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HotT Battles and the Mysterious 'cocked' dice

Hello fellow gamers!  It's been too long since my last real post. My gaming time has been less of late but that trend should turn around now.

I participated in a 'Hordes of the Things' game day with fellow blogger and host, Desert Scribe and several friends from the LHSM group. The original plan for the event was to have a HotT tournament but we never got enough players to make a proper single elimination tournament.  So, we gathered and had a series of battles in which we just squared off against each other.

Five players were represented
  • My 'League of the Scarlet Falcon' army - mostly Warhammer Fantasy Empire figs
  • Blake's Warhammer Chaos Knights army
  • Johnny's Late Imperial Roman army
  • Scribe's 'Sons of Muspel' and 'Nightmare Legion' army
  • Ted's Samurai Warband
The first battle was a 3 vs 2 battle with 72 points per side.  Me and Scribe vs. the rest.  We struggled with PiPs and just couldn't get the army into proper line to engage the enemy. Blake had a large contingent of blade units holding the middle of the board and I didn't deploy my mounted units very well to engage them. The other side was rolling extremely well and I think it had something to do with Blake's mysterious 'Hot Dice' bowling shirt. Legend says it brings the bearer unnatural good fortune. Sadly, Scribe and I were brought down to below 50% of the starting army in just a few turns.

Full view of 3 v 3 mass battle.

We followed up that game with some 1 vs. 1 battles.  I drew Johnny's Roman army.  I always look forward to a battle against the Romans. Johnny and I always fight a tight battle. I was defending.  But, this time Johnny improved his Romans and brought a Paladin unit with the legion. Johnny was able to flank my main line with his Hero general and Paladin. The pally and the hero rushed straight to my stronghold.  The paladin made it to the stronghold but luckily he failed to capture it.  I managed to win with the majority of the kills at the end of the game.


The Roman Paladin with mirrored shield.

Sometime during the battle with the Romans, I managed to cock a die on the table in such a way that the die was balanced on the corner.  The 3, 5 and 6 sides were all facing up! I continued the game by using other dice but the 'cocked' die stayed in place for over 30 minutes!

Is this a good omen?

In a second 1 vs. 1 battle, I fought Scribe's Nightmare army. The battle was lost fairly quickly as the the evil 'Skull Chucka' artillery cut down my units as my lines approached the bony hordes.

In the final match of the day, Scribe and I teamed up again vs. Blake alone with two 24 pt armies.


Blake managed to break through my line of spears and placed a unit of riders behind my hero general.  When the Hero lost against Blakes' two ranks of spears, he was unable to recoil and the game was lost.

It was a long day of disappointing losses, but as they say a bad day of HotT is better than a good day at the office! My itch to play some HotT was sufficiently 'scratched'. Thanks to Desert Scribe for hosting the event, it was a lot of fun!

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