Dave and I rang out 2011 with a couple of games of HoTT yesterday afternoon. We'd agreed on a medieval theme and each brought armies.
Dave's army included a magician. I'd never had the "pleasure" of facing a competently generaled magician before and it was most painful.
I brought out a mixed army (bow, blade, riders, hero) with a dragon (having never played one before). Dave quickly put me down in game 1. I must play more HoTT this year so I can give him a run for his money. The dragon did not appear in game 1 so the picture above must be from game 2.
Game 2 was also a beat down based on Dave totally pooching my left flank through careful deployment and me rolling a pair of one's for pips that I was never able to recover from. I hate being outplayed! The dragon did show up, though!
Game three was a mess. Again, the damned dragoon watched from the sidelines. I managed to quick kill his magician with my hero and the withstood a couple of bad rounds of general-on-general combat. Eventually my hero behind the lines (bottom picture) managed to block a recoil and I (narrowly) won. Good thing HoTT/DBA allows players to win 1/3rd of the time no matter how badly they play!
Lessons for me include: (1) play more so I'm better at the game, (2) bow stay in the woods except to flank, (3) dragoons are too gimmicky for me (dragon for sale!), (4) I might like to try a paladin and a cleric, and (5) I should have had a lurker or two in my ranks. Given the turmoil of DBA 3.0, I expect I will be playing a lot more HoTT this year.
Up next: A bunch of 28mm figures are on the hop. I have some 28mm Roman auxiliaries underway (mail and flesh done--onto cloth and shields) and a bunch (maybe 20 or 22) Celts are ready to be built today. I always find myself short of bows and skirmishers so that will be their fate. And then some Warlord Imperial Romans. Tomorrow Bruce drops by for Star Trek Fleet Captains.