Paintballing is the mainstay of many stag weekends, a perfect manly pursuit where blokes get to play “action man” without actually having to dodge anything more dangerous than some lime green pants and a few nasty bruises.
Top paintball facilities now offer special games purely with stag groups in mind including ‘Paintball Cricket’ where the groom’s clothes are placed at either end of the run and wearing just his Y-fronts he has to run between the wickets as enthusiastic “bowlers” line up either side of the crease and take shots hoping to give him a Dulux make-over before he’s had time to grab all his clobber.
And while we love paintball and maintain it is still the most fun you can have with goggles on, there are invariably a few characters you don’t want on your team…
Enthusiastic enough but he’s not the sharpest bayonet in the barracks. If you tell him to go left, just make sure you write it on the correct hand for him to follow.
As much as he’d love to get stuck in, that would involve getting his hands dirty and he’s already used two tubes of alco-gel cleaning the handle of his paint-gun.
Petty Warrant Officer
Is a stickler for the rules, doesn’t quite understand your desire to stay behind and defend your own tree with a crate of beer.
You know when a bloke brings his own paintball gun and camo make-up, he’s going to be a nightmare. This weekend warrior dreams of Rambo and has every action movie DVD ever. Still lives with his mum.
While he might be keen as when it comes to giving orders, in actual combat, he’s about as much use as Mrs White, in the library, with the rope.
Looks nervous before he’s even been handed a gun and will probably go off half-cocked. He’s too busy keeping his head down to actually aim. Do not stand in front of this guy.
Major Lee Offensive
If there are any females in the opposing team you can be sure this Neanderthal will be telling them about the “size of his weapon” thinking he actually stands a chance.
Top bloke, a great mate, but he just has a knack for always being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The class clown will think it’s great fun taking shots at his own team.
Will happily tell you all how he had to leave the S.A.S. after winning too many medals (?!?). In reality the only merit he’s ever received was his 50m swimming badge at cubs.
Possibly the angriest man ever. At last he has a weekend away from the wife and kids and he’s determined to take out his frustration on anything that moves.
The Duel! Paintball Guns, Powerslides, Mess!
The hardware has changed over the years as well with increasingly sophisticated weaponry for weekend warriors to get to grips with. You can even hire your own paintball tank if the standard handheld paintball gun isn’t powerful enough for you.
Assemble the troops and get ready for live action…