Archive for the GW Tournament Circuit Category

Building the Unexpected Party

Posted in Armies, Dwarves, Gathering in the Desert, GW Tournament Circuit, Painting, Tournament on October 29, 2009 by BrentS

Wow, way to long between blog posts…  I know many people promise this but I’m going to try and post more frequently over the next few months.  All my primary 2009 tournament events have been completed and I’ve started to look towards 2010.  I’m looking at trying to make my 2010 tournaments more about fun/themed armies and no worry as much about their level of competitiveness.  Well at least I’m saying that right now, we’ll see how things go if I start getting my brains beat in.

First up in 2010 is the Gathering in the Desert which is an annual tournament organized by my friends Tim and Dean.  This is a very hardcore LOTR tournament with a ton of excellent players and painters.  I’ve wanted to try something new for a while and I know that I’ve blogged about this in the past.  I’m planning on playing an army based around the theme from The Hobbit – Thorin’s Company, aka, the Unexpected Party.  My plan is to have all 13 Dwarves, Bilbo, and Gandalf.  Given that it is such a small army, I really want to do something special with the hobby piece of it.  I’m going to convert each and every model for this army and hopefully, if I’m stick up to my end of the bargain, I’ll document the whole process on the blog here.

Here are some early WIPs of the first few dwarves.  For the most part, I haven’t decided already which dwarf will be represented by which model yet.  My goal is to have 3 dwarf heroes (Thorin, Balin, and Gloin), 8 Iron Guard, and 1 Dwarf Warrior with a banner. 

This model represents one of the Iron Guard. They are based on Ranger Models as Thorin’s company is described as wearing caps, hoods, and robes. However, to make the combat effective, I used the most elite dwarf warrior profile I could use – the Iron Guard. I like to think of the Iron Guard as the armored rangers anyway! This particular model was a simple conversion using a Dwarf Ranger and the left arm from Gimli from the Mines of Moria set.

This model is another of the iron guard. He was converted to hold a different Axe. I also added sculpting putty (ProCreate) to create some new hair for the model. The rangers are cool sculpts but some of them are lacking a bit of detail. Sorry, not the best picture of these.

This model is a third in the Iron Guard Series. He’s started as an Iron Guard body with a Ranger head transplant. A lot of putty was used to try and blend in the hood with the tunic and beard.

This is Dwarf Warrior. Eventually he’ll be holding a banner as well. He’s going to represent Bombue. The fattest and most comical of Thorin’s company. Hopefully I’ll find some way to put some extra life into this model. He’ll certainly be bulked up to have the most girth.

finally, in addition to the dwarves, I’ve put together a simple conversion for Biblo. Just a quick headswap with Bilbo and Frodo.

Hopefully, much more to come in future days!!

Sign Up Now! Two Different LOTR:SBG Tournaments

Posted in Bilbos Birthday Bash, Games Day, GW Tournament Circuit, LOTR:SBG News, March to Mount Doom Madness, Tournament, Uncategorized on July 4, 2009 by BrentS

I’ve been meaning to update my blog with this information for some time.  I’m involved with the running of two very different Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game Tournaments coming up in the very near future.

Event #1:  The March to Mount Doom Madness – July 26, 2009 at the Chicago Games Day Convention


The March to Mount Doom Madness is a Single Elimination Tournament that will be a FREE event at the 2009 Chicago Games Day Convention (did I mention this was FREE once you get through the GamesDay doors?)  This tournament will feature a unique “bracket-style” pairing system and players will play their way trough a single elimination tournament during the course of the day.

Space is limited to the first 12 players to sign up.  If you want to register either post a comment here (I’ll email to confirm) or the better option is to send me a Private Message over at the AWC Forums.

Army Requirements are 500pts following typical Legions of Middle Earth rules with the following exception:  MAXIMUM model count is 15. So bring out your heroes for this clash as you fight your way to the top of Mount Doom.  Army lists will be checked for accuracy the day of the event so be prepared with extra copies of your army list.  All models must be painted to a minimum three-color tournament standard.  All games will be limited to 50 minutes in length so prompt play is required.  Games will kick-off at 10:30 and the winner will crowned at around 4pm.

In addition to the tournament, the AWC LOTR club will also have some extra space throughout the day for pick-up games for LOTR:SBG as well as host a demo table showcasing the SBG.

I hope anyone thinking of attending Games Day will help support the club by coming over to these events.

If anyone has questions, feel free to leave a comment or head on over to the AWC Forums and post your comments.

Event #2:  Bilbo’s Birthday Base, and Independent Grand Tournament – August 22-23, 2009 at the Chicago Battle Bunker

Come join your friends as we celebrate Bilbo’s elventy-first birthday at an Indy Grand Tournament for the Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game.

Tournament Logistics:
Location: The Chicago Battle Bunker (1524 Butterfield Road, Suite A, Downers Grove, IL)
Day 1: Saturday August 22nd 10am-8pm. 4 Games
Day 2: Sunday August 23rd 12pm – 6pm. 2 Games plus Awards

Entry Fee: $40 (Pre-registration before August 2 gets a $5 discount)

Tournament Format:
Each player will play a total of 6 games – three games with each army. All match-ups will be arranged as good versus evil only. All games will be 90 minutes in length with pre-set terrain.

Army Requirements:
Each player will be required to bring TWO armies with them, one representing the Free Peoples of Middle Earth (Good) and on representing the Forces of Darkness (Evil). Each army much be no more than 350 points and must follow the normal army building rules outlined in Legions of Middle Earth (LOME). Army Lists must be selected from LOME or any subsequent sourcebook. Profiles for heroes and warriors published in White Dwarf (up to and including Issue 354, July 2009) may be included in your army following the rules in the relevant articles. All players are expected to bring copies of the rules and profiles for their own armies (including extra copies of White Dwarf articles).

A note on painting…Both armies must be painted to a minimum standard of 3 colors plus a base.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall, Best General, Best Appearance, and Best Sportsman. Depending on the number of pre-registrations, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards as well as some additional categories may be added.

Tentative Schedule of Event:

August 22nd, 2009

10:00 – 11:00 Registration and Check-in
11:00 – 12:30 Game 1
12: 30 – 1:30 Lunch – Paint Judging
1: 30 – 3:00 Game 2
3:00 – 3:30 Scoring Break
3:30 – 5:00 Game 3
5:00 – 6:00 Dinner – Paint Judging
6:00 – 7:30 Game 4

August 23rd, 2009
12:00 – 12:30 Check-in
12:30 – 2:-00 Game 5
2:00 -3:00 Lunch
3:00 -4:30 Game 6
4:30-5:00 Scoring Break
5:00 Award Ceremony

Note: We are still working out the final details on the schedule of events. These times might change but we don’t expect to fundamentally change that we are playing 4 games on day 1 and 2 games on day 2.

To Register for this event, go to our event website:

Bilbo’s Birthday Bash.  If you pre-register, your entry fee will only be $35. Pre-Registration closes on August 2nd.

Adepticon 2009

Posted in Adepticon, GW Tournament Circuit, Tournament on April 1, 2009 by BrentS

Starting this weekend, the greatest miniature gaming tournament of the year kicks off! Adepticon has really exploded over the last few years. As an avid Lord of the Rings player, Adepticon has grown to accomodate us amongst the hordes of Warhammer and 40K players. My good friend Jamie Welling is the primary driving force between the LotR Adepticon presence. As players, we are lucky to have a hobby champion like Jamie!

Stealing an idea from my friend Tim, here’s a rundown of my Adpeticon 2009 plans.

Thursday:  I’m picking up a friend at the airport in the afternoon.  I offered up a place at my house on Thursday night to off-set the cost a bit for him.  Although we are staying at my place on Thursday night, we are driving straight to the hotel on Thursday to help Jamie set-up the Lord of the Rings tournament terrain.  Most of the terrain is currently sitting in my house anyway.  We’ve got 20 tables planned for tournament gaming – ranging from the Mines of Moria, Angmar, Eriador, Rohan, Osgiliath, Harad, and Mordor!  The Adepticon terrain was created by a group of individuals including me, Jamie, Chris B, Tim K, and we also received a few donates of pieces from CastleKits, and fellow gamers Jeremy and Ambrose.  I hope to bring full coverage of all the Adepticon tables after the weekend is over.

Friday:  Friday kicks off with the Lord of the Rings Singles Championships.  We are sitting at 31 tournament players right now and I expect to get up closer to 40 by Friday morning.  At 30+ people, this makes the Adepticon the largest singles tournament for Adepticon since the early GTs hosted in Baltimore shortly after the first edition of rules were published.  I’m playing one of my favorite armies for this tournament, Rohan.  I’ve put together an all mounted Rohan army led by Erkenbrand.  I’ve been anxious for a reason to paint Erkenbrand and now I had it.  After the tournament, I’m signed up to play in Legends of High Seas Pirate Treasure Hunt game being hosted by Tim Kulinski. 

Saturday:  Saturday marks the return of the Lord of the Rings Team Tournament.  This is the 3rd year for this tournament and is usually the highlight of LOTR tournament season.  Once again, I’m teaming up with Frank Brown as we hope to lay claim to the title, Lords of Middle Earth.  In reality, I’m just hoping Frank makes it to the tournament on time this year.  Last year, with all the fiasco around the grounding of USAir planes, Frank didn’t actually arrive to Adepticon until half way through the team tournament!!  

Sunday:  I’m debuting in a new game system on Sunday.  Frank has convinced me to play in the Warhammer Ancients Battle Team Tournament.  I just finished reading the rules this week so I’m a total newbie.   Frank is bringing the army.  He said something about Persians and Macedonians (whatever they are).  I assured him, I’d at least be able to recognize the front of  Phalanx, but that’s all I’ve promised.  However, having said that, it should be a blast.  A lot of great guys are playing in the tournament and it will be a fun way to wind down the weekend.  The other ting going on for Sunday is the Lord of the Rings Demonstration Table.  Our gaming club is running a Rohan vs Isengard Demo game.  I built all the terrain for the demo and will be supplying the Rohan Models.  Jamie is supplying the Isengard army.  Hopefully, the people attending the demo will enjoy playing on the table and with the miniatures.

Last thing about this weekend…. April 4th marks the Debut of War of the Ring.  I’ve got my copy pre-ordered at my local Games Workshop.  I’m not sure I’ll actually get it until after the convention but I’m looking forward to learning those rules and developping my Rohan army to be worth of War of the Ring.

Stay tuned for future coverage of Adepticon!

The Gathering in the Desert

Posted in Armies, Battle Report, Gathering in the Desert, GW Tournament Circuit, Rohan, Tournament on March 4, 2009 by BrentS
Part 1: The Preamble
Wow. What an amazing weekend of gaming fun. I wrote these reports a while ago while I was sitting on the plane ride home with nothing else to do.  I wanted to use these reports to chronicle my journey through the Gathering in the Desert Tournament.
First and foremost, I’m going to say this was the best gaming weekend I’ve ever experienced. The weekend was a combination of a fun trip to a warm weather local (leaving snow behind), playing in a truly great gaming venue, playing on sweet looking, themed tables, playing incredibly good players, and going out to dinner and staying up late chatting with new and old friends. Tim and Dean hosted a great event. If my boss at home will let, I’d come back to the Desert without a doubt.

For the record, here’s my army list, entitled, the Rise of Suladân
Serpent Horde:
1x Haradrim Chieftan, Horse, War Spear (Proxying as a Young Suladân)
12x Haradrim Warrior Bow
18x Haradrim Warrior w Spear
4x Haradrim Raider, Lance
2x Sepent Rider

Far Harad:
1x Mahûd Tribesmaster, Shield
6x Mahûd Warrior
6x Mahûd Warrior w/ Blowpipe
1x Half-Troll, 2H Weapon
1x Half-Troll,
2x Mahûd Raider, War Spear
54 Models. 4 Might. 12 Bows / 6 Blowpipes. 9 Cavalry.



The Rise of Suladân

The Rise of Suladân

Harad Goes to War

Harad Goes to War


One note on the games for the tournament, all the terrain was preset and let me tell you the terrain was plentiful. These were some of the most crowded tables I’ve ever seen or played on. It was really fun and captured the truest since of the skirmish style game.

Now on to the battles…



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