JT's Frontline Paintball - Little cheaper, fewer fields
Directions to the Field:
It's on their site, if you're paying attention you won't miss.
Ok, so I'm gonna go from worst to best here, which is also about how you're experience at this field will go.
So the first thing you notice driving up is the facilities. It's this dingy cabin with rag tag insulation and old car seats for chairs. Not a great first impression. Out-houses or the bushes are your bathrooms. You should probably just stay outside while there, the view outside is much nicer.
Prices... I was really disappointed with this. At JT's I paid 120$ for a nice case of paint, (actually I've got a membership so 80$), here at Commando it was 150$ a case of "Economy Grade" paintballs "Best used for practice", and I quote from the case itself. If nothing else, at least try to make in appear like I'm spending more for that stuff. (Hate to bring up JT's again but I've yet to have a break while playing there, that's about 3 cases, but I had quite a few break from my case at Commando.)
Rentals were crap. I was in a group of about 20 guys, about 15 of us were using rentals, 2 guys had to exchange they're rentals because they just didn't work, the rest were very, very "well used", and there was even a guy whose mask fell apart, luckily it fell apart at the end of a game and not during.
I'm torn about the staff. The guys in the shop didn't seem to even realize what was going on around them, they were completely just out of it. The refs on the other hand were friendly, helpful and vigilant. They explained the games clearly and did a good job of running the games.
Food was pretty good, $5 bucks gets you three pieces of pizza and a drink, pretty standard. You can also buy drinks or pepper sticks from inside.
Safety was better then I've read in here. They gave you the quick, standard overview at the start of the day are were making sure people were using the barrel condoms or wearing their masks when needed.
The other people there playing were great. All friendly, went out when hit, share paint, etc.
Now for the most important part, the fields. So I played on "Army Base", the speedball field next to army base, Navy base, and the Fort. Army Base: Not overly big but is a lot of fun. Good cover but lots of ways to get an angle on someone. Also it is fairly wide so there is a forested and non-forested sections which is great. Speedball next to Army Base: Quick you'll waste a bunch of paint but it's good fun. Navy Base: This is a FANTASTIC field. It's fairly big, lots of cover, a few choke points, good spots to flank. You see it and you think the team on the hill would have a huge advantage but it's not the case. The Fort: This field was my least favorite. It's fun to attack but defending is just awful, only one way out and by the time you are allowed to leave the door is surrounded by a handful of their guys, while the rest run around and shoot you in the ass.
If you can get past the initial impression you will have a lot of fun. My one piece of advice is to use your own equipment.
*UPDATE* The next time I went back the refs were atrocious. They didn't do much of anything, and we ended up starting the games ourselves most of the times without refs. The paint this time was better quality but cost 150$. Not Worth it at all. It Shouldn't Cost 250$ for air, a 5$ Lunch, and a case of paint. This field may be close but I'll be driving further to other fields from now on.
Last edited on Saturday, October 24th, 2009 at 1:48 pm PST