We got the day off to a flying start. I was asked to teach two people to play HOTT - one had played a quick game at the end of yesterday's session, the other I think was new to the game.
Since we had them set up, we used a pair of my Barsoomian armies, so the Gatholians took on a Green Martian horde:
This turned into a long slog as a large rocky area in the middle of the Gatholian deployment zone hampered the movement of both armies a fair bit. But it was a great HOTT game.
The Gatholian Riders we outclassed by the Green Martian Knights - there were three of them just before this shot was taken.
And another one was soon lost.
Gathol's navy prevented a further advance on that flank though.
The warriors of Gathol advanced slowly towards their barbaric foes.
Their line was outflanked.
But they got stuck in at the other end.
A lone Gatholian Blade became the hero of the battle, holding off, and destroying, a couple of Green Martian Knights, and stabilising the exposed flank.
A steady loss of Knights, and the death of a few Shooters on the flank saw the initial Green Martian success turned into a crushing defeat.
Meanwhile Caesar and Kaleb played Warmachine/Hordes (I forget which).
Caesar and Kaleb then had a go at Clobberin' Time, teaming up against me. They wanted to have Wolverine, so I threw together the obligatory X-Men/Evil Mutants fight, with a few different characters. Wolverine, The Scarlet Witch and Colossus took on Domino, The Blob and Toad in a game of Find The Object Of Value.
The Scarlet Witch was beaten up by Toad.
The game ended fairly quickly, as Domino found the Object Of Value and whisked it away before the X-Men could do much to stop her. Colossus had a good try, but Domino's luck was good (of course) and she evaded him long enough to secure a victory. Wolverine and The Blob failed to make much of an impression on each other.
DM Dave's young son Sid had watched from the sidelines and wanted to have a go, so we both drew three random figures each out of my two big boxes of Heroclix. He ended up with Captain Britain, Storm and Gorilla Grodd, whilst I drew Captain America, The Kingpin and Iron Fist.
Sid deemed the The Object of Value to be a Suitcase Full Of Money which he wanted to use to finance his Moonbase. It's good to have ambitions ...
And so the scene was set for an great fight between random heroes. Iron Fist evaded Gorilla Grodd's mental powers until Storm slowed him down with her weather manipulation. The Kingpin was left to his own devices, rummaging through bad going looking for a suitcase. And in the centre of the board two national heroes clashed in an epic duel - Captain Britain vs Captain America!
It was a close, hard fight, but Britain was triumphant. And as Captain America slipped into unconsciousness, Storm found the Object Of Value. The Kingpin tried to stop her, but Gorilla Grodd mind-blasted him, and Storm flew to safety and victory.
That seemed to be it for the day's gaming, when Maya returned from the board/card games room asking if I could teach her girlfriend how to play HOTT. So they teamed up against me, as the Medieval Ceidonians took on the Barbarian Charioteers.
I took one picture - the moment one of my chariot Knights destroyed their Behemoth steam-tank.
Sadly that was as good as it got for me, as they proceeded to roll up my left flank, and then work down my line in an orgy of destruction. I failed to kill some archers on one flank, and managed to use my archers to destroy some Spears on the other, but otherwise my Barbarians died like flies.
And so ends another Gong Con. Thanks to the organisers for an excellent venue and couple of days' gaming.