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Tasman Cup 2019 – Team NZ vs Team Australia

Hey all, today I have a preview of the Tasman Cup 2019 – an international team event between teams from New Zealand and Australia. The event has been resurrected from the days of Warhammer Fantasy to be played as a preview to Call to Glory at CanCon (the world’s biggest Age of Sigmar event).

In this post, I”ll cover the rules of the event, team selection, lists and introduce the players. You can follow along all the coverage at @AoS_Shorts on Twitter, the guys’ Twitter accounts below and possibly on The Honest Wargamer Twitch stream (if we can get the logistics sorted). At a personal level, I’m really looking forward to catching up with the Aussies before CanCon.

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Tasman Cup 2019 – the Rules

The Tasman Cup 2019 will be held on Friday 25 January – the day before Cancon – at the awesome Jolt Games (http://www.joltgames.com.au/) from 4-7pm.  Great 8” tables, excellent terrain and air-conditioned.  This will be followed by a pub dinner and a few drinks.

Charles Black (@ChuckSigmar) kindly volunteered to run the event, arrange a trophy and coordinate preparations. Good on ya Chuck!

Tasman Cup 2019 Team Selection

Team selection was rather laid back for the first running of the event under Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

  • Team New Zealand is just the guys travelling from New Zealand for the event that wanted to participate. No further criteria was applied.
  • Team Australia appears to be based on who is in Canberra on the Friday and who can shit-talk about the kiwis the most.

In no way are the teams intended to be representative of ETC teams or the community at large. So we don’t have to have that debate 😉

Tasman Cup 2019 Rules

The rules pack is simple as it intended to be a warm-up for the players for CanCon:

  • Players are using their CanCon lists
  • CanCon rules for scenarios and realms (see pack and scenarios)
  • 5 players from each country
  • each player plays 1 game only
  • match-ups will be randomly drawn a week in advance (future years will return to a more sophisticated match-up process)
  • Table 1 will be same scenario and realm rules as Game 1 from Cancon, Table 2 same as Game 2 and so on.
  • A major win will be worth 3 points, a minor win will be worth 2 points and a draw will be worth 0
  • The team with the most number of points will be the winner. No tie breakers. In case of a draw Australia retain the Tasman Cup.

Team Australia

So who are the random bunch of Aussies intending to put the Kiwis in their place?


Anthony Magro – Gloomspite Gitz

Anthony Magro, the AoS Coach, YouTuber, Australian Masters commentator and doyenne of the Sydney Age of Sigmar scene. Anthony travels the world for Warhammer, loves his dog and his Free Peoples. 2019 is the year of the Gitz for him. While a Gloomspite Gitz mirror match may not be his preferred outcome, he and Seth would at least have a lot of wrestling to talk about.

MAGROT’S LITTLE WAAAGH
Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
Mortal Realm: Ghur

Leaders
Skragrott, the Loonking (220)
General
Hand of Gork

Magrot
Loonboss on Mangler Squig (300)
Artefact: Gryph-feather Charm

Cinders
Troggoth Hag (380)

Battleline
60 x Stabbas (360) – Pokin Spears & Moon Shields
20 x Stabbas (130) – Stabbas & Moon Shields
6 x Squig Herd (70)

Units
1 x Squig Gobba (160)

Behemoths
Colossal Squig (300)

Endless Spells
Mork’s Mighty Mushroom (80)

Bad Moon Loonshrine (0)

Total: 2000 / 2000 Extra Command Points: 0 Allies: 0 / 400 Wounds: 148


Liam Burnett-Blue – Sylvaneth

Liam Burnett-Blue, the definitive Warhammer villain. Fashion photographer, Pokemon obsessive, aelf-lover and overall shit-stirrer from Sydney. Liam has the Shadowhammer podcast and regularly gives his views on other Australian Age of Sigmar outlets.

50 SHADES O DRYADS
Allegiance: Sylvaneth
Mortal Realm: Ghyran

Leaders
Spirit of Durthu (380)
General
Trait: Warsinger
Artefact: Ghyrstrike

Branchwraith (80)
Artefact: Ranu’s Lamentiri
Deepwood Spell: Verdant Blessing

Branchwraith (80)
Artefact: Acorn of the Ages
Deepwood Spell: Regrowth

Branchwych (80)
Deepwood Spell: Throne of Vines

Battleline
30 x Dryads (270)
30 x Dryads (270)
10 x Dryads (100)
10 x Dryads (100)

Units
3 x Kurnoth Hunters (200) – Scythes

Battalions
Forest Folk (140)
Winterleaf Wargrove (90)

Endless Spells
Chronomantic Cogs (60)
Balewind Vortex (40)
Aethervoid Pendulum (40)
Umbral Spellportal (60)

Total: 1990 / 2000 Extra Command Points: 2 Allies: 0 / 400 Wounds: 122


Hayden Walker – Sylvaneth

Hayden Walker, the man from Brisbane, personal trainer, committed member of #StormcastStrong and another aelf-lover. Previously part of a dynamic duo with Liam and been pushing Daughters of Khaine for most of the year.

Driftwood Wargrove
Allegiance: Sylvaneth
Mortal Realm: Hysh

Leaders
Queen Bee-yonce (600)
Alarielle the Everqueen

Kelly Roe-Land (80)
Branchwraith –
Artefact: Acorn of the Ages

Joe Root (300)
Treelord Ancient
General
Trait: Gnarled Warrior
Artefact: Ranu’s Lamentiri

Talon-Sempai (80)
Branchwych
Artefact: The Silverwood Circlet

Battleline
20 x Dryads (200)
20 x Dryads (200)
5 x Tree-Revenants (80)

Battalions
Household (100)
Gnarlroot Wargrove (130)

Endless Spells
Chronomantic Cogs (60)
Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (40)
Soulsnare Shackles (20)
Umbral Spellportal (60)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (40)

Total: 1990 / 2000 Extra Command Points: 2 Allies: 0 / 400 Wounds: 83


Sam Morgan – #MixedOrderLyf

SMorgan, Victorian, former Australian ETC MVP, and member of the Dwellers podcast who 20-0’d an English Master. Sam knows a thing or two about Warhammer and is committed to a #MixedOrderLyf for 2019.

#PrideofZandri
Allegiance: Mixed Order Lyf
Free City: Tempest’s Eye
Mortal Realm: Ghur

Leaders
Freeguild General on Griffon (260)
General – Shield & Greathammer
Trait: Strategic Genius
Artefact: Gryph-feather Charm

Knight-Azyros (100)

Knight-Heraldor (100)

Archmage (100)
Mount: Steed

Battleline
10 x Freeguild Archers (100)
10 x Arkanaut Company (120)
3x Light Skyhooks
10 x Arkanaut Company (120)
3x Light Skyhooks

Units
6 x Endrinriggers (240)
10 x Evocators (400)
10x Grandstaves
6 x Akhelian Morrsarr Guard (320)
Allies
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (80)
Allies

Endless Spells
Chronomantic Cogs (60)

Total: 2000 / 2000 Extra Command Points: 0 Allies: 0 / 400 Wounds: 129


Paul Grixti – Swifthawk Agents

Paul is from the Lords of Liverpool club in Sydney. He is an old school Warhammer Fantasy player who ran Bretonnia & Wood Elves. He was at the first Age of Sigmar CanCon, and usually runs Sylvaneth or Swifthawk.

Guardians of the Dawnspire.
Allegiance: Swifthawk Agents
Mortal Realm: Ghur

Leaders
Ilnarion (220) High Warden
General
Trait: Legendary Fighter
Artefact: Anraheir’s Claw

Aedarys (160) Skywarden
Swifthawk Pennant

Eldorel (160) Skywarden
Swifthawk Pennant

Aeltharion the Grim (140)
Knight-Incantor – Allies

Aliathra the brave (140)
Knight-Incantor – Allies

Battleline
30 x Spireguard (300)
30 x Spireguard (300)
5 x Reavers (140)
5 x Reavers (140)
10 x Shadow Warriors (180)

Endless Spells
Everblaze Comet (100)
Soulsnare Shackles (20)

Total: 2000 / 2000 Extra Command Points: 0 Allies: 280 / 400 Wounds: 126


Team New Zealand Age of Sigmar

Team New Zealand (or the bunch of blokes travelling to Cancon and keen to take on the Aussies) are:


Daniel Street – Sylvaneth

I spend far more time talking about Warhammer Age of Sigmar than playing at the moment, so am definitely making up the numbers. I’ll be relying on theory hammer, borrowed knowledge from the UK masters and shit talk to get me through the event.


Fraser Baker – Nurgle

Fraser Baker, the man best able to perform on the top tables of New Zealand events still drunk and without sleep (7th in the 2018 rankings). Fraser has been pushing Nurgle around the table since Maggotkin came out so has plenty of experience with the Thicefold. Will the Aussies’ experience against the Thricefold count against us?


Shaun Bates – Stormcast

Shaun Bates, former New Zealand #1, 5th in 2018, and the best Stormcast player in the country. Shaun will be packing the Anvils, rather than Surecharge, and is always happy to talk about the New England Patriots or sports scores. He also has a podcast (Notorious Hammer) and a Grand Tournament (for any Aussies looking to travel).


Seth Cook – Gloomspite Gitz

Seth Cook is our resident American, ass-kicking librarian and master of Destruction. To say Seth is happy about the Gloomspite Gitz and its impact on his Spiderfang is an understatement. If worse comes to worse, I’m sure Seth can body-slam someone through a table.


Lee Wilmot – Sylvaneth

Lee is consistently the best Sylvaneth player in New Zealand, 4th in the rankings last year, and has an unhealthy obsession with ally options. If we can pull his attention away from his current flavour of the month, the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game, then we can definitely rely on him to smash face.

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