The Local Paint Bar – Free Paint Lessons and Commission Painting Services

How would you like to pull up a seat at a bar where you can paint with like minded people? How about we go one better and the bar keep teaches you to paint? Okay, there isn’t really alcohol involved, but the bar keep will actually help you paint – and for free. That is what I encountered when I went back to Forbes Hobbies after a long hiatus from the venue. It felt pretty good to go back and see old friends.

There I saw Dave of Wargame Tradecraft, my friend Carl and the owner, Jeremy. Carl was playing a game of Blood Red Skies with a man named Richard. I watched a full game and will write an article on the system later.

Now back to the meat of the article.

Please Note… Jeremy Cada of Forbes Hobbies sent me the pictures I used in this post. 

The Friendly Local Paint Bar

One of the challenges that any game store owner faces is how to draw people to the store. Forbes Hobbies approaches this challenge by offering the largest gaming space in the Kitchener / Waterloo / Cambridge / Guelph area (Ontario, Canada), and by offering a paint bar.

The paint bar is very comfortable to work from and it was in full use when I went last night. As I observed, I couldn’t help but thing how cool of a feature this is to the store.

My Sloop in the friendly local Paint Bar
A view from Jeremy’s side of the paint bar. This picture is from sometime ago, but you can get an idea of the space in this picture. Check out all those paints. They are well stocked with any hobby supplies you might need.

From this bar, Jeremy teaches clients how to paint with brushes and even air brushes. He currently provides that service free of charge. The service proved popular for all ages and Forbes Hobbies plans to expand on the stations available to customers. So cool!

I personally used this spots a fair bit in the past. Returning there reminded me of how nice his space is.

Commission Painting Services

On top of teaching people how to paint, Forbes Hobbies also offers Commission Painting Services. This is an excellent option for anyone that loves miniatures, but doesn’t like painting as much as building or playing with minis.

Forbes Hobbies Commission Painting of my Blood and Plunder Sloop
Jeremy of Forbes Hobbies painted my Blood and Plunder Sloop for me. You may recognize the ship from my review article. Above is a “Work in Progress” image that Jeremy sent me as he worked on my model. You can tell from this picture that his space has good lighting.

Jeremy has painted a number of my larger minis, and I know he has others that paint for him too.

A Song of Ice and Fire

While the images above are of the sloop Jeremy painted for me, he also sent along some pictures of A Game of Throne Miniatures. These are Lannister miniatures from A Song of Fire and Ice and they look pretty good. Check out their version of the Mountain! Really Nice!

A Song of Ice and Fire Commission painting services forbes hobbies Cambridge Ontario
Doesn’t that mini look fantastic! He even got the eyes!
Lannister Miniature Showcase
A group of Lannister Miniatures. Very nice!

Wrapping it up…

A number of months has passed since I last spent a significant amount time at Forbes Hobbies. Going back there last night reminded me how nice of venue it is. It remains the largest gaming center in my area and it has an awesome paint bar set up too. I must say that it is really nice that they have an area dedicated just for painting. On top of that, Forbes Hobbies will teach you how to paint. How cool is that?!

Overall, I had a great time last night catching up with old friends and revisiting the store. It was especially interesting to chat to Jeremy about the directions he plans to take the store.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

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