Monday 7 November 2016

Shadowking At Crisis Antwerp 2016

 Was invited by Wargames foundry to come along to Crisis  war games convention in Antwerp, well the answer was yes, I had always so enjoyed the pictures of the displays and event on the   net so a chance to actually get a  personal experience was definite.  
 We set off on Thursday and arrived later that day  the hotel was  great and after a good nights rest. on Friday morning me and Darren from Foundry decided to go explore before going to set up later that day, the  hotel backed onto a port a small one filled with some very large and expensive craft. the  place surrounded by nice restaurants and bars. large walk ways and we knew to avoid the bike riders .

 That building is huge and is a museum, we found Antwerp  is scattered with building work and road works to the point of you are never out of eye sight of a crane or hole in the  land.

 Very cold wind  but was refreshing we set off to find  a toy solider shop

 Darren who's company over the  time and journeys I enjoyed immensely he  I think  was infected in the end by my dark humour? 
 Had to take that picture of that crane to me classic war games terrain piece.
 Street names gave us a smile, very old building we saw one that was 1468 and some new cobble streets very clean and  the population very polite when we asked for directions.
 We did  stumble upon various shops of Adult nature and I had to have this picture taken(it was actually direct across from a church?)
 The square very elegant

 One of the spires
 We located the model shop and it  was large and full , unfortunately we were running out of time to paroze longer but at least we got our goal very impressive store>
 We returned o to the hotel and set off in our van to the convention site here is the  huge docks it was situated on.

 Two huge rooms were the inside of the building

 these perhaps show the expanse

 the massive cranes running the length of the  port side

 Me and Lucy from Foundry who is a delight to be around and has a wicked sense of humour also

 As we set up other traders also laid out the wares, this traders terrain was a joy to view very  professional. 

 I wandered in my time taking pictures of the gamers setting up on friday wonderful set ups 
 I meet and Talked along time to Dave  Stone from Wargames Terrain work shop, he had set up  quickly, some fantastic miniatures and  scenery I did  buy a Dino i had to have, great  person to talk to one of many I would engage at the event

 Fantastic miniatures

 Saturday arrived after  a night of good food again, here is some of the Cast of Foundry, Diane, Marcus and Lucy, Maria and Alex were on the Warmonger side some how I never got a picture?
 I think to be honest we had the largest stand, the Antwerp Wargame club members were  so  friendly and helpful, really great people I talked as I do.  Andre and Willie to name a few.
 I took as many pictures of the display games I could and as always if i missed any please forgive me it was huge
 Stunning games and miniatures

 this one had perhaps the best water i have seen on a table it was a joy to view

 A huge one pece gaming area i talked to the builder  for a time it was just brilliant.
 beautiful wild west town

 This was an ambush of a Roman column by tribes men  so many trees and superb painted miniatures 

 large table covered in miniatures 
 this one had the Mierce miniatures and  well it was stunning to look at , very very inspiring and the quality of the work was fantastic

 So much i came home and made an order for that big guy and few more/
 thwe terrain on this was to me the best the level of detail was  the highest.

 Some fun displays who looked very popular

 Perhaps the highlight of my visit to Crisis I got to meet  one of my favourite companies sculptor from Brother Vinni, Wonderful to chat with, he to me is one of the best. (yes I did buy  more minis)
 South London warlords  brought there fantastic Hourus battle  scene just outstanding

 This looked  great all plastic foam board building I was very tempted

 a great table with everything even a mine on the game board

 We returned Sunday tired but  to myself infused by the event, Great chats with people and many new friends. 
The convention is huge laid out and has  some of the best display games i have seen , the traders had delights for all, Friendly people both  young and old, I would say to any war gamer at least once visit Crisis it is worth it. thank you to Wargames Foundry for the chance to go and great company, and to Darren who  had put up me. extremely enjoyable all round
 My Haul was  impressive ,Prospero Perrys, Dice bag lady,  Crooked Dice, Studio miniatures Wargames terrain workshop, Vinnis, Elladan miniatures, Microarts and Battlefield Accessories. enough to keep me going for a bit.


  1. So many brilliant tables! And a nice haul, too!

  2. Awesome! Crisis has to be one of THE events to attend. I'll get over there one of these days.

  3. Wow - that looked quite the show! That Roman ambush table caught my eye in particular.

  4. Was great to meet you Tony, was one of the biggest highlights meeting a legend in the sculpting world like yourself. Hope to see you again at events

  5. My pleasure Dave I enjoyed our talk and the dino is put together already he is great. Fantastic to put faces to people and companies

    1. That's great as your Noktiluka is already on it's way to you so you'll have another piece to put together

  6. A wonderful report!
    I cannot explain how much I enjoyed the show myself.


  7. Nice report ! Also big thanks for the positive words you got about our Darklands ( Mierce Miniatures ) table. We hope to inspire more gamers ;-)

    You can find more info on the blog :

    And on Facebook on the page : Darklands Wargamers

    Grtz and maybe till next year.

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  9. Wish I could have been there but thanks for the report!