Thursday, November 02, 2006

Paintball Dave's Next Chapter

Although Paintball Dave has an outdoor facility, there are always possibilities for improvement:

It looks like a typical battle scene — tanks charging, overhead artillery fire, missiles exploding; so why, suddenly, are soldiers coming out of the tanks smiling and laughing as if they are having the time of their lives?

Well, it's not exactly Iraq or Afghanistan. It's Leicestershire, England, and the battlefield is Southfields Farm, the new Mecca for war games.

Southfields is the birthplace of tankball — paintball taken to a whole new level. People come from all around the world to race around in tanks, launch paint-filled missiles and, in turn, avoid a tank round of green or red splattering ammunition.

...he offers punters seven tanks, several missile launchers and a variety of Armored Personnel Carriers, all specially modified to use paint as ammunition.

All the equipment is ex-military and some of it was even used during the Gulf War and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

All those Patton wannabees out there...and noplace to go until now.