Friday, 28 September 2012

More MOAB Practice

Last night we played more HOTT, in order to prepare us for MOAB on Monday.

Here are some random pictures

Zulus and Elves:

My Elves take on Clone Troopers:

There was a tight little battle on the one flank:

Over the other side the Elven Hero cut through Clone Trooper Blades. But it wasn't enough, and the Elves suffered yet another defeat:

The obligatory Geoff-Shot:

 Geoff's Dark Elves fought Caesar's Zulus. The Zulus had been reorganised since last week, and had a much better night:

My Elves took on Caesar's Zulus. And lost. I haven't won a HOTT game in months now I think. This bodes well for Monday ...

Sunday, 23 September 2012

HOTT In The Gallery

I'm part of a group of photographers who are currently exhibiting at a local gallery (Project Contemporary Artspace in Wollongong to be precise). Since the gallery is not for profit, it is manned by volunteers, usually drawn from those currently exhibiting there. Which is why Mrs Kobold and I found ourselves on gallery-sitting duty this fine sunny Sunday morning.

How to kill a few hours whilst waiting for and watching people look at the photos? Well, for some of the time we played HOTT.

15mm, Orc vs Dwarves.

Here we are, all set up and ready to go. Catherine, playing the Dwarves, is getting her Flyer into position:

Visitors enjoy the photos in the gallery. There are pieces by seventeen local photographers, from full-on professionals to rank amateurs like myself:

The Orc hordes begin their advance:

The Dwarves sit on a hill:

Catherine looking pleased with herself:

It was a very slow advance. My cunning flanking move by the wolf-riders was hampered by the Dwarf Flyer:

The Lord of the Nazgul rides down the Dwarven tunnelling machines (Sneaker):

Finally the Dwarven line prepares to receive the ferocious Orc attack:

One round of combat saw the Orc Hordes repulsed, with fewer casualties than expected it has to be said. But the Orcs were set up in a nice position, with the main Dwarf force nicely pinned, and a flank force of one Blade, a Shooter and some Artillery under pressure from the Orc's Knight general and a Rider.

At that point some friends of ours turned up, and the game was abandoned in favour of conversation about photographs and bathroom renovations.

I would have won, though, despite what Catherine might tell you ...

Friday, 21 September 2012

Preparing For MOAB

In less than two weeks it's the annual MOAB HOTT tournament, and since the Gong Garage Gamers like to show everyone else how it's done we spent yesterday evening playing HOTT with various versions of the armies we plan to use. Mostly because this gives us an idea of how doomed we're likely to be ..

Random pictures, as I didn't track individual game reports.

Geoff's Dark Elves fight mt Morally Ambiguous Elves. The Dark Side lost:

Spears - a popular troop choice on the night:

Caeasar's Zulus. Their final composition is still a matter for discussion:

Chaos centaurs:

The Chaos Centaurs fight the Zulus:

The obligatory picture of Geoff and his bow-tie:

A Warband shoving-match - both Elves:

My Morally Ambiguous Elves fought the Dark Elves again, this time commanded by new player Travis. The Dark Elves triumphed, with the official story being that I let the new guy win :)

Three games being played:

Geoff and Pete indulging in some more hot Elf on Elf action:

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

'Ramayana' In 'Hordes Of The Things'


The Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic which covers the life of Rama, a human incarnation of the god Vishnu. The central plot of the tale concerns the kidnapping of Rama's wife, Sita, by the demon king Ravana and Rama's attempts to rescue her, culminating in an epic battle before Ravana's city of Lanka.

Two lists suggest themselves from this epic. The first is for Rama and his monkey allies, the second for Ravana and the demons (or Rakshasas) of Lanka. In translating both of them to 'Hordes of the Things' there are a couple of problems. The first problem is that of scale. All of the armies are listed in numbers of millions or even billions; for example, when Hanuman infiltrated Ravana's palace, forty thousand guards were sent to deal just with him. Representing these numbers with a few elements is tricky - in essence, although a Hero element represents one man, other elements represent hundreds of thousands of warriors. However, since the average hero seems to be able to slaughter these numbers without problem, the scale is probably about right. A second problem is in the special abilities of the protagonists. Although doughty fighters and deserving classification as Heroes, many have magical powers as well, or fight with predominately ranged attacks. Rama, for instance, uses the bow as a weapon of choice. I have chosen to still classify all of these as Heroes, and assume that any special powers or ranged abilities cancel out and are built into the combat system. Many of the protagonists can fly, but this I have chosen to ignore, as they tend not to receive any great tactical advantages by being able to do so in the epic itself. A final problem is the sheer number of characters that qualify for Hero status, or similar. In order to keep the lists down to 24AP I have chosen only to represent the most important or powerful characters, and have relegated others to lesser element classifications.

These lists are based on a condensed, but illustrated, edition by Ranchor Prime and published by Collins in association with Channel 4 Television.

The Army of Rama

Stronghold: An ashram (hermitage) in a forest.
1 x Hero General (Rama) @ 4AP
1 x Hero (Lakshmana) @ 4AP
1 x Hero (Sugriva and Hanuman) @ 4AP
1 x Knight (Vibhisana and