HOTT Wax '09
The MOSSL Facility, Columbus OH
Saturday, February 07, 2009

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Old Man Winter decided to roll back the blanket of snow upon Columbus and in fine fashion the Midwest's finest Hordes of the Things players gathered to engage in the art of high combat.

With a record-breaking 20 players and a brand new venue, the 3rd Annual HOTT Wax went off splendidly, with players trekk'ing from far and wide to attend. Easily the most successful HOTT Wax to date, there were nail-biter battles to be had in all rounds.

The annual 36-point battle "Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" was unchanged from recent years, with the now standardized format of PIP+1 for command dice, 36 AP armies, etc. This year saw a few more Dragons and Gods than years past, and a wide variation in armies overall.

As usual, the talented and generous David McBride of Splintered Light miniatures, ( came through with a tremendous set of prizes, and the good folks at Wargames ( surprised us by sending along a nice little pack of pens and metal bases as well.

With the exception of Bob Boggs (who wasn't feeling well and had to leave early) and myself, all 18 other contestants played a full 4 rounds, most of which finished in under the 90 minute alotted time. Sadly, the Arena of Doom did not make an appearance.

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
Serpent on the Mound!

Final Standings
Player Army Results
David Crenshaw Narnians 4 - 0 (63 Pts ,1S)
Mike Demana The Feral Legion 3 - 1 (66 Pts ,1G)
Eric Vang Steppe Orcs 3 - 1 (64 Pts ,2G)
Paul Potter Alfheim 3 - 1 (58 Pts ,1G)
Eric Luczaj Mound Builders 3 - 1 (51 Pts )
Terry Webb Comte de Jeanne 2 - 2 (61 Pts )
Mike Stelzer Elvish Imperial 148z 2 - 2 (59 Pts )
Tom Graves Harad w/allies 2 - 2 (56 Pts ,1G)
Dylan Fraser Wild Egyptians 2 - 2 (51 Pts )
Steve Cole The Green Guys 2 - 2 (49 Pts ,1G)
Keith Finn MARS Attacks! 2 - 2 (46 Pts ,1G)
Allen Sams Wots Draggin'? 2 - 2 (26 Pts ,2G)
John Loy Undead 1 - 3 (37 Pts ,1G)
Derek Wagener Kakarov Dwarves 1 - 3 (35 Pts ,1G)
James Love The Wood Elves of the Sylvan Glade 1 - 3 (30 Pts )
Jenny Torbett Hobbitses 1 - 3 (28 Pts ,1G)
Johne Wagener Hyena-Men 1 - 3 (27 Pts )
Tina Fraser Tattooine Defense Force 0 - 4 (27 Pts ,1G)
Bob Boggs Middle Earth 1 - 0 (13 Pts ,1G)
Dave Zecchini The Orcs of Frostfang 1 - 0 (10 Pts ,1G)
So ... now what?
This sort of large, wooden badger ...

David Crenshaw, Winner!
Mike Demana, Almost-Winner!
Fantastic Prizes!

In the end, David Crenshaw managed to squeak out an unusual (if anti-climactic) victory over Eric Luczaj by returning his ensorcelled Hero to the field and crashing the thatch huts of the bewildered Mound Builders. This guaranteed him a place among the oddest HOTT Tournament victories, in a game which saw no APs taken on either side, yet a clear victory. Congratulations are certainly in order for an outstanding four rounds of play. Further congratulations go out to Mike Demana and Eric Vang, who both had tremendously difficult wins to earn their placings.

Also, a big thanks to Terry Webb, who not only provided his pictures from the event, but in true sporting fashion revealed to me afterward that there had been a mistake in his game, which in truth gave the win (and 3rd place) to Eric Vang. Eric will be compensated a prize at our next gathering of fellows.

As always, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who attended. We had the best attendance ever this year, and it seemed that all the stars truly aligned to provide the best HOTT Wax experience yet. Great people, great games, and a great new venue, with fantastic prizes from Splintered Light miniatures, ( and Wargames ( to give everybody something to take away.

Here's hoping we see everyone (and more) again next year for this chilling-but-thrilling event!


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