Sunday, March 1, 2015

Barrie Bash! First Event on the ITC 2015 circuit has come and gone - Review.

Hello! And welcome to a tournament review. 

Me (Skari) with the help of others, just finished running the Third Annual Barrie Bash. A 34 person RTT that is the First event on the ITC circuit for 2015! What a blast. 

This is a quick written review of the event, what we saw and also some pictures that we can all enjoy. First off if you dont know about the ITC go HERE to check out the listings rules and what not.
The 3rd Annual Barrie Bash was held at Sir Games A Lot in Barrie, Ontario, Canada (Facebook Page) . On a nice cold, sunny saturday morning, the players began to arrive, eager and bug eyed to play some games.  The hall was set, 17 tables ready to go! this makes the Barrie Bash one of the largest single events in the region. So! Following the ITC format the armies were made with a 1500pt limit, and a limit of 3 detachments (rather than just the two). This made for some interesting combinations, although only one player used all three detachments... they added an assassin to their list, and that callidus sure made a stink all tournament long!

The Armies:

There were 13 different primary armies present:
- Imperial Knights
- Dark Eldar
- Eldar
- Necrons
- Tyrannids
- Orks
- Sisters Of Battle
- Space Marines
- Inquisition
- Chaos Space Marines
- Deamons of Chaos
- Tau
- Space Wolves

This made for a great variety of armies. Also, the player base was brought from all over! North players travelled from Sudbury, Ontario (3 hours north) and from London, Ontario (3.5hrs south). But if there was one thing that categorized the event it would have to be the numbed of knights present!

This one above was just a small portion of the Knights present, although faced with this much heavy metal the players were not phased, knowing that generalship would be the deciding factor! It was nice to see so many different armies, the Barrie Bash also recognizes the "Best Of" each army, so this encouraged players to bring less "popular" armies to try and be the best of the best at their chosen craft. It was nice to see the well painted armies that were on display! The top of the top looking armies all got to be on parade at the event and players each cast their votes towards their favourites. 
So with the spirit of true competition the gamers prepared for a day of gaming!

The Games:

The Barrie Bash is a 4 round, one day event. The first round, players have the opportunity to declare a Grudge Match! Only one was issued. And with such proceedings the games began! Being a TO and having some others help with the paperwork it was nice to also act as a reporter for the event being able to take video and pictures of the hall, the games and the different armies as well as walk to the tables and engage in small talk, or be there when crazy stuff happened on the tables! Here are some captured moments:
The Eldar host from the third best overall, looking good, and making sure he deployed far away from the Tyrannid army of mawlock doom!
The Sisters of battle in this picture had the support of a Knight! The number of cool minis and Forgeworld bling was amazing, and this was the Best Sisters of Battle player present at the event!
This gorgeous army of Eldar and Knights was at the LVO last weekend as well! Ended up about 100th place or so... and did OK at the Bash, the double rare knight threw alot of people off tho but it was gorgeous and a pleasure to see on the table. 
Tyrannids had a good showing at the Bash as well! With very different army types, from Zoanthrope spam, to Hierodules... to a hybrid lictor + mawlock list that was similar to the lictor shame that won the LVO. 
Necrons were also a force to be reckoned with, with each necron army running some form of a Decurion Detachment. The Vault and of course a metric shit load of wraiths. 
Not one opponent of CJ was able to kill the Vault! Not one... the closest anyone got was bringing it down to one hullpoint. 
The Wraiths! So many wraiths... 
And then of course... knights, knights and more knights... 
Adlance with a rare gatling gun knight.
And then! When knights collide... BAM. Hehehe. This is when it got fun this game. 

There where also some newer players, that had their first tournament experience at this event! And it was really cool to see them having so much fun and really, that is what makes the tournament scene grow and its great for the hobby. 

Community Support:

One of my favourite things about running a community driven event is the support that the community will give to help drive the event to be successful. The Barrie Bash had a lot of help from Sir Games Alot, the store but also prizes donated by other members of the community and even Painting Services, like Slap Dash Minis that sent a cool studio painted raider! 


Best General - $170
Best General - $120
Best Sport  - $100
Best Presentation - $100
the 13 Best of Army awards - $15dls each.
4x$20 Door Prizes 
1 x New 3 Book 40k 7th Edition Rulebook (Donated)
1 x Raider (Donated)
1x$20 Wooden Spoon Award. 

All the money that comes in from the players from the entries goes out in store vouchers for prizes! So, as the tournament grows so will the prize base. We had a lot of fun and id say that this sets off the ITC with a BANG for 2015. Thanks to the work that Reece and Frankie for all the work they do for us TO's and with the work and effort that they put into the format that we use. Its easy to replicate and I love being a part of this international community. 

Next Year! :

We are already planning for next year. The date will be the last Saturday of FEB 2016. Make sure you put a note in your calendar! And plan a trip to the snowy white north that is Canada. 

Im Skari. I do have a youtube channel, battle reports, tactical and hobby videos. Go over there and check it out!

Skari - out

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