The tournament was based on encounter driven multi player games, which mean each table had a strong theme. So on a busy Friday night of roleplaying, I snuck into the shop to set up the tables the night before with Rob's help.
Seamus's evil plans are on display for all to see on the Badlands table - here the Irish madman is going on a killing spree near the dead zone while the Von Schill crew toy with the other half of Sonnia's embattled crew.
From top to bottom, left to right we have the graveyard, the Badlands (actually from a game in progress- thanks to Bryan for his scenery here), the street of Malifaux and the bayou (with some excellent trees made by Will) .
With the tables all set, I thought I was all ready for a busy day of running the tournament. What I had forgotten was the Rob was getting all the agendas (much like schemes in a normal game) printed and I would need to get this cut out before the players arrived. As our first contenders arrived I presented them with sheets of card and scissors and everyone got involved with the Blue Peter spirit! This meant I didn't get photos of everyone's crews, which I apologise for.
Eventually we had 13 players with all the cards they needed and 4 great looking tables to battle over.
Here's an in progress shot from the first round battling over the graveyard. The gremlins have found the real Necronomicon and are running away from Kaeris on the warpath with her pet bipedal stream train! Lucius wants in on the action too so is frantically ordering his special forces into the mix.
Here's a Ronin reinforcement that Matthew hired into his Seamus crew during a game where he was the underdog. Its a turtle fantasy football figure from Greebo's upcoming Nippo Goblin range (I got it early from an Indiegogo project). Next to Leonardo is Bryan's hand from late in the second round - it looked like his Viktorias were about to unleash hell with cards like that!
Here's a battle unfolding on the Mailfaux table, with the Ortegas attempting to sneak into the creepy haunted house early before anyone notices! Big demons have descended upon Ramos while the Viktorias are eyeing up the shape of the fighting and waiting for the right moment to break cover.
A couple of Andy's new recruits to his guild crew. The Austringer is a homage to Richard O'Brian I'm told. The cards and spell picture next to them is Leviticus casting unnatural wasting on Lillith for a staggering duel total of 30 - she was down 5 wounds after this, only to be punched in the face by Rusty Alice - who would have thought?
I managed to snap a few crews on the day - here's Will's Kaeris in situ on the bayou board. They are all mounted on metal grills over furnace like bases.
Bryan's here on his own blog) so Karl did well to come top.
So who won in the end?
3rd Place went to Louis with his Marcus crew - you can see him in action on the Bayou board above using his dratted frog men to great effect.
2nd Place went to Matthew with his Seamus crew. Clearly his evil plans worked pretty well.
1st Place went to Mark with his Kaeris crew, which I really must get a shot of! Mark was great fun to play against, scoring well in the sportsmanship award and he was certainly a contender for painting too. However it was with an eye on the prize that Mark ruthlessly hunted down his agendas (note the Steam Golem bashing his way though gremlins in the graveyard shot above) - to the point of even shooting Kaeris in the back with one of his own models to ensure he spent all of his soulstones in one turn to achieve a personal agenda item - that saw him ultimately victorious. He didn't quite demolish the entire creepy structure in round 2, but it was close and he did manage to land mine about 50% of the figures on the table in one turn as well.
So that's all done and dusted for this month, but I am pleased to report many players were very keen for more, so I'll be planning something for April. Any excuse to wear a cowboy hat and carry a nerf gun around all day...