As I mentioned yesterday, the Paint and Take table returned for this year's convention, and it was as popular as ever. Every seat was occupied soon after it opened. Once again, the table received support from the manufacturers who donated figures for painting - this year, there are an incredible 17 manufacturers. Miniatures were provided by Black Orc Games, Confrontation, Corvus Belli, Crunch-Waffle, Dark Sword/Elmore, Games Workshop, Ginfritter's Gnomish Workshop, Iron Wind, Kenzer & Company, Magnificent Egos, Mega Minis, Mongoose, Paizo, Privateer Press, Reaper, Rezolution and Thunderbolt Mountain.
In addition to her duties running the Paint and Take, PaintMinion also ran the miniatures painting contest. There were 26 entries this year. After careful - and lengthy - deliberation and consideration, the judges chose their top three. Amy Brehn took first place with a Crocodile Games Hyperborian Ice Witch. Aaron Lovejoy took second place with his GW Warhammer 40K Sister Celestine, with Noel Mayer placing third with her Dark Sword Miniatures Larry Elmore Summoner.
With the arrival of the weekend, the areas for the various collectible card games were full. Miniatures games of all kinds were being played throughout the hall in even greater numbers than before. Not surprisingly, a number of those were Wizards' Dreamblade and Axis & Allies. TMPer Capt John Miller had his platoon of KV-1's taken out by American bazooka teams in a Flames of War game. His game was one of eight being played simultaneously. Others included Germans vs. Soviets, South Africans vs DAK, and even an American vs. American "wargame."