Crash of the Scarlet Hope

Sunday, December 16th, 2008, HobbytownUSA Dallas will host a special year-ending Apocalypse multi-player mega-battle, with very specific participation conditions: The Crash of The Scarlet Hope!

A notorious Rogue Trader, Ormin del'Trieste, made his fortune by his swashbuckling willingness to gamble...and his outrageous rate of succeeding at high risks. His interstellar frigate the Scarlet Hope was faster at sublight than its size and registered powerplant should ever have allowed, and its accuracy and efficiency translating to and from the Warp were the stuff of legend. The rumour, traded in downhive bars on starports from Tarantum to St Josmane's Hope, was always that del'Trieste had worked some devil's bargain on some fringe world beyond Imperial authority, and was powering the Scarlet Hope with an advanced form of xenos drive.

Now, however, above the Imperial starport world of Yorke's Drift, Ormin del'Trieste's luck has run out: his vessel, the Scarlet Hope, has mysteriously fallen from the sky, devastating an Imperial city planetside. del'Trieste's fate is as yet unknown--but scans from active augurs onscene have revealed what appears to be the warpcore of the starship's secret powerplant, still *intact* and recoverable in the ruins on the planet's surface.

Every race in the 41st millennium is scrambling whatever force they might have in the area, to try to claim the prize first. Who will successfully brave the ruins of a ravaged city, the unknown perils of an active shipwreck, and the hastily-mustered forces of their enemies, to claim the prize at the heart of the Crash of the Scarlet Hope?

To participate, players *must* be at the HobbytownUSA Dallas Game Hall no later than 12:30pm Sunday, December 16th with a force consisting of *one* of the following:

  • An official Apocalypse Datasheet Formation totalling no more than 900 points;
  • A single Flyer of any type and the rules for its use;
  • A single Superheavy vehicle of any type and the rules for its use;
  • A single Gargantuan creature of any type and the rules for its use;
  • Any one Warhammer 40K vehicle of the player's choice;

In instances where there are Apocalypse rules for vehicles, flyers or monsters *and* some pre-existing ruleset (ie ForgeWorld or VDR rules), the vehicle, flyer or monster *must* be played by the new Apocalypse rules. If no Apocalypse version has been printed at the time of play, the pre-existing ruleset may be used, but must be cleared with the event Organizer, Outrider Chris, in advance (doing so on this list is fine; if it is a ForgeWorld vehicle simple notification will probably suffice, if it is a VDR creation the rules will probably need to be submitted for vetting first).

To whichever above force choice the player brings, the player may add up to 1 Character and 1 Troop unit from the most appropriate codex, so long as the total does not exceed 900 points. A player bringing a Baneblade, for example, could choose to add an Imperial commissar leading an Armoured Fist unit in a Chimera, as escort (remember, Apocalypse participation requires no Force Organization chart), or a player using a Space Marine Suppression Force could add a Techmarine and a Tactical Squad in a Razorback; this is to represent that--although the haste with which the races are assembling the ad hoc forces they are throwing at the wreckage may result in unusual compositions--some leader and core force will almost always be found to build such a force around.

As always, something like this is going to draw Inquisitors like magnets; depending on that Inquisitor's Ordo and relative puritan- or radicalism, an Inquisitor would be a likely Character attachment to almost *any* force descending on the crashsite (radical daemonhunters leading Tides of Spawn they *think* they control, radical alienhunters thrown in with Eldar or Tau, for their own ulterior purpose, etc; Apocalypse is fertile ground for exploring these non-standard corners of the 40K universe...and the perfect opportunity for a player of a non-Imperial race who has always wanted one of those cool Inquisitor pewters).

Any 40K race is eligible to participate in this mega-battle. There are Datasheets in the core Apocalypse book or on GW's website in the Apocalypse section for almost every 40K army; or *any* player--even a complete beginner to the hobby--could choose the option of bringing a single vehicle model to the event and participating (in fact, if you have friends who have considered the hobby but never played before, this event is the *perfect* chance for them to do so--one vehicle model of their choice, purchased from HTUD with a month to assemble and paint it, and they are in!). Forces will be aligned the day of the battle prior to deployment, likely along the traditional axes of Forces of Order versus Forces of Disorder as featured in 2006's Medusa V campaign...but even that may see twists, as the furious pursuit of the Scarlet Hope's secret creates strange alliances!

HTUD is well-stocked in anticipation of this event, with Baneblades, Land Raider Terminuses, Vindicator Linebreaker formations and Basilisk Batteries all in stock as of this writing. Moreover, with a month to prepare, they can special order virtually any kit a player might need to expand elements of his current army into an Apocalypse Datasheet formation: examine the various formations in the rulebook and online which qualify for this event (some, which amount to too many collective points, will *not* be legal this time) and your collection to see which look most advantageous for completing the objective successfully, easiest to build upon what your currently have, or both, and jump into Apocalypse with the formation you find most appealing.

The smaller per-player forces should help speed event turns along, plus which Strategic Assets (other than any which come with the Datasheet formation you choose) will be specific to the event, strictly limited and assigned prior to deployment by the Organiser. To facilitate completion of the event, HTUD has promised a member of staff who will keep the Game Hall open late on the day, as well.

This will be the climactic event of 2007--*and* what transpires that day on-table will directly and dramatically affect events in the HTUD Game Hall in 2008. Get into HTUD and see Brad, Ted or Lee right now to get your Apocalypse formation chosen, and construction and painting underway. Grave secrets--galaxy-threatening secrets--lie awaiting discovery amidst the smoldering ruins planetside; which army will walk away with possession of the mystery of...The Crash of The Scarlet Hope!

HobbytownUSA Dallas WHFB HQ Model Contest Results

Participants in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles Mighty Empires Map Campaign built structure models representing their fortified positions on the campaign map. Sunday, Nov 11 voting occurred at the HobbytownUSA Dallas Game Hall for best HQ Model, with the winner collecting a piece of GW terrain of their choice!

These HQ fortifications will afford campaign participants the opportunity to defend specific rather than generic terrain when one of their Map Tiles is attacked. Any player in the campaign can still complete an HQ Model for the purpose of having this in-game benefit, and the campaign remains open for new participants to join.

Every entry in the HQ Model Contest received at least one vote as Favorite piece. The voting was close, but did result in a clear winner:

  • 3rd (TIE): Gamaliel Martinez (Vampire Counts haunted fortress)
  • 3rd (TIE): John Powers (Ogre Kingdoms fighting pit)
  • 2nd: Aaron Wheatcraft (Skaven overrun manor)
  • 1st: Eric Smelley (Dwarven gate and brewery)

Congratulations to participants and winners, seen here; photos of additional HQ Models completed by hobbyists can certainly be added to as players finish them!


Welcome to Adeptus North Texas, the 'Club Home Page' for the Games Workshop hobby in this region of the country!

As a Club site, AdeptNT will focus on events, activities and the more 'social' aspects of the hobby. The intent is that it becomes the go-to site for learning what stores, clubs and independent organizers are running in the region in upcoming months.

The Calendar of Events will be a regularly-updated feature, describing the what/when/where of upcoming North Texas Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Specialist Games events, large and small.

The Adeptus North Texas Mailing List will bring announcements of those events into your email box, for convenience.

And the Contact Us links will be the avenue for stores, clubs and individual organizers to get that event information posted and distributed.

The intent of AdeptNT is to serve the North Texas hobbyist by serving the North Texas retailer, since those 'brick-and-mortar' stores are where the games are played. Devoting space to play is never an easy decision for a retailer with limited space—but having such space available is the future of the social element of the hobby. The seriousness with which AdeptNT takes our position of retailer support should be evident by the way every North Texas Games Workshop stockist receives pride-of-place listing on the left margin of our front page; every alphabetized store listing should be clickable, to take interested hobbyists to the store's webpage where available, or at least to a directions link.

AdeptNT will equally support store-independent hobby events, such as the Lone Wolf GT.

Adeptus North Texas' emphasis on events will not be exclusive, however. As the site develops, members will have an opportunity to write about themselves and their armies, provide hobby articles of interest and game-related fiction, the Gallery will feature outstanding miniature and modeling painting and conversion work by area hobbyists, the Reviews will allow members to rate hobby product for evaluation by others, and the Dispatches from the Outrider will provide a regular overview of it all in weblog format.

If 40K, Fantasy Battle (or Battlefleet Gothic, Mordheim, Epic, Warmaster, Space Hulk, Talisman or roleplay!) is your hobby—and you live, work or visit the North Texas region—Adeptus North Texas is for you. Welcome to the Old World and the Forty-first Millennium, Texas-style!