NOVA 2011: Quick Recap

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Wow, what a weekend! I survived my first GT and not gonna lie, it's very exhausting but absolutely worth it! From thursday night to sunday evening, I played 9 40k games, 2 Malifaux, and even a little throwback magic the gathering, haha. I was also able to meet up with some really cool people like Brandon and Eric from the White Scars blog and a lot of other familiar faces from around the Internet, as well as the infamous Gav Thorpe, author and game designer.

I must say, I've heard a lot of people complain about the people they face on the GT circuit but honestly, most of everyone I've met and played against at NOVA was awesome and a pleasure to roll some dice with at the tournament. From Salamanders to Black Templars, more Templars to Grey Knights, I played some top notch opponents on the first day alone, each of them excellent sportsmen. The second day brought on another Vulcan list, a beautiful Tyranids army, and 2 Blood Angels players, each with vastly different armies and play-styles. While I faced one bad apple who tried to cheat me out of my earned victory points (unsuccessfully) and my second win of the tournament, 1 out of 8 players really isn't bad at all. I ended up going 1 and 3 on each day for a total of 2 wins 6 losses (I'll try to summarize each game and what went on this week). I had a great time and am so glad that this event was the catalyst for me to finally finish painting a 2000 point army. I'm working on editing/piecing together video from this weekend's matches.

I was able to snag some cool pictures of several incredible armies, but the majority were captured using my convenient flip cam; so stay tuned!  I'll be working on editing the pieces of all this footage together this week in order to provide you with a nice reel of footage from the the main events as well as a couple of battle reports. Here's a few shots to tide you over until then:





Mike Brandt runs a fantastic event and I can't thank him enough for all the work he puts into this thing and what it does for the hobby. While this was only the first big 40k event I've attended, from talking to other regular tournament players and my own experience this past weekend, word on the street is NOVA is one of the best (if not the best) 40k events in the world. And I can't wait till next year!