Armored Apocalypse – A Bolt Action Tank War Event

The rumble of engines, the chattering of machine guns and the blast of canons. It’s an all out clash of Tank Commanders!

Armored Apocalypse is a three-game, 1500pt. Tank War tournament. Forces must be a single 1,500pt Platoon with a maximum of 12 Order Dice picked from the list of Approved Theater Selectors.

The event will be held at Bastion Gaming Center in Bloomfield Township, MI on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

The entry fee is $15, cash only, paid to Bastion Games during check-in.

Registration – To register for the event, you must email Andrew and Joe at ChicagoDiceTeam@gmail.com with your intent to play by Saturday, Oct. 15. The event is capped at 30 players.


Warlord Games Special Orders

Looking for that hyper-specific Warlord Games model and don’t want to pay shipping? Bastion can place the order! Let Andrew or Joe know by Oct. 1 and Bastion will place a special order for you to pickup at the event!


Army Building Requirements

  • Players are required to use an Approved Theater Selector when building their force.
    • Generic Armored Platoons are allowed only with TO approval.
  • Units and Theater Selectors from Theater and Campaign books are allowed.
    • All Theater and Campaign books up to Campaign: Italy: Soft Underbelly are allowed.
  • 1500pts, 12 Order Dice max.
  • No free units of any kind are allowed.
  • No “Special Characters”/Heroes or War Reporters are allowed.
  • No Warplanes allowed.
  • The Leadership Standard: The Morale level of the Command Vehicle must be equal to or greater than the Morale level of the majority of the units in the platoon (rounding up).
  • Armored Apocalypse: If your force contains only vehicles, Artillery and AT units (Bazooka, PIAT, Panzerschreck, AT Rifle, Dog Mine, etc.) you will be granted a bonus of 10pts added to your overall score.
  • Forces, units, and Theater Selectors from Campaign: Korea are not allowed.
  • The Sept. 13, 2022 FAQ & Errata will be used for the tournament.

House Rules

  • Tank War: This is a Tank War event. We want to see AFVs on the table! With that in mind, only vehicles can capture and contest Objectives. Infantry and Artillery cannot capture or contest Objectives.
  • Big Cat’s Gonna Hunt – We all love Heavy Armor. It’s a rare sight to see during a standard Bolt Action game, but this is Tank War and this is the time to bring out the big guns and the heavy steel. The missions are designed with Tanks in mind.
  • Turret Jam: The Turret Jam rule will not be used.
  • Lack of Radios: The Lack of Radios rules are not in effect.
  • Tiger Fear: Tanks that cause Tiger Fear are not affected by Tiger Fear.
  • Tank Assault: The -3 Morale Test is not required for a Tank to assault a vehicle.
  • Wrecks: Leave the wrecks of knocked-out vehicles on the table. The wreck counts as Soft Cover.
  • Command Vehicle: Players will declare their Command Vehicle when it is deployed or arrives from Reserve.

Tank War Reminders

  • Each force has a single Armored Platoon Command Vehicle per their Platoon organization.
    • The Command Vehicle Morale bonus is +1 to any friendly armored vehicle within 12”.
    • The Radio Network Armored Platoon Command upgrade brings the Morale bonus to +2.
      • Radio Network can only be taken if the three required AFVs are the same unit entry.
    • The Morale bonus applies to the Armored Platoon Command Vehicle itself.
  • In Platoons that contain multiple vehicles with Command Vehicle special rule, the Morale bonus does not stack.

Model Requirements

All models used in the tournament must:

  • Be WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)
    • In other words, proxy models are not allowed.
  • Have a minimum three colors

Any models that do not meet these requirements will not be allowed on the table.

Event Format

Match-ups will be predetermined for Game 1. The Game 2 and Game 3 match-ups will be based on Battle Points. Axis vs. Allies match-ups will be made whenever possible.

Grudge Matches

Have a grudge to settle? Want to challenge an old friend to battle? That’s what this event is for! As long as both players agree, let Andrew know and he will get your Grudge Match set for any of the three games. That’s right! You can Grudge Match all three games if you’d like!

It’s time to settle the grudge.

Schedule

Saturday, Nov. 12:
9 – 9:25am – Check-in
9:25am – Briefing
9:30 – 11:30am – Game One
11:30 – 12:30pm – Lunch Break and Players’ Choice voting
12:30 – 2:30pm – Game Two
2:30 – 3pm – Break
3 – 5pm – Game Three
5 – 5:30pm – Scoring and awards

Event Scoring

The overall score for each player is a combination of:

  • Battle – 60pts
  • Paint – 30pts
  • Sportsmanship – 30pts
  • Theme/Army List Submission – 5tps
  • Armored Apocalypse – +10pt bonus added to Battle score

Sportsmanship Scoring

Operating on the assumption that all players are good sports, opponents are automatically granted 10 points for Sportsmanship for each game. If it turns out that player’s opponents are less than good sports, players need to report it to the TO, before the start of the next round, using the following categories and examples as a guideline. Keep in mind: Everyone gets a little salty now and then, forgets (or misplaces) their tape measure once in a while, temporarily forgets how a rule works, or changes their mind about a decision, etc.

Salty Attitude: Complain a lot. Constantly ask to see your rules—even for basic things. Act put-out if you ask to see their rules. Do not communicate intentions or establish agreement with regard to movement, line of sight, etc. Are impatient, dismissive, curt, etc.; sore losers or ungracious winners.

Unprepared for Play: Show up very late. Haven’t read the tournament rules. Haven’t read the mission description. Don’t have the majority of the things needed to play the game (have to borrow a lot).

Incompetent Play: Unable to execute the core rules of the game without frequent referencing or coaching. Spend inordinate time looking things up (i.e. do not have materials prepared, marked, or printed for quick reference).

Questionable Play: Not quite cheating, but not aboveboard either. ‘Generous’ measurements or movement. Frequently take back movement or other decisions after they are in process. Not clearly distinguishing between similar units. Not keeping track of scoring. Abuse ‘playing by intent’ by failing to establish what their intent is, but taking advantage of what it ‘could have been’.

Sportsmanship Deductions: In all cases, the judge(s) will decide whether the described behaviors are Minor, Major, or Extreme instances.

  • Minor instances will be minus 1-4 points each.
  • Major instances will be minus 5-9 points each and a visit from the TO.
  • Extreme instances will be minus 10 points and a visit from the Head TO.

Paint Scoring

Paint will be scored using a rubric:

Awards

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Best Overall – Player with the highest total points.
  • Best Painted – Player with highest Paint score, that is not Player’s Choice.
  • Player’s Choice – Player with most Player’s Choice votes, that is not Best Painted.
  • Best Allies – Player with highest Allies score, that is not Best Overall.
  • Best Axis – Player with highest Axis score, that is not Best Overall.

Army List Submission

Players are required to submit Army Lists in advance for review. Failure to submit Lists by the deadline will result in a points deduction. Lists are due by Sunday, Oct. 30. Submit to Andrew and Joe at ChicagoDiceTeam@gmail.com.

You should bring five copies of your list to the event. One copy for you, one for each opponent and one for the TO.

Note on EasyArmy – We all use it and we all love it. But double check your lists against the book.

Players and Forces

The event is capped at 30 players.

  1. Joe V – 6th SS Panzer
  2. Michael R – British 7th Armoured
  3. Al M – French DLM Armored Platoon
  4. John V – 1942 British Armoured Brigade
  5. Anthony W – 741st US Tank Battalion (Normandy)
  6. Ernie O – TBD
  7. Franklin M – TBD
  8. Paul O – TBD
  9. Jeff W – TBD

Prize Support

Prize support is being generously provided by Bastion Gaming Center and Warlord Games North America.

Community

Join the Armored Apocalypse Facebook Event for updates, hobby progress, list discussion, and questions.


Questions?

Contact Andrew and Joe at ChicaogDiceTeam@gmail.com with any questions.