ETC 2016 – Athens: Prelude and Belgian Team introduction.

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  • ETC 2016 – Athens: Prelude and Belgian Team introduction.

    Greetings, T9A enthusiasts! As some of you may already know, I’ll be playing Sylvan Elves in this year’s ETC on the side of the Belgian team. So I decided to document the process, what with the ETC being the biggest T9A event to date, and what’s more happening in the city I grew up in!

    Over the next few days, I’ll be posting painting updates (I need to get the army to a presentable level before the actual tournament!), general Belgian team updates and –finally- daily updates from the event itself, leading to fully-fledged battle reports (with pictures!) sometime after the event.

    So, a few words about our team this year: just like in other countries, the Belgian fantasy wargaming scene took a hit after the summer 2015 incident. Several players changed game systems, and things looked bleak for a while before the 9th Age slowly but steadily won the attention of a good chunk of the wargaming crowd. I had met Alex (@K-OS) a couple of years back at a tournament, where we discussed about the ETC, team tournaments and warhammer in general, but I never really found the time or the energy to go practice with the guys and eventually gain a spot on the team. But this year, with part of the old ETC team going AWOL, I thought I’d try going on a gaming trip with the guys (see the german TGH tournament reports on this blog). It was more fun than I’d anticipated, and so I decided to join the rest of the team for the ETC.

    But who is in the team, you ask?

    Alex (@K-Os ) is the team’s captain, a veteran of many ETCs and our Dwarven Holds player. Happy that for the first time in years his dwarves can move more than just the pivoting warmachines, he is bringing a gunline, albeit a move-and-shoot one. A pity, because his Hold Guardian conversions were a joy to behold. He is also an extraordinary painter, so if you’re coming to the tournament don’t miss his dwarven army.

    Nico (@princeCharming ) is…well, here’s the deal: We all thought he’d be playing Saurian Ancients, or his 8th edition favorite, Vampires. The joke’s on us, because he decided at the last minute to play Kingdom of Equitaine, even when the entire Internet was insisting that the book is crap. He keeps winning with them, which is very odd. Deep down he wanted to play the Sylvan Elves, which is why he brought a KoE MSU list instead. He is also our contingency plan in case of a fight, can hold his own in a drinking contest and definitely gets the «most tattooed player on the planet» award.

    Kaj (@ChosenofSigmar) is the paymaster of the troupe (although it kind of works the other way around, he keeps asking us for money, something about having to pay travel expenses but it gets all too technical for me) and –fittingly- our Empire of Sonnstahl player. He is also a veteran ETC player, and an unforgiving opponent! His list looks exactly the same as the other 18+ EoS lists to the untrained eye, but –as they say- it’s the driver, not the car.

    Thomas (@Arthur) brings Saurian Ancient cold-bloodedness to the mix, he’s been there, done that and will also be participating in the ESC, just because playing 6 games of T9A in 3 days is not enough, playing 11 in 5 days is even better! Over the course of the ETC he’ll try to prove that Taurosaurs are better than cannons and that his 280-point Saurian Warlord on Raptor may look exactly the same as the others, but he was there first.

    Geoffrey (@Gregor) is our Daemonic Legion player, a fact that makes him an endangered species in this year’s ETC! He gets extra cool points for bringing the Scourge of Wrath, and no less than 5(!) Blazing Chariots. He was our consistent high-scorer at the TGH, and his list wasn’t even optimized. As any self-respecting daemonic legion player, rolling 5+ for ward saves comes to him naturally. He’s out to prove that DL are better than what the team compositions make them out to be, and I believe he will succeed.

    Peter (@Borgio) is our secret weapon: stolen from the Germans at the TGH, trained by none other than @Frederick and given a single task: bring the Beast Herds, and do what they do best. A testament to his generalship is that he almost tabled our captain at the last game of the TGH. Other dwarf players would have held a grudge, Alex just decided to recruit him. :)

    Timon, the Highborn Prince: it isn’t fantasy if you don’t have any dragons, so that was the role of Timon. With two dragons, and enough arrows to blot the sun, Timon is the second brave soul to try and tackle 11 games in a (very) long weekend. He also can be our legal counselor in case we need one and helps push the team’s coolness factor off the roof.

    Kwinten (@Kiwii) is our non-playing coach: I like to think that he’s got a contingency plan ready in case of a Zombie apocalypse or any other disaster, and he’s the one trying to make any sense of our matchup ratings. I do not envy his role, but then again he’ll have more time to get drunk than any of us.

    Finally, you’ve got yours truly. I’ll be playing the Sylvan Elves, shamelessly trying to exploit the rules that I helped write earlier this year. This will be my first ETC, so expectations are high on the fun front. Game-wise, I’ll quote Nico: “the goal is to get more points won than pints drunk.

    So, stay tuned for more updates on the Belgian side of the 9th age!

    Next up: speed-painting marathon!

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Comments 10

  • Iluvatar -

    Finally got to read the first article of this new series...
    Good luck to you guys! I certainly hope you'll finish high in the competition this year, but most of all that you'll all have fun. I'm a bit jealous of not being able to come!

  • Blonde Beer -

    I feel like recording an episode about the belgium lists now :).

    • SmithF -

      I'm surprised we didn't figure in your "top 5 lists" to be honest :D

      In all seriousness, I think we misjudged the power level and overall meta. But we'll still have fun in Athens! It's a pity that no grudge matches are allowed, don't you think?

      I'm waiting for that belgian episode now :)

    • Blonde Beer -

      The deamon list just missed out to be honest. It was hard to select them. Also doing all the pairings in one day hurt my brain!

    • Arthur -

      Nah, Pascal, we didn't misjudge the meta, the meta misjudged us!!

      Honestly, I actually think we're way closer than the last few years. Two years ago, we brought the only shade star, the only ogre gunline and the only hexwraith spam :P

    • Blonde Beer -

      Will proparly record a show tonight. I do think you guys will get your highest placing yet this year.

  • Kolata -

    Good luck guys!

    ps. Anyone from ETC 2006 or 2007 still in the team?

    • SmithF -

      Alex Thouet, our captain, played back in the day I think.
      Come to think of it, this year's ETC is his 11th!

      A veritable Greybeard!

    • edjuh -

      Arthur 2 years ago hex wraith spam was profound. We also brought them. Smithf would like to talk to you about SE. Playing for the dutch team with SE.bwould like to have brought 27 wild huntsmen just like last year but has become the Boeing advoidance list. Maybe we Will see each other on the bottom table because we suck ( check out blonde beer YouTube.

    • SmithF -

      Hey Edwin! Sure, come say hello, it will be a pleasure!
      3x9 Wild Huntsmen, eh? Now that would have been a sight to behold...