The game is based around two teams competing against each other. Each player is armed with a gun that fires paintballs (a similar size to a marble). The balls break open when they hit an object and leave a large splat of paint (brightly coloured and based around non-toxic, washable food dye). If a player is marked by a paintball they are eliminated from that game and watch from the side lines. Games last between 5 and 15 minutes and you only get one life per game! A typical half-day involves five games, a full-day will involve approximately ten games.
Safety is very important in Paintball, after all you are shooting at people with powerful gas operated guns! Everyone wears protective goggles and safety marshals ensure safe and fair play.
Paintball starts with a Silver Package at £30 per person. This is ideal for a half-day session as it includes everything you need for five games (you will play five games during a hal day).
Alternatives are Gold andPlatinum package as these include a greater number of Paintballs
The average player will be spending £30 to £40 per person for a half-day and £40 - £50 for a full-day.
Silver Package costs £30 - a great half-day option.
Gold Package costs £45 - Ideal for a full-day session
Platinum Package costs £60 - Suitable for 'trigger happy' players.
During the summer months, evening games are also available, these would typically begin at 5:00 pm and go on till dark.
A typical format for a day of Paintball involves:
9.30am - Players arrive at Wedgnock Rifle Range in Warwick. Everyone signs in and equipment is issued (camo overalls, battle pack, dog tag and goggles).
9.50am - The head marshal welcomes the group and explains the format for the day. Safety essentials are explained, rules detailed and equipment demonstrated.
10.00am - Two teams are selected and head out to the firing range to learn how to operate, aim and shoot their Paintball guns.
10.10am - Marshals lead teams out to the first playing area, (usually a woodland area filled with barricades that offer good cover). Rules are explained before the game begins.
10.30am - Game ends. Players return to the Neutral Zone to replenish supplies and exchange tales of daring from the first game! Several more games will be played during the morning.
12.30pm - Morning session ends. Bills are settled and morning guests depart. Those who are with us for a full-day will break for lunch.
1.00pm - Afternoon Paintballers arrive (signed in, kitted out and briefed)
1.30pm - Afternoon is filled with more games such as the Trenches, Village Capture and the Ridges.
4.00pm - Day ends. Kit is returned and accounts settled.
Who Can Play?
All players must be 11 years or older. Those lucky enough to be under 16 years old need written parental consent to allow them to play (insurance requirements). An example Parental Consent Letter can be downloaded, printed, filled in and brought along on the day.
Paintball is a physically demanding game. You will be running around 50 acres of woodland, carrying a fairly substantial gun all day. A reasonable level of fitness is advisable.