Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Once More Into The Breech


Our second foray into the realm of competitive woodsball within the Ultimate Woodsball League started off in the normal Tennessee early spring way – a clear practice day, a rainy and cold game day, followed by a warm game day.  We never can figure out what mother-nature has in store for us, so we prepare for the worst.

Practice day let us work off some of the winter atrophy and learn how to work with a few new players for our team.  Not only did we enjoy working a few points against each other in the “Western Town” at Bearclaw Paintball (Fayetteville, TN), but we also said hello and talked with what we hope to be a regular face at our home field – UWL’s very own Tom Cole.  Tom has one thing that we like a lot – a great following of like minded fellow paintballers that love to go 110% at game time, but also have the mind to play with sportsmanship on and off the field.  This event drew teams from as far away as Wisconsin, New York, and Florida.

This year we wanted to push ourselves in not only 10-man, but also 5-man.  This meant double duty for quite a few of us, but we were up for the challenge.  Tom pushed back the start of the event due to rain, but it eventually developed into a light drizzle that kept everyone on their toes in the woods.  We were picked for the first event of the day, so we were able to see the field in a pristine condition before the mud showed up.  During our second and third games of the day, the field was a little more slippery than from earlier, but we persevered.  Although we had some losses our first day, it was overall a good day of paintball.  Afterwards we dined and talked strategy for upcoming games at Ed’z Wings in Fayetteville.

Day two found us in the 10-man finals against Destiny’s Army.  After a hard fought battle, we took 2nd place in 10-man.  

 In between playing 10-man, a small cadre of us had to also play 5-man. After playing 6 preliminary games, we found our way to the finals, again against Destiny’s Army.  In a first in UWL history, both teams were tied after regulation.  The tie was to be decided in a 1-on-1, 2-minute battle for a single flag.  After a nail biting ending (with less that 5 seconds left), we took 2nd place in the 5-man.   A big thanks to the UWL for taking great pictures all weekend and we look forward to seeing the video they put together of the event.     

Our full complement of markers worked flawlessly all weekend regardless of the weather conditions -  Geo 3.1’s, LV1’s, Geo’s, Ego’s, Etek’s, and Etha’s.  Not only did our markers work wonderfully, but our HDE jerseys and pants helped us blend into our surroundings while also being extremely comfortable.  Thank you Planet Eclipse for another great year with you at our backs along the way.   

Our next event is coming up quickly at Bearclaw Paintball in Fayetteville, TN – MPP’s “A Bridge too Far” April 26th-26th.  We are definably up for another UWL event later on in the year.  If you have any questions about this format, please don’t hesitate to ask any one of us – we had an absolute blast and look forward to the future of this league.  As always, if you have any issues with your gear, stop by and let us take a look at it for you.  Who knows, it may be as easy as just changing a battery. 

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Friday, 18 April 2014

The Air Assault Begins !!!!

"Air Assault Factory (AAF) took 1st in D3 Race 4 and 2nd in D4 Race 4 at CPL Event #1 hosted by CPX Sports in Chicago.  Our LV1s and GEO 3.1s worked flawlessly!  We were one of the few teams able to shoot the fragile paint in the unseasonably cold morning temps.  Big thanks to Planet Eclipse for making our custom B29 machine guns!" --Brent Kotchman (AAF)


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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Guns a Blazin’

Photos by Splatshots

They set the duel for 4:30 PM, behind the Marshal’s office.  Two gunfighters stood thirty feet apart, hands behind their backs - on a stool in front of each of them, a pistol holding a single shot.  At the end of the count they would grab iron, turn, and blast.  Only one gunslinger was walking away – the other earned a quick trip to the bone orchard. (Click here or here for a guide to 1860s American western slang.) In three seconds it was time to shoot, Luke, or give up the gun.  What brought these men to this spot?  Had one scooped the other in poker?  Maybe one got roostered up on the oh-be-joyful and nailed the other to the counter.  No, nothing as serious as that – this was the quick drawn competition at Line-of-Fire Paintball’s Wild West Theme Day!

Line-of-Fire is a creative paintball field near Asheville, North Carolina.  Every couple of months they host a Theme Day, like a paintball scenario only condensed to 6 hours.  They go all out with their props, missions, and prizes, making every theme day a memorable event for everyone who attends.

The Wild West Theme Day, scripted by Arden Gilreath, pitted gunfighters from rival ranches against each other in a gold-stealing, claim-jumping, paint-slinging, train-robbing, day-long crazy shoot out.  The sides started the day by staking their claims.  As they battled in Line-of-Fire’s awesome city field and the neighboring woods, they collected small flags that they used to mark the boundaries of their land claims on the speedball field.  Later the teams picked up livestock (stuffed animals and sawhorse cows) to build a herd and vegetables to plant in their fields.  And what would a wild west game be without some high stakes poker?  The reffing staff peppered the fields with giant playing cards, which the teams had to collect to make the best possible poker hands to earn serious points in the down time between missions.  Of course, the highest cards could only be found in the most contested areas, ensuring some intense gun battles.

One mission in particular stood out to me – the Great Train Robbery.  When the teams returned to the city field after the lunch break, they saw a wooden train with an engine and one car laden with gold bricks, silver ore, and coal.  The field had also been divided by spray-painted railroad tracks on the ground, and players weren’t able to cross the tracks, which meant all eyes would be focused on the gold in the train.  But nothing is that simple at a Line-of-Fire theme day.  What do bandits need to rob a train?  Six shooters.  Hoglegs.  Wheelers.  You know, pistols.  Each side had four pistols hidden around the field.  As long as they had at least three of them, they could rob the train.  But any self-respecting train robber kept his identity hidden – with a wild rag (a bandana).  After collecting pistols, tying on bandanas, and grabbing buckets, players made mad dashes through a hailstorm of paintballs to pick up the loot from the train.  Later, between missions, the sides weighed their hauls on the scales in the staging area, and racked up their points.  Of course, not all trades were fair in the old west, so the field’s staff used a spinner to determine the exchange rate of each item.

The day ended with a shootout on the speedball field.  The game’s outcome actually came down to this final mission, and both teams had to stick to the ground they had claimed at the game’s beginning.  The red team, Ramrod Ranch, had maintained a lead all day, but some lucky spins for gold exchange rate pulled the blue team, Ethan’s Acres Ranch, within striking distance, and after a couple of intense rounds on the speedball field, the blue team pulled out a come-from-behind victory to win 3870 to 3710.  Charlie Pratt took home a magfed pistol for winning the quick draw competition, and Robert “Milkshake” McEntyre got a case of paint for being the best-dressed cowpoke on the field.  Line-of-Fire’s next theme day will be Star Wars on May 24th.

Foolybear is on a mission – a mission to play a lot of paintball!  If you see him at a game, be sure to say hello, and he’ll probably give you a free sticker.  You can follow his exploits on this blog, on Twitter (@foolybear) and at the same name on Instagram.  Check his game calendar to see where he’s playing next!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Blackout Protocol

It is with great pride and privilege that we announce our newest sponsor, Planet Eclipse! This top of the line company's products have been a long standing favorite of the members on this team do to their reliability, ease of use and maintenance to overall comfort and performance. When it comes to paintball gear and markers, it simply doesn't get any better. We've really started 2014 off right with P.E. by our side and couldn't be more excited to sport our new HDE Camo and upgraded versions of the Ego, Geo, Etek and the humble and effective Etha along with their other great products. You won't see BoP in ACU's anymore, just look for us in our HDE's (if you can spot them Haha!!!) on the field. Thank you for this great opportunity and new relation with an OUTSTANDING company!!! And a BIG thank you to our Sponsorship store Stingray Ops for all they've done for us to get things like this underway. We couldn't be happier with our local paintball store and the professionalism and knowledge they have displayed each and every encounter

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