Hordes of the Things (or HotT, or HOTT for short) is probably my second favourite ruleset behind General Quarters. I have been playing Hordes of the Things since the rules were first released in 1991. They are a set of fantasy wargames rules produced by the Wargames Research Group in England and they are pretty much flexible enough to reproduce almost any period of warfare. During 2001 they are being revised with a view to produce a second edition in eary 2002. This second edition was realeased in 2002.
The rules are described by the authors as “simple fast play fantasy wargame and campaign rules with army lists”. The intentions of the authors are best described in their own words (from the first edition):
Our intent is to provide the simplest possible set of fantasy wargames rules that retain the feel and generalship requirements of battle. We start from the assumptions that spell selection must not be a more important skill than generalship, that the results of magic or command decisions can be shown rather than the minutia of communication or spell casting, and that the differences between troops of the same general class are relatively unimportant. The resulting system is much more subtle than may be immediately apparent.
To that sentiment I can add that the balance in play between the various armies that you can generate is such that there are no ‘killer’ armies in HoTT, and every army has a pretty much even chance of success on the day.
As a result of leaving my delightful HoTT armies in Australia before moving to the UK, I have started putting together some HotT’s armies again. In Australia, I left a Dwarf and an Elf army in 15mm (figures by Alternate Armies). The dwarf army also consisted of two Stone Giants, affectionately known as Steroids and Wax after a friend in Australia who is big into body building and Mr. Universe type competitions. I also had an Undead Army and a Mythical Egyptian, both by Chariot Miniatures.
Before commencing to look at the armies I have been building, there are a couple of links that are well worth noting. They relate either to Hordes of the Things or to Mythological Background Material. Note that these links, along with figure manufacturers, are also listed in the links section.
- The Stronghold – Official (well semi-offical anyway) Hordes of the Things site
- Bulfinch’s Mythology – a wonderful site putting Bulfinch’s Mythology online
- The Encyclopeadia Mythica – everything you ever wanted to know about mythical figures … any of them
Before starting on the armies, however, I would like to note that there is a Hordes of the Things competition held each year in the town of Berkeley (in Gloucestershire I think) in England. Organised by Steve Price both myself and the Beaver have headed over there in 2001 (the inaugural year) and 2002 (the subject of the Beaver and Thomo the Lost’s great road trip). The games at Berkeley are fun, the gamers there are fun and the cameraderie is high. I can thoroughly recommend attending Berkeley. The imagination shown by the various gamers there is startling at times.
I have provided a ‘contents table’ here somewhere which points to various armies I either have or I am working on. The section on the Amazons also has a painting guide built into it as well.