Friday, 9 December 2022

Middle Earth HOTT

We played HOTT again at the club this week. Rather than one big game the four of us played two one-on-one games using Geoff's Middle Earth armies.

The idea was to play 36AP on normal-sized board, but I played Lachlan in the first game, who hadn't played HOTT for years (if at all) so stuck to 24AP for what was a kind of learning game.

I took Orcs, and sorted out a kind of Riders of Rohan army for Lachlan, consisting of four knights, six spears and two warband. This was the setup. I had a ton of hordes in the centre, wolf riders on my right and some Uruk Hai blades on the left.

Meanwhile Dave and Geoff were playing a 36AP game with Geoff's Haradrim taking on Dave's Gondorians. 

These are Geoff's wonderful mumakil. Apparently they spent most of the game being forced to flee by Gandalf's magic.

Meanwhile in my game, Lachlan had massed his forces against my left, leaving me in the strange position of being outnumbered at the point of contact. Owing to my stupid general placement (on my far left) I was slow to bring across reinforcements.

I had plenty of troops on the other flank. They were mostly on the wrong side of a hill, and faced a grand total of two enemy elements.

The first combats of the game - Rohan's spears charged my Orc hordes.

In the centre some Rohan warband broke through and made a run for my stronghold. I was able to bring back hordes to stop, and eventually destroy them, but it did slow down my efforts to reinforce my left.

On my left flank my two elements of blades, one of which was my general, had become somewhat isolated.

The one blade fell, but the general fought off every attempt to destroy him. Each turn gave me more chance to bring back hordes and (not depicted) take out the Rohan knights on the other flank.

But eventually the odds caught up with me. I was pushed back into the village and the general was cut-down, losing me the game.

We swapped partners. This time I was facing Dave, who kept his Gondorians. I used the Orcs again, but added more riders, a Nazgul hero and Sauron himself as a hero general*.

Our armies, each at 36AP, made an imposing sight.

The battle opened with the hero Faramir attaching my trolls and being driven back.

Gandalf hit the trolls in the flank, and was promptly killed by them.

In the centre Gondor's blades sliced their way through my hordes.

Faramir charged the trolls again, and they recoiled. Straight into Sauron. This killed the Dark Lord, and that was another lost battle for me.

One week I plan to win a game of HOTT.

*Or maybe a Nazgul pretending to be Sauron.


  1. I spotted a fair few Tin Soldier figures in the mix Alan. Lovely miniatures with a certain charm. Pretty “old school” I reckon.
    I always enjoy reading your HotT battle reports.

    1. They are all Geoff's armies. Some are figures that were his from the start, but he also has a talent for slowly assembling armies from random finds on bring and buy stands over several years. They just get a bit of a repaint and rebase to bring them into line.

  2. Although I have no plans myself to build a 'proper' HoTT army, I have long been lost in admiration for the thought and imagination that have gone into their creation. LOTR and Steampunk have been fertile ground for ideas...

    I did play in one club competition many years ago, but went with a very 7YW army (Russians). It was fun!

  3. Ha-ha! When I plan to win games, I only end up disapointed!

    Looked like FUN games anyway!

  4. Great reports, Kaptain 😊👍🏼. Lovely figures in use. Wondering if you find the ‘Saruman’s Tower’ stronghold useful for wiping out a few enemy APs when it topples over 🥴?! Looks impressive, but precarious on the table edge…. (I find that larger strongholds have a tendency to become elbow-magnets….😶, but then again my clumsiness may be the issue, here).

    1. It's a cardboard packing tube, so very lightweight and wouldn't harm any figures it lands on. Also the rocks on the base weigh it down and stop it falling over. Buit it *can* get in the way sometimes.

      Not the largest stronghold I've encountered though - back in the day there was a guy did some UK comps who had a tower a good 2-3' high. If you sat directly behind it you couldn't see your army :)

  5. Where do you play is it a club ? I have had a draw full of Middle Earth 15mm unplayed for about 10 years

    1. Yes - we meet every Thursday evening at Wollongong University.

      Email me if you want more details.


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