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Crisis 2019 Show Report

It's november again, and that means it's time for our annual wargames show, Crisis.Taking place once again in the Waagnatie venue in Antwerp, it was a bit of a special show for me, resulting in this "light" edition of a show report.You see, I'm a bit on two minds for this year.  I spend most of the day in the Bring and Buy section, dumping models at fleamarket prices in order not to have to move them next week to the new appartement.But that also meant unfortunatly that by the time I could do a tour, Ipsqueek was making Noshi very, very tired, so I did my shopping, snapped some pictures, and then went home already at 16.00, so I don't have pictures of all the games as usual, nor of the big picture of the show.Though I'm quite sure our appointed photographer took more then enough,so you'll see them pop up on the net in the coming days.But let's have a look at the thingies I did see this year, and some words to go with them of course...As always, there was a large variety of traders and games on show, thou

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CRISIS 2019 limited edition model: Lippens and De Bruyne

Today, I can bring you the exclusive first review of the entrance model we will be handing out at the Crisis show the coming saturday.Sculpted once again by the talented mr Paul Hicks, this year we present a daring duo that fought valiantly during the Belgo-Arab war of 1892-94 in our former colony Congo.Lieutenant Lippens and Sergeant De Bruyne where stationed in the centre of slavetrade, Kasongo, ruled by Sultan Sefu to end the trade.But unfortunatly, Sefu resisted this and led an attack on the forces of the Belgians.  Both where captured, but a deal was struck for their release.  Lippens was in bad health, and while De Bruyne could have escaped at his expense, he refused to do this and stayed at the side of his comrade.Eleven days later, the Belgian forces invaded the Arab zone, and over 3000 people fell in the bloodbath.  Out of revenge, Lippens and De Bruyne where executed in a gruesome fashion.The models this year represent Lippens and De Bruyne taking a stand, with Lippens lying on the fl

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Flemish Hobbit League finale 2019 at TSA

It all started with an innocent question and talk with Jasper and Geert at the FHL tournament in Turnhout last july."Do you guys at TSA play a lot of LOTR?"The answer: no.  We have no MESBG orientated community at the club, it's basically me and Noshi that fight out the wars in Middle Earth, and with Noshi now bearing our own little Hobbit...The conversation then went to the question if we could host the finale for the 2019 season of the Flemish Hobby League, and with the powers invested in me (hey, it helps to be on the board) I said of course yes.  You see, I have the location (with large parking facilities and a kitchen) but no players to organise something of our own and step into the list of clubs that are part of the Flemish Hobbit League, while they have a nice and large community, but often issues with finding locations with adequate parking space for larger events.An e-mail later to my fellow board members, and we can now proudly announce that we will be playing host to the finale, which wi

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TSA Meatburn Party

Or better known as he annual club barbeque.Past saturday, it was that time again for our annual BBQ, and while the weathergods didn't receive enough sacrifices this year, never the less it was a festival of burned meat once more.About 50 people attended this year to gorge down on the foodies and enjoying a drink, while a lot of to and fro talks where held about hobby and non-hobby stuff (but mostly hobby, to the despair of spouses all round).And with that, our annual bbq was yet another success.

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The Crisis Traders and Wish List

So, our trader's list for the Crisis 2019 show in november has been completed, and that meant for me time to look on what I might be intrested in to get.If you want to have a full look at the list, you can find it here: ABC BrushesAdler MiniaturesArchon StudioArts of War T ShirtsAsymetric WargamesAtlantis MiiaturesBaccus6Bandua WargamesBargain GamesBattlefont Miniatures EuropeBaueda WargamesBears Head miniaturesBlack Scorpion MiniaturesBrigade ModelsBrother VinniCaliver BooksCCG WinkelCharlie Foxtrot ModelsConquest GamesCrooked Dice Game Design StudioDave ThomasDavid Lanchester's Miltary BooksDax MagicDeep Cut StudioDio HistoryDrowned Earth MiniaturesEagle FiguresEarly War MiniaturesEmperor Toads EmporiumEmpress MiniaturesErwin Strip en Boek AntikwariaatEureka Miniatures UKFoundry MiniaturesFreebooter MiniaturesFrontline GamesGames N StuffGame trollGlenbrook Games & Painting ServiceGM BoardgamesGringo's 40Hagen MiniaturesHeer 46Hexy StudioJiver MiniaturesJW BHR BVKarwansaray PublishersKore ThinkingK

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TSA Clubevening of the 2nd of August 2019

So it has been a while since I brought a picture report of our club's evenings, and yes, that had it's reasons.Work, renovations and something else that will be unveiled in the future all had to do with it, but this week, for the first time in over a month I managed to go.Noshi had her Heroquest game, and I didn't make any gaming appointments, instead catching up and doing some "game studying" during the evening.  So let's have a look at what was on the tables!Glenn and his compadres where doing a shoutout in the Far West.Cruel Seas was tried and tested for one of the first times at the club this evening, as Liam guided some "not so young" spirits through the rules.Sven led another session of his Gangs of New York / Steampunk RPG Blades in the DarkNemesis organised a Kill Team game for both his daughters, because one must corrupt the next generation early enough.The 40k League thundered onwards, with 4 battles being in full swing for the conveted trophy. Genestealer Cults versus Adeptus Custodes&nbs

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The new Dux has been chosen

And it became Arne, who broke the 17 Reknown barrier and couldn't be ousted from it in the final month.Congratulations mate on this well deserved victory after a year of bloody campaigning.And thanks to Willie for running the whole shabang, which wasn't an easy job with all us hotheads in there x-DI myself stranded on second place, not to shabby at all for a newbie.Arne met 19 puntenTomsche     15Tonny        14Glenn        13Erik            10Ruben        7Joeri           6Dimitri        6Pierre        6Richard     5 David        4There might be a new campaign next year after the club moves, but that won't be for me to be honest, I'm not a fan of the whole Dux gamesystem I must say.  It has some serious loopholes

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The TSA 40k League 2019: halfway down the line

So, the first week of July has come, and the possibility to register in our club league has now closed.So what has this brought about so far?Well, the League will be fought out by 28 players, some casual, some hardcore, but a lot of people are playing each other now.With potientially 27 games one can play over the course of the league,  1 player have already broken the 10+ games mark, namely Mike with his Orks.The League table now stands like this, with only 2 players so far having registred yet not having made an appearance on the tabetop, though one just registred right before the closing this weekend.1. Tom Jacobs - Adeptus Custodes - 37 ptn2. Mike Snelders - Orks - 36 ptn3. Jo Strubbe - Craftworld Ulthwe - 35 ptn4. Wim Discart - Salamanders - 34 ptn5. Tom Van Riel - Craftworld Eldar - 32 ptn6. Guy Vandenbrande - Iron Warriors - 31 ptn7. David Nicolas - Catachans - 24 ptn8. Tomsche Murrath - Emperor`s Children - 21 ptn9. Kristof Van Riel - Adepta Sororitas - 20 ptn10. Cedric Snelders - World Eaters -

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Hammers & Swords 2019

More then 7 years have passed. More then 7 years the fields of battle lay quiet as the sound of tournament drums faded at the Tin Soldiers of Antwerp. In those years, the Old World became the World that was, and the Mortal Realms where born... but not in the 9th Age. Here, heroes of the past still wage war on the hordes of days gone by...And now a new generation has risen, and the sounds of war will once again clammer in our clubhouse!It has been years, but my gaming club, the Tin Soldiers of Antwerp, is returning to the tournament scene by organising Hammers and Swords 2019.An idea grown from our Fantasy players, my only involvement is the behind the scenes administration and liasion with the board, so all the cudos has to go to the 9th Age players.So on the 29th of september this year, we will be hosting our first wargames tournament in almost 7 years, and the name of the game will be The 9th Age, the fantasy successor to the last edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battles and totally community developped.I wi

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TSA Spring Clean-Up 2019

Okay, so that "year" in the title might be an exaggeration, because cleaning up our old and used terrain and the likes, well, doesn't happen frequently.But the weekend of the 1st of june, we did it big time.A handfull of volunteers gathered at an unearthly hour, together with a container to toss the trash in, and set out to look at all the old stuff we have lying around.  Terrain that was to badly damaged would be tossed away, that what needed minor touch ups could be taken home for repairs by intrested members, or would go out as well.So 30 degrees outside, and the brave few made the tactical decisions and deployed their cleany hands (hey, it might not be one, but it has to sound like a wargame after all).The main target me and Jo had set for our part was the small chatting room and the large storage scenery room, both prime examples of men "orderly stocking" things until no one could pass anymore.  Gandalf would havebeen proud of what we made of it over the years.The club boardmeeting room also wa

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TSA Clubevening of the 24th of May 2019

Two days ago I was at the club to face Nemesis in a game of Future War Commander, of which you  got a batrep yesterday.And of course that meant I could make the tour of the played games again, and see what was rolling at the club this evening.The Axis and Allies game continued this week.Star Wars Legions was being played again, as the Rebels launched a raid.In the Wild West, guns where blazing.Marc brought along Swordpoint... in scale 2mm.  Yeah, that`s even to small for me...A german U Boot sneaked below the waves in this app supported game.The Heroquest adventurers went on in making their stories. A Ninth Age battle raged in full galore as the Tomb Kings faced the Lizardmen.While dodging the camera, our club president was actually moved from his office to play a game!A 28mm ancients battle took place tonight.For the 40k League, two battles where fought, one putting Orks against Blood Angels, the other seeing kin-fight between Craftworld and Dark Eldar. (I forgot to snap a picture of that seco

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TSA Clubevening of the 10th of May 2019

Well, I wasn`t gaming myself yesterday, so I had the time to make the tour of the club premises and snap some pictures of the games being run this week.And while 40k was the dominating factor once again, it was a busy evening and a lot of games where in full swing, so let`s make the tour...As I said, 40k was the big usurper of tables this evening, with no less then 5 battles between different factions, all part of the League, where fought out.There was also a battle of the 9th Age taking place.In the wild west, a shoot out was being fought out.One of the Heroquest groups gathered to brave the deeps of the dungeons.Star Wars Carcassone was being played out at another table.Lo and Behold, Kill team actually was brought to the table.  Might this game finally take off at the club about a year after it`s release?Star Wars Legions was fought out in a 1200 points battle.Frostgrave reappeared as well this week, as a new player took on one of the more experienced bands.  Love the Aladdin genie as a monster!S

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The TSA 40k League... and the future

Four months down the road, and the TSA 40k League is in full swing.With evenings of 5 League battles at the same time taking place, I might be as cocky as to pat myself on the back with this one.The goal I had when setting out on this road was simple: we had two groups of players playing 40k in the club, with barely anyone facing each other.  This has now been a thing of the past, as people mingle, chat and have a good time battling a variety of armies and people.Surely, not everyone will be able to play all the battles, but a points system that I worked out for the league, together with a hefty bonus for bringing at least once a full painted army along, makes it so that one day wonders or "picking on the little fish" in the League won't get you the trophy at all in the end.The League is now entering the phase where the big fish are slowly coming into each others waters, meaning some very hefty duels are to be expected to take place in the not so far future.  And like in any League, suprises do happ

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TSA Clubevening of the 5th of April 2019

A quiet evening at the club as a lot of people where off to Salute, though mostly in noise as there was still a lot of gaming going on.And like most of the time, it involved a lot of different game systems and periods.While me and Noshi enjoyed a few games of Lord of the Rings, both battle reports following later this week, there was a Dux "viking" battle taking place with an awesome village being attacked.  I might consider looking into that scenery over time for an excellent Middle earth settlement as well...The 40k League was taking full swing as well, with three League games under way this evening: The Custodes faced the Guard, the Eldar had a regicide as Craftworld and Harlequins faced off, and the Iron Warriors tried to stem a flood of Tyranids coming their way.There was also a non-League battle between Orks and Drukhari.The "odd fish in the bite" this week, you know, the games that are played but rather irregularly, was Dystopian Wars, as mighty fleets crashed on the oceans.The boardgames where we

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TSA Clubevening of the 22nd of March 2019

Back from London and back to the club, and it had a nice brustling activity this week, with a variety of games.With campaigns and leagues in full swing, and large tables of troops moving towards each other, there was a lot to see for all those intrested.The big D-Day landing has started as the allies storm the beach defended by the Germans.The Warhammer 40k League was in full swing, with three tables being fought over.Counter- and boardgames where being played as well this week.In the paint corner, there was work being done on some cosplay gearA game of Dux was being fought out as well.As was after that, a game of Chain of Command.  Luckily they didn`t mix their games up, though I would love to have seen the effects of an LMG on chainmail...The West ran bloody tonight, with two shoot-outs taking place.Brave souls entered the dungeons of DM Patrick.While in the Ninth Age the elves faced the forces of darkness...And that is the overview again from this week's activities... or was it...Epilogue:On saturday,

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