Here at SN Battle Reports, we just held our 7th 40K event on the Rock of Gibraltar and once again it was amazing! Perhaps the best of them all yet, if that was at all possible.
So once again we hosted a 42-man, independent, international Warhammer 40k tournament at the amazing self-contained venue (The Europa Retreat Centre) in Gibraltar. As always, from past experience, it proved to be the perfect venue to hold such an awesome event!
The tournament was a great success, attracting players from 14 different countries! Yep, you heard me right, 14! Some participants even needed Visa’s as they were coming all the way from Canada, United States and Australia! This is not something we’re used to yet, so the thought of the efforts that some people must make to get here leaves us feeling very humble. Just like in the past, the event included a great number of well-known 40k YouTubers for extra awesomeness. Speaking of which, the No Retreat I, II, III, & VI Champion Lawrence, from Tabletop Tactics, returned to defend his title using Grey Knights. Yep you read right, Grey Knights!. This was the first time Lawrence was bringing something other than his notorious Dark Eldar, Craftworld and World Eaters, which had already granted him 4 tournament wins previously! Lawrence had backup once again in the form of Stig, also from Tabletop Tactics. Also we had James from Siege Studios, our fantastic sponsor and the awesome guys from Scattered Dice, Hey! Bloodied brush studios, Moarhammer, Winters SEO, Imperium Gaming and Hellstorm Wargaming! It was like watching our favourite YouTube Channels live! A great mix of our best local players and the best from around the globe, all of whom had an amazing time.
The tournament was held over two days and each player had five games to play. The rules for army composition and missions can be found at www.snbattlereports.com. In short, it is a 1750 points event following ITC rules, with armies comprised of a maximum of 2 detachments with your one of the detachments having to be either a battalion or a brigade. We also apply strict WYSIWYG and only fully painted armies to make the battles as immersive as possible.
We believe that the restrictions we have in our army composition rules allows for more fun games, where fluffier armies may have at least some opportunity to shine against other stronger codices. They are also in place so that the armies would look more like the classic 40k armies we used to see back in the day, which is what SN Battle Reports is all about. This appeared to work again and it was great to see the so called “weaker” armies rank up against the top tier ones.
Some of the prizes consisted of a Players’ player award, Best Army award and 5 special SN awards for those the SN Team thought were (in our opinion) the armies that best met our vision as the perfect looking 40k force.
In order to make this a fully immersive experience the SN team prepared some beautiful tables for the games, which were set up to the same standard as we would have in our battle reports. Line of sight blocking terrain was evident throughout and a couple of new tables made their debut including the awesome Tau City and Eldar World by Dreamspirt Studios. A special thanks again to Wargames Terrain who have been responsible for supplying us with the amazing Mechanicum scenery, the now famous Crashed Imperial Space Ship, to name a couple.
No Retreat Tournament Awards
1st Lewis Elmes (England) Tau (Yes, we have a new champion!)
2nd Tristan Whitehead (England) Chaos Space Marines
3rd Winters SEO (England) Imperial Knights
Would just like say what a great job Lewis did to win the title of No Retreat Champion. On paper his list didn’t give the impression of it’s true potential, comprising of units that are not often seen in the competitive scene. It just goes to prove that an army is only as good as its general and Lewis did a fantastic job with the tools at his disposal.
The Wooden Spoon: Aaron Mosquera (Gibraltar) Orks
Players’ Player Award: Sean Kenny (Ireland)
Players’ Award for Best Army: Stephen Cameron (Canada) Space Marines
Josh Hall (England) Craftworld Eldar
Joe Moscardini (England) Blood Angels
Stephen Cameron (Canada) Space Marines
Paulie Wallis (England) Drukhari
Fredrik Carrasco (Sweden) Space Wolves.
Congrats to Fredrik for being the first player to win an SN award 3 times!
Best Painted Character: Stephen Cameron (Canada)
Best Painted Vehicle: Javi Martinez (Spain)
Best Painted Unit: Stephen Cameron (Canada)
Finally the whole SN Team would like to thank everyone who attended to play and help make such an amazing event. A special thanks to those who made the effort of coming to Gibraltar from abroad for the tournament, it was great meeting you all. Also thanks to the generous people that sponsored the event and prizes such as GAMEMAT.eu, Wargame Terrain Factory, Element Games, , Saccone & Speed, Siege Studios, KR Cases, Euphoria Gibraltar & Kromlech.eu.
Another thanks to all the people who helped set up the venue and tidy-up afterwards!
If anyone here is interested in more information to our next event drop us a message on our Facebook page or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here I leave you now with pictures galore of the Event, Painting Competition & Armies on Parade! Enjoy!
Lets start off with my personal favourite… the Battlefields!
Now some awesome in play photos!
Armies on Parade anyone??
….and finally all the Winners & Highly Commended Units, Characters & Vehicles
Hope you have all enjoyed the article and pictures as much as we enjoyed this epic weekend! May the hobby always be the winner! SN Team x