Yesterday was the second Standish Standoff in the backwoods of Maine. It was an 1,850 40K tournament with 32 players in attendance. The tournament was heavily geared towards appreciating all elements of the hobby, basically the polar opposite of what ‘ard Boyz was.
The day began at 9am and I wasn’t out of there until around 9pm, so one hell of a long day. First thing was entering our models into the Bronze Spawn competition. The Bronze Spawn competition is our painting competition for various categories and judged by a panel of three judges. One of those judges was none other than Todd Swanson, 13 time slayer sword winner. He brought in the latest model he won with this year and it was nothing short of amazing. This sucker took him 200 hours between sculpting (he created his own casts for most of it), and painting.
From there it was on to the pub quiz while the painting judges did their thing. It was an extremely tough 40K quiz that I did terrible at and I thought I was pretty good with fluff. Then we got into round #1.
My game coverage is going to be super short because honestly the day wasn’t about the games for me. I don’t mean that because I didn’t do well and I’m making excuses, but because as noted in the opening, the day was about hobby appreciation. I got to play three cool people, people I’ve never played, and that’s more what I took away from my games than battle points.
Round #1 was up against Stormboy from the Dorkamorka Club and his Bad Moon Orks. I was playing my Chaos Marines, Disciples of Twilight. I knew I could not take him on in my typical aggressive manner so I used my maneuverability to hammer down one flank of his, punch a hole in it and run through. By the game end I took a 25-0 victory.
Round #2 was against a Tau player out of a store in New Hampshire. I generally do terrible against Tau as I lack the speed needed to close the distance and the long-range shooting to try to gun it out with them. Couple that with outflanking Kroot and I barely left my deployment zone. I did get into his lines with a few units on one of my last turns but time, with hard dice down, robbed me of a chance to even the score. It was my only gripe for the day and even then I’m not pissed about it. If we had a few more minutes to conclude the combats I may have done better with my score. Instead I took a 26-5 loss.
Final round was up against Exokan also from the Dorkamorka crew. He had Necrons, and a very well painted Necron army at that. His list was all on foot, a change of pace from my typical Necron match-ups. Between some bad luck (mishapping the Lord of Change and losing him), some general bad rolls and of course some poor decisions on my part, I just couldn’t pull it together. I ended up with a loss here of 24-14.
All the players I played were cool and I’d gladly play any of them again. As for the results of my games, honestly it was better than I expected. With my current string of luck I expected to go 0-3 for the day so taking a single win was welcomed. Even the final loss was still relatively close so I’m happy with the performance of my pretty tame Chaos list.
With the games concluded it was time for results. I wrote the tournament software we use. Before the event I did some work in regards to sportsmanship scores. Long story short, that code was buggy and not working as intended. I had to rewrite code at the tournament to get things working again. In the process of that I got the shop banned from my webhost for my failed log-in attempts on the database to fix things. After I got the firewall ban lifted and my code patched up, it was time for awards. So, sorry to everyone for the delay there.
I won’t cover every award because there were a ton of them and my memory is fuzzy. I’d say we had around 16+ awards between painting and gaming related stuff. I want to take a moment to thank Hippie for making them too. The trophies and awards were all extremely well done. They are the best looking ones we’ve had to date.
As for me in regards to awards, I walked away with two painting ones. I won first place for 60mm model with a Daemon Prince. I also won second place for squad with my Obliterators. Kamui won first place for 25mm model with his Wolf Lord. We both received a few honorable mentions in other categories as well. Lukas ended up walking away with best overall for the day as well, which is the top prize at the event.
The final results for me in the day go like this. Out of 32 players I ended up 17th for battle points, which really surprises me considering my scores. On soft scores alone I was in 5th place and overall I ended up 9th, so I really can’t complain about my showing for the day. I knew battle points was a long shot and I’m very happy with a 5th and 9th showing in the areas I knew I stood a chance in.
Lastly, thanks to everyone who helped put on the tournament. I was almost reluctant this past week to attend. With my string of bad luck in 40K lately it had soured my mood but at the end of the day yesterday I had a great time and am extremely glad I went. It was exactly what I needed honestly; an event that pats everyone on the back and puts other areas of the hobby I love above winning.
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