Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Adepticon Report....

Adepticon 2012 has come and gone.  I had successes, failures, and a great time.  I mad the trek down to Lombard, IL crossing the Cheese curtain that divides Wisconsin from Illinois, picture the great wall, but made out of cheese.  You can always tell you cross the border into Illinois by the horrible condition of the roads, the lack of proper road signs and directions, and the amount of freaking toll booths that I swear have tolls that double in cost every year. 

Started out Friday afternoon by entering the War Ancients Battles big crusade game.  This was great fun, a game hosted by RichN, of the Chicago Terrain Factory, his blog can be found linked at the following:  Chicago Terrain Factory  .  RichN was the organizer of all of the WAB events at Adepticon and filled in on a couple of seminars also I believe, great job Rich, I appreciate your efforts.  Well on to the game, I did not get all of my AoA crusaders done so I borrowed my buddy Jerrod's Normans to fill out my roster.  I found out that Jerrod and Lil' Matt (who's not so Lil'), two of my local gaming buddies, got screwed out of playing the Malifaux tourney that some great organizer decided to change the start time by email on, so they showed up an hour late and did not get to play.  So I spoke with Rich and we added them to our Crusades side since Rich had an extra 1500 pts and Jerrod could play his own Norman contingent.  The good guys team consisted of myself, Jerrod, Lil Matt, Merle, and Nostromo on the WAB forums.  The bad guys team was Mr. Bruins, RichN, Pat aka SoCalWarhammer, Mike Butcher who will be having coverage of the event at his blog at the following link:  The Butcher's Bill .
The Badguys won by a point, probably because Jerrod and I broke Butcher's infantry about a turn too late.  Next time.

Saturday was Warhammer Ancients Singles tourney.  Also a great time.  Prior to the games commencing I got see Mr. Battle Road Games himself, which you can read his Adepticon post at the following blog: Good to catch up with Mr. Akers, and he was kind enough to present me with a gift, namely the casting of some heads that his commissioned from the Bugman, Navarro found at the following blog:  The Bugman Great looking stuff Navarro did, I believe you can find this on sale the Battle Road website.  So matchups came down from RichN and I drew the ringer in Round #1, otherwise known as Xenite over at the Little Green Monster's and following blog:  He was playing an Arab army, and I managed to pull out the win with my Romans.  Game 2 was against a veteran in SoCalWarhammer himself and his Greeks.  Now Pat is a very good player with a lot of gaming knowledge, which is evident at his blog: and he is also the man that does the Historical's Podcast:  This was a tough game and I tried to put up a fight, but quite frankly I was out classed.  So 1-1 and went into the third game with Romans versus Viking Shieldwall with the general being Matt from Appleton, WI.  Now this was sort of rematch of game 3 at our La Crosse WAB Tourney, and the outcome was the same, I lost.  In the end even at 1-3 I was like third from the bottom.  Ouch.  But hey Rich made sure everyone went home with a small prize, so I got another Roman figure to add to my collection.

Sunday was Warhammer Ancients Team tourney.  Well here's the trophy plaque:
Yes that is right, I'm one half of the Grumpy Old Coots team that took home the prize.  I and my crusader knightes were teamed with the afforementioned Mike Butcher and his Saxon Shieldwall.  And as the prize I got even more romans.  More on that later.

Oh and just for kicks I entered the Crystal Brush Painting Competition.  My entries were not in a stacked Fantasy and 40k Singles categories.  No awards there, just not good enough.  Not even close.

Oh and if you go to this event and are looking for good places to eat relatively close by, you need to go to the Patio and catch a game with your food.  Great place to eat.

So there you have it.  Sorry no pics, but checkout all of the blog links I posted up, as they will have some and besides they are great blogs, that I recommend.


  1. Hey, PC: Lively write-up; filled in some of the stuff Pat told me yesterday. He mentioned he and his partner missed the start of the Sunday period (for whatever reasons). He did say he played you and you are a great player too. I know he had his wedge, light cav and bolt-thrower - tough units. Congrats on your team award. Best, Dean

    P.S. Pat is trying to talk me into going to Adepticon next year. If I get my game skills up, I may think about it, but at this stage, I'd just go to watch & learn.

  2. Thanks Dean. Pat's army was pretty hard. His wedge did bounce off my Roman Raw Recruits, I had not played against a wedge before and it did concern me at first. Don't let Pat fool you though, he is darn good. Reminds me of Butcher. I had a big Veteran Unit of Romans, a 20 man unit of Raw Recruits, 2 units of Regular Legionaires, 2 units of 8 archers, and two bolt throwers, one of which was on fire.

    And I definitely would like to see you there Dean. Don't worry about your game skills, most of us are laid back gamers that enjoy talking history and just getting together to play. I know some of the guys get to play just a few games a year and are rather rusty, so we have people of all levels playing. And Rich does a great job matching people up.

    P.S. Mike may be heading your way this summer for training.
    It did come down to Butcher and Bennet Blaylock-Doane for the title. Bennet plays as good as he paints.

  3. Thanks for the encouraging words! I am even more interested to attend this "mecca" of WAB players - at least in the US. Oh, and I talked to Pat again today and mentioned your report on your blog - he said he'd have to check it out. Also, I asked if you had any cav and he said you fielded an all infantry army; and also that your archers were devastating. Best, Dean

  4. Great read, and congrats on the win with Butcher..

  5. I can't wait to see what you do with the bitz I sculpted for Battleroad I hope you liked them and that you do some nice convos.

  6. Thanks again guys. I see Chicago Terrain Factory just posted pics of the Big Crusades Game, definitely recommend you check that out.

    @Dean, yes an all Infantry army. With Romans being drilled, if I feel I need to, I will some deploy them 3 wide on a flank in march column and move them up fast, then turn and come down the flank. My bolt throwers were somewhat on fire on that game, but I could not roll a saving throw, I was probably rolling saves at around a 20% success that game, that hurt.

    @Mr. Lee: I think this is probably the 7th or 8th time Mike and I have teamed up, and its probably the best series of games that we have played strategy wise.

    @NAV: I definitely look forward to use your heads, they are awesome sculpts. And I do have a couple Chaos Space Marines left that I can convert and use some of the heads on.