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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

The Tippinators Have Seen the Rise of the Sport By: Dean Lisk

Paintball Hits the Mark

For adrenaline junkies: Paintball hits the mark
It's intense, fun and can pack a sting
Story by Dean Lisk - The Daily News
Photos by Sabrena MacKenzie - The Daily News

It was at a birthday party, about seven years ago, that Austin Flaherty discovered paintball.

"I was scared, to be honest," said the 21-year-old about his experience. "Like every new player, I was scared about getting hit."

The Halifax resident didn't last long. He was killed about five minutes into his first game. It literally happened with a bang.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Bounding Overwatch

The most important skill for every player and team to master …
By Bruce 'Charon' Johnston

originally published in issue 2:2 of RECON Magazine

You are trying to become the best paintballer at your field. You play every chance you get, read all the magazines and watch all the videos. No matter what you try there is one skill you must completely master before you can take your game to the next level. One skill more than any other will make you the master of woodsball or tourneyball - the "Bounding Overwatch".

Keeping it Together. Stay together and stay strong!

Don't let your team become an ugly statistic.. Stay together and stay strong!
By Bruce 'Charon' Johnston

originally published in the November 2006 issue of Paintball Sports Magazine
Every weekend, you call up the same group of guys. You pool your money to buy paint, then, piling your gear bags into the back o f a van, head off to the local field. After a few months, it's really starting to come together. Other players hunt you down during the game-or ask you for tips afterwards! The head ref puts on the other team with the walk-ons with their baggy sweatshirts and rental markers to "even out the sides"

Stay In The Game

Your mindset is just as important as your skill set if you want to become a great player
By Bruce 'Charon' Johnston

originally published in the November 2006 issue of Paintball Sports Magazine
We all want to become better paintballers, score more eliminations and survive to the end of every game. Great paintballers are not born they are made. Making yourself into a one person wrecking crew on the field may not be as hard as you think, but it will take time. Fortunately time is on your side if you use it wisely. To help speed your journey here are a few tips to becoming a great paintballer.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Mersey Road Open Class Speedball Tournament

High winds and cool temperatures greeted the competitors for the season ending outdoor open class three man speedball tournament that was held at Mersey Road Paintball on October 21, 2006. Fredericton GT winners Team Apocalypse from South Shore Paintball did a stellar job as hosts and referees for the event and set up a field that put a premium on speed and mobility rather then pure volume of fire.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Local Team Finishes Third at International Tournament

A local paintball team, the Tippinators, made their first successful journey into international waters, capturing a third place finish at the Tippmann Three Man Challenge held at Skirmish USA, Jim Thorpe PA on August 20, 2006. That the Tippinators were able to finish on the podium in the event is no small feat in the talent filled 12 team tournament that featured two teams from Thor Omega who are semi pro players who feed the professional Tippmann Effect PSP (Paintball Sports Productions) and NPPL (National Paintball Players League) teams.

Monday, September 4, 2006

Paintball Team Makes Splash at International Tourney

Paintball team makes splash at international tourney By Allison Chandler - The Daily News

A Halifax paintball group is garnering some positive attention for how they play the game.

The Tippinators recently sent two teams to Pennsylvania to compete at the Tippmann Three Man Challenge on August 20 at Skirmish, one of the largest paintball fields in the US.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

A New Look at the Speedball vs. Woodsball Debate!

By Bruce 'Charon' Johnston
originally published in the September 2006 issue of Action Pursuit Games

Within the paintball world the debate between speedball players and woodsball players over the virtues of their preferred type of play continues to burn. Both sides of the debate have become so entrenched in their beliefs that it seems this is a debate without resolution. One paintball team, the Tippinators, playing from Mersey Road Paintball in picturesque Nova Scotia, Canada has a unique perspective on the game from both sides of the debate.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Tippmann Three Man Challenge - Skirmish USA

The Tippinators made their first journey into international waters, competing in the Tippmann Three Man Challenge held at Skirmish USA, Jim Thorpe PA on August 20. The Tippinators entered two teams for the tournament and one was able to come away with a third place finish. The 32 hour round trip drive was worth every second for the great fun and fantastic learning experience.

Monday, July 31, 2006

How to be a Winning Paintball General

The art of successfully leading players on the woodsball battlefield
By Bruce 'Charon' Johnston

originally published in the August 2006 issue of Paintball Sports Magazine
Alexander, Napoleon, Eisenhower, Rommel, Patton, Montgomery and MacArthur are some of the greatest generals and military tacticians in the history of the planet. What comes to mind when you think of these men? Courage, leadership, brilliance, resolve, paintball???

Friday, July 14, 2006

Atlantic GT - Atlantic Xtreme Paintball

Tippinators competed in the Moncton stop of the "Golden Triangle (GT) 2006 Series" speedball tournament held at Atlantic Xtreme Paintball, Memramcook, New Brunswick on July 15th, 2006. The team managed another seventh place for a respectable middle of the pack finish for the mil sim airball team in their first interprovincial tournament and road trip in this the second of the Atlantic GT series. Unlike the cold rain endured at the Halifax GT the competitors in this tournament were pleased to finally play on a perfect day with sun and hot temperatures.

Sunday, July 2, 2006

Getting Your Paintball Team Sponsored!

Top companies are offering sponsorships for scenario teams. How can you make your team stand out?
By Bruce 'Charon' Johnston

originally published in the July 2006 issue of Paintball Sports Magazine

In recent paintball history, only high profile tournament speedball teams playing in organized leagues received sponsorship. Today, with the increase in sales of woodsball products from companies like Tippmann Sports, the abundance of mil-sim style modifications for paintball markers (including the SP-8 and the Black Cell Ion), plus the advent of the Scenario Paintball Players League (SPPL) and increasing popularity of big games like Oklahoma D-Day (the world's largest paintball game) woodsball is coming back to the forefront of the sport. With this increased exposure comes an increased sponsorship opportunity for woodsball teams and players.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Two Tippinators Squads Enter Overkill Sportz Exhibition Tournament

Saturday July 1st was a perfect day for paintball at the Overkill Sportz three man exhibition speedball tournament held in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia. Sunny skies and warm breezes greeted the 10 teams who entered the tournament. The Tippinators made a strong showing by entering two teams for the event; Tippinators Grey Squad (Juno, Krush, Fireball) [pictured] and Tippinators Green Squad (Hired Gun, Jimbo, Charon, Fuzzy).

Saturday, June 3, 2006

2006 Atlantic GT Speeball Tournament - Halifax

Tippinators finish 7th in the Halifax stop of the "Golden Triangle (GT) 2006 Series" speedball tournament held at Overkill Sportz Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia on June 3rd, 2006. The GT is a nation wide series of speedball and scenario events that draws in the top players from every region. Tough competition and big prize money are the hallmarks of GT events.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

What To Do When All Hell Breaks Loose

originally published in issue 2:1 of RECON Magazine

"Wow, they just mowed us down. There was nothing we could do. It was a slaughter." I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard that statement or something similar coming from paint covered players in the neutral zone after a game. The truth of the matter is that yes they did mow you down but there is always something you can do. If you know the types of engagements that may occur on the paintball field while you are moving toward the opponent's base you will be able to overcome and dominate any situation.

Saturday, May 6, 2006

Road Trip to Niagara Tactical Southern Ontario

One evening in May 2006 while traveling some 1200 miles from home on business, I decided to pay a visit to a local paintball field. Niagara Tactical Adventure was a short drive from where I was staying in Niagara Falls and the field, within sight of the QEW, approximately half way between Hamilton and Niagara Falls in southern Ontario Canada, seemed like the great place to shoot some paint. I parked the car donned my Tippmann jersey (I never leave home without it) and went inside to find someone to play with. Tim Smith the friendly owner of Niagara Tactical welcomed me like I was one of his regular players. We hit it off right away and I decided to have a chat before hitting the field.

Monday, May 1, 2006

Assaulting the Flag: Get the Flag and Win the Game, Every Time

It's the easiest part of a woodsball game, if it's done right
By Bruce 'Charon' Johnston

originally published in the May 2006 issue of Paintball Sports Magazine

"They had paint raining down on us from every direction. There was no way we could get anywhere near the flag."

Does that sound familiar? It is fun to run around in the woods shooting paint but capturing the flag is the name of the game. I constantly hear people complain about how hard it is to attack the other team's base and capture the flag. Assaulting the flag might very well be the easiest part of a woodsball game, if it's done right. Unfortunately too many players and teams go about the assaulting the flag all wrong.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Tippinators Start 2006 Season at Black Friday

The Tippinators attended, worked and played at the event that most players consider to be the start of the paintball season in eastern Canada, the hugely popular "Black Friday" scenario game, was held on April 14th 2006 at Mersey Road Paintball in East River Nova Scotia. A total of 322 players from throughout the region braved heavy rain and cold temperatures at the start of the day to make the 2006 edition of Black Friday a huge success.

Monday, April 3, 2006

Thundering A5s

By Austin "Juno" Flaherty

originally published in the April 2006 issue of Action Pursuit Games

I crouched quietly behind a series of fallen trees, watching patiently as the enemy players moved into positions at the bottom of the hill. I gripped my Tippmann A5 tightly and looked across to see my teammates in similar positions. We knew the woods like the back of our hand; every bunker was mapped out and all the angles were covered. We were in the position to strike.

We stood up and began to fire. Paintballs came down on the enemy like torrential rain. The sounds of our A5s were like the thunder of the storm. Markers and hands rose up out of bunkers and players walked off the field. At the end, we were left standing and no opposition remained. The "Tippinators" were victorious.

Could a Canadian Woodsball Team Successfully Storm the Speedball World?

Could a Canadian Woodsball Team Successfully Storm the Speedball World? By Jordan F. Ricks

Nestled in the picturesque countryside near Halifax, Canada, a battle-worn speedball field rests peacefully in the early morning shadows of towering elm trees and native oaks. The stained inflatable bunkers and trampled grass of Mersey Road Paintball projects a striking visual contrast to the serene backdrop of the untainted Nova Scotia landscape; yet, the speedball field somehow seems perfectly suited to exist alongside some of Mother Nature's finest work.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Tippinators Promote Paintball at Atlantic Outdoor Sports & RV Show

The Tippinators attended the 23rd Atlantic Outdoor Sports & RV Show held from March 16 to 19, 2006 at Exhibition Park in Halifax Nova Scotia and helped man the booth operated by Overkill Sportz. The show was a huge success with the team meeting and talking to thousands of paintballers and fans.

Scott 'Hired Gun' Knowles, Austin 'Juno' Flaherty and Bruce 'Charon' Johnston met and talked with current, past and future paintball players of all ages over two days. The team gave out hundreds of team stickers, promotional photographs and autographs to the many visitors to the booth while answering questions about the sport. The team posed for pictures with wide eyed kids who were holding their mil sim Tippmann A-5 markers that were sometimes taller then the kids holding them.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

What Ever You Do, Don't Do This!

Humble Confessions of Players who have Learned - "What not to do in Paintball"

By Paul Knoch, Bruce "Charon" Johnston, and Jordan F. Ricks

originally published in the March 2006 issue of Paintball Sports Magazine

Everyone's history is stained with momentary episodes of intellectual challenge (a.k.a. stupidity); albeit, some tend to experience more frequent, and more pronounced degrees of ineptitude than others, but as humans, we're all prone to imperfection. However, some of us push the accepted norm of "imperfection" to new frontiers of sheer idiocy, and as a species, we continue to find ways to "go where no man has gone before", or would want to go again.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Tippinators Named Official "RECON" Team

The Tippinators are pleased and very honoured to have been awarded to prestigious designation of "Official RECON Team" by Special Ops Paintball.

Special Ops Paintball based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the paintball industry leader in the sport of forest paintball or Woodsballtm has recognized and share the Tippinators team values of honesty, integrity and fair play.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Tippinator's Story Covered in Local Newspaper

Halifax, Nova Scotia - February 1, 2006: A local paintball team is receiving international media attention and attracting the interest of several of the sport's most influential companies. Action Pursuit Games magazine is featuring the three-man team (known as the Tippinators), in the April 2006 issue, and the Canadian paintballers have already received mention in Paintball Sports and RECON magazines. Eastern Passage resident Bruce Johnston, the team captain and leader both on and off the field is a founding member of the team. The Tippinators' unusual story and rare style of play has placed the team among the "who's who" of paintball and introduced Nova Scotia to fans and players throughout the United States and around the world.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Tippinators Sponsored by Tippmann Sports

The Tippinators are pleased and excited to announce that on February 17, 2006 Tippmann Sports the world's leader in high-performance paintball products who pride themselves on producing high-quality, durable paintball markers and accessories at an affordable price has joined the Tippinators as a sponsor.

Team captain Bruce Johnston was overjoyed with the news, "I know I speak for the rest of the Tippinators when I say thank you very much Ron, Erich and the rest of the Tippmann team for allowing the Tippinators to join the Tippmann family. We are excited and very much look forward to a long relationship with Tippmann Sports. Rest assured the Tippinators will represent and actively promote the Tippmann name with honor, integrity and class."

Friday, January 13, 2006

Tippinators Win Most Sportsmanlike Team

The Tippinators took to the field for their first tournament of the 2006 season at Stormwarning Paintball Games in New Minas, Nova Scotia on January 14, 2006. The team was eager to play at a new field for the first time.

The team was warmly welcomed by Bruce Adams and all the teams at Storms Paintball with many teams expressing their eagerness to take to the field against the Tippinators. The tournament was a rookie and novice event with 16 teams and ten rounds of play. Unfortunately the Tippinators were not able to play every team in attendance. Throughout the day the team did have a chance to meet and talk with almost every other participant and made many new friends as a result.