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ETC 2012 Final Results

Well another ETC has passed and as the dust settles, one thing is for sure: England put a very strong showing in this year, winning the 40K and are rumoured to have come 3rd in Fantasy.

More after the break. UPDATE- now with Fantasy results

Team Ireland have managed their first top ten finish in 40K ETC history. Well done to Mike and the boys for an impressive 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. The final results are here, courtesy of the 40kETC wordpress page.

Congratulations to Team Northern Ireland for finally popping their ETC cherry by beating the Dutch and the Norwegians!

Warhammer 40,000 Results
WFB Final Results

Place – TEAM – VP Total – Actual BP – Modified BP – Penalty
1 POLAND 29978 631 564
2 AUSTRIA 5108 564 536
3 ENGLAND 13102 554 530
4 DENMARK 16917 551 526 -1
5 GERMANY 9381 547 523
6 FRANCE 7874 525 521 -2
7 GREECE 8301 531 518
8 SWEDEN 5835 511 514
9 ITALY 6561 520 506 -1
10 FINLAND 4772 511 504
11 SPAIN 9792 528 500
12 UNITED STATES 1415 490 494
13 MALTA -1746 460 488
14 SCOTLAND 6009 498 487
15 NORWAY 4604 492 485
16 SINGAPORE 1687 491 485
17 AUSTRALIA -81 482 484
18 RUSSIA -6631 481 484
19 BELARUS -1599 468 474
20 NEW ZEALAND -2009 465 474
21 UNITED NATION -7715 444 465
22 IRELAND 887 463 462
23 UKRAINE -7179 457 462
24 CZECH -6923 449 459
25 NETHERLANDS -5609 440 457
26 LATVIA -8494 436 448
27 SERBIA -4364 443 447
28 BULGARIA -3574 424 444
29 NORTHERN IRELAND -10165 429 442
30 WALES -16637 399 441
31 BELGIUM -7529 425 438
32 SWITZERLAND -16728 396 424
33 CANADA -11577 418 418
34 HUNGARY -12761 393 416

The War on Two Fronts

So the North Down Gamer’s Hub up in Northern Ireland has run a couple of ranking tournaments recently for both Warhammer 40,000 and WHFB. We decided to catch up with Tom O’Reilly from Unite All Action to see what makes the North Down Gamers tick. Below we’ve included a few shots from last weekend’s tournament as well where Chris Britton (Warheads) grabbed first place and David McHugh (Warheads) nabbed third with their Grey Knights and Orks respectively.

3rd Place David ‘Jiggy’ McHugh (on the right) with Team Northern Ireland Captain Jonny Fisher (left).

Tournament winner Chris’ Grey Knights dominated the day.


We caught up with tournament organiser and NDGH member Tom O’Reilly for a few questions after the event and interspersed it with some pretty pictures:

War Altar: Hi Tom, hope you’re not too exhausted after the weekend?

Tom O’Reilly: No still plenty of energy 😉

WA: This is the 2nd ranking event you (The North Down Gamer’s Hub) have run this year, will we be seeing more in the future?

TO’R: I think for us we are still trying to find our feet, but yes we hope to do regular events on a monthly basis.

#David Attenborough voice: “The…wild Ork stalks a Rhino as its prey. A feast of this magnitude will surely get his Ork mistress off his back for at least an hour and a half.”

WA: This was a real club effort to get these events off the ground but some good advertising and smoothly run events seem to draw a returning crowd, what made your club want to get into running ranking events?

TO’R: Well that’s just that were not a gaming club as such, it’s mainly just a couple of guys that were inspired by other local events that we attended. And we thought we could do something very similar, and for me it was just an extension of my hobby.

The nibbles

WA: Once you start hitting numbers are the events going to become more than just one day or are one-day events what make running tournaments so plausible in quick succession?

TO’R: Ultimately you have to get the feeling on what gamers want, that’s first and foremost so 2 day tournaments is probably the way we will go at some stage, but like anything you can not take it for granted that you will be guaranteed to get people back.

North Down’s Michael Brough, a tough opponent with a great eye for painting. You may remember the name from his Sisters of Battle taking on my Imperial Guard way back during Round 1 of Q-Con last year.
 The trophies 

WA: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us Tom and congratulations on another well run event.
TO’R: That’s not a problem and we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that has made it so worthwhile to date, we certainly do the easy bit by organising the day to be as much fun as physically possible. But it’s the gamers out there locally that really do make it so worthwhile when you see them travelling as far as Dublin and Derry, to have a good day out, meeting new people and rolling some dice, after all that’s the number one rule; it’s all about having fun. So once again a big thank you to everyone.

“Hey can you guys tell me what way to the objective?”

 “Over there!”

Congratulations to Recent Warheads addition Pat came 5th with his Tyranids!

That’s all for this time folks thanks again to Tom for the brief interview and the photos and congratulations once again to everyone who attended especially tournament winner Chris (Warheads), 2nd place Jonny (NW) and 3rd place David (Warheads). Do take the time to visit the NDGH’s Facebook page and, if you haven’t already, the War Altar’s Facebook page =D

– Joey

All photos courtesy of NDGH, used with permission.

ETC Week! Northern Irish Templars

So R0ot entertained me with a practice game this week also. I used the game as a method of getting back to guessing ranges accurately and opted for a heavy deep striking deployment. This was obviously the wrong deployment but as I said I was using this as an opportunity to get back some eagle eye range guessing I haven’t had with this list since last year’s ETC.

A few people have pointed out how pointy clicky Oblit spam Chaos are (much the same people who say Vendetta/Hydra spam are point and click) but I couldn’t disagree more and watching a master play these lists is a real treat. One such master is Peter Scott who I had the pleasure of watching in game 4 of Itzacon this year against Nick Meade, he was able to manoeuvre his Daemon Prince in order to Lash of Submission a unit of Grey Hunters 24″ away while being 25″ away from the Rune Priest in the same squad!! It’s ability like that that seperates point and click players from tactically agile players. No surprise then that Peter went on to win Itzacon by beating Barra MacNiocaill in the final.
Shane is playing Black Templars at the ETC for Team Northern Ireland this year. While not a typical tournament choice Black Templars have, after their recent FAQ, become an attractive choice for ETC teams given their newly upgraded Terminator Squads and Land Speeders. This is exactly what Shane was playing, spam S8AP3 rockets on Land Speeders, minimum Las/Plas Initiates Squads and Terminator Squads wielding some badass S9 rockets.
Primary: 5 Objectives
Secondary: 1 Objective each (in our deployment zones)
Deployment: Dawn of War
Shane won the roll off and proceeded to deploy some Las/Plas goodness.

I deployed a single Rhino with my icon and squad inside, I figured with nightfighting and then popping smoke on my first turn the icon could survive long enough to get close to the Templar line.

I heavy reserved and everything that could deep strike (apart from the Prince) was going to, with some lucky rolls I wanted to see what overwhelming the Templar line would look like but also how well the force could cope with a non-typical deployment.

Shane used a massive piece of terrain on his side to pop his home objective (which counted for primary and secondary remember, mine was close to my table edge in the centre, just right for my walking on troops to grab while hustled in a Land Raider.

T1: Shane pops my Rhino with his Krak Rockets….oops…. The boys inside pin themselves and since I have nothing coming on from reserve Turn 1 we go straight to Shane’s T2.

My T2 and finally I get to do something! My icon of Chaos Glory and one marine survive Shane’s second turn of fire to act as a homing beacon for my deep striking units, I roll and get one Land Raider, 5 Chaos Space Marines, 1 Obliterator unit and both my Terminator units, not the worst!

Shane rightly points out to me that Warp Quake will prevent my Icon of Chaos Glory from doing as much, a good point from him since I have yet to encounter it, encountering it at ETC and not remembering what it does would have been potentially painful…

Shane’s remaining speeder from one squad attempts a multi melta shot at my Land Raider but is foiled by a faithful Warhead dice. My Lash Prince decides to show up on Turn 4 to Lash Shane’s unit off his objective and into a nice neat little bunch on top of the building his objective is in (I didn’t get enough to get them out of the building so opted for the next best option, plasma death).

Unfortunately that didn’t work so well and lots of the Plasma missed…hence Shane only took one casualty and passed his Righteous Zeal move using it to move back down a floor (as it’s technically closer to me) and right back onto his objective.

Seven Obliterators against the Emperor’s Chump? Give me a break, too easy….

Uh-oh….well I still have four Obliterators beside him, should be fine…

Below are my saving throws for Krak rockets fired at the unit…..4 1’s!

And as you can see, 1 Obliterator survived! Unfortunately he needed a 5 on 2D6 to assault the unit on Shane’s middle ground objective and he didn’t get it, even if he had it wouldn’t have made a difference as he had me well and truly goosed.

I made a tactical error Turn 5 and me and Shane had a good chat about it mid game (the luxury of which I won’t have in a few days….), it’s times like this where you can iron out problems with your view of the battle, your units’ capabilities and ensuring that your eye is used to the units’ ranges or lack thereof. This was you can trust your gut when the time comes that you’ve practiced most manoeuvres sufficiently.

Shane gypsied my objectives Turn 7, I had the game sealed Turn 6 but it was a fragile win, the game went on and Shane rightfully stole it back.

I realised how much horde this list can handle with it’s volume of firepower, specifically Stealer Shock, the Land Speeders can move 12″ and lay down a punishing level of firepower with their dual frag templates and heavy bolters. I wonder how our Stealer Shock player would feel about it…
Anyway, a great game, more problems ironed out with the list (by list I mean me) and a bit more experience gained before the ETC.

The winner’s banquet:

Many thanks to R0ot for providing the tough opposition and eating the skin off all the KFC…..that’s the best part!!
Next up: Barra MacNiocaill’s Blood Angels….

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