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  • At Warhammer at Mountain Marketplace, each half of the store is dedicated to one of the two Warhammer games: Age of Sigmar or 40,000.
    Photo by Maya Pottiger
    At Warhammer at Mountain Marketplace, each half of the store is dedicated to one of the two Warhammer games: Age of Sigmar or 40,000.
  • At Warhammer at Mountain Marketplace, each half of the store is dedicated to one of the two Warhammer games: Age of Sigmar or 40,000.
    Photo by Maya Pottiger
    At Warhammer at Mountain Marketplace, each half of the store is dedicated to one of the two Warhammer games: Age of Sigmar or 40,000.
  • At Warhammer at Mountain Marketplace, each half of the store is dedicated to one of the two Warhammer games: Age of Sigmar or 40,000.
    Photo by Maya Pottiger
    At Warhammer at Mountain Marketplace, each half of the store is dedicated to one of the two Warhammer games: Age of Sigmar or 40,000.
  • Jerad Flood painted this model, which he calls “The Great Unclean One.”
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    Jerad Flood painted this model, which he calls “The Great Unclean One.”

Warhammer At Mountain Marketplace Builds Communities

Maya Pottiger
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For more than three decades, Warhammer has brought people together to build armies and test them in battle. Particularly in Pasadena, the game has gained a dedicated following.

“We have deep roots in the state of Maryland, and more specifically the Baltimore metro [area],” said James Bell, the marketing coordinator for the North American headquarters of Warhammer stores. “The Pasadena area has been a great area for us, and when we recently relocated out of the Lakeshore shopping center down the street, we wanted to make sure that we did everything we could to stay in the area.”

For those new to Warhammer, it is very customizable and unique to each individual player. Everyone’s setup is different, and the game pieces, or miniatures, are hand-painted by the players using a variety of techniques that are taught in the store or online. Players build armies and battle them across different terrains.

Bill Early, the manager of the Warhammer store in Pasadena’s Mountain Marketplace, offers demos and step-by-step building instructions for new customers.

“If anyone is considering Warhammer as a hobby, Mountain Marketplace is a great place to not only play a demo and/or receive painting lessons but also to meet new friends and enjoy their company,” said Ron Williams Jr., a regular at Warhammer.

In addition to demos for new players, Early regularly organizes different tournaments, lessons and workshops for more advanced players.

Jerad Flood has been playing Warhammer for about six months. He became interested in the game after his 15-year-old son started playing five years ago. After his son found the store, he was hooked. Flood visits the store on Fridays after work and Sunday to play a game or build models. His son visits the store every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“The community at the Warhammer at Mountain Marketplace is an amazing group of people,” Flood said. “The store’s success strives off continuous business from a regular customer base that enjoys spending time together. Everyone is welcome, and no one is ever made to feel out of place or unwanted.”

Williams said he, too, has met people through the store.

“I like the fact that it doesn’t feel like a business, rather a place to hang out,” Williams wrote. “[Early] is super welcoming and knows all the regulars by name. He even looks out for stuff we might be interested in for our particular army.”

There are two games in the Warhammer franchise: 40,000 and Age of Sigmar. The Mountain Marketplace store carries starter sets for both games, which range in price depending on the kit. There are also products available for building and painting the models.

For more information on Warhammer as a hobby, or to get details about the Mountain Marketplace shop location, visit www.games-workshop.com.


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