Saturday, November 26, 2016

The 2017 NOVA Open Season is under way


Hello All,

The 2017 NOVA Open is just 9 or so months away. We need to hurry! ;p
Seriously- It will be here before you know it. 

Last week members of the NOVA Open Staff met up at the storage facility to inventory and count terrain. We also spent time looking over various terrain pieces and decided what needed to go an what could stay. 

It took nearly 8 hours to go over it all but I think we have a better understanding of where we stand going into the 2017 season.

Warmachine tree stands 

Warmachine Hills

Nothing but boxes...

Going in both directions.

Stuff to be checked and packed for next year.

Bottom of picture shows salvaged bases
for replacement terrain

This is the WRONG way to pack a box

Trash bag full of  discarded terrain

Monuments Project

Back in 2012 The terrain team built a series of models based on actual DC monuments.  Well 5 NOVA Opens later most have seen better days. It was finally decided that any could not stand alone would have to go. Currently there are only 4 functional monuments left including the Washington monument, and Korean War memorial, 

Scale is too small, but what a model!!!

Art Museum 

This is all that  remains of the Jefferson memorial.

The Washington monument

Everyone who was there did an amazing job. Thanks to your efforts the net NOVA setup day will be just that much easier.

Till next time

RGH





Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fawks Hunt- November 5th 2016



Hello All,

Last Saturday I had an opportunity (nay Honor) to play in a narrative/competitive event called Fawks Hunt.   The event was at the Game Vault in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Fawks Hunt was run by Nova Open's own AOS organizer Aaron B. and 1/3rd of the players were Nova Open Staff.

Aaron covered the event at the site Fancy & Lintyan Wars.

Notes on the rules for the event can be found here

Here are my highlights

The first round was a three way Triumph & Treachery battle pitting the forces of Chaos (Nurgle Daemons) (me) against Order (Stormcast Eternals) and Destruction (Iron Jaws.) in this game we were given coins to use for bribes and other forms of wheeling and dealing. 


Round 1


Moving my troops forward

I attempted to use summoning to get my troops down field faster 

Order made their move first gaining the "artifact"
(the main objective of the battle.)

The three forces face off.

Maneuvers 

Here comes the Great Unclean One!

The General of the Stormcast make
to escape with the Artifact

Scrum well underway 

This does not look good for the Stormcast Lord

Last turn of the game.
I could not get the the Artifact in time.

Round 2


Round two was a skirmish using 100 points per player using third party Skirmish rules


I did better in this round than round 1.  I managed to get a win without losing a single model. 

The Board

My Furies looking for clues

The Rest of my team also searching

My opponent- Bloodbound looking around.
The Objective was to find clues that would help someone use the Artifact from round 1. I managed to find the clue first and keep it from my opponent for the rest of the game. 

Round 3

Round three had me facing off against the Destruction player from round one. He won rounds one and two so he had the Artifact and knew how to use it. In this case it allowed him to Teleport once per game to anywhere on the table. He used it to good advantage as you will see. This battle was fought at 2000 points.

Deployment

Dragon Ogres and Bloodletters

Ready to fight!

Dragon Ogres 

Advancing

Chaos Spawn 

The Orruks counter attack

The Ironjaws General uses his Teleport
power to move to my objective.

The Cockatrice and Chimera attack the "Battletoad" 

The Cockatrice and Chimera take the Ironjaw
General to half wounds in one round. 
The "Battle toad" (Ironjaw General) took out the
Chimera with his counter attack. 


Last Turn- I conceded victory to my opponent once he controled
my objective and his own and I had no units that
could get close in the time remaining. 

I did not do so well, but I had a great time anyway. Thank you Aaron for putting this event together. 

Till Next time.

RGH

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

NOVA Open 2016- Age of Sigmar- Massive Ship Battles



Hello All,

In this installment we will be talking about the Age of Sigmar fleet battles held at the NOVA Open 2016. As you have seen in previous posts we built 16 ships for this years event. I am very proud of all the work all the volunteers did for this year's event, but the ships hold a special place in my heart.


This year I was able to get pictures from two of the battles. The first was a small 1K game held on Friday night. 


Dwarf Ironclad





It just got real
The big battle

The big battle from Saturday. All 16 ships saw action in this one. It was really awesome to see the table FULL of ships. It looked like everyone was having a great time and I wish I could have found time to jump in and get some games in.






Insanity!

These boats were a huge amount of work, but well worth it. I am so glad we were able to help make this happen. I look forward to what happens in 2017!


Till next time...

RGH