Many of the ideas in this thread were taken from specialopspaintball.com, thats where i got hooked, but I've added many of my own and close friendsí thoughts.
Woodsball. Basically, paintball in the woods. This 101 is for those of you who are new to paintball, or maybe want to try something other than speedball. Just like comparing apples to oranges, woodsball to speedball is incomparable. When you are playing in the woods, you donít have angles across the field, being able to shoot a string from one bunker to the next. A lot of the time, you donít know what is behind the next log or brush pile. The game requires a complete change in thinking from speedball.
You canít succeed in woodsball by yourself. If you try to make a ďRambo ChargeĒ up the middle without cover or team, youíll get a faceful of paint from unfriendly opponents. A few advantages of teamwork are:
-Straightforward tactics such as flanking, cover fire, and retreats.
-Specific objectives, which are clear and attainable.
-Continuos leadership and communication
Every team should break down into positions, which should each have a specific task to accomplish.
One player must be a strong strategist, knowing the field, and best way to accomplish objectives, such as the flag. A quick player is also needed, able to strike forward fast, similar to the speedball front man. Normally quick on his feet, and an action-junkie, heís the guy you call to break through the lines and bunker the opposing team. Another player who is flexible is a key component. He has some firepower, and is readily available to fill a position, be it flanking, bunkering or providing covering fire. The dude in charge of laying down fire needs to have a lot of paint, and a fast way to hit the enemy with it. This position is normally located farther back, providing cover for the players moving up, and overall keeping the enemyís head down. Now for the paint conserving frontman. He is quiet, doesnt spray alot of paint, and is a smart player. He is the guy laying in wait, hiding in brush, and hitting with that one shot, one kill. Iím not saying that he is placing single shots from 200 feet and hitting commanders through a slit of bunker. This guy is a master ambusher, who will lay in wait, and hit the enemy with near perfect shots, often in the opponents back or side. He has to be patient, and not give his position away to a squad who will light him up.
Here are some quick tips for what to do when youíre in the forest.
Never look over an object when you can look to the side.
Donít continue to look from the same spot, glance from the other side.
Pay attention to where you body is sticking out, donít get tagged because you left your leg out.
If the other guy is still firing at you, heís most likely got a better angle on you, and its time to get outta there!
Donít get drawn into 1 on 1 gunfights, they are a waste of paint. Duck for cover and try to flank him.
Youíll be amazed at what great shots you can get if you are willing to put your belly in the dirt. Crawling is slow, but more advantageous then crunching through the underbrush with your feet.
Woodsball is also dependant on gear. You donít want to go running around the forest wearing your yellow dye jersey and pants. Most everybody uses a form of camouflage. Camo is perfect because it isnít too dark or too light.
The gun is also another factor. Many woodsball players can be effective with a pump gun, and feel no value in using a high-end electronic gun. Although many will disagree that a string of paint is always effective, ill leave it up to personal preference. I prefer playing with a solid semi, like the Tippmann A-5. Your gun is up to you, and the upgrades can be endless, from remote air, to laser sights, to stocks. The only thing I strongly recommend is some extra paint in pods. You donít wanna run out of paint
Thatís my stab at woodsball. I enjoy it, and hope that some of you will learn to like it to. Have fun.