Good news, everyone! I survived my first Warhammer 40,000 tournament!
In case you're still wondering, I was one of the thirty players at the Warhammer 40,000 Gentleman's Tournament at Rock-Con 2011 in Rockford, IL.
Oh, and what a great convention it was, my friends!
So sit tight and let me tell you about the venue and the tournament as a whole before I start posting battle reports from the five games I played during this weekend-long tournament.
|Outside view of the ISC!|
The convention probably took half of the space, while the other half was used for.. I dunno... what do little kids play these days? Soccer?
There were two concession stands, one of which was especially convenient and the prices were not too crazy (although $2.00 for a drink is a bit too much.. especially from a vending machine!). I enjoyed a few bacon cheeseburger combos myself throughout the weekend. I didn't really notice any water fountains, which would be my only real complaint, but then again I didn't look hard enough for one. Wargaming makes me thirsty..
There were many different vendors all over the place, but I didn't have the money and time to spend. Iknow that there were some awesome steampunk watches, bracelets and other trinkets. Oh, and there were raffles! ;D But I didn't win anything... D;
The Gentleman's Grand Tournament was just that: a pleasant, epic tournament.
30 players, 5 games throughout 2 days... What else does one need from a tournament? A shiny trophy, perhaps? There were a few of those. I really didn't know what to expect from my first independent tournament. I don't really play too many people from different stores and was not prepared for the competition, especially when it comes to facing experienced players who a part of wargaming clubs.
Honestly, all I was hoping for is that I wouldn't have to face too many I.G and Grey Knights armies..
Oh, and that the terrain would be sweet.
|Some of the terrain from the Gentleman's GT|
All terrain was "donated" by The Last Square all the way from Madison, Wisconsin!
Now that I think about it, a lot of the players were from that area as well, which at first seemed odd to me, but then I realized that Wargaming Clubs probably do that traveling thing a lot, huh? From what I managed to gather from the Internet it seems like the main gaming club represented at the Gentleman's GT was the D-Company. Props to you, guys - you sure know how to play a mean game of 40,000 and gave young Skarvald the Troll-faced a good challenge.
Now I kind of want to be part of a Wargaming Club..
I guess I'll have to make one myself.
|Gitsplitta's Mantis Warriors|
Anyway. I promised Mr. Wagner to take a few pictures of his army.. so here it goes:
Oh, man you're probably anxious to find out how I did at the Gentleman's Grand Tournament, huh?
I played against Space Marines, I.G, two Dark Eldar armies and Space Wolves.
I went.. 4-1.
And I finished 5th out of 30 people!
Expect battle reports with some pictures and more commentaries in the next few days. For now I'll leave you with a quick shot of the army I brought with me. Until then..