Hells Survivors - Larger Field, More Expensive, Further from Lansing
Chaos Paintball - Old Chaos (I put this under other fields, because this really is a whole new field under the new managment) was absolutely horrid
Directions to the Field:
Just South of Lansing.. see their website
As stated in previous reviews, Chaos Paintball is a whole new field now under new ownership. This place is doing an excellent job and shaping up to be a nice new addition to the area. This review is after the changeover.
Standard speedball pipe field: well setup when played from either side, spread out effectively.
Airball field: again, setup well, hard to go wrong with airball, but up every other weekend it seems.
Village: Excellent setup with both sides having different directions of attack equally effective. This is the course to learn to flank. Vans parked in the field add a large "structural component, as do the several buildings present in the center and the back half. Spools and barrels interspersed appropriately.
Woods: very interesting setup. Impenetrable bunker in the back with sand bags (ready those grenades) Clearings with bunkers right up the middle for longball and 50-50's. Awesome soft cover on the outside on both sides (watch out for the marsh on the left) which allows stealth and flanking of the middle bunkers.
Firebase: Looks to be shaping up well, but not finished yet.
Prices -- This is about as low as it comes for paintball. 10$ Field Fee, 5 $ all day air or CO2 (self service if desired) Three grades of paint, the most expensive of which is 50$, the cheapest is 38$ (2000). Rental with a day of play and 500 rounds of paint is 35$. That is very cheap in my opinion, Tippman 98's; pretty standard stuff. Last but not least: Bring Your Own Paint charge 10$ for all you marbalizer fans out there.
Hours -- 1230 - 1630 Sat, Sun open play most all weekends. Could be more if they wanted to or had the interest for. I have stayed there till 1700-1730 playing before.
Safety -- MUCH more enforced than previously. Refs do a great job when they see the aimless new guy without a barrel sock on. Masks/Socks strictly enforced.
Refs -- Good job at making sure the rules are followed. They are great guys to talk to and are more than happy to point out strategy that you can use to the newer guys/gals.
Facilities -- basically you get a shed.. Actually the best part is the parking and staging area. Multiple tables and trash areas. Indoors is fairly spartan as all the proshop and such functions are about 15 min away at Outpost paintball.
Players -- excellent every time I have been there. Very willing to split and balance teams. Fair amount of regulars, who enjoy playing against eachother, not unsuspecting new players. Refs do a good job at splitting the teams and making sure the guys with the 2000$ Angels are not taking on the guys with the rental 98's. Folks are very friendly and you will find yourself engaged in conversation between matches more often than not.
Things I would Change -- Outfit the shop there a bit more, but I believe they are in the process of doing this. There is more work to be done on the new fields, and I am looking forward to them opening. This is a very casual atmosphere. It can be 30 min or so between games sometimes. Good if you need air/paint... bad if you don't. It would be nice to see more games go on with people filling up and such as needed by sitting out the usual 15 min games or so.
Overall this is an excellent field now, 110% better than previously. I will be spending more and more time here when I don't have the time/inclination to go to Pickney (Hells Survivors). Who knows, I may like it more than there eventually.