Monday, April 11, 2016

Adepticon 2016 Bolt Action Coverage

 What an amazing weekend! All the dice, armies, fubars, and last minute heroics all mashed up into one big ball of Adepticon! 

I have a tendency to ramble on so I am going to try and keep things controlled and precise! 

First off, a gigantic thanks and thank yous to our sponsors; these are the guys, besides Adepticon, that really make this happen! 

Warlord Games
Blitzkrieg Miniatures
Army Group North
Black Tree Designs
Sarissa Precision
Cigar Battle Mats
Frontline Game Mats

Equally important are all the people that helped make this happen and continue to impress me through time, effort, and coffee donations.

Hank Edley 
Matt Weeks
Andrew Chesney
Jon Russel
Jon's US Volunteer team
Mercenary Miniatures, local chicago team
Kyle Toth
Brent Sinclair
Chris Thomas
Jeremy Olsen

Schedule Recap: I do not have any photos from the thursday events but I will try to track those down.

Thursday Morning: Tank Wars
Thursday Evening: Combat Patrol
Friday: Team Doubles
Sat/Sun: US Nationals 

We had 20 teams show up for the event, 40 total people! The local scene has really rallied to this format. I encourage anyone to try it out! The biggest challenge is having people who are too nice and turn into chatter boxes! 

For this event I preset all 3 rounds of match ups. The Team event is tailored specifically to be the more casual and thematic event. Thus no swiss system was used. 

 As I go through improvements each year, this was a big hit! Gone are the days of yelling out match ups or posting a tiny little piece of paper! 

I used this for the nationals as well, so I could just fill in table assignments after each round. 

We had a lot of German teams show up for the Doubles event, I contribute that to the house rule of allowing armored transports to fire 1 weapon system without being full. 

Day of, I also added the house rule of, "Recce units may not perform an escape move when shot at by an ambush order" People applauded and threw babies... 

Note on Scores: For both the published results below, there was an army list submission penalty applied of 5% if lists were late. The theme score is based on a 5 point check list. Not in order, but things that affect it, multiple infantry flame throwers, more than 2 assault rifles per squad, time period mash ups, multiple recce vehicles (inconjunction with other offenses), background or write up, balanced/realistic force make up. 

Please feel free to email me at for copies of these rubrics, missions used, or other materials. 

Doubles Results: Listed as Team Captains Name

 I do not award a "best overall" award for this event because it is about having a good time. That is why sportsmanship is the top award.
Best Sportsmanship: Andrew Verticchio
Best Axis Generals: Bruce Romanick, sports tie breaker
Best Allied General: Duane Zoldak, sports tie breaker
Best Painted: Mike Malake, player vote tie breaker
Duck Boat Medal (theme award): Seamus Hamrin, sports tie breaker

130 maximum total points, % are weighted to get the overall
*All armies are Generic Reinforced Platoons, the army list description is merely my shorthand.

US Nationals Event Coverage 

What a marathon of Bolt Action events! People were troopers with a lot of excitement going into the weekend. While the title denotes a large, perhaps GW feel, IT ISNT! While more competitive armies were present, a theme score persisted and overall people had some great armies. I encourage ANYONE to ask attendees their thoughts and impressions. People had a blast.

 With a large German field the day before we had a more even split for the weekend. We had 40/48 attendees show up day of.

Army Break down
German: 13
British: 10
Soviet: 4
USA: 6
Hungarians: 1
French: 2
Chinese: 1
Polish: 1
Finns: 1
Japanese: 1

All missions, including the doubles packet were rifts on book missions as well as some old ideas from the Lord of The Rings Strategy Battle game days. This was a full on swiss system pairing event with each round being based on battle score, highest to smallest. Match-ups were adjusted depending on if players already played each other. 

US Nationals Results

While this event is also about having fun we do award an overall trophy.
Some folks may not like the look, but it is PERFECT for an Adepticon Event. The Adepticon Skull logo, an order die in its mouth, and 5 rifles supporting a 105mm round. Each of the rifles from the major powers during the war. Over the years Adepticon has done a great job incorpating all aspects of wargaming into its brand. Saga, 40k, fantasy and historicals.

Award Winners
Overall: Ben Cone
Best Axis General: Richard Davis
Best Allied General: Sabas Parada
Best Sportsmanship: Duane Zoldak, player vote tie breaker
Best Painted: Jeremy Olsen, player vote tie breaker
Duck Boat Medal: Kevin Dowsett

 *All armies are Generic Reinforced Platoons, the army list description is merely my shorthand.

130 maximum total points, % are weighted to get the overall

 The photos that follow are some of my favorites from the weekend. If you see a lot of tanks/vehicles that is from the doubles. Also check out the PHOTO ALBUM on the top right hand side for TONS of more photos.

write up for the army above, for more info on this army, A Bridge Too Far

New Burma table!

Slovak Rapid Division!

German City Fight

Hungarians March to the German Music Death on the Danube

So many amazing looking armies!

This guy so copied my winter theme germans... really great weathering

training exercise?

Kevin's best theme army for Nationals. A Brilliant Homeguard force.

Our newest table from

Straight from the movies!

Sarissa's V1 kits!

Brits try to storm the Russian Train

The Russian Train Tables. Future plans include expanding the track to 3 tables and having the train moving the entire time during games at a slow crawl. More for themed events, during the doubles the train moved between tables once at the half way point of each round.

American Flyer train and tracks


Friday, March 4, 2016

Spring Time in Germ...Chicago

 Choo Choo! Next stop Adepticon Bolt Action! Awesome objective markers? check. Russian Armored train? Check.
 This fully operational battle station... I mean train, is a classic American Flyer train set. It is the most in scale with Bolt Action, 1:48-1:56. The transformer works and will be running between 2 separate tables at the half way point during every game.
 The industrial part of the train tables features some snowy ruins! As well as some destroyed factory bits.
It will be fleshing out the industrial table, some wrecks and barbed wire to top it off.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Winter Wars

 That is not the snow. Or winter. Or Ice..... Just finished up two Auto Sahariana with 20mm Breda. These guys form up my Royal Italian Anti-Aircraft Division! If the Italians can't do much, at least they can shoot down those pesky airplanes!
 A little kit bashing with Company B's Breda and Warlord's truck.
 For those single platoon situations, one of the 20mm cannons is magnetized and detaches for the ground deployed version. 
 Ah, here are those snow flakes. Added some wrecks and and trenches for our Ardennes table! Got some wrecked shermans, grey hound, and a crashed p-51.
 Got some great results with just elmers glue and woodlands scenics snow flock. mixed about 1:1for a slush effect.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Adepticon Bolt Action: Webcart LIVE! 11/23/2015

Warlord Games US Nationals (2-day, Singles event) Adepticon 2016

Adepticon March 31-April 3rd, Chicago Illinois USA.

AdeptiCon is proud to announce that it will host Warlord Game’s 2016 Bolt Action U.S. Nationals Event. This two-day tournament will test the skill and luck of every participant in what is bound to be an historic event. Armies will consist of 1250 pts and a maximum of 16 order dice. Pack all the ammo you can carry!

This is a event will celebrate the hard work and efforts of players, communities, and organizers across the country. We look forward to facilitating the best run event, terrain, and environment for Bolt Action players; from all walks of life and experience levels!

Full Draft Rules and Formatting can be found here.

Webcart preview found here. Webcart goes live 11/23/2015

World at War Doubles (team event)

NOTE: When using the webcart, ONLY 1 team member need buy a ticket for this event.

The more casual, fun sister event to the singles. Here is a quick preview of details. FULL draft packet and rules will be posted within the week.

Team Doubles Format: (2) players per team
Army Points: 1600 total, 800 per team member
Order Dice: 16 total, 8 max per team member
Platoon: Single platoon per team member, each player must include an officer. (2 platoons total/army)
Tank Wars armored platoons are limited to (1) per team. No skills, experience, or crew upgrades

If you are unsure about attending due to a teammate, we have a local forum for helping match folks up.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Duel in the Desert: Dare to Win!

The sign of the scorpion was their mark. Ramsey's Raiders would not be stopped.

This would be their most dangerous mission yet. The Nazi submarine, U387, was spotted at a hidden sub pen in North Africa.

 Local regiments of Vichy French were guarding the sub, but Foreign Legion resistance helped aid the commandos in sneaking aboard the submarine.

Mission Successful! But what they found aboard the submarine was just the beginning. 

 The Raiders escape the sub pen's French defenders and return to HQ.
 Commander Cornelius gathers new intel on a German spy meeting. 
 The recon teams report the German air convoy will be landing at a remote airfield deep in the mountains.
The Raiders are on the case!

 Their trusty truck inspects the town leading to the airport. German defenses are spotted.

Vickers gun teams take position ready for the ambush. German armor has spotted the raiders.
 The tank is lured out by the quick armored truck. The raiders react quickly and move anti-tank rifles into position. Waiting for the perfect shot....

The tank makes a sudden turn and they must act quickly to seal the trap. Driving their 2 pdr portee into the devils teeth, a point blank shot is their only hope... 

 With the clock ticking, the rest of the raiders blitz through the German defenders and make for the airstrip. Unsure if anyone will make it out alive, they press on!

The planes have landed, but the airfield seems oddly quiet. Too quiet... The raiders desperately infiltrate the secure bunker.

 They find some blue prints for a prototype tank.... and a Russian spy!
 The vichy French have sounded the alarm, and the Raiders make a daring escape....
They must get those plans into allied hands.... or who knows what super weapons they may face in the future...

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