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!

 

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Scottish Masters & WTC

I apologise for the lack of news on the Scottish Masters, something happened on Tuesday which has thrown me completely out of kilter.  Hopefully tonight or tomorrow I can write up a full review, with photos from the day.

If you don’t already know, the World Team Championships are running right now in Belgium, with 30 teams of 5 players battling it out to be crowned the best in the world.  You can check out the live results, feeds and pairings as the tournament continues for the next two days.

http://www.wmh-wtc.com/

So in the spirit of good will to all teams taking part, Go Team Scotland.

 

Final Stretch

This time next week, the Scottish Masters will be over; and we will have hopefully achieved the purpose we set out at the start.  The main aim, was to get a large Masters style tournament; on the Scottish and eventually the UK calender.  Starting small, would allow us to iron out any issues (of which we had a few); but also allow us to plan more efficiently for 2014.

I think given the time frame we had, we have achieved everything we hoped for on the planning side of the event.  Every player will walk away from the day, with a few momento’s of the day; a lucky few will win the great prizes contributed by the generosity of Battlefoam, Bases4War, Firestorm Games, Micro Art Studio, Warbases and Privateer Press.

Talking of contributions, I received the Warbases items today and have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by them.  The Feat Tokens look great and made of acrylic, not the MDF I was expecting.  The Bullet Keyrings, have just to get the split rings attached, to complete the look; but they come made up of at least 6 different colours of acrylic (I might need to requisition a Cryx green one).  With just the Chess Clocks and the resent items from Micro Art Studio, we are Good to Go!

 

 

Battlefoam #battlefoam

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Yesterday I received the bags kindly donated to the Scottish Masters, by Battlefoam.  All I can say, is that I am jealous of whoever gets one of these bags.  They have provided us with two different colours, one in black and the other in the Battlefoam Green.  This is the first time I’ve actually got a close look at the trays too, which are really nice.  It’s got the softness to the foam that makes abrasion on models less likely; but it has the rigidity where it needs it – the base and sides.  Overall I really like the quality and options that Battlefoam offer, there is a reason they are they best; and will be looking to invest in one in the future.

Ranking HQ Rant #rankinghq #morelikerankhq

Let me preface this rant, by stating that I have tried everything possible to resolve this; with emails going back to the beginning of August at least.

Ranking HQ was recommended by other PG’s, as a good way to collect money for tournaments; that you didn’t want paid ‘on the door’.  With the Scottish Masters, I hoped to use it to help fund it; either through invoicing or paying directly through Paypal.  As it turns out, every single penny spent on this so far, has come out of my pocket; with still a couple more items to be purchased.

Now I’m ok with this, it comes with being a PG.  However, that isn’t the point, Ranking HQ have failed both the players who have paid, as well as myself.

I have emailed them 3 times, asking for 2 simple pieces of information

  • How and when is the money transferred to the nominated Paypal account?
  • How does the ticket system of Ranking HQ deal with refunds for players who drop out?

There is not one thing on the site that states this, not one FAQ that would easily avoid this kind of situation.  Sadly I can’t even get a single answer on their ‘Tavern’, it’s almost like its some secret society and I don’t know the silly walk and handshake; to be able to get the answers I need.  I mean come on, this is your business, right now they are only missing the Stetsons and spurs; to complete the image of cowboys.

So would I recommend Ranking HQ?  I wouldn’t trust them to organise a lunch break, let alone trust them with the players in Scotland.