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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby WDP » Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:07 am

Leon Pendraken wrote:Hopefully this year, with us being a bit further inside, on the wall instead, we'll have a much better days trading. Hopefully enough to cover the ferry and hotel costs this time... :-(


I'll do my best! Just not sure if it'll be French our Austrians
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Jon Suth » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:51 pm

Count down to Crisis! Waiting for the fencing contractors to finish off mending the front garden fences and gates and then we'll be on our way. Not crossing the water until tomorrow, but at least we'll be heading in the right direction.
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Gungnir » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:05 am

Got back from Crisis very late yesterday, so more story plus pics much later, after much more coffee.

It was great, met a lot of nice people. Great to get to meet John and Diana Sutherland, and see Leon Pendragon, WDP Will and several others again. Also got to see some people I only knew from Facebook.

Bought more PSC plastics than I planned, nothing strange there.

Had som good talks with dealers and manufActurers, brimming with ideas mnow.

Saw Napoleon, so a truely perfect day.
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Wg Cdr Luddite » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:24 am

Naopleon was safely in the custody of the Royal Navy, right ?
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Gungnir » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:50 am

Crisis piccies!

In no particular order, but IMO a nice impression of the show.

Just a corner of a brilliant late Mdieval game, about internal strife in Gueldre:

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I think this had something to do with muskets and tomahawks, but it's just a hunch, I might be wrong.

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The Hougoumont duck pond was available, as it should be.

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A good scratchbuilder never throws away anything. Ever. I hope the builder of this put back the pipes before his wife wanted to take a shower.

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New for me was CNC cut terrain. It looks fantastic, but I was afraid to ask what it costs.

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A game with this name just has to be perfect.

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I appreciate the work that went into every display game, and I understand that not everybody's accent is as much on terrain as mine is, but a Market-Garden game with Italian style houses makes my toes curl just about as bad as the History Channel "documentary" on the same festivities showin Shermans in the Dutch mountains.

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Nice and functional scratchbuilt paddle steamer in Darkest Africa.

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Very eye pleasing 20mm Crush the Kaiser game.

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Absolutely breathtaking huge AWI game.

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The largest of the American fortifications.

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The Colonial commander was as bit slow to react, he had some personal things to attend to first.

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Just one corner of a magnificent Ancient naval battle. The ships are paper, the oars broom bristles!

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Some assorted eye candy:

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Some bluddy furrunurs trampling a teddybear.

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A discussion about some beachfront real estate.

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There were at least for companies offering laser cut wood. Some results were brilliant, some less so. Like all meterials, there are possiblilies and limitations. These were good, IMO.

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Homeland Security acting against illegal immigrants.

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Finally, the Emperor hemself came to see why he fared so badly at Quatre Bras.

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Oh, and my loot: about the complete Soviet army.

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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Jeffski » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:10 am

Looked like fun!!!!
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Gungnir » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:55 am

Absolutely!
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby grizzlymc » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:13 pm

Wg Cdr Luddite wrote:Naopleon was safely in the custody of the Royal Navy, right ?

I understand that due to recent budget cuts he's been put on parole, rather than kept in custody, after all, what could he get up to in Belgium?

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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Mick A » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:36 pm

Great pictures, thanks Gungs! :)
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Pijlie » Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:58 pm

Nice pictorial report! I didn't see half of it, me playing and chatting all the time....
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby subedai » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:28 pm

Nice report, some good looking games there.
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Lardy Rich » Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:00 pm

Nice to see the photos. I was busy running Chain of Command all day so didn't get to look around. We had a great day. Chain of Command won the Best Participation Game award and we had much fun in the three games we played.

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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Jeffski » Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:04 pm

By the way, what is CNC cut terrain? It looks great but is it foam, TEDDY BEAR FUR, polystirene, stone, all of the above?
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Leon Pendraken » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:42 am

Jeffski wrote:By the way, what is CNC cut terrain? It looks great but is it foam, TEDDY BEAR FUR, polystirene, stone, all of the above?


I was chatting with the CNC guy for a while, comparing laser machines... The terrain is a large block of some type of dense polystyrene-like material, which comes in a massive block, and is ground down using a router. He said it creates a lot of wastage and dust, requiring massive ventilation units in his workshop. I forgot to ask whether large square sections could be removed separately to make the router's starting point a little closer to the finished product, and to reduce the amount of waste.
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby baxterj » Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:08 am

Thanks for the report Gung, great pics
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby levied troop » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:15 am

Great photos -Crisis always looks like a good show.

The CNC stuff looks interesting.
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Jeffski » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:52 pm

Leon Pendraken wrote:
Jeffski wrote:By the way, what is CNC cut terrain? It looks great but is it foam, TEDDY BEAR FUR, polystirene, stone, all of the above?


I was chatting with the CNC guy for a while, comparing laser machines... The terrain is a large block of some type of dense polystyrene-like material, which comes in a massive block, and is ground down using a router. He said it creates a lot of wastage and dust, requiring massive ventilation units in his workshop. I forgot to ask whether large square sections could be removed separately to make the router's starting point a little closer to the finished product, and to reduce the amount of waste.



Thanks Leon, it does look good.

I hope that you had a better Crisis than last year.
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Re: Crisis Antwerp

Postby Leon Pendraken » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:03 pm

Jeffski wrote:I hope that you had a better Crisis than last year.


Yes, just, by about £30...! But we'd saved £100 on the costs by going through the tunnel instead of the Harwich ferry, and we visited the Passchendaele museum on the Sunday as well, so it was OK overall.

The thing is, there's so many traders there (87 this year), that the 1200 visitors get spread out pretty thinly between everyone. Shows with a similar level of footfall in the UK (Triples/Derby/York) have around 50-70 traders, so we each get a bigger slice of the pie as it were, and a better chance of a good day's trade.
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