Category Archives: Tournaments

#17 – Playin’ and Slayin’ – Rising Sun Vampire Brew


This episode the trio review Rising Sun, Ty recalls his adventures at NashCon, and the guys assess progress on their gaming/hobby goals for the year.  They also take a look at the miniatures boardgame Vampire Hunters and in the Play It or Slay It segment review the Brew Crafters Card Game.

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Things we’ve been playin’ and slayin’ (show notes)

Rising Sun
Order of the Vampire Hunters
Exit: The Secret Lab
King Domino
T.I.M.E. Stories – Lumen Fidei
Cthulhu: Death May Die
Kids on Bikes
Ultimate Gaming Table
Brew Crafters Card Game

AoS Shorts – Tournament Calendar

Upcoming Events

Origins – June 13-17  Columbus Ohio
Coalescence – June 23
Midwest Meltdown – July 21-22
GenCon Aug 2-5
RockCon Oct 19-21
GameholeCon Nov 8-11

#16 – Playin’ and Slayin’ – Brew City Brawl


The guys discuss their experiences at the inaugural Brew City Brawl Age of Sigmar GT and sportsmanship in competitive wargaming. Besides covering what they’ve been playing, building and buying, Ty and Troy talk about what they’ve been reading in the BoD Library segment and Josh shares what he’s been watching.  Finally in ‘Play It or Slay It’ they review Unlock.

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Things we’ve been playin’ and slayin’ (show notes)

Brew City Brawl


Squadron TV

Hellboy: The Board Game

My Little Scythe

Gaslands terrain, dice, templates, Shifters!


Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky 

The Magos – Dan Abnett

 Plague of Giants – Kevin Hearne

Flight of the Eisenstein

Troy’s Horus Heresy reading guide

Y the Last Man Vol. 1 – Brian Vaughan

Upcoming Events

Nexus Game Fair  5/31-6/3 Milwaukee, WI
NashCon June 1-3
GenCon Aug 2-5
RockCon Oct 19-21
GameholeCon Nov 8-11

#2 – Playin’ and Slayin’ – Adepticon 2017


We are back from the most amazing five days in miniature gaming, Adepticon, and in the B.o.D. studio to tell the listener all about it.   Everything from the vendor hall and Ty’s AoS tournament experience to what’s in the best swag bag of any convention.   We also have a contest this episode so listen to find out how to win a copy of Frontline: No Komrades from Anvil Eight Games

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Things we’ve been playin’ and slayin’ (show notes)

Pandemic Legacy

Age of Sigmar

Space Hulk

Batman Miniature Game

Dinosaur Island

RezX faction for Aetherium


Secret Weapon Washes

Battlefoam XL

Broken Egg Games tokens


Frontline Gaming

Laser Craft Workshop

Death Ray Designs

Runewars: Miniature Game

Elrik’s Hobbies

Crystal Brush

Osprey Adventures Books


Adepticon 2017 Photos

The Basement of Death crew has returned from best five days of miniature gaming in the world. Here is the first batch of photos. Look for our full rundown of the convention on the next episode of Playin’ and Slayin’  releasing in mid-April.

Adepticon 2017 Photos

Adepticon 2012 – Action Report

Three days, 12 games, and 21 hours of 40K.  This year’s Adepticon was a blast.  I played the most games ever, participating in the 40K Championships on Friday, Combat Patrol Saturday and Killzone on Sunday.

The complete album of Adepticon photos can be found here .

Thursday evening:

This used to be a pretty relaxed day as people rolled into town.  This year thanks to Battlefoam‘s free bag give away to the first 500 attendees to register, it was pretty crazy with huge lines in the afternoon.  I didn’t get in until 6:30 and didn’t go down to registration until after 7:00 but there still was a line around the corner.  This was the tail end of the rush though and it  took less than 10 minutes to get through the line and get the huge swag bag.

The Adepticon SWAG bag

Lots of items in the bag, from a full Warmachine starter set (ebay) and full mini Malifaux rule book to paints and washes.

Main Hall Thursday Night - the calm before the storm

After checking in for the 40K Championships, I wandered around a little bit and then headed over to the attached Harry Caray’s to eat and watch the Blackhawks game with a bunch of Chicagoans.

Friday – the 40K Championships:

This year I brought an Ultramarine army again, but this time including Shrike.


1850 Pts – Codex: Space Marines Roster – Adepticon 2012 Ultramarine “Shrike” Force    Total Roster Cost: 1846

Captain C.A. “Shrike” Varus (1#, 195 pts)
1 Shadow Captain Kayvaan Shrike, 195 pts

Librarian Sebastien Helios (1#, 140 pts)
1 Space Marine Librarian in Terminator Armour, 140 pts = (base cost 125 + Storm Shield 15)

Troops: Tactical Squad (11#, 265 pts)
9 Tactical Squad, 162 pts = 9 * 16 (base cost 16) + Meltagun 5 + Lascannon 10 + Sergeant 66
1 Sergeant, 63 pts = (base cost 23 + Melta Bombs 5) + Combi-Meltagun x1 10 + Power Fist x1 25
1 Razorback, 40 pts

Troops: Tactical Squad (11#, 265 pts)
9 Tactical Squad, 162 pts = 9 * 16 (base cost 16) + Meltagun 5 + Lascannon 10 + Sergeant 66
1 Sergeant, 63 pts = (base cost 23 + Melta Bombs 5) + Combi-Plasmagun x1 10 + Power Fist x1 25
1 Razorback, 40 pts

Troops: Scout Squad (6#, 121 pts)
5 Scout Squad, 103 pts = 5 * 16 (base cost 13 + Camo Cloaks 3) + Missile Launcher 10 + Sergeant 31
1 Sergeant, 18 pts = (base cost 10 + Camo Cloaks 3 + Melta Bombs 5)

Elite: Terminator Assault Squad (7#, 280 pts)
6 Terminator Assault Squad, 240 pts = 6 * 40
1 Sergeant, 40 pts

Elite: Sternguard Veteran Squad (7#, 240 pts)
5 Sternguard Veteran Squad, 150 pts = 5 * 25 (base cost 25) + Combi-Meltagun x4 20 + Meltagun x1 5
1 Sergeant, 55 pts = (base cost 25) + Combi-Meltagun x1 5 + Power Fist x1 25
1 Drop Pod, 35 pts

Elite: Dreadnought (2#, 140 pts)
1 Dreadnought, 105 pts
1 Drop Pod, 35 pts

Fast Attack: Land Speeder Squadron (2#, 200 pts)
2 Land Speeder Squadron, 200 pts = 2 * 50 (base cost 50) + Multi-melta x2 20 + Assault Cannon x2 80

The first game started around 10:30 am and was a rematch with an opponent from last year.  I played Dave’s IG army in the 3rd round last year and got completely run over.   This year was a little different.  It ended up being a very competitive game with the outcome being decided by how far my Librarian could run on the last turn.  It turned out he couldn’t run far enough (is 2 inches too much to ask?)

Ultramarine attack the IG "castle"

The second game was against a Necron army. Fun game and fun opponent but I made a few mistakes and wasn’t familiar with the new Necron units. The coolest thing was that Andrew had a keg of beer tablesize

My third game was against Nate and his Blood Angel Death Company army. Close game that I lost 1-2.

I ended up winning my final game of the day against an infantry Crimson Fist marine army. I went 1-3 on the day, same as last year but felt much better about it this time since all the games were competitive and I had a chance to win each one. I also improved my painting score.


Saturday morning I got up early to get on the wait list for the Combat Patrol tournament.  I had signed up for the evening event but I wanted to watch the Jones/Evans UFC fight.   Like most Adepticon events, getting in via the wait list was easy since there were plenty of no shows.

The Combat Patrol Force

While waiting for things to start I chatted with Teras from Geek Nation Tours.  Teras was playing in the Combat Patrol tournament and had a really cool ork grot army.

About this time John and Ashton showed up.  Ashton was my cheerleader for 3 of  my 4 games, giving me great advise like “why didn’t  you move up to shoot those Thunder Wolves?”.  All my opponents were great and even though I only won one game, it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

Saturday afternoon was spent exploring the rest of the convention since I hadn’t really been out of the main hall.  Ashton had found the guys demoing Hero Mages and challenged me to game.  Of course he beat me.

We also checked out the unbelievable miniatures entered in the Crystal Brush competition.  Last year there was a definite top tier of miniatures but this year almost all of them were incredible.  I don’t know how they picked the winners.

Ty showed up early evening and we all headed out to dinner. We then said goodbye to John and Ashton as they headed home and we headed to Lombard Ale House to watch the UFC fight.


I was really looking forward to playing Killzone and it didn’t disappoint.  My Ultramarines were recruited yet again.  I played 4 games over the afternoon and even won a couple of them.  Brian’s tables were awesome, so awesome in fact, that Ty and I purchased 3 to bring home.  You can follow Brian’s exploits at A Gentleman’s Ones

Ultras vs Wolves in Killzone

After helping Ty load up our new tables, I said goodbye to Adepticon and headed home. I then realized how exhausted I was but it was a good exhaustion of a well fought weekend.

RockCon and the Gentlemen’s Grand Tournament

John and I made our 5th(?) annual trip down to Rockford, Ill last weekend to attend RockCon 2011!  This was the second year that the two day “Gentlemen’s Grand 40K Tournament” was held there and I participated. The tournament was five games over the two days.  Three on Saturday and two Sunday morning.  The scenarios were all three objective based with primary worth 4 points, secondary 3 points and tertiary 2 points.

This awesome Ultramarine army won "Favorite Army"

Game 1 – Noah – Space Wolves

Really fun game.  Noah was great and the game came down to ending on turn 5 and the secondary object, annihilation, which I got 8-7.  Had the game gone turn 6 I probably would have been on the other side of that.  Noah finished with a 3-2 record and ended up winning the “Man for all Seasons” award which goes to the best overall score (record, appearance, and sportsmanship).

Early in the game against the Wolves

Game 2 – Steve – IG

Steve ran an IG “leafblower” type list with 3 Vendettas.  Great guy to play against and a fun game even though I was pretty much tabled by the end.  Steve ended up second in the win/loss/points scoring for the tournament.

Game 3 – Chad – Deathwing

Chad was a really nice guy and a fun opponent.  His army though was rock hard.  I don’t think I would have stood up to 40 TH/SS terminators but a bad first turn of rolling saves for my terminators (4 – 1s!) pretty much sealed it.

Toward the end of the game, Deathwing moping up...

Saturday Evening – Formula D

On Saturday night John and I played Formula D.  This was my second time playing, my first was at Origins this year.  This is a fun convention game when you can get 8+ people to play.  I thought I was doing well but my string of 1’s haunted me as I rolled a 1 on a twenty sided 3 times in the first lap to crash with catastrophic body damage and end my night early.  John had much better luck.  I left with him in the lead and he continued to dominate and win the race!

Game 4 – Aaron – Khorne (Blood Angels)

My first game on Sunday morning was against a Khorne counts as Blood Angels army.  I really like how this army looked and the BA rules fit a Khorne army well.  I’ll credit all my battles against Ty’s Blood Angels with why I was able to pull off a very close win.
Game 5 – John P – Space Marines

Last match was against John and his dreadnought heavy space marine army.  John won the tournament last year so I knew I was in for a tough game even if he didn’t have as dominate an army this year.   Like all my opponents John was a great guy and we had a fun match even though my guys got shot off the table.

I finished 2-3 on the weekend which made me happy since I doubled my wins from last year.  When the awards were handed out I was humbled and  very surprised to win the “Perfect Gentleman” or Best Sportsman award.  I guess that means I wasn’t a dick and my opponents had as much fun playing against me as I did against them.

Best Sportsman!

Besides the cool mug trophy, the prize also came with vendor credit which I used to get a very discounted copy of Dreadfleet. A nice ending to a really fun weekend.

I bought myself Dreadfleet as a prize