The 30 Best Photos from Battle of 5 Armies

Last weekend I ran another event (it's becoming a bit of a new habit for me!) and continuing the theme of GW's games that not everyone plays but are actually a lot of fun, this one was a 1,000 point tournament for The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Strategy Battle game.

A new rule book was released the day before the event as a freebie with White Dwarf Magazine – btw, thanks for giving us more reasons to buy WD, anyone from GW who is reading.

There were some excellent battles across some terrifically themed terrain (most of which was created by Steve 'Onyx'), and a lot of fun was had.

Results are at the end, but really all most people care about are the photos. Because everyone likes to see pretty pictures of models fighting models. (click only for disappointment)

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Blood Angels Rumor Summary (…finally)

Taken from DED’ARD (thank you Harrower) – my comments in pink:

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Epic: 20 Best pics from War in the 41st Millennium

I know, I know, the majority of 3++ readers are die-hard 40Kers but don't also play it's big little brother, Epic:Armageddon. Despite that there are enough people who like both systems to be interested in the results of how armies did at the recent War in the 41st Millennium tournament, and for everyone else, there's pretty pictures.

It's just like 40k, but from further away.



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The new X-Wing Vassal released – Free download

The X-Wing Vassal Module 5.2.0 is available for download now. This free download has been created by the efforts of some extremely dedicated and enthusiastic X-Wing fans, and includes a host of new ships, dials and features.

Many of us have played 40K on vassal in the past, but the X-Wing module is light years ahead in simplicity, functionality and sheer elegance. Rather than being worth the effort but still a lot harder to play than the 40K version, X-Wing on vassal is actually more precise, more accurate and for those who've learned the ins-and-outs of the shortcut keys, faster to play. That has lead to Vassal being a popular place for leagues and tournaments, with the TCO International just finished yesterday and the UK tournament kicking off this week.

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X-Wing: World Championship first-hand

xwing1Australian X-Wing national champion and now World's runner up Morgan Reid agreed to write a little about his experience for 3++. Some of you may know him from the 3++ Clash of the Titans 40k event, but it's in X-Wing that he has really made a name for himself – even being flown around the globe by FFG in order to play in their world championship tournament.

“G’day guys – quick intro – Morgan Reid, I live in Sydney and have been playing X-Wing for about 8-9 months.

First up – I know this site is primarily dedicated to 40k so I think it’s worth mentioning that I came to X-Wing through 40k. I played 40k for just under a year but in the end I found the preparation (hobby), setup, deployment, game time and pack up were taking a long time and I wanted something a little less intense, more relaxed and quicker. A real beer and pretzels game. So I was introduced to X-Wing, initially I wasn’t a big fan but I persisted through a few games and then I started to realise and appreciate the incredible balance and depth, yet clever simplicity of the game. Easy to learn but hard to master!
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Tournament Report: The Harvester of Souls

Know Your Gons

Last weekend I went out to the Harvester of Souls tournament in Spokane, Washington and managed to come away feeling pretty good about things. The tournament was held at the “new” location for the Gamer's Haven after the old one had burned down. (I put “new” in quotations because it's actually been around for the better part of a year, but as it's my first visit to the store it was, at least, still new to me.) As an ITC-registered event and part of the store's yearly tournament series (with another event, the Storm of Silence, occurring in the spring) it was a good chance to face off against some pretty strong competition while still having a good time and play on some really nice-looking tables. I ended up going defeated across the five rounds with my Necrons and took Best General, though my middling paint score (as well as the presence of some very nice-looking armies) meant that my shot at Best Overall or Best of [army] was something of a non-starter. But as I said- good times, good folks, good games. Keep reading if you want the details.
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War in the 41st Millennium

va2War in the 41st Millennium: A new-player-friendly EPIC Armageddon Tournament – Sunday 23/11 at TGA

Regular 3++ readers may remember an article on the site called There is another 40K Game – And it is Good!, where I am inviting people to try GW's other strategy battle game set in the 40K universe. Epic Armageddon.

Epic continues to grow in popularity here, and for good reason – can you imagine playing a game of 40K with 35 Leman Russes and a Warlord on the table that is still balanced enough to be competitive? (actually some cynics might say I could have dropped 'with 35 Leman Russes and a Warlord on the table' from that sentence, lol).

So several months before the next national tournament (Cancon 2015) I have taken the plunge to organise an event for players old and new.
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This 16 Minute video could change how you play X-Wing

As most X-Wing fans will know by now, 2013 World Champion Paul Heaver managed to pull off a second victory last weekend, winning the title of World Champion for the second year in a row!

For your entertainment today I am posting a video by Outer Rim Smugglers of the Team Covenant Open tournament (TCO) game between Paul and the lead developer of the Xwing Vassal program. This is just 16 minutes long and well worth watching for three reasons:

  • The match features both the Decimator and the YT2400 -this is a chance to get a preview of the meta game the new ships may help create
  • You can see what Xwing Vassal looks like – isn't it time you joined in?
  • It's a chance to see Paul Heaver in action

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X-Wing: The Galaxy’s Most Wanted ][

I had no interest in buying in to the new Scum And Villainy faction in Star Wars X-Wing. I am a Rebel player at heart, and probably play around 95% of my games with rebel ships, treating the Imperials as the natural enemy. Scum and Villainy just looked like a way to cash in on the Bounty-hunter fans who would find this third faction more appealing, and it certainly wasn't the fleet I was looking for. Maybe I'd pick up a few cards for my Headhunters and Ywings from the new box sets, but that's about all.

That was yesterday. Today, FFG released more information about their S&V faction ships and pilots, and 'tempting' doesn't do it justice.
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New 40k FAQs

Tau – changed such that Ignores Cover form Markerlights is unit specific rather than weapon specific (and by changed I mean they answered a question in this way)

Space Wolves / Black Legion – nothing… thank you for making me look GW :).

Imperial Knights – clarified movement through terrain

Daemons – added attacks for Bloodletter Crews. You're still not using the skull cannon anytime soon.

Dark Eldar – nothing loaded…


Not much all in all folks, sorry!

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