Upcoming North Carolina Tournaments

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gone Fishin'

I'll be out of town and away from the internet until next Thursday.  I'll see all of you after the New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Grail Quest IV: Lethal Flagon

Grail Quest 4:  Lethal Flagon is coming to Sci Fi Genre in Durham on February 18th, 2012.   Don’t miss out on North Carolina’s best (and only) Lethal Weapon themed Warhammer Fantasy Tournament.

Date: February 18th, 2012

Time: GQ will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Rounds will be 2.5 hours, with a one hour break after the first round for lunch.

Location: Sci Fi Genre
3215 Old Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 490-7900

General Information

Grail Quest IV will take place on February 18th, 2012 at Sci Fi Genre in Durham, NC. Start time for Round 1 will be 10 a.m. The address is 3215 Old Chapel Hill Rd. Durham, NC 27707, and the store phone number is (919) 490-7900. This will be a 2,500 point tournament. There will be three rounds, each lasting 2.5 hours, with a 1 hour break for shenanigans and/or food after the second round. Round scenarios will be themed to the tournament, but not extremely unusual. Entry fee is ten dollars.
After last year’s successful Highlander themed tournament, we’ve upped the ante and are diving into a Lethal Weapon theme this year.  That’s right, you’ll not only be facing your opponents, but will be challenged in scenarios featuring the Triad, South African gangsters, and of course, Gary Busey (all in a fun and balanced way).

Special Scoring System

Fighting battles isn’t always about preserving your troops carefully, sometimes it’s just about the sheer amount of damage you can cause even if you do get beat down in the process.  Therefore, at the end of each game, each player will report the amount of victory points he or she scored, regardless of win, loss, or draw.  Scenarios will give each player a chance at additional VP’s as well.  For the best overall prize, sportsmanship and painting scores will be added in, and will be combined worth around 25% of the overall score.

Fabulous Prizes!

Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall, 2nd, and 3rd Place, Best Generel, Best Painted Army, and Best Sportsman. I am beginning by contributing fifty dollars to the prize pool, and then adding in the entry fees.

So if you think you’re getting too old for this stuff, man up like Murtaw and get here for Grail Quest IV:  Lethal Flagon!


It is not necessary to preregister for Grail Quest, however, space is sometimes limited. If you would like to reserve a spot for the tournament, please email us at grailquestregister@gmail.com, or reply to this thread on the Sci Fi Genre forums.  http://z6.invisionfree.com/Scifi_Genre_Forums/index.php?showtopic=7162&st=0&#last

Q: Do my models have to be painted to play in the tournament?

A: No. Painting and Sportsmanship scores will contribute to your overall score and ranking, however.

Q: Will there be a composition score this year?

A: No. Note, however, that the Power Scroll is not allowed in lists at Grail Quest.

Q: Can you use proxies?

A: Yes, within reason. As a general rule, as long as you make it very clear to each opponent what represents what, and the model choices are not misleading (such as having the same type of model represent two different types of models) we are generally okay with proxies. The size of the model's base must be the same as the original model (since otherwise, it could change things like maneuverability and number of models in combat) but otherwise, feel free to use proxies as needed.

Q: What about conversions and/or non-GW miniatures?

A: Same rule as proxies; same base size, and make it clear what it is. Feel free to use Reaper miniatures or whatever else you find. We actually encourage this, since it fuels creativity and gives people something really neat to look at. As long as they don't give any sort of in-game advantage, conversions are definitely fine.

Q: Do you have to submit your list to the organizer at a point in time prior to the start of the tournament?

A: No. Please bring a list for inspection before the tournament. If you ever feel the need to check your opponent's list for any reason, do not hesistate to request it, and call over the TO if it would make you feel more comfortable. Any illegal list will be disqualified.

Q: What materials are you required to bring?

A: Your army book, your army list, your army (of course), dice, templates, and a measuring tape. Pens are readily available at the store and not required.

Q: Are there any list restrictions?

A: There are no special characters allowed.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jabbersclythe Model Review

My lovely wife got me the Jabbersclythe for Christmas, and I couldn't wait to put it together over the weekend.  This is my first large finecast model, and it had its ups and downs.

Overall, the Jabbersclythe didn't really have big finecast problems as much as it had some bad model problems.  Parts of it really didn't fit together well at all, which is something I've had happen on quite a few metal models from GW and Privateer Press.  There was a nice theory that the arms should attach well to the hands and tree trunk and ground piece, but in practice, that was where I had to do a majority of the greenstuffing.

In terms of miscasts, I did have to fix a small piece of one of the Jabbersclythe's horns, and fix one of his wing bones back together.  This was a total of about five minutes of work.  There were gaps between joints, as in any model, that were easily filled with liquid green stuff. 

The model itself is gorgeous and nicely detailed, and I'm excited to paint it.  I'm also glad to have the wings be a light material that went on easily, as I've had nightmares with metal wings in the past.  So while the Jabbersclythe did have some structural faults, it's still a decent model overall, although perhaps a bit much for a beginner or someone uncomfortable with green stuff.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend Update: December 12th, 2011

I feel like Weekend Update should just be renamed as "Nope, the Dryads aren't done."   I was supposed to have a long weekend, and instead went to work some more.  Such are the trials of being an adult, I suppose. 

There were some high points.

Games Day in High Point went off well, from what I hear.

My wife and I celebrated our Christmas early (we travel on the holiday, so we give each other gifts earlier) and she got me a Jabbersclythe!  More on the Jabber later this week, but it sure was a nice gift!  I even assembled it this weekend.

The Brawler Bash WFB GT has been announced for April 21st and 22nd in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Save the date!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Branchwraith Painted

This is my Branchwraith for this month's Tale of Painters on Warseer, and is an addition to the Army of Avelorn.  She's converted from the Dryad kit, as I'm not really sold on any of the Branchwraith (or Drycha) models I've come across.  I'm running her as a Level One with a Cluster of Radiants (extra dispel die) for 140 points.   To keep her thematically consistent with the rest of the army, I've empahsized her leaves and used blues for her eyes, the owl's eyes, and on the stone behind her. 

This brings my total painted army so far up to 752, so not bad progress.  I would like to get the full contingent of Dryads done by the new year if possible and not derailed by lack of time and Skyrim. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Weekend Update: December 5th, 2011

So it wasn't a bad weekend, hobby-wise.  On Friday, I played a game of Fantasy with Erik, of Brohammer and Brawler Bash fame, and faced the wrath of his Orcs and Goblins.  Let's just say that while my Beastmen are some fierce fighters, they can't survive the wrath of one good round of Foot of Gork.  Good Lord!

I also finished my Branchwraith, which should be up on the site this week for your viewing.  I've ordered a Jabbersclythe, as well as a copy of Blood in the Badlands, and will be picking up the Ghorgon and Cygor kits from the local store this week. 

So yeah, not bad at all!