Posts Tagged california

SoCal Ghosts take Mt. Suribachi!

Friday, April 11th, 2014

In February, 1945, the United States landed on the small island of Iwo Jima. The island was part of the Japanese home islands and the Japanese forces that were defending it were prepared to protect it to the last man. Dominating the pork chop shaped island was Mount Suribachi located at the small southern tip of the relatively flat island. The Japanese were heavily dug in on Suribachi and had dug tunnels throughout the mountain.  The Americans assaulting Suribachi would take heavy casualties but eventually the Marines would raise the American flag at its summit on February 23rd, an event which was captured by combat photographer Joe Rosenthal and would come to symbolize America’s war effort.

On September 23, 2013 at Velocity Paintball Park in San Diego, Southern California paintball players came out to play on the 69th anniversary of that famous event.  This was to be no re-enactment though, this time the Americans could be thrown off the hill and the flag might never go up. The weather for the event was perfect with clear skies and temperatures in the 70s. While there would be a Japanese side and an American side, the teams would be further divided. The Americans were split between the U.S. Infantry, who started on the West side of the field, and the U.S. Marine Corps who would start on the East side of the field. The Japanese were split into the standard Japanese Infantry who started in the North side of mid field below the mountain and the Imperial Japanese Infantry who started on the south side of the mid field on top of the hill.

Each faction received an armband which had their faction’s flag on it.  The U.S. Infantry would have the American flag, the Marines their Marine Corps Flag, the regular Japanese Infantry would have the red “meatball” flag and the Imperial Japanese infantry would have the Rising Sun Japanese Battle Flag. The Generals for each faction carried a 3’ x 5’ flag on a large pole and had to have these flags on them while they were on the field. Each faction would be allowed to respawn in the same location as where they started which would lead to some interesting incidents.

The Tactical Ironmen from Dye and the SoCal Ghosts found themselves on the same team but on opposite ends of the field. The SoCal Ghosts also brought out their two PUG Tanks and assigned one to each side. In addition the Juggernaut, a player in special armor who carried two markers tied together surrounded by three rocket launchers, also roamed the field. The tanks could be taken out by two grenade or LAW rocket hits within a minute of each other while the Juggernaut could be taken out by one grenade, one LAW or a paintball hit to a very small section of his lower back, the only place on his person that was without armor.

At the sound of the horn the teams took off for their objectives. There were props on the field like maps, radio codes, and radio boxes to collect. The Marine’s had to get the Marine Corps hymn and sing it for a referee. The Japanese though, in running down the hill, thinned out their defenses on the top of the hill.  As the overall objective was to capture the hill, this gave the U.S. teams a golden opportunity. They pressed the hill hard and quickly overran the scattered Japanese defenders capturing the top of the hill before the window opened to allow the tanks and Juggernaut onto the field.

The game was reset and restarted with the Japanese now staying a bit closer to the hill.  The Japanese infantry at the bottom of the hill found themselves quickly in a dangerous position. On one side, the American Infantry was pressing hard and already captured their General’s flag. The American General could be seen on the field with the American Flag in one hand and the Japanese “meatball” flag in the other.  On the other side of the Japanese Infantry were the American Marines.  The Marines were also quickly surging into the Japanese position.  Before long, the last Japanese player was eliminated from the field.  However, the Marines and U.S. Infantry didn’t realize that the players they were seeing facing them were on the same team.  For a brief moment, American Infantry and U.S. Marines were trading paint but after a few moments the mistake was realized and both units turned to the South and began assaulting Mt. Suribachi.

The Japanese seemed to be ill equipped to deal with the American armor allowing it to cause a considerable amount of damage while the U.S. forces caused the Japanese tank scooting and dodging barrage after barrage of American rockets. The second game took much longer but again, the American forces carried the day and raised the flag again on top of the hill.

After a quick break for lunch both sides traded places. The American infantry now started at the bottom of the hill in the middle of the field and the Marines started on the top of the hill. All props were once again in play and at the sound of the horn the U.S. forces pressed hard with help of their tank. The Japanese infantry general lead a Banzai charge against the U.S. tank and quickly fell, leaving his flag behind right on the props in that area. The American tank called for his infantry to come forward but by that time the woods behind him were full of Japanese infantry laying thick suppressive fire keeping the American infantry in their bunkers just yards from their props. While the flag was retrieved the props remained.

On top of the hill the Marine’s held their ground and used the dominating terrain to keep the Japanese attackers at bay.  Meanwhile, the American Infantry below recovered from the Japanese assault and, after capturing the Imperial Japanese infantry flag as well, kept Japanese forces from putting together a coordinated assault against the Marines. As time ran out, the Americans retained the hill.

The day ended with a more traditional game of capture the flag with those players that were still around. Overall it was a great day of paintball and once again the American flag flew high and proud over a pile of rocks in San Diego California.

Royalty goes all-in at WCPPL Las Vegas!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

WCPPL Event #1 | Las Vegas, Nevada (March 28th – 30th)

Dye sponsored Team Royalty have been grinding it out every weekend at Santa Clara Paintball. They have had tremendous help with some of the members of the new revamped Ironmen. With the majority of the team heading to Las Vegas on Thursday night, the dreaded car ride had a lot of them anxious for what is to come on Friday morning’s preliminary matches. Friday consisted of 3 matches, with Dave Bains DMG Green team being Royalty’s biggest threat (supposedly). Royalty came out hungry with the first 2 matches consisting of a 4-0 sweep. Against Dave Bains DMG Green team, Royalty came out swinging with 4-1, with the one point being a minor slip up.

Saturday consisted of a major match against Dave Bains second DMG team; the score is neck and neck at 3-3, with roughly 40 seconds on the clock. Royalty shoots 2 snake side players off the break, allowing their snake side player to push fluidly in the 50 snake. With all the attention drawn to Royalty’s snake player, the dorito side aggressively pushed down the field and eliminated the rest in order to clutch the flag hang with only 6 seconds left on the clock. Score was 4-3, Royalty is ecstatic.

Sunday rolls around and the pressure is on. We swept the Bushwhackers 4-1 in the quarterfinals, and LA Wrecking Crew 4-2 in the semifinals. Royalty is heading in the finals against LA Collision. Its neck and neck at 2-2, with LA Collision sending their player to the 50 A, Royalty starts dropping bodies. LA Collision continues to win the match 4-2. Though Royalty is upset, some good can be taken from this loss. Second place is not taken lightly, and we will be sure to come out swinging at the next WCPPL.

Shoot Dye CG Paintballs at the 2013 PSP West Coast Open!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Shooting Dye CG Paintballs at a PSP Event is easy.  E-mail Paint@DyePrecision.com with your:

1. Team Name

2. Division

3. Approximate number of cases needed

Leave the rest to us!

Don’t forget to ask about the Dye Podium Program to find out how your team can win FREE paint at the 2013 PSP West Coast Open!

 

Marcello Margott Clinic at Total Combat Paintball – Photos and More!

Monday, February 18th, 2013

February 9th, 2013 marked the first official Marcello Margott Clinic at one of Southern California’s finest paintball parks, Total Combat Paintball (TCP) in Chula Vista, California.  Here’s what Marcello of the Los Angeles Ironmen had to say after the event:

“Well, its safe to say my first clinic of the year was a success. Had the chance to meet some amazing field owners that in my opinion, are exactly what this sport needs if we want to grow. Diana J Ocampo and her business partner Julio at Total Combat Paintball are true ambassadors of our sport. Their mission is to generate as much new interest in paintball as possible and I fully support them and their field. It was a pleasure working with people who truly care about the growth of paintball as a community as much as I do. I can’t wait to play there again.

The morning started with greetings and small talk while we all geared up. All the kids seemed very excited, and very happy to be there playing paintball, I always love that. It’s amazing to see all of this talent around the globe, visualizing what could one day emerge from the raw talent of some of my students.

One of the kids was 12 years old, his name was Andrew and I can’t say enough about him. He reminded me of myself when I was 12, totally submerged into the sport of paintball and its fascinating journeys during those moments on the battle field. He was fearless and always wanted to be the first to go in any of my drill exercises. Another kid was recovering from a knee surgery to have a unexpected tumor removed. His enthusiasm and dedication kept a smile on my face all day as he put in the maximum amount of effort in each and every lesson. I don’t want to leave anyone out, because all of the kids were more than awesome, but these two really stood out.

After going through a series of drills, exercises, and situational lessons I had a chance to play some points with everyone for fun to finish out the day. We all just mixed in and played games street ball style. I had a blast, it was definitely one of my more memorable clinics just due to the fact that I was surrounded by such good people. I look forward to working with TCP and playing at their field in the future.” – Marcello Margott #33

Marcello fans can find him on Instagram @MarcelloMargott and on Facebook.com/MarcelloMargott

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