Los Vegas is always fun, with the shows, restaurants, attractions and of course the drinking and gambling. For us though the thing that brought us to the town was Warhammer. Over a thousand hobbyists and players visited the convention hall to see, talk, and play their favorite tabletop games. For me that was Warhammer, Age of Sigmar.
Battles in a mythical flavored world where the gods walk amongst men and send their chosen to fight for control of the realms. From Azyr the reforged of the God-King Sigmar and the old races of the lost golden age, have come out to pacify the other mortal realms. The dead and their Lord Nagash march out from Shyish. Raveging hoards of Destruction wander the realms looking for battle. Last the chosen champions of the Dark Gods gathered their forces from the mortal realms and blink in demonic forces from the realm of chaos.
How did it go? There was a huge number of players for AoS this year. We had people from around the country, and even from around the world, come to play in our two events.
The Doubles Event
There was an amazing doubles event with a narrative theme. It drew 22 teams for a total of 44 players. They played in 3 rounds, using modified Narrative Battleplans. It was gaming fun with a story of two different forces coming together. The goal in the end was to bring reinforcements their into the Realm of Aqshy (Fire).
The teams fiercely battled to gain dominance over the Ardor Plains by build an alliance with another force. Once forged they scoured the land looking for clues in the ruins of an ancient culture to find out how to open the silent realmgates in this barren area. As they looked the earth itself spewed forth molten rock in the unsteady plateau. Finally leading to a desperate struggle to open the Realmgate
In the end the Wobbly Modelers (Bill Souza and Michael Vagenos) took the win. The Phalanx of Olympus took Best Hobbyist, and We Slay Dragons as Renaissance Man. However two buddies got to play three games together and that makes them all winners, in my book.
The AoS Champions Event
On Saturday and Sunday we had the main event of the ITC AoS season, the The Warhammer:Age of Sigmar Champions event. Contenders played four games on Saturday in a true test of skill and stamina. That’s 2.5 hours Times 4 rounds for 10 hours of games played. I was tired just watching them.
Tzeentch had a strong showing, of course and many tried their hand at piloting the new Nurgle. The Stormcast were also present in good number. For a complete list of who brought what look up the event on the BCP App.
After seven grueling rounds the field settled down to the eight top players. As predicted 3 of the 8 were Disciples of Tzeentch, generaled by Joe Krier, James Thomas, and Tony Moore. The other armies were Oliver Gandouet with mixed Order, William Soehaili with Fyreslayers and allied Kharadron Overlords, Sam Valdez with his Bonesplitterz, Bill Souza with Nurgle list heavy on plague monks, and finally Andrew Standiferd with Stormcast, Vanguard Wing.
When the dust settled Andrew Standiferd stood alone, undefeated. Out of 93 players he wasthe only one Not to lose a game. James Thomas was in second, with Tony Moore in third. Declaring himself, Tony Moore from the UK scene, as the international bridesmaid after his third place position. Andrew Standiferd is the back to back winner of the LVO AoS event. I know James and Andrew played their respective lists over and over again. I’m sure Tony has done the same.
Chad Graham’s Order army won Best Hobbyist (to the left). It has an amazing Alarielle model with several Frost Phoenixes painted in stunning blues. Mike Scaletti with a tenth place standing and a stunning Khorne monster and Judger list took Renaissance Man (to the right).
With LVO now behind us it is time for all of us AoS players to think on our new lists for the season to come. Again, after a year long season, we will meet at the LVO. There hobbyist and generals will square off for the top positions. Some in our own factions or sub factions. Others reaching for the overall top positions and team standings. With every event like this one, it’s my fervent hope that it brings more people into the hobby and strengthens our overall community. This game has several majors now in the United States and I was happy to be part of it.
—Scott Reed—Losing the realm, world, or galaxy, one battle at a time.