Welcome all to another ScV battle
report, only this time with a difference. Last week
myself and a few friends played paintball. For those of
you who don't know, Paintball is a game played by two
sides, both armed with gas powered guns that shoot small
marble sized balls of paint. The object of the game is
to 'kill' your opponents by marking them with paint.
After waking up at 6:30 in the morning we began the
long drive out to the fields. Adventure Quest Paintball,
where we would be playing, covers 70 hectares of
bushland, divided up into a number of smaller
On arival we met with the other players for the day.
Altogether there were 30 of us. We were then allocated
Each player recieved a set of camouflage coveralls, a
neck protector, a headset and a paintball gun. The
Headset and Neck protector are both vital pieces of
gear, as being hit by a paintball can hurt, espescially
at short range. To give an example, the pellets are
fired with an exit velocity of 300 feet per second, and
if frozen a paintball can punch a hole through the side
of a car.
So, you can imagine what would happen if one hit you
in the eye. The lesson we learned from this? Don't take
off the mask.
Next to the headgear, the most important piece of
equipment is the paintball gun. You're not going to be
shooting many people without it, are you? All players
were outfited with the same gun to keep things fair.
Due to the messed up gun laws in my state, the only
guns that we are allowed to use are pump action guns, as
semi automatic and automatic weapons are illegal. So, we
were all issued our weapons for the day, the
Luckily for us, as far as pump actions go, the
Tippmann SL-68II is one of the best in the range. It is
a gravity fed pump-action gun. It can hold up to 200
paintballs in its overhead ammo hopper, and when fully
gassed is good for around 500 shots. It is also one of
the most accurate 'unmodified' guns you can get, so
things weren't too bad.
After our saftey briefings we were divided into 2
teams of 15 a side. My team was the 'Bandits' and the opposition were
the 'Snakes'. the only
identifying marks to tell the two teams apart was a
strip of white tape around the top each player on the
Bandit team. Much like when Friendly Fire is on, it is
important to check your target. If you shoot your team
mate he is as dead as if an enemy shot him.
We headed out to the fields to begin the games. Each
game lasts fo 10 minutes and then the teams change ends.
we played through a number of different scenarios, until
just before lunch we came to the focus of this report,
the Speedball field.
Speedball fields are tournament fields, and are
designed to facilitate a quick action filled game,
giving both sides a fair chance of winning.
The objective of the Speedball games is simple. At
each end of the field is a fort. on each fort is a flag.
Go down field. Capture the flag. Return it to your fort.
Game Over. Of course it wouldn't be any fun if it were
that simple. For starters you need to avoid getting
shot. To help with this there are obstacles placed
around the field to use as cover as you advance. Then
there is also the 10 minute time limit.
Above is a picture of part of the field, to give you
a look at what it's like. Alltogether it was around 60
meters long and about 30 wide. The mini map is an
approximation, I didn't really have time to check every
piece of terrain, but it will give you an idea of the
The baricades were made from corrugated iron, and
each is topped with a sheet of green mesh whcich is see
through but stops paint balls, to give you a chance to
check out the field. Most of the baricades also have
small holes in them for players to shoot through.
The game would last for 10 minutes or until one team
captured the other team's flag, or until there was no
one left on one side, whichever came first. Much like
CounterStrike, if you take one hit you're out for the
rest of the round, so it pays to be a bit careful.
Unlike CounterStrike you can't avoid being shot by
running around and jumping.
And you can't Hack
One other rule to note; You can't shoot anyone who is
closer than 5 meters to you. This is a saftey precaution
as it can cause some nasty cuts, and as the story was
related to us, if you get shot in the head under 5
meters it will knock you out.
My team, the 'Bandits' started on the left
side of the field, with the 'Snakes' starting on the other
side. Our team had a quick strategy discussion and we
decided that the main bulk of our forces would try to
take the center tower while another group pushed up the
ridge to circle around from the top. A smaller force
would advance around the bottom and two more would
remain in our fort to secure our flag.
From the games that we had already played,
we had determined that the Snakes liked to camp and we
used that to our advantage. As soon as the whistle blew
the bulk of the Bandits
pushed forward into the first row of barricades firing
off a few rounds each to provide cover. One of my team
mates didn't quite make it to cover and a paintball hit
him square in the face. One down.
I was part of the group that went to the bottom to
hold it from an enemy push there. Me and my two team
mates advanced to the firs barricade. They provided some
covering fire and i made it to the group of trees, where
I tool a look around to see how things were progressing.
Two more of our team had gone down in the advance up the
middle, but in return we had taken out two of the Snakes near thier fort and
another one had foolishly tried to stop five of my team
on his own.
By now, the bulk of our force had made it's
way toward the center tower. The problem being that the
Snakes had also advanced,
and any move out of cover was risky. For the next minute
or so the Game devolved into a static firefight as
everyone sought a gap to hit thier opponents through
with out expossing them selves too much.
Then in rapid succession, two more Snakes went down to a bold
flanking maneuver by two of my team as they tried to
advance on the tower. In return a Bandit was hit but it was the
distraction we needed to continue our advance. My team
had pushed forward mostly to the tower now, while the
Snakes seemed content to
wait for us to come to them.
We took a quick check to see how many of us
were left and then tried to form a new strategy. This
consisted mostly of us yelling at one another across the
battlefield, trying to gain some covering fire. Then the
Snakes decided that they
were sick of sitting around and began to counter our
advance. A group of three headed up the ridge and used
some rocks and trees for cover and almost came level
with the tower before we spotted them and drove them
back with a hail of paint.
Things quietened for a second and we heard one of the
Snakes shout for cover,
and that he was going for the tower. As soon as he
popped up to run our whole team opened fire and in the
space of 2 seconds he had been hit by 19 paintballs.
With 6 Snakes down and
only 4 Bandits out we were
starting to gain an advantage, and we decided to press
the attack. With some covering fire I rushed up into the
tower to join one of my teammates there.
From the tower we had an excellent view of
the field, however, looking out made us sure fire
targets. Our basic plan had worked fairly well, as we
had now captured the tower, and were staging for an
assault on the Snakes
fort to capture the flag.
One of our team mates made a dash for cover behind a
barricade whcich was sheltering two Snakes on the other side. Being
within 5 meters of one another they could not fire. What
the Bandits did not
realise was that he was in line with a Snake on the other side of the
field. They both saw on another at the same time but the
Snake was faster and
another of my team mates went down.
There was a flurry of activity as a group of
three Bandits made a break
along the bottom of the field to try and flank the Snakes there. However the Snakes had the advantage of
cover and quickly our numerical advatage evaporated as
all three Bandits went
down, each one hit by 5 or 6 paintballs. Along th ridge
another of our team mates went down as he tried to
dislodge the Snakes
With six of our team left and 9 of the enemy, and
with the time ticking down we decided it was time to
make our move. With myself and my team mate provideing
covering fire from the tower the other four Bandits began to advance to the
cover as close to the Snakes as they could. A lucky
shot took one of the Snakes in the tower in the mask
and another took a hit as he tried to fall back to his
team mates. Two more Snakes on the ridge also were
taken out after a brief skirmish that also left a Bandits hit.
5 on 5. the odds were even once again, until
I decided to have a look from the tower and found myself
staring down the barrel of a paintball gun. As I ducked
back around the corner I felt the paintball hit my
shoulder, and a quick check showed a blob of paint
there. Oh well, you can't win them all. After making my
way to the saftey tent, i removed my headgear (finally.
It can get pretty hot in those things) and sat down to
watch the remainder of the game
The two Bandits closest to the enemy
were attempting to dislodge the Snakes behind the barricade
directly in front of thier fort. With support from the
tower they executed a picer maneuver that got them both,
but at the same time a Bandit left his back exposed and
he too was taken out.
Down to 3 on 3, until the second Bandit in the pincer action was
also taken down. The Snake in his fort decided to
make a go of it and began to sprint across the field
towards our fort. The Bandit in the tower saw him and
gave chase. The Snake
managed to grab the flag and evade the fire from the
fort defender, but as he turned around he was nailed in
the front and the back by the two remaining Bandits.
It was now down to 2 on 2 and about this time the
referee called out the 1 minute warning. One of the
remaining Bandits saw that
the two remaining Snakes
were on the opposite side of the field and that thier
fort was now undefended. He began to advance cautiously
across the field until he was almost to the fort. With a
shout, one of the Snakes
realised he was there gave chase. The Bandit snatched the flag from
the fort and began to sprint towards his base.
Just before the Snakes could make good any
shots they may have had, the flag carrier tossed the
flag to the Bandit in the
tower, and with the flag captured, the game was over
with a victory to my team, the Bandits.
So, the game was over and it was time for lunch. We
all headd back to the main building for a barbeque,
before heading out to play a few more games. At the end
of the day the Bandits won
11 of the 12 games played leaving us the clear victors
of the outing.
Although this was the first time I have played
paintball, it definately won't be the last. Myself and
some friends are planing on entering a few of the local
tournaments that are run around the state, and if all
goes well, I might just report those as well. On a final
note, I would also like to say that the day was heaps of
fun. Anyone who hasn't tried it, do yourself a favour
and give it a go. It really is fun.
As always, thankyou for reading, and feel free to
leave questions and comments.
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