Thursday, January 26, 2017

Introducing The Steel City Sigmar Tournament Series (ITC)

Hello Everyone!  I wanted to talk this week about my local club, and the exciting things that are happening.

The club is located in and around Pittsburgh, PA, and several small Age of Sigmar groups have popped up all over the place.  Clubs from Latrobe, Ligonier, Pittsburgh, Bridgeville, Monroeville, and I am sure others I have missed, are off playing Age of Sigmar together at their friendly local gaming store (FLGS).  Occasionally people from these gaming groups pop into our new Games Workshop Warhammer Store, but there is very little cohesion.  A few of us who frequent the Warhammer Store have begun playing competitively on a regular basis, and have decided to work on a way to bring these clubs together under one roof.  This will hopefully branch out to others even further away.

The Steel City Sigmar Tournament Series hopes to bring a friendly, competitive Age of Sigmar gaming environment to the region.  The club have been working with Frontline Gaming to be added to their ITC ranking system.  As you have seen on some recent blog posts, we are consistently running smaller tournaments monthly, but the hope is to grow large enough to qualify for Grand Tournament status.   

In conjunction with the ITC ranking system, it will also be using a local ranking system for the Steel City Tournament Series that you will gain throughout the season to count toward prizes and bragging rights.  Not only will you be able see where you place nationally, but also be able to see where you stand in a regional sense.  As the series moves through this process, they are looking for any critiques or advice, so that they can make positive changes. 

The first event will be held on March 12th at Legions Games, one of our local FLGS near Pittsburgh, PA.  The event will consist of three games with random round one pairings.  The entry fee will be put to prize support in the form of Store Credit for the FLGS (the event is not run by the FLGS, but we want to "Pay where we play"). I look forward to writing a full and detailed report about the event, as well as a brief overview of the games I will play in a future post.

If you are thinking about joining us feel free to check out the event pack here and if you have any questions on attending these events or helping out please feel free to reach out to the contact below.

As always feel free to follow me on Twitter (@odiamh) Until next week, Happy Hobbying!

Edited by @Grudgegamer (twitter)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Weekend 1 Day Event 1/15/17

Hello everyone, sorry for the delay in this week's blog post.  Nurgle has blessed me with a plague and it has been a struggle, but I am battling back!  Enjoy!

This past weekend, I attended a Competitive Tournament at my local Games Workshop Store (Bridgeville, PA).  It was a six player 2000 point event, with three games scored on Win/Loss/Draw.  The Tournament was free, but that didn't mean the competition was any less fearsome. (Sadly my phone was down so I only have a few pictures from the event)

My first game was against a club mate, by the name of Michael, who brought Beastclaw raiders to the table.  The Battleplan (rolled randomly from the general’s handbook) was Take and Hold.  I brought my Warrior Brotherhood to the table, and despite the Mortal Wound threat from his army, I saw my opportunity to win the Scenario based on my higher model count.

I began my turn one by dropping my Judicators to shoot off his Mournfang Cavalry. With the help of some lucky battle shock rolls, I was able to reduce his force more quickly than I expected.  Michael pushed back and killed off my shooting with ease, much to my dismay.  I responded in kind by dropping in my Knight- Azyros (using my Knight- Vexillor to pick him back up and drop him closer) and my ten man unit of Retributors with four Starsoul Maces.  I ignored the obvious threat of his Stonehorns and proceeded to destroy his Yeti and a few more Mournfang.  After I took my beating back, I dropped the rest of my army to try for the Turn 3 victory, but I failed and watched my army melt as the Stonehorns took over the battle.  I was able to get a few characters in line to block my back field Liberator units holding my objective, and with a lucky roll of my Lord-Celestant’s Cloak, I was able to kill off his last Mournfang model.  That left him with only four models left in his army, allowing me to secure a victory.

My Second game put my Warrior Brotherhood against a Club Member Pat, who brought his Tunneling Skaven army.  The Battle Plan for this game was Three Places of Power.  We each had three Heroes and Armies that could Strike anywhere on the board.

We both began defensively by exchanging a bit of shooting between the Judicators and Warp Lighting Cannons.  The dice were in my favor as I killed off one cannon and one of his Heroes, preventing him from scoring.  I went all in on my next turn, and deployed most of my remaining army and destroyed the rest of his Heroes, while scoring on all three objectives myself.  The game was won, but Pat asked to continue for one more round and I agreed.  I watched in horror as he tunneled up his entire army to seek revenge on my Retributors and Knight-Azyros. It was a good laugh and fun seeing the raw power he could have brought to bear if things had gone slightly differently. 

Two wins under my belt put me on the Top Table for game three.  I was going up against my friend Bill Souza, who is exceptionally fun to play against.  We have only faced each other a few times, but it is always an intense and laugh out loud time.  Bill brought a mixed Order Army that took many by surprise.  We rolled for our Battleplan and ended up with Gift from the Heavens.

Bill set up a perfect bubble around his Heroes to protect them from my Alpha Strike.  It was perfect except for my use of my Knight-Vexillor to drop my Knight-Azyros in the middle of the bubble and spread my Retributors around his Heroes.  His commanders died ignoble deaths, but the Fyreslayers at his command quickly crossed out any grudge before it could be recorded.  I had made a mistake by committing my force, but it sure was fun seeing his face when I circumvented his deployment strategy to protect himself.  Bill then proceeded to play a great game, and by the end of it he had the better of me, due to my inability to contest his meteor while he was able to contest mine without much issue.   The game was over by turn three, but we continued on just for fun and I am glad we did.  We had a blast trying to kill off that damn Hero who wouldn't die or seek revenge on a particular unit while just enjoying the game.

Bill's List

In the end I nabbed second place behind Bill (a recurring theme I intend to change!), but what a fun day of Age of Sigmar against three great opponents.  Events like this are getting me more and more excited for Adepticon 2017.  I apologize for the late post once again and until next week, Happy Hobbying!

Edited by Tom Schubert (@Grudgegamer on Twitter)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Road to Adepticon 2017 : Part 1

We are less then three months away from Adepticon 2017 and I still feel as if I need more time.

This will be my first Adepticon and my first Wargaming convention.  I am very excited to finally participate and see what all the fun is about!  I have attending local tournaments and events and they have been enjoyable and well run, but I have a feeling they will not compare.  I am also excited to meet many people I know though the Twitter community Face to Face ( So please feel free to say Hi to me anytime!) and on top of that Games Workshop will be attending!

I have decided to participate in the 2 Day Age of Sigmar Championship and have worked out a few list options that I am play testing.  I have also discovered that I will need to paint a bit more than expected to run the lists I have created.  That is all before I touch up the previously painted models in the army.  I wanted to share my road to Adepticon by dedicating one post a month (of my new weekly format) to Practice Games, Painting and the like, but I will be holding my list back until the event.  Although after a few weeks of deciding on an Army I settled on Stormcast (as it has the least amount of prep work to get it ready) so my list should be pretty obvious...

A Combined Force of Bloodbound (Played by Tom) and Undead (Played by Frank) against my Stormcast (2Kpts)

This past weekend I began getting in as few practice games to test the list out and see what it can and cannot do.  I discovered that spreading out my force against undead is a very very bad idea.  This game also served as a farewell game to one of my fellow Wargamers Frank who is moving across state soon.  Hopefully it will not be the last time our forces do battle!

A small table game played against my friend Matt and his Duradins 2k (pts)

I was able to get another game int he following day against my good friend Matt.  Due to a busy day at our local Games Workshop we played on a 4x4 which only assisted in my now focused assault.  We had an enjoyable game nonetheless and Matt truly helped me prepare by doing mock scenarios of combats with alternate weapons and turn order to see how to (possibly) adjust my list.

6d3 Mortal wounds!!!

After a weekend full or tough battles and lessons learned I sat down to add some much needed power to my list as you see above.  I added a second StarSoul Mace to my already painted unit from the starter set as well as building another five Retributors.  After finding myself short of Starsoul Maces I converted a few up for my Protectors using the extra Decimator Axes heads and they turned out alright (they might get a bit of greenstuff).  I won't deny that I am bringing a Hard list that is very high up in the Meta, but I still have much to learn in how to use it before the Tournament and a fair bit of painting as well.  As I said I do not feel I have enough time, but I hear that is a typical problem for these large events and I am up for the challenge!

However, I am not without worries.  I am worried about being to serious about it all.  This game is fun and the community are a great bunch from what I have seen online.  I want to enjoy the games I play and I want my opponent to do the same.  What is better then getting to talk with someone with a mutual interest while enjoying said interest?  Not much.  I am fully aware that I am competitive and can get very focused when competing, but I want it to be about the fun while still aiming for the top.  I am keeping this in the front of my mind when practicing as well to help keep it as a priority.  

If you are going to Adepticon let me know as I would love to say hello ( I will have Yeungling Lager to share!).  If you care to share what you are doing for the event or what you might be bringing let me know in the comments.  Until next week Happy Hobbying!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Hobby Resolutions and Goals

Happy New Year everyone!  2017 has finally arrived and that means setting a few goals and resolutions for the coming trip around the Sun.  Here are my Hobby resolutions and goals for 2017.

1) Attend more Events and go for a Podium.  I have always been competitive and while I am one of the consistently better players in my area I am pretty sure I will be suffering "Big Fish, Little Pond" syndrome with this goal.  Nonetheless I want to try to hang around the top tables at some major events and go for a podium.  All that said I want to make sure I have fun and give the best game possible to my opponents.

2) Make more friends in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Scene.  As I attend more events I want to try and meet some of the people I talk to on social media face to face.  I would also like to try and create or join up with some Hobby Sykpe nights as well.  I am usually to timid to jump into one I might see posted on Social media, but if I wish to create more friendships in the scene I will have to overcome this feeling.  We have a great and welcoming community and I doubt I have any need to worry.

3) Grow my Hobby.  If you take a look at my Cover Photo you will see I have created a Facebook Page for my Hobby uploads Called "Odiamh Wargaming" in order to consolidate some of my Hobby picture spam and blog posts as well as create a brand (of sorts) for my Hobby.  My Twitter posts will appear there as well as I hope to reach the goal of 1000 followers this year.  As I begin this new chapter I welcome all positive critiques to be sure I can put out good, quality content.  You will still be able to find my Blog in the usual place as well as posted on TGA.Community.

4) Help my local scene grow.  When The End Times ended I found myself pretty much alone.  Most of my group disappeared due to school, work, or just being done with Warhammer.  I held onto the glowing chuck of The World That Was right along with Sigmar and eventually people began to join me in the Mortal Realms.  Some players are new and some are returning players.  It is time to move forward more then ever and grow the groups I either run or am a part of.  I dream of a healthy Age of Sigmar Scene in my area for competition and Hobbying (maybe even enough interest to have a Grand Tournament in the area).

What are your goals for 2017?  Let me know in the comments.  I wish everyone the best for this coming year and may you hobby go wherever you want it to take you.  Don't forget that I will be bringing you this blog weekly so be sure to comment and let me know if you have any topics you would like me to cover.

Happy Hobbying!