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Operation Torch 2016 Bolt Action Event

PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 11:08 pm
by tjski
Operation Torch 2016

War has once again come to the Valley of the Sun! The Axis powers are gathering their forces for conquest but the Allies have other plans to thwart them. Do you have what it takes to do battle in the valley of the Sun? Will you side with the Axis or take up with the Allies, the choice is yours.

The Gathering in the Desert crew are back with a new campaign event for Bolt Action by Warlord Games called Operation Torch. This is a two day Grand Operation event which will test your skills on many levels with many unique scenarios.

When: February 20th – 21rd, 2016
Where: Imperial Outpost Games, 4920 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306
Cost: Pre registration $20.00 after January 1st price increases to $40.00
Games: Operation Scorpion will have 3 Games on Saturday & 2 Games on Sunday with awards following.

How to Register: We will accept payments through PayPal or cash if you are local.
PayPal should be sent to
Pre - registration closes January 1st 2014

Questions and list submissions may be sent to:

Tournament Details:
This is a themed campaign event that is focused on the American landings in North Africa on November of 1942 and battles in 1943. Only certain armies and army lists will be used for this event. Armies will be 1000 points each with 12 order dice maximum. You will use the same army list for the entire event and you must bring 6 copies of your list (one for the judges and one each for the players).

Army lists will be selected from these army selectors below which represent armies that fought during Operation Torch landings and Tunisia Campaign. We have made some modifications to some of the lists to make them more historical.

There are 20 spots for this event broken down to 10 Allied and 10 Axis spots. It will be first come first severed to pick sides, so register early to lock in your side.

Allied Lists
1942 Operation Torch – page 55 Armies of United States
1943 Kasserine Pass – page 57 Armies of United States.

1942 – Operation Lightfoot 8th Army – page 74 Armies of Great Britain
1942 – 1943 Tunisia 1st Army – page 75 Armies of Great Britain. No Veteran Infantry, no Paratroopers.

Free French – Vichy list – page ??, Armies of France and the Allies. No Char B tanks, No Somma S35 tanks.

Axis Lists
1942-1943 Rommel’s Defeat – page 79 Armies of Germany – No Assault rifles, you may substitute Heer Infantry for Fallschimjager squads (early war).

1940 – 1943 The Warin Africa – page 11 Armies of Italy and the Axis.

Vichy List – page ??, Armies of France and the Allies. No Char B tanks, No Somma S35 tanks.

Since this is a campaign event, scenarios will be set on each table and will be published in the near future. Besides tracking win/draw/loss, we will also be tracking how well each side does in the campaign by adding up asset tokens from round to round. Prizes will be given out to the winning side of the campaign. More details to follow.

Armies will be judged for theme and appearance by judges and the players with prizes for the best themed army for each side.

More details to follow at

GitD Staff

Re: Operation Torch 2016 Bolt Action Event

PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:53 pm
by Weekend General
As a history nerd, this looks really really really cool! Time to see if I can talk the wife into a trip to AZ. To.. visit.. my... mom, of course.

Re: Operation Torch 2016 Bolt Action Event

PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:52 pm
by tjski
We are also looking at doing a large Bolt Action Tank game the night of February 19th to give the folks that fly into the valley something to do. This will be a 15mm game using the Bolt Action rules and everything will be provided. It may be a re fight of Kasserine Pass, we are still formulizing those details.

Tim K

Re: Operation Torch 2016 Bolt Action Event

PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:53 am
by BostonNazgul
i would like to propose a case for the british list "behind enemy lines" the LRDG army list in the desert!

Re: Operation Torch 2016 Bolt Action Event

PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:58 pm
by BostonNazgul
i should be able to fix my models into a regualr british list. they will be the coolest looking regular infantry ever!

Re: Operation Torch 2016 Bolt Action Event

PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:35 am
by tjski
BostonNazgul wrote:i would like to propose a case for the british list "behind enemy lines" the LRDG army list in the desert!

We debated about that, but by late 1942 early 1943 the LRDG were not as active as they were in earlier years. But I agree, you are going to have a cool looking bunch of "regular" British army!


Re: Operation Torch 2016 Bolt Action Event

PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:35 pm
by tjski
Okay folks,

The Gathering in the Desert Operation Scorpion registration is live and we have the first person to sign up.

This is a Themed two day event for Bolt Action and we have a cap of 20 players max, 10 players per side. Once one side is filled up, that's it, so get to signing up for this awesome event. Pre registration is only $20.00 until January 1st, than the cost goes up to $40.00 a person. I will keep updating this post when folks sign up... TK

Operation Torch 2016 Sign Ups

1 Brent Sinclair - Americans
2 Thomas Laman -British
3 William Kilgore - Americans
4 Robert Brightwell - British *
5 Keith Hurska - Americans *

1 Mike Wilster - Germany
2 TJ Weller - Axis *
3 Tom Opalka - Italy *

* Need to Pay entry fees

Re: Operation Torch 2016 Bolt Action Event

PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:18 pm
by tjski
Spots are starting to fill up now, take a look at the thread above this one.

Also this is a campaign event, meaning that you will be playing for one side or the other. We will be keeping track of how well you do, but this is not going to be like a standard tournament. Something to remember, you will be judged on Appearance & Theme together, so keep that in mind. We want to see historical armies, not armies that win at all cost.

Awards will be as follows:

Winning side - everyone will get an award for the winning side!
Best Tactical Commander for each side, which will be based on wins & how many Campaign points you acquire.
Best Appearance & Theme

Also the winning side will have a vote on the next Operation Event, which means we will focus on another part of the war, say Eastern Front, Pacific, Fall of France, Normandy, Etc

Tim K

Re: Operation Torch 2016 Bolt Action Event

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:23 am
by tjski


We are about a month or so out from GitD Operation Torch, hope you are all putting the finishing details on your armies.

I have a few quick announcements for the event,

First up, Army Lists. I need these all by February 1st, so I can look over them and notify you if there are any issues you need to correct. You can send them to You don't need to wait until then, the sooner you get them to me the better. Also the day of the event, please bring 5 copies of your lists to give to your opponents during the weekend. I will have your lists onsite, but will not be able to print them, so make sure you bring them.

Secondly, make sure to bring all of your supplies for your games (rulebook, supplement book, dice, something to draw dice from, models!). I only have a limited amount of extras of my own stuff to lend out. But the good news is the shop we are playing at will have supplies.

Thirdly, for all you returning veterans of GitD past, this year we are not supplying lunch, so you will have to either bring your own or get something around the shop. For out of towners, there is a Arbys, Taco Bell, Mexican Burrito place, Mr. Goodcents Sandwhich as well as a Korean BBQ all within walking distance of the shop. We will be providing Soda, Water and snacks, but not real food. Also on Saturday night we usually all go out to dinner as a group (Dutch of course). As we did a a few years ago, we will be going to Rock Bottom Brewery 7640 W. Bell Rd. Glendale, AZ 85308. So if you can make it, we would love for you to go.

Fourth, Prizes. Since this is not a tournament and more of a campaign event, prizes will be a little different this year. We will be giving out trophies to the winning side of the campaign. So that means one whole side will win a trophy. The other side will not, such is life in war. We will also be giving out two trophies, one for each side for Best Generals which will be a combination of overall wins and how many campaign points collected. and lastly we will give out one prize for Best Appearance & Theme, which will be voted on by all players. We may have a few other prizes to hand out from round to round as many GitD vets know. (Who remembers the "I Like Fire" or the "I Can't Hit the Table" awards).

Also the winning side will also have a pick at what the Theme will be the following year if this works as well as we hope.

Fifth, Games and tables. In years past, I have always assigned tables for players, this year there will be two team generals, one for each side. These Generals will be assigning you to your tables as well as handing out Strategic Asset cards for you to use in the game. The Generals will be determined by the GitD staff. The generals will assign you to a table and you may fight someone more than once depending on what your General decides to do. The only stipulation is that you can not play someone twice in a row on the same table. Also the Generals will have intel (aka opponents armies they are playing) to try to do the best match ups as possible.

Scenarios will be set for each table, so that means each table will be playing a different scenario. This is another aspect that the Generals will know about and will give them intel as to what armies should be fighting on better scenarios.

Lastly, this is a new format for GitD, we would like to think we though of everything, but there may be issues that crop up. The GitD staff will handle them as best as we can, but we do have the final word. We look forward to seeing all of you in a next month.