By 8am, Sunday June 5th, 2011, field owners and staff at Flag Raiders Paintball in Kitchener ON knew they were in for perhaps their biggest event ever held at their venue. Players appeared in droves and the parking lot quickly filled to capacity.
Upwards of 900 individuals and teams from across the province appeared for another installment of the Flag Raiders Phoenix Project series with this years “Gegenangriff Counter Attack” An historical re enactment of a battle that took place during World War II.
The day kicked off with interesting additions this year to include The Fergus Pipe Band performing on the bagpipes and adding to the building excitement of the day (whether you need a solo piper, a mini band or the full parade band, the Fergus Pipe Band is available. www.ferguspipeband.com) Field owner Joe Kimpson and staff pulled out all the stops to appear in period costume to further add to the theme of the day. Joe himself, in full German uniform, launched the event going over all the rules, missions and special announcements and with that, the players took to the field.
The battle began with a stunning display of pyrotechnics to include loud bang and heavy smoke fireworks. Smoke billowed across the field as the Allies had to sweep into the Tac Town and rescue pinned French Resistance fighters as their first mission of the day. German troops quickly rallied to counter the Allied troop movement and seemed to set the tone for the rest of the event.Time and time again field control changed hands but the missions garnered the most points for the win. Other missions included securing “Swiss Chocolate” for the German High Command as well as players rescuing a downed pilot in a parachute from the new “Church” field feature.
Speaking of which, Flag Raiders is constantly adding new field features every season, another great reason to add Raiders games to your paintball bucket list. The new “Church” feature changed the whole dynamic of battle in that area of the field. Raiders staff mention adding a graveyard to include crypts and grave stones behind the immense structure. .. coming soon!
Some might say that one team wins over another as they are perhaps more “hungry” for it. From the sidelines and as an embedded photographer alongside such caliber teams including Force Ten and the Sector 57 Spartans… it was clear that despite best efforts, the German Command were better able to deploy troops and control various missions as they were introduced. That is not to say that both sides clearly showed the kind of drive that comes from wanting to succeed. As the dust settled and the clouds of smoke cleared, this year’s event saw an upset with the German side of the conflict emerging victorious on point scores mostly stemming from successful missions, a first in three years.
Some of the caliber teams in attendance included Force Ten, Sector 57 Spartans, BT Rangers, SAS, Glen Morris Mercenaries, Task Force Raiders, Devil Dogs Force Recon Marine Company , elements of Zero Compromize, T.A.C.T, Omega’s Curse, Steel City SWAT, Roughnecks, Wasaga SOG, S.O.C.A.T and numerous other crews that helped make this event a stellar one! Not to mention some of the great teams that appeared to assist with the reffing, reffing got an A+ courtesy of the CXBL teams that helped out with that!
Other interesting displays setup in the staging area included a live broadcast from Behind the Bunker, to catch the on demand version please visit http://www.behindthebunker.com. DDay Wear was back again this year vending apparel with partial proceeds going to the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France, http://www.ddaywear.com. Tippmann Sports was on location providing tech services for markers needing servicing as well as providing a full table of demo markers that players could go out and try out for themselves. http://www.tippmannsports.com
Props to FlagRaiders on another awesome game, for more on FlagRaiders and to mark on your calendars the next event please visit www.flagraiders.com. As the day closed Flag Raiders distributed thousands of dollars worth of prizes from the field itself and both Tippmann and Kee Action Sports.
For the photos of the event please visit Paintballphotography.com as they should be appearing shortly on the site and for our video production see below