Temperatures well into the 100â€™s could not keep players from coming out to play paintball June 30-31 at the Fort McClellan M.O.U.T. site in Anniston, Alabama for Burning Front: Taking Back Kabalah. The event produced by Urban Scenario Productions brought together approximately 100 players, who met up early Saturday morning where they were transported to a location on base used for training of military personnel. Once arriving at the location we were met by a realistic city, including a bank, disco, and police station; with many of these buildings being multiple stories tall. Tunnels, connecting basements, multitudes of windows, and rooftops were sure to make things even more interesting for players.
Play started with players at opposite ends of the city with their first objective being to hold certain buildings and to achieve presence within their perspective bases. Teams immediately fought for ownership of the bank building, which was located in the center of town and allowed players 360 degree views of the entire town from the roof. If you could hold the roof you could report to your team where other players were located, giving you field advantage. Although, many took shelter in areas within buildings in hopes of beating the heat, which itself lead to dodging paint pressed against walls or squatting underneath a window sills â€“ paint was flying everywhere. Play was called around 3 due to the extreme heat with the Blue team leading by over 1,000 points! Victory was short lived though.
Day two brought temperatures still well into the 100â€™s and several players opting out of play; but it did not stop those who did. Play was just as intense, full of energy, and non-stop. Special drops and missions kept players on their toes; as well kept play interesting. The red team led an intense surge on the blue base that lasted well into the morning which ended with the blue team pushing them back. It was a site that even my pictures could not capture. As thunder clouds rolled in, rain began to drizzle, and lightning began to play across the sky, the game was called; with the red team in the lead.
All around the event was great. There were no incidents of heat related problems thanks to the National Guard providing water and Gatorade throughout the day; as well as an air conditioned building for players to take breaks in. I would personally like to thank all of the military personnel who came out to distribute water, ref, and even play along. It was an honor to work with each of you!
Special thanks go to Master Sergeant Robert Oâ€™Day for his support and for securing permission from the National Guard to use the location. Along with Oâ€™Day, thanks to James Roberts who did an excellent job promoting and running the event. Had it not been for his long days of planning and plunging through the red tape the event may never have taken place.
Final thanks to Reese Stewart who wrote and produced this event kept himself busy relaying missions, initiating split second surprises, and walking right through the middle of battle to make sure things were going properly.
While I did not play this event this is definitely a field I will return to and I recommend it for anyone looking for some intense in your face scenario balling.
See yaâ€™ll soon!
Kelly â€œPistolâ€ Brennan