The Power Of One - CS1

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Mamba Needs You !!!!!

There’s one scenario paintball event that has drawn international attention each year for the past decade – Living Legends. The original Living Legends, held at CPX Sports in Joliet, Illinois, was conceived as a national-level scenario event that would also honor those who have helped elevate paintball. The notables recognized in the first year included industry pioneers, the founders of scenario paintball, and a handful of key players.

In the years that followed, the game and accompanying spectacle has grown, swelling attendance to rival the biggest paintball events ever, with thousands making the annual trip. This year, a Planet Eclipse-sponsored player, Richard “Mamba” Money of Team Capital Offense, will take the helm as general of the Titans’ side.

Mamba has made his name as one of the key commanders in scenario ‘ball.  He has taken a leadership role in over 20 games (either general, XO, or unit commander), including two stints as general at the Fulda Gap Mega Game. The first time Mamba commanded in that game, he lost by the narrowest point margin in the game’s history, but when he reprised his commanding role, he racked up sweet redemption in the form of what may be the largest point spread ever. 

As an experienced commander, Mamba knows how to focus on what’s needed to win while giving his teams a chance to do what they do best. If your team is eager to take bases, you’ll be asked to take bases. Can your team flank and infiltrate? Mamba will aim you towards the proper target. And when it’s time to sling paint, you’ll see Mamba at the front ripping on his Team Capital Offense LV1.

If you’re planning to attend Living Legends X, and you’re reading this blog, sign up for the Titans to play alongside Mamba and Team Capital Offense!

Jason “Foolybear” Lineberger plays scenario paintball for Planet Eclipse as part of Team Capital Offense, and he was honored to be on stage at the first Living Legends.  Check out his paintball adventures on his Instragram and Twitter (@foolybear). He already has his ticket to LLX. Titans!

Thanks to English Rose Photography for the pics:  

Thursday, 16 February 2017

#02 A third in the hand is worth more in Holmbush

This is the second post where we delve into the brain archives of the big cheeses at Planet Eclipse as they tell us about their favourite memories from the last 25 years as a paintball company.

To some, a 3rd place medal is a sign of failure, or a symbol of not quite being good enough but not this one, this was so much more than 'just a medal'.

Why? Well, pull up a chair and we'll tell you.

The medal pictured below (in an amazingly cheap wallet, but pretty sweet at the time) is pretty obvious. It's actually written on it, well, on the plaque anyway. We won this at the Mayhem Masters (Europe's biggest paintball event) in 1993 with our up-and-coming team, the Banzai Bandits.

Some of you may not know this, but we're based 'Up North' (the North of England) and most of the best teams that have been around in the UK for years have been based 'Down South'. There had always been a very big North/South divide in terms of attitude and quality of teams, so when we rocked up at Holmbush (Down South) to take on the big boys from all over Europe, and the States, it was a huge deal for us. A rights of passage almost.

Our team, the Banzai Bandits, was made up of the following band of misfits: Jack Wood, Chris Morden, Julian Carr, Tess, Charlie, Brian Greenbank, Phil Cummins, Ian Duthie, Stewart Pailthorpe, Steve Horan and Myself (Ledz). We were all pretty young bucks at the time (I was just 23) and up against some seriously heavy hitting legendary teams, but we were up for it and gave it everything we had.

The event was a standard set up of 5 teams in a round robin finals. We played the Turks first and beat them with 10 players alive, which was nice. We then played the Eagles, which is when it went downhill and it all kicked off. They went mental (I didn’t really have any clue why because it was on the other tape and that was a long way away). The Eagles packed their bags and left, but not before they came over to our table and nearly kicked off. The Preds (Predators) stood up for us, which I will never forget; as I said, we were all pretty young and most of the teams were a lot younger, more lovers than fighters. That argument knocked the wind out of our sails and we lost the last two games against the Preds and Nam Wreckin Crew. 

Final results were: Predators 1st, NWC 2nd, Banzai Bandits 3rd, Turks 4th, Eagles 5th.

So, why was this event and this result so important and memorable to me? The Banzai’s coming 3rd at this event was AMAZING. We were this up and coming team from ‘Up North’ that nobody really expected to do anything. We had also come 3rd in the Mayhem Warm-up the month earlier but the Mayhem Masters itself had all the best teams from Europe, and a few from the States. We had beaten NWC (flag in transit) and also beaten the Florida Terminators in our prelim bracket to get to the final so we were already buzzing. But to get 3rd just meant to me (and I hope the rest of the guys) that we were good enough. We weren’t making up the numbers any longer and we were definitely the best team from the North. We thought we were good but kept falling a little short. This was the seal of approval that we all needed to kick on. And kick on we did. For me this was a new era in UK Paintball. Time for the old boys to move aside - although we welcomed them stopping us from getting beaten up.

The result aside, the Banzai’s always had a good drink so always have lots of memories from the bar. I think this was the year we tried Cow tipping for the first time but could never get close enough to the cows. The one thing that really stood out to me though wasn’t at the event itself, but at the next time the Banzai’s played an event. It was at Koow Doow which we had played many many times before, so nothing new, but when we were walking into the base camp in the morning all these ‘Pro’ players from the Preds and Nam etc were saying ‘Morning’ to us. ‘Morning Ledz’ - nothing more than that, but to me that was HUGE. The established Pros at the time were a very different breed of players back then and the inner circle was very definitely closed, especially to Northerners, but by just saying ‘Morning’ it was like an acceptance into their gang.

The 3rd place at the 1993 Mayhem Masters meant one big thing to us. The Banzais had arrived.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

#01 - It started with a quid.

Planet Eclipse celebrates 25 Years In The Game, so we thought we'd share 25 key moments from those 25 years with you guys. Right here. On our blog.

We managed to get the main men together and agree on a list of the 25 moments that we all agree stuck in our minds throughout our amazing 25 year journey. So each month we'll post a little story or two that will give you an insight into what we like and where we've actually been as a company, as paintballers and as people.

So, strap yourselves in for #01.

We thought we'd start our series of posts right at the very beginning. With our very first customer and our very first quid (fyi - a quid is one English pound in currency). The company was called Paintball Planet back then and we had a little shop on Deansgate Road in Manchester, UK. At the time (1991) paintball was full of weird and wonderful characters and I swear the shop saw all of them come through the doors. The shop was small and we tried to cram as much awesome paintball gear as we could to surround ourselves with the stuff we loved, stuff that we hoped the people coming into our shop would actually buy. So we could eat. And play paintball. And maybe, turn our obsession into a successful company.

I have no idea how we managed to save this quid. It was literally our very first sale as a paintball company and we could have bought quite a few tins of beans back then but nope, we kept it. That said, I am a bit of a hoarder of all things related to my/our paintball history (just wait until we get into Banzai Bandits history, I’ve got loads!).

Unfortunately none of us can decipher his signature nor remember exactly what he bought, probably a load of o-rings or maybe even a full set-up; a quid was pretty useful back then, but whatever it was this was the first ever quid that Planet Eclipse earned, and for that we’re eternally grateful. We’ve been pumping each quid we’ve earned back into the business ever since, to make better gear and keep the sport we love thriving.

And long may it continue.

Antony ‘Ledz’ Leadbetter.

P.S. If you still follow paintball and this is you, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

1st Pro National Combine

Planet Eclipse are proud to support the 1st Pro National Paintball Combine coming to the NXL Winter Classic event this February in Florida.

Are you trying to get into tournament paintball? 
Are you in between teams? 
Are you just getting back into paintball? 
Are you looking for your big break? 

The Paintball Combine is part Clinic, part Tryout and part Tournament. 
One weekend in the Florida sun with 6 of the best clinical professional players in the game.

With player scouting commitments from teams like: San Diego Dynasty, Edmonton Impact, LA Infamous, AC Dallas and just added: LA Ironmen The Combine brings together players from all over the world to give them a chance to learn from the best, play with the best and TRYOUT for the best.

Designed around individual players and inclusive of ALL skill levels come alone - come with a friend, leave with an entire team behind you. 

February 10th - 12th 
Kissimmee Florida 

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Fulda Gap 2016 - By Foolybear

Capping off a busy 2016 scenario paintball season, Team Capital Offense met up for their annual year-end event.  It’s one that thousands of players from around the world have attended for over a decade – the Fulda Gap Mega Game.

For those of you as yet uninitiated to this one, here’s the quick scoop. It’s a large-scale game simulating a Cold War era military scenario of a WARSAW land invasion of Europe. Don’t want to dive into the history? Think approximately 1500 players, bases and forts all over a giant paintball field, tanks galore, anti-tank rocket launchers, a mess of snipers rocking First Strikes, big name vendors, and some of the best teams in scenario paintball.  Now stretch that over two days with many of the teams choosing to stay on site to camp (some come as early as Thursday), and you’ve got yourself a year-ending paintball bash!

Once again this year we had our friend from across the sea, Jack Wood, running and gunning with the TCO crew. He was joined by Anthony “T2” D’Ambrosio from Boston Paintball and a few other guests eager to sample the team’s off-field hospitality and our on-field aggression.  Last year TCO offered their services to the NATO side, but the lopsided victory left us hungry for more, so this year we switched up and ran WARSAW, putting us back where we belong – on the attack!

The Action on the Field

Saturday’s game began with a WARSAW struggle to gain ground. Unfortunately for NATO, we brought our A-game and a squad of 25 seasoned paintballers rocking the latest Planet Eclipse markers and HDE uniforms, rolling with coordinated radios, a pack full of the best smokes in the game (Thanks Enola Gaye!), and Virtue loaders and masks. It didn’t take long to poke a hole in the NATO defenses, and once we had a toehold in enemy territory, we never let up, taking base after base as the day progressed.

One memorable moment saw TCO on the far side of the field in one of the border bases, Fort Apache. After digging out the defenders, we established a perimeter and prepared to hold off against the constant onslaught from a nearby NATO spawn point. Wave after wave crashed against the TCO cliffs. There are few things better than railing off a string of paint from an CS1 at charging enemy players who then take a short walk and come back for more. It took a tactical nuke called in from our own command to take us and the fort out of play. 

And come back for more is exactly what NATO did on Sunday. Their side looked like a different team.  We had a feast Saturday night, but NATO apparently skipped the food because they woke up hungry!  Sunday was some of the best paintball we’ve seen – in-your-face action all day.  Tank-on-tank shootouts, crazy charges and ambushes, and one insane final fight for the hilltop base Rex.  I thought, based on Saturday, that the game would be a blowout, but NATO narrowed the gap and made it competitive. WARSAW brought home the win this year, but the teams got what they came for – a professionally-run, competitive, massive paintball battle. Command Decisions Wargames Center once again put on an amazing show.

The Off-Field Action

I love playing for Team Capital Offense. We do this paintball thing right. Our staging/camping area this year featured a giant table able to seat the entire team. Not only was it covered and lit, but it was even heated! Big thanks to Janet and Robert Cox who take such good care of us at this game, from fresh biscuits in the morning to brisket in the evening, and gallons of coffee to get us started each day.

I think our guests join us as much for the off field antics as for the paintball adventures.  I’ll just say that there are stories to be told, but like Las Vegas, what happens at Fulda Gap stays there; however, if you have an imagination, I will reveal that there was fire, karate chops, and a guy in a bear suit.  You can try to put the pieces together.

Foolybear on the Frontlines

One of the highlights for me this year was getting to test-drive the Etha 2. I’ve been a big fan of the Etha.  There’s something about it that just fits my hand perfectly, and even though I had other options, I spent one year shooting nothing but that marker. I set out to see how much it could handle over the course of a dozen scenario games in all weather conditions. The Etha took all I dished out and came back for more, so when I had the chance to test the Etha 2, I jumped at it.

My first impression – game changer. It’s steady, quiet, and dead on target. It’s light and agile, a nimble marker for gun-fighting and one that’s easy to haul around for hours at a time.  Once you get your hands on one you’ll be able to see for yourselves.  Game. Changer. I would gladly carry the Etha 2 in any scenario event.

Want to see more pictures from Fulda Gap?  Team Capital Offense had the talented English Rose Photography following us all weekend.  I’m posting pictures on a daily basis, so follow @foolybear on the Twitter and keep up with the #paintball and #PlanetEclipse action!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Rebels... End of Season Wrap Up !

NM-Norwegian Masters

NM is always an exiting tournament. The field is always secret so no one gets to practice on it before the tournament. This is also always an area for discussion, but that’s also part of the NM-warmup. This year’s field-layout was made by Nick Brockdorff. And to the oldies out there – no, it was nothing like the Amsterdam layout :-)

Rebels started a bit rough, when you’re used to playing the fields before you use them at tournaments the first game will often hit you like a cold shower. They started out against Blast who clearly have walked the field with a better precision, 4:0 to Blast.

But after a shower you will always come out fresher. The first proof of that was the next game against Oslo Embers – 4:1 with energy to spare.

Then they met Rampage, a young team with a lot of fight in them, but this time they couldn’t match Rebels at all 4:0 win.

Last prelim game was NTNUI black, a up and coming d1 team from Trondheim who have tons of reball hours split between them. It’s always great to see d1 teams stepping up to the challenge to try and take on the elite teams. This time it didn’t go all there way, Rebels won 4:0

So, the semis were up, and Blast were waiting again. This time their advantage of better fieldwalking was gone and the playingfield was leveled. It was an even game with points back and forth until it was 3:3. Rebels tried to end the game, but the time was against them and they hit the buzzer 2 seconds too late. No point instead and on to overtime. In this point Rebels manages to shoot one of their own, giving themselves a one for one, and can’t pick up the game from there. So, close, but Blast wins 4:3.

After that it’s hard to pick up the motivation again, but they try their best playing bronzefinals against Solid. This is also a tough game, and even though the motivation was low they wouldn’t let Solid get any points for free. Then at 3:2 something strange happens, the refs suddenly asks Rebels to step on with 4 players without an explanation, no one understands anything, not even Solid. This leads to Solid winning 4:2, ending Rebels on 4th place. After the game they got told that it was a technical error in the game before, a towel button malfunctioning leading to the fatal error, but the error was already done, nothing to do about it unfortunately. 4th place is not bad in the fight to be Norways best team, but it just feels a bit hard to swallow that it could have been a different outcome if the system didn’t malfunction.

Paris, last leg of the Millennium series

At least once a year the airports are on strike, and at least once a year paintballers will have to travel precisely at that moment :)

Rebels were supposed to arrive a day before the tournament, with enough time to even go sightseeing – well, why plan on doing anything other than paintball, the flights were moved several times, but at least they made it to the tournament.

The first game was a bit messy and they were testing out a lot of things they didn’t have the time to do before the tournament. But even with people shot because of that they won over Poison Ivy 4:0. A good start to the tournament.

Razorback Saint Etienne was the next opponent where Rebels were under in points a long time before they turned it around and made the scoreboard tell about a  4:3 win. 

Saturday: Inflame Regensburg were up. Rebels have played them before and knew they were a tough opponent, but with a good gameplan and focused minds they steered the game in to a solid 5:1 win

Sunday club! So many times, but its still a great feeling! A confirmation on that what we do is right.

Sunday they started against Razorback from the prelims. The second game against them this weekend, they knew it would be a hard one. Making it harder on themselves they had a bit too few helpers in the pit, so by trying to fix a problem in the pit they didn’t manage to fill the startgate with 5 people at one point. They also tried taking a time-out which became a towel – talk about trying to give yourself the hardest match ever. Razorback was up 3:0 and it was time to wake up! And that they did. They pushed on taking back point by point going up to 3:3. Last point, it was just over 1 minute left on the clock, and Sigve managed to buzz with 2 seconds left. 4:3 and they were through!

Next up in the quarterfinal was Bandits Wels, they’ve been looking at the Razorback game so Rebels had a good mental grip on them. It was a good game, ended 4:2 with no hickups.

So the semifinal, Bad Boys Oss, the nemesis. These guys are incredible players with a stable game. Unfortunately for Rebels they were an inch better. The game ended 4:3 to Bad Boys in overtime.

After a long wait the bronzefinal was finally here. The opponent was Droogs, a team from Frankfurt with a couple of Americans attending. Rebels were prepared for a really tough game, last time they met they played overtime plus 1 vs 1 before Rebels won.
This game though, was completely different, everything Rebels did seemed to work and in under 3 minutes the bronze medal was in their hands – 4:0 in the bronzefinal, something to be proud of!

Congratulations to Rebels for a great season-ending – 3rd place in Millennium Paris!

Rebels want to thank our sponsors for having our backs and believing in us: Planet Eclipse and Virtue Paintball for awesome equipment, Anthrax for rocking cool jerseys and coffe in their booth. Blitzed media and Bjerke Media for making us look good. We would also like to thank: Fight Back Design, Energima, RVS, JKS rør and Proteinfabrikken

Love from Kristine Myhre Andersen