Tuesday, 17 January 2017

1st Pro National Combine

Planet Eclipse are proud to support the 1st Pro National Paintball Combine coming to the NXL Winter Classic event this February in Florida.

Are you trying to get into tournament paintball? 
Are you in between teams? 
Are you just getting back into paintball? 
Are you looking for your big break? 

The Paintball Combine is part Clinic, part Tryout and part Tournament. 
One weekend in the Florida sun with 6 of the best clinical professional players in the game.

With player scouting commitments from teams like: San Diego Dynasty, Edmonton Impact, LA Infamous, AC Dallas and just added: LA Ironmen The Combine brings together players from all over the world to give them a chance to learn from the best, play with the best and TRYOUT for the best.

Designed around individual players and inclusive of ALL skill levels come alone - come with a friend, leave with an entire team behind you. 

February 10th - 12th 
Kissimmee Florida 

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Fulda Gap 2016 - By Foolybear

Capping off a busy 2016 scenario paintball season, Team Capital Offense met up for their annual year-end event.  It’s one that thousands of players from around the world have attended for over a decade – the Fulda Gap Mega Game.

For those of you as yet uninitiated to this one, here’s the quick scoop. It’s a large-scale game simulating a Cold War era military scenario of a WARSAW land invasion of Europe. Don’t want to dive into the history? Think approximately 1500 players, bases and forts all over a giant paintball field, tanks galore, anti-tank rocket launchers, a mess of snipers rocking First Strikes, big name vendors, and some of the best teams in scenario paintball.  Now stretch that over two days with many of the teams choosing to stay on site to camp (some come as early as Thursday), and you’ve got yourself a year-ending paintball bash!

Once again this year we had our friend from across the sea, Jack Wood, running and gunning with the TCO crew. He was joined by Anthony “T2” D’Ambrosio from Boston Paintball and a few other guests eager to sample the team’s off-field hospitality and our on-field aggression.  Last year TCO offered their services to the NATO side, but the lopsided victory left us hungry for more, so this year we switched up and ran WARSAW, putting us back where we belong – on the attack!

The Action on the Field

Saturday’s game began with a WARSAW struggle to gain ground. Unfortunately for NATO, we brought our A-game and a squad of 25 seasoned paintballers rocking the latest Planet Eclipse markers and HDE uniforms, rolling with coordinated radios, a pack full of the best smokes in the game (Thanks Enola Gaye!), and Virtue loaders and masks. It didn’t take long to poke a hole in the NATO defenses, and once we had a toehold in enemy territory, we never let up, taking base after base as the day progressed.

One memorable moment saw TCO on the far side of the field in one of the border bases, Fort Apache. After digging out the defenders, we established a perimeter and prepared to hold off against the constant onslaught from a nearby NATO spawn point. Wave after wave crashed against the TCO cliffs. There are few things better than railing off a string of paint from an CS1 at charging enemy players who then take a short walk and come back for more. It took a tactical nuke called in from our own command to take us and the fort out of play. 

And come back for more is exactly what NATO did on Sunday. Their side looked like a different team.  We had a feast Saturday night, but NATO apparently skipped the food because they woke up hungry!  Sunday was some of the best paintball we’ve seen – in-your-face action all day.  Tank-on-tank shootouts, crazy charges and ambushes, and one insane final fight for the hilltop base Rex.  I thought, based on Saturday, that the game would be a blowout, but NATO narrowed the gap and made it competitive. WARSAW brought home the win this year, but the teams got what they came for – a professionally-run, competitive, massive paintball battle. Command Decisions Wargames Center once again put on an amazing show.

The Off-Field Action

I love playing for Team Capital Offense. We do this paintball thing right. Our staging/camping area this year featured a giant table able to seat the entire team. Not only was it covered and lit, but it was even heated! Big thanks to Janet and Robert Cox who take such good care of us at this game, from fresh biscuits in the morning to brisket in the evening, and gallons of coffee to get us started each day.

I think our guests join us as much for the off field antics as for the paintball adventures.  I’ll just say that there are stories to be told, but like Las Vegas, what happens at Fulda Gap stays there; however, if you have an imagination, I will reveal that there was fire, karate chops, and a guy in a bear suit.  You can try to put the pieces together.

Foolybear on the Frontlines

One of the highlights for me this year was getting to test-drive the Etha 2. I’ve been a big fan of the Etha.  There’s something about it that just fits my hand perfectly, and even though I had other options, I spent one year shooting nothing but that marker. I set out to see how much it could handle over the course of a dozen scenario games in all weather conditions. The Etha took all I dished out and came back for more, so when I had the chance to test the Etha 2, I jumped at it.

My first impression – game changer. It’s steady, quiet, and dead on target. It’s light and agile, a nimble marker for gun-fighting and one that’s easy to haul around for hours at a time.  Once you get your hands on one you’ll be able to see for yourselves.  Game. Changer. I would gladly carry the Etha 2 in any scenario event.

Want to see more pictures from Fulda Gap?  Team Capital Offense had the talented English Rose Photography following us all weekend.  I’m posting pictures on a daily basis, so follow @foolybear on the Twitter and keep up with the #paintball and #PlanetEclipse action!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Rebels... End of Season Wrap Up !

NM-Norwegian Masters

NM is always an exiting tournament. The field is always secret so no one gets to practice on it before the tournament. This is also always an area for discussion, but that’s also part of the NM-warmup. This year’s field-layout was made by Nick Brockdorff. And to the oldies out there – no, it was nothing like the Amsterdam layout :-)

Rebels started a bit rough, when you’re used to playing the fields before you use them at tournaments the first game will often hit you like a cold shower. They started out against Blast who clearly have walked the field with a better precision, 4:0 to Blast.

But after a shower you will always come out fresher. The first proof of that was the next game against Oslo Embers – 4:1 with energy to spare.

Then they met Rampage, a young team with a lot of fight in them, but this time they couldn’t match Rebels at all 4:0 win.

Last prelim game was NTNUI black, a up and coming d1 team from Trondheim who have tons of reball hours split between them. It’s always great to see d1 teams stepping up to the challenge to try and take on the elite teams. This time it didn’t go all there way, Rebels won 4:0

So, the semis were up, and Blast were waiting again. This time their advantage of better fieldwalking was gone and the playingfield was leveled. It was an even game with points back and forth until it was 3:3. Rebels tried to end the game, but the time was against them and they hit the buzzer 2 seconds too late. No point instead and on to overtime. In this point Rebels manages to shoot one of their own, giving themselves a one for one, and can’t pick up the game from there. So, close, but Blast wins 4:3.

After that it’s hard to pick up the motivation again, but they try their best playing bronzefinals against Solid. This is also a tough game, and even though the motivation was low they wouldn’t let Solid get any points for free. Then at 3:2 something strange happens, the refs suddenly asks Rebels to step on with 4 players without an explanation, no one understands anything, not even Solid. This leads to Solid winning 4:2, ending Rebels on 4th place. After the game they got told that it was a technical error in the game before, a towel button malfunctioning leading to the fatal error, but the error was already done, nothing to do about it unfortunately. 4th place is not bad in the fight to be Norways best team, but it just feels a bit hard to swallow that it could have been a different outcome if the system didn’t malfunction.

Paris, last leg of the Millennium series

At least once a year the airports are on strike, and at least once a year paintballers will have to travel precisely at that moment :)

Rebels were supposed to arrive a day before the tournament, with enough time to even go sightseeing – well, why plan on doing anything other than paintball, the flights were moved several times, but at least they made it to the tournament.

The first game was a bit messy and they were testing out a lot of things they didn’t have the time to do before the tournament. But even with people shot because of that they won over Poison Ivy 4:0. A good start to the tournament.

Razorback Saint Etienne was the next opponent where Rebels were under in points a long time before they turned it around and made the scoreboard tell about a  4:3 win. 

Saturday: Inflame Regensburg were up. Rebels have played them before and knew they were a tough opponent, but with a good gameplan and focused minds they steered the game in to a solid 5:1 win

Sunday club! So many times, but its still a great feeling! A confirmation on that what we do is right.

Sunday they started against Razorback from the prelims. The second game against them this weekend, they knew it would be a hard one. Making it harder on themselves they had a bit too few helpers in the pit, so by trying to fix a problem in the pit they didn’t manage to fill the startgate with 5 people at one point. They also tried taking a time-out which became a towel – talk about trying to give yourself the hardest match ever. Razorback was up 3:0 and it was time to wake up! And that they did. They pushed on taking back point by point going up to 3:3. Last point, it was just over 1 minute left on the clock, and Sigve managed to buzz with 2 seconds left. 4:3 and they were through!

Next up in the quarterfinal was Bandits Wels, they’ve been looking at the Razorback game so Rebels had a good mental grip on them. It was a good game, ended 4:2 with no hickups.

So the semifinal, Bad Boys Oss, the nemesis. These guys are incredible players with a stable game. Unfortunately for Rebels they were an inch better. The game ended 4:3 to Bad Boys in overtime.

After a long wait the bronzefinal was finally here. The opponent was Droogs, a team from Frankfurt with a couple of Americans attending. Rebels were prepared for a really tough game, last time they met they played overtime plus 1 vs 1 before Rebels won.
This game though, was completely different, everything Rebels did seemed to work and in under 3 minutes the bronze medal was in their hands – 4:0 in the bronzefinal, something to be proud of!

Congratulations to Rebels for a great season-ending – 3rd place in Millennium Paris!

Rebels want to thank our sponsors for having our backs and believing in us: Planet Eclipse and Virtue Paintball for awesome equipment, Anthrax for rocking cool jerseys and coffe in their booth. Blitzed media and Bjerke Media for making us look good. We would also like to thank: Fight Back Design, Energima, RVS, JKS rør and Proteinfabrikken

Love from Kristine Myhre Andersen

Friday, 11 November 2016

Get ready to join the ETHALUTION

The ETHA has been a huge success for Planet Eclipse markers and a huge success for our customers, but as you know we don’t stand still for too long and we're always developing our technologies to bring you the very best paintball equipment that we can. The ETHA has been locked away in our labs for some time and has received a serious overhaul. In fact, it’s been completely redesigned to be the best ETHA possible.

The ETHALUTION has already begun, but the official launch will be around February 2017.

Contact your local Eclipse dealer for more information and put your name down for a pre-order to be one of the first in line to join the ETHALUTION

In the meantime…tune in to our social media channels and keep your eye on the blog for more information and images of the ETHA2. You can also sign up to our newsletter for news before it reaches the masses.

Want more? Then keeps tabs on our Facebook page this weekend; you may see our very own Jack Wood broadcasting some sneaky LIVE in-game footage as he puts the ETHA2 through some field testing at Fulda Gap.

This is your roll call.

The ETHALUTION has begun.


The ETHA, evolved.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Beira Mar go for the title !

On the 23rd of September, we arrived at Valencia airport. We were on our way to Gandía (65 km south of Valencia, Spain) to dispute the final stage of the EXPL (Spanish x-ball paintball league). We got to spend some good times, hanging out with the team, chilling at the beach on Friday, and on Saturday some of the players got a chance to play some relaxed  3 on 3 paintball, which we won :-)

Our goal for the weekend, was obviously to secure the first place in the tournament and ensuring the first position in the overall ranking. Before Sunday, we were on leading, followed by Blue falcon with only one point difference. This made it clear for us, that there was no room for error. Even though we were conscious about the situation, what we had to do and what we couldn’t let happen, Sunday did not go well for us.

We started off the day playing Arca Gandía at 10:15 (which was comfortably awesome), and this was our first and only loss in the prelims, with a score of 3-4. This made it clear for us that the quality of the Spanish paintball is getting better by the year and that we had to up our game in order to achieve our goal. Nothing was lost yet.

After the previous match, we decided that we had to dig deep if we were to make it to the finals. So for the last two prelim games (Ecosport Granada and Atlantic Games BCM), we played solid paintball, we were playing as a unit. We obtained a 5-1 and a 4-0 victory.

At this point, we were confident in our game and in the fact that the first position was in reach and thus securing the championship. However, we were just a little bit to confident and underestimated the evolution of the Spanish paintball. We slowed down our game, and this cost us the match against Arca Gandia on the semifinals, ending our run for champion spot.

The fact that Blue Falcon advanced to the finals, and we didn’t, obtained them the first position in the overall ranking. We got a 4th place in this stage and 2nd in the overall ranking :-(

Even thought, we didn’t accomplish any of our goals in the field, we felt like we had a great weekend as teammates. However, this is not our purpose as Beira-mar paintball team, we don’t play paintball for weekends abroad or for the 3rd and 4th position, we play to win. Although this year was not positive for us (neither in the Spanish or Portuguese leagues), we did learn that we need to fight harder if we are aiming for that number one spot.

We want to congratulate Blue Falcon for the championship and for the first place at this event, and all of the Spanish teams present in this league. The paintball evolution of these teams is improving at an astonishing rate. Finally, we want to take this chance to thank all of the support from our sponsors who provide us the best gear there is:

Stay tuned for next season, we will come back stronger!