In ancient battles, combatants used war paint to intimidate enemies, inspire cohesiveness, and get in touch with their feminine sides. Turn a worthy opponent into a colorful casualty with today’s deal: for $28, you get a full day of paintball, including 250 paintballs and all rental equipment for one person (a $47 value), at Nashville Paintball. Located just outside of downtown Nashville in Hermitage, the fields open Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., with paint flying until 4 p.m.
Whether you bring a band of brothers or lone-wolf it, Nashville Paintball organizes balanced teams prior to each battle, providing a chance to make friends as well as enemies. Nashville Paintball boasts four obstacle-laden fields equipped with inflated bunkers, massive metal tubing, abandoned automobiles, and more. Take cover behind your favorite inanimate object and use it strategically throughout a full day of chromatic carnage. After each round, the team with the cleanest clothes receives few rewards, other than immortality.
Seasoned splatterers can bring their own faux weapon and paint of choice, but if you choose to use one of Nashville Paintball's markers (that’s paintball speak for “gun”), you must use its paint as well. Renters and beginners need not be wary of the provided equipment, as all semi-automatic rental markers are fully capable of pummeling opponents with aesthetically pleasing fury.
During a day at Nashville Paintball, crawl on your belly over rocks and dash between bunkers with the whiz of small paint-filled capsules humming past your ears; then open fire, tucking, rolling, and shouting in slow-motion, your enemies, best friends, or co-workers decimated in a hail of hues. If you've always wished the work of John Woo was more like that of Jackson Pollock and vice versa, you've found your new home.
Paintballers on pbreview.com share their thoughts on Nashville Paintball:
- This was the first time I had played in many years. I used to play tourney paintball many years ago and found myself wanting to get back into the sport. The owner and staff was super nice and helpful. He sat down with me for a bit and explained how the sport has changed and helped with my new marker. They have 4 fields and all are a great play. – rwoodard
- This place is really great it has just the right amount of people not overcrowded the people there are really nice and they help you out a lot. – tneltn
- Wow. This field is excellent. They have 4 fields, The Airball, concrete, car, and half hyperball. The staff is nice and very helpful. – pbguy78
The rustle of feet swiftly move over grass as quick successions of pops echo off the sides of gutted vans and cars. Over the splatter of shots fired, orders are yelled out as teams communicate strategy. These sounds are music to the ears of all players that patrol the hallowed grounds of Nashville Paintball. The five fields present visitors with obstacles such as inflatable Xs, large industrial piping, and old cars targeted by paintballs of games past. While Nashville Paintball's fields received an expert's touch when designed, they cater to players of all levels, even offering games arranged specifically for beginners. Keeping the sport even more accessible, they rent paintball markers and gear and don't check for abstract art degrees at the door.