Eastcon 2012 is being run at Bedford Park in Ringwood. This year they have the pleasure of being one of the first tournaments in Melbourne to run under sixth edition Warhammer 40000.
The facilities at Bedford Park are really tournament friendly: close to public transport, plenty of parking and on-site kitchen facilities. The hall, itself, is massive and easily able to accommodate the fifty odd players and their associated paraphernalia.
One of the other big selling points if the venue is that it’s home to the Ringwood Wargames Club and their awesome collection of tables and scenery.
The are an interesting mix of armies. The new chaos codex hit the stores today, so the two or three players holding to the old ways are facing the usual uphill struggle. There are the usual showing of Space Marines, Space Wolves and Blood Angels. One player bravely plays Black Templars, employing five Land Raiders! There are a smattering of Imperial Guard and Necrons (they are the new black, after all!). I saw few Ork players and, most strange, no Dark Eldar armies.
Eastcon is also one if the first tournaments in sixth edition to allow allies and fortifications. Eastcon is also a “no comp” event, allowing players to bring whatever they want in their army regardless of how filthy it is!
The whole “no comp” event is still a matter of some debate; Victoria is one of the few holdouts for the Comp system to penalise armies that are deliberately over powered. I think that players can be relied on to know the difference between competitive and broken. Besides, people are still figuring out the new meta and the old combos can’t be relied on in the new rule system.
At the time if report, the second round is under way so it’s hard to say what the podium will look like tomorrow afternoon. I’d be willing to put a Necron and probably a Grey Knight army up there. Time will tell.
Historically, Eastcon has been a well run tournament and I’ve enjoyed playing in it. Regrettably, the stars did not align for me this year to be able to play … hopefully next year will be a goer!