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Thrall Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: May 2nd, 2009
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Pinnacle Woods- More courses that are more unique but much more $.
Review: The guys down at Warpaint (which is actually just a branch of the Targetthing/A & A shooting range in phone books, websites, etc.) are based in Nelson with a Garrettsville zip code right next to a racetrack and within a gun range. Firstly the gun range is safely to the side of the paintball course and adds realistic booms and sonic booming cracks to the battlefield which would likely only be found only in a large scenario game with propane cannons. Enough about that--let's get to the courses!

The field has 3 "speedball" courses and 1 small woods course that it currently under construction but admittedly has a lot of potential. The first course if full of earthmover tires (basically the tires from full sized tonka trucks) and barrels and is easily the best course there in terms of even-ness of sides, playability of all ages (nice big bunkers), and watch ability (it's right by the staging area). The second course is technically an extension of that course lengthwise and it full of barrels and plastic pieces that make another great speedball course with more smaller bunkers rather than a few large ones. Next there is a "facade" course which is in the woods (they do a great job at killing the poison ivy in this course) and is just a bunch of wooden walls with windows and in my opinion the best course there during the summer because it's all shaded and has a lot of strategy to it., not to mention improvisation (i decided in one of the bunkers it was easier to fly through a window then go around the side for a door). And again, lastly, is the woods course which is really and assault like course at the moment--there's a lean to type fort with and few random turned over tables and stick piles as cover where the defending team basically hides out in the fort and the attackers hail paint down on them hoping to get one out.

The field is run by one guy, Nate, who takes care of any of the paintball stuff there on weekends including filling tanks, selling paint, and selling stuff out of their well stocked but small paintball store. They usually sell co2 for $3 for a small tank and $4 for a large one, paint is $50 a case on gameday (it's good quality rec paint, no monster balls here) and $40 any other day. They will run on any day that they get a call in for 6+ people to come out and play so no walk ons. The prices are very fair and they do have good 98 rental markers. The refs are very nice, although a few of them can be over anal about safety in my opinion, but will put you in charge of getting everyone together to get a game started.

I have recently had a few fundraisers with them to raise money for my marching band and a local food bank and they where great about it--we took care of charging for admission and rental (in which we got all of the money form that) with free co2 (which was a good incentive for my friends because they rarely play at professional places like this) and each time we raked in over $300 a day with only about 20 people each day, so you can imagine how much $ you could make by having 0 then.

Overall they are just a mom and pop type field who believe in good prices, safety, simplicity, and helping out thier community and i would recommend them for birthday parties, bachelor parties, fundraisers, and just a day out with your friends because even if they "only" have 4 fields you don't pay an arm and a leg for crappy paint and overpriced entry fees like many other fields around here.

Edit: they may also let you do a $10 Bring Your Own Paint fee depending on the event.
Last edited on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:10 pm PST
 

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