Warhammer 40,000

The 40k will be running across the Saturday and Sunday of the convention. [October 26th and 27th]. The rulespack and event details coming soon, but I thought I’d start off with the usual base info for everyone before the missions, etc are put up. The format will be 8th edition, 2000 points, 3 detachments, rule of 3, no Forge World or Index options, codices released on or before the 12th October 2019 will be allowed. Very excited to see you all there!


You can purchase a Warhammer ticket here. The ticket does NOT include Con Entry and you will have to purchase the appropriate weekend or day ticket(s).

LotR Middle Earth Tournament

If you wish to ask any question you can contact us through these below channels:
– Via the Event page on the Facebook group Irish Hobbit league
– By email at thedarkrelic@gmail.com
Theme of the event: The Dark Relic
20 players capacity / 4×4 tables.
System: Middle-earth™ Strategy Battle Game Matched Play
Armies required:
– One 800 points Good army
– One 800 points Evil army
– One 250 Points army for the Relic mission (must be selected from either the good or evil armies in play at the event)
Scenarios: Randomly determined from the 12 matched play Scenarios found on pages 138 – 151 of the Middle-earth™ Strategy Battle Game Rules Manual.
Six games Good VS Evil
– On first game, opponent will be randomly determined
– “Swiss” system in use
Fully painted armies

NOT include Con Entry and you will have to purchase the appropriate weekend or day ticket(s).


No longer able to rely on the Federated Suns for protection during the chaos of the Jihad, a handful of worlds have formed into the Filtvelt coalition. Following a brutal raid, the nascent Filtvelt military has planned to assault the pirate haven of Tortuga and convince them to look elsewhere in the future. But no plan survives contact with the enemy, and the soldiers of Filtvelt may have bitten off more than they can chew…

On Saturday and Sunday there will be BattleTech participation games forming a narrative campaign, accumulating in a large-scale game on Monday using the Alpha Strike rules to determine the final fate of the force invading Tortuga. There will also be demo games of BattleTech and other Catalyst games running all weekend!

Necromunda/Rogue Trader

**Note.. this may all change during the weekend, whaddya expect it’s something Vinny, Cian and Aidan have been working on!**

As the theme of this year’s Gaelcon is Science Fiction I thought to myself what better game to run as a special event than Warhammer 40,000. But not just any game of Warhammer 40,000 rather a medley of 40ks greatest hits from over the years. Let’s call it a Desert Island Disks of Grim Darkness!

Saturday: 1st Edition Warhammer 40,000 Rouge Trader All Day (Friday as well maybe)
The original, the best, the endless lists of tables!
In a blast from the past, all day Saturday we will be running various games of Warhammer 40,000: Rouge Trader. These games will take place on the Hive World of Flotis III. The Imperial Governor of Flotis III has been much bothered of late by an anti-Imperial splinter group that has risen to prominence

in the old Flotis III Hive Capital of Al-Be-An. The oldest and most long-established Hive on Flotis III Al-
Be-An has become a faded power in the last hundred years and most political and economic growth has moved to the central hive cluster of Ur-Opa. All off world trade must now be carried through Ur-Opa as they seek to pay increased Imperial Tithes. Proud of their past glories and jealous of Ur-Opa’s prominence the Nobles of Al-be-An have been plotting how to “take back control”. The newly elected leader of the Al-Be-An Nobles Bo De Pfeffel Jo VIII has amassed support in the form of various disparate Anti-Imperial groups and all out Civil War is about to break out on Flotis III.

We will have pre-generated armies for the following forces available for any players that wish: Genestealer Cult, Chaos Renegades, Imperial Guard (No Astra Millitarum here!) and maybe a few others depending on what old 80’s tat we can find in our collective attics. Any participants should feel free to bring along your own Rouge Trader Forces and join in. All the armies we will be using have been built to a 1,000 point limit so go on, dig out those old beaky Marines, bring forth your Chaos Gretchin, Zoats and amaze us with your teeny tiny Bloodthirsters!

Sunday: 3rd/4th Edition Warhammer 40,000 All Day
Day two will see us move on in the evolution of 40k while neatly sidestepping the hot mess that was 2nd Edition! The Big Black Book as it was known was a massive step forward in the development of the game of 40k. Things got less colourful, more Grim Dark TM and a whole lot less red than they had been before.

We will be running a linked series of games using 3rd Edition and again we will have a mix of forces available for anyone that wants to jump in. Saturday’s games are set on the Imperial Hive World of Necromunda (Full disclosure we made a hive city terrain board so its going to get used every day!) We will be kicking this morning of games off with some linked games of “40k in 40 minutes” and the old edition of “Killteam”. We will have various forces of Imperial Guard (Necromundan 8th, “The Spiders”), Genestealer Cults, Inquisition and Necromundan Gangers all competing in small games leading up to a full-sized game later in the day.

Again, same brief as before we will have various armies available but if you have your own force from this edition (even Necrons and Tau!) bring them along and join in. the old 40k in 40 minutes and Killteam rules are available online.

**Note.. this may all change during the weekend, whaddya expect it’s something Vinny, Cian and Aidan have been working on!**
**Bring figures, will play**