Mersey Road -> Mersey has a lot more sticks and debris on the ground, Ballistic has more attention to bunker qualtity and many more bunkers.
SNL Paintball -> SNL's prices are so ridiculous it is impossible to play with a semi.
Overkill Sportz -> I haven't played their woodsball field, so I can't make a comparison.
Directions to the Field:
Off Highway 311, near Tatamagouche.
Ballistic Paintball excells because of its excellent attention to field quality. To start off, there are no "tarp" bunkers, or any others of poor quality. Every bunker was carefully crafted and placed with all angles in mind. There is no bunker that is always safe from all angles, which makes for a very dynamic game that you do not see at other woodsball fields.
The field is quite large with many different areas. There is a woods section made up of dense growth, although every inch of it has been raked so you do not need to worry about diving into a pile of rocks or sticks.
The village at the top corner is one of the two starting positions. The center obstacle, the pentagon, is a pentagon shaped two-storey building with slot windows 360 degrees around on both floors. The rest of the village is made of an assortment of buildings and large crate bunkers. You can tell a lot of work went into these buildings, especially the pentagon.
The rest of the field is made up of woods-themed bunkers. They blend very well with their surroundings and are quite sturdy. You do not need to worry about holes in the bunkers being the cause of your elimination.
This field is potentially open 24/7. Walkon days last from 9:00am to as long as there is still people willing to play. It is not uncommon for the owners to use floodlights to allow people to continue playing as long as they wish.
Prices are excellent. Entry for all-day is $10. Paintballs start at $15 for 500, one of the best deals you will get at any paintball field in the world. There is always a selection of paint, usually rec grade, medium grade and then a tournament grade. That is not the least of it though, Ballistic paintball allows you to BYOP at no extra charge.
Safety at Ballistic is top-notch. There are strict mask and barrel condom rules, if you don't follow them, be sure you're sitting. The refs are leniant on new players breaking the rules, don't expect to be penalized if you're new to paintball. A reminder to keep your mask on or safety on is all you will get. The field is raked of any sort of debris, whether it be sticks, rocks, or stumps. You don't need to worry about a gash in your chest after trying to dive into a bunker. As I stressed before, saftey was the main concern when constructing the buildings and towers, they are all of high quality construction. The 10-foot freeze rule is always in effect here.
As this is a small field, the services provided are not first class, but hey, this is paintball. A free bbq lunch is provided, with drinks available. CO2 and HPA are available onsite. Repairs to any of your gear can be made onsite, and all of the staff are knowledgable and willing to help you with any marker issues. Bathrooms are limited to outhouses, but they are clean.
The staff are very friendly and are always willing to help out new players. The reffing done is very good, which ties back into the attention to safety at Ballistic Paintball.
The players here are always friendly and by the end of the day you've made many new friends. Anyone can show up and be instantly welcomed, regardless of what tpe of marker you shoot or what your skill-level is.
I believe Ballistic Paintball to be the best woodsball field in Nova Scotia. Field quality, friendly staff, and excellent prices all make this an excellent field. Remeber, this field allows you to BYOP free of any additional charge. If you own your own gear and have your own paint, all you need is $10 and you can get a great day of paintball.
Last edited on Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 at 12:05 pm PST