In 2004 the first ASL Heroes tournament took place in Blackpool. Run by the inimmicable Pete Phillips and following on from the hugely successful Berserk Tournaments, ASLers from around the globe annually descend upon this quiet, peaceful seaside town.

Kursk comes to Heroes

This year's Heroes competition saw 24 competitors from across the UK, France and Scandinavia compete over the three days.

As well as competitive play there was plenty of friendly games being played. Shaun Carter was playtesting his upcoming Kohima campaign game with Ivor Gardiner and a group consisting of Nigel Brunger, Brian Hooper, Mike Standbridge and Ulric Schwela played monster scenarios in both Berlin and Kursk (see above picture).

For the first time in Heroes history the competition was won by someone outside the UK, George Tournamere from France, who beat Dave Ramsey in a late Saturday night game of Sporck's Eleven.

The wooden spoon prize was won by Steve Cook with the snake-eyes and boxcars trophies being won by Mike Davies and Gerard Burton respectively.

With the weekend ending like always too quickly everyone is looking forward to Heroes 2012 taking place on the weekend 8-11 March. See you all there!