Daily Episode 50 – Giant Fanatic

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Daily Episode 50 – Giant Fanatic

In this episode i have a couple of announcements, an episode sponsor and a special guest, no wonder its a bumper episode!

The sponsor for this episode is Ben ‘Panzer’ Harris and he says

Tzeentch Fried Lizard invites you to our bbq at the Midlands Open. Visit table 12 to try our Flickering Fire roasted skinks and whole Bolt of Change mutated Saurus. Or, in other words, Chris Tomlin you’re a chump and I’ll be taking all your toys off tomorrow. Your hero Panzer

Next announcement is that I am very sorry to hear Heelanhammer Podcast have just released their final episode.  Dan and Wayne have been a constant companion to my working week over the last 3 years.

So, on to the topic for this episode and that is Giant Fanatic.  I have a guest, Asger Granerud, to talk about the tournament scene in Denmark and the event that he has a hand in running.  GF tries to stay innovative by introducing different things to the event to keep it ahead of the other tournaments around, we chat about some of these things from years past and also what is coming this time around.  Check out the Giant Fanatic website for more details

Dont forget to enter our competition to win a ticket to the Golem Painting day.

Episode 86 – The Lore Of Beasts Review, BoTC and WM/H ETC Reports

Episode 86 – The Lore Of Beasts Review, BoTC and WM/H ETC Reports


Episode Sponsor – Clash of Swords – A Warhammer Fantasy Tournamenta 1 day Warhammer Fantasy tournament at Firestorm Games in Cardiff called Clash of Swords. There will be 3 games at 2400 points per army (with some armies getting more points). The event will be on the 1st of September. The idea behind the event is to trial out a new comp pack that tries to balance the armies to a certain degree without changing too many of the rules for the game. Some people have mentioned it as being a mid-way point between SCGT comp (light) and ETC comp (hard).

Fortnight in Fantasy.

Ben: Nope, none. Warmachine ETC though……
Mark: BotC report, 1st place with his Tomb Kings

Painting and modeling.

Ben: Painted a couple of models for my warmachine army.  Totally failing with my CD’s.  Does anyone want to paint them for me?  A commission service do it in exchange for ads???
Mark has been painting his Orcs and Goblins and is plannign a small points game against Ben’s chaos dawrfs in the near future.

Other gaming, none GW

Ben: Warmachine ETC…….

Shout out to Elite Cadre.  A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast.  Hosted by Nick and Mike the guys from my ETC team.  Listen to their latest episode for an ETC review.
Also played Mental Football against my team mate, Simon. On Saturday night at the ETC.  Been playing MTG 2013 app on the iPad.

Other Reading, listening, watching.

Ben had been listening to Podcasts galore, Muse on Minis, elite Cadre, Chain Attack, Boosted Damage, All the Warhammer ones.  Also watched a bunch of movies. Muppets 2011, (only movie on my iPad)  Also saw Chronicle, Monsters, Latest Underworld, Drive.  New fave TV show is Country House rescue….. Getting old??
Reading Orion by Daris Hinks.  In an actual book!  Next up is fear to tread by James Swallow.  Sanguinius storyline.
Lore of Beasts Review.
We talk about the lore of Beasts.  How to get the best from each of the spells and also looking at how to make use of them when combined with other lores of magic.

Gareths Query Corner

Some of the questions covered this episode are: what is MR.  How well should you protect your BSB.  Scoring systems.  Dead wizard miscasts?  How to use Skirmishers, Small points games.

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Daily Episode 46 – Playstyles at the Pillage

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Daily Episode 46 – Playstyles at the Pillage

This weekend was the Portsmouth Pillage event run by the Pompey Pirates gaming club and Tournament Organiser Alan Thompson.  With 70+ players in warhammer and another 20 in other systems it was quite  a relaxed event in a venue that can hold closer to 180 players.  I took the opportunity to interview Ben Diesel and Jack Armstrong about their thoughts on playstyles of a player and how that influences list design.

Jack went on to win the event so it was great to hear the thoughts from a top player as his plans come good.

Final results were Jack 1st with Lizardsmen, Nick Pyn 2nd with Deamons of Chaos and Lorenzo in 3rd with Ogre Kingdoms.

I also announce a contest to win a ticket to the Golem Painting Studios ‘Deamon Day’ event.  tickets are normally £85 but you can get one for free simply by entering your name in the contest thread on the forums



US Tournament Player rundown

I just wanted to take a moment to share a post that I saw on The Warhammer Forum this evening.

The post was buried in a discussion about tournament results for a recent US Tournament The Buckeye Battles.  The discussion was going in the direction of the regions of USA and the quality of players in those regions when this came out of nowhere.  Its a great rundown of the ‘names’ on the US tournament circuit.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how many events I’ve done over the years in the UK which is only a fraction of the size of the US, so take if from me when I say the knowledge of the scene that the OP displayed here is exceptional.  I’m sure that if I thought hard about it I could do a similar write up for the UK (and I may do in the future, and even ask other players to do so about their own countries) but to have this in-depth knowledge of such a wide community if really impressive.

So here is the original post.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

If I can add my 2 cents,

RE: Buckeye Battles, Looked like it was awesome, Now I’m sorry I missed it. (in fact my entire club was going to check it out, but the website said it was sold out back in May..)

RE: ETC Team, Larry has a point, being that the ETC is a team event, you would be hard pressed to get a working team just by grabbing the best players in the country. Just as im sure England has similar issues, the selection process has to be based on players that trust one another’s abilities, and can reasonably get together to practice (GT’s or otherwise) Also, no one will want to fly thousands of miles to not have a decent chance to win. It sucks that the team is made up of just 2-4 clubs in the USA (Da Boyz, Warmongers, CCG, and Austin Minions depending on the year), but that is the way it has to be. and truth be told, clearly it works. (6th place finish last year, in the USA’s 2nd attempt.)

RE: Regions of the USA.
This is where it kinda gets interesting. Now on the surface, I might have more a passing interest with this kind of stuff, so you will have to excuse my indulgence in the matter. I was the guy, who started the aborted attempt at a US Ranking website (warhammerusa.com) before transferring my data to the Ranking HQ staff. If you feel so inclined, you can look it up in the wayback machine internet archive. What you will discover is that I have had some contact with all points of the US GT scene with interviews with players in all the regions, so while no one is an exact authority, I have results and records of head to head play from the best players in different regions playing each other. If i had to define the regions I’d go,

Northeast (MD,PA to ME)
Southeast (VA, GA to FL)
Texas (including AR)
West Coast (Mainly northern Cali)
MidWest (OH to IA, IL to MN)

Has three very strong clubs (Warmongers, DA Boyz, CCG) All members of the ETC team, and all winners of multiple Overall, best generals) The region is also host to other clubs that haven’t seen that type of success, but have very good players nontheless (Ratticus’s Lost legion, The Jervis Johnson’s and Scooter’s Inner Circle Club out of MD)
Head to head, this region went 6th vs the world (sans Jordan) at the ETC, and produced the winners of that won the last 2 Adepticon Championships. (which in fact the Fantasy side of Adepticon only really began getting big around 2008-2009, prior to that more regional players showed up.)

Was known for one Club in particular (Page 5 from VA) whom since disbanded, That club (with Jordan B again) did beat their VERY-strong northern rival (the Warmongers) in team event’s in consecutive Necronomicon GT’s (based in Tampa FL) when pitted in the same event. Since 8th, the core members of Page 5 rage quit (much like many of the great Australian players, they hated the new rules) And since the SE region is dominated by 2 clubs, (the Kobra Kai, and the Fancy Lads) The Kobra Kai is made up of some veteran players (like myself) and at least one members of the old Page 5) The Fancy Lad’s best player Lance Lagroue, recently moved back to NYC, to play with the Warmongers. Head to head, the new SE (Kobra Kai) had beaten a NE club in a team scrimmage/challenge (Kobra kai vs Inner Circle at Border Raids 2011) and in Brawler Bash 2010 (Kobra Kai’s Club member won the event (Lord Inquistor on the Warseer Forum), over couple named NE players and ETC players (Segrum) although they did not play head to head.

Including Arkansas, has produced very strong players including the infamous Jordan Braun, Greg Harris, David Bowman and Aaron Chapman (Furgil) who’s dwarfs I would argue has seen the most success of the lot since 8th edition.) The TX lot seem to cross pollinate the most of any region, with the West-Coast guys habitually coming down for the 100 person Alamo GT, and the TX guys returning the favor for the 100 person Quake City Rumble in SF. Also, when competing in the other regions), the TX players have typically yield top 10 placings, and a few Overall wins in the past.

West Coast.
It kinda sucks to label the West Coast particularly out of one region, BUT Northern CA, seems to have the greatest challengers of the West Coast, led by the Leadership 2 Club. That club, i routinely goes to the Alamo, and walks away with most the prizes. Strong and excellent players like Shawn Phillips (who was ranked number 1 in the states for a long time), Mike Sanders, Mike Scalletti, and Derek Wiswell. The dual threat posed by this lot is the fact that their armies are incredible to look at .Back in the 2007 days when the Hillbilly GT was around (100 players) The Leadership 2 lot, would dominate many of the top spots.

In fact as a measure of their skill, lets consult Jordan Braun, in an interview, I had with him for WarhammerUSA.

JP: You have been known to be an avid member of the GT community, playing across the US, and even writing tactic articles for Bell of lost souls, all things considered, which region do you consider to have the toughest competition? What do you consider your greatest achievement GT-wise all of that considered?

JB: I think the hardest room is Quake city rumble or Adepticon. CA has a pretty good group of decent Warhammer players. Adepticon is a grueling 3 day stretch and it is notoriously no comp Warhammer

The Midwest’s good players are getting alot more recognized these days with the advent of podcasts. Provided however, that all of the fantasy American podcasts are based in the Midwest. GT players will know strong players like Joe Rogers, and Johnny Hastings from Point Hammered. Of course there is Dennis Gunia who finishes high, with players like Domus and Rhellion who are established GT players. Gary Luther and his dwarfs also, always finish in the top tables in GT’s that include players from other regions.

If I had to rate the regions based of Overall player skill, from an unbiased view, I’d list them as the following.

1. Northeast. Currently about 5-6 of the top US players reside there (my opinion), Which include Larry M, Brian Moyer, Mike Norton, Alex Schmid and Jarrent Messing. The majority of the USA ETC team play up there, Add to the fact that the region took home the past two Adepticon Fantasy Championships Overall (being the only GT that all the regions could logically participate in head to head ( 6 of the top 20 players in the US reside there) I can also attest from personal experience that I top 5/10 every GT in the SE in the past 2 years, my highest finish in the NE was 15th. Plan to change that at Conflict next Jan.

2.West Coast. The Leadership 2 club leads the way with this region, and while technically the West Coast has more players in the top 20 than any other (7) This region I believe fails from not competing vs the other regions enough (exception being TX) But once they have, the combination of skill and art (army wise) results in high places.

3.Midwest. Off the strength of the Handsome Point boys, Denis and James Hyde (Domus) the Midwest has 4 players in the top 20. I don’t know the success rate of these players when pitted vs the other regions, but needless to say I believe the Midwest has the fastest growing GT scene, which will result in more talent, and more experienced players. Expect this to change.

4.Texas At one point TX was the heart of american warhammer fantasy. TX was some of the strongest players around (Jordan, and Aaron in particular.) The one thing you can say is that the TX players all switch armies on a annual basis, and constantly win. But for the past couple years the TX players have suffered at the hands of the Cali players on their home turf, while unable to return the favor. Also very few of the exceptional TX players travel out of the region, and while Jordan B used to dominate other regions all by himself in the past.These days it’s just not enough. (3 out of the top 20)

5. Southeast My poor region… The SE suffers from lack of players, and talent depletion. With many strong players quitting the game (Chris Long, Rob Canterman, Todd Wiatt, Erik Lindley from BroHammer) and others moving out of the region (Chad Hoggen (oncebitten) moving to OH < the beastman player that finished 2nd at buckeye battles>, and Lance lagroue moving back NE) The GT scene is suffering. The regions best players still perform well against the other regions top players head to head (Jason Conca def Joe Rogers at BB IV and Eoin Whelan (Lord Inquistor) finishing top 3 at Border Raids, the SE players cannot jump high in the rankings due to the local GT’s max out at about 40 players. (can’t max out points and those are the Big ones!) while other Gt’s (Necro in FL) shut down completely. Until the region recovers as a whole, (Nova open GT is gaining traction) the SE will be the bottom dwellers, unless the clubs travel.

(as an aside, if someone knows Aaron Fishkow’s email, I wanted to see if he could get the Kobra kai club (7 members) in the Conflict GT in Jan, basically the South’s best club vs the north competition. )

So, that’s my opinion of the “region’s argument” maybe i’m completely wrong, but those are my thoughts. The thing people must be careful of when judging the regions (particularly by RankingHQ) is the players that are in regions with more GT’s will have more opportunities to get ranking points, so you also have to take into account Head to head in GT’s where members from all the regions participated.

Jerry P


Thanks to Jerry P for posting this and I hope he doesn’t mind me repeating it here.



Daily Episode 43 – UK Tournament Scoring Systems

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Daily Episode 43 – UK Tournament Scoring Systems

I talk about the different types of tournament scoring systems commonly used in the UK.  Win Loss Draw, 20-Nil and the Maelstrom Victory Points based system.  Over the years we have had a bunch of requests for this topic on teh main show and i’m sure I have spoken about them seperatly in different shows, but I thought I would talk about them all together and give my thoughts on the pros and cons of each.


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Daily Episode 40 – Warmachine Interview with Dr Norbert

Daily Episode 40 – Warmachine Interview with Dr Norbert

Dr Norbert, one of the pressgangers for Privateer Press chats with me about Warmachine and Hordes, the ETC at Maelstrom, 2 Day events and Multiple lists.  I had an awesome time playing in the ETC and will be going back again next year for sure.  I played Cygnar and will be getting some photos of my army up over the weekend.

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