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 $10 and you can get a great day of paintball.
Last edited on Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 at 12:05 pm PST
i love this feild. my first time there, we played for 8 hours, they had lights set up through the feild and everything. well the prices are really good, 15$ for 500 paintballs. friendly, well organized,as for the refs, their keeping an eye on things(they own the feild), and some smaller kids there were annoying lol. we had a free BBQ :). i'v only been there twice, i'v had fun both times and i can't wait till their next open game. well i really dunno what else to say.
Well what can I say!!! I believe that my team mate has almost said it all. This has been one of the best outings that I have had paint-balling in a while. The staff that work there are great and very helpful. The rental guns are victor spyders and they have an assortment of paint.
Of course one of the major attractions is that you are able to bring your own paint. Not everyone likes to use the same paint, so if you are picky of what you shoot, bring your own.
The field is only a temp while they build their new one. It is a perfect size for up to 12 people, with a mixture of tires, drums, pallets and bunkers. Some of the bunkers are fairly small, so if you are taller it will be a little more difficult to hide.
The layout was good. The bunkers were spread out with lost of room to move around and well kept up.
Over all I would give this field a review of 8. I look forward to going back again and trying out the new field in the spring.
Played in NB. This is the first one I've played in NS.
Ballistic Paintball is the perfect example of "big things come in small packages".
Picture this: You're done fighting a nasty cold and you feel like spending a nice relaxing day of paintballing outside. It calls for a beautiful Sunday but your local forest field has closed for the season two weeks ago. You check PBReview.com and find out there's a small field in Tatamagouche (this is when you ask yourself, is this worth my time?) and you decide to take a chance.
When we got there, it didn't look like much. Talking to the owner, we find out this was a temporary field while a larger/better one was being built. A few other guys arrive and we're all set for some 4 vs 4 games with two refs. Up to now, it looks like it was worth getting out of bed for on a Sunday morning.
After the usual rules and safety shpeel, we head off to the field. For a temporary field, there sure was a lot of work put in it. There was a wide variety of cover, ranging from trees, stumps and branches to large metal drums and tires, not to mention planks, pallets and the occasional tarp covered mini-bunker. The teams were evenly matched and most games we played reached the agreed upon 10-minute cap. It was a blast to play and is a perfect field for small to mid-sized groups (6 - 14 people). We played team elimination and "president" (where you protect your unarmed ref and try to get him to the opposing team's bunker). The layout of the field was perfect for fast movement and good cover, without making anyone "invincible".
All in all, this was one of the best paintball days I've ever spent. It was well worth the two hour trip from NB and I would go back anytime. I can't wait for their new field to open up in the Spring.
Some closing notes worth considering:
- Great attention to safety rules, without making you feel like you're in jail.
- Bring Your Own Paint - While they provide paint, this is a great option to have. BYOP is taboo at most fields.
- Come as you are - You feel welcome right away, which will not only attract people, but keep them in the sport.
- Expansion - The new field is already in the works.
I give this particular field an 8, which is great for a temp field. With the new field, these guys should have no problem getting ratings of 9 !