Thursday, 11 December 2014

Warmachine/HORDES World Team Championship 2015 - Ireland Part I (The Bid)

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Yes, as I mentioned in my previous post, the Irish bid to host the World Team Championship next year was successful. I'm on the organising committee for the event, as I jumped at the chance to get involved when Gerry Nolan sought volunteers. I mean, how many chances am I going to get a chance to be involved in the running of one of the largest Warmachine/HORDES tournaments in the world? The expansion of the WTC in the last couple of years is proof of the fantastic worldwide community who play the game and it continues to expand rapidly, with 52 teams represented at the 2014 event in Poland, including teams travelling from places such as Australia, China and the US.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

The Path To Masters - Part I

So I've not posted in a good while....have been busy with a lot of non-gaming stuff but have recently got back into playing games (although losing games is more accurate) and I've been chipping away at bits on the painting table.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Back to Business

So I've been on a bit of a gaming downturn for a while now, but it's about time to get back to business. Here's what I've been up to lately.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Hobby Butterfly Effect - A quick update

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I have not been regularly updating this blog for the past while. The main reason for this is that I have been very limited in my gaming activities for the past while, and this is not likely to change much for the next while. As a result, I will not have much in the way of content, in fact all I may be posting for a bit may just be the "What I Painted Last Month" articles. Rest assured that I do intend to return to playing in the future and will keep the blog alive for when I do get back to things. I will still be working on the Wargaming Ireland podcast, which can be found here.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

The SAGA returns

SAGA is one of those games I really enjoy but don't get to play very often, so it's a nice change of pace to my gaming every now and again when I do get a chance to play. I've been offered the chance to play in a mini-campaign (two games) by Owen Conlan who has taken the time to find a historical setting and background and written up some short campaign rules.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Troll Slayer 2014 Part 1 - The Rulespack

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Recently I ran a Warhammer tournament. I haven't run anything in a long time and wanted to get back to doing so. I contacted Ian Moody at The Hobby Shack to see if he would be interested in hosting, and he agreed. So now that I was committed, I needed to decide what sort of tournament I was going to run.

Monday, 2 June 2014

What I Painted Last Month - May 2014

It's not been a great month for me on the painting front. I've been a bit busy with some other things and my painting time has taken a bit of a hit, and I've been a bit lazy on the blogging front too. I have a load of stuff to write about, hope to get some of it up over the next while.

Friday, 2 May 2014

High Elves - The Magic Items reviewed

Since I've been painting High Elves recently, I've started to think about army lists, and therefore character builds and magic items. This has caused me to consider the High Elf specific items in the army book. As such, I'm going to review each of them, using the Lenny Rating System, which works as follows -

A - An excellent magic item, you'll see this in a lot of lists.
B - A very good magic item, worthy of serious consideration in an all-comers list.
C - A decent magic item, could see some use, mostly in less competitive play or an average magic item that is excellent in very specific situations.
D - An OK magic item, won't see much if any competitive play but could see situational use.
E - A poor magic item, you'll rarely see this used.
F - An awful magic item, there is no reason to ever use this.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

We Are Podcast - Episode #4

Episode #4 of the Wargaming Ireland Podcast is now available here and on iTunes. This episode, myself, Eoin and Nigel discuss new releases, our latest hobby activities, X-Wing, recent and upcoming events on the Irish wargaming scene and Eoin and Nigel take part in some New Adventures in Wargaming.

What I Painted Last Month - April 2014

It's time for another edition of What I Painted Last Month. The answer.....not a lot really. Got some stuff half done, assembled a lot of High Elves, but I finished......this.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Scars of Caen Campaign Season 1 - In Review

Season 2 of the Scars of Caen campaign is almost upon us and I've been a little bit lax on posting here recently, so I think it's about time I posted this up. I was playing a Purist Cygnar army, and here's how I got on.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

An Adventure in the Iron Kingdoms

I've been a big fan of the Iron Kingdoms setting for a while now. I've read a lot of the background for it in various PP rulebooks and No Quarter for years and I picked up the Iron Kingdoms RPG rulebook when it was released just for reading as much as anything else. Now I've got the opportunity to play the system and see what it's like. Gerry Nolan is GMing a campaign and has invited me to take part, so I needed a character. The game doesn't support Gatorman characters unfortunately (so no Gatorman Bokor/Shaman for me) so I looked into my other faction. One thing I've always loved about Cygnar is Gun Mages, so I chose to play one of them, although rather than a Cygnaran Arcane Tempest Gun Mage, I'm playing a Llaelese exile instead. As my second career, I've gone for Investigator, as it fits his background and past, which can be seen below. Gerry has set his campaign in the recent past of the current storyline, our game begins in 588AR (the current storyline is about 608AR).

Monday, 21 April 2014

It's Still Imperial Guard To Me.

Screw you and your Astra Militarum copyright crap. Now that that rant is out of the way, I picked up the new Codex last week and I have to say I really like it. I know some people got a little upset that some of the more obscure vehicles have been dropped, but I don't own any of those. What I do have is a large collection of Vostroyan infantry and plenty of Leman Russ, Basilisk, Hellhounds and Chimeras. I was delighted to see I need to rejig almost nothing of my existing squads and most are playable as they are.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

What I Painted Last Month - March 2014

Welcome to the March edition of What I Painted Last Month. I returned to my usual Hobby Butterfly self and painted a couple of different things this time. Another improvement over last time, as I managed a total of 21 figures this time.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

We Are Podcast - Episode #3

The latest edition of the Wargaming Ireland podcast is now available at and on iTunes. In this episode, myself, Nigel and Eoin are joined by special guest Stuart Gorman to discuss our recent hobby adventures, the recent releases by Games Workshop and Privateer Press, the recent Warmachine Irish Masters and the upcoming Table Top Day.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

We Are Podcast Again

Wargaming Ireland podcast Episode #2 - "Nothing Is Ever As Good As It Used To Be", now available at and on iTunes. All comments welcome.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Cygnar vs. Convergence - Scars of Caen Battle Report

So last night I kicked off the Scars of Caen league with a 50pt game vs. Ciaran Bolger and his Convergence of Cyriss. We decided to play one of the league scenarios, so I rolled a dice to decide which one. The roll came up a 6, giving us the "Burned Out" scenario in the Molten Nexus location. Note that we both took advantage of the league rules to field a Charred Ironclad (Purist - gains Unyielding) on my side and two Charred Ciphers (Purist - May choose direction when AoEs scatter).

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Scars of Caen

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So now that the Masters has passed us by (I've put down the rebellion in my internal organs, but am still suffering from sleep debt. Report to follow when I bother getting around to it), it's time for something a little bit different. So I've decided to put the Snappy Coalition away for a little while and go back to playing some Cygnar. I've been painting over the last while. Anyway, Ciaran Bolger is running the Scars of Caen campaign at Gamers World Dublin and I'm looking forward to getting some non-competitive games in.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen.......We Are Podcast

Just a quick post from me today. Over the last couple of months, myself, Nigel Kavanagh and Eoin Lennon have worked on reviving the Wargaming Ireland Podcast. Today, we have uploaded the first episode. You can find it at We've had a lot of fun putting it together and hope you all enjoy listening to it. Any comments welcomed.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Come at me, Irish Masters 2014

This weekend I will be attending the 2014 Irish Masters, which will be held at the Leprecon Convention held at Trinity College, Dublin. In an uncharacteristic bout of Lenny preparedness, I had actually finished painting, basing and varnishing my entire army by Tuesday evening, giving me three days to plan other things (like picking lists, reading the rulespack and figuring out how much beer money will be needed).

Sunday, 2 March 2014

What I Painted Last Month - February 2014

It's time for another edition of What I Painted Last Month. This month I managed to paint a total of 19 models, and didn't do any Hobby Butterflying. Yes, that's right, all of those models are for the same army. I'll be back to normal business next month, I swear.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Warmachine Masters Practice (9/2/14) Tournament Report

The Irish Masters is coming up very soon (March 8/9) and one of our local Press Gangers, Stuart Gorman, ran a Masters Practice tournament in Gamers World. It was a good chance to test out lists for the Masters, over 3 rounds players had to use each of their lists once.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Warpcon Tournament Report

Hello again everyone, I've been a bit lazy about posting this up for the last week and I really should get around to it, so here goes. Due to the time passed and the consumption of the odd alcohol-based beverage, the details have gotten lost in the mist so I'll just be giving a quick overview of each game.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

What I Painted Last Month - January 2014

This is the first in a series of articles I intend to actually continue with this time. Rather than sticking up random figures, early in each month I will be posting a compilation of models I finished the month before.

In January, I finished a very impressive (not) total of 7 figures. In true Hobby Butterfly fashion, these represent three different armies and two different games systems.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Warpcon Incoming!

So this weekend is Warpcon in University College Cork. I'm heading down for the Warmachine/HORDES event, which is a 50pt Steamroller tournament over two days. The first three rounds will take place on Saturday, with the remaining two rounds on Sunday. I'll be bringing Snappy and his Gators again.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Iron Gauntlet Steamroller (5/1/14) Report

On Sunday I participated in the Iron Gauntlet Steamroller event in Gamer's World. For those unfamiliar with the Iron Gauntlet rules, it was essentially a 50pt standard Steamroller event, but players were able to take their two lists from different Factions if they wished.