Trails of Doom
Here is a "How to Outlaw paintball" video I made to help you see how we do it at Trails of Doom.
Link for mobile.
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I've been running my own field for about 6 years now. The field is about 20 acres of woods, and to get from one camp to the other you have to cross at least one creek. It is very thick, no bunkers, other than existing trees, and we play with air horns so it is easy to tell when the game is over (you hear the air horn go off, and you can tell which team won by the direction of the sound)
We played on Saturday, and the footage is on youtube. To see it in 1080HD you need to watch it on youtube. It is also in 5.1 surround sound.
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Let me know what you think.
Looks fun. Do you have a picture of how your camera is set up?
EDIT: Caught the list at the end, but always like to see how things are mounted.
Good to know where you are located. I caught some of your posts over on Tech PB. Interesting.
I've been messing with my camera mount for a while, but I was really pleased with what I have done with it, as I cut it WAY down to just what I need. (dropped the weight some too).
Here is when I first started with a mask to protect it... Not good, blocked too much of the gun, and make my accuracy horrible...
I only had a few hours to get that going... So it worked, but not well.
Here it is now.
Here is my second attempt, I eliminated a bunch of that, but it gives you a better idea as it isn't camo taped yet, so you can see it.
I only have the mount on the top (which is an offset rail for a Core red dot scope, turned around and drilled) then I used angle steel to build the bracket. Which lines up with the one piece that the camera mounts to.
The trick is to get large plastic washers and put one on both sides of the angle steel, where you mount the camera, this "dampens" the vibration of the gun when you fire! Which is the key to getting good footage without image loss from destabilization caused by the shock of firing your marker. I don't have the rubber washers on correctly in the pictures...
The helmet cam I built a foam mount on the front of my mask right above my left eye, and use camo tape to secure it in place, which works well, and keeps it very close to the mask, much closer than most mounts allow, and without the "bounce" that most helmet mounts have...
Then I used a cheap plastic box I purchased from IKEA for $4.00, which I cut with my dremel tool to access the camera controls. I put pads on the front of the camera to protect the camera from the box in case the box gets a direct hit (which it has a few times) and it works well to keep your camera safe. I only have the box velcro'd on with that strap so it is easy to take the box off if you need to change the battery, or take the camera off quickly.
That camera takes nice video.
Here are a few of my latest video's.
This one was made for Empire Battle Tested, one of my sponsors.
and this one I made for Tippmann, another of my sponsors.
They have different endings. Personally, I like the Tippmann one best, as it is funny... (because it wasn't ME! lol)
Had an event on Saturday, 14 were signed up on Friday... By friday night we had over 30signed up. And 34 on gameday.
Here is some of the video I captured, in HD, with zoom! Edited so it is fun to watch.
So I figured I would put some information about how I started my field...
About 7 years ago we moved to our family land out in the country. I was riding my quad through the woods, and I realized, this would be a GREAT place to play paintball. Except I had never played before... My only exposure to the sport came in the early 80's when I was in a state park in Raleigh NC and walked into an area where the military were doing a training exercise. Me and my friend walked right into the middle of a paintball war... We saw paint on trees, and we walked into this camp, and all of a sudden a ton of guys with guns walked up and surrounded us! (being around 13 at the time it got our attention). One guy showed us they were using paintball guns, and shot a tree near us.
Man was that cool, and I always said I wanted to try that...
Fast forward a few decades, and I was thinking how fun it would be to play in my woods. So I started looking at gear. I settled on Tippmann, because they were easy to find (used) and we could get all our gear for not much money.
I ordered a 98 custom for my father in law off ebay (spelled wrong "tipman" for around $100. Which I gave him for Christmas, then my brother in law got a 98 custom, and then I got a used A-5.
That made 3 of us ready to play, and then we started calling our cousins and friends, after a week or two we had 10 players ready to play. We all got together on a Saturday, (9 showed up) and headed out to the woods. Wow, what fun! Over time, my events have grown considerably, and here are some reasons for our success.
First off, CONTACT. You have to have good, CLEAR instructions, and SET a date in advance. I set mine at least a month ahead of time. (use the farmers almanac for long range weather forecasts and pick a good weather weekend) Many people will only play in good weather... But, I've been lucky, as my guys LOVE playing so they will come rain/sleet/snow or shine...
I send out an email one month before, 3 weeks before, 2 weeks before, 1 before and then 3 days and last day before. This is critical, as it keeps everyone on the same page. I put down every player attending on the emails, so guys know if their friends will be there. I allow people to bring friends with them, if they are good guys/girls, and play well with others, I will add them to the email list.
So far my email list has blown up, and I average over 30 per event. I have a large .pdf file with all the instructions, rules for playing, a checklist of what you should bring, and a list of every player that plays at my field and their email address. It goes out with every email to the group.
If you are going to do this, talk to your insurance agent. (ours is on our list to play even) if money isn't exchanging hands, depending on your insurance company, paintball might be covered (it is on our land) but, people can sue for anything... So that is a risk you take. You could make waivers, but even with a waiver, people can still sue.
Which brings me to safety. First time we played I didn't know anything about paintball, and had no clue what a Chronograph was...
I ended up shooting myself in the leg during the safety speech! The guys almost died laughing, and that sucker HURT, as my A-5 when I finally did get a chrono was shooting over 350, and of course I bought the cheapest paint I could find; monsterballs so you can imagine...
After that I got a hand held chrono. We used that for years, and it worked OK until we got to over 20 players... Then one of our players bought a high end Chrono and leaves it at my house, which makes the chrono aspect MUCH faster. I set all guns at 285 or less during warm weather and around 270 when it is colder, and 260 or lower below freezing.
We use air horns for our "flags" which is VERY easy to know when the game is over, as you can hear the air horn anywhere on our 50 acres, (we play on about 10 acres). And when it sounds to start or end the game, everyone knows. When I started I used the small boat style, but that got expensive, so now I have ones that thread onto an air tank, and a 9 ounce works perfect... They last for a long time.
Now to separate into teams, we used to use checkers in a bag, which was OK but often times teams weren't even... So now I usually just tell guys to split up as many want to play with their own guys. Then I count it out to make it even, and look at the skill levels, and give the better team the harder to defend camp. If a team dominates, I take the guys capturing the flag and switch them to the weaker team until that teams starts winning. I don't really care if I win or lose, but lots of new players do care, so keeping teams even helps the joy factor to new players.
I then use colored bands of fabric (old sweatshirts work great) I cut them into 1 inch strips around the middle of the shirt, so they are a circle. You wrap it over your shooting shoulder and presto, you are that colored team. (we use red and yellow, we tried white and red, but the white blended in too well, yellow and red are good in the woods and both stand out similarly. When we started we used red and yellow duct tape, but that got expensive when our teams got huge... I have the team leader carry a few extras in case we need to add players to one team or the other.
I make one other person the "team captain" who is in charge of the walkie talkie... both teams have one as our camps are far enough apart that you can't see the other camp. So we use walkie talkies to see when the other team is ready to start, then when both sides are ready one team will blow their air horn and the game begins.
Since we are "outlaw" we play with no refs. And we have a rule that is different than most paintball fields. We play if you are hit, you are out, REGARDLESS of paint breaking or not... This eliminiates tons of issues, as guys don't have to overshoot just to make sure they get a break, plus it teaches character, and ethics, as people can see you get hit, and if you don't call yourself out... Someone else will point out you were hit and you need to head to the dead zone. My guys/girls police themselves. If you overshoot someone, they will let you know, right then. If someone thinks someone else is cheating, we talk about it right then. Which eliminates a TON of issues, and keeps everyone happy and having fun.
Our dead zones are just places to go wait until the next game (I frequent them often as I am often first to the action) we don't have "safe" areas, so masks are required ALL the time during games. Some guys will shed their masks while they walk back to camp after a game so firing is not allowed after the horn sounds until the next game. We advocate gun safety, not pointing at others unless the game is going on. As soon as the games are over for the day, everyone has to remove their air tanks from their markers. I wear my mask all the time, and carry a spare so I can switch it out if it starts to fog after I am eliminated.
We buy a couple of cases of water (one for each camp) and we buy cookies for each camp. Everything else is bring your own... I run this field for fun, if it becomes a job, then it loses its fun factor...
Here are some pictures over the years.
First game ever.
A few years ago.
It was around 5 degrees F when this picture was taken... brr. Fun times.
Rain cancels? Not at Trails of Doom!
Luckily, since I didn't know that paintball guns don't work in the snow, we play anyway, and figured out how to get them to work! Tippmann's with silicone O-rings and plenty of warm paint and air in heated coolers.
I have a few spares as well, because spyders DON'T work in the cold...
I use foam and built a mount for both sides of my mask, That way I can trim the foam to exactly fit the contours of my helmet and get the camera as close as possible, while still dampening the vibration AND making it easy to remove, and dial in (position wise).
I used soft foam, a razor and camo duct tape. It really helped the image stabilization of my camera, and the aspect ratio is great... although it looks rather dorky, but I don't have to look at it!
Here it is with it mounted on the left side (I'm a righty)
I made it for both sides, as I like the footage from the right side better, and then when I shoot, I just use footage from my gun cam. But, past few games I've been using the left side mount as it is fine and all the footage is usable.
I took out my plastic "waterproof" membrane on the mic, and added a straw that I covered in cloth to make the audio better out of that mic (kinda like a mini parabolic mic), it works OK, but the gain is still too high, and there are no settings on that camera to change that, but it sounds way better than the stock ATC3K camera.
The great thing is, it is so light it doesn't pull the mask over at all, you don't even know it is up there.
Here is the foam flipped over so you can see that the back of the camera does in fact touch the mask, to get the view setting correct.
If the women don't find you handsome, they can at least find you handy! You can fix anything with camo duct tape and a razor blade.
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