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Armageddon IV New Zealand’s Epic Paintball Event 2015

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

And that wraps up another epic Armageddon weekend!

Thanks to everyone who made it to the 4th annual Armageddon Paintball Event.

This 2 day event has grown each year and now with an entirely different venue and now running under the Auckland Paintball Club umbrella, its not slowing down a bit.

Bjorn form the Timberwolves handed over control over the event last year when he decided to move into other directions for paintball events. This was well received as rather that a single person organizing an entire weekend event, the work could be spread out within the APC comity. This meant we could put more into the event and do so easier and better than ever before.
A new venue was also opted to make for better gameplay, not that Widow Woods isnt an amazing field, its just that SAS Adventures is not as physically punishing and gave us more options for the game. Unfortunately on site camping was not an option with this new venue, but the incredible scenarios played made up for this. Plus Auckland is easy for accommodation so we were happy to change this from previous years.

Lets Play…

Day 1 was organized by Ollie and of course lived up to his reputation of advanced gadgetry and involving objectives. From previous years, we have learnt that simple is best when it comes to large scale games. Complicated scenarios are great, but with 100+ players, anything can happen. This years objectives were simple, 3 teams, each with 2 objectives and a base to defend. Destroy the other bases (signaled by Ollie’s automated electronic pyrotechnics) and capture electronically timed flag poles. Advanced yet simple. Just perfect.
Players moved around the field finding loot for extra points and had to avoid the tank with the unstoppable 50cal paintball gun mounted on top. Smoke and flares made for awesome atmosphere and the sportsmanship was tops with no complaints and all round high energy fun.

Day 2 was completely different and run by Tony, the owner of SAS Adventures. This guy knows his field better than anyone so its no surprise that he can make it work better than anyone else.
The scenario was Saving Private Ryan, where rather than a free roaming, objective based scenario, the players were lead through a linear push-back style attack and defend battle that spanned multiple ‘zones’. The background atmosphere was set with fireworks and special effects that added another level to the game. This was only topped by Tony’s awesome nerf rocket cannon, too much fun. This scenario worked well as the flow of fighting is controlled by the 2 teams leaders (NPC’s). They could control how fast the attacking force broke through the defenders and vise versa. This was the perfect way to play day 2 as it meant everyone got to shoot loads of paint, get heaps of kills and have tons of fun. A perfect way to wrap up the weekend.

Cats and Dogs?

A bit of bad luck with the weather, with all the planning in the world, there’s not much anyone can do about that. It was actually fine throughout most of the gameplay, in fact there was some really hot sunny patches. But unfortunately there were some mean downpoors in the morning on both days, which put a lot off people coming along a getting a day pass. In the end those people missed out big time, since when did a little rain stop WAR!

All the Ammo you can carry!

Well this is a tricky job for any paintball supplier. We have learnt from past events, it is impossible to satisfy every player at games like these when it comes to paintball quality. With mechanical, electros mag fed, pumps, pistols, there is no perfect ball that will shoot well in every marker. This year paint was supplied by Outpost 43 and Paintball Shop, meaning that each supplier could provide 2 grades of paint each so that everyone could find a ball that suited their gun. The paint was sold with ‘paint tokens’ where each player got 4 tokens with their entry. 1 token could be exchanged for 1 bag of 500 balls of their choice. This at first was a little confusing but after explaining to people that if they purchased a paint that simply did not like their gun, they could try a different ball next rather than commiting to an entire box. Once players got the idea, this system worked really well. This token system also meant that players could get more paint on the field, mid game without carrying cash. Brilliant!

Fresh Air

Auckland Paintball Club’s newly implemented HPA fill system worked perfectly. The new Nuvair fill stations were great and players could get a good 4500psi fill all day. This is one of the APC’s first major purchases and it show how well the club is growing.

Nom Nom Nom

Lunch is provided! This simple little extra is one of the things that helped form the Auckland Paintball Club in its current state. At every game the APC makes sure everyone gets some fuel and refreshments to keep you soldiering on. This is always included in the field fee. Armageddon was no different. It was a mission making all those burgers but totally worth it in the end, everyone loved the feed!

OP43 on Location

Of course Outpost 43 was setup with a pop-up shop fully stocked with all your paintball gear requirements. Thanks to everyone who swung by the shop and said hi! We dont do this to simply sell gear, we do it to promote the industry of paintball and to show people how fast this sport is growing. Cheers for your support!

See you in 2016!

Each year we learn a little more about how to run events like these. Next year can only be bigger and better. See you there!

Shout out to our sponsors, without them, event like these just couldnt happen.

Dye donated some awesome prizes for deserving players!

 

Thanks to all our sponsors that helped with prizes and facilities! APC Donated 5 engraved glass beer mugs for top players.

 

A Special thanks to These guys who opened up their homes to players from all around the country.  The Design Store gave us some great vouchers, cheers!

AUCKLAND PAINTBALL CLUB

OUTPOST 43

PAINTBALL SHOP

DYE PAINTBALL

HONORCORE INDUSTRIES

ARMAGILLO PAINTBALL

THE DESIGN STORE

VILLAGE CHIROPRACTIC

Huge thanks from The Auckland Paintball Club and Outpost 43!

 

Armageddon 2014

Monday, April 28th, 2014

After 3 awesome days of catching up with over 160 paintballers from around the country and scaling the brutal terrain of Widow Woods many times over, my bed has never felt so good.

What an epic weekend it was! Thanks to Bjorn and Ollie from the Auckland Paintball Club for such awesome games. Great effort and many hours of hard work and planning well spent. The atmosphere was incredible and the company was amazing. It was so great to see so many different people from Kaitaia to Queenstown come together and get along so well due to one common interest, Paintball!!!! Its great having so many like-minded people all there to enjoy a great event and have a great time doing what we all love!!!

Paintball is what makes many of us tick. Large events like these really show the popularity of the sport in New Zealand. This is what will really help it grow here and put us on an international level. The event has grown rapidly since 2012 and can only get bigger. The support from so many people was top notch this year meaning much better facilities were available with even bigger plans for next year.

We painted the forest pink and green!

Day 1 was a team-based day; your 3 teams comprised of 3 squads all battling out to be the winner of the day. The day itself was broke into 2×2 hour blocks. It was fought over some tough terrain but was fierce and adrenalin filled battles all the way. Many teams went toe to toe over objectives and the two most fought after objectives were the ‘BARREL’ and attacking Team MSW. The ‘BARREL’ objective started at the base of hill in amongst the middle of the speed ball field and had to be taken to Widows Peak which took the yellow team an hour to claim off the red team and fight them and the MSW team to get to the very top. The attack on Team MSW was also a tough fight where each team had to climb through trip wire, dense bush and plenty of fire from this experience team who had a base below Widows peak and plenty of paint and fire power to keep team away, not only that Team MSW would hide in the bushes and wait for unsuspecting team to walk past and be surprised with some well-earned knife kills!!! It was a great spin on last years game day and having over 140 people scattered throughout the field was awesome to see.

Day 2 comprised of two large teams Green Team and Blue Team battling out with Ollie’s gadgets. Starting at opposite ends both teams ran out as the horn went to gain field advantage! On top of that there was a ton of team based missions to be completed on the day. Such as lining up the laser system to set off the air strike , take out the ‘tank’ with a bazooka , escorting the tank through the middle of the field , holding down electronic boxes to gain points also keeping a close eye on enemy air drops of players behind you and lastly a 5 man speedball game while we are in the field fighting it out. This game day went on for 5 hours straight and was good hard fight with both teams doing their best to come out on top.

Overall it was a great success and had many satisfied and hungry players for the next Armageddon.  Once again Armageddon as an event has grown from strength to strength and continues to attract players from all over NZ, and will continue to create new game days, create new props for games and find new ways to create a greater experience for players every year.

We have to again thank Dye for their prizes they provided once again, it made the players day receiving them, and for your guy’s ongoing support of paintball in NZ. Your support helps draws players attention that companies like yourself would be happy to jump on board and support local events even as far away as New Zealand. The last thank you goes to my man Devon, for all your help man its awesome.

 

*NEW* Proto Dyetanium Lens Options

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Finally, DyeTanium Lens Options are available for all Proto Goggle Systems!

Upgrade you Switch ProAxis, Switch FS, Switch EL, Switch FP, and Full Coverage FP Goggles with one of FOUR brand new Dyetanium Lens Options:

-Northern Lights

-Smoke Bronze Fire

-Blue Ice

-Fade Sunrise

Available online or ask your local DYE Retailer

PSP Announces Major League Change: Champions & Challengers Pro Divisions for 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

We are about to enter a new era of professional paintball…  Are you ready?  Here’s the latest from the PSP regarding their new Pro Divisions – Champions & Challengers:

[via PSPevents.com]  - “The level of talent in the PSP Professional Division is undisputedly the fiercest in the world.  Teams from all divisions train week in and out to ultimately one day become a Professional team in the PSP.  Actually making the advancement into Pro however, has historically been too large of a move for most teams to make. 

The PSP would like to change this by putting a system into place for fresh teams to move into an even stronger Pro League.  

The PSP Professional teams will compete against each other in the 2013 PSP Dallas Open.  The top 10 teams from that event will move on to PSP’s Event #2 and play in the newly established Champions Division.  They will perform on the main field for all the glory in front of thousands of fans watching from the PaintballAccess.com webcast and the PSP grandstands.

The other Pro teams from the Dallas Open will be enlisted in a new division known as the Challengers Division.  They will be joining other teams to be named at a later date.  The group of teams in the Challengers Divisions will use the same format and rules, but play on a secondary Professional field during the prelims and will play their final match on the main field for all their fans to watch.  Starting after Event #2, the top two teams from the Challengers Division in each event will move up and compete in the PSP Champions Division for the following event.  They will be replacing the bottom 2 finishers from the previous event’s Champions Division, who will instead perform in the Challengers Division. 

This system of constant circulation will continue event by event for seasons to come.  It is now more important than ever for teams to give their all in each match – as they no longer have just one goal of winning the event – but must perform at their top in every game to make sure they do not suffer the consequence of being knocked out of the Champions Division.  Likewise, the Challengers Division teams at each event have the option to perform and move up for the following event. 

The fight begins March 14, 2013 at the PSP Dallas Open.  Team Registration for all divisions opens soon at PSPevents.com.” 

HULK Paintball Team Gearing up for 2013 with new HULK Arena and more Charity

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

With so many dedicated players in the HULK Paintball organization, these Ukranians realized the ability they have to not only set themselves up for a great 2013 season of paintball, but also to give back to their community.

HULK boasts over 40 players that practice and compete both in Ukraine and around the world.  Now, in 2013, captain Yaroslav Yanushevich is proud to announce that “HULK Arena” is officially open.  That’s right, these guys have their own private training facility, complete with brand new turf, a Ukraine-approved heating system, and, sure, why not… a giant mural of the team in the backdrop.

Not only are Team HULK upgrading their practice facility, but they are also upgrading their organization as a whole.  HULK has delegated members of the team to hold important positions in the hierarchy that is HULK Paintball.  The hard-working members received their new roles with honor this past December.

Despite all of the upgrades to the HULK Paintball Team, the always selfless Ukrainian ballers from Eastern Europe made it a point to give back on New Years Day, 2013.

“Today, our team continues to supporting children that need our help” mentioned the team.  ”On New Years we visited a place where we were awaited and welcome, ‘City of Happy Children’ children’s center.

The kids were happy to get their presents, but besides tradiditional Christmas Toys, HULK presented the children with a variety of sports equipment.  Now the kids have enough badminton rackets, balls, ropes, and other sporting equipment to last them a long time.”

Follow Team HULK on Facebook – www.Facebook.com/HULKPaintballTeam

Or, if you can understand it, check out their website – www.Hulk-Paintball.com