On Friday, a tragic fire broke out at Recreational Conflict, a community-favorite miniatures provider based out of Owensboro, KY. In a post on The Miniatures Page, shop owner Richard Brooks confirmed the fire resulted in significant damage to much of the retailer’s stock. In his announcement, Brooks revealed that the shop “suffered a total loss” of its storage. Brooks didn’t confirm the source of the fire but stated that Recreational Conflict was one of 100 businesses affected by the incident.
According to Brooks, the bulk of the Tiger Miniatures, DeeZee, and Ainsty Castings stocks were lost. Thankfully, not every collection perished, as Brooks confirmed that the “KillerB Games, Copplestone figures, Proxy bases, Lucid Eye, Renedra, Oathmark, Stargrave, and Frostgrave plastics” were still available for sale. When we reached for more information, he also noted that the Tiger Miniatures line of Spanish-American War miniatures did survive and that the shop would still be open.
The fire returned Recreational Conflict to form, Brooks said in an email, as the shop will return to selling out of a garage, “just as when we first started out nearly 20 years ago.” When asked whether the company would have a presence at any upcoming cons, Brooks couldn’t give a solid answer, stating, “We’re not sure when we might be able [to] return to the show circuit yet.”
In the wake of the tragedy, Brooks and Recreational Conflict will continue to forge ahead. In fact, a little bit ahead, as Brooks revealed that, for the company’s traditional Christmas gifts for orders over $30, it would be giving out a hobby tool.