Axemaster 2008

Axemaster this year will be run on the 16th-17th of August, 2008.

  • Warhammer Fantasy 7th edition rules
  • 2250pt armies
  • Six games over two days
  • $30 entry

The venue is our usual haunt:

Hampton Community Center,
14 Willis St. Hampton, VIC





Game 1 9:30-12:00
Game 2
Game 3


Players Choice Painting 9:00
Game 4 9:30-12:00
Lunch 12:00-12:45
Game 5 12:45-3:15
Game 6
Presentation + Pack up



Hampton Community Centre, 8 Willis St, Hampton, 3188
Catering is not provided by the club but there are a number of restaurants/take-away stores within walking distance including numerous bakeries, pizza restaurants, fish and chip stores and Safeway. There are also banks including a Westpac, an NAB and an ANZ for any money you may need to withdraw during the tournament. Hampton train and bus station is located next to the community centre, so using public transport is an option.



Armies may be up to 2250 points. No Back of the book / unofficial White Dwarf army lists may be used. Dogs of War may be used. Storm Of Chaos may NOT be used (almost all of the lists are obsolete now anyway). Any White Dwarf / Chronicles update you wish to use must be brought in hard copy. Special Characters may not be used ('named characters' and things like Karanak or the Changeling included, in the case of the newer army books). The most recent edition of the army book must be used.



Players are given two and a half hours in which to complete their games, there is a break of at least 15 minutes between games to allow the Tournament Organizers (TOs) to enter scores and prepare for the next round.

The first round will be a random draw, if you are drawn with a regular gaming partner contact the TO who will try to match you up with another player. Games 2-6 will be run using a "Swiss Chess" system; you will never play the same opponent twice.

Before each game you should exchange names and army lists with your opponent. You should also make sure your opponent is aware of the special rules of your army, erratas / updates / White Dwarf articles (official ones) that you are using. Any such erratas etc must be approved by the TO.

Play the game in good spirit, and do not stall for time. Any person deemed stalling for time to avoid a loss or cement a win will be penalised heavily. Games must be finished on or before the two and a half hour deadline; warnings will be given for 30 minutes, 15 minutes and 5 minutes. If necessary, you may have to calculate victory conditions / victory points from the end of an earlier turn than the one prescribed to end the game, but you cannot run overtime. Please play briskly and remind your opponent if he is taking too long. This is to ensure that we can enter all results and determine the next round so that we do not fall behind schedule.


Rules Disputes

All rules disputes should be resolved in one of three ways. Either look in the appropriate rulebook, roll a D6 for it, or ask a TO. The TO will either show you the relevant passage in the appropriate rulebook, or ask you to roll a D6 for it. Just because you disagree on a rule does not mean your opponent is a bad sport. It is in the way he handles the dispute, and accepts if he is wrong, that you can see his sportsmanship. Many people have different interpretations or house rules that are not used at tournaments, and these will be resolved as stated above. The TO's word is final, and arguing after a decision has been made may incur penalties.



Parts of the tournament will be run as peer based scoring - score sheets will be provided and must be filled out after each battle. Breakdown of scores will be 60% battle, 10% painting and 30% sportsmanship/army composition. All the games will be decided by Victory Points (VPs), but with different bonuses for each game.


VP difference Battle Points
0-100 10-10
101-300 11-9
301-500 12-8
501-700 13-7
701-900 14-6
901-1100 15-5
1101-1300 16-4
1301-1500 17-3
1501-1700 18-2
1701-1900 19-1
1900+ 20-0


Armies that are completely painted will be awarded 20 bonus points at the start of the tournament. If the army has any unpainted models in it, it will receive 0 points. This is effectively a Yes or No question - there are no partial rewards. Models must be painted to a basic standard, displaying at least 3 different colours, and the bases must be painted.

Before the first game of day two, players should set up their armies on their designated table for judging in the Players' Choice painting competition. Unlike the bonus points mentioned above, this vote has no bearing on the overall result of the tournament, but will be used to select the winner of the Best Army prize at the end of the tournament.

Models to be used in the tournament must visibly represent what they're meant to be (ie no proxies or stand-ins allowed). This doesn't mean you have to use the exact existing Citadel miniatures for a given character/unit, but opponents should not be confused as to what is what (ie having one unit of Silver Helm models being Silver Helms and another unit of the same Silver Helm models being Dragon Princes) and the models used for a unit must make sense (ie no units of Trollslayers represented by Ghoul models). If you have any queries about whether something would be acceptable, feel free to contact us.

Sportsmanship/Army Composition

At the end of each game, you will be required to complete a questionnaire about your opponent and his army. The 10 questions are listed below, and each will be worth one bonus point per round (so a total of 10 Sportsmanship/Army Composition points are available per round). Questions will be answered with a simple YES or NO.

1) My opponent remained friendly throughout the game.
2) My opponent had a clear army list and made sure I understood what everything did.
3) My opponent and I sorted out rules questions amicably.
4) My opponent's movement, line of sight decisions or dice rolls were dodgy.
5) My opponent played fast enough, but did not rush me.
6) My opponent's army was one-dimensional and it spoilt the game.

7) My opponent's army was excessively powerful - it took the fun out of the game.
8) I would voluntarily play against this army again.
9) This army was more interested in avoiding and annoying me than fighting a battle.
10) This army was softer than I would normally expect in a tournament.

After the last game of the tournament, players will be asked to nominate 3 opponents for the Best Sportsman award (ranked in descending order). These marks will have no bearing on the overall winner; they are only used to select the winner of the Best Sportsman award.



Round One - Pitched Battle

As per the normal rules for a 'vanilla' 7th Ed game of Warhammer (though the terrain will be set up for you and should not be moved).

Round Two - Grudge

As for Pitched Battle. Generals HATE each other. Also, the general must be the first model placed on the table. He may be placed with a unit. If the enemy general is killed, fleeing or fled the table at the end of the game, 200 bonus points are awarded. If the enemy general was killed by yours in close combat, 300 bonus points are awarded (in addition to the 200 bonus points already awarded). These bonuses are instead of the normal bonus points for killing the enemy general.

Round Three - Breakthrough.

As for Pitched Battle. Instead of scoring points for table quarters, players score points for having scoring units in their opponent’s deployment zone at the end of the game. For a list of scoring units see page 102 of the rulebook under Table Quarters. For every scoring unit player receives a bonus 100 VPs, up to a maximum total of 300 VPs. No bonus victory points awarded for table quarters.

Round Four - Hold the line.

As for Pitched Battle. If there are no scoring enemy units in your own deployment zone at the end of the game, 300 bonus victory points are awarded. Both sides may gain this bonus. For a list of scoring units see page 102 of the rulebook under Table Quarters. No bonus victory points awarded for table quarters.

Round Five - Capture

As for Pitched Battle, but no bonus victory points awarded for table quarters. Place objective in the centre of the table. The player controlling the objective at the end of the game (see page 100 of the rulebook - use the rules for controlling special features) is awarded 300 bonus victory points. If no-one controls the objective, no bonus points are awarded.

Round Six - Pitched Battle

As per the normal rules for a 'vanilla' 7th Ed game of Warhammer (though the terrain will be set up for you and should not be moved).



The prizes for Axemaster are being kindly donated by Military Simulations ( Prizes are offered for:

1st Place Overall
2nd Place Overall
3rd Place Overall
Best Army (players' choice)
Best Sportsman (players' choice)



Online registration is available via PayPal - use the 'Pay Now' link below. When filling out the form, please include the race/army you're entering with (Empire, High Elves, Daemonic Legion, etc) and the name of the person entering (if different to the name on the credit card) in the field provided. For alternative payment arrangements, contact Greg.

Army lists and payment are due by 1st August

We may accept entries after this date, but entry will cost an additional $10.


Contact Organiser

Contact Greg Johnson for tournament-related questions by email or on 0408 661 298.