Blog Wars 6 - Endgame

Blog Wars 6: Endgame
Saturday November 2nd 2013

Tickets sales are now closed.

Event Location
North West Gaming Centre in Stockport. For those not sure where the venue is the address is:

North West Gaming Centre
Hallam Mill, 
Hallam Street,
SK2 6PT,

Click on the map to make it larger. If anyone has questions about getting to the venue then don't hesitate to contact me and I'll help as best I can. The venue is pretty close to Stockport Railway Station so it's worth considering that as an option. There's also a Premier Inn across the road for those who want to stay over the night before/after.

Event Schedule
Each game will be played at 1,850 points with 3 games in total. Games will be 2.5 hours each and the schedule will look like this:

09:00-09:30 - Registration 

09:45-12:15 - First Game
12:15-13:00 - Lunch
13:00-15:30 - Second Game
15:45-18:15 - Third Game
18:30-19:00 - Results & Awards

There will be awards for: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, Last place, Best Painted Army and Best Painted SC. These will take the form of store credit and the venue offers 15% off GW. There will also be a series of spot prizes throughout the day and a raffle at the end. The prize breakdown is as follows:

1st Place: Certificate & £25 voucher 
2nd Place: Certificate & £15 voucher
3rd Place: Certificate & £10 voucher
Last Place: Certificate, £5 voucher & Limited Edition Wooden Spoon!
Best Painted Army: Certificate & £15 voucher
Best Painted Special Character: Certificate & £10 voucher

The raffle and spot prize pot is based on the number of players. The more tickets that are sold, the bigger the prize pot!

As I would like to participate and given that it's intended to be a friendly tournament, there will be no formal referees. If you and your opponent cannot come to an agreement about a particular issue then please ask the players on adjacent tables. If no mutually acceptable resolution can be found then myself or Matt will be happy to provide a final adjudication but please bear in mind we're trying to enjoy the event as well.

As ever, please try and contact me in advance with queries so that rulings can be discussed before the event rather than on the day.

Army Selection 
Each army can cost up to and including 1,850pts. Standard force organisation charts apply but each army MUST include a Special Character (not necessarily as an HQ though). Lists must be submitted at least two weeks before the event (October 19th) failure to do so will result in a points penalty.

The allowed Special Characters for each army are listed here. If you believe there is an error regarding your army's choice of characters then please contact me. These characters must be in your Primary Detachment but do not necessarily have to be your Warlord .

Any current army with a codex that's been released prior to the list submission deadline will be allowed and all current GW FAQs will be applicable. 

The following codexes are permitted: 

Blood Angels 

Chaos Daemons 6th
Chaos Space Marines 6th
Dark Angels 6th
Dark Eldar
Eldar 6th (including Iyanden supplement)
Grey Knights
Imperial Guard
Sisters of Battle (WD version)
Space Marines 6th
Space Wolves
Tau Empire 6th (including Farsight supplement)

IA units or indeed entire IA armies are not permitted. I've previously allowed them but I've found it opens up too many options for abuse. Generally I think it penalises players who aren't familiar with the IA books and therefore the units they describe. It also penalises people who don't want to fork out for FW models in an already expensive hobby.

"Counts as" and proxy armies are welcome as long as it is clear to your opponent and that there is no advantage to be gained from using it. For example, using a wraithlord to represent a wraithknight would mean a smaller model and hence a gaming advantage. If in doubt please check with me BEFORE the event by email and include pictures if necessary.

Ideally armies would be fully painted and there will be a Best Painted award to highlight particularly stunning efforts. However, I understand how much time and effort this takes so a three colour minimum with appropriate basing is compulsory. Unpainted models are not acceptable.

Flyers, Fortifications and Allies are all permitted. All of which must also be painted to a minimum of three colours.

Scenery will be provided by the venue and will be made as even as possible prior to the event. If both sides are unhappy then come and find me and it can be re-arranged but try to avoid doing this in order to prevent delays starting the game.

Alternating scenery deployment (as described in the rulebook) will NOT be used to save setup time. Fortifications will therefore be placed after static scenery but can displace existing pieces to make room for larger pieces at both players discretion.

The pairings will be random for the first round and then chosen using "Swiss Pairs" in the subsequent two rounds. 

Scenarios & Scoring
The scenarios will be as follows but are altered from their standard rulebook versions (see below), these are subject to playtesting and may alter slightly: 

Game 1 - Purge the Alien with Hammer & Anvil deployment
Game 2 - The Emperor's Relic with Vanguard deployment
Game 3 - Crusade with Dawn of War deployment

Purge The Alien
The points value of each unit you've destroyed from your opponent's army is added up in a similar way to 5th edition style VPs. Destroying the single chosen special character will gain you 150 bonus points. This gives a maximum of 2,000pts (1,850 for the army plus 150 bonus for the SC). The totals will then be converted into a score out of 25. Tabling your opponent does, of course, give you maximum points. If your opponent generates extra units (e.g. spawned termagants or daemons from a portalglyph) they are worth their standard unit cost. This could potentially mean it is possible to score more than 25 VPs.

The Emperor's Relic
A combination of Relic and Emperor's Will. One central fixed objective (cannot be moved like in the Relic though) worth 10 VPs. Each player has one objective each placed in their deployment zone. If you hold your own objective at the end of the game you score 5 VPs. If you hold your opponent's objective you score 10 VPs. A single chosen special character will count as scoring. Tabling your opponent DOES NOT automatically give you maximum points.

Automatic 5 objectives worth 5 VPs each. A single chosen special character will count as scoring. Tabling your opponent DOES NOT automatically give you maximum points.

There will therefore be a maximum of 25 VPs available in each round. The standard secondary objectives (Slay the Warlord, First Blood and Linebreaker) will be in effect in all three rounds and VPs scored from them will be recorded, but will not contribute directly to the VP total.

As indicated in the Special Characters document, characters who can't leave their vehicle override "the vehicles can't score/deny" rule. This includes scoring Linebreaker.

What do I need to bring? 
As with any tournament you'll need the normal things you use to play a game of 40K plus a few extras.

You will need: 

  • Your painted army (at least three colours)
  • 3 copies of your army list (preferably typed) with your name and entrant number (your entrant number is the same as the list above)
  • A copy of the BW6 Event Pack and Scenarios
  • 40K 6th edition rulebook (and FAQ)
  • Your army's codex/codices/supplements (and relevant FAQs)
  • Dice, templates and gaming aids
  • Super glue/plastic glue for emergency repairs
  • Objective markers (don't need to be anything fancy)
  • A tray for moving your army between games.
Please do your best to remember to take everything with you when you leave. I'll be staying around afterwards to clear up and I'll do my best to reunite people with lost items but suffice to say I don't want to clear up people's mess!

What do we get to eat/drink? 

The venue is providing lunch for us (included in your ticket) and has a bar selling drinks, chocolate, crisps, etc. We will have table service from the bar throughout the day so there's no need to move during games if you're feeling lazy!!

Current Entrants List
Names of those who have purchased tickets will appear here after tickets have gone on sale. Depending on how popular the event is I'll add more spots if necessary.

1. Tom Brown (No blog/Unknown blog) - Chaos Space Marines
2. Peter Sidaway (Mid-table Obscurity) - Space Wolves
3. Bennett Morley (Damn Dice) - Space Wolves
4. Daniel Russell (No blog/Unknown blog) - Dark Eldar & Eldar
5. Graham Sanders (Claws & Fists) - Tyranids
6. Chris Benstead (Weemen) - Chaos Space Marines
7. Keith Duncan (No blog/Unknown blog) - Space Wolves & Imperial Guard
8. Aaron Shrive (Something Wicked This Way Comes) - Tau Empire (FE)
9. Franco Marrufo (40KUK Podcast) - Tau Empire & Space Marines (UM)
10. Nathaniel Gibbs (No blog/Unknown blog) - Space Wolves
11. Luke Fogg (Buckaroo Mathammer) - Imperial Guard & Space Wolves
12. Ian King  (Buckaroo Mathammer- Chaos Space Marines
13. Daniel Lane (Buckaroo Mathammer) - Eldar
14. Mike Wilson (The 11th Legion) - Blood Angels
15. Dan Cain (The 11th Legion) - Eldar
16. Chris Cowburn (No blog/Unknown blog) - Dark Angels & Blood Angels
17. Peter Barrett (Buckaroo Mathhammer) - Necrons
18. Chris Buckle (No blog/Unknown blog) - Tyranids
19. Daniel Johnson (No blog/Unknown blog) - Space Wolves & Imperial Guard
20. Benedict Quintiliani (No blog/Unknown blog) - Chaos Space Marines & IG
21. Adam Williams (The 11th Legion) - Chaos Space Marines
22. Dave Wigley (No blog/Unknown blog) - Daemons & Chaos Space Marines
23. Ross Mason (No blog/Unknown blog) - Tyranids
24. Phil Waghorn (Armoured Sentinel) - Tyranids
25. Frank Marsh (Generation 40K) - Eldar & Tau Empire
26. Adam Robinson (No blog/Unknown blog) - Tyranids
27. Matt Marlow (No blog/Unknown blog) - Eldar
28. Iain Anderson (No blog/Unknown blog) - Space Marines (UM)
29. Dave Weston (40K Addict) - Tyranids
30. Gareth Williams (Servo Skull) - Tau Empire
31. James Lamb (Sheep of War) - Grey Knights & Blood Angels
32. Jamie Jackson (Index Astartes/Codex Imperialis) - Eldar
33. Matt Greenwood (From the Fang friend) - Chaos Daemons
34. Alex Brown (From the Fang) - Tau Empire


  1. As ever, you can count me in Alex!

  2. Count me in!
    Gotta get my boss to give me some holidays then, but shouldn't be a problem. ;-)


  3. Whoop Whoop! Fromm Spoon at 4 to 10th at 5, could 6 be my Tourney?

  4. Stick me down for this one, and I'm going to try to drag at least one or two people from York along.

  5. I suppose so.....

    No more kid gloves.

    1. You had a all Termie army of Space Wolves, how could that ever be counted as 'kid gloves'?

  6. I'm local to the NWGC will there be places for anyone from the NWGC club?

    1. Everyone is welcome, ignore the "blog" bit. It's a nod to how the event started but you don't have to be a blogger to attend. I'm always looking for locals to attend. Particularly if they can act as emergency stand-ins if we end up with an odd number on the day.

  7. I will be attending this one! after the failure that my attendance was at 5 due to unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances I am throwing myself completely in to me hobby and I am definitely in on this one!

  8. I have enjoyed the last two so count me in for this one :)


  9. I'm in again - this time with flying monkeys of DOOM!

  10. Hey interested in this I noticed it said you have to have a special character but can you have two HQ special Characters or only 1?

    1. Minimum of one but you can have as many as you like!

  11. could i use forge world 40k approved rules and models????

    1. No FW units are allowed this time. I did write it in bold! :-P

  12. Jeez - how is this only a month off??? Not even thought about my army or any new additions....

  13. Got my money and army list in on Saturday :) Think I'll be number 29, which amazingly is my lucky number!

  14. Hi guys - just to let you know that the pub opposite the gaming centre (the big chain pub in the corner) has all you can eat breakfast for about £8 - a few of us are going there first for a breakfast of champs!


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