Scottish Masters 2013

It’s been a week since the Scottish Masters, unfortunately due to a car accident; this is the first chance I have had to report on what happened. Before I do, no one was hurt in the accident; other than the cars themselves which is the main thing.  Suffice to say after the elation of the Masters, this week has been one disaster after another.

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Anyway, we eventually had 24 players signed up; of which 23 managed to make it through the Scotch Mists that descended over Scotland.  5 rounds in one day was going to be ambitious to say the least, but we kept the games running pretty much on time throughout the day.  Round one saw 2 players arriving late, but thankfully not late enough; that they couldn’t quickly get right into the action.  Full list of players and factions played, with my personal surprise being the number of Khador players attending.  It should be noted, that there were a number of newer players; to the both the game and the Scottish tournament scene.  Steve Moffat in particular had only been playing around 6 months.

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  • Billy Cruickshanks – Protectorate of Menoth
  • Bryce Johnston – Protectorate of Menoth
  • Richard McHale – Protectorate of Menoth
  • Michael Dick – Cryx
  • Alasdair Johnstone – Cryx
  • Luke Mason – Cryx
  • Paul Noble – Cryx
  • Matt Munro – Cryx
  • David Young – Cryx
  • David Kane – Khador
  • Steve Moffat – Khador
  • Peter Ferguson – Khador
  • Stephen McLeish – Khador
  • Ross Silvers – Circle of Orboros
  • Fraser McFetridge – Circle of Orboros
  • Matt Reid – Cygnar
  • Becky Barton – Cygnar
  • Colin McNeil – Legion of Everblight
  • John Sinclair – Convergence of Cyriss
  • Duncan Newby – Minions (Farrow)
  • Tom Young – Retribution of Scyrah
  • Chris Bell – Skorne
  • Allan Gibb – Mercenaries

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Big thank you should got to Steve, the owner of Common Ground Games; as well as his staff for everything they did.  We arrived to the tables already marked out (4’x4′), with a smaller 2 foot space for player to place their trays and gear.  A lot of the comments from players, were positive about the venue; staff or the food throughout the day.  There is something surreal, about having a cheese and ham toastie brought to your table as you play.

So who won? Well despite our best efforts to play 5 rounds, we had a clear winner by round 4; so consulting with Frazer Penman the other PG we called it time at that point.

1. Michael Dick – Cryx
2. Billy Cruickshanks – Protectorate of Menoth
3. Ross Silvers – Circle of Orboros
4. Alasdair Johnstone – Cryx
5. Bryce Johnston – Protectorate of Menoth
6. Colin McNeil – Legion of Everblight
7. Luke Mason – Cryx
8. Fraser McFetridge – Circle of Orboros
9. David Kane – Khador
10. Richard McHale – Protectorate of Menoth
11. Matt Reid – Cygnar
12. Tom Young – Retribution of Scyrah
13. Becky Barton – Cygnar
14. Steve Moffat – Khador
15. Duncan Newby – Minions (Farrow)
16. Paul Noble – Cryx
17. Peter Ferguson – Khador
18. John Sinclair – Convergence of Cyriss
19. Allan Gibb – Mercenaries
20. Chris Bell – Skorne
21. Matt Munro – Cryx
22. Stephen McLeish – Khador
23. David Young – Cryx

I’ll upload the rest of the photos taken throughout the day, but I want to thank all the contributors to the event – Battlefoam, Bases4War, Micro Art Studio, Warbases, Firestorm Games and Privateer Press.  I would also like to thank Frazer Penman, Steve and staff at Common Ground Games and most definitely my wife Julia; who was fantastic keeping it all straight with the admin and scores.  Here’s to Scottish Masters 2014!

 

Micro Arts Studio

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During a quiet moment from painting, I started looking for scenic bases; as these seem to have exploded onto the modellers world with full force.  Micro Art Studio is a small Polish manufacturer, who has some amazing bases and scenery.

Designed with most game systems in mind, there is some focus on items specifically for Infinity.  For WM/H players though, there are all the usual sizes and some 120mm bases; which is what caught my attention.

I got an email this morning from Kacper, the designer and owner of Micro Art Studios; generously contributing some items for the Scottish Masters. He will be sending some items over shortly, so from all the Scottish Masters team; thank you.

 

 

Scottish Masters 2013

I am happy to announce, that Scotland will be holding it’s first Masters style tournament on 28th September 2013.  There is still a lot of work to do, in the 2 months we have to plan this, but we already have a great venue and really enthusiastic player base.

Until this year, there hasn’t been a big enough gaming venue in Scotland to run this kind of event.  Highlander Games, in Dundee regularly has 20 – 25 players at their events.  This was about the limit, without going to the extreme of hiring something.  Common Ground Games opened there doors in Stirling, offering a venue with twenty six 6′ x 4′ gaming spaces, with additional space open for CCG’s, Boardgames and any other games you could conceive.

With the assistance of all the PG’s in Scotland (Michael, Frazer, Est and myself), we hope to run a 32 player event.  Starting at 35pts in the first year (to keep it one day in length), we hope to work out any kinks or problems; that might crop up.  Then in 2014, with more time to plan; we will ramp it up to a full 64 players 2 day 50 pts Masters tournament.  This will hopefully offer another WM/H tournament into the UK calender, along side the other events like UK Nationals and Smogcon.  Between Scottish Masters, Warmachine: Tactics and all the events happening in Scotland; it’s a busy time for the PG’s right now…….and I am loving it!

 

UK Nationals Day 2

The follow up is a little delayed, as most of it was spent resting. The full effects of the long weekend, added to the lack of proper medicine regime (being anaemic can be crippling, if not controlled); culminated in a a very lethargic few days.

However, getting back to the action; we left it off with my narrow defeat at the hands of pKruger.  Following day was the day I did better, at least that is what my battered self esteem was telling me.  The body on the other hand was telling a different story, with painful feet and legs from the standing the previous day.

Round 5 – Skorne (Garry Burgess) v Cryx, a match up that I have fond memories of playing against our local Skorne player.  pMorghul v Mortenebra, with her usual tactic of Deathjack to the face.  It was quite a funny game, in that by the end Morty and Deryliss were my only models left on the board.  Yet my opponent had to take 2 turns to kill her.  Mind you camping 7 focus, when she has no offensive spells* will help to drag it out. Loss via Assassination, with 0 CP claimed; Process of Elimnation scenario  *Doom Spiral wasn’t going to work on warbeasts

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Round 6 – Legion (Bex) v Cryx This is the one game I am really really annoyed at myself. pThagrosh v pDenny was turning into a great game, with my Seether just hammering through the two Scythian’s; with Grab and Smash.  The first Scythian I hit, throwing it in the path of the Kraken to munch on.  The second one, got the same treatment; only this time thrown at Thagrosh instead.  Meanwhile McThralls are steadily grinding their way upfield, respawning with the Necrosurgeons; with Denny behind heading to claim control points on the flag. The killer to this whole game, I timed out myself by not watching the time.  With about 10 minutes on my clock, I got this horrid sinking feeling; as 10 minutes in game time goes in the blink of an eye. Loss via Deathclock, with 1 CP claimed; Into the Breach scenario

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Round 7 – Cryx (Lee) v Cryx  After the Legion game, I think I hit the lowest point of the whole weekend; which is probably why I don’t remember much of the last game.  What I do remember was facing Gaspy the Hellbringer, with the Coven.  It all went wrong from the start, with the Coven deploying in a corner; pretty much trapping themselves in Killbox.  Having to take freestrike hits from Cankerworm to get out of the Killbox; putting them smack in the road of Bane Thralls/Tarty/UA.  The one highlight of the game though, was Malice Possessing Deathjack and making him hit Tartarus.  Sadly the devastation of the Iron Lich Overseer’s and their marshalled jacks; brought the game and the whole tournament to it’s ungracious end. Loss via Assassination, with 0 CP claimed; Close Quarters scenario

For my first ever big tournament environment, it was a little overwhelming. While I didn’t even dream of winning, I hoped to come away with some wins at least.  That said, despite the losses; all my opponents were gracious and willing to discuss the game we had hopefully both enjoyed.  Will I be back next year? Not sure at the moment, if I do go; I certainly plan on practising more than the 5 games I got before I headed down.  So to close off, thank you to PP, North West Gaming, the Judges and PG’s and of course all the players for making this a great success…..hope to see you again next year.

UK Nationals Report

I am back home safe, after a long exhausting weekend at the UK Nationals.  First of all, congratulations to all the organisers and officials for a great weekend.  Other than some technical issues, the whole event ran smoothly and with very few problems. I can’t say that it was all fun, there are parts of the event that were a disappointment for me personally; however the overall impression is that it is a great beginning.

I had written all my notes on the spare army list sheet; which I was using as my copy.  After game 3, the ‘official’ sheet went missing and I was forced to hand in my copy (with notes); after each round.  As it turned out, I forgot to ask for it back at the end; most likely due to tiredness.  So please forgive me, if I don’t remember the full details of each game.

Round 1 – This was not the match up I had wanted at all.  I travelled all the way from Scotland, only to face one of our local players in the first round.  Credit to Steve McConnachie, his Rask list murdered my Coven list; bringing the game to a final brutal end. Loss via Assassination, with no CP claimed; ???? Scenario

Round 2 – On reading my lists, my opponent thought I would take pDenny; given that facing Retribution would be a default to Stealth.  Thing about that, is that I don’t play like others; I play what I like not what others think is best.  So Ravyn v Morty was the match up, which was a seesaw affair with the heavy jacks causing my opponent a few problems.  Eiryss got held up by a Stalker, but it was the Mage Hunter Strike Force with Shadow Hunter that came closest to killing Morty in turn 2.  It took Hyperion to eventually take that last point off Morty, who had held on long enough for DJ to be within range of an assassination on Ravyn. Loss via Assassination, with 2 CP claimed; ????? scenario

Round 3 – With 25 Cryx players there, it was a tale of woe for many; that they faced the faction multiple times.  Portal from France was my first Cryxian opponent, but also a really nice guy as well.  It was also a Kraken face off, with Portal running pGaspy with his Kraken; against my pDenny list.  One thing I will say, is that I appreciated the fact that Portal played the same way as I believe “You declare it, you did it”.  None of this “Oh it’s not going to work that way, so I’ll try something slightly different”.  Even though it cost me the game in the end, I admire that about him to stick to that view. Loss via Assassination, with no CP claimed; ???? scenario

Round 4 – This is perhaps the most close game I have ever played in 3 years of WM/H.  Scenario was Incursion (at least I remember that), with pDenny and the Kraken taking on pKruger with Pureblood and 2 Stalkers.  With the right hand flag disappearing, this left the board open on the left.  I struggled to clear out the Druids, with the Kraken’s unicorn gun; so decided to change tact; to one of salvaging as many CP’s as possible.  Shielding Denny with the Kraken, as much as possible; took out the Stalker contesting the flag on the left.  Claiming 3 CP, with my opponent needing to assassinate Denny to stop me winning. In hindsight, I was silly for not asking for a judge to check the LOS to Denny, after Kruger had Telekenisis himself to what he thought was viable LoS.  It was a 50/50 call as to whether he had LoS, at a crucial point in the game; so lesson learned is to not be so easy going.  Loss via Assassination, with 3 CP claimed; Incursion scenario

By my reckoning, it was nearly 12 hours straight of gaming on the Saturday; with little break between rounds to recover.  I didn’t get back into my hotel room till about 10:30pm, which had made this one hell of a long day with little food or rest.  Not sure about UK Masters, but by Sunday morning I felt like I’d run the Iron Gauntlet.

Part 2 – 2nd day with some pics from the event.