The Webstore Mechanised Mash-up

A few weeks ago I was wandering around the web office and noticed that there were an awful lot of large Warhammer 40,000 models on people’s desks. Wraithknights, Imperial Knights, Tau Battlesuits, Dreadnoughts and the like were ten a penny (some were even painted). This gave me a thought: what if we got them all on the office gaming table and had a knockout tournament to decide who would be crowned office champion (for this week at least)?

And thus, the inaugural Webstore Mechanised Mash-up was born!

I devised a simple knockout system of 16 players, split into two halves of a draw with the winner of each game progressing to the next round. Play would proceed until there was one overall winner who would have the permission to lord it over his co-workers until such time as we started a new competition (or we got sick of him and threw him in an electric bin).

The rules were very simple: bring your model to the gaming table, use the rules as presented in its relevant codex, and attempt to beat your opponent to a pulp.

So, with everyone ready it was game on, and a flurry of first round activity ensued. Ed?s Ghostkeel took down John?s Gorkanaut despite not being painted (I think you?ll find it was camouflaged – Ed). The office Eldar contingent saw great success with a variety of Wraithknights turning their opponents into molten slag.

With everyone wanting to take part there were some ?interesting? match-ups: Josh, Chris and Ian hadn?t finished building their ideal models so instead fielded a Contemptor Dreadnought, Ironclad Dreadnought and Astra Militarum Sentinel respectively. This was the Warhammer 40,000 equivalent of bringing a knife to a gunfight and the results were entirely predictable (albeit exceptionally fun to watch).

Adnan decided that this tournament was all the excuse he needed to build and paint a Tau Stormsurge, his first foray into large models. And it paid off as his big gun blasted its way to a semi-final only to be undone by the devastating close combat prowess of Steve?s Wraithknight.

Chris? Ironclad vs Rik?s Imperial Knight

Chris? Ironclad vs Rik?s Imperial Knight

Adnan?s Stormsurge

Adnan?s Stormsurge

On the other side of the draw Rik?s Imperial Knight destroyed all before it until coming face to face with Grant?s Wraithknight. A closely fought battle saw Grant come out on top, ensuring an all Wraithknight final.

To say the final was evenly matched was something of an understatement. The first battle saw both combatants destroy each other simultaneously ensuring a rematch. The doom of at least one Eldar was certain, and so it proved as Steve ran out the overall winner and office champion.

And so, the inaugural Webstore Mechanised Mash-up is over. For next year there is already talk of including Titans, sudden death eliminators and penalty shoot-outs. Ultimately, it?s down to what everyone fancies putting on a gaming table.

Author: Dom

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