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This site is for those who come to the regular Paint & Play Sunday events at Hobbytown USA in Kennesaw, Georgia, and for anybody else who is interested in fantasy miniature painting or in playing traditional adventure roleplaying games.



Updated: 2017-10-13T23:04:19.485-07:00

 



Indefinite hiatus

2010-02-01T09:38:37.347-08:00

Due to work schedule, family matters and the general condition of the economy, Paint-&-Play will be in hiatus. We've missed all of you very much and regret not being able to continue on a regular basis, and we thank you all for coming out in the past.

Hopefully one day if things turn around and schedules permit, we can resume a somewhat regular Sunday event. Until then, I wish you all well and may you keep painting and gaming on your own.

Spike & Steve



Paint-a-vampire contest winners..and announcing our next competition

2009-10-25T18:20:33.760-07:00

Thank you everybody who competed this time. We had four contestants..two in each age category. Both second place winners will get $10 in Reaper merchandise, and first place winners get $15 in Reaper merchandise.In the youth category, second place goes to Senan for his painted male vampire from #03383 Vampire Spawn 2 Pack.First place in the youth competition goes to Mike for his #03248 Classic Horror Dracula.Second place in the adults category goes to Jason, for his interpretation of the male vampire from the Vampire Spawn pack.And finally, first place in the adults competition is awarded to Dan for his diorama incorporating #02136 Rafael Maladoni and #02990 Crypt Of The Vampires.Congratulations everybody on such fine work.ANNOUNCING THE PAINT A FANTASY CREATURE COMPETITION!!!Now that we've done scary, it's time to do fanciful. For this contest, a fantasy creature is defined as a non-humanoid being or animal that is...well.. magical. This includes unicorns dragons, pegasuses, (or is it pegasii?).  This does not include humanoids such as fairies, pixies and such. We're saving those for another contest later on.  If you're not sure if the model you want to paint fits the category, email me at spikepage(at)att.net.The rules are as follows.Contest entry must be a model representing a fantasy creature as in the examples above.The model must be by Reaper Miniatures, and can be from any of their product lines except of course their Legendary Encounters pre-painted plastic line.Entry must be painted entirely by the person entering it.Participants must be present at the time of judging to win.Participants compete in either the 12-and-under or 13-and-up category.1st and 2nd prizes will be awarded in each of the two categories.This contest is free and opened to anybody, not just P&P club regulars.Judging will take place on Sunday, December 20 at 3pm at Hobbytown USA in Kennesaw.This will give everybody a bit of extra time to paint during the upcoming busy holiday season.Meanwhile, I will be updating the calendar with P&T's new schedule. Due to seasonal changes and other commitments, we will be wrapping up future paint-and-take sessions at 3pm rather than 4. I hope to have the calendar updated within the week.[...]



Werewolf contest winners....and announcing our Halloween competition

2009-10-05T18:33:37.802-07:00

Sorry for the delay in getting our winners posted. Between work, other weekend obligations and having to transition to a new computer, time got away from me.Anyway, thank you all of you who participated. I will have your award certificates and prizes to the winners as soon as possible.2nd place in the youth competition goes to Senan for his wonderful job on 14032: Corm, Lupine Shaman1st place in the youth competition goes to Mike for this snowy rendition of 02830: Wolf Pack (3)And of course first place goes to our only competitor in the 13-and-up contest. Here is Dan's 14529: Ragon the Bloodied, Lupine HeroCongratulations again to all of you for your great work.____________________ANNOUNCING THE PAINT-A-VAMPIRE COMPETITION!!!In the spirit of Halloween... hehe... get it... spirits?Anyway, in the spirit of all-things-spooky, our next contest is vampires. The rules are posted below.Contest entry must be a model representing a vampire.The model must be by Reaper Miniatures, and can be from any of their product lines except of course their Legendary Encounters pre-painted plastic line.Entry must be painted entirely by the person entering it.Participants must be present at the time of judging to win.Participants compete in either the 12-and-under or 13-and-up category.1st and 2nd prizes will be awarded in each of the two categories.This contest is free and opened to anybody, not just P&P club regulars.Judging will take place on Sunday, October 25 at 4pm at Hobbytown USA in Kennesaw. I hope to see lots of bloodsucking vampiry goodness this time around. Good luck to all of you.[...]



Paint-a-Dwarf contest winners, calendar, and other special announcements...and a new contest too!

2009-07-27T11:54:30.663-07:00

Thanks to everybody who turned out to compete in the P&P Paint-a-Dwarf competition. Here are the winners.In the 12-and-under category, we only had one entry. Congratulations Garrett on a job well done. Here he painted one of the models from Reaper's Dark Heaven Legends Army Packs > 06044: Dwarven WarriorsAs usual, we had two prizes available, one for each first-place winner of each category. The 12-and-under winner gets to choose his/her prize first. Garrett chose an unpainted Reaper miniature > 14451: Durthen, Dwarven Berserker on BoarWe had three 13-and-older competitors. It was a hard choice to make because all were very good both in concept and execution.Third place went to Matt for his work on another model from the 06044 Dwarven Warrior Army Pack.Second place went to Garrett's mother (talent runs in this family) for her dwarf from the DHL Army Pack > 06040: Dwarven MinersFirst place went to Dan, who painted up 14082: Margara, Dwarf Mage from Reaper's Warlord line of minis.Dan took home the other first-prize, a set of HirstArts Battle Arena dungeon tiles and accessories.CONGRATULATIONS EVERYBODY for making this a great competition!___________________________________We will not be doing P&T this next Sunday, but will return the Sunday after. August should be a fun month for us thanks to the upcoming release of Reaper's 2nd Edition Warlord miniatures game. I know a few of you have already begun building some small armies. Warlord is the perfect introduction to miniature gaming because it's fun, fast, and doesn't require hundreds or even more than a dozen models to play.___________________________________We will also hopefully have more chances to resume playing Swords & Wizardry at our P&T sessions. Thanks to thousands of other folks just like you for playing and spreading the word, S&W has become a popular name in roleplaying games... so much so that its publisher, Mythmere Games, is hoping to make the books available in game stores through regular distributors JUST like the other big RPG companies. Of course the free version is stll available on Lulu.com as a PDF download too for those who haven't yet gotten in on the fun.Also, S&W and Mythmere Games have been nominatef for ENnie Awards. S&W for Best Free Product and Mythmere Games for Fan Award Best Publisher. This is a real big deal for an "upstart" like S&W, so feel free to add your vote too.And finally, announcing our next CONTEST!!!!PAINT-A-WEREWOLF!!!The rules and categories are as before, except this time we'll be judging to see who paints the best wolf-man or lupine-warrior model. If you aren't sure about whether or not a model qualifies, just drop me an email at spikepage(at)att.net or reply to this post.Contest entry must be a model representing a werewolf, wolf-man or lupine-warror.The model must be by Reaper Miniatures, and can be from any of their product lines except of course their Legendary Encounters pre-painted plastic line.Entry must be painted entirely by the person entering it.Participants must be present at the time of judging to win.Participants compete in either the 12-and-under or 13-and-up category.1st prizes will be awarded in each of the two categories.This contest is free and opened to anybody, not just P&P club regulars.Judging will take place on Sunday, September 20 at 4pm at Hobbytown USA in Kennesaw. Good luck, and may the best wolfie win.[...]



Highlights of 6-21 Paint-&-Play

2009-06-22T20:47:52.999-07:00

In spite of the Fathers' Day holiday, we had two tables filled with P&Pers. Many returning friends and a newcomer or two joined in the fun. I actually think we may have frightened the historical-game guys down at the other end of the room :DHere are some highlights of the painting.Not surprisingly, we had at least one Dad participating. With so many painters, there was lots of work for my camera. Check out some of these awesome minis.And afterward..we played. Luckily for the guys, they had enough minis from past P&P Sundays to help out in the fight against the purple wyvern. Also it was lucky that one of the "good guys"had the ability to paralyze the monster. Sometimes in the face of adversity, one must overlook little differences such as being undead and therefore evil.Here they are...in the final assault before the incredible PWN!______________Remember, the Paint-a-Dwarf contest ends on July 26th. Also I have finally gotten my schedule made far enough ahead so I can update the calendar with July's events. Hopefully I will have August's events listed MUCH sooner than the end of July.Check back here regularly for some exciting news about the upcoming release of Warlord 2nd Edition, a fun miniature skirmish game from Reaper Minis. Also I hope to have some exciting news from the folks who bring you Swords & Wizardry.[...]



Long overdue updates and photos

2009-06-18T22:16:52.157-07:00

My apologies for being so long overdue with my posting here. This past month has been a bit of a whirlwind due to the unexpected passing of Steve's father back in mid-May. We both have been busy taking care of family business, not to mention our regular jobs, and I've not had many chances to update any of my blogs.

BUT I still have a camera full of pics from the past few events, all sorts of plans for the upcoming summer months, and a surprise or two up my sleeves.

Here's some of the stuff painted back on the last day of May.


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And that was also the day we judged the winner for the Paint-a-Orc contest.

Congratulations to Trevor, who is the second biggest orc fan at P&P. Here's his entry standing on the stoop of the HirstArts tower which he won. The caption ought to say "You kids get off my lawn!"

(image) ANNOUNCING THE PAINT-A-DWARF COMPETITION!

The rules are as follows..same as previous contests.

  • Contest entry must be a model representing a dwarf.
  • The model must be by Reaper Miniatures, and can be from any of their product lines except of course their Legendary Encounters pre-painted plastic line.
  • Entry must be painted entirely by the person entering it.
  • Participants must be present at the time of judging to win.
  • Participants compete in either the 12-and-under or 13-and-up category.
  • 1st and 2nd prizes will be awarded in each of the two categories.
  • This contest is free and opened to anybody, not just P&P club regulars.
The judging will take place on the last Sunday in July at 4pm at Hobbytown USA. Prizes to be announced here soon.

I will be updating the calendar over the next few days. Check back regularly for any further announcements.



June P&P events calendar

2009-05-25T19:24:40.101-07:00

This month seems to have gone by quickly. I hope the lack of May events has not discouraged too many of you. Steve and I have certainly missed seeing all of our regular P&P gang.

In the next few months, we'll be on a more-or-less every-other-week schedule. Due to the fact that gas prices will be climbing, school will be out, and that families (including ours) have other things they need to be doing, we've decided to meet twice a month at least through September.

This coming Sunday is still the deadline for Paint-a-Orc. I hope to see lots of entries this time. We have some great prizes to pick from too.

For the month of June, we will be meeting on the 7th and the 21st, both from around noon until at least 4pm. Being that the 21st is Fathers' Day, I hope to see a few more Dads at the old P&P table. Like they say, the family that plays together stays together.

July at this point is still not set. As soon as I have my schedule, I'll post up July's P&P events.

Until we meet again, be safe, and have a happy Memorial Day!



May 10th P&P highlights

2009-05-12T13:55:04.866-07:00

Several people dropped in to paint, including a few newcomers. Here are some photos of the various painted minis.

(image) Katie and Ken discovering the fun of mini painting.

(image) Katie's cherub. Ain't she cuuuute!

(image) Ken's red orc... who is cute in his own way too!

(image) Caleb's knight. No he hasn't had an accident. I forgot to bring the
Zap-a-Gap to attach his shield hand with

(image) Korey's metallic Overlord. It's hard not to love the
Reaper ProPaint metallic purple and gold.

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CALENDAR UPDATES!

There will be no P&P this coming Sunday, as we'll be at ReaperCon out in Texas.

Also, there will be no P&PSunday the following week either due to a Pokemon tournament that day.

But May 31 will still be the deadline for the Paint-a-Orc contest.

Also, during the summer months, we will likely be going to an every-other-Sunday event schedule. This is in part due to gas prices rising again and also because summer is vacation time for many of us. Once we get back from Texas, I will be posting up our June schedule.

See you all in two weeks!



May 3 P&P highlights

2009-05-05T19:15:35.070-07:00

A few of the regular P&P folks dropped in, but none could stick around long enough for a proper game, so we just painted.

The Paint-a-Orc contest is underway now, and I hope to repost the official rules at Hobbytown this coming Sunday. Official rules are in my previous post also.

Below is a picture of one of the minis completed Sunday. It is General Matisse, Overlord Leader, from Reaper's Warlord line. I think he looks pretty good...for a bad-guy, that is.

(image) Next Sunday, if there is enough time, I'll be running a very small dungeoncrawl game. It'll be my first time to be game-master, so it'll be "quite interesting" at least and "downright silly" at worst. I hope you all can be there.



Paint-an-Elf contest winners ---and announcing next month's competition

2009-04-27T18:36:08.389-07:00

Congratulations to R.J. for being this month's contest winner!

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Here he is with his chosen prize, a section of HirstArts water cavern dungeon.

Below is his winning entry (on the left) along with another of his painted minis getting ready to rid the dungeon of ubiquitous orcs.

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WHICH brings me to the topic of our next competition.

Announcing the PAINT-A-ORC contest.

Y'all saw this one comin', didn't ya! I mean, you can't have a proper dungeon-crawling adventure without the orcs and goblins, right? I'm really excited about this contest and seeing how everybody paints their entries. I hope to see lots of entries this time. After all, orcs always come in hordes.

The rules are as follows.
  1. Contest entry must be a model representing an orc OR half-orc OR goblin.
  2. The model must be by Reaper Miniatures, and can be from any of their product lines except of course their Legendary Encounters pre-painted plastic line.
  3. Entry must be painted entirely by the person entering it.
  4. Participants must be present at the time of judging to win.
  5. Participants compete in either the 12-and-under or 13-and-up category.
  6. 1st and 2nd prizes will be awarded in each of the two categories.
  7. This contest is free and opened to anybody, not just P&P club regulars.
Although you are encouraged to buy your own model, and hopefully have begun your own collection of model paints, you are always welcomed to join us at any P&P Sunday events between now and judging to work on your model and share in the group's collective enthusiasm for improving individual painting skills.

Deadline and judging will be on Sunday, May 31st at 4pm at Hobbytown USA in Kennesaw GA.

So, good luck..and may the best greenskin win!



April 19th P&P Highlights

2009-04-20T19:57:46.175-07:00

After a few weeks of hit-and-miss, we finally got together again and had a quick but fun session of painting. This week, some of our usual P&Pers brought along a new friend. Here's some highlight pics.
(image) Below is our new painter's experiment with Reaper ProPaint metallics. Hopefully I will have more metallics available next week.

(image) And here's a kobold..a darn good kobold too.

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The young fellow in the green shirt painted these amazing eyes...without any fancy triple-zero brushes..and while standing up!

(image) Remember, next week is the deadline for the Paint-An-Elf contest.

Also, I hope to resume our regular dungeon-crawling game next week provided a table is available.



Another cancellation

2009-04-04T18:38:23.362-07:00

At this point it looks like we won't be there tomorrow for Paint & Play at Hobbytown. Our car is in need of a short visit to the dealer mechanics.

The good news is that the week after Easter is now a P&P Sunday. It turns out the modellers' event is only on Saturday.

As for the Kobold contest, we never had a single entry, so the prizes will be re-used for our Elf competition which ends at the end of this month.



Calendar Update and Announcing 2nd Painting Contest

2009-03-15T20:56:17.160-07:00

The judging of the first P&P Painting Contest will be postponed for one more weekend due to there being no entries to judge. If no entries are submitted next Sunday, March 29th, the prizes will instead be used in our second competition, which I will also be posting about here.

We will not be at Hobbytown this coming Sunday, March 22, because we will be in Indiana for the annual 7-Years-War historical gaming convention.

April 12th is Easter Sunday, and Hobbytown will be closed for the holiday, so no P&P event that day.

And the following Sunday, the game room will be reserved for a modellers' convention, so it is likely that there will be no tables available in the game room for P&P. IF this changes, I will post here. Otherwise, no event on April 19th.

BUT we WILL be there on April 26th to judge the entries in our second contest.

ANNOUNCING THE PAINT-AN-ELF CONTEST!!!

This contest will be similar to our first Paint-a-Kobold contest, except for this time we are asking the participants to purchase their own unpainted model. The rules are as follows.

  1. Contest entry must be a model representing an elf.
  2. The model must be by Reaper Miniatures, and can be from any of their product lines except of course their Legendary Encounters pre-painted plastic line.
  3. Entry must be painted entirely by the person entering it.
  4. Participants must be present at the time of judging to win.
  5. Participants compete in either the 12-and-under or 13-and-up category.
  6. 1st and 2nd prizes will be awarded in each of the two categories.
  7. This contest is free and opened to anybody, not just P&P club regulars.
Although you are encouraged to buy your own model, and hopefully have begun your own collection of model paints, you are always welcomed to join us at any P&P Sunday events between now and judging to work on your model and share in the group's collective enthusiasm for improving individual painting skills.

Above all, this competition is about fun! Whether you win a prize or not, if you do your best or maybe a little better and have a good time doing it, then you have achieved something worthwhile.

Lastly, we hope to see you all in two weeks. The dungeon has been too quiet lately. Methinks the monsters are lonely and miss the company. We've missed you all too.



Swords & Wizardry Core Rules-2nd Printing now available!

2009-03-09T18:00:01.123-07:00

Below is the official press release concerning the newest available publication of the Swords & Wizardry Core Rules RPG. It is still available as a free PDF download, but now with a few necessary corrections and clarifications..and LOADS of new artwork by various and talented artists. I've downloaded mine, and it looks fantastic!

Press Release
Swords & Wizardry Project
http://www.swordsandwizardry.com
mythmere at yahoo dot com

I’m very proud to announce that the second printing of the Swords & Wizardry Core Rules is now available for free download here: Free PDF of Core Rules and that print versions are for sale (and super-cheap) at Lulu.com at our storefront


Swords & Wizardry is an OGL “retro-clone” of the original fantasy roleplaying game created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. The Core Rules also contain some selected material from the supplements (1974-1978). With a thriving internet community and tons of support products, Swords & Wizardry is bringing back a lost style of fantasy roleplaying. Forget huge rulebooks - just play. If you can imagine it, you can do it in Swords & Wizardry. The rules are simple and quick to learn, and they are infinitely flexible and expandable. Take the basic framework and “Imagine the heck out of it!”

Swords & Wizardry is supported by Knockspell Magazine, the quarterly magazine of fantasy retro-clone gaming, and by the active forums at http://www.swordsandwizardry.com/forum.



Paint Contest Update

2009-03-09T12:50:08.626-07:00

Due to the fact that no contest entries were handed in for judging yesterday, we will put off judging and awards until this coming Sunday.

And remember..the Sunday after that we'll be away to South Bend.

We hope to see you all next week.



Prize update!

2009-03-05T19:34:39.072-08:00

With an extra week to get the prizes together, we decided to try something a bit different. Rather than offering a little ruined temple as second prize, we thought it might be fun to give the first place winner a choice between two prizes and let the other prize go to second place.

One of the choices will be a section of our HirstArts water cavern dungeon as earlier promised.

The second choice will be the HirstArts tower pictured below.

(image) The rooftop of the lower section can be lifted off and is an excellent little tower for your minis to fight over...especially if you have a few good archers to defend it with.

We'll see you all Sunday!!



Paint Contest Deadline Postponed

2009-03-01T22:17:42.252-08:00

Due to the rather unexpected ice storm and a few slippery bridges between home and Hobbytown, we were not able to make it down today to wrap up the paint contest, so the deadline and judging will take place a week from today (March 8th) instead.

Also be watching for pics of the prizes to be awarded. I would have had them up sooner, but along with unexpected ice storms, my computer decided to stop working. Fortunately a VERY good friend had the necessary part to fix it. Check back soon for further updates.



Paint-a-Kobold contest prizes!!

2009-02-25T19:05:58.293-08:00

Remember, our first paint contest deadline is this coming Sunday.

And as promised, I am finally able to announce what the prizes will be.

First place will win an 8"X8" piece of cavern dungeon terrain.

Second place will win a small "temple ruin" terrain piece.

Good luck to all who entered, and we'll see you this Sunday!



Picture Highlights from Garish's Cavern-o'-Creatures

2009-02-24T21:19:27.629-08:00

Yesterday's event was smaller than usual due to some of the guys being out of town, but we still had fun painting and discussing emo zombies and why we no longer like Mister Basilisk, but in all the confusion, I totally forgot to turn on my camera..BUT...I have some photos from last week's event.This time we had more cavern dungeon pieces ready, and by popular demand we brought out some new monsters. Of course everybody wanted to have a bit of a portrait session before the game, so we staged up a "wickedawesome" fight.Here's a few closeups too.Then it was time to get our fight on! I can't rightly recall every single monster slain, but I am pretty sure these guys could've made it to 2nd level.... but... well... things kinda got crazy.The dwarf sort of went off ahead of the others and found the rope bridge to be a bit harder to cross than it should've been.This basilisk did not make things any easier. It was suggested at one point that the recently petrified Saproling Warrior be used as a battering ram on a nearby set of locked doors so the surviving adventurers could get away.And then it really got ugly. Fortunately, the old clock on the wall said it was time to pack up and head home. Our next dungeon will hopefully not be quite so tough..or maybe just maybe a cleric or mage will join the party.But as always, everybody had a good time......even those who chose to "just paint quietly" while the guys had their fun.I've also made a point to get some more female character minis in our next resupply order. Maybe a lady cleric or mage? The guys really could use some help if Mister Basilisk shows up again.Next week's event will be the day we judge the kobold painting contest and announce winners. I'm still not sure what the prizes will be..but am sure there will be prizes (which I will announce as soon as possible).I will also be bringing my portable mini photo studio next week to get pics of all the contest entries.[...]



Humble beginnings

2009-02-23T19:13:52.449-08:00

Though there is much work yet to be done, I have created this blog to serve as the "homepage" for the Paint-&-Play-Sunday group which has been meeting regularly for almost two months now at Hobbytown USA in Kennesaw, GA.

The purpose of this blog will be to serve as a central online place to announce upcoming special events or cancellations of regular Sunday events, to share any news on forthcoming painting or gaming products that might be of interest to group members, and most of all to share photos and highlights of group events.

In the next few days, I will be adding lots more content to the sidebar, as well as uploading a few photos of recent events to this site. Meanwhile, bear with me while I finish "getting moved in"