In the very competitive tournaments, well painted armies are a "nice to have" and it's common to see armies which have clearly been hastily primed in order to make the minimum requirements.
At Death Before Dishonour our standards are higher.
All the prizes include an element of painting scores, and our top prizes will reward those who excel at all parts of the hobby - gaming, painting and sportsmanship.
40k 8th Edition is showing itself to be fairly well balanced. However, many Xenos factions have a tiny range of options when compared to the grand soups of Imperium, Aeldari and Chaos.
Our army composition rules will level the playing field, allowing all factions the chance to succeed and removing much of the min-maxing that scares people away from the tournament scene.
Also, Sportsmanship is part of your overall score, eliminating slow play and poor generalship.
40k is better with good terrain, which not only functions well by giving cover and blocking LOS but also looks great.
Our venue Element Games has enough Fat Mats and terrain to run more than 50 tables, so by limiting our tournament to just 64 players on 32 tables, we are ensuring your play area will use their best pieces, to be attractive and give a fair and fun gaming space.
Planet bowling ball this is not.
Although “soup” armies aren’t necessarily a bad thing, Death Before Dishonour has a much more strict set of army composition rules which uses the Command Point system to reward players who bring a thematic, mono-codex army.
We want to balance the playing field to give less of an advantage to the three Soup factions, and see armies which look like coherent, lore-compliant 40k forces. See the rules pack for a full breakdown of the system, but in short:
You must bring at least one Battalion, Brigade or Super-Heavy detachment, which must contain your warlord. This is your "Primary Detachment"
You will only gain CPs from detachments that match the keywords of your Primary Detachment.
You only gain the +3 CPs for “Battleforged” if all your detachments have matching keywords… with a few exceptions.
We hope this levels the playing field and lets all the glorious variety of Warhammer 40k factions out to play.