What are Wargames?

Games are games and human beings have invented games to play since the dawn of time, whether it was moving rocks around, throwing sticks or the simply footrace. Games make use of what we have and a system of rules, football is a ball some lines and a bunch of rules.

Wargames are a game where in it's most simplistic form you use toy soldiers (highly detailed miniatures), dice and measuring tapes to battle against one another. The toy soldiers might change from power armour wearing super soldiers who stand 11 feet tall defending man against alien onslaughts that seem to have fallen straight from the nightmares of H.R Giger, the diverse characters of the fellowship of the ring battling against the dark opaque forces of Middle Earth or taking control of Darth Vader and a handful of Tai Fighters to defend your borders against the incursions of rebel scum!

The dice might change from having 4 sides, 6 sides, 8 sides, the measurements could be in inches or cm.

Check out some of our pictures on the side.

You move models around, look at charts occasionally, there is strategy, there is chance and a whole lot of friendly banter and yelling as you toss dice across the table at one another.
Think of a computer game without a computer, you make units, equip them, lead them into battle and give them orders but instead of there being a computer handling all the calculations and computation it's down to the dice in your hands and maybe the difference between being two inches away or three!
The other aspect is the artistic side which comes in before the game, models in many cases have to be glued together, under coated and painted by hand these models really become works of art as I'm sure you will agree to find out more about this side of things drop by our modelling tables where we will have competitions purely based on modelling and painting.


L'Art De La Guerre - Conclave Championship


Registration: 09.00 - 09.30

Start: 09.30

Entry: €30 Inclusive of Weekend Pass

The Munster Wargames Group, in conjunction with The Gathering, are organising an Art De La Guerre (ADLG) competition at Conclave 2018.

ADLG is a popular set of rules for the Ancients gaming period. Developed in France and based on some of the concepts popularised by the DBX systems, the rules have been in use for some time in other countries. Actively supported by the rules author and now in their 3rd Edition the Rule Book provides everything you need to play the game for a price less than €40.

The competition is the standard format for ADLG, approximately 20 to 25 units on a 180cm by 120cm table. Games take approximately 2 ½ hours.

The competition will consist of 5 rounds, three games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. The timetable is:

  • Round One – 9.30 to 12.00
  • Round Two - 1.00 to 3.30
  • Round Three - 4.00 to 6.30
  • Round Four – 10.00 to 12.30
  • Round Five 1.30 to 4.00
  • 4.15 prize-giving

Armies are to be chosen from the Ancient, Classical and Roman sections of the Book. This will give a choice from 124 historical armies.

The entry fee is €30 for the weekend, which also covers your weekend entry to the convention. Munster Wargames Group are happy to make armies available for loan if you want to try your hand at the game & just to add that  one-day only participants also welcome. Just email the contact on the page.

Contact: richardaynsley@hotmail.com to enter, or sign up on the day.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Useful Links:

www.madaxeman.com – game reports, army lists and plenty of hints and tips. The Madaxeman himself is also taking part in this competition

http://www.northstarfigures.com/ - UK stockists of the ADLG rules

http://artdelaguerre.fr/ - website for the rules, forum and FAQs


Conclave X-Wing Store Championship

Control the most advanced starfighters and outstanding pilots in the galaxy! In X-Wing Miniatures Game, you take the role of squad leader and command a group of merciless Imperial or daring Rebel pilots in furious ship-to-ship space combat.

Play for all the goodies held within a Fantasy Flight Games Organised Play Store Championship! & for the winner: the Honour of being the finest Star Fighter Pilot in all of the Conclave system! (& maybe a snog from your twin sister...)

Saturday 23rd June

Registration: 9.00 - 10.15

Start: 10.30

Entry: €25 Inclusive of Day Pass (€30 Inclusive of Weekend Pass)

  • 09.00 - 10:15 Signup
  • 10:30 Round 1
  • 11:45 Round 2
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:45 Round 3
  • 15:00 Round 4
  • 16:15 Top 4
  • 17:30 Final
  • 18:45 Finish

Standard FFG Tournament Rules:

  • 100 Points
  • ALL Cards (Pilots; Upgrades etc) MUST be present
  • Any disagreement over 2nd Party equipment must be settled by the TOs
  • Bring a paper copy of your List to show your opponent

TOs: Gary Colton & Craig McInnes

  • Colton13@gmail.com

Sunday 24th June


Heroes of the Aturi Cluster - Star Destroyer Assault!

Sunday 24th June

Registration/Start: 11.00

Entry: FREE (outside of Convention Entry Fee)

Contact/GM: Craig McInnes

The Rebel "Celadon" Squadron have conducted a protracted campaign against the Imperial presence in the Aturi Cluster. As the rebels celebrate their recent successful strike: shutting down the Imperial cloaking technology research centre, kalxons begin to blare.

The Imperial Star Destroyer Retribution slams out of hyperspace mere megalights from the Rebel base!

Can the Rebels survive the run through the Imperial Star Destroyer’s guns and missiles to cripple its bridge or disable its main armament? Can the Imperial fighters provide enough cover to protect the Star Destroyer Retribution from the massive assault, and allow it to annihilate the Rebel terrorists stronghold?

  • Heroes of the Aturi Cluster is Team based X-Wing.
  • You can play as an Imperial or Rebel.
  • You can join in or drop out mid-mission.
  • Pre-made Pilots/Ships will be available for new players

Starting 11.00 on Sunday, come join us liberate the Galaxy!


Warhammer 40k - Conclave Tournament

For more than a hundred centuries the Emperor has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the Master of Mankind by the will of the gods and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies. To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruellest and most bloody regime imaginable. This is the tale of those times. Warhammer 40,000 is a vast, rich universe full of epic heroes, monstrous villains and a host of unique characters in between. Here, you’ll learn more about the forces vying for power, territory, and glory across the galaxy.But the universe is a big place and, whatever happens, you will not be missed…

Saturday 23rd June

Conclave will play host this year to a x3 Round 1-Day Warhammer 8th Edition 40K Tournament

Registration: 9.00 - 10.45

Start: 11.00

Entry: €20 Inclusive of Day Pass (€25 Inclusive of Weekend Pass)


A Matched Play Tournament

  • 1750 Points
  • Armies must be Battle-Forged
  • 3 Detachments Max
  • Maximum 3 Datasheet Entries (This rule does not apply to Troop Choices)
  • Must use latest Codex possible
  • No Titanic Units
  • No Primarch Units
  • No Forge World Units

Warhammer 40k Rule Book, FAQ's, Chapter Approved and Current Beta Rules will be in effect.

The Tournament will consist of Three Rounds

2 Hours Per Round.

There will be a 30 Minute Lunch break after First Round

Missions and Deployment will be decided on the day.

Contact/TO: Kieran Waters

- Contact Info.: photonjunkkw@gmail.com




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    Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game - Conclave Tournament

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    The Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game is the beginning of your journey in the world of collecting, painting and gaming with an entire range of Middle-earth miniatures based upon the amazing "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogies. The Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game allows you to collect all of your favourite Warriors, Heroes and creatures from the movies and pit them against your opponents in fun and exciting games of strategy and skill.

    Saturday 23rd June

    Registration: 09:00 – 11:00

    Start: 11.00

    Entry: €20 (Inclusive of Day Pass) or €25 (Inclusive of Weekend Pass)


    • 09:00 – 11:00 Registration/Set Up/Tea
    • 11:00 – 12:30 Game 1
    •  12:30 – 13:00 Lunch
    •  13:00 – 14:30 Game 2
    •  14:30 – 16:00 Game 3
    • 16:00 – 17:30 Game 4
    • 17:30 – 18:00 Results, Prize, Chat


    • One 500 Point Army
    • TO – Thomas Cole
    • Contact: tcmesbgconclave@gmail.com

    Army Selection – Your 500 Point Army must be selected from the following books: The Kingdoms of Men, Free Peoples, Mordor, Moria & Angmar, Fallen Realms, AUJ, TABA.
    For this event Throne of Skulls lists and army bonuses WILL BE ALLOWED.
    Army Lists – Lists must be submitted to Thomas Cole @ tcmesbgconclave@gmail.com before Midnight on Monday 18th June. Please use the army builder to aid you in army building. (http://lonelyknight.0fees.net/?i=1#SBG)
    Proxies – Where possible, players must ensure that the correct model is used to represent the profile and that all war gear is 100% WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get). Proxies will be allowed, but please ensure that either TO is made aware of this and also your opponent before each game. OOP and unreleased models are suitable proxies. An example would be using a Laketown Guard Captain as a proxy for Braga, Captain of the Guard. Check with the TO if unsure.

    Thomond Park Stadium, Old Cratloe Road, Limerick City

    What you need to bring on the day:

    • Your army, ideally models and based have to be painted for the photographs. But there is no restriction. We want to show off the game to others during Conclave.
    •  Rulebook/Sourcebooks/FAQs
    • A copy of your army list
    • Paper and Pen – Record factors like courage, might will etc.
    • Dice, objective markers and tape measure
    • A tray – Ideal for transferring your army to different tables between games.
    • Money and ID for drink and snacks if desired.

    Table Size – 4 x 4

    Scenarios will be chosen at random at start of each round from General’s Accessory Pack.

    Tournament Prizes
    Prizes will be organized by The Gathering.

    A total of 80 Tournament Points is available for each player. The scoring system is as follows:

    • Win 20 Tournament Points
    • Draw 10 Tournament Points
    • Loss 0 Tournament Points
    • Concede -5 Tournament Points

    The player who scores the most Tournament Points wins the tournament. In the event of a tie, the player
    with the highest Victory Points difference wins. Again, in the event of a tie, the player with the highest
    Victory Points scored wins. If there is still a draw, the player with most Favourite Opponent votes wins.

    Judge’s ruling
    Should a situation arise mid-game where a conflict in rules arises we ask that players read through their
    rulebook first to see if they can find a solution. If there is no clear ruling in the book, we ask that players
    search for a mutually agreeable solution. If this is not possible then seek a judge’s ruling. The judge’s
    ruling is final, whether it goes your way or not. You have limited time to play your games so we will try to
    resolve issues as soon and as fairly as possible, this may be a ‘roll-off’.

    SUNDAY 24th June

    Tables will also be available for MESBG friendly games or demos etc on Sunday 24th June

    More information (travel, accommodation etc.)
    Irish Hobbit League Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/427293384029266/
    The Gathering Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ConclaveLimerickGamingConvention/


    Age of Sigmar - Conclave Tournament

    Following the destruction of the original Warhammer world by the forces of ChaosSigmar floated aimlessly through outer space, clutching onto the metal core of the previous Warhammer world. After a long passage of time, he was rescued and befriended by the great celestial dragon Dracothion, who led Sigmar to the "Mortal Realms": eight planes of existence connected by portals called "realmgates", one of which was bestowed upon Sigmar to rule by Dracothion. Souls were drawn to these realms, with some being survivors from the previous world and others new. Sigmar forged alliances with these peoples and their respective gods as civilization was re-established in the Mortal Realms. Age of Sigmar emphasizes the narrative aspect of the wargaming experience, encouraging the play of story-driven scenarios, recreation of battles from lore, and player-created stories.

    Sunday 24th June

    Registration: 9.00 - 10.45

    Start: 11.00

    Entry: €10 (pay at Event Desk)

    • Current edition (Generals handbook 2017) 1000 points
    • x3  1.5 hour rounds


    • 1 Knife to the Heart: 2 objectives, table divided diagonally.
    • 2 Battle for the Pass: 4 objectives, table divided along the widthways.
    • 3 Scorched Earth: 6 objectives, table divided lengthways.

    Blood Bowl - Conclave Exhibition Tournament

    In the game of Blood Bowl, the roar of the crowd and the chance for glory brings together players and spectators from every race in the Old World. On the pitch, tactical finesse meets wanton, brutal violence in a game where anything can happen (and often does!).

    Take a look around, stretch out that off-season soreness and get ready to unleash some bone-crunching, jaw-breaking, armour-cracking carnage on the pitch. Let's play ball!

    Sunday 24th June

    Registration: 9.00 - 11.45

    Start: 12.00

    Entry: €10 (pay at Event Desk)

    Blood Bowl - Conclave Exhibition Tournament

    • Budget: 1.5 million
    • Team: 11-16 players
    • 6 Rounds per Half (as opposed to the usual 8)
    • Teams are to be created using the "Exhibition Rules" found on page 39 of the Blood Bowl: Death Zone Season 1 book. This allows for the creation of Experienced Players with the additional value present on the Value Modifiers table on page 22.
    • Any team can be used from Death Zone Season 1; Death Zone Season 2 or the Teams of Legends, BUT Death Zone Season 2 form of the team replaces the Team of Legend list.
    • We will use the Skills descriptions from Death Zone Season 2.
    • You can use Star Players from both books and (in)famous coaches.
    • Will NOT be using stadiums or refs. 

    Inducements may be purchased as detailed on page 28 Death Zone Season 1 book:

    • 0-2 Bloodweiser Kegs - 50,000 each
    • 0-3 Bribes - 100,000 each
    • 0-5 Special Plays - 100,000 each
    • 0-2 Wandering Apothecaries - 100,000 each
    • Additional Coaching staff may be included as detailed on page 38
    • Head coach - FREE (model required)
    • Assistant Coaches - 10,000 each
    • Cheerleaders - 10,000 each
    • Apothecary - 50,000 each
    • Star Players may be included, BUT will play for only one player in the Tournament. This will be the player who paid the most for the Player - to allow for this a coach, when creating their Roster may pay extra for the Star Player (this comes out of the Budget & goes next to the Player's cost box). If your Star Player decides to play for the opposition the Gold you spent on them maybe spent on additional Re-rolls & Coaching Staff
    • Players will NOT gain additional Skills or SPP through out the Tournament
    • Dead & Injured players are "resurrected" at the end of the match at full health & are available for the next match

    Teams can be pre-registered with the TO or submitted on the day

    Contact: Aaron - leslieaaron@hotmail.com