HOTT Wax '08
The New Song Church - Reynoldsburg OH
Saturday, February 02, 2008

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Throw the bones!

Uprooted from its previous battleground in Dayton, OH ... HOTT Wax once again took challenged Hordes of the Things Players (new and old alike) to bring their "A Game" and to experience HOTT bigger, longer, and uncut!

Unlike last year, even though Old Man Winter threatened to intervene, the roads were clear and we had nearly the same number of players. The new venue and a number of last-minute obligations kept several of the regulars from attending, but new faces more than helped make up the difference.

This year we were able to complete all four 90 minute rounds, with only a few rounds being called for time (and sadly, no "Single Combat" resolutions were necessary.) Many of the games saw high-scoring victories (and even high-scoring defeats), and a very large number of Strongholds fell to marauding attackers.

Armies included more Dragons than we usually see, as well as a very large number of Paladins joining into the fun. Absolutely no Gods were present (must have been the monotheistic presence of the Church which drove them away.) By strange coincidence, most of the armies turned out to have animal themes, with only the Orcs, Egyptians, the Very Boring, and the Undead being exceptions to the gathering of the beasts.

Though the newly proposed Sneakers rules were in effect, there was only one Sneaker present throughout the tournament so it was difficult to tell any difference. The Warband/Shooter movement switch seems to be holding its own, and is generally well liked. The larger format seems quite popular, though it was noted that Defenders have a somewhat more difficult time recovering from setting up first with such a large area to cover and more troops to command..

Tournament Format
HOTT Wax '08
Army Size Scale Round Length
36 AP's 15mm 90 minutes
  • HOTT 2.0 Rules with proposed 2.1 modifications (Shooters move 2", Warband 3")
  • Modified Sneakers rules (allow friction kills, easier break-off from combat)
  • Play on 36" x 24" boards, attacker picks between long sides
  • No more than 18 AP's of 3, 4, or 6 point elements
  • Single commands, armies get a +1 bonus on PIP dice
  • Dragons and Gods only appear on a natural '6'
  • Gods leave the battlefield on a natural '1'
  • Four fixed rounds, Swiss-style pairings
  • Points are number of enemy AP's taken, +2 for taking General, +2 for taking Stronghold

Final Standings
Player Army Results
Tom Graves Black Hoof Clans (Even Prettier) 3 - 1 (67 Pts ,1G)
Ron Holtz The Wolfpack (Livin' Large) 3 - 1 (59 Pts ,1G,2S)
Mike Demana The Dogs of War 3 - 1 (56 Pts ,1G,1S)
Allen Sams Orcs, Orcs, Orcs of the Jungle 3 - 1 (38 Pts ,2G)
Dave Zecchini The Winged Kingdom of Aves (Big Bucket) 2 - 2 (57 Pts ,1G,1S)
Dylan Fraser Wild Egyptians (Followers of Set) 2 - 2 (56 Pts ,1G)
John Loy Ratatoullie 2 - 2 (43 Pts ,2G)
Jenny Torbett The Kitty Kat Klub (The Return) 2 - 2 (42 Pts ,1G)
Bob Boggs Elven Army of Autumn 2 - 2 (41 Pts ,1G)
Tim Ryan Killer Kitty Klan 1 - 3 (31 Pts ,1G)
Andy Swingle A Very Boring Army Name 1 - 3 (26 Pts ,1S)
Joe Merz Dawn of the Dead 0 - 4 (43 Pts )
By Fowl and Feather!
The Titanic Struggle!

Prizes galore!
The first-prize Goblins!
Kobolds for the runner-up!

Once again, Splintered Light Miniatures ( provided a fantastic, fully-painted First prize, a 36-point 15mm Goblin army. Second prize was a collection of seven painted stands of Splintered Light Kobolds. Additionally, we had a Third and Fourth prize from Alternative Armies ( - a $15 and a $10 gift certificate. Both companies generously provided sample figs so everyone walked away with something. Joe Merz came away with an extra Minotaur stand from Splintered Light as a "Wholesale slaughter with no victory" prize.

The tournament was definitely a nail-biter, with nobody going undefeated and a large number of 3-1 and 2-2 scores that had to fall out from points. Close games and very hard-fought battles resulted in a squeaker victory from Tom Graves's "Black Hoof Clan", with the Wolfpack in new-player Ron Holtz's hands nipping close on their heels.

Once again, I owe a huge debt of gratitude, first to Splintered Light Miniatures and Alternative Armies for providing the prizes, which were absolutely stunning examples of their well-sculpted 15mm fantasy lines. Second, to the New Song Church in Reynoldsburg for hosting the event so splendidly. Finally, a huge "Thank you!" to everyone who came and played. A wonderful time was had by all and next year I'm looking forward to an even more interesting and better-attended tournament!


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