Thursday, March 26, 2020

FOB NZ OPEN - Results

Here are the results for the NZ Open held last weekend:
Included is the Strength of Schedule, Number of Best Presented Votes and Best Opponent votes. In addition, I have included the average number of turns each player completed and the average time their games took.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

FOB NZ Open 2020 Awards

Here are the Trophy Winners for the 2020 Fields of Blood New Zealand Open

NZ OPEN CHAMPION - Sean Sullivan (Mixed Imperium)




SECOND PLACE - Courtney Thomson (Thousand Sons/Death Guard)


THIRD PLACE - Scott Paterson (Tau)



FOURTH PLACE - Jordan Green (Mixed Chaos)


FIFTH PLACE - Jasper Ford (Grey Knights)


BEST PRESENTED - Scott Clough (Dark Angels)


SECOND BEST PRESENTED - Chris Parkin (Space Marines)


THIRD BEST PRESENTED - Luke Archbold (Mixed Imperium)
Also BEST IMPERIUM


BEST ARMY (Judge's Choice) - Steve Hill (Genestealer Cult)


BEST OPPONENT - Regan Ridge


SECOND BEST OPPONENT - Josh Lloyd


THIRD BEST OPPONENT - Steve Joll
Also BEST TAU


BEST TERRAIN - Aaron Wilson 


BEST CHAOS - Vinnie Purcell


BEST CODEX SPACE MARINES - Sam Nightingale


BEST NON-CODEX MARINES - Paul Knieriem



Monday, March 9, 2020

40k - Time Management at the Fields of Blood NZ Open

In the words of the sadly missed 40k sharpshooter, Geoff Robinson:

"You are in charge of your own enjoyment"


Time Management of your games is up to you. Some people play fast, some people play slow. Some people are aware, some are oblivious.

Games at the NZ Open are three hours long. Ideally this means that each person gets an equal portion of the time and the game reaches a natural conclusion. However, at the recent The Long War - Bombardment, some people averaged three turns finished per games while others managed six finished turns (2.5 hour rounds).

If you want to ensure that you get an even amount of the alloted time then you should use one of these:
Either a physical chess clock or a chess clock app on your smartphone will mean you get an even amount of time each.

The NZ Open Chess Clock rules borrow from the general ITC Chess Clock rules:

1. Time is split equally - 1.5 hours each
2. Your 1.5 hours includes your 6 turns plus deployment
3. When your time runs out the ONLY action you can do is make saving throws.
4. A player may play out his turns while he has sufficient time on his clock.

If one player decides to use a chess clock to regulate game time, then his opponent is also obligated to. However, the onus is on the player who wants to use a chess clock to physically provide it - not their opponent, not the TO.

Should you choose to not use a time clock and then you find your game is running into time problems call over one of the umpires. They will only do one thing. Split the time equally between players based on the amount of player turns left and allocate that to the participants. Each player turn from that point on should take no more than the allocated time. Any actions that don't fall in that time will go unresolved. My advice - Don't get into this situation.

You will get no traction complaining to the umpire that this is not fair. If you would like to pursue that line, please see Geoff Robinson's observation.

And remember if you feel that your opponent is deliberately not contributing to the game reaching a natural conclusion then you have a mechanism to punish them through the Sports system. However thing long and hard that the problem was purely one-sided.

The DUP Game Recorder includes a question on completed turns. Please fill this in honestly.

40k - Fields of Blood New Zealand Open Lists

In less than 2 weeks the Fields of Blood NZ Open will be held at the Cossie Club in Upper Hutt, Wellington.

This is a five round 2000 point ITC Major and has attracted NZ's biggest ever 40k field.



You can checkout the lists here

The Space Marine FAQ has had a few people second guess themselves - and we have seen a few significant pivots from their expected lists. However, for most when in doubt take more of the same.

Best in Faction trophies will be awarded for:

  • Space Marines
  • Non-Codex Marines
  • Administratum (SoB, Custodes, Guard, Inq)
  • Imperium (Emperor Soup)
  • Chaos
  • Tau 
  • Forces of the Hive Mind 
  • Ad. Mech 
  • Aeldari 
  • Xenos (Orcs/Necrons)
If you are in the area please feel free to check it out.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Playing by Intent: Redux

In December - post the Masters - I wrote a blog on Playing by Intent. You can see it here

It was a general discussion that then highlighted that what you intend should also be physically doable. I missed a couple of things in retrospect.


One of the key things about playing intent is that you must signal your intention PRIOR to it becoming a point of contention.

To do this you need to state to your opponent at the time you do it what your intention is. If you intend to be in 6" of the enemy then say these are within 6". If you believe your unit is out of LOS check with your opponent.

Only in Captain Hindsight's world is it acceptable to say "But it was my intention......"

I have got into the habit of asking my opponents when they move something - if I think it may prove "interesting" - as to what their intention is. Then as long as what they intend is doable, I am happy that a problem won't develop. I am trying to train myself to say "I understand/I agree" whenever an opponent signals an intention.

If you want to play by intent then you need to be open and you need to seek affirmation.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Long War - Bombardment: Results


Yesterday we had the first of The Long War series. It was 2000 points ITC using the finalised 2020 Mission Pack. Three rounds.

Congratulations to Aaron Wilson for winning his first event and to Sam Whitt who was debuting his new Alpha Legion/Emperor's Children army (won Best Army).

Now there is 6 days until lists are due for the FOB NZ Open.


# Player Faction RPs VPs Score SoS
1 Aaron Wilson Adeptus Mechanicus 3000 101 3101 1730
2 Sam Whitt Chaos Space Marines 3000 78 3078 1396
3 Louis Thomson-Gregg Eldar 3000 73 3073 1739
4 Sean Sullivan Space Marines 2000 79 2079 1731
5 Scott Paterson Tau 2000 78 2078 2080
6 Jasper Ford Grey Knights 2000 76 2076 1752
7 Simon Smith Imperium 2000 72 2072 1729
8 Michael Stewart Custodes 2000 72 2072 1051
9 Matthew Tansley Orks 2000 65 2065 1734
10 David Hodgetts Dark Angels 1000 81 1081 1393
11 Kent Jackson Space Marines 1000 73 1073 1731
12 Chris Sims Space Marines 1000 70 1070 1053
13 Jordan Green Chaos 1000 67 1067 2079
14 Locky Reid Sisters of Battle 1000 62 1062 1392
15 Paul Knieriem Grey Knights 1000 58 1058 1396
16 Jacob Arthur Space Marines 1000 50 1050 2073
17 Ross Brewster Eldar 1000 47 1047 1045
18 Chris Parkin Space Marines 1000 36 1036 1743
19 Scott Engebretsen Chaos 0 44 44 1067
20 Aaron Twose Space Marines 0 26 26 1394

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

40k - Playing By "Intent"


One of the big things to come out of the Masters weekend was the concept of "Intent" in relation to gameplay. This is mostly with regard to model placement.



Intent is not a Get Out of Jail Free card. Intent NEEDS to be agreed by BOTH players. 

If it is important then it needs to be clearly spelled out and agreed. 

In some cases at the Masters I think that there were instances where people didn't want to signal their plan and then fell back on intent....and other cases where suddenly something became evident and then it was "But my intent....."

We all do this at times but with increasing competitive games I believe people need to be aware and precise re intent. It is also an easy excuse when things don't go your way.

The other situation is that what you "intend" has to be actually do-able. For instance, if you want to put three Aggressors in an enclosed ruin and not be charged by units that can't enter the feature then you need to place your models >1" from all inside walls. Mathematics says that the internal footprint of the building needs to be at least 91mm x 171mm to make you immune from a charge from any direction. You will still however be vulnerable to Infantry on 25mm bases. 

The key takeaway should be that if it's important, be explicit and to get agreement. Should your opponent be suggesting something you don't think is achievable, get them to place the models

Monday, December 16, 2019

40k - 12th Annual New Zealand Masters Results

Last weekend I ran the New Zealand Masters for 40k.

This was the 12th time the event has been run and we had a good turnout for the tournament with 15 of the Top 20 ranked players (plus NZ ETC member Aaron Wilson) battling it out on the tables.


For the first three rounds I had eight tables set up. As we moved into Rounds 4 & 5 I introduced two more so that players could avoid playing on the same table.

Also with the random first round draw I ensured that the out of towners avoided playing guys from their own area.


With the terrain, I tried to give a variety of tables that ranged from 'light medium' through to 'heavy' density. This was to reward an army that didn't have a single game plan and could be adaptable.



This also gave me to introduce some of my recent mat purchases (Frontline Gaming through Mighty Ape). I particularly like the Overgrown City which is ideal for my existing GW City terrain.

So onto the results:

 Well done to Sean for winning his third Masters crown. He went through undefeated, winning all five of his games. Effectively, the Top 8 armies were all Space Marines, IK/Ad Mech or Eldar.

Appreciate all the participants making the journey.


FOB Event Structure for 2020

With the 2019 tournament year over, I thought I would post a breakdown of the events that Fields of Blood will be running next year.




Fields of Blood NZ Open

  • 21/22 March
  • Cossie Club, Upper Hutt
  • Participants - 90 (87 tickets have been sold)
  • 2000 points
  • 5 Rounds
  • ITC format
  • Included: All codexes, Campaign books, Supplements, Forgeworld
  • Excluded: Legends
The Long War (in conjunction with Wellington Warlords) - Five Separate Events
  • 5 dates TBA
  • Warlords venue, Ganges Road, Khandallah
  • Participants - 20-24 (free for Warlords members, $25 each for casuals)
  • 2000 points
  • 3 Rounds
  • ETC format
  • Included: ETC acceptable books
  • Exclusion: FW, Legends
Fields of Blood Team Championship
  • 27/28 June
  • Cashmere Ave School, Khandallah
  • Six teams of five
  • Five Rounds
  • ETC format
  • Exclusions: FW, Legends
Fields of Blood NZ Grand Tournament
  • 26/27 September
  • Khandallah Town Hall
  • 72 participants
  • 1750 points
  • 6 Rounds
  • Hobby event - painting/selection/sportsmanship/battle
  • Inclusions: Pretty much all including Legends
Fields of Blood 13th Annual NZ Masters
  • 5/6 December
  • Cashmere Avenue School, Khandallah
  • Invitational
  • Top 20 players as per the FOB NZ 40k rankings for 2020 (31 Oct cutoff)
  • 2000 points
  • ITC format
  • 5 Rounds
  • Included: All codexes, Campaign books, Supplements, Forgeworld
  • Excluded: Legends


Hope to see you along for one or more of the events

Saturday, August 31, 2019

40K Terrain - Lavaland

Another week working on terrain for the upcoming FOB NZ Grand Tournament and I have finished my Lavaland table.


This uses a Frontline Gaming mat sourced from Mighty Ape, TH Miniatures Volcanic Terrain, Games Workshop old school extruded foam pieces (temple and emplacement) and old WHFB pieces - Watchtower and Summoning Stairs. On top of this I created some large themed LOS blocking hills to provide the necessary cover.

Coming to a table near you.