North Texas 40K Playoffs Championship Rules

The North Texas 40K Playoffs conclude Saturday, August 21, 2010 at HobbytownUSA Dallas with a 1500 Point, one-day, three-round, full-scoring Tournament, for the four Bracket Finalists to test their forces in the crucible of battle against *each* other winner!


Four Players; 1500 Point Armies using standard Force Organization from a current, inprint Codex; three games of approximately 2 hours' duration each (including setup); highest Overall score of the available 60 points (detailed following) wins the tourney--and the $500 Gift Certificate from sponsor HobbytownUSA Dallas!


Painting: Maximum 10 Points.
Sportsmanship: Maximum 10 Points.
Army List: Maximum of 5 Points.
Games: Maximum of 30 Points.
Presentation: Maximum of 5 Points.


*All Players entering the Tournament must attest they are primarily responsible for having painted their armies themselves. This does not preclude assistance from parents/friends/significant others, so long as the painting is primarily representative of the player's own skill and effort.*

Painting Scoring is cumulative (undercoated figures with no other paint but elaborate bases still score only at the first 1 Point level, for example).

Armies are scored to the perceived level of the least-finished model used.

Armies which require no level 4 decals/squad markings (some Tyranid and Necron armies, as an example) are not penalized for that, and will simply either receive 3 points or 5+, as appropriate to the level completed.

1 Point--All figures/vehicles assembled, based and undercoated (anything less is zero).
2 Points--Judge's optional score for armies with one (or more) models at previous level, but one (or more) at a level higher on the Painting Scoring scale.
3 Points--Above plus all figures in basic uniform colour(s) plus all obvious details (facial skin, weapons/weapons cases, shoulder pads/trim, bases, etc) complete.
4 Points--Above plus all appropriate decals/squad markings added.
5 Points--Above plus details painted (pouches, lenses, skulls, aquila, etc).
6 Points--Above plus bases flocked or otherwise scenicked.
7 Points--Judge's optional score for excellence to the above level, before advanced painting techniques are attempted.
8 Points--Above plus effective washes or highlighting (effectiveness to be determined by judges).
9 Points--Above plus effective blending (effectiveness to be determined by judges).
10 Points--Award of Merit for ONE of the armies which qualified for 9 Points; this Player will receive an extra point (for a Painting score of 10), and the Award of Merit for Best Painter.

If no Players qualify for 9 Points, the Player with the highest score in Painting will receive the Award of Merit for Best Painter but will retain the lower earned Painting score, for calculating Overall Winner. In the event of a tie the winner will be determined by consensus of the judges.


Each Player will confidentially score their three opponents for Sportsmanship by ballot under the following guidelines, and be scored by their own opponents under the same guidelines, for each of the three rounds; after completion of the third game, the player with the highest total Sportsmanship points will receive the Award of Merit for Best Sportsman, an additional point.

0 Points--Not a fun opponent. Not a fun, balanced or thematic army. Not an opponent I would like to play again.
1 Point--A quality 40K opponent OR a fair, balanced, thematic 40K army, I would willingly face again.
2 Points--A quality 40K opponent AND a fair, balanced, thematic army both, who I would happily face again.
3 Points--a Hobby Champion, whose play style and army provided the best kind of fun 40K gameplay experience: thank you!


1 Point--Printed, legal, legible Army List presented to judges at beginning of tourney, and each opponent at beginning of each round, with player's name on List, all units accurately identified (including Force Org allocation, gear and squad options) and pointed out; anything less is a Zero...*and Army Lists which receive scores of Zero can cause submitting players to forfeit their right to any winnings, particularly if inaccuracies in the List are at cause.*
2 Points--Above plus army and all characters/units/vehicles evocatively named.
3 Points--Above plus either written background for the Army or decorative artwork/presentation for the List undertaken by Player (or both).
+1-2 Points--Award of Merit points for ANY Army List which judges deem of exceptionally high quality, either in written background, decorative presentation, or both, to a total maximum of 5.


Players in each game will receive 2 Points for a Loss, 5 Points for a Draw and 10 Points for a Win.


Players may earn up to 5 Points for Presentation of their armies at Tournament. These points may be earned as follows:

1 Point--Having a decorative presentation base/carrying tray/diorama for displaying/transporting their army.
1 Point--Having notable effective conversion(s) to figures/vehicles which personalize their army. Conversions can be as simple as substituting bitz from one GW figure to another or as elaborate as from-scratch greenstuff-sculpting, but the qualifying conditions are that said conversions be 'notable'--ie, that the judges notice them--and 'effective'--meaning that they add to, rather than detract from, the presentation of a Player's army (note that Players should feel free to point out conversions to judges to meet the first criteria, as very few of even the most well-qualified judges will be familiar with every figure, vehicle kit and bit GW produces!).
+1-3 Points--additional Award of Merit points for Presentation presented by the judges in any instances where the notable effective conversions in an army are deemed to be of exceptionally high quality or the Display board is considered notably effective, evocative or otherwise well-done, to a maximum of 5.


Awards of Merit for Army List, Painting, Presentation and Sportmanship will be presented in the form of Points added to Players' Overall scores, as noted above.

Prizes will be awarded to the Finalist who achieves the highest Overall score:

$500 HobbytownUSA Dallas Gift Card
Entry to Wasteland Wars 7 40K Tourney
The unfailing admiration of the North Texas community for the hobbyist crowned North Texas 40K Playoffs Champion for 2010!