Friday, February 11, 2011

Against the Giants for Hordes of the Things

The main reason Hordes of the Things is my favorite fantasy miniatures game is that the rules for building an army allow for maximum creativity, limited only by the source material (and the fact that only half your points can go toward elements costing 3 AP or more). 

The rulebook lists armies from a variety of source material, including modern fiction, mythology, and silliness.  However, it didn't list anything from one of the most influential fantasy games of them all, Dungeons & Dragons.  Attempting to rectify that, I present my lists* (loosely) based on the Against the Giants series of modules:

STEADING OF THE HILL GIANT CHIEF

Character(s)                          HotT element        pts
Hill Giant Chief                     Behemoth General      4
Stone Giant                          Behemoth                   4
Hill Giant Champion              Hero                           4
Hill Giants w/Clubs (2/base)  Warband x 2               4
Hill Giants w/Boulders          Shooters x 2               4
Dire Wolves                         Beasts                        2
Bugbears                             Hordes x 2                  2


GLACIAL RIFT OF THE FROST GIANT JARL


Frost Giant Jarl                     Behemoth General      4
Cloud Giant                          Behemoth                   4
White Dragons                      Flyers x 2                   4
Frost Giant w/Axe (2/base)   Blades x 4                  8
Yeti                                      Warband                    2
Ice Toads                             Beasts                        2



HALL OF THE FIRE GIANT KING


Fire Giant King                      Behemoth General      4
Chimera                                 Dragon                      4
Drow Cleric                           Magician                    4
Fire Giant w/Sword (1/base)  Blades x 4                  8
Ettin (1/base)                         Warband                    2
Drow                                     Hordes x 2                 2



(photos depict Heroscape figures in my collection)

Of course, these giants need a party of adventurers to take them on, preferably one army right after the other, the way God and Gary Gygax meant it to be played.  I have some ideas for a HotT army based on a group of D&D characters, but I'd like to hear some ideas from readers as well.  So, what's your army list for a dungeon adventuring party?

*These lists are speculative only, as I have not had the time or money to build any of these armies yet.

3 comments:

A Paladin In Citadel said...

That first giant looks to be one from Heroscape. Awesome sculpt, I wish more of the heroscape minis were like that one.

Desert Scribe said...

They're actually all Heroscape miniatures. The second and third figures were originally sold as D&D minis, but repackaged for sale as HS figs.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

I should have been paying attention to the bases. I have the second and third as D&D minis, but you're right about yours being heroscape.