When it comes to showing off athletic prowess - there’s no event quite like the Olympics. But our question is; why isn’t paintball included? With events such as tug of war and underwater swimming having made an appearance at previous Olympics, we’re sure there’s an argument for paintball to be named an Olympic sport, too!
There’s already a paintball world cup including teams such as San Diego Dynasty and Moscow Red Legion, the next logical step is the Olympics!
To be in the Olympics, a sport must be recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) but even then, it may not be included. For example, bowling and chess are recognised but not included. We’re sure that if bowling can be recognised, paintballing can!
Olympic sports must work to make the sport more appealing - what’s more appealing than shooting people with paintballs? Plus, paintball requires discipline; it has rules and includes competition as required by all Olympic sports – should we just submit the form to the IOC now?
We’ve made a list of the most undeserving sports in the Olympics, and we want to know what you paintball fans think! Which sport should paintball replace at the Olympics? Let us know in the poll below…
History is littered with brilliant battles and crushing contests. Ever since early modern humans first etched written words onto the walls of their rudimentary cave dwellings, records have been kept of thrilling encounters between famous enemies.
The Greeks gave us Zeus versus the Titans, while the Bible saw David take down Goliath in the most unlikely of matches. More modern day storytellers have put the Jedi up against the Sith, seen Batman take on Superman, and pitted Arnie against just about every nightmarish creature you can imagine, from a psychopathic robot of the future to an invisible alien hunter.
The latest Captain America movie placed one set of Marvel Superheroes against another, which got us thinking – what if we put a team of heroes against a team of villains in a paintball battlefield? Who would win?
So we could see Game of Thrones’ Hodor fighting side-by-side with Ripley from Aliens, against a team of villains led by Boba Fett and the Joker in a Black Ops-style battle – who would get the biggest killstreak, and would any zombies be released to add to the mayhem?
This is a something we’ve given some serious consideration to, and we still can’t come up with a definitive answer – so it’s over to you!
*PRO TIP* When you hover over / tap on the image below, you can click / tap on the black and white dots next to each character image to bring up more details about them!
We all know that there are certain ‘types’ in any group, but this is never more prominent than the boys that get together for a stag do. Stag dos bring together all kinds of people, some of which might not know each other, and is a time when you really see who’s who in the group.
We asked you to find out which member of the stag party you would be in our fun personality quiz. Were you The Sensible One that hit the hay early, or The Boozehound that could always be found ordering “just one more round” at the bar?
If you haven’t already taken the quiz to find out your Stag Style, you can still do so here – and don’t forget to send it to all your mates who are heading on stag dos themselves this summer! We’re happy to announce the lucky winner of this competition – winning paintball for themselves and 5 friends – is Liam Pinder! Well done Liam, we hope you enjoy your paintballing experience at Mayhem. And if you didn’t win but you’re still looking to plan a paintballing day out for a stag do in London / Essex, get in touch with us to discuss our packages – we’re stag and hen do friendly and would love to show you and your party a great time!
Ahhh… those were the days, weren’t they? You and your mates gathered around the TV, loading up your favourite multiplayer game and playing for hours on end.
Some games had cheats and hidden options that could enable Big-Head mode, unlock all weapons, or make you invincible. One stood out from the rest, though, making the games a lot more colourful; Paintball Mode!
Well, it’s that time again. Get your old console out of the loft, call your pals and get playing some of these beauts!
Mayhem Big game, 26-28th of august if you have not checked out last year’s video please do its a great snap shot of what we provide https://youtu.be/otdQ-S1biuQ
Only £55 or £70 early bird ticket with a box of paint you can book your early bird with a deposit and pay the rest before the 1st of July. https://www.thepaintballshop.co.uk/product/Mayhem%20Big%20Game%202016%20Ticket%20Deposit
Free camping and free to non-players so you can bring the family.
Showers - free hot showers
Bar - well stocked reasonably priced
Band - playing the greatest hits
Inflatables, sumo suites, bungee run, rodeo bull
H-pac when you need 4500 psi except not substitute
Amazing fields - with Russian Battle Tanks, Planes, helicopters.
All the big Trade stands
Sup-air ball field current mils spec will be open Friday and Saturday free to use, with free Coaching from Pro players Saturday.
Magfed games Friday event and a big Magfed game Saturday, we also have 15 Magfed guns to rent free of charge if you want to join in, Hostile intentions have an epic rolling game planned saturday. With Trudy Overall, Sean Stacey Danny Sieradzan Benny Pettifer and Alex Munro as well as the Hostile Intention boys all confirmed.
Walk-on games Friday, Saturday.
Scenario games Saturday afternoon - early evening with 200+ players.
The Big event Sunday with over 600 players fighting over 500 meters of battlefield littered with Russian Battle Tanks, Planes, Helicopters and a massive town in the middle which has the most intense gun fights you will ever be involved in.
Our amazing Generals, we have Paintball Greats for the Allies such as Going Postal’s John Bunyan, Shelly and Bart Farmer, Dave Mandy Wright, Mike Sexy Tait, Northern alliance and for the Japs, Legends of paintball such as Ged Green, Joe Freeborn Tom Barker and Team Tornados Richard Widenbar.
Also the smile Network will be in town filming.
We have been having lots of film crews filming on our paintball site this year, and we look back at one of the best:
How to paintball like Rambo, with John Rambo........'s brother.
At long last! Your friend/cousin/brother has finally acknowledged that you are indeed the best man. Once you’ve high fived his lesser mates, had your official ‘Best Man’ T-shirt made and completed your victory lap there are a few things to start considering in your quest to prove just why he was right to pick you.
Being a best man is no free ride, there’s plenty of planning ahead as the blushing bridegroom is about to face a few major meltdowns (his own as well as his fiance’s) so time away for him to clear his head and take on his share of wedding planning is vital. And of course everyone knows men do their best thinking down the pub. It will also give him time to let off steam away from his beautiful fiancé who has quite possibly turned into ‘Bridezilla’.
One of man’s most sacred rites of passage, a chance for him to prove his macho side after weeks of talking colour schemes, flowers and wedding cakes. It’s also a chance to give the stags a chance to stich him up, stag-style. Well it is traditional after all.
There’s no finer place for some stag party fun than a paintball field, it’s a stag party “Call of Duty” where all the guys can man up and do battle.
Top Tip – While aiming to give the groom a complete Dulux makeover it’s important to keep mummy’s little soldier safe so give him a Hi-Viz suit to wear so he can’t get lost. The fact that he’ll then be easier to see/aim at is just a lucky bi-product of you thinking of his welfare. Just make sure you take him home in one piece, you don’t want to face the wrath of ‘Bridezilla’.
It’s the one part of being the best man that is most likely to give guys sleepless nights. You are under serious pressure to deliver a speech of epic proportions and most of all BE FUNNY! Too many best men repeat the same old tired jokes that everyone has heard before. Don’t be that guy.
SimplytheBestMan.co.uk have a complete speech writing system written and compiled by professional comedy writers. That means you’ll find hundreds of jokes you can be sure none of the guests will have heard before but will help you create a legendary speech.
Being the best man on the wedding day is more than just delivering a killer speech and dancing with hot single bridesmaids, there’s a few key roles you’ll need to perform;
Groomsmen Quite often there are younger groomsmen who won’t have been to a wedding before so assign one of the older guys to chaperone ring bearers or young ushers.
Rings It’s likely either the bride and/or groom will be nervous during the ceremony and it’s common for shaking hands to drop the rings. Make it easier for them when presenting the rings by placing them on your open palm rather than keeping them in the boxes or clasped in your fingers.
Photos Getting everyone together for the photos can take an age, which is a worry when there’s a free bar to get to, so help speed up the process by being on hand to help the photographer round up the right people to appear in the right photos.
Getaway Car Don’t forget to pimp the couples getaway vehicle. Have a bag handy with shaving foam, lipstick, toilet paper and other materials to make sure they leave the wedding reception in suitable style.
For more Best Man advice and tips head to SimplytheBestMan.co.uk
We were lucky enough to be one of the first in Europe to get our hands on the brand new Dye Precision marker, the M2. Here we have done a review video and explained the strengths and weaknesses of the M2. We hope you enjoy:
Paintfest is an unbelievable paintball festival held at NPF Bassetts Pole paintball site in Birmingham, and ran by a huge team of guys and girls including the legend that is Ged Green (Angel Sports, WDP, inventor of Hyper Ball, etc etc...!), Kerry Mayo, Stuart Mayo and a whole host of dedicated team members.
The Mayhem Militia always has a strong following for Paintfest, and this year was no different with around the 50 players mark in attendance. We drove up in various convoys and arrived at different times, and it's an easy 2-3 hour drive from London depending on the traffic. When we first arrived at the site the first thing that hit me was the sheer scale of the place, and how the camping layout had been changed to make one giant camping area. Here's an aerial photo, credit to Willie McPhelim from the Scottish Warriors paintball team for the awesome photo:
This drone picture doesn't even show the whole campsite, which I think is unbelievable!
So we rocked up on the Friday around 3pm, set up camp, have a few beers ;-) and then went to book in and have a wander around the staging area.
We were booked in super quick by the lovely Nikki and the team, and then went into the HUGE trade area. Everyone in paintball seemed to be there:
I think I got everyone on that list, sorry if I missed anyone! I should also mention the unbelievable food vendors, I ate from the pizza stand and the Mexican and both were excellent. I look forward to eating there again next year!
Also the major companies all had techs present which is always great to see, so well done Tippmann, Dye, Planet, Smart Parts and I think Tiny from Magfed PB was single handily teching anything magfed related that came his way so a great showing from these guys.
We didn't play on the Friday, so we socialised with the traders, teams and players and soaked up the atmosphere, something Paintfest has in abundance. It really does live up to the name, paint(ball)fest!
Saturday was one of the most beautiful days you could hope for at a paintball event, the sun was shining and there was a nice breeze to stop you from getting too 'over the top' hot.
There was a full roster of games on, including Sup-Air from the guys at CPPS, a Vampires VS Humans scenario game, Miltac for the tactical guys and also their Killhouse experience with the guys from Hostile Intentions.
There was something for everyone, beautiful weather, great company and a buzz about the whole event. This is what I think paintball is all about.
The day then creeps into the evening, and the 'Enola Gaye' Paintfest Party begins. NPF put on one hell of a party, with a free bar for the duration.
Great to catch up with loads of people, the MANC union lads, BZ chaps, NPF guys, Taz and his crew and everyone who got involved in probably the best party in paintball.
Then comes the Sunday (with the hangover!)...
The field is laid out over a huge area, with some of the best playing fields I have ever played. I was guest generaling for the HMC alongside Daz, Lee and Taz and I think we gave a very good account of ourselves. I have to give a special mention to Thomas Hollington, who is an absolute beast on the field. One of them type of people who are 'lovely' off the field, and then turn into an absolute savage on it. He made some of the craziest attacking moves I have ever seen in my 17 years of playing our beautiful game, but I don't think he gets Mayhem Militia player of the day, that honour is shared jointly. Ross 'Ginge' Trestain and Emma Smith, take a bow...
They played all the way through the USDE ranks to get to their start gate. Fair play......Fair play *tips hat*
The final battle over Camp Bassets was also some of the most intense fighting, and the players that made it to the end of what was a very rainy Sunday deserve big praise. The final result was a win for the USDE, but on the field it certainly never felt like we were losing, but maybe that was me just having too much fun shooting the USDE for fun.
HMC for life! (or until we get a better offer!)
We never managed to get a photo with the whole Militia, but here's the hardcore:
So if you haven't been there before, NPF is amazing, check out their website: http://www.npfbassettspole.com/
Get your ticket when they come out: http://www.paintfest.co.uk/
So in conclusion:
GOOD POINTS: Great people. Great paintball. An absolute must for the calendar for any paintballer, this is what paintball is all about.
BAD POINTS: The rain on the Sunday. Driving home.
Special thanks to:
Mayhem Miliitia: Pete, Ben, Ed, Barry, George, Mick, Monkey Pete, Dalby, Brad, Ginge, Sparks, Emma, Ron, Tom, Alan, Chris, Dan, Nikki, Aaron, Neil. All of the Militia, you guys make these events for me.
NPF Team: Ged, Kerry, Stuart, Frasier, Nikki, all of you are amazing.
HMC: Taz, Lee and Daz, always a pleasure lads, can't wait for 2016, we'll get them next year.
USDE: Played hard chaps, well done. This victory won't last long though ;-)
Everyone: One of the best events in paintball, if not the best. Thank you for being involved. Hope to see you at the Mayhem Big Game in a month's time.
BZ Paintball, the UK's biggest paintball mega-store has released their top 10 paintball sites in the UK.
We have visited 8 of the sites on the top 10, and we think they are all excellent paintball venues. Reading through the paintball venues, we're delighted to announce that they have voted Mayhem as the UK's #1 paintball site! Check out the full list here on the BZ Paintball blog, it's split into 2 sections, 6th to 10th and then 1st to 5th!