The teams for this year!
TEAM ORDO NON PANTICUS (Hiroshima A team)
Named for this team's disdain for anyone trying to play with an unpainted army, tied together with their enjoyment of the Warhammer 40K universe, Hiroshima's top players have become a unit fighting against the unpainted in the darkness of the far future.
DTB, with his Trollblood army, using Doomshaper 3 and Calandra
TEAM TRI ARROWS (Hiroshima B team)
Our team name is a shout out to Hiroshima prefecture. Long long ago, the warlord of this area was trying to convince his three sons to work together by asking them each to break one arrow. When they were all able to do so, he gave them three arrows together, which none of them could break. So, teamwork and stuff. Beru and I were both awarded the Diplomat award last year, so this is apparently also known as "Team Good Sport."
Kommissar Koala, with my Protectorate of Menoth army, using Severius 2 and Reznik 2
TEAM BAND OF HEROES (Osaka A team)
As the name suggests, this is a team completely made of Trollblood players. The rules for team tournaments state that teammates cannot share the same caster, so these Heroes decided to each play one version of Doomshaper plus another warlock!
Kimamana, with his Trollblood army, using Doomshaper 1 and Madrak 3
TEAM SECRET WEAPON (Osaka B team)
One word.... Grymkin. The secret weapon. And this team is fielding TWO Grymkin armies. For most of us, myself included, this will be the first chance to face off against Grymkin, and I can't help myself... I want to play against them so badly! Let's hope the match ups work in my favor!
JC, with his Grymkin army, using The Dreamer and The Heretic
TEAM DRAGON FORCE (Team Tokyo)
This is a great team. I only get to meet these guys once a year, but Daizo and Mitchell are always good for a game. I played both of them last year, and I'm really looking forward to facing off against them if we can! Daizo is a fellow Protectorate player, but for some reason he decided to bring his Skorne army this time! HERESY!!!
Daizo, with his Skorne army, using Makeda 2 and Xerxis 2
TEAM THREE DIRTY SCARECROWS (Hiroshima C Team)
The last of the Hiroshima teams... named because these guys are tall, extremely lanky fellows, though... I'm not sure how dirty they are, hahaha!
Baru, with his Cryx army, using Venethrax and Denegrah 1
TEAM ONE HANDED BOXER VS. THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (Team Toky-oka)
Okay, so there is no real place in Japan called Toky-oka. This team is a mash-up of two Tokyo players and a Fukuokay player. The name may seem weird, but it gets even stranger when you realize that one of the players literally has only one arm... so, yeah.
Aoichiro, with his Convergence of Cyriss army, using Axis and Father Lucant
Well, that's all the teams! Good luck, everyone! But before I go into the different rounds, time for a word from our sponsers!
Yes! That's right! This year, the Japan Open had sponsorship from several companies who did a great job helping promote the tournament. Those sponsers are... drumroll please!
discountgamesinc.com , with a $25 gift certificate for the members of the 1st team
brokenegggames.com , $35 gift certificate for the members of the 1st team
gamemat.eu , who, of course, donated 2 mats
privateerpress.com , naturally, with pins and certificates for the top 3 teams
Alright, that's all the preliminaries! Time to get down to the games. DTB and Sarge had spent a large part of the day before setting up tables, and they came out great! Observe!
These are just a few of the amazing tables that teams used to battle to the finish on.
Here are the match-ups for the first round! Applause, please!
Ordo Non Painticus Vs. Band of Heroes
Dragon Force Vs. Three Dirty Scarecrows
Tri Arrows Vs. Secret Weapon
OHBVFG took the pass for this round
The pass round was too bad during a tourney, but there was nothing that could be done about it. Each member of the pass team received a small gift from Sarge, 3 control points and 100 army destroy points to make up for it, and the members were able to have practice games to keep their edge... Leland took on M-saya and his Constance Blaize force with his own Cygnar army, while Aoichiro and Yamanaka took on each other.
Tri Arrows against Secret Weapon! Yes! I got to face off against J.C., using his The Dreamer force, and I was loving it! The Dreamer is one of the Defiers that I am the most interested in, so I was excited to see her in action, and I was not disappointed! I felt bad that I had to keep asking J.C. about his rules, but he was super patient with me, and we had a great game! I took on his force with Reznik, hoping make sure his beasts' Flesh Was Weak!!! That and, maybe for the first time, I might get to use Spellpiercer to hand out magical weapons to fight off the hordes of incorporeal models that were flooding at me! Sadly, Reznik was not able to overcome the tide of storybook horrors that flooded the field, though it was a pretty close battle! All I can say is that the Blood of Martyrs took three turns to kill off a Cage Rager that should have only taken one round, thus ruining my plans to disrupt The Dreamer. Alas, we ran out of time, and it went to control points. J.C. had 4 to my 3, not to mention about 30 more destroyed army points than I did, giving him the victory! Well played!
The winners for this round! Ordo Non Painticus, Dragon Force, and Secret Weapon!
I've Got a Golden Ticket
After the first round, we took a lunch break. While everyone was away, Sarge was busy looking over the armies to decide who would go into the finals for the painting competition. When the teams returned from delicious dining, the armies selected had a Golden Ticket waiting for time! All tournament members would vote on the winners after the final matches. Those teams with the golden tickets were...
Mitchell and his Cryx army!
Difficult choices! All of these are really beautiful armies with very talented painters. I can't wait to see who will win!
This year, the Japan Open had only 3 rounds, so round 2 was VERY important for deciding who was going to wind up at the Championship tables! The matchups!
Ordo Non Painticus Vs. Dragon Force
Band of Heroes Vs. Three Dirty Scarecrows
Secret Weapon Vs. OHBVFG
Tri Arrows took the pass this round.
Well, taking the pass wasn't exactly what I wanted, but it did have an upside! It was the only chance I had to play against my teammate, Beru, who is one of my favorite people to play against. I took out Severius to get a little practice against his Stryker army, and we had a rousing battle... on the Protectorate table! Hahaha! It was tons of fun. Though I did end up losing the game, it was probably the best match I had all day! Tetsu paired off against Leland, and proceeded to completely wipe the floor with our newest member... a bit of a face palm moment. Listen, you don't destroy a new player just because you can. It's just mean, and it makes them wonder if this is really such a fun game. Sorry, Leland! We'll get you a better game next time!
The winners for this round... Ordo Non Painticus, Band of Heroes, and Secret Weapon!
This is it! The last round of the day... and on the Championship table, our very own Ordo Non Painticus! The other two Hiroshima teams have not had a great showing (though we all had fun), both of us losing both rounds (well, ok, Tri Arrows did "win" the pass round, but still). Ordo is our last hope! Good luck! The final matchups!
Championship: Ordo Non Painticus Vs. Secret Weapon
Dragon Force Vs. Tri Arrows
OHBVFG Vs. Band of Heroes
Three Dirty Scarecrows took the pass this round.
I can't believe it! At the beginning of the day, I wanted to play against a Grymkin army, Beru, and Mitchell... and here in the final round, I got the hat trick of wish granting, and faced off against Mitchell's Denegrah force with Severius (thank goodness I had a practice round with Beru!). As always, Mitchell was a joy to play against. He's incredibly knowledgable about not only his own army, but the other armies as well, and he pretty much was in control of our battle the whole time... it didn't help that I forgot he had a unit of ambushing mechanithralls that got into my back field and put my 'caster on his heels pretty effectively. But, it was still an amazing game! My MVP though was the Judicator. In our last round, it took everything that Mitchell could throw at it to destroy it, due to sheer dumb luck on my part. Nightmare even charged, boosting damage while Judicator was suffering under Shadow Bind, and still only did about 10 damage total! Boom! Carrion Thralls, Mechanithralls, Pistol Wraiths, Bile Thralls, all they did was chip away when they should have been melting it to slag. Finally, in the final attack that Mitchell would be able to take against the colossal, a Bile Thrall was able to hit with an acid shot and finally the valiant machine went down. Sadly for me, my super colossal was contesting a zone and a flag, so Mitchell was catapulted into the victory with more than enough control points. So. Much. Fun!
The winners for this round... Dragon Force and Band of Heroes... and the winner or the champion table was....
Ordo Non Painticus WINS!!!!!!
Good job, Ordo! Keeping the dream alive for Hiroshima Prefecture! In a 2-1 victory over Secret Weapon, they sealed the victory, and took home the goods!
1st place: Ordo Non Painticus
3rd Place: Mitchell and his Cryx army!
2nd Place: Genki and his Trollblood army!
And the winner is..... Enzo with his Grymkin army!
So, here are a few more shots of that amazing army!
Then, it was time for the raffle! And wouldn't you know it, I won both of my tickets! I picked up some warjack damage tokens and one of the 2D terrain sets, desert themed, of course, for the Protectorate!
As we wrap, here are a few more amazing models that came out to play!
From Race's Legion army...
And with that... the day was over. A big thanks to Sarge for putting on a great day for everyone!
The next gaming day for the Fukuyama Gaming Club is October 29th! Come get a game!