This is the first in a series of articles I will be writing about my experience at Adepticon 2012, from the perspective of a veteran of the game for almost two decades - that had never had the opportunity to attend a large event. How do you make it so many years in the hobby without ever attending a large event? Well here on the West Coast we didn’t have the benefit of so many years of large GT’s and independent events like the guys over on the East Coast for one, and two – I was always intimidated about going to a large event.
So September of last year I decided that instead of just talking about going to Adepticon, it was high time to just do it. So I sent a message to my friend Tim (Captain Kellen) letting him know that I had decided to go and he would be joining me. I made room reservations and booked a flight, then waited for the events to go ‘live’ so I could purchase my tickets and plan how I would spend my time while there. We decided to enter the 40k Championships on Friday and the Morning Combat Patrol events.
We decided that we may as well try our hand at the big daddy event despite the fact that neither of us had any misconceptions about winning anything, but hey – you gotta at least try it. For the Combat Patrol we decided that a small event like that would give us a nice change of pace from the grind of the 40k Championships the previous day and give us a chance to get in just as many games in a shorter amount of time.
For the next seven months I spent time working on my Space Wolves army every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings for about 2 hours. Slowly but surely I chipped away at the models a little at a time, often accomplishing no more than getting one color done an evening. Add to this getting in at least a game a week to practice with the list and you will quickly see that Adepticon is truly an undertaking!
I used the 40k Championship missions for 2011 for my practice games and kept notes on the back of each page for who my opponent was, their army list and a drawing of the battle with key points from the game. Later I used these sheets to study from as the day of the event got closer. These note sheets really helped me to remember what enemy units were capable of and how I had successfully, or unsuccessfully, dealt with them in the past – giving me a reminder of what had worked previously.
Between painting my entire army and practicing for the tourney, this was quickly turning into a part time job!