This Easter long weekend the sequel to greatest central coast wargaming event returns.
WarZone: Central Coast 2019
With four amazing events and bigger space at the same incredible venue as last year. Plus, full bar and food services on premises this year is looking to be super epic.
We have the return of the tournament that put the WarZone: Central Coast event on the map the 40k ITC tournament.
However, this year we have a host of extra GW games present.”
When: 20th-21st April 19
Where: Wyong District Youth and Community Centre
TO: Andrew Garrard
Top 3 Lists:
1. Chris Wright (Deathwatch/ Admech / Adeptus Sororitas)
2. David Clark (Deathwatch / Adeptus Astartes)
3. Boaz Suranyi (Adeptus Custodes)
Best Coast Parings Event
Chris Yates and I got a chance to catch up with this week with Andrew Garrard the TO of the WarZone: Central Coast 2019 event that happen two weeks ago.
-Please take a moment to explain who you are and how you started running events?
Hi everyone! The name is Andrew and I am the Captain and founder of Warzone: Wargaming (Previously known as Warzone: Central Coast) We started running events a few years ago now with the aim to get the competitive screen back up and running for 40k in Australia. I used to play a long time ago and thoroughly enjoyed the competitive events.
I wanted to emulate that awesome sense of challenge and fun with the events that I run and always focus on good clean competitive events that all players of all skill levels can enjoy. I took inspiration form the Overwatch boys and what they had achieved up the coast and wanted to run local events of the same size with a central location that their players base could travel to and also get the interest of some of the groups in Sydney to come and compete.
So far, I think it has been very successful. Ultimately the screen has grown well in our local area due to our events and we consistently get good numbers for each of our now yearly major event. Warzone: Central Coast.
-We saw you had multiple game formats at WarZone: Central Coast 2019, could you give us a run down on what they were?
This year we decided, thanks to the support of our local Warhammer store, to expand the range of GW games so we could allow different playing groups to come along and enjoy our great atmosphere. We had our first Age of Sigmar event, Killteam and Underworlds. The main focus has always been 40k and that event always gets over 30 entrants. The Age of Sigmar though didn’t go off to well but 4 players came and had a one-day round robin event just for some fun and to play games. Unfortunately, the Kill team didn’t get off the ground and didn’t end up going ahead. However, the Shadespire was a great success with 10 players attending.
-We saw you had some venue issues leading up to the event, what happened there?
So, it was a bit of confusion involving the place we had locked in the year before. The long of the short of it was they ended up putting the price up to an exorbitant amount that we could not sustain financially. This was due to it being a public holiday and was not advised till late in the piece.
It ended up being pay up, which I would have lost significate personal money, or find a new place.
It took a bit and some negotiating with other place on price, but we finally go the Wyong Youth Centre and for a price that allowed us to fund the prize pool with some decent rewards. I feel bad for the players this affected but, in the end, it worked out well and the event went ahead without an issue.
-Can you please take a moment to explain the format / mission set of Warhammer 40k that was used for the event?
We stuck with the standard ITC format and Champion mission for this event with 5 rounds to determine a clear winner. We like keeping it standard and in line with other events so that players can hone their skills in a single format and transfer that to other events. NSW especial likes the ITC format so we tend to not stray to far for our Marquee event.
-Did you see much difference in list variants?
I feel the field was quite varied actually. We had a player do a breakdown on faction son our Facebook page and it showed that almost every faction was represented by a few players each. There was no clear stand out. In the end though the Deathwatch proved to be the ultimate flavor of the month and got both first and second place. A surprise was the Telemon Custode lists with one of them making top 3.
-Were there any standout lists in your mind that did not place in the top 3?
Outside of the top 3 there was some really nice-looking lists that were very thematic. There was a few Ork list in their various tournament forms but nothing that really struck me as a standout. The Field was nice a varied and all looked like they could have got a top 3 finish.
-Were most of the players local to the area or did you see anyone travel for the event?
We surprisingly had quite the turn out from all over the coast as far North as Maitland and Newcastle and as far south as Sydney. It was a good spread and not one area was represented as a majority. If anything, there was more players outside the coast area than there was locally which is a great sign that players will travel for an event. Oh, and the Bylers from Canberra where there so appreciate them travelling so far for the event.
-Could you please break down the prizes and the categories for winning them at the event?
So we had 6 Prizes this year with cash being a part of the top 3. We had 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Wooden spoon as standard. Our Wooden spoon is less a Prize and more a Perpetual Trophy where we etch the players name in for all history. We have a player who has won it so many times the award is actually called the Inaugural Matt moody award. Next, we have Players player which this year had a great prize from one of our sponsors. Eve Studios one of two painting commissioners that support us gave us a nice $250 voucher for her service. This went to the player who had been voted the most by those he had played during the weekend. All 3 times I have done this award like this there has always been one stand out player who has got all 5 votes. So I feel very honored its happened this way each time.
Then we have the Best painted and Presented as voted by the players. The winner Max Burke had an awesome displayed and painted Black Templar army with a stellar display board. He got 60% of the votes. Lastly, I did resistance Fighter. The player with the highest SoS. Again, a fun award and is for the player who had the toughest weekend. The player that got it ended up 10th overall so it was great to see that.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and
Team Kris Kross
“Mr December and UniKage”