Hero for a Day! A Warhammer 40K Marathon

Roll up, roll up, crazy Warhammer 40,000 players of all ages, to (possibly) the greatest show on Earth!

Welcome once more, wargamers and hobbyists to Creative Twilight, where today I have decided to forego my usual philosophising on this hobby of ours, and instead use my powers for the cause of good.

One of my gaming compatriots and wargaming blogger in his own right, Nick Thrower of the Burning Eye blog, has taken it upon himself to run a charity gaming event to support a charity that has impacted the lives of some of his friends, and Nick being both an avid wargamer and not a person to do things by halves, has come up with a right old slobberknocker! Hero for a Day!

I won’t spend time explaining any more when Nick has already summarised what the event is all about and where the organisation currently stands, so please read on below for the details of Hero for a Day, what I hope will be a fantastic event that will raise plenty of cash for a worthy cause. If you do live in the area or are prepared to travel to attend, then I very much hope to see you there.

Hero for a Day Event Summary

Hero for a DayDate: 20th August 2016 (starting at midnight on Friday 19th August and running until midnight Saturday 20th)

Venue: Asfordby Parish Hall, 24 Main Street, Asfordby, Melton Mowbray LE14 3SA

Cost: To be confirmed – but I’m aiming to keep it as low as possible.

Format: Team event – 2 teams of ten, formed on the basis of available factions – 1 team will be imperial, the other will be everything else (including Tyranids)

Concept: A 24-hour gaming marathon to raise money for charity, the event will be a narrative, tree style ‘campaign in a day’ encompassing various different game styles – the first game will be classic 1v1, there will be 2 covert ops games incorporating small forces (200-250pts), 2 doubles games, and 2 handicap games, and the final game will be 1v1 again.

The result of each game will be added to the result of all the other games in the round, and the mission played in the next round will be affected by which team scored higher (I’m even writing missions for if the round is a tie).

Each team will have a captain who will assign players to tables, check that the lists players bring are within the spirit of the event, and will have bonuses to play throughout the day to affect games. The captains will also be able to join one of their team mates in the handicap games, turning the tables on an opposing team.

More Details

The mission pack for the day is under construction at the moment, and can be seen here: Mission Pack

I’m also writing bespoke rules for the covert ops games, which are approaching first draft stage, and can be viewed here: First Draft Rules (WIP)

There will be a raffle running during the day, and we’ve already got a good stack of pledged prizes for participants, though any more donations will be welcome. There will also be a prize (painted by yours truly) for the person who brings in the most sponsorship for the day.


The Hero for a Day event is intended to raise money for charity – the Children’s Cancer and Leukemia Group, and as such I’ve set up a fundraising page, which can be found here. Anyone can donate using that link.

I was inspired to make the decision to run the event when George, the 2 1/2 year old son of some friends of ours and good friend of our own daughter who is the same age, was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour on his kidney. He’s been through several weeks of chemotherapy, and has now had the kidney removed, but things would have been less promising were it not for the work of the CCLG in developing treatments.


There is a forum set up for those who are interested in attending the event, where you can sign up and discuss your army lists, tactics etc with other members of your team (so when you sign up, please let me know what armies you have available to use on the day). There will also be a community section where you can chat and post more generic non-event specific stuff. We already have 10 members signed up to the forum so please get yourself registered as soon as you can! I’m not going to limit membership of the forum to the twenty players who will take part on the day, but forum members will get advanced notice when tickets go on sale.

The forum is also the place where I’m running detailed polls on the various arrangements during the day, such as lunchtime arrangements, game sizes, army selection rules etc.

In Closing

So, now that Nick has explained what Hero for a Day is all about, I will leave you to mull over the prospect of a 24 hour 40K marathon!

As always, thanks for reading.

Eternal Wargamer.

  • Brennan Barni

    An excellent cause; I wish I had the ability to attend!

    • Frank Ford

      Thanks. It’s one of those things I guess, distance is always a factor when an event comes around. On a positive note, this will be my first ever organised event outside a club, and I have been gaming for 23 years!

      • Yeah, I’d love to jump over to the other side of the pond, but it’s just not feasible. I hope you guys do well with it though.

        • Frank Ford

          Don’t worry buddy, I am sure this blog will see some exclusive post event coverage…

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