40K Team

40K Team Event

The second annual Foodhammer 40K Team Tournament will take place at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Sunday November 24th.

A list of participating teams can be found here

Before we continue, I really want to recognise the Senate at Ordo Fanaticus. 
Ordo is the premier gaming group in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve had the pleasure of attending many 40K team events over the last few years and have formed good friendships across the tables.  Least of all with Bryan Bertsch, who has allowed me on behalf of the senate to emulate the Ordo style in the team event. I love going to the OFCC (Ordo Fanaticus Club Challenge) each August, it really is one of the premier events in the local gaming calendar. 

Registration is at 9.30

Game 1 is 10:00 sharp until 12:30
Lunch is 12:30 to 1:30pm
Game 2 is 1:30 sharp until 4:00pm
Game 3 is 4:30 sharp and goes until 7:00pm

Prizes and awards at 7:30 or earlier if I can get it done! 

The list of teams attending and their members will be available soon

This post will outline everything you need to know to play in this year’s 40K Team event. This is a 1 day, 3 round eventAs you read through this guide, you will notice that this event is not referred to as a tournament. 

Foodhammer is about focusing on the experience and not the outcome. There is nothing wrong with wanting to perform well and to celebrate victory, but if that is your sole motivator for playing at Foodhammer, then you may be disappointed.

  • This a team event and it requires every player to be a member of a team in order to participate
  • If you really want to play, but don’t have a team, contact me at [email protected] and I will see what I can do to match some people up. I do prefer that you organise your own team, though.

Team Requirements:

  • The team size is 3 players
  • One team member must be designated as the Captain
  • A list of all teams and their approved captains will posted publicly and updated regularly

Captain’s Responsibilities:

Team Captains are the true heroes of Foodhammer Team 40K, and greatly contribute to what makes this event a success.Team Captains will be asked to:

  • Submit a Team Roster by email or PM containing the following details as they receive them Team name, Captain’s name, player’s names, armies being played by each player
  • Review the team’s army lists and have them submitted on time
  • Pay for your team’s entry (it is your responsibility to collect from your team)
  • Ensure the team meets painting and basing minimums
  • Educate new players about the spirit of Foodhammer
  • Determine player matches during the event
  • Review scoring sheets and report game results during the event
  • During the event, captains will be responsible for collaborating on match pairings, with the aim of ensuring that everyone concerned gets a fair and fun game.  If there is a disparity, it is the captain’s duty to throw himself under the bus!
  • Join this Facebook group for the event captains. Talk smack, arrange challenge matches and display pictures and lists

List Rating and Matches:

  • There will be no list rating this year, but captains are expected to review and submit lists prior to the event
  • Teams will have the ability to prearrange Challenge Matches for each of their games. These an opportunity for teams to play each other by choice when they may not have any other opportunity during the year, and of course in the spirit of the event.

Challenge Matches:

  • Challenge matches are optional, and not required for play 
  • All challenge matches must be prearranged by 11/1/2019
  • Both Captains must agree to the challenge match 
  • Only fully paid teams are qualified to arrange challenge matches
  • After 11/1, challenge matches cannot be changed
  • Challenge matches must be arranged through via email, or by sending me a PM
    • Challenge matches must be confirmed by me before they will be scheduled, do not assume it is been scheduled until you receive your confirmation
    • A list of all confirmed challenge matches will be publicly posted

List Building Restrictions:

Foodhammer is about celebrating our hobby, demonstrating good sportsmanship, and playing fun games. Players are encouraged to bring armies that reinforce those values. This event is designed to encourage and reward players who embrace the experience.

  • The army size must be no more than 1,500 points
  • It can include any 40K units from any number of 40K approved Games Workshop or Forgeworld sources
  • The maximum number of detachments your army can contain is 3
  • The number of times each datasheet can be included is 3

List Building Guidance:

Over the years, Foodhammer has taken many approaches to list construction. We have used rating systems, review processes, unit restrictions, and list building guidelines with varying degrees of success. All of these systems were used to serve a common purpose, which was to foster an environment where every player had their best chance to play some great games.This year, I will outline a few things to avoid when building your lists for Foodhammer.Baring the near countless special abilities present in the units across the 40K universe, most things can be boiled down to their lethality and durability. When you compare the damage dealt or taken versus their points cost, you will develop a sense of how lethal or durable they are in comparison to other units in your army and, with enough experience, their overall effectiveness in the larger universe. It is not a bad thing to want to make good choices for your army or play with the best units, the problem is when those choices are taken to the extreme. When that happens then there is little room for casual or friendly play.Enough preaching, here is the actual outline:

  • It is okay to take effective units from your Codex, but avoid maximising those choices
    (no need to search ebay for more Dark Reapers)
  • Extremely lethal or extremely durable units can be unpopular, use with caution 
    (I’m talking about you Porphyrion)
  • Building a force that dominates one phase of the game will always be tough on your opponent
    (those lower sportsmanship scores may be tied to resolving shooting for 47 units every turn)

Take advantage of the relative safety of the Foodhammer gaming environment to make diverse and unique choices for your army. Between Captain’s match ups and challenges rounds, it would be hard to find a better place to bring something crazy and different. Captains will be asked to review list from their team and will be encouraged to post that list online to review with their peers. I will be creating a Facebook group for Team Captains.Event Specific Rules:

  • This event will use the Games Workshop 8th Edition 40K rules and the Games Workshop official FAQ documents, and we will be abiding by the September FAQ/Errata. 

What to Bring:

  • Your painted and based army (see Painting and Basing Requirements)
  • Dice
  • Tape measure
  • A printed copy of your army list
  • A good attitude and desire to have fun

Painting and Basing Requirements:

  • All models within Foodhammer armies must be fully painted and based
  • Painting must include 3+ colors
  • Effort must be made to transform or replace the bare plastic base
  • Models that fail to meet the event minimum will suffer penalties! Players from past 40K events will be aware of this!

Models, Counts As and WYSIWYG:

  • Games Workshop models are not required for this event
  • Alternate models should reflect the same scale as the Games Workshop equivalent
  • Weapon upgrades and certain model specific wargear should be represented on the equipped model
    • It is impossible to outline all the examples, so here is a good rule to follow
      • If a unit would be impacted by the removal of something equipped to a specific model (banner, special weapon, etc.) then it must be represented
  • Proxies are not allowed in the 40K Team Event
    • A proxy is a placeholder when you don’t have an appropriate model to use
  • Counts As armies are allowed during the 40K event with the following guidelines:
    • Effort must be made to represent the model/unit in question
    • Representation must be consistent across the army
    • It is the responsibility of the player who bring a Counts As army to inform their opponent early and often about what is being represented
    • Any specific questions or additional guidance should be directed to me


The Team Based Awards available this year will be:

  • Best Painted
  • Best Sportsmen
    • Calculated from votes, scoresheets and achievments
  • Best Overall
    • Best Overall will be calculated from 40% Sports, 30% Painting, 30% Spirit

Note: Although we do not award a Best General, we do track battle scores and use them to break ties in all award categoriesAlso, the bonus award Roll For Initiative will earned by the first fully paid 40K teamMissions:The Mission Pack will hopefully be published on November 2ndEvent Scoring by Category:Each team will have the ability to earn points in each scoring category (Paint, Spirit, Sports) before the event AND during the event. The total points scored will determine team’s position in each category and contribute to calculating the scores for Best Overall.

Pre-Event Scoring:

Each player/army that achieves one of the below items will score 1 point per completion. If all players on a team achieve the same item they will receive a bonus point. 


  • Photo Spread – Post on the Foodhammer Facebook page, with pictures of your army before 1 minute past midnight, November 12th (12.01 am).  Name your team!  This is scored per player. 


  • Advanced Planning – List submitted for review before 10/1/2019
    This is scored per player
  • All In – Ticket purchased before 9/22/2019
    This is scored per team
  • Going Old School – Sources?!? You mean source! Your whole army fits within a single Detachment with no single model over 400 points or over 20 wounds
    This is scored per player
  • No surprises – Start a dedicated post in the Facebook Captain’s Group for your team, then add information about your players and their army lists
    This is scored per team.  The post must about the whole team

List Submissions:

  • All army lists should be emailed to [email protected]
  • Army lists should include all units, wargear, corresponding points cost, and source(s)
  • Include the name of the Team in the title of the email and label each list with the name of the player