Monday, July 15th, 2013
2nd of June 2013. It’s a typical day in a little abandoned village, somewhere in the Portuguese countryside. The sky is blue and the sun is shining and all is calm, until, suddenly, a jeep rushes past, closely followed by a cloud of dust and blue smoke; a whistle can be heard in the distance and soon after dozens of players, of red and blue team, clash in an all out offensive to gain control of the village.
This was the atmosphere in the latest Blue Falcon Squadron anniversary. The team’s 6th yearly event was quite different from previous ones. With a group of around 100 players and a smaller playing field, this was a much more tactical and focused event, with the main aims being the coming together of all the major Portuguese tactical Paintball teams and the showcasing of the newly acquired Dye Tactical gear, particularly the Dye DAM.
The event was 2 days long, with Dye challenges on the first day, such as timed target shooting and a series of duels using the DAM. These were particularly interesting and fun to watch, especially since both players were limited to the 10 rounds in the magazine and were playing on a small airball field. Tournament players would take advantage of their experience while tactical players would rely on their patience to gain the upper hand.
Blue team, mostly made up of Blue Falcon Squadron players, decided to send a small squad across open ground to keep the bulk of the enemy defenses busy, while two larger squads, led by a group of fast running players, were to flank the village from the left, where they could gain the high ground and fire down on the houses and also approach the village from an angle that would minimize their exposure while crossing open ground.
The plan worked and after a large charge and massive amounts of suppressive fire, Blue team captured the first house, along with one gas mask, which was quickly sent back to HQ.
After a short break, both teams switched places and the Red team decided to take a different approach. They split their forces evenly and went for a three pronged attack on the village, with smaller groups flanking the Blue team on both sides. However, Blue team players realized this and positioned their forces to cover all the major roads leading into the village and used superior firepower to keep the opposition at a distance, across open ground. This quickly developed into a stalemate with Red players being unable to advance past the Blue’s first line of defense and being unable to complete a single objective.
Overall the anniversary, although smaller in scale, was a huge success and an opportunity for the Portuguese paintball community to get together, try out the new Dye tactical gear and experiment with it on the field and enjoy a friendly, yet intense, weekend of paintballing.