Crisis Antwerp 2012 picture report

04 Nov

So yesterday it was time again for my favourite show of the year… Crisis in Antwerp.

Now as the kind reader of this blog knows since my picture report from last year, this year was the first year for Crisis to move to Hangar 29. It was a huge improvement over the old Metropolis. The light was far better and so was the air due to the much higher ceilings. So if you were kept from attending Crisis due to the stories of bad light and air over the last few years, you should definitely give it a go. Honestly… there is no reason why you should not give it a go if you live in western Europe or the South of the UK actually. The other positive thing was… there was much more space now than ever before, especially with much bigger aisles. And virtually all the traders had more space as well, which meant more table space to show the off good stuff. Oh and if you still remember the venue from before Metropolis (I do… does this mean I am getting old), Crisis has gone light-years from that!

But enough of that… on to the photos (which are all linked to bigger versions). I will do my best to describe what can be seen and which club hosted the game. If you find that I mislabeled your game, please feel free to contact me!

Oh and all the people on the photos are just there for size reference. So please do not complain if you can be seen on a picture! 😉

First up is an aerial photos of the first hall (yes there as a second one about as big):

The French adventure in Mexico:

28mm Napoleonics (Stipsicz Hussars):

Zulu (South London Warlord):

DUX Britanicum (Too Fat Lardies):

28mm Medieval:

Cholet 1793, 15mm Napoleonics:

I assume this was Dutch East Indies in 15mm:

Battlegroup Kursk Demo, 15mm WWII:

Fireforge Games Demo, 28mm Medieval:

Stronghold Terrain showpiece 28mm:

15mm WWII Pacific:

Malifaux, “Soulstone Rush in Bayou City”, 28mm (Murphy’s Heros):

28mm Lord of the Ring demo piece (if I remember correctly, this was from someone building custom terrain):

Beneath the Lilly Banners, 28mm (League of Augsburg / Barry Hilton):

Sorry, I did not see you around Barry!

Fictional AWI encounter, 28mm (Wargames Soldiers and Strategy Magazine):

Fall Gelb, 15mm WWII and a real eye candy:

Monte Casino Campaign, 15mm WWII / FOW:

The Siege of Troy, 28mm:

20mm WWI (Crush the Kaiser):

20mm Cold War:

Freebooters Fate Demo, 28mm:

15mm Napoleonic Peninsular (De Alde Garde):

28mm War of the Roses:

28mm WWII Pacific, Bolt Action rules (and they made a hell of a lot of noise rolling the dice in a mess tin):

28mm Napoleonics:

20mm WWII, Pegasus Bridge:

Red Star Miniatures Demo table, 28mm Cold War (Belgians and British vs. Soviets):

18mm Fantasy (THS):


Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Medival, Modern, Napoleonic, WWI, WWII


38 responses to “Crisis Antwerp 2012 picture report

  1. Atelier-Robin

    November 4, 2012 at 14:41

    That looks great and two halls you say!
    I have just checked and it is possible that a trip to crisis from northern UK is cheaper than a trip to Salute.
    And of course it’s in Belgium too, which always ticks boxes for me.
    Mrs Atelier wont let me go to Kulmbach next year so It could be on the cards!
    What was the trade like?

    • Burkhard

      November 4, 2012 at 18:24

      Take it into consideration… it is well worth it. Plus you get all the major retailers as well!

  2. The Angry Lurker

    November 4, 2012 at 15:39

    Thanks for the pictures mate, lovely eye candy.

    • Burkhard

      November 4, 2012 at 18:25

      You are welcome, Fran.

  3. Joe Molle

    November 4, 2012 at 16:16

    Why not have this event more than once a year?

    grts joe the netherlands

    • Burkhard

      November 4, 2012 at 18:31

      I guess it is a huge effort for them. And I think it would be a huge financial risk for them. After all twice the number of shows does not mean twice as many visitors.

  4. Ray

    November 4, 2012 at 17:11

    Some great pics of some really excellent looking games!!! thanks for sharing!

    • Burkhard

      November 4, 2012 at 18:32

      You are welcome, Ray.

  5. Remco

    November 4, 2012 at 18:52

    It was a suberb day, and you put us on the picture as well!
    Realy had fun to see the pictures here, brings back good memories.
    Thanks for showing!

    • Burkhard

      November 4, 2012 at 22:51

      Thanks Remco… glad you liked it and your representation!

  6. Kawe

    November 4, 2012 at 20:47

    1A show, nice pictures.

    • Burkhard

      November 4, 2012 at 22:54

      Thank you Kawe! Where you there, too?

      Would have liked to speak to you face to face.

      • Kawe

        November 6, 2012 at 14:13

        Yep – it’s about time we shake hands :–)

  7. Michael Awdry

    November 4, 2012 at 22:42

    Tremendous photographs, many thanks for sharing.

  8. Duke of Plaza-Toro

    November 5, 2012 at 02:41

    Excellent pictures and report – those of us in the Southern Hemisphere appreciate coverage like this!

    Some fine looking games there and a consistent high standard of presentation. Looks like it was a great show.


    • Burkhard

      November 5, 2012 at 09:30

      The funny thing is… I always enjoy the ones from the southern hemisphere and aross the Atlantic. So it is a give and take!

  9. vonpeterhimself

    November 5, 2012 at 21:43

    Thanks for the report and the photos Burkhard. It sounds like you enjoyed youreself which is the whole idea of having a hobby.

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      November 6, 2012 at 09:38

      Thank you vP!

      And yes I enjoyed myself imensely (I can not say the same for my wallet though). Really looking forward to presenting a table again next year. For me that is the best!

  10. Cpt Miller

    November 6, 2012 at 00:33

    Thank you very much for this report … And sorry for being so noisy during the Battle of the Pacific … :-))

    • Burkhard

      November 6, 2012 at 09:36

      You are welcome. And actually the noise did not bother me. It avtually put a smile on my face since I liked the idea… Not sure thought what the people at the next tables thought at the end of the day! 😉

  11. Ged cronin

    November 6, 2012 at 08:28

    fantastic show… mention of your mates at very sad!!!

    • Burkhard

      November 6, 2012 at 09:41

      Ged, you have me confused now. I can not say, that I conciously know anyone at Gringo40. Although it would be possible that I simply did not make the connection between someone I know and Gringo. I which case I apologize and would like to be informed who it is.

  12. Philippe (El Frances)

    November 6, 2012 at 13:17

    Great!!!!!! Thank you very much for all this photos 😉

    • Burkhard

      November 7, 2012 at 08:54

      You are welcome, Phillippe!

  13. torq42

    November 6, 2012 at 22:26

    Nice pics. Thanks. Although the last pic is of my 18mm fantasy game and not 28mm medieval.

    • Burkhard

      November 7, 2012 at 08:55

      Gern geschehen! Will change the caption ASAP.

  14. Jasper Oorthuys

    November 7, 2012 at 11:21

    Hi Burkhard,
    What you thought was ECW was the WSS demo game of a (ficticious) AWI battle. You should’ve joined in! 😉


    • Burkhard

      November 7, 2012 at 11:32

      I must have been blind that day (not sure why). When I edited the photos bac home I realised there were people wearing the WSS shirts. This would have been a perfect chance to chat, also in light of the Leipzig / Möckern game next year!

  15. Jasper

    November 8, 2012 at 20:26

    Hopefully there’ll be another chance later! We’re considering a trip to Tactica, to see what it’s like.

    • Burkhard

      November 9, 2012 at 13:39

      I will have to see. Tactica is usually on a bad weekend for me since it always collided with family functions over the past few years. 😦

  16. Monty

    November 9, 2012 at 02:30

    Stunning. So much work went into these tables. Well, the next best thing to being at an event is seeing the pictures.

    • Burkhard

      November 9, 2012 at 13:37

      I think those who put the effort into the table will appreciate this.

      I always feel there is a huge difference between European in US shows in this regard. Not that Americans are worse at terrainbuilding, I just feel that with those short timeslots you get at US conventions there simply is not the time to set up terrain on the same level.

  17. John Treadaway

    June 30, 2013 at 17:05

    I’ve only been once to Crisis and not to this new hall. Looks a fantastic show. Well done!

    • Burkhard

      July 2, 2013 at 18:04

      The new hall is worth it… more rustic, but definitely better lighting and not as hot!


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