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Astronomi-con Toronto 2015 – Registration Now Open!

Posted: May 8, 2015 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, Hobby, News, Rules, Scenarios, Terrain
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Registration for this year’s Astronomi-con Toronto event is now open!

We have been debating the exact format of this year’s tournament for the past couple of weeks and have decided to go with a more traditional format which excludes Lords of War.

There are a few updates to the website which are still underway, so expect a few changes over the next little while, but we wanted to get registration open to allow everyone to get signed up and allow us to prepare for the event.

We would like to add some more sponsors to support this year’s event, by providing terrain, prizes, or both.  If you or your organization are interested in being a sponsor, please contact the organizers.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Astronomi-con Toronto – In The Books

Posted: July 30, 2014 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, Hobby, News, Terrain

Another Astronomi-con event is now in the record books.  This past weekend’s Astronomi-con Toronto event was a huge success.


Congratulations to Johnathan Ho this year’s winner of Best Overall.


We would like to also congratulate the rest of the Award winners, as well as thank everyone that helped make this event possible.

Full results can be found here.


Huge thanks go out to Jim BaidacoffDave Graham, Nick Itsou, George Symon, Peter Smith and the Stratford Gaming Union, as well as Warmaster’s Challenge and Phoenix Games in Kitchener for all of their support and dedication.  Also, big thanks go out to everyone that attended the event.   Without you all, the event couldn’t be possible!

We are already looking forward to coming back to Toronto for another event – hopefully sooner than later!



Astronomi-con Vancouver – Registration Now Open!

Posted: May 12, 2014 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News, Terrain
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We have officially opened registration for this year’s Vancouver event taking place in August.


We encourage you to register as soon as you can to secure your spot at this year’s event as space is limited!

For those players planning on bringing terrain to help with the event and/or wanting to enter in this year’s Best Terrain competition, please contact the Organizers so we can plan accordingly!

More details with regards to accommodations will be up soon.

After such a great outpouring of support from the community last year, we look forward to another fantastic event in Vancouver and hope to see you there!

Astronomi-con Scenarios – A Beginner’s Guide

Posted: March 7, 2014 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, Hobby, Scenarios, Tactica, Terrain

For players new to Astronomi-con one of the biggest adjustments is the diversity of scenarios and the concept that every player will have a different mix of scenarios to play over the course of the tournament.


Why do we do it this way?  There are more than a few answers to this question.

Theme: First and foremost, I feel that we want scenarios to work with the terrain they are played on. This helps a great deal with immersive story-telling, and allows us to be creative when doing scenario design. Of course, we have a large number of ‘generic’ scenarios which are not dependant on terrain, so this leads us to another facet of the answer.

Diversity:  Having a wide range of styles of scenarios is also an important part of why we have a different scenario on each table. Some armies are good at one type of mission and can be really challenged when faced with a scenario that isn’t “what the army can do”. This forces players to stretch.  Whether in the form of designing more well-rounded armies, or getting players to expand their abilities as a general, a wide range of scenarios makes things more challenging.

Competitive Balance:  We often say that a player will likely encounter one scenario that is ideal for their army, four scenarios that they have a fighting chance, and one scenario where they will be extremely challenged. Of course, it doesn’t always turn out that way, but we’ve found that it is generally how it goes.  As such, it is very rare that a player manages to win all of their games – which we think is a good thing.

Player Experience:  With a different scenario on each table, each player will almost always have a unique group of scenarios that they play when compared to their peers. This certainly makes for a more diverse player experience each time they participate in one of our events as events in different cities will have different scenarios, as well as from year to year locally.

So, for those new to Astronomi-con and its diversity of scenarios, what should a new player look to do to get familiar with Astronomi-con’s style of mission?  The answer of course is to play some!   We’ve made a large number of missions available for players to download and enjoy.

Some suggestions for those new to Astronomi-con:

Winnipeg Best Terrain Entries

Posted: March 6, 2014 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, Hobby, News, Scenarios, Terrain

Once again, we are planning on offering a Best Terrain award available to players which will provide a table of terrain for Astronomi-con.

We’ve always felt that terrain plays a huge part in the enjoyment of games of Warhammer 40,000 and it is by and large taken for granted by the greater 40k community and we wanted to bring this aspect of the hobby some love!

Players that would like to enter a table of terrain should contact the event organizers and provide photos of the terrain and any other accompanying models or objectives.   We’ll even work with you to create a custom scenario for the terrain for the event!

Terrain submissions are to be sent to the organizers no later than March 9th, 2014.



The Subject of Scenarios

Posted: August 13, 2013 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Hobby, News, Rules, Scenarios, Tactica, Terrain
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An interesting article by Brent from Bell of Lost Souls talking about Missions and what seems to be expected now at tournaments.


With the ruleset seemingly increasing each month, there are definitely a lot of rules to keep on top of.   This I feel is definitely a factor in how many tournaments put together their scenarios – basing them off of the book missions.   This helps keep things ‘familiar’ for players, and by extension the new codices and supplements should have been designed with these sorts of missions in mind.


Of course, Astronomi-con doesn’t quite follow this line of thinking with how we have been designing scenarios over the years.  Most of our scenarios are narrative based, being inspired by a cool set of terrain, or other areas of inspiration.  With this story-telling aspect at the core, it allows us to assign victory points which align with the story being played out by the two players.

I would encourage players to download and try one of our scenarios as a change of pace from playing a basic book mission in their next game.  You might just have a great story to tell afterwards!


Posted: August 2, 2013 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Forgeworld, Hobby, Rules, Scenarios, Terrain
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Getting ideas for new scenarios can often come from pop culture, history, or simply be inspired by a special piece of terrain, or other unique models.

Forgeworld had released their Imperial Moisture Condenser terrain piece, and that got the ball rolling…


Initially I had only a single Moisture Consdensor in my collection, but as time went on the idea of writing a scenario featuring these models was too compelling to ignore – so I got four more of them!  When writing this scenario we couldn’t resist theming it around a Moisture farm as first imagined in Star Wars Episode IV…

To keep on this theme, we opted to add in two Servitors… a tall golden one and a short blue one.  Mike found a couple of ancient servitor models, the short one, was originally a squat servitor.   With Mike’s customary great paint job, these models now became a fixture in the scenario.  We also went and built a main building for our moisture farm, and along with a few hills these made for a real immersive table.

While the scenario itself is relatively simple, we’ve given players a thematic mission to play, which is sure to be memorable, even if it is a bit tongue-in-cheek.


A new concept we added to this mission was that of ‘Optional’ mission special rules.   Using the servitors and their special rules in the mission is something that the players decide on before the game.   The Servitors add a fun dynamic, but are non-essential to the game itself, so we opted to give the players the choice if they wanted to incorporate them into their game or not!

The Vaporize scenario was featured at this year’s Toronto event and is available for free download here.   Enjoy!

Toronto Update – Almost Full!

Posted: June 14, 2013 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News, Terrain
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Once again we’ve had a great response from our Toronto community and we’re excited to announce that the event is nearing capacity!


We still have some room left, and the ability to overflow somewhat, so for those still waiting to register, it would be in your best interest to do so this weekend!

For those that are planning on bringing terrain to help with the event, or for those that are planning on bringing terrain for a Best Terrain entry, please contact us so that we can plan accordingly!  We would appreciate the terrain support as it means we have less terrain to ship across the country!


Army Lists are due two weeks prior to the event.   Please send those to: so that we can record your Composition score.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  Players are seeded by Composition score for their first game, and failure to submit your army list will mean that you will be seeded for the first game as if you had scored a zero for Composition until such time that we are able to get your army scored for Composition.


We are once again looking at arranging for lunch on-site – more info on that soon!

We are also looking for additional sponsors for prizes as well.   If you know of gaming stores in the GTA which would be interested in supporting the event, do let us know!



Tablescapes Kickstarter

Posted: April 16, 2013 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Hobby, News, Terrain

Much is being said around the internet communities about this new Kickstarter from Secret Weapon Miniatures.


This Kickstarter as you can see is for a new modular table design, featuring 12″ x 12″ squares.   This would be a direct entry into the modular game board space, of which Games Workshop has a very big claim, with their Realm of Battle table design.  With  12″ x 12″ pieces, this gives gamers a much greater amount of layout flexibility, compared to the 24″ x 24″ tiles offered by GW.  Additionally, the storage of these tiles may be easier than the Realm of Battle tables, as the tiles are not only smaller, but thinner – none of these tiles have hills.

These will also be useful for things like movement trays or asymetrical board layouts.

Full details and how to be part of the Kickstarter are on their Kickstarter website.

This would make for a fantastic table for our scenario Grot Mart which is set in a Scrap Yard.  Alternatively, this would also make for a great Necromunda or Inquisitor table, in addition to the standard 40k fare.

Perhaps we’ll see a few Best Terrain entries in the not too distant future featuring these new pieces!

Thunderhawk Down!

Posted: April 5, 2013 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Hobby, News, Rules, Scenarios, Terrain

Forgeworld has announced their newest 4ok themed Realm of Battle table board: Crashed Thunderhawk

Blake Spence has recently finished two new hollow  resin Realm of Battle tiles, each measuring 2’ x 2’ (609mm x 609mm). The Realm  of Battle Crashed Thunderhawk makes for a particularly impressive  centrepiece; the mightiest of Space Marine flyers brought low, shattered and  hurling into the ground. It is packed with detail, as Blake has painstakingly  designed the internal mechanics of this mighty gunship after inflicting  terrible impact damage upon its hull.

Retailing for £90.00 the crashed version is £309 cheaper than the fully intact one.  So if you’re looking for a way to get a cheap Thunderhawk, this might just do the trick!

Going from others’ experience, you’ll likely get way more use out of this version too!


This is just begging for an Astronomi-con scenario to be written for it… I sure hope to add one of these to our terrain collection very soon!

Some more images, courtesy of Darog’s Company blog.