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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.