of the Warheads (which I am a member) *

I got to have a gander at Barnard using his FAQ (which needs a guide written on how to use easily) and his scoring program and I have to say once again I am very impressed. As he admits there are still some bugs that need to be worked out on both but for something he has built from scratch (minus the FAQ’s etc) it’s getting top marks from me and I would recommend people that think the same to get in contact with Barnard (Trget) on our forums http://www.onthestep.net .

* Okay I’m done you can start reading again *

The prizes were perfect for the event, while I’ve seen more prizes at other cons I add these to the value for money appreciation and overall organization so the only thing I can say is throw in a few more spot prizes, nothing huge a dice or a lamented sheet award would do.

A big thank you to everyone who came to this as I loved every minute of it and have to say the quality of the Irish Tournament scene is outstanding but has room for improvement like everything does! Thanks again to Barnard, Paddy, everyone I played, my club mates and everyone who listened to my drivel and read this post.

Next up: Assault on Arkam

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