Wargaming clubhouses – Tin Soldiers of Antwerp

The Tin Soldiers of Antwerp is a long-time miniature wargaming club in Antwerp, Belgium. In my last post, I showed a few photos and gave a link  to Patrick Roover‘s photos of a 28mm Gettysburg wargame that used various scenarios from my Enduring Valor: Gettysburg in Miniature scenario books. These games were organized and GM’ed at TSOA by Andre Van Gils, who was kind enough to e-mail me and send some details on the game.

Note the impressive clubhouse and the huge gaming layout! The twin tables used for this scenario are a whopping 12 feet by 18 feet in dimension, and there is still plenty of room for the gamers to mingle on the sides, as can be seen from the above photograph. Note the ACW flags on the hardwood paneled wall!

With plenty of close-in parking and a large interior space, this is one of the most impressive gaming clubs I have seen, and perhaps on my next trip to Belgium I will find the time to stop by and say hello. Organized games are held every Friday night, and at other times as schedules allow. The city of Antwerp is a fun place to visit, and now I have even more reason to do so!

How many gaming venues have a complete wet bar??? Here, a gamer readies his troops before placing them into harm’s way as the reinforcements march into combat. What an impressive clubhouse setting! Not to mention the nicely painted figures and miniature buildings…

There is plenty of room for a sidetable, with ID badges and scenario instruction sheets laid out for the players. Not only do these guys have a great place to play their wargames, they are organized! (And, they use my scenario books for their Gettysburg Johnny Reb gaming action, so that’s a bonus!!)

Did I say organized? There is a wall of drawers to store figures and accessories when the troops are not on duty. Well-labeled, well-marked, ready to report to Bobby Lee for the next assault on “Old Snapping Turtle” Meade’s lines…

The club members even have the luxury of a separate storage room in the back for all that terrain and other goodies that are not in use at the moment! Now, where was that box of extra Virginia worm fencing?

Now that we have taken a virtual mini-tour of Tin Soldiers of Antwerp, what about your gaming venue? Any photographs to share with the Charge readership? Do you have a maintained, dedicated facility for your gaming action?

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