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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Grail Quest Results Loaded on Rankings HQ

Grail Quest IV's results are now loaded on Rankings HQ, so all you crazy kids have now received points and can now brag to your spouses about how elite you are in the national rankings*.  Check it out here:  http://rankingshq.com/public/tournamentprofile.aspx?TournamentId=2975

*  Note:  May cause the opposite of intended effects. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Armies of Grail Quest, Part 2

Here are the rest of my pictures of the armies that participated at Grail Quest this year.  Hope you enjoy them, and that we'll see your army there next year. 

Warriors of Chaos on Parade

Robert's High Elves Storm the Shore

Two Trebuchets...never leave home without them!

Eric's High Elves, including Maiden Guard

More Painted Skaven!

Scott's Warriors of Chaos

Best Sportsman Tony Nelson's Ogres

Eoin Whelan's amazing army and display board helped him to Best Overall.

Warriors of Chaos everywhere!

Marcus had over one hundred painted Night Goblins in his army.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekend Update: February 27th, 2011

Another weekend down, and more stuff done.  This weekend, I didn't manage to paint (again!)  It's getting a bit sad, but I hope to get some painting in on my day off today.  At the very least, I'd like to get the painting station set up again, so as to have the ability to paint.  I did go to a Fantasy tournament on Saturday, where my Beastmen, bravely lead by Skeletor the Bray Shaman, came in first.  I walked out with a box of Lord of the Rings Wood Elves, who will one day be Waywatchers in my Avelorn army, as well as the Warhammer 40K 25th Anniversary model. 

He's going to look pretty good as an Imperial Fist, I think, and make a good objective marker. 

Time for some painting!*

* or procastinating

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Armies of Grail Quest, Part One

I managed to snap a few photos of the armies on parade at Grail Quest during the tournament lunch break.  There were some very nicely done armies that attended, and I'll get all the pictures up today and tomorrow.  

Billy's Three Arachnoroks!

Erik's Bretonnians

This is Sparta!

Bart's Daemons (sadly, his list of six Greater Daemons was vetoed)

Joel's Fully Painted Skaven (They Do Exist!)

Nick's Empire

These Lizardmen had some pop!

The Dark Elves have captured Gary Busey!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Grail Quest Winners and Final Results

Congratulations to the winners at Grail Quest IV:  Lethal Flagon!

Best Overall:  Eoin Whelan
Best General:  Jason Conca
2nd Best Overall:  Jerry Parsley
3rd Best Overall:  Chris Cline
Best Painted:  Jim Chadwick
Best Sportsman:  Tony Nelson

Grail Quest Final Score Report

Soft Score Explanation:

Each section of the questionnaire that you filled out at the end of each round (sports and painting) contained ten questions. Each positive response to a question was worth 125 vp for the opposing player. For example, if Tom and Collins played a game and Tom answered "Yes" to all ten sportsmanship questions about playing Collins, Collins would receive a sportsmanship score of 1250. When Tom then answered only five of the painting questions about Collins army with a "Yes", then Collins would only earn a painting score of 625 for that round.

All three round scores were then averaged and added to total battle vp for the overall score. In addition, each time a player received a vote for best painted army, they received an additional fifty points to their overall score. Each time a player received a vote for favorite opponent, they received an additional one hundred points to their overall score. Soft scores combined made up roughly 25-40% of overall scores, depending on battle vp.

Any feedback for next year's tournament is very welcome, as I always aim to improve the tournament experience from year to year. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Weekend Update: February 20th, 2012

Well, Grail Quest IV:  Lethal Flagon is in the bag.  The tournament went smoothly, without any major hitches, and I'm well pleased by that.  We had thirty participants, and I think that overall a good time was had.

I'm getting the results into a presentable shape this evening, and should have more coverage from the event this week. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Grail Quest Tomorrow!

It's been a bit quiet here recently.  That's because tomorrow I'm hosting Grail Quest IV:  Lethal Flagon at Sci Fi Genre in Durham, North Carolina.  We have 41 players signed up for an awesome Warhammer Fantasy tournament, and I've been getting all the goodies together for a great time!  You can follow @quietlimit on Twitter and I'll be updating with tournament results throughout the day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Weekend Update: February 13th, 2012

Well, there was no hobby this weekend.  Instead, there was only preparation for Grail Quest, coming up next weekend.  I had to borrow boards in order to have enough for the people coming, make sure we had enough tables, print and copy the scenarios, raffle sheets, registration sheet, score sheets, awards, and pictures of Gary Busey, cut everything out and sort and bag it, and fix the Fancy Lads banner, which had had a piece break off.  It ended up being a ton of work, and didn't leave much time for any painting.  Next weekend, I'll run the tournament, and then it will be time for some good hobbying. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Up for Sale - Blood in the Badlands

I have a copy of Blood in the Badlands up for sale on Ebay.  If you're looking for a Badlandian good time, and missed being able to buy it from Games Workshop, give it a look at:


Monday, February 6, 2012

Weekend Update: February 6th, 2012

Not much painting and modeling getting done this weekend, but there was a ton of gaming and a very busy weekend. 

On Saturday, I played in a 1,000 point, four round Warhammer 40K tournament.  Sadly, I went 1-3, with two losses being close and one loss coming from Grey Knights blowing me off the table on turn one before I had a chance to play.  These things happen in 1,000 points, I suppose.  Four short games did lead to me getting in four games on Innovation on the side, though, which was pretty great. 

On Sunday, I played in a session of Mouseguard first-timers, and it was pretty fantastic.  The great character creation and a combat/crafting/doing anything system that is simple and intuitive leads to a great game, as did the great people that I was playing the game with. 

I got three rounds of frisbee golf in as well, so all in all it a very enjoyable weekend, although I would love to have another weekend just to recover!

Friday, February 3, 2012

New Army Case / Display Board

I'm constantly looking for a way to easily and safely move my models around, and I'm constantly disappointed.  Foam is great for smaller armies, but it's tough with larger fantasy armies both in terms of setup time and the sheer amount of foam you need.  I have a nice wooden case, which holds a decent amount, but it weighs alot and is very large, so it only gets broken out for grand tournaments and the like. 

I think my latest attempt at creating a case might be the best so far.  I took a storage bin and lid, flipped the lid upside down, and glued some sheet steel to the underside of the lid.  The steel is painted, so that the lid can now be used as a display board, and my magnetized models now sit on the steel.  When I want to travel with the army or store it neatly, I can place the bottom section (the container) on top. 

The one downside is that I can't find a larger lid for even a huge storage bin, and will have to do some more looking around for that.  Right now, I can fit my 2500 points of Wood Elves on the bin I have, but I"ll need something larger for Beastmen or future projects that are not so compact.