Polar Vortex 2022 – Bolt Action


The Polar Vortex Bolt Action Escalation event is a three-game tournament. Games will increase in point level each round with Game 1 at 450pts, Game 2 at 750pts and Game 3 at 1,000pts. The action will build from a small-scale clash of patrols to an all-out battle!

Please visit the Polar Vortex website and Facebook page for information on the convention. A Polar Vortex Badge ($20-$40) plus a Bolt Action Tournament Event Ticket ($15) are required.

Army Building Requirements

  • Players must use the same Nation for all three games.
  • Units and Theater Selectors from Theater and Campaign books are allowed.
    • All Theater and Campaign books up to Campaign: Italy: Soft Underbelly are allowed.
  • In Game 1, players must use a single Combat Patrol Platoon up to 450pts. and 8 Order Dice.
  • In Game 2, players may use either a single Generic Reinforced Platoon or a single Theater Selector up to 750pts and 10 Order Dice.
  • In Game 3, players may use either a single Generic Reinforced Platoon or a single Theater Selector up to 1,000pts and 14 Order Dice.
    • If you use a Theater Selector, you must use the same one for both Game 2 and Game 3.
  • Players are not required to use the same units from one game to the next.
    • Example: The units used in Game 1 do not have to appear again in a later game.
  • For players using a Commonwealth force from Campaign: Western Desert and/or Campaign: New Guinea, view the Commonwealth National Rule breakdown.
  • The Aug. 2021 FAQ & Errata will be used for the tournament.

Game 1:

  • Instead of using a Generic Reinforced Platoon or a Theater Selector, all player must use a single Combat Patrol Platoon.
  • A Combat Patrol Platoon contains units from one Nation selected from The Armies of… and Campaign… books.
  • Your force must be formed using a single Combat Patrol Platoon.
    • A Combat Patrol Platoon is 450pts max.
    • A Combat Patrol Platoon is 8 Order Dice max.

Combat Patrol Platoon

1 Lieutenant (First or Second)
2 Infantry Squads

plus:

Headquarters
0-1 Medic
0-1 Chaplain

Infantry
0-3 Infantry Squads
0-1 Machine Gun Team
0-1 Mortar Team
0-1 Anti-tank Team
0-1 Sniper Team
0-1 Flamethrower Team

Artillery
0-1 Artillery, Anti-Tank or Anti-Aircraft gun

Armored Car
0-1 Armored Car or Recce vehicle: Armor 8 max

Tank
0-1 Tank, Tank Destroyer, Assault Gun, Self-Propelled Artillery and Anti-Aircraft Vehicle: Armor 8 max

Transport and Tows
0-3 Vehicles: Armor 7 max

Combat Patrol Platoon Special Rules

  • No free units or equipment of any kind (free British Artillery Observer, free Soviet Inexperienced squad, free Schützen squad LMG, etc.).
  • The Leadership Standard: The Morale level of the Lieutenant must be equal to or greater than the Morale level of the majority of the units in the platoon (rounding up).
  • No weapons with HE 3” or HE 4”.
  • Maximum of 1 infantry flamethrower.
  • No vehicle-mounted flamethrowers.
  • Maximum of 3 vehicles.
  • The M3 Stuart tank is allowed, but cannot be given the additional hull-mounted LMGs.
  • No “Special Characters” or War Reporters allowed.
  • Forces, units and Theater Selectors from Campaign: Korea are not allowed.

Game 2:

  • The Game 2 Platoon contains units from the same Nation as Game 1 selected from The Armies of… and Campaign… books.
  • Your force must be formed using a single Generic Reinforced Platoon or Theater Selector.
  • No Tank/Armored Platoons allowed.
    • If you use a Theater Selector, you must use the same one for both Game 2 and Game 3.
    • The Game 2 Platoon is 750pts max.
    • The Game 2 Platoon is 10 Order Dice max.

Game 2 Platoon Special Rules

  • The Leadership Standard: The Morale level of the Lieutenant must be equal to or greater than the Morale level of the majority of the units in the platoon (rounding up).
  • No “Special Characters” or War Reporters allowed.
  • Forces, units and Theater Selectors from Campaign: Korea are not allowed.

Game 3:

  • The Game 3 Platoon contains units from the same Nation as Game 1 and Game 2 selected from The Armies of… and Campaign… books.
  • Your force must be formed using a single Generic Reinforced Platoon or Theater Selector.
  • No Tank/Armored Platoons allowed.
    • If you use a Theater Selector, you must use the same one for both Game 2 and Game 3.
    • The Game 3 Platoon is 1,000pts max.
    • The Game 3 Platoon is 14 Order Dice max.

Game 3 Platoon Special Rules

  • The Leadership Standard: The Morale level of the Lieutenant must be equal to or greater than the Morale level of the majority of the units in the platoon (rounding up).
  • No “Special Characters” or War Reporters allowed.
  • Forces, units and Theater Selectors from Campaign: Korea are not allowed.

House Rules

Turret Jam: The Turret Jam rule will not be used.

Model Requirements

All models used in the tournament must follow these requirements:

  • All models must be WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)
  • Minimum three colors
  • Based

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 score.

Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022:

9:00am – 9:30 – Check-in and Briefing
9:30am – 11:00am – Game 1
11:00am – 12:00pm – Lunch Break and Players’ Choice voting
12:00pm – 2:00pm – Game 2
2:00pm – 2:30pm – Break and Best Battlefield voting
2:30pm – 5:00pm – Game 3
5:00pm – 5:30pm – Scoring and awards

Event Scoring

The overall score for each player is a combination of:

  • Battle
  • Paint
  • Sports
  • Theme/Army List Submission

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 Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Submit to Andrew at ChicagoDiceTeam@gmail.com.

Note: You will be submitting three separate lists. One list for Game 1, one list for Game 2 and one list for Game 3.

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

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

Players and Forces

  1. Ben T – Force TBD
  2. Sam Y – Force TBD
  3. Ernie O – Soviet Union – Tractor Factory
  4. Al M – Great Britain – Commandos
  5. Seamus H – Force TBD
  6. Jeff M – Force TBD
  7. Scott Z – Force TBD

Community

Join the Chicago Bolt Action Facebook Group for updates, hobby progress, list discussion and questions.


Questions?

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