What a helluva Hobby Nite! Despite having to waste the first precious hour on work (as in day-job), the kick-off of the Arenxis Minoris campaign and Season 3 of the 40k league was a total blast!
Jeff's Unclean was unveiled for the first time in all its stinky glory. Minthras' minions of multitudinous Nurglites faced off against Sammael's Ravenwing, who were intent on saving the souls of the Fallen. The double-header (both campaign and league game) was bitterly fought - both armies being elite, T5, fearless and had multiple Troops choices. In the end, the battle ended in a draw for the league, but turned out to be a moral victory for The Unclean. Jeff's dice-off won him the spaceport on Thessalonicus held by the Ravenwing.
Elsewhere, furious battles were being fought on Arenxis Minoris. And in each and every one, the forces of Chaos and their allies beat back the beleaguered Imperial forces. On Haides, Iz' scary Orks brushed aside Saim Hann resistance and captured Khairul's spaceport. But perhaps the most amazing feat was Iqbal's. In true Alpha Legion style, his Chaos Space Marine force infiltrated deep into enemy territory and captured the spaceport held by the Grey Knights, before repelling an Ultramarines counterattack, pushing back Rizal's 5th Company and capturing a ruins tile in the process. I can tell things are getting serious, as the Imperium players are starting to realize they need to work double hard to recover all the lost spaceports - and all gone in the very first week of the campaign! Tune into the next copy of the Aquila for more news, direct from the frontlines.
As is tradition, we recognized and presented the awards to Season 2's winners - Iz (league champion, purity seal), Arzmi (sportsmanship), Shazli (fanatic & marksman's honor) and myself (appearance) before resuming the frantic dice-rolling. Many pure league games (as opposed to league/campaign games) were fought, including Ivan's first-ever 40k game. Peter, Alvin, Subhan, Doc, Faizal, Redeye and all the folks were merrily and busily blasting, hacking and chucking dice and in general having a whale of a time. I even saw Alvin laying out Space Hulk tiles for some battles in the cold of space. And very special mention to Kai, who brought lots of chicken breasts, ate, shared, then got down to some serious hobbying at the hobby table. I even managed to assemble a bastion, in between hurling insults and abuse at Minthras' horde.
And on the very first Hobby Nite that people can register for the November 14th 40k tourney, 9 people registered. So if you want to be a contender at the Inquisition Wars on November 14th, DO NOT WAIT. There are only 17 slots left, and I know at least 8 of our friends in Singapore say they want to come.
I lurv Hobby Nite! And totally looking forward to next week! The Imperium will strike back (insert March of the Emperor here)!