Double Trouble 3 - Double Harder - Saturday June 9th 2018

DOUBLE TROUBLE 3: Double Harder
Saturday, June 9th 2018

Kindly sponsored by:
Discount Wargaming


What is Double Trouble?
Double Trouble is a Warhammer 40,000 doubles tournament with a difference. Instead of writing an army list together with a partner, each player will write their own 875pt army list from a single faction of their choice which becomes their "Force". Before the first round you will be randomly assigned a doubles partner combining your "Force" with theirs to form a 1750pt "Army". You'll then play against another random pairing and their "Army". There are no restrictions on which factions can be paired with each other, even if the fluff might disagree!

At the start of the next two rounds you will be assigned a new random partner. This means you'll get to play three games with 9 different people and hopefully a good variety of factions.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £17.50 per person with 48 spaces available. Your ticket entitles you to 3 games of 40K, lunch, free entry into the raffle and, a chance to win spot prizes throughout the day. Please note: no refunds will be issued for players who drop out after the list submission deadline (see below). This is because prizes will have been purchased and food ordered. Of course, if I have to cancel the event (hasn't happened to me yet), everyone will receive a full refund regardless.

To purchase tickets, please send £17.50 per ticket to via PayPal (using the Friends and Family option). Please include your preferred contact email address along with email addresses for anyone else you're buying a ticket for. Please also include the dietary requirements of everyone you're buying a ticket for (even if it's just to say there aren't any).

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.

The venue is pretty close to Stockport railway station, so it's worth considering the train as an option. There's also a Premier Inn across the road for those who want to stay over the night before/after. Room rates increase in price closer to the date so, if you intend to go for this option, I recommend getting it booked early.

Event Schedule
There will be three 1,750pt games of 2.5 hours each. The schedule for the day is as follows:

09:00-09:15 - Registration 
09:30-12.00 - First Game
12.00-12.15 - Painting Competition Setup*
12:15-13.00 - Lunch
13.00-15:30 - Second Game
15:30-15:45 - Break
15:45-18:15 - Third Game
18:15-18:30 - Results & Awards

*During this time, players can set their armies up for judging in the painting competition. Voting will take place over lunch but will not commence until everyone has had chance to display their miniatures. See below for more details of the painting competition categories.

Please try to arrive well before 9.30 to allow registration to be completed and the first game to start on time. Every effort will be made to run to time but unexpected delays can occur.

Prizes (kindly sponsored by Element Games)
These will take the form of store credit with Element Games (the in-house hobby shop) who offer discounted GW products. The awards will not be given out in the same way as they would at a singles event (or even a normal doubles event) instead they'll be as follows: 
  • Master Tactician (single player scoring the most objective points overall): Certificate & £20 voucher
  • Genocidal Maniac (single player scoring the most blood points overall): Certificate & £20 voucher
  • Nobody Loves Me Award (player scoring the least total points overall): Certificate and £10 voucher
Note that there's no prize for highest combined points total. Bear in mind that both players in a team will receive the same points for a game so you still need to work together even if ultimately there can be only one winner (well, two but you get my meaning).

There'll also be a painting competition with prizes for the following:
  • Best Painted Army: Certificate & £15 voucher
  • Best Painted Vehicle or Monster: Certificate & £10 voucher
  • Best Painted Character: Certificate & £10 voucher
  • Best Conversion(s): Certificate & £15 voucher
Each player will only be able to enter one category of the painting competition so they'll need to choose the one they feel they'll have the best shot at winning. With such a low point total for your Force, it's a great opportunity to really go to town on an existing army or even start a new one especially for the event!

There will also be a series of spot prizes throughout the day and a generous raffle at the end. The specifics of these prizes will be announced nearer the time when numbers have been confirmed. 

There's an equal weighting to the tournament prizes and painting prizes but the top raffle prize will be worth the same as the prizes in either category combined. This is completely intentional and hopefully encourages people to write their lists with the spirit of the event in mind. Basically, you could bring a horrible list that isn't fun for you, your partner or your opponents and win £20 and a crappy certificate or you could bring something a bit different that's more fun, enjoy your day more, piss off your opponents and partners less and win in the raffle anyway! 

I'll be hoping to play in the event but I'll be available to making rulings or answer any queries. 

That being said, I hope this won't be necessary most of the time as it's intended to be a friendly tournament. Please try and use the relevant source material to solve any issues. I'll be happy to provide a final adjudication but this may simply be to ask you to roll off where the rules are unclear.

As ever, please try to contact me in advance with rules queries so that rulings can be made before the event thereby saving time on the day.

Army Selection 
The only restrictions on the units you can take are as follows:
  • Each 875pt "Force" must be a single Battle-Forged detachment
  • Forge World units are permitted but must be 40K legal
  • Command points for each "Force" will be added together and shared between the "Army". Players need to co-operate to decide how to spend them
Just remember, you have no idea who you'll be paired with or against. That means either a balanced list or hope that you get something complementary.

Electronic versions of codices/indexes are acceptable, however, please ensure your tablet/phone is fully charged before the event so that the "books" can be accessed throughout the day if necessary.

Any codex which has been released prior to the list submission deadline is legal. Those armies with codexes released after May 26th 2018 (see below) will need to use their Index/Chapter Approved entries and points values. 

List Submission
Lists must be submitted at least two weeks before the event (May 26th 2018) to allow for checking and resolution of any queries. A reminder email will be sent out a few days prior to the deadline. 

I'd be grateful if lists could be submitted as Battlescribe .rosz files to make checking easier but if not please at least indicate the type of detachment and the faction keyword you are using.

Modelling & Painting
"Counts as" and proxy armies are welcome as long as it is clear to your partner and opponents and that there is no significant gaming advantage gained by using it. If in doubt please check with me BEFORE the event by email and include pictures if necessary.

Ideally armies should be fully painted but a minimum of three colours and appropriate basing is required. Unpainted models are not acceptable.

Scenery will be provided by the venue and will be set up prior to the event. Please note that the scenery will be deliberately set up so that some tables provide more dense cover than others. If you and your opponent are unhappy with the scenery provided, feel free to re-position it to a mutually agreeable layout. 

As mentioned above, doubles pairings will be random in every round as will opponents. 

Scenarios & Scoring
Each game will use the Eternal War mission Dominate and Destroy from page 71 of Chapter Approved 2017 with the following amendments:
  • Dominate the Battlefield: Divide the board in to six 2' x 2' sections and place one objective marker in the centre of each. Each team scores 1 victory point per objective they control at the end of their turn.
  • No Quarter Given: each team scores blood points (BPs) equal to the points value of the enemy units which they have destroyed by the end of the game. Units on half of their starting wounds or below give up half of their points value.
  • The scores for Dominate the Battlefield and No Quarter Given will be recorded separately. 
  • The scores for each doubles pair will be recorded with each player in the pair getting the same score. There will be no secondary objectives in play e.g. Linebreaker, Slay the Warlord etc.
Deployment Types
Deployment will change in each round and will be maps 1-3 from p.216 of the rulebook. That means: 
  1. Spearhead Assault
  2. Dawn of War
  3. Search and Destroy
Victory Points and Blood Points will be recorded for each team in each round. Remember that each unit is worth its points value in Blood Points when destroyed and half points (rounding up) if it's lost half or more of its starting wounds points (e.g. a unit of 5 Primaris Intercessors would need to lose 5 wounds or more to give half points).

The scores from each round have no bearing on your placing in subsequent rounds and are simply used to determine the winners (and loser) at the end of the day.

Each player will be issued a score sheet at the start of the day. Losing it will result in ritual humiliation and general grumbling from myself.


None yet! If you feel something needs addressing before the event please comment here or use the "Contact Me" section on the right to send me an email. Alternatively, you can post on the DT facebook group.

What do I need to bring? 
You will need: 
  • Your painted army (at least three colours)
  • A tray for moving your army between games (not essential but not provided)
  • At least two copies of your army list (preferably typed) with your name and player number. One for your partner and one for your opponent.
  • A copy of the Double Trouble 3 Event Pack
  • A copy of the 40K 8th edition rulebook (and FAQ)
  • Your army's codex/index etc. (and relevant FAQs)
  • Dice, templates and gaming aids
  • Super glue/plastic glue for emergency repairs
  • Six objective markers 
What do we get to eat/drink? 
The venue is providing lunch for us (included in your ticket and most likely provided by Subway) 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! Buying your partner and/or opponents a drink is encouraged!


Contingency for Drop-outs
There's nothing worse than being told you've received a bye when you were hoping to play three games of 40K for your money. Here's what I propose:
  • If we end up with a total number of players which is one less than a multiple of 4 (e.g. 27), I'll field a full 1,750pt army myself. It'll still consist of two randomly determined halves though from my collection and my opponents will roll for it each round! 
  • If we end up with a total number of players which is two less than a multiple of 4 (e.g. 18) then both Matt and I will field 1,750pt armies again being formed of two randomly determined 875pt forces. 
  • If we end up with a total number of players which is three less than a multiple of 4 (e.g. 21), I'll simply drop out bringing the number back to a multiple of 4.
I think it's important to have this contingency plan in place so that people feel reassured that the system will work and everyone will get their three games.

Current Entrants List
Names of those who have purchased tickets will appear here after tickets have gone on sale. There are a maximum of 48 places. Should the event sell out I'll start a list of reserves.

1. John Purves
2. Greg Barber
3. Daniel Wellington
4. Jason Roberts
5. Ian Connolly
6. Ian Plumpton
7. Hendrik Müller-Joswig
8. Christopher Nettleship
9. Jonathan Lyness
10. Lucas Rooney
11. Callum Reed
12. Andy Peat
13. Matthew Longmore 
14. David Wagg
15. James Maynard
16. Owen Brignall
17. Luke Capper
18. Tom Capper
19. Mark Crombleholme
20. Luke Doak
21. Jeremy Morris
22. Tobias Schulz
23. Christopher Thomas
24. Dave Weston
25. Michal Schiller
26. Miquel Juan
27. David Irving
28. Rob Nathan
29. Thomas Douch
30. Duncan Gray
31. Alex Brown


  1. Money sent! Looking forward to it.

    Time to get painting again!

  2. How quick do the tickets sell out? I have to wait until Friday when I get paid.

    1. They don't well out that quickly! I appreciate your optimism though

  3. Ticket money sent looking forward to seeing everyone again 😁


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