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Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Med Cup - Re-Visited !!!



The alarm clock starts at 04:00 in the morning. You just want to curl up in your bed, bury your head in the pillow. Never mind this paintball stuff.. Sound familiar?

After dragging my body out of bed, ears still ringing after last nights Metallica concert, it was time to get some much needed coffee into my system. Note to self: two hours of sleep just isn't enough.. 

Our trusty driver Per Gunnar rolls up with the car minutes later. Even when I am dead tired the same thing always happens. I think its the sound the wheels my Planet Eclipse kit bag makes as it is dragged across the asphalt to the car. This sound always wake me up, its the sound of a new adventure starting! I will probably associate this sound with paintball for as long as I`ll live.  

After some time off from paintball for our team due to real life issues, everybody was starting to feel that itch again. For some, "time off" just means not practicing paintball  2 times every week like we used to, but still watching paintball videos and the different webcasts to keep up to date on current events. Others have been stationed on the russian/norwegian border on army duty far to the north in the wilderness without a chance to shoot a single paintball.

Anyhow, as spring approached it was time to get the band back together to see if we still got what it takes to compete. As before we decided to go to the friendliest tournament on earth: the Med Cup. Joining us this time was fellow Norwegian team Stavanger Mayhem. We operated under the name of Anthrax Norway/ Fight Back design this time around. No changes in the crew, same old friends :-)  Fight Back Design is my new-born company selling Anthrax jerseys and apparel so I was a bit proud being able to name the team after it. :-)

This time we decided to spend the whole week to get to enjoy as much of Greece as possible before going home. We flew down to Thessaloniki on Monday with 5 players, and we were picked up by our great host Kostantinos from Anthrax paintball at the airport. Running with a skeleton crew we just had to pray we didn't suffer any injuries.  

We spent the first days as tourists enjoying the beaches and sun, the Mayhem guys found the casino, everybody just having a good time. Friday was practice day, some of our guys had not fired a paintball in over a year so it was sorely needed. My Geo 3 still had some sand in it from last years Med Cup in Cyprus but still performed without a hitch.


We took some beatings in the beginning of the practice, but after getting bunkered a few times people woke up and slowly but surely we started to look like a team again. Nothing like a few balls to the back of your head to get things going :) At the end of practice we felt better. Our gun skills still needed some work but what better way to fix that than the 3 man tournament Saturday?

Friday night Konstantinos took all of us to a nice local restaurant,and when I say all I mean – all! Almost all the players from the tournament were there early (probably so they wouldn’t miss anything) , we basicly took over the whole restaurant. They served amazing Greek-food and a locally brewed wine,the interior was old-greek and they played the local music- it was really a remarkable experience.  

As Saturday rolled around for once the weather was on our side. We northerners don't take to kindly to scorching heat and after working on our tan for a few days (or a delicate sunburnt pink if you forgot the sunblock :). "No, I will get the sunblock later. Just let me finish this beachvollyball match..") overcast with a slight breeze was very welcome.


We took a couple of early losses in the 3 man before racking up some wins. Its was a fun day, not to serious, in the end we ended in 4th place out of nine teams. Our friends Stavanger Mayhem took the win.

After a quick break we prepared for the mini nations cup. Its a fun way to end the day and good practice for the xball tournament. We merged with Mayhem to represent Norway. After sorting out the team calls we just mixed it up and got to it. In the end we defeated Greece in the final! Feeling good everybody hurried to pack up their stuff, because up next was the Med Cup beach party! Words can’t really do it justice, we had a whole section of the beach and the beach bar to ourselves. The weather was great and so was the beer!



We had to get up early to get ready for the xball tournament. Our first match was against Mayhem and it was a close fought match which ended in a draw 2-2 an it set the tone for the rest of the day. Most of the teams where evenly matched and every game was a fight. We ended the prelims with 2 wins, one draw and a loss. We battled through the quarter finals and semis in some though matches to face Fivestar Leida in the finals. The first point ended in a one on one which they won, after that they played a smart controlled game and secured their win.

After the disappointment wore of we realized that with our lack of expectations before the event we really had to be quite happy with how things turned out. After all we finished with two new trophies! 
Playing seven xball matches in a day will take its toll on your body so it was five tired players who packed away their Geos and headed for the showers.


Monday was spent relaxing and shopping before packing our bags and saying goodbye to our great hosts in the evening. Once again we had a great trip and and made some new friends!

Big thanks to Kostantinos , Nil and all the rest of the Anthrax crew and Stavanger Mayhem and finally Planet Eclipse. Once again our markers proved that they can handle three days of playing without a hitch :) Also thanks to all the players from Greece, Norway, Singapore, Netherlands, New Zeland, Germany, Spain, England and Turkey for making this a memorable event!


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Incoming !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Air Assault Factory has been dropping Air Strikes all across the mid west the last couple weeks!

AAF takes 1st place at Central Paintball League's event #3 hosted by CPX in Joliet, IL and there D4 & D5 lines both took 1st & 2nd Place at the Vintage Paintball Series Event #2!! 


AAF's team edition LV-1 and GEO 3.1's shot flawlessly with multiple kinds of paint during the weekend. We would like to Thank Planet Eclipse for providing us with great equipment and giving us the upper hand against other teams. 



Air Assault Factory is currently ranked 3rd in PSP D3 Race to 4. Keep your eyes open for them at the PSP West Coast Open.

To see how AAF is doing at each event please “like” their facebook page -






Friday, 8 August 2014

Ryan Greenspan, the IVCore and the GEO3.5

At the very highest level, professional paintballers get to play the sport they love in a lot of great places around the world, but the constant traveling, eating in airports, dodgy hotel room beds and time away from home can be a stress on anyone who'd rather chill on the sofa.


This is not true of San Diego Dynasty's Ryan Greenspan. He LOVES to travel. And he loves to create cool little videos of his experiences which gives us a little more insight into how one of the game's biggest stars manages to make the most of his global travels, in between winning events and teaching people how to play.

However, he regretted the day he took an innocent trip to Planet Eclipse HQ in Manchester. As soon as his smiling face came through our front door we put him straight to work with a bit of modelling and a barrage of questions about him and what he thinks of our latest products, the GEO3.5 and the IVCore bolt assembly. We did treat him to lunch though. And beer.





So Ryan, welcome to Planet Eclipse HQ, how are things? Coffee?
RG: I'm good, coffee sounds great thanks.


Your Ryan’s travels videos are awesome to watch. Is this something you have a passion for or have you just grown to make something positive out of something you have to do a lot of? 
RG: I have always had a passion to travel and I also like to tell the stories that go along with those. I want to let people live vicariously through my travels and perils, at times. I am restricted quite a bit on my videos and story telling because my resources are incredibly limited. All I literally have is my GoPro and a computer with a small editing program on it.  f I had more resources we could see Ryan's Travels go to the next level! I can only do so much while holding a camera in front of my face!! 

If the end of the world was about to happen have you visited THE place that you’d like to spend your last day on Earth? 
RG: Tough question. I do love San Diego when I get to be home. I really enjoy south and central America. If I had to grab a small stack of cash and leave town, you could probably find me in S. America. 






You did a clinic at CPPS (UK) recently didn't you? It’s a great venue. When was the last time you did one in the UK?
RG: I actually did one last year at Shockwave Paintball I think it was. We had over 20 guys out there all super stoked on learning. It is always good to get out and teach some paintball to hungry players who want to learn. 

You also do clinics all over the world.  Do you think there are obvious differences between how different nations think about, and play the game? Any potential out there?
RG: There are always some great players out there and some guys who really get it. Then, there is the other side of the spectrum where there are guys who just don't get it. But, the big take away from all of that is everyone loves playing whether they get it or not. A player can be struggling all day, then they start to hit targets or get the drill done right and next thing you know they are so happy. That is what I look for, improvement, progression and fun. 

You also do some awesome paintball marker test videos too, like the GEO efficiency tests you've been doing. Have you noticed any real advancements over the past few years in how the GEO operates and performs?
RG: For sure there is a noticeable increase in efficiency each time something new comes out. But moreover, the marker just seems to be a lot better in terms of feel, accuracy and efficiency with every major improvement.





Our latest GEO, the 3.5, is powered by the IVCore drivetrain,. How big an impact on efficiency do you think the IVCore has had on the GEO platform?
RG: This upgrade was a night and day difference. This was a HUGE component in helping us to win the MAO event. We were able to shoot more paint than any other team! The Art Chaos and Ironmen guys both have said to me that they just couldn't compete in that type of long shooting game cause they just couldn't get that amount of paint out of their markers. 

What does that mean in real terms? As in, on the field noticeable results? 
RG: It's just as I have said before. You can shoot more paint, so that translates into more versatility in game plans. You don't have to worry about air consumption anymore. Also, for those of you who don't have the luxury of 4500psi fills, a bolt that has better efficiency means that you're getting more out of your 3000 fills.





We used to sell custom add-on parts, before we designed and made our own markers and the IVCore upgrade is almost like getting back to that again, but with more performance gains. You can now Eclipse your Eclipse marker, which is kinda cool right? 
RG: Yeah, it's always nice for people to be able to customise their gear. Everyone, years and years ago, loved all the small bits and pieces to put on their Autocockers. The thing is, the GEOs and LVs at this point are so good out of the box, there isn't much to attach to them. Until now.

You swear by your GEO, which is great to hear, what would you say to someone who was thinking of buying one? 
RG: I always recommend them because they're especially easy to use and maintain. I think there are like 6-8 o-rings on the entire bolt system, which is nothing for a marker like this! There are three parts in there and pretty much everything can be solved with a bit of grease. If our guys can trouble shoot their markers, pretty much anyone can.

Ok Ryan, appreciate you hanging out with us and answering a few questions. Now, let's get lunch and beer.




You can check out Ryan's travels, as well as all his other videos at his YouTube channel.

See his life through pictures on his Instagram Channel.

And search for Ryan Greenspan on Facebook for his day-to-day updates on paintball, life and everything else.

Monday, 4 August 2014

The new GEO3.5 - The lowdown.

After much speculation, rumour-mongering and the usual online shenanigans the GEO3.5 has finally landed. Our master engineer, Jack Wood, says that the GEO3.5 is more than just another model number, so we put him under the microscope...Jack Bauer style!




Hey Jack, that's a pretty sweet looking GEO in your hands, but we're gonna cut to the chase, people want answers. What's new with this version, other than a great looking piece of kit?
JW: We were really pleased with how the GEO3.1 was received and how it performed in all types of playing scenarios and conditions, but then the GSL happened and we knew straight away that we needed to make the performance uplift of that marker more accessible to a wider range of players. That's what we have here.

The GSL was the 'if anything was possible' super limited marker wasn't it? What was so different about that to a regular GEO?
JW: Other than the cosmetic differences with the GSL, we spent a lot of time creating two very important operational upgrades to the platform, the IV Core drivetrain and the quick-release bonnet. On the face of it they appear to be simple, functional marker elements, but the difference they made to the GEO was incredible. And very noticeable. Instantly.

IV Core?
JW: It's the name we gave to the complete bolt assembly which consists of the bolt tip, the can, propshaft assembly and valve chamber. It's the part of the engine that makes the magic happen and helps players cover other players in paint.




So what was so different about how the GSL performed?
JW: The implementation of the IVCore in the GSL elevated the GEO platform to a whole new level. It had a quieter sound signature, had a softer shot too making it even better on brittle paint (which the GEO is already great with) and feel even better to shoot. But most of all gave us a significant jump in air efficiency. All of which turned out to make a huge and very noticeable difference to the player on the field. The quick release addition was to make it even easier for player to access, strip down and maintain the bolt assembly throughout an event or at the start/end of each day if they needed to. The quick-release is effortless to use and I think it transforms the look of the gun. It completes the package.

Is the GEO3.5 a baby GSL then?
JW: Yes and no. The GSL is still a vastly refined and rare piece of paintball equipment and nothing will come close to it as a complete package. The quality of the GSL, the man hours we spent on design and development and the attention to detail in the finishing and assembly of every component will always mean that the GSL is a very special marker. However, the improvements we made in terms of how the GEO operated in the GSL format were that impressive that we essentially couldn't ignore it. The IVCore delivered way more than we hoped it would when we first delved into the concept. The 3.5 is a case of taking some of that essential technology, reworking it and adapting it to create a more complete and accessible GEO that anyone can use to keep them ahead of the competition.

Do you have a favourite 'part' of the GEO3.5?
JW: That's a weird question. As a geeky tech guy it would be easy for me to say the IVCore drivetrain, based on its sheer performance, but I actually love how we've made the quick-release bonnet look like it was always there. If you know what I mean?




Thanks for that Jack, always good get your thoughts on the latest and greatest, and not as boring and geeky as we thought actually. Even Ryan was vaguely interested too.

Say goodbye Jack.
JW: Goodbye Jack.


The GEO3.5 is out now, in 6 delicious colour options. For more technical specifications of the package and other juicy stuff check out  PlanetEclipse.com

Have you bought a GEO3.5?  Why not post pics on Instagram with the hashtag #emortalarmy #GEO35 and @planeteclipse and we'll take a look.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Adrenaline can help overcome most things !!!!






Battered, bruised but not out.... Team Adrenaline raced to a great second place victory in the Manitoba Speedball League, July 26th, with a team of injured players!

With Steven running and gunning with 10 stitches in his right arm and Dore with his chin still healing from an unfortunate diving accident last event both of these players pulled out every stop to keep their opponents heads down and the game moving. The injuries don't stop there, Matty had just had reconstructive surgery on his wrist and the Team Captain, Eden, played on with a blown out knee and pinched nerve in his back.

With Eclipse guns pointed up, they were able to lock down key areas of the field early on and point after point bring their opponents to the ground.

Awesome work and kudos to playing on with so many injuries, Team Adrenaline!


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The Savages are at the gates!




Eclipse and Badlands sponsored Saskatoon Savage once again utterly obliterated their opponents, this time in the CPPL E4 Warburton Classic Division 2 5-Man!

With another stellar podium finish under their belt, Saskatoon Savage is poised to become one of the top teams in Western Canada. With their hot streak this season, Saskatoon Savage's aspirations to compete in this year’s PSP World Cup are quickly becoming a reality!

Image courtesy of Kyle Pouliot Photography.