The New Zealand Team Championship has to be the most epic event that I've ever attended. The vibe. The intensity. The antics. The socialising. The Lads on tour. The great collection of varied and interesting individuals that make Fantasy tabletop wargaming the most exciting and fun (in my humblest of opinions) hobby in which to participate!
Going to Wellington always has a sense of occasion. It has many old buildings nestled through its spectacular hills. The journey to the venue in which the taxi takes, slips over these undulations, through tunnels, eventually arriving in Ngaio valley and its old brick hall. Marvelous.
The event was smoothly run, Locky Reid and Ryan Lister doing a great job with the officiating and Pete Dunn with the initial impetus/organisation (kudos Pete).
I was slightly disappointed that only the Nerdymen and team OMEN took initiative and designed their own team shirts. It really would have added to the occasion and generated a carnival-like atmosphere if all the teams wore something that made them stand out (especially the locals, it's not like you had to pay for flights!).
|Even though the white trim with buttons made them look like gay sailors, their shirts were fucking awesome! (I secretly wanted to look like a gay sailor too). James - I'm going to unabashedly copy your headband next year!|
Whilst we came second, we had the satisfaction of knowing that we smashed NZ Hammered (3rd) who, in turn, smashed the Von Trapps (minus lederhosen) the eventual winners. Really proud to have served The League of Extraordinary Nerdymen in this inaugural event. We spent so much time where we could have been productive at work, planning and plotting and just talking about Hammer in general....so satisfying.
Before I get into the game break downs I just want to say....if you are looking for cheap accommodation in Wellington never, ever, EVER stay at The Lodge in the City on Taranaki Street in the central city. Came home Sunday morning 2am after another night out to find that our locks had been changed and that someone had been into our room. Needless to say didn't get to bed until 3:30am.... facilities were comparable to a concentration camp - worried that Zyklon B was going to come out of the shower head. Disgusting.
Weathering a storm of screams, most valuable unit (MVU) "Skellie Bus" tagged both the terrorgeists and some other stuff. All that was left was some ghouls and his lord, everything else returned to undeath....
Still it was a really cool game with lots of really good maneuvering from both Glen and I. Glen came undone when he strayed to close to Skelly bus with one terrorgeist, then when I finished it off in his following turn of combat I killed it then reformed to charge the other terrorgeist in my following turn.
|Vargie kills these wolves and overruns into vargeists wiping them out.|
|Skelly bus'! lordy didn't go in for the kill against Glens vamp lord...learned my lesson from OTT! Kill what you can and get the points! 16-4 win!|
|Joel vs Tom round one|
|Paul vs James round one.|
|Graeme vs Sam round one.|
|Totally forgot to take photos of round two, had a good game vs Damon's lizards won 14-6 - here's me vs Mr Millington!|
|Feel the magic!|
|The ultimate sacrifice - raised zombies....literally the most crucial spell for vamps, but no vamps player in this country (that I've played at least) uses it - for goodness sakes...you get a free unbreakable unit! That leaks no points!|
|Game 4 vs Cody and cut the mustard....double charge vargies almost takes out the treeman, one dies but two wraiths zap in to pedo-touch him to his death.....|
|I deployed my bus right at his flank, then swept across....if I charged up the middle with the bus I would have been seriously fucked.|
|Cody....what a guy....we both ended up singing silly songs together....great fun!|
|Day two....pre-battle, discussing tactics before match-ups against NZ Hammered! Played Glen's Warriors....almost turned into a disaster....but I invoked the dice GODS by doing a special dance saving Lordy from the brink....|
|Lordy surviving and killing and bathing in blood and killing and spilling intestines and killing and gorging on the blood of his fallen enemies and KILLING some more!|
|Unlucky not to crack the skull crushers (GW originality fail wtf skull/blood crushers?)|
|Oh lordy, oh lordy I love you so much! 14-6 win! Take that NZ Hammered....and yes Glen I gratefully accept your grudge for Equinox!|
|Ha ha Graeme survives for a 10-10 huzzah.....Nerdymen crush NZ Hammered, yeah!|
|Mike King...super nice guy (Grumpy Old Man apparently) a hard match up for both him and I....if he could zap the bus (and he had the tools to do it) it was game over for me and if he couldn't it was game over for him.|
|Slaan in building far left....|
|Skelly bus MVU!!|
|Operation get the slaan|
|Raised zombies occupy the building....Slaan left to be closer to the important combat (next shot)|
|uuuurrrgghhhh niifff uuurgghh|
|3 blood brothers on a rampage!|
|Eventually tagged Slaan with Lordy giving me the 17-3 win|
|Some grumpy old men....|
|3rd place winners|
|2nd place winners! I love you guys and had a blast!|
|Some guy walking away with a trophy...next time Dunnites, next time!|