Thursday, 1 October 2009

A Tale of Four Gamers

Ok, Chris and I have been kicking this idea round for a week or so, and here's the finalised rules.

Each month each gamer will submit a 500 point list of what he has to paint. He will do this to me by the last day of the preceding month. I can then put all the lists up on this blog for all to see. These lists do NOT have to be legal armies. He will then have till the last day of the month to paint those models to be on time. Failing that he will have one extra week to paint the models for them to be considered painted late. Failure to meet this deadline counts as unpainted. Models can be confirmed painted visually by the other members, or by emailing pictures to me at before the deadline day. Provided I receive the pictures before deadline day, they'll count as on time. Any gamer can email me the pictures if they wish (even if we get visual confirmation) in order to spruce up the blog entries :oP

At any time should someone wish to drop something they have previously painted and replace it with another unit (perhaps playtesting makes you think you've made a poor selection) then you may do so. This is extra work and is your choice to do so. If you wish to swap a unit out, then the replacement unit will have to be painted. As mentioned, this could entail additional work for you. There will be a penalty of 1 point per unit for any unpainted replacements. Replacements brought in in this way can be painted at ANY time, provided they are painted before they are needed. This is to help those who may already have done a couple of core units without prior knowledge of this contest. Any unit dropped from the list will be added to that gamers apocalypse force (for the final challenge.) In this way gamers who realise they haven't painted a legal army yet can correct this mistake before it is time for them to play any games.

Here is a basic rundown with dates where they are known. Please get your 500 point starter lists to me by the 31st October.

Month 1 - 500 points by the 30th November. 5 points for on time, 3 for late (7th Dec), 0 for unpainted.

Month 2 - 500 points by 31st December. 5 points for on time, 3 for late (7th Jan), 0 for unpainted. Bonus 3 points available for getting a test game against someone (not necessarily a ToFG competitor, anyone will do. Get a couple of pics if possible.)

Month 3 - 500 points by 31st January. 5 points for on time, 3 for late (7th Feb), 0 for unpainted. Also, will play a mini-league with each competitor playing each other competitor. League rankings will determine 5, 3, 2, and 1 points. This will take place late january (date TBC)... as such unpainted models from that months batch will be allowed (as it should take place before the deadline.) We will look to book the club for a Sunday to get the games in.

Month 4 - 500 points by 28th February. 5 points for on time, 3 points for late (7th Mar), 0 for unpainted. Bonus 2 points for modelling an objective marker. Further bonus 1 point for a further objective marker.

Month 5 - As much extra as you wish for Apoc. Legendary Units, Super Heavies, whatever you like. Deadline is the day of the apoc game, probably late March or early April (date TBC). There will be no points available for painting, but simply put if it isn't painted you can't use it. Any units dropped from earlier 500 point blocks can be put back in here. All forces will join our standing 2000 point armies. The sides will probably be Rich and I vs Chris and Ken (Chaos and Orks vs Guard and Tau makes most sense from a fluff point) but if anyone has any particular objections we can negotiate that later. Any difference in points will be covered by additional strategic assets for the poorer party. Scoring for this month will be 5 points for each person on the winning team. There will be an additional 5 points for the "Champion" of each team. This will be decided by completing a secret personal objective (so secret even their team mate isn't allowed to know!)

I believe these rules are as fair and clear as I can make them, but any questions either comment below or email/text me and we'll sort it out. I believe the armies will be the following, but feel free to correct me if you have a sudden change of heart.

Ginge - Orks
Chris - Imperial Guard
Ken - Tau
Rich - Chaos Space Marines

Best of luck to all the competitors. And don't forget to have your first 500 point list to me by the 31st October.


  1. I'm well excited for this. We have a good mix up of armies too. 2 hordes and 2 "specialist" (for want of a better word) armies.

    Liking the match ups for apocalypse. This could prove to be a very epic game!

  2. 1 horde 1 "specialist" per side. It is looking massive gunline vs assaulting rabble. But I for one will never underestimate the assaulting potential in the guard. I've been surprising people with that one for years.

    "Ok, your movement phase is done right... wait. you're moving your guard towards me? And now you're ASSAULTING me? WTF?"

  3. Oh yeah, nothing like a horde of 50 guardsmen breaking cover just before the enemy can charge, and then just over running them with sheer weight of bodies, with a Stubborn Commissar.

    I also like that other units besides Plaguemarines have defensive grenades now (even if they get theirs in their points cost). Not so worthwhile for Tau FW squads, since they can't hit back very well, but great for Veteran Guardsmen!

  4. Veteran guardsmen have improved BS, not WS. So in combat they're the same as regular guardsmen... just more expensive :oS Hence I'll always chuck the "cheap" bodies in first. Conscripts FTW :oP

  5. i would like to point out though that drones, yes drones kept a huge squad of guard in combat for 3 turns and its not the first time my drones have foiled you in combat, 1 drone vs command squad, 3-4 turns = very embarrassed commander. this sounds like could be fun chaos do the shooting orks do the dying, and that combat stuff. you def going for guard then cwisius not space puppies

  6. Saying things like that won't get people on your side to make drones from vehicles worth 0 KP :P lol. Can't wait until they re-do the Tau codex.

    Yeah going for Guard. I decided to wait and see where they go with releases for the Wolves, there isn't much at the moment. Also I wanted to do a 100% terminator army with them, which might make ToFG a little dry for the rest of you.

    So yeah, Guard :)

    Once you send in your army list for the first 500pts (what you're painting, not playing), then Ginge will post them up on here.

    Ginge and myself opted for legal combat patrol lists, so that we can get some games in and try the units out.

  7. I could try for a legal army. Could be possible with tau. Going to have to introduce myself to the local GW as well. Get some practice games in.

  8. Where abouts do you live anyway Ken?