Adepticon 2012 is over and the results are in! I didn’t post many WIP pictures because this year was a blur and everything was down to the wire. We didn’t even finish our army till Thursday night! Let me start by saying that this was the best Adepticon by far. I had an absolute blast playing and even though there were games where I got 0 battle points I had fun the entire time.
We officially got 84th place out of 116 teams which is right around the ~72nd percentile.
Overall – 199
Battle – 68 – The highest scoring team got close to 200 points and it is possible to get 240. This is the area my team could improve the most. I know I totally effed up the last game and got 0 points because I read a list wrong. For next year I actually want to just have more experience playing the game so I know what a Death Company squad can do without finding out the hard way.
Sports – 15 – We got dinged one point in one game. Not bad at all. We must be awesome peeps to play against. 🙂
Commander Heads – 17 – On average you score 16 points so we did just a pinch above average. We managed to keep our commanders alive and kill the opponents. This is pretty good especially considering we didn’t do so well battlewise.
Command Counters – 15 – Just a touch below the average score of 16. I think we used our counters well. As stated earlier it is hard to keep your counters alive when you are losing so I think we still did pretty good.
Theme – 43 – We got 43 out of 60 possible points. This sounds pretty bad if you scored this on a test but it is actually really good. We got 39th out of 116 when it came to theme; ~33rd percentile. Thanks to Jeff and Gerry for pushing us the extra step and making us do more than just Grey Knights.
Paint – 48 – Awesome! 48 out of 60 points is really great. 21st place which is the ~18th percentile. Once again thanks to Jeff for his awesome conversion. Thanks to Mike for his paint schemes that looked really good and were fast and easy to do. Gerry you get thanks for the lava bases. How is lava not cool?
Spirit – 0 – Ok, an area for improvement next year. I loved Kebek II’s dog tags. We should do that and more next year.
Quiz – 8 – I think this was all Gerry. Well done good sir.
Most of these were taken by my friend Jeff Swiggum. Enjoy the pics – there are lots of gorgeous armies out there.
Now that my team has decided on which army we are playing with at Adepticon it is time to start thinking about lists. The first list I came up with is a Draigowing list. The whole idea behind the list is to have a super tough core unit of Paladins that can take and deal a ridiculous amount of damage. In shooting the two psycannons can blow apart any light transports with their str 7 heavy 4 guns. In close combat they can deal a ridiculous amount of damage with a banner (+1 attack) and a combination of power weapons, halberds, and hammers. The part where they really shine is in how much damage they can take. Each paladin has 2 wounds, a 2+/5++ save, and feel no pain. To top it all off each Paladin is equipped different so that I can maximize wound allocation.
So my first test game was against Gerry and I asked him to use a generic Ultramarines list. He came to the field with a couple Razorbacks; Tactical Squads with lascannons, meltaguns, sergeants with power weapons/fists; an assault squad with Chaplain Cassius; and a Landraider.
We played a scenario where you had to claim the most terrain pieces to claim victory. Gerry had a significant advantage because he had something like 8 units and I only had 4.
Grey Knights being Grey Knights meant that it was their job to overcome adversity and in case you didn’t already know this, they rock at their job. The Paladins weathered a hail of lascannon fire, several rounds of bolter fire, and an assault from the Chaplain & Assault Squad. In return the Paladins blew up two transports with their psycannons, shot one squad of Ultramarines off the table, destroyed the assault squad in melee, and blew up the Land Raider. Draigo broke off mid game and killed a squad on his own. The Dreadnought took some shots and blew up one transport and crippled another. The only unit which failed was the Vindicare who missed twice and failed his 2+ cover save and melted into a pile of slag from a lascannon shot.
I know I like the list quite a bit already. There are certainly some vulnerabilities like a demolisher cannon or plasma cannons but I think the list is really versatile and fun. I am thinking about switching the Dreadnought for a Dreadknight and I do need to experiment with the Vindicare because he never even got a shot off which was just bad luck.
My gaming group has been brainstorming some ideas for Adepticon and we finally settled on an idea! We are totally digging the idea of fallen Grey Knights. The idea being that Chaos wants to mock the ultimate defenders of the human race so they corrupt them, steal their equipment, and even raise them from the dead and have them fight their allies! So the floor is pretty open for conversions, crazy paint jobs, and all sorts of other hobbying fun.
I know I wanted to make Grey Knights that were risen from the dead as zombies, we will see what other ideas my teammates come up with.
I started painting this guy a while ago but as far as I remember I used Boltgun Metal, Mithril Silver with a heavy green wash followed by a brown wash. The sword was the same metallics with a purple wash. The red was Mechrite Red with a Blood Red highlight, and the rest was details.
We are still thinking of an official name for our team but probably something along the lines of mockery or deception. Any thoughts?
Now we have to play test a few lists and see what we like.
I’ve been in a little bit of a 40k lull after Adepticon. I think the massive amounts of last-minute hobby work burnt me out and I have replaced some of my hobby time with other things like disc golf, board games, and even *gasp* women.
Fear not, I haven’t given up 40k completely. I have been brainstorming for next years Adepticon. My little gaming group has come up with some pretty exciting ideas, all of which will rock the socks off of the judges and other hobbyists. Onto the brainstorming!
Orks & Tau
The first idea that we came up with was a team consisting of Orks and Tau. The fluff behind the force would be something like the Tau were in communication with the Orks to incorporate them into the Tau Empire and the Orks being Orks only listened for a few seconds before deciding this was far too boring (read: peaceful) so they kidnapped the ethereals and are using them as hostages to black mail the Tau for equipment and support.
On the hobby side of things it would be cool to make an Ork force that has tons of Tau bits mixed in with every unit. The Tau could be modeled to have less equipment because they have been forced to give it all to their “allies”. I liked this idea so much that I actually whipped up a test model.
I have a friend (the one with the phantom titan) that has tons and tons of Eldar and he suggested that we build a force consisting of Eldar and Dark Eldar. We could use both forces to simulate Corsair Eldar which are basically Eldar that have given up the traditional ways in favor of pirating. Some of the Corsairs go so far as to seek out the Dark City and join them.
From a hobby perspective it would be awesome to make pirate Eldar that might not be as well equipped and might be a little more psychotic than their Craftworld brethren. We could convert a lot of the Craftworld Eldar with some Dark Eldar bits and even include a few Dark Eldar models to show how far some of the Corsairs have gone.
Fallen Grey Knights
How cool would it be to have some sort of Chaos themed Grey Knights? From a hobby perspective I would love to chaos-ify the Grey Knights – who wouldn’t? It would be awesome to have some close combat specialists with some jagged axes, ripped off armor plates, and maybe some skulls on a chain at their waist. Or to have a Dreadknight with oozing joints, rusted metal, and some zombified driver in the cockpit.
The big hurdle for me, not so much for my teammates, is that the cannon states that never in the history of the Grey Knights has a Grey Knight fallen to Chaos. To me making Grey Knights that have fallen to Chaos goes so against the fluff that you might as well make a force of Ultramarines that is being led by Marneus Calgar that allied with Ghazgul Thraka in the first Armageddon War. So I might have to make a Grey Knights successor chapter that partially fell or something like that (that’s right, the Grey Knights have successor chapters just like any other chapter, look at the Exorcists). So we will have to work on the fluff and find some sort of compromise but I actually really like this theme and I would like to make a test model in the near future.
Speaking of Grey Knights I actually have a team game coming up, Khorne Daemons & Nurgle Daemons Vs. Grey Knights & Space Marines, so I can’t wait to see how that goes. I am actually pretty terrified of the Grey Knights especially because the player is building a list against the Daemons. And just to be clear, I want this to be a challenge. I look forward to games where you are both aware of the opponent you are playing and you are allowed encouraged to tailor your list. It should be a tough battle.
It occurs to me that I completely forgot to include pictures in my last post. I was so excited to post my results that I forgot to add in the in game photos and photos of my team. I have decided to make up for it by posting a whole swathe of pictures in this post.
So in the gallery below you will see our finished Adepticon force, some in game shots, some other teams on their display boards, and at the very end you will a gorgeous display board set up like the defense of Terra.
Well I am after a fun filled weekend at Adepticon. I played in the team tournament Saturday and the Blood bowl tournament on Sunday. I had a lot of fun at both events but I am thinking that next year I need to plan a 1/2 day activity after the team tourney. 14 hours of gaming can really take it out of you.
Now that the Blood Bowl league is over I have some time to share all of the work I have been putting in for the Adepticon Team Tournament. If you don’t know what Adepticon is I’ll provide a quick overview. Adepticon is a massive wargames convention. It is known for its 40k team tournament but it has lots of other events for Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Blood Bowl, Warmachine, Flames of War, and other miniature war games.
Since I have already spent so much time on my Deathwatch figures over this past year I decided that I could easily make a 1000 point force. I was able to use most of the models I had already assembled but my list requires another ~20 infantry and 3 vehicles. Being distracted by the Blood Bowl league for the last two months leaves me in a little bit of a time crunch so I am hoping to get all of my minis done to a high quality and still have time to create a display board.
Greg decided to play with his Vostroyan force and paint it up with an inquisitorial theme. Gerry was hoping for the Grey Knights codex to be released early 2011 but since that fell through he is using his Raven Guard. Craig the 4th and final member of the team is planning on bringing Black Templars.
We are still working on our minis but we do have our tentative lists. If you have any (last minute) suggestions feel free to chip in. We will be heading down to Chicago tonight. More news after Adepticon. Continue reading →