Tuesday, 31 December 2013

State of Wargaming Address

And another long year comes to it's conclusion. I hope you had as much fun with your wargaming this year as I did. I never got to write up a "Happy Christmas" post, as my laptop decided not to start itself on Christmas Eve and I finally got it back working after a few days. Since I didn't get to do it then, I hope all you readers out there had a good Christmas and Santa brought you lots of new toys. Here's what he brought me :

Monday, 30 December 2013

DGG-TLC Mixed Doubles

Well, it's that time of year where people aren't so busy and have time for games. My clubmate Frank (of If It Wasn't For Ones fame) organised a day of games for our own DGG members and the Last Chancers club to play some mixed doubles in the Hobby Shack in Wicklow town. The plan was to have one member of each club on each team, but as we had 3 DGG and 6 TLC members, Frank stepped out and that left the teams as follows (names invented by me).

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Christmas Carnage 2013 Report

So I've been a little slow to get this report up, we played the game on Wednesday 11th December. In the end we had 8 players, so that meant two games.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Escalation, Nerdrage and Warhammer 40,000

So I don't normally post stuff like this on the blog, but this time I've decided to have my say on the current state of Warhammer 40K. As anyone who follows the game on the internet will know, since the release of 6th edition last summer 40K has been in a massive state of flux and change, and that's brought out the worst in some of the internet's great keyboard warriors.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

DGG 2013 Christmas Carnage scenario

Yep, only just finished writing the Kallidus IV campaign we've been playing among the DGG (Dublin Games Guild for the uninitiated), I'm back writing another scenario. I first wrote the original Christmas Carnage scenario two years ago as a four player game to be played on the last club night before Christmas. It proved popular and I ended up running the game again last year, this time with six players. Now it's nearly time for this years game (We'll be playing Weds 11th December), and it's time to hopefully improve on the formula again.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Kallidus IV Campaign Week 6 - The Last Stand

Well, we've come to the end of our campaign. This week is a little different. There are no Campaign Points up for grabs. The scenarios are written to fit the narrative, and each game is different. So, here goes.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Kallidus IV Campaign Week 5 - The Imperium Strikes Back

General Erasmus looked out the window of the council chamber in the Governor's Palace. The succession rules were quite clear, but Governor Steinhelm's young son had not yet been sworn in, and given the situation at the moment, might never be. The highest ranked PDF General - himself - was to take temporary control until order was restored, but the General didn't see that happening. The planet was in utter disarray, first the rioting and civil unrest then the invasion. Most of the surviving citizens were in shelters located in the planet's few urban centres, and a recent series of tectonic movements resulted in earthquakes, volcanic activity and other disasters. And that damned purple light seemed to glow all the brighter.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Kallidus IV Campaign Week 4 - The Battle for Karlsberg

General Erasmus and Governor Steinhelm stood against the wall in the Kallidus IV PDF headquarters command room. Neither man was used to being ignored in this room, but when the others present were either Astartes commanders or an Inquisitor, neither wanted to say much. The Astartes commanders - Black Templars Emperor's Champion Ralphus, Interrogator Chaplain Alain Condrenus of the Dark Angels, Forgefather Filius Zu of the Iron Hands and Space Wolves Rune Priest Hanlus - formed a semicircle around Inquisitor Silas Kendall at the hololith. Abruptly, the meeting came to an end, and they headed for the door with not a single word to either the PDF General or the Governor.
Later, Governor Steinhelm collapsed in the corridor of the Governor's palace. He turned an unpleasant shade of purple, was struggling to breathe and couldn't control his limbs.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Kallidus IV Campaign Week 3 - From Where The Blood Flows

General Erasmus turned away from the hololith projection of the surface of Kallidus IV. More Chaos reinforcements arrived on the planet every day, and hard pressed Imperial soldiers and Astartes were being slowly ground down by unexpected Xenos attacks. Imperial forces versus the Chaos filth could be planned for, but the Emperor damned aliens were a wildcard that even the best Imperial tacticians could not account for. He had shut himself away from the High Council with only his senior aides present. The Governor was alright, a smart enough man, but most of the council members were nothing more than high born morons and he had better things to do than listen to the self important fools wittering away. Erasmus snapped back to attention as the doors slid open. He had been quite clear in his instructions to the men sthe doohr - no interruptions. He turned to shout at whoever had been foolish enough to open the door, but stopped as he recognised Inquisitor Silas Kendall.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Kallidus IV Campaign Week 2 - The Rescue.

Inquisitor Silas Kendall sipped on the four hundred year old amasec in his glass as he looked out the window of the hotel suite he had commandeered in a fashionable district of Karlsberg. The darkness had lested for three days now. The governor and his cronies were delighted to have the famous Inquisitor, hero of the defence of Viridia and conqueror of the Ulthar II rebellion. Of course, they had no idea what was really going on here, and would probably soil themselves with terror if they had the slightest inkling.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Kallidus IV campaign week 1 - Planetfall

This week, the campaign boldly went where no man has gone before

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Sorry, wrong game. And the Battle for Kallidus IV begins.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

The Defenders of Caspia - Month 1 completed.

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So you might remember I set myself a challenge to paint one Cygnar warcaster and twenty points of troops each month. Well, I finally finished October's models (yes, I realise it's November 9th, I'm bad at deadlines, OK?).

Saturday, 2 November 2013

A Warhammer 40,000 campaign - The Battle for Kallidus IV

The Death World Kallidus IV, in the Karsus Sector, is a largely uninhabilable world covered with gaseous swamps and jungle. A world valuable to the Imperium only because the gaseous deposits in the swamplands are convertible to promethium. Recently, however, archeotech from the Dark Age of Technology has been discovered when excavating the foundations for a planned massive promethium refinery. When the Magos of the Adeptus Mechanicus leading the excavation team touched the archeotech, a massive beam of purple warp light shot high into the sky.

This has served as a beacon for the dark forces of Chaos. Several warbands have made transit to Kallidus IV, including forces dedicated to Tzeentch and Khorne. The Imperial governor has called on all nearby forces, and contingents of Black Templars, Crimson Fists, Dark Angels, Space Wolves and 2 clans of Iron Hands have rushed to the aid of Kallidus IV. Although it seems it's not only Chaos that has been attracted, as contingents of Tau and Eldar have been detected, as well as the dark shadow of Hive Fleet Nagiana.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

We're on the road to Gaelcon

Gaelcon is on in the D4 Hotel in Ballsbridge this weekend. I don't usually get to go since I normally have to work Bank Holiday weekends, but this year I'm able to go. There will be plenty of goings on, but I'm looking forward to a full three days of Gatormen fighting giant robots. Saturday and Sunday is a 50pt Steamroller, while on Monday the event is 35pt Who's the Boss?

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The Defenders of Caspia Part II - Cygnar Warjack painting guide

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Finished the Charger above this afternoon. I like the way the test colour scheme worked out. Want to know how I painted it?

Friday, 11 October 2013

The Defenders of Caspia Part I

I've almost finished painting all the available options for my Gator army, so I'm looking for another project. I had almost decided on the Retribution of Scyrah, but instead I went back to my old Cygnar army. I've decided to make a series out of it, so every month my goal will be to paint 20 points worth of models, as well as a warcaster.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Tales from NWG - Warmachine/HORDES

So I'll finish off my series on NWG with the event in which I actually took part, which was the Warmachine/HORDES tournament. It was a 35pt Steamroller held on Saturday and I brought the Snappy Coalition. Here are my two lists

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Tales from NWG - Warhammer

Also at NWG - the Warhammer tournament. This was run as a 2000 point tournament with no composition restrictions, and Warhammer Forge was allowed. Despite the fears of most veteran players, this didn't result in the expected abundance of special characters or ridiculous army lists. There were lots of Warriors of Chaos armies with Nurgle Daemon Princes (for some reason......) but no sign of most of the expected 12 Throggs. While some of the highly placed armies had the usual cheese (Dwarfs with 7 war machines, Ogre Gutstar, 100+ Zombie block with 2 Terrorgheists, O&G chaff festival, White Lion BotWD deathstars, double Skullcrushers) there was no Skaven (who I believe are the most powerful army uncomped).

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Tales from NWG - Warhammer 40,000

Also at NWG last week was the Warhammer 40,000 tournament. Darragh Cullen is the man responsible for this tournament. Darragh has run the 40K event at NWG for the past four years now. NWG was the first Irish tournament to allow Forge World rules and puts a heavy premium on painting (there was 100 points available for gaming and 50 for painting - although these are mostly based on the effort put in as opposed to pure technical skill. This has resulted in this year's event having some of the best painting and modelling I've ever seen.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Tales from NWG - Emerald Daemon 2013

Last weekend was the annual NWG tournament held in the Grand Hotel in Wicklow town. The event continues to go from strength to strength and expanded this year to include the first national painting competition, the Emerald Daemon award. There were trophies awarded in five categories - Single Model, Command Group (a squad or small group of models), Large Model, Diorama and Whiteshield (under 18).

I didn't manage to get names for all the entrants, pictures of all the models or even the names of all the winners, so photos of some of the entries below. I'll add a few comments from what I do know.

Friday, 27 September 2013

The Road to NWG awaits

Nearly there (In fact it's begun by now). NWG2013 begins tomorrow and I've just finished my preparation. I'll be entering the Warmachine/HORDES tournament tomorrow, and have "volunteered" to provide my services as a bye-buster in the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 events on Sunday if I'm needed. If not, I'll have my Gators with me and hope to get in a few pick up games.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

NWG Update II - The Bog Trog Theory

So NWG closes in on us and I'm still painting away. I've another eight figures to finish now that the Bog Trog Ambushers are finished. I've still to finish Calaban, Swamp Horror, Gator Doc and the second Gatorman Posse. The good news on this front is that all of the remaining models have had some work done to them so far. Of course, the next step is deciding on which warocks to take and what to back them up with. With 2 lists at 35pts, there's a lot of painted models that won't see any table time at the event.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Inquisitorial Guard?

As many of you who are regular readers will know, I'm currently involved in a campaign for GW's specialist game, Inquisitor. It's a cross between a RPG and a skirmish wargame, and we've been having a lot of fun with it. I've been reading some of the background material, and there's a lot of really cool stuff in there, and it's got me a little inspired right now (how long it lasts, I don't know).

On the 40K side of things, I've fallen out with tournament gaming. Now I know Games Workshop games are never going to be balanced, it seems these days that the game is worth nothing for it's own sake, and it's just a vehicle to sell models. The cost of maintaining a competitive tournament list has grown beyond my means, so I've decided to keep to casual, friendly games for now, and even then, I don't play every week any more, I'm playing more Warmachine/HORDES as I'm enjoying it very much.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

NWG Incoming! Update

So, NWG gets closer and I need to get more work done on my army for the Warmachine/HORDES event. I intend to finish up all of my remaining Blindwater Congregation figures for the event. I'm doing OK so far, out of the sixteen unfinished models I had last week four of them have been painted fully, leaving only twelve more to finish.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Gabbin' about Gatormen : Bloody Barnabas

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So last time out I talked about preparing some Gatormen army lists now that I have an actual collection to choose from. So I'm going to do an article on each of the four Blindwater Congregation warlocks, how to use them best and which models they synergise with best, concluding with some army lists at various points levels.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Dirty Filthy Cheesy...... and The Hobby Butterfly Strikes Again

My friend Karl is heading to England for college in a couple of weeks, so today we met up for a game. I was originally planning to bring Empire, but I couldn't find where I left my figures, so I brought my Dark Elves instead. Now, I play Karl regularly enough, and neither of us usually bring nasty lists, so I attempted to write up a non-cheesy Dark Elf lists.

Friday, 30 August 2013

NWG Incoming

Well, NWG is now only four weeks away, but I've finally made my mind up - I'm playing Warmachine/HORDES and bringing along Snappy and his Minions. So, I intend to paint up all of my unpainted Gatormen for the event. I have every option available to the Blindwater Congregation with the exception of the as yet unreleased Swamp Shamblers.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Empire Handgunners and other stories

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted last, I had some holidays so haven't been up to as much painting as usual. I know I promised you all a Space Hulk battle report, but somehow I managed to delete all the photos. Technology doesn't like me for some reason. Anyway, I've managed to paint up a few more Handgunners.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Rise of the Empire

I've been working on some Empire figures lately. I've always liked the Empire, I first collected them when 6th edition Warhammer came out in 2000. I don't particularly like the current Empire state troop models, I prefer the older ones with the puffy sleeves. Lucky for me I have a large amount of those, and they seem to come up for sale reasonably often due to the fact they were found in the 6th edition boxed set. I'm going to be using a lot of older out of production models in my army, I even have some of the metal Teutogen Guard figures from the mid-2000s to serve as my Greatswords (I don't hate the current plastic Greatswords, but the Teutogen Guard fit my theme better.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Lizardmen - The Magic Items reviewed

As promised earlier in the week, I'd be talking about the Lizardmen army book. I'm going to start out with the Magic Items. For this purpose I'm going to establish what shall from now on be known as the "Lenny Magic Item Rating System". It uses the standard letter based grading system.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Random Miniature Tuesday

Quick update today, just a couple of random finished figures. An Empire Handgunner and Archer and a Saurus Warrior to test a Lizardman colour scheme. He's possibly called Snappy, but I will need to confirm that with my niece before I can say for sure. I've been reading the book and I'll be back later in the week with some thoughts on that.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

NWG 2013 - Embracing the Hatred

I've been thinking about tournaments a lot recently. I've grown very disillusioned with tournament 40K since 6th edition came out. Don't know if it's just me, but it seems many of the less competitive players who used to attend tournaments just for a laugh and a few fun games have fallen away, and the proportion of spammy netlists (flyers particularly) is on the rise. As someone who doesn't paint quickly enough or have enough spare cash to drop several hundred on a new army every 6 months, I've been unable to keep a competitive army going and as a result, when I go to an event for 2/3 games I may as well just shake my opponent's hand before the game starts. As much as I like my Flesh Tearers, they just can't compete with the common tournament lists out there.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The SAGA continues - Flower of Scotland

So after buying into SAGA a few months back, I've finally gotten around to painting up some of the figures. I debated starting with the Bretons, but figured it might be easier to start with the infantry based Scots instead. I had roughly assembled the models for gaming, but wanted to do a bit more work before painting, mostly on the hands. The hands which hold the spears needed a little modification. First I needed to spread the fingers slightly further apart to grip the spears better, which involved me lightly gripping the hand with a pair of clippers and gently bending them. I also needed to do a bit of green stuff work, as the spear hands are sculpted without thumbs, although this was hardly the most difficult piece of sculpting work. Below is the first unit of Hearthguards. I painted the shields seperately from the rest of the models, as I usually do.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Who's the Daddy? Tournament Report

Last Sunday I attended the Who's the Daddy? Tournament in Gamers World. Who's the Daddy? is a variant of the Who's the Boss? format. Instead of a random warcaster/lock leading the force, you get a random Gargantuan/Colossal instead.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Bring me my Gators....and make it Snappy

I entered the Who's the Daddy? Warmachine/HORDES tournament in Gamers World last Sunday. I'll have a report up soon, but for now here's a couple of pictures of the new additions to my Blindwater Congregation army.

Monday, 22 July 2013

ABF army update IV - Asgeth's Raiders half finished.

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That's the first half of the first squad done. As I paint more figures for this army, I'm starting to get quicker at it. My goal is now to get the rest of the squad finished by the end of the week. I'm very happy with the way they've turned out.

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Empire Strikes Back

I was digging around in my box of assorted figures I have picked up over the years, I came across some old Empire models. I used to play The Empire a long time ago, back in the dark days of 6th edition. Since then I've moved on to my Dwarfs, with a couple of years of Dark Elves thrown in for good measure. With the release of 9th edition not very far away (next year if GW continue their usual release pattern for new editions of Warhammer and 40K), and we can expect allies to be a feature of the game. So, to back up my Dwarfs, I've gone back to the old friendship between the Dwarfs and The Empire. So I've come up with a bit of background and painted up a test model.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Nobody ever expects the Inquisition! - Part II

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Inquisitor Hendelmann and Captain Stein (AKA The Gruesome Twosome) return for another outing.

After our first game of Inquisitor detailed here - http://thehobbybutterflyeffect.blogspot.ie/2013/06/nobody-ever-expects-inquisition.html, another month passed quickly and it was the last Wednesday of May, which meant it was time for more Inquisitor. Frank ran the session again, his report can be found on his blog If It Wasn't For Ones (link - http://ifitwasntforone.blogspot.ie/2013/05/inq28-chemical-plant.html). My opponents were Jamie and Patrick once again. Now over to the private diaries of Inquisitor Hendelmann again.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Ultramarines - A painting guide

 photo Step7-Complete.jpg I've always been a fan of the classic Ultramarines colour scheme, so I decided to paint up a test model, just a normal Tactical Marine. I really like the result, so I'm considering entering a full squad into the Emerald Daemon painting competition, to be held at the NWG tournament at the end of September. Since the requirements for the competition include WIP photographs (this proves that the person who enters has actually painted the model themselves, and also that it is recent work), I've decided to do a guide for how I painted the above model.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

ABF army update III - Conversion Corner

This week I have been working on a couple of projects. I've been assembling and converting up some more Chaos Space Marine models for my ABF army. I've assembled the whole squad now, the first two Marines are painted so just have to finish the other eight. Anyway, here's some photos of the assembled models and a little bit of commentary on what I did to them.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Nobody ever expects the Inquisition!

 photo DSCF0001.jpg The first members of my Inquisitor warband, Ordo Malleus Inquisitor Stefen Hendelmann and former officer of the Catachan XXVII, Captain Jeremiah Stein.

So, how did the forces of Inquisitor Hendelmann fare out on the battlefield? Here's a segment from the Inquisitor's diary detailing the events of our first scenario. Thanks to Frank for running the scenario, was an interesting introduction to the game and campaign. For anyone interested, Frank's own report can be read here - http://ifitwasntforone.blogspot.ie/2013/04/inq28-lift-off.html. You may note I have stolen his pictures, I should really bring my own camera next time.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Steamroller Tournament Report

So I went along to the Warmachine/HORDES Steamroller tournament in Gamers World on June 16th. The format was 35 points, second list optional. So I brought my Blindwater Congregation.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

ABF army update II

Since I last posted about NWG and the Anyone But Frank challenge, we've had an update on the format for the tournament. The points limit for this year's event is 1650 points, lower than the standard 1850 tournament limit that most players are used to. This has caused some nerdrage, but I actually like it. NWG is meant to be different from other events and players are encouraged to take something a little out of the ordinary.

The Hobby Butterfly calls again - Lizardmen

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Yes, the problem begins again. This time, it's Lizardmen. I bought a pile of Lizardmen a while back, and they've been sitting in the box for some time. I came across them again recently, so I thought I'd check out what I had. Not all of the models are fully assembled (or else pieces have fallen off), so luckily I got the sprues with spare parts on them as well as a few Skink bodies. I think I might have a couple of blister packs of Chameleon Skinks somewhere too, will have to check the box in my parent's attic when I'm home next.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Tales from the Painting Table

Last week, a friend posted a picture on Facebook of his neat, tidy, arranged painting table. Which got me thinking about mine, here's a few pictures of how it was at the time.

Monday, 27 May 2013

A Blast from the Past - Part II

So, as I posted before, I decided to bring out my old High Elves for a game against my friend Karl. Since it was to be a friendly game, I didn't want to take anything too silly, so no Banner of the World Dragon or Book of Hoeth.

Monday, 20 May 2013

An Experiment in Paint Stripping - Fairy Power Spray

 photo DSCF0030.jpgThis is the stuff. Not exactly cheap either.

So I have been reliably informed that Fairy Power Spray is a very effective paint remover and it's safe to use on plastic models too, so since I intended to use some of my old Chaos Space Marine models in my ABF2013 army, I thought I'd give it a shot and let all you lovely readers see how I got on.

Friday, 10 May 2013

A Blast from the Past

Since the new High Elf book was released last weekend, I went up to the attic of my parents' house to dig out my old army. I started playing Warhammer way back in 1998 and these were the first army I ever collected and painted. They're a bit battered and probably haven't been on a gaming table since the 6th edition High Elf book, about 8 years ago. I've arranged to play a game with them tomorrow, so I'll take some photos and let you see how they get on.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

The SAGA continues

I've had my first opportunity to get my warbands onto the battlefield. Nothing painted yet, I cleaned up and glued the figures together for now. I think I will make some slight modifications before I paint them. With a bit of care, I should be able to open the weapon hands a little so that the spears fit better. The contact area for glue is rather small and the spears are prone to breaking off, so I will use a little green stuff in order to extend the fingers slightly. This will mean the spears will be harder to break off, especially if painted and varnished (I don't varnish plastics, but I do metals). I will put a small piece of green stuff behind the shields too, where it will be hidden but greatly increase the strength of the bond.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

RIGGED!!! - A Shack Attack 3 tournament report.

The Hobby Shack in Wicklow town ran their Shack Attack 3 – “RIGGED” tournament on the weekend of 27th-28th April. The Shack is a great venue and has developed a reputation for running excellent events.  I had intended to add some Stormravens and some Space Wolf allies to my Flesh Tearers army, but real life got in the way and I abandoned the Space Wolf contingent. Then work decided to roster me in for the weekend after I had asked for it off, so I put painting the Stormravens to one side. Then the Tuesday before the event I was told the day off was arranged. So it was back to the painting table to try to get three colours on the Stormravens in time for the event. I submitted the following list.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

2013 ABF Challenge - Test Colour Scheme

I suppose I should explain the background to this. The North Wexford Gamers organised their first tournament in 2009 in Wexford. The NWG have since developed into The Last Chancers, who are based in the Hobby Shack in Wicklow town, but the tournament has continued every year. Initially a one-day Warhammer tournament, it expanded in the second year to two days and added Warhammer 40,000. The tournament continues to go from strength to strength, mostly due to the excellent work done behind the scenes by the guys behind the scenes. This year's event will be held on the last weekend in September in the Grand Hotel in Wicklow. If you're interested in finding out more, you should check out the Wargaming Ireland forum (www.w-ired.org/forum).

Monday, 22 April 2013

Random Miniature Monday

So, you may well be asking "What is a hobby butterfly anyway?". The simple answer is that a Hobby Butterfly is someone whose hobby activities change rapidly from one project to another. Hopefully all my readers are intelligent enough not to need the metaphor explained.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

The SAGA Begins

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My FLGS, Gamer's World in Dublin, has recently begun to stock a range of products for the Viking Age skirmish game SAGA by Studio Tomahawk/Gripping Beast. I first came across this game last year through the blogs of a couple of friends of mine, Owen Conlan (http://www.farfaraway.org/blog) and Phil Culleton (subjecttostupidity.blogspot.com). The guys have both painted up some lovely forces for the game, so I'd encourage you all to check them out.