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 The figures exhibition and contest the "Open de Bretagne de la Figurine" will take place on 30 & 31 may 2009, at "L'Estuaire" hall in Couëron, near Nantes in Brittany (northern-western part of France).
The Open de Bretagne is an event organized by the “Chevaliers du Centaure” painting club every two years. In 2009 it will reach its 5th anniversary.
Until now it had taken place in late september-early october, but this year, due to a busy schedule, it has been decided to have it earlier.

 

After Allan Carrasco in 2007, the Guest of Honour at the 2009 edition will be Benoit CAUCHIES. Sculptor undisputed talent, he has been working for the biggest figures manufacturers, like today Pegaso, since the 90's.   

. Download the contest terms and conditions (in French) : Click HERE.
. Download the pre-registration form : Click HERE, if you do not register online.
For the registration online, go HERE. 
 Look at the list (PDF format) recorded pre-resgistred competitors, updated daily: Click 
HERE

The “Open de Bretagne” in figures : 500 pieces in competition, over 800 on exhibition, over 160 contestants from all over France and abroad and a thousand visitors over the week-end.
Professionals are also presents : figures and tools manufactures, specialized press, painting demonstrations,  etc…

Among the prizes given to the winners, there will be the awards realised by Greg Di Franco and offered by the club L.I.H.M.C.S. in Long Island (USA):

                   
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For more informations on the figures in the last competition and the event atmosphere, visit the following pictures galleries.

Gallery: pictures of some figurines (by Guy Bibeyran)

Gallery: Atmosphere in the contest hall

Visit all the galleries of the 2007 competition: click here

For accommodation, we have an agreement with the Campanile Hotel in St-Herblain. The room rate is at € 34.00 (plus local tax and breackfast) per night, instead 68.00 €, for two people, throughout the weekend (friday, saturday and sunday night).
Contact them at +33 (0)2 40 92 15 33.
Other Hotel in the same area, Kyriad Hotel in St-Herblain. This is a new hotel, and the room rate is at € 47.00 per night,  instead of € 100.00 . 
Contact them at +33 (0)2 72 01 00 00.
In these two cases, you imperatively have to say that you come for the "Open de Bretagne organized by Les Chevaliers du Centaure".
To locate the "L'Estuaire" hall (red marker), the Campanile hotel (blue marker) and the Kyriad hotel (green marker), see the map bellow:
 
 
 
You can zoom with the "+" or the '-' and move with the arrows.
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All informations about the last edition in 2007 :  click here 

In 2007, the contestants came from all over France : Nantes, Brest, Paris, Pau, Nice, Lyon, Toulouse ... and
from abroad, like Belgium, the U.K, Spain and even (from as far as) Quebec !

You can zoom with the "+" or the '-' and move with the arrows. 
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The official Figure  

Here is the "Open de Bretagne 2009" official figure, a little "korrigan" (a wooden elf, here in Brittany) asleep in a real nutshell. It's entitled "Donan, the sleeping korrigan". This figure has been sculpted by Jean-Marc Couëtoux, member of our club. 
This figure is based on the graphic universe of the french illustrator 
Jean-Baptiste Monge.
"Donan" is already available for sale at the price of 5 euros ! Postage is around 1,5 euro for European Union for 1 to 3 pieces. Just
Contact us for assistance if you wish to buy it!The figures of the last editions are available on this page: click HERE You can see some pieces painted by modellers who have already bought it : click HEREIt's also possible to ask it to the members of the club when they move in various national or international exhibitions (St-Vincent, Gerone, Ransart...). This figure will the 1st prize of a painting trophy at the Open de Bretagne 2009 : the figurines, which have gained and painted before the competition, will be in competition for a special trophy, called "the korrigan Trophy". The winner will go with "Donan, the sleeping korrigan" figurine painted by the French Master Thomas DAVID   , also member of our club.
Click Here to access the challenge terms and conditions. In addition, a painting competition, this figure still on site but this one will be held during the Open de Bretagne. The competition called "slow painting" will seek to paint the figure during the weekend. The 1st prize win the figurine painted by Jean-Marc, wich you can see pictured here.


Sculpting and painting: Jean-Marc Couëtoux 

  

Merchandizing    

You will find on this page some products about this event, Click HERE

The Sponsors 



Jean-Jacques Gagneux (high quality wooden bases maker) 

Click on the name of the sponsor to to go to his website.


Sponsors & partners                                  
                                                                      

 Present
on the spot

 Activité                                                                             
 The institutionals    
 City of Coueron    The city of Couëron where our painting club take place.
 Loire-Atlantique departement     The departement of Loire-Atlantique.
 The medias    
 Radio France-Bleu Loire-Océan    Local radio from Radio-France group
 Presse-Ocean    Local newspaper
 Figurines-TV

 oui

 1st french web site about videos reportings, tutorials on the 
 miniature world
 The professionals    
 Le Temple du Jeu (Nantes)

 oui

 Local store for games and miniatures
 L'ébénuisier (Jean-Jacques Gagneux)

 oui

 High quality wooden bases for miniatures
 Historex

 oui

 French historical figures manufacturer
 Prince August

oui

 Fantasy minis, acrylics paints…
 Ciné-Vidéo

 oui

 French figures shop
 Maow miniatures

 oui

 New minis shop
 Le livre chez vous

 oui

 French history library
 M. Georges Boidin

 oui

 Atelier du soldat de plomb
 Phoebus maquettes

 oui

 Figurines historiques et science-fiction
 M. Denis Queraud

 oui

 Wooden bases for miniatures
 Multirex

 oui

 Tools for modellers
 M. Louis Becavin

 oui

 Flat miniatures
 Eisenbach

non

 ½ round miniatures

 Métal Modèles

non

 French historical figures manufacturer
 Art Girona

non

 Spanish historical figures manufacturer
 Histoire et Collections

non

 Books and magazines
 JMD Miniatures

oui

 French figures manufacturer
 Fenryll

 oui

 French fantasy miniatures manufacturer
 Modèles et allures

 non

 French historical figures manufacturer
 Arts miniatures

non

 Madagascan historical figures manufacturer
 Trifon miniatures

 non

 Argentinian figures manufacturer
 Riga

 non

 Czech figures manufacturer
 LRT éditions

 oui

 Books
 El Greco miniatures

 non

 English figures store  
 Mirliton

 non

 Italian figures manufacturer 1/72th scale and 25-28 mm
 Ares Mythologic

 non

 Spanish figures manufacturer
 Corvusbelli

 non

 Spanish figures manufacturer
 War Modelling

 non

 Spanish figures manufacturer
 Deskit

 non

 French figures manufacturer
 The local sponsors    
 Crédit Mutuel    Banck
 Système U    Supermarkets (Couëron)
 Campanile    Hotel in St-Herblain (near Couëron)
 CMCAS Loire-Atlantique / Vendée  
Mutual insurance company of health for EDF-GDF compagny
 Côte Ouest Auto    Cars dealer Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu  
 Presse Loto    Press store (Couëron center city)
 Ets Le Beverly    Café (Couëron center city)
 Les Bouchons de la Sinière    Wines shop (Couëron la Chabossière)
 Le Paradis    Café (Couëron center city)
 Ets Guémené    Butchery (Couëron center city)
 Informatix    Computer services
 Gasoline, Yves Habilleur    Clothes

"Maya" - Sculpted by Jacky Bonneau - Painting by Gilles Paternostre