Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tournaments, Escalation, Stronghold Assault and Formations

I will start this post talking about the tournaments I have been running over the last 8 months.  At a local university I have been running small 40k tournaments with the sponsorship of a student organization and a local game store.

Last Saturday I just ran my 4th event.  This one, like the one previously was 1850 and allowed allies and the Aegis Defense Line and Bastion as the only two fortifications.  I also allowed all codexes, supplements and digital codexes (Sisters and Inquisition).
There is no painting requirement and we were using Bay Area Open scenarios.
The first two tournaments I ran were only 1500 points and no allies, just to test the waters.

Well this last event had the largest turnout yet.  I had 8 people show up.  8 people doesn't sound like a lot but we have space for only 12 total, so 8 is pretty good.  I am happy with it.

Here are some pictures:

If there was a best of show award it would have gone to this Dark Eldar player who had a Christmas themed army complete with flashing lights and candy canes!

I thought these Tyranids were painted fantastically.

The Blood Angels Assault marines above were carrying the relic, which happened to be an old light bulb.

The tournament came down to two players, the Eldar and the Dark Eldar player.  The winner of the game above was going to be the winner of the whole she-bang!  The Eldar player eventually won but it was a hell of a blood bath with neither player having much of anything left.

Above is an overall picture of the space we played in.

I would like to thank everyone who came out to this past event and all of the previous tournaments!

This brings me to my next point.  I plan on running more tournaments next year.  If the internet is to be believed, there are some new books that GW has released just recently that destroys 40k.

In my opinion, Escalation, Stronghold Assault and the digital Formation Releases are simply optional rules.  They are expansions that can be used or not used in your games.  In my upcoming tournaments I will not allow them.  Its no big deal.  I think most people will be happy to play without superheavys and D weapons.

Also Formations will also not be allowed, they unbalance the game IMHO.

With that said, the next tournament is February 8th.

Until next time.....


  1. At 1500 pts fitting in a Superheavy is pretty unrealistic anyway, and anyway I applaud your decision to include whatever rules that you think work. Comp is not only fine, it is encouraged in the main rulebook! I only wish I lived closer so that I could come play.

    Who painted those bugs? Nice models, really nice.

  2. As the Dark Eldar player, I feel tickled that I would have gotten the 'most amusing' award. I usually don't place that well, but at least its amusing to fight against. I found this blog by randomly googleing 'christmas dark eldar' and these pics are around page 3. Boy, don't I feel famous all of a sudden!