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    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    These all seem to be disappearing these days but I found one on holiday in a small town in Brittany of all places.

    It’s in Pont L’Abbe not far from Quimper and it’s been there for about a year or so, at least since the Summer when I spotted it but it as closed.

    I went back yesterday and had a great time chatting with the owner, an ex-airline pilot who has semi-retired to run his model shop. He’s a very good scale modeller himself but also plays some wargames including Cruel Seas (we compared notes)

    He carries Perry Miniatures, Warlord Games Napoleonics and Ancients, the ubiquitous Warhammer stuff and lots of scale model kits in various scale, especially 1/700th scale naval and 1/48th scale tanks. He also has loads of paints. modelling materials etc.

    Anyway, well worth a look if you either live nearby or go on holiday.

    http://jimswargamesworkbench.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-war-hog.html

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    #112492
    Mike
    Mike
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    There is something quite visceral and satisfying about having a poke around in a model shop as opposed to online buying.

    #112493
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    I just enjoyed having a chat with a fellow enthusiast. He an interesting chap too, having lived in Singapore, Japan and Thailand, then coming back to live in France to set up his shop. He knows his stuff too.

    #112504
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
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    There is something quite visceral and satisfying about having a poke around in a model shop as opposed to online buying.

    I”m with you, Mike!  Also, I am much more likely to buy something if I’ve had it in my hands versus just eyeballing online.

    When I was a kid I’d ride my bike 12 miles to a hobbyshop and spend hours browsing and asking questions of the staff.  Got to the point they “let” me help out with their railroad setups, where I learned much of my terrain making tricks.  (I’m still surprised my parents would let me go that far, but those were different days…)

    Here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area game stores pop-up and then croak within a year or 2.  Very few have had long lives, though there are a pair of model railroad devoted shops that are starting to grey a little.  Even Hobbytown USA, which is a hobby shop with a little bit of gaming (and stocking more and more kitchy stuff) has closed a few shops.

    Wish I could get over to Brittany and give it a gander!  Visit the place more often, keep him open!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #112510
    Patrice
    Patrice
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    It’s in Pont-l’Abbé not far from Quimper

    Thanks I’ll pass the info around me…

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    http://www.anargader.net/

    #112511
    Thorsten Frank
    Thorsten Frank
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    Here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area game stores pop-up and then croak within a year or 2. Very few have had long lives, though there are a pair of model railroad devoted shops that are starting to grey a little.

    I´m quite surprised to read that given you are talking about a metropolitan area with nearly 2.5 million people combined. :-O
    And I thought I live in the wargaming Gobi….

    "In strange grammar this one writes" - Master Yoda

    #112518
    Rhoderic
    Rhoderic
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    There is something quite visceral and satisfying about having a poke around in a model shop as opposed to online buying.

    I would probably feel this way if they ever carried fantasy & sci-fi stuff that isn’t GW. As it is, I may occasionally (rarely) find some terrain-building product that I don’t already have in excess, but otherwise they’re just places for me to replenish paints.

    Wish it wasn’t so

    #112529
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    Hi Patrice,

    He doesn’t have a website but here’s the phone number and address:

    25 place Gambetta

    02 90  94 10 83

    PS Where are you in Brittany?

    #112530
    Patrice
    Patrice
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    He doesn’t have a website but here’s the phone number and address: 25 place Gambetta

    I just found an article about him in a local newspaper website, from one year ago:

    https://www.letelegramme.fr/finistere/pont-labbe/vitrine-the-war-hog-place-gambetta-16-03-2018-11888506.php

    Where are you in Brittany?

    I live near Rostrenen in western central Brittany. Far enough from Pont-l’Abbé but I could go there some time.

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    http://www.anargader.net/

    #112531

    McKinstry
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    I try to visit local shops whenever I’m in a different town. Valhalla’s Gate Games in Columbia, MO https://www.valhallasgate.com/ was a very pleasant surprise when simply stopping overnight on a cross country drive recently with a good historical selection and a great paint/terrain section.

    Frontlines Games in Clarksville, TN is a bit more fantasy/heavy Magic focused but did carry Battlefront and some Warlord. http://www.frontlinegames.net/

    Gamers Haven in Colorado Springs is my closest local and is, I believe, Colorado’s oldest continuously operating game store in the state. They have a good historical selection and every Sunday is historical day.

    http://gamershavenco.com/

    It is a shame the successful FLGS is somewhat of a unicorn nowadays.

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by Mike Mike. Reason: fixed link

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    #112550
    Jemima Fawr
    Jemima Fawr
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    South Wales seems to be bucking the trend at the moment: When I was a kid in the 1970s and 80s, most towns in South Wales had a model shop, but they almost all disappeared during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.  The one-and-only dedicated wargame shop (in Cardiff) died in the 1990s.  However, about ten years ago and completely out of the blue, Firestorm Games suddenly popped up in Cardiff – a very well-stocked wargame shop with stacks of gaming-tables, a licenced bar and with an excellent online shop (with generally 10% off rrp and free postage).  Another Firestorm Games appeared in Newport, then Dragon Alley in Pembroke, Rules of Play in Cardiff, Gamers’ Emporium in Swansea and now another Gamers’ Emporium in Carmarthen, while the Cardiff Firestorm Games has now moved into a huge, supermarket-sized building.  We’re definitely experiencing something of a renaissance.

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #113660
    deephorse
    deephorse
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    Hmmmn, I’ve got a Gamer’s Haven advert obscuring the first three lines of Jemima’s post.  Anyone else seeing this?

    Wargamers - successfully driving the fun out of wargaming since 1780

    #113667
    yourpaceormine
    yourpaceormine
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    As a youngling south  Manchester was a desert, our closest shop was Games of Liverpool. It was often easier to pop down to the original Games Workshop in Dalling Road. Then GW opened a second shop in Manchester. A small local model shop also started selling RPG stuff and Hinchcliffe figures.

    Fast forward 35 years and there is a gaming megastore in Stockport – Element Games. Just don’t try and visit at the weekend as it is heaving with people playing.

    www.keepyourpowderdry.co.uk

    #113671
    Mike
    Mike
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    Hmmmn, I’ve got a Gamer’s Haven advert obscuring the first three lines of Jemima’s post. Anyone else seeing this?

    Fixed it for you.

    #113685
    deephorse
    deephorse
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    Thanks Mike.

    Wargamers - successfully driving the fun out of wargaming since 1780

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