Games Workshop Tournament Down Under
case anyone was wondering, one reason I have missed the last few HKSW
meetings is because I was frantically preparing an army for the WH40k Grand
Tournament in Sydney in March. Games Workshop now runs these GT's in several
countries, and they have become fairly prestigious. So I duly got up at 6.00
am in order to secure a ticket from their mail order people (they sell out
very fast), and then began the arduous business of getting an army done.
Workshop's GT's are funny things. Although you'd think it would be a
straightforward matter of taking a powerful army and grinding every
opponent's army to dust, in fact there is rather more to it. Army
composition and painting is very important, as is sportsmanship, to the
extent that it's possible to win overall without winning every game.
trend in recent years has been novelty armies, which take one of the
prescribed army lists then give it an unusual twist (such as having an
Imperial Guard army composed entirely of dwarves). I already had such an
army underway - the Greenmarines, which are basically Orks in power armour.
I won't bore you with the background, but the idea is that a new Space
Marine chapter became tainted by Orkiness, and the result was an army of
Marines with green skin, big teeth and a bad attitude.
sort of army involves a lot of work, because everything is converted from
the basic models, and it has to be painted to a high standard or it just
looks lame. I was therefore still painting them on the afternoon I left for
Australia - indeed, I was still going until late the
next day at my parents' place in Sydney. The finishing touches were applied
at 1.00 am the night before the GT started. I should add that I got some
invaluable help from Wayne, who gave up a few afternoons to paint plastic
men with me (thanks Wayne!).
GT itself proved to be very enjoyable. It was held in a large room under the
Sydney Town Hall with 60 gaming tables (30 for WH40k, 30 for Warhammer), all
covered in a variety of well finished terrain. The Aussie players were, as
you'd hope, fairly relaxed, and there were some impressive armies there.
With all the pressure of getting it finished, I had never actually got
around to trying my army out, so my first game at the GT was the first time
the Greenmarines saw battle. They were rather a small army, and I
didn't think they were terribly competitive in a GT environment, which tends
to involved large numbers of troops. To my surprise, they beat a much more
numerous opponent, and (after being utterly annihilated the next game) went
on to win another 3 games, giving me a total of 4 wins and 1 loss - not a
bad result at all. More importantly, I won the Best Painted award, and the
People's Choice (where all the players vote for their favourite army). With
the additional points these gave me (plus a good Sportsmanship score), I
came 4th overall. So I was very satisfied.
hoping that GW will hold a GT late this year in Hong Kong. Anyone who's
interested in either WH40k or Warhammer should pester them to get it
are some photos of the army, click on the images below to view them in
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