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Warhammer 40,000 Escalation League Winter 2019
January 5 – March 1
The goal of the Gnome Games Warhammer 40,000 Escalation league is to bring new players to the tables, train existing players, and have fun while building up tournament-level armies. Events will occur weekly, with an ascending point level, giving players time to build, paint, and plan their core force over 8 weeks. Players may join the escalation league at any time during the league.
Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition is a large departure from previous version of Warhammer 40,000. This section will define some key terms as they relate to the 8th edition of the game.
There are three current ways to play Warhammer 40K—Open play, Narrative Play, and Matched Play. Open Play and Narrative Play games allow more flexibility in list building and allow armies to be built that are not battle-forged. Matched Play games require the army to be battle-forged—that is, all models in the army must be organized into detachments sharing a faction keyword. Battle-forged armies can have one or more detachments in an army.
A detachment is a method of organizing models in an army. All models in a detachment must share a faction keyword. Detachments may offer command points for complying with the rules of organization depending on the size of the detachment in question.
Common detachments used in 8th edition include the Patrol Detachment and Battalion Detachment:
Force Organization Chart:
The Force Organization Chart, or FOC, defines the battlefield role of a unit in a detachment. The current battlefield roles are: HQ, Troops, Elites, Fast Attack, Heavy Support, Dedicated Transport, Flyer, Fortification, and Lord of War. A unit’s datasheet will define its battlefield role.
All unit rules and statistics are detailed on the unit’s datasheet. Datasheets can be found in an army’s Codex book or one of the five Index books (Index Imperium 1, Index Imperium 2, Index Chaos, Index Xenos 1, and Index Xenos 2). These books may be purchased at The Relentless Dragon.
Every week matches will be played at a given point level. Point levels will increase every two weeks, giving players plenty of opportunity to acquire and paint new models.
The method used to build your army will escalate as follows:
Weeks One and Two: 500 Points
January 5 – 18
Week 3 – Kill Team
Weeks Four and Five: 750 Points
January 20 – Feb 8
Week 6 – Kill Team
Weeks Seven and Eight: 1000 Points
February 10 – March 1
Week 9: Grand Tournament and League Awards Ceremony – 1500 Points ($10 Entry, Free for League Members)
Organizing the Battle
Battles will be organized and fought according to the rules in the core rulebook or Chapter Approved 2017, based on mutual agreement of both players. Players should randomly determine the mission being fought, and the deployment method.
Scoring League Games
During the duration of the escalation league, players can play up to three league games per week. The first game you play each week awards you league points based on the degree of your victory as outlined below.
|Crushing Victory (you have twice the victory points of your opponent):||5 League Points|
|Win (you have more victory points than your opponent):||3 League Points|
|Draw (player’s scores are the same):||1 League Points|
|Loss (your opponent has more victory points than you):||0 League Points|
At the end of each game, players total their victory points. The player who scores the most points wins, while the other player losses. If both players score the same points, the game is a draw. If the winning player scores twice (or more) the victory points over the losing player, then the winning player scores a Crushing Victory. The degree of victory determines how many league points a player earns per game as detailed in the table above.
The following two games each week award you 3 additional league points for a crushing victory, 2 additional league points for a win, 1 additional league point for a draw, and 0 additional points for a loss.
Additional games should be organized directly between players and can be played any time during that week. Additional games should be played against different opponents where possible. Players should not play more than 2 official league games per opponent, per week. All games must be played at Gnome Games
Players can earn an additional 3 League Points per game, per week based on sportsmanship.
After each game score your opponent’s sportsmanship by marking the appropriate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ check boxes on the scoring sheet. A player earns 1 point per ‘yes’ they receive.
Players can earn up to a total of 5 League Points each week for painting and basing their armies. See the next section for painting guidelines.
|Painted Unit/Character/Vehicle (Up to 3 total units)||1 League Points|
|Fully Painted Army (All units must be fully painted)||1 League Points|
|Unified Bases (All units must be based and finished similarly)||1 League Points|
While there is no requirement to paint your models, the purpose of the escalation league is to encourage players to build and paint their armies over time. As can be seen above, the points for a fully painted and based army can equal a crushing victory each week!
The purpose of the escalation league however, is not to judge a player’s skill or ability to paint. At a minimum, models should be painted to a basic tabletop standard. This standard is generally considered to be 3 colors minimum, not including primer. Colors can include shading and highlighting, but this is not necessary.
Bases should be finished with sand, gravel, texture paint, grass, or other appropriate basing materials, with none of the plastic base showing (other than base rims). To earn the point for unified basing, all bases across the entire army should be finished in a similar fashion using similar materials, colors, and base rim colors. Bases do not need to be identical (nor should they), but should show a common theme or style. It is acceptable and encouraged to have more elaborate basing for character models to show off their uniqueness in the army.
What to Bring Each Week
Please be sure to bring all materials that you need to play each week—in most cases, the store cannot loan materials to players.
Fees and Prize Support
Players are expected to pay the initial registration fee at the start of week 1, and then the additional point increase fee at the start of weeks 4 and 6.
Prizes will be awarded in the form of store credit at Gnome Games. Total awards will be determined at league end as determined by each player’s total league points.
Special awards for best army and best sportsmanship may be awarded as well, at the discretion of staff.