The Standish Standoff is the much-anticipated annual Warhammer 40K tournament that my FLGS holds. It’s a more hobby-centric event, and we all just come out for a fun day of gaming.
It was a few weeks ago, so before I forget everything, I should report on it ;)
Of course I brought along my Chaos Marines, the Disciples of Twilight. I decided on a list just a few days before the event, and I even managed one test game with it. I wasn’t expecting to run away with prizes for gaming, I never do, so I wasn’t concerned about the list.
I did find time to do a lot of rebasing prior to the tournament. I’ve done various snow techniques over the years, and it was time to unify a bunch of them to the current fluffy snow method I use.
This is something I’ve put off for a while. It’s not hard to rebase these to the new technique, it just takes time. I still have more units to do, but doing all these gave me a great start on it.
I tried to get a picture of every army before the tournament started.
Oh yeah, we also got this freebie for attending the tournament. It’s a kickass scoreboard from 3D6 Wargaming. I’ve been wanting a scoreboard for a while, but I never got around to buying one. Unfortunately he doesn’t have this scoreboard on his site, but he does have a bigger one.
My first game was against Orks, which was my first game against Orks in 8th.
The game was brutal. The game’s objective revolved around the board center, so there was a lot of fighting there. In the end though, the Orks pushed me off the center and came away with a 31-10 victory.
This game was against Karl and his Slaanesh Daemons. I don’t remember anything of the mission other than Maelstrom cards were the primary, and it’s the only reason I won this game. I managed to take a lead with Maelstrom while Karl’s army was slowly taking mine apart. I got lucky with a 21-11 victory.
My final game was against Steve and his Eldar. I had no hopes of victory here. Steve is a great player and I’m consistently outclassed in our games. Still, I played to have fun and we had a good game.
In the end Steve was able to table me, securing himself a 31-15 victory.
There’s a painting contest with various categories, all of which I had entered.
I won 2nd place for Grimtech in the 25-32mm category, and I also won 2nd place for Fane Bloodstar in the 40-50mm category. I think it’s the first year that I didn’t get a single 1st place. Oh well.
Overall it was a pretty disappointing showing for me with painting. I really expected Fane Bloodstar (aka: Abaddon) to win 1st place. Once I saw Warren’s awesome Nurgle Knight I knew I wouldn’t win 1st in that category, but I thought for sure I’d manage 2nd. Oh, and that Nurgle Knight did indeed win 1st.
I’m not really surprised though. The competition is getting better lately, a lot better, but also the painting judging has been…questionable the past few years. I’m not alone in that thought either.
Honestly, at this point I don’t really care. I love sharing my work and getting feedback, but I’ve kinda given up caring if it’s award-winning or not. I’m just having fun with my painting these days.
Unsurprisingly, I didn’t win any gaming awards. I didn’t do too bad throughout the day for battle points, considering 2 games were losses, but overall I didn’t do as great as I originally thought I had.
In painting scores I maxed out my points. I also maxed out sportsmanship. I did terrible on the pub quiz we had, and I also didn’t get voted as anyone’s favorite opponent (Skumgrod), so I lost points there.
Overall, I landed 15th out of 24 players. For battle points alone I was 21st – ouch. Just in soft scores I was 6th, which is decent.
It just wasn’t my year for anything I guess.
Painting upsets aside, and terrible showing in the results, I had a good day. All of my games were fun, which isn’t always the case at this event. I got to see people I only see once a year, play games, and eat pizza. Not a bad day at all.
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