"Cover me!!!!” Never thought I would shout these words whilst clad in army-like outfits!
My brother and I have been watching too many gun-fighting movies. Our last show was Black Hawk Down on television. So when we found out that MindChicClub was organising a paintball game, we signed up immediately and got down to strategising our game and making sure we got our tactics for our pair-work pat down. After all, wasn’t that part of the fun? (My husband was pretty amused to see us waving our hands and practicing signaling at each other.)
My brother and I… fully prepared for WAR!
It was a great day to be out in the field. We got down to Turf City and changed into our battle gear. (It makes it all the more exciting to be appropriately dressed!) The weather was perfect for a shoot out… slightly cloudy with no sight of rain! I was well-prepared with my knee guards because I knew there would be lots of proning with my weapon. Too bad I couldn’t find my wrist guards or I would have been diving too!
The rest of the players soon arrived. So there were 8 of us – 4 girls, a couple (also dressed in army uniform) and my brother and I. Richard split us up into 2 groups…. The 4 girls VS the 2 pairs. We looked more like civilians VS soldiers. But we could also be terrorists VS the special team force! I prefer the latter! LOL!
So here’s the line-up:
Special Forces Team:
After the briefing session by Fadil (staff at Tagball), we got our face/head masks, body padding and guns. We were reminded repeatedly never to remove our masks during the game… you don’t want to be blinded or have your face split open by a pellet! Oh boy, when Fadil showed us his 1 year old (YES! 1 year old!) and 6 month old bruises, and told us about a participant who opened her mask halfway through the game only to end up with a split-open cheek, I wondered what I had gotten myself into!
Never, ever, ever take off your masks during a game……….
Very bravely, I might add, we got into our positions. The Special Forces took the back-end of the field and the terrorists took the front-end. We had a plan - Shikin and Ali would flank the left-side while KJ and I would flank the right-side. Each side would take down their own target.
How the game was played
We played a total of 5 games, split into 2 halves – 3 games, then 2 games. Guns were filled with ammo only at the start of each half.
Each game consisted of 2 missions.
- 1st Mission: To shoot down 2 targets on the opponents side of the field.
- 2nd Mission: Capture team’s flag on own side of field and get it back to home base without getting shot
KJ: Flag – 1, Gun - 0
HEADLINE: The Special Forces took out the terrorists 3-0!
Once the horn sounded to indicate the start of the game, we made a quick move towards the barricades, getting as close as possible to the targets. Shikin took down the smaller left target. KJ and I were trying our best to take out the bigger right target. It was annoying that despite hitting it numerous times, it simply refused to fall. Finally, I shot it down. “Target down! Target down!” I shouted over the exploding pellets. In the first game, Ali had grabbed flag. Woohoo! We gave each other high-fives when the horn sounded, indicating the end of the game. In the next 2 games, things got more competitive. I recall pellets flying towards me, only dodging them by inches! Thanks to my knee guards, I was able to prone quickly behind the barricades…. The only things keeping us from getting direct hits! I kind of felt bad for the girls because they were busier running up and down to the safety post each time they got hit (to be “revived” in the game). KJ swiftly grabbed the next flag. Things got messier by the last game. Shikin and I had run out of pellets. Ali and KJ had to share what they had left with us. That meant we were severely underpowered. I reckon I had about 10 shots left. When the targets went down, I was down to about 5 pellets. Soon after, everyone was out of pellets. The game warden shouted at us, “The game goes on”. After some hesitation, Ali bravely dashed out to grab the flag. Then he got shot and rolled over! “I’m down! I’m down!” So KJ grabbed the flag but was unable to proceed much further with the girls firing at him. So I shouted, “Go! I’ll distract them!” and dashed into the open. Luckily, I didn’t get hit and we had won the game.
And with that, we had won all the games in the first half.
KJ was really quick and nimble throughout all 3 games, never getting hit and only taking out the girls. We quite easily won the first 3 games but not without casualty! The 4 girls were shot multiple times by all of us. Ali said, “My proudest moment was when I hit the girl right smack in her face mask. That would be ingrained in my memory forever!” However, the worst shot of the day was received by Ali himself. He was shot at quite close range of about 10m. I have to say that Ali was scared of playing on after he realised the severity of his wound during the interval because it definitely did hurt and he didn’t want to get shot again but he didn’t utter a word about it till after we had finished our day and he had continued on with the games bravely. BRAVO!
This was revealed after the 3rd game……
WOAH! After we saw that, I turned to Shikin (Both of us were still hit-free) and said, “We so don’t want to get hit!”
Besides, in war, YOU DON’T WANT TO GET HIT! BECAUSE THAT MEANS YOU ARE DEAD! So when you play paintball, do what it takes to win the game. But that also means taking cover and having teamwork because you want to stay “Alive”.
HEADLINE: Ex-Special Forces General turns traitor!
KJ had to leave. Richard took his place and Fadil decided to join the girls to help them. NOW we were worried! Richard was the gung-ho one in the game but also received the most hits. Fadil was trying his best to get shots at Shikin and me to, might I add with pride, no avail. Ali got shot 3 more times… one in his leg, arm and the other forest-gump style. In the final game, we only had to take out the target on the right side. The Special Forces was running out of ammo! Luckily, I managed to conserve my pellets by taking down the target in 2 shots. Fadil took cover really well and all I could see was his gun, which I managed to hit twice. Shikin got him proning on the ground most of the time due to her rapid fire. No one in the Special Forces was prepared to run out in the open to grab the flag for fear of getting shot by Fadil so we concentrated our gun-fire on him, hoping to pin the fellow down long enough to make a run for it. That left the girls open to grab their flag. Eventually, the terrorists took the next 2 games. Oh Well, we still won 3-2! :)
The fearsome lemon - Fadil… the fellow who taught us how to shoot and also turned around and shot us! He shot Ali 3 times!
Guns and hot pink nails! Cool or what?
It’s a real experience to fire a weapon at moving targets (people!), to be fired at at speeds of about 280ft per second (You can literally hear balls whizzing past your head!) and to be shot. (Although I can live without the experience of getting shot! I like shooting though. LOL! ) A big thanks to MindChicClub for arranging the shoot-out. All of us had a great time. KJ is waiting for the next game. Ali said he’ll be back for revenge! I’ll definitely be back too. If you ain’t chicken, sign up and join MindChicClub for the next game.
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by Tan Su-Anne