Saturday, March 28, 2015

Adepticon 2015: Bolt Happened

Adepticon has come and gone and what a show it was! This was the premiere of an entire WEEKEND of Bolt Action events; team doubles, combat patrol, singles, and tank wars!

I was in charge of organizing the doubles event and unofficially speaking, it was the first official doubles event of its kind. :)

 We begin the day with the BIG WAR BOARD! This would be used to track each allied and axis victory as the day went on. 
Next up were the war documents. These beauties were saved by my family back during the war. Chicago Tribune articles from the invasion of Poland, Belgium, and France; to the day after Pearl Harbor, complete with the wild eyed rumor mill reporting we are used to today.

We had 16 teams in total. That meant 8 games with 1 table extra for a little rotation. Each table had a specific scenario tailored to fit the historic nature of the conflict.
 La Rochelle Sub Pen
 Utah Beach

 Pegasus Bridge
 Tunisia Airfield
Battle of Belgium

We wanted the players to really feel immersed in the battles while also generating a larger sense of each side of the war. We placed poker chips on each table. These pieces of "Intel" were tallied over the first 2 games. The third game began with the Allies gathering more intel and could place a secret airmail package anywhere on the center table line. 

Either team could claim the prize, what awaited inside was a D3 roll, ammo, medicine, or nothing!

The rough nationalities of the day were. (Individual team members forces)

It was a 2:1 split in Allies:Axis

9 German
1 Italian
12 American
3 Russian
1 French
5 British

The results! 

In our local scene and I think one could surmise from the national scene, we all want to play fun games. Being a good sport is a much a two sided game as the models we move. For the reason we award the Sportsmanship award first. 
Another difference in how we have adapted to giving out awards is similar to the NBA draft. Lottery ticket style in that the higher you rank the more tickets you get, thus increased chances for picking first. 

In the prize pool we have generous vouchers from Warlord games, tanks from Trenchworx, US paratroopers from Offensive Miniatures, unique 3D kits from Mad Bob Emerson and paint sets from Flames of war. 

Best Team Sportsmanship: Market Garden Polish Paratroops and US Armor
Best Theme: USA Normandy (seen below)
Best Axis General: Waffen SS and German Panzer
Best Allied General: USMC
Best Painted: Italian Armor and Waffen SS

I cannot thank all the sponsors, supporters, and local help we received for this event. From the local teams that PERSONALLY built these beautiful tables, to the huge support Adepticon put forward to help make this THE location for Bolt Action. I have to thank these generous companies who put their name and product out there. 

Warlord Games
Offensive Miniatures
Mad Bob Miniatures

All these companies really blew peoples minds. 

With that, I excitedly would like to announce, the official unveiling for  Adepticon 2016. 

Bolt Action US Grand Nationals

In conjunction with Warlord Games and Adepticon 2016, we will be hosting a 2 day, 5 game National event for the Bolt Action Community, world wide!

That is right, we are calling you out Australia! UK! Europe! East Coast USA! Alaska! and anywhere else that Bolt Action is played. You are all welcomed to join us on the battlefield for glory, stories, and friendship.   

Please check back here,, and warlord games for more information and news regarding this exciting announcement.  


  1. Love watching the evolution of Adepticon.

  2. That was an absolute blast, sir. A big, warm, hardy thanks to you fellows for organizing all of that. You did a smashing job and a lot of people had a good time. My hat is off to you,sir.

  3. I had a great except for my team mate who had a cheesy list and was no help at all ;-) I plan to be back next year and to play again, "Cake Balls" and I are planning on being a team and we will be bringing the Desert to Chicago! Thanks for allowing me to play man!

    1. If you need any recommendations on Veteran SS Lists with 'Fanatics' and Assault Rifles, I'd be happy to share my experience.

      Don't take 'em. They're not all they're cracked up to be... and some people just DON'T LIKE THEM. Like this one dude I played on the Caen table... ;)