Warhammer 40k Tournament

Comprehensive Rules


General Tournament Rules:

Games will be played using the Warhammer 40k 7th Edition rule set. All the current errata and FAQs available from Games Workshop will be in effect.

For an army codex to be tournament legal it must have been released a minimum of 30 days prior to the event (January 25th, 2015).   Any codex, dataslate, formation released less than 30 days prior to the event will not be allowed.  All Standard Codex’s are allowed. Imperial Armor units, Rules and Army Lists marked as “Trial”, “Optional”, “Experimental”, Etc are not allowed.  No units from any Warhammer 40,000 Apocalypse or Apocalypse  Campaign books will be allowed.

Tournament participants should be over the age of 16, unless authorized by the Tournament Organizer.

All models must clearly represent what they are supposed to be: WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).

Your models MUST be painted and based to play. Your army must be completely painted with a minimum of three colors on the model.  Shades of the same color do not count towards the required paint minimum.  Based miniatures must be detailed with rocks, foliage, snow, etc.

Players are expected to have a printed, legible army list to give to each of their opponents prior to the game and one for the judges at check in (Total of 4 lists are required). 1 copy for the player and 1 copy for each opponent.

Players are required to bring a copy of their Armies Codex as well as any additional rules supplements (Either the print or electronic are acceptable).

Players are required to bring a copy of the Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition Rule book (Either the print or electronic are acceptable).

All players are required to have a printed copy of current FAQ’s/ Errata’s for both their army and the main Warhammer 40,000 rule book (Either the print or electronic are acceptable).

If a player does not have their Codex, Rulebook, or current FAQ’s/Errata’s they forfeit any rules disputes they are involved in.  This information must be present before the tournament and may not be asked from other participants, staff or attendees.

A judge will be present in order to assist with any questionable rules arguments.  The judge’s ruling is final.

Terrain on the tables will be placed on the table by the players, in order of Table Side Selection, going back and forth until all terrain is placed.

Placed terrain must adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Must be more than 6 inches from the table edge
  • Must be more than 5 inches from another piece of terrain
  • If a piece could not be placed player may “bump” terrain to mutual satisfaction in order to place the missing piece.
  • Fortifications are NOT considered terrain and are deployed with your army.

Players are responsible for clearly determining what the various terrain elements will be counted as for determining: Cover Save values (6+, 5+, 4+, 3+) as well as what type of terrain it is (Impassible, Area Terrain, Ruins, Fortifications, or Dangerous Terrain).


Army list Rules:

Each player has 1850 points to create an army list according to standard Warhammer 40,000 Bound Army Force Organization restrictions as outlined in the in the Warhammer 40K Rulebook. This includes Allied Detachments and Fortifications. Lists must be emailed in HTML, PDF or Word Doc format by January 11th Midnight to iawarhammer40k@gmail.com with the subject of “Warhammer 40K list submission” for review.  You must include your name in the email as well.  A reply email will be sent stating that your list has been approved.  No alterations maybe made once a listed has been submitted via email or after an approval email is received. If your list is received at 12:01 it is not valid and cannot be used.

One army list will be used for the entire course of the tournament.  No alterations, changes or substitutions will be made once an army listed is submitted and an email has been sent to the participants marked approved.  This is cheating and has consequences outlined later in these tournament rules.

Allied detachments are allowed and must follow all rules for allied detachments found in the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook (ie: Battle Brothers, Allies of Convenience, Desperate Allies, Etc.)

Fortifications from the Stronghold Supplement are allowed. E.g. – The Fortress of Redemption, Skyshield Landing Pad, Firestorm Redoubt, Vengeance Weapon Batteries, Bastions, Aegis Defense Lines,  will be allowed as long as they fit on the board without moving terrain around.  All Terrain will be fixed on tables and Fortifications must be able to be placed on the board without having to move terrain.

Lords of War will not be permitted from any rulebook, Codex, Supplement, White Dwarf, Etc.


Collusion and Bribery:

The decision to drop, concede, or agree to an intentional draw cannot be made in exchange for or influenced by the offer of any reward or incentive. Making such an offer is prohibited. Unless the player receiving such an offer calls for a judge immediately, both players will be penalized in the same manner. Players are allowed to share prizes they have not yet received in the current tournament as they wish and may agree as such before or during their match, as long as any such sharing does not occur in exchange for any game or match result or the dropping of a player from the tournament. As an exception, players in the announced last round of the single-elimination portion of a tournament may agree to divide tournament prizes as they wish. The result of a match or game may not be randomly or arbitrarily determined through any means other than the normal progress of the game in play. Examples include (but are not limited to) rolling a die, flipping a coin, arm wrestling, or playing any other game. Players may not reach an agreement in conjunction with other matches. Players can make use of information regarding match or game scores of other tables. However, players are not allowed to leave their table during their match or go to great lengths to obtain this information.  Players in the single-elimination rounds of a tournament may, with the permission of the Tournament Organizer, agree to split the prizes evenly. The players may end the tournament at that point, or continue to play with only final standings at stake. All players still in the tournament must agree to the arrangement.


Match Scoring

Games will be scored on Win/Loss/ Draw; with a Win worth 30 points, a Loss worth 0 points, and a Draw worth 10 points.

Battle Points will be tracked in order to assist with pairings and tie breakers and will be used in your overall score.



First round pairings will be randomly assigned, for each subsequent round we will use a Swiss Escalation format. This will help to ensure that players who continuously do well will be paired against each other in subsequent rounds leading to stronger competition throughout the event.


Conduct Policy:

It is expected that each tournament participant present themselves in a positive manner, good sportsmanship throughout the event is an absolute requirement of every player and attendee, throwing a fit, acting out against your opponent, incessantly arguing your position with the judge or any other manifestation of poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated

Slow Play: All games should be played in a timely fashion. Stalling to run out the rounds timer is not permitted and may result in a negative sportsmanship ranking.

Rules Disputes are bound to occur. Players should attempt to resolve all rules disputes between themselves using the appropriate game system documents. If this fails, or the rule is ambiguous contact a Floor Judge who will attempt to resolve the dispute using the appropriate game system documents. In some extreme situations, a Floor Judge reserves the right to escalate issues to the Head Rules Judge – his/her decision is final.

Cheating will not be tolerated. Proof of cheating will lead to expulsion from the tournament and potentially be added to a banned list from future events.

Players are expected to have a solid grasp of the rules and are responsible for challenging their opponents when those rules are broken. If players cannot come to a resolution, then the matter must be brought to the attention of the Judge DURING the game. At that point the judge will weigh the evidence and take appropriate action (Which may result in anything from a warning to expulsion). Please remember though this is a complex game and honest mistakes are often made. Every attempt to resolve the issue should be made prior to calling a Judge. Note: Claiming your opponent is cheating to simply influence the outcome of the game is cheating in and of itself.

Random List checking will occur throughout the event. If a player’s list is found to contain illegal units or any other rules violation, at a minimum, the models in violation will be removed from all subsequent play. If the list is found to exceed the event’s intended point value, the player will be required to remove the ENTIRE UNIT from all subsequent play in order to bring the list back within the confines of the event. In all cases, the tournament organizers reserve the right to nullify any game outcome resulting from illegal play.

Any size of a square D6 may be used, however your dice must always be made available to your opponent to use if they so desire. Tournament organizers reserve the right to remove any dice showing excessive wear, obvious tampering or other questionable deformities.   During game play when dice are rolled the dice must come to rest on 1 side.  Any dice that are “cocked” or uneven to any degree must be re-rolled.  In the event that dice are rolled with scatter dice and any dice is uneven, re-roll the dice that do not come to a rest as outlined previously.

Observing other player’s game is allowed as long as observant does not comment on game play, make game play suggestions, offer advice or interrupt either player in any capacity.

Filming the event and photographing miniatures is not only permitted but encouraged! Please take pictures and share them!

Please treat all terrain and table with the utmost care and respect throughout the event. A lot of these items are donated or made by local players for use in the event and we want to show them we are grateful for their donations, as without them this event could not occur.

Please dispose of all trash in proper waste receptacles, keep the tournament clean for everyone.  Your mother does not work at this venue so pick up after yourself.

Players are expected to give their undivided attention to their match.  This means avoid using cell phones, sending/receiving text messages, shopping in the store, conversing with other player(s) from other matches and so on.  In brief you are playing a game and your opponent deserves your undivided attention and respect.

Be respectful of other player’s models, books, gaming aids, Etc.  Do not handle items that do not belong to you without consent from the owner.  Attendees put a vast amount of time and money into their arm. Accidents are inevitable but precautions can be taken to minimize the risk.  During the tournament be mindful of this and be respectful by showing respect and avoid rolling dice near models, eating or drinking on the tables.  Simply put how would you feel if someone broke your prized model during a match?


Tournament Agenda:

Tournament will be conducted over the course of 3 months, breaking down to 1 game per month as listed:

Game 1 on January 25th

Game 2 on February 22nd

Game 3 on March 8th.

Participants are expected to arrive by Noon on each date, have their army presented for review by the judge no later than 12:30 and be ready to being the match @ 1PM.  If a player is 15 minutes late, the match will counted as a loss and an automatic win award to the player on time.


Entry fee is $25 non-refundable due  on the day of the first tournament.  Do not pay the store in advance as the entry fee will be used for prize support at the end of game 3 on March 8th.