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druid
04-15-2008, 08:33 AM
Two years ago, my [then] 9 year old daughter Elizabeth asked about playing paintball with me. Explaining that she not only needs to be at least 10 years old, I also told her that I didn’t think there were any masks available to fit her petit face. So the following year she turns 10 and continues to ask me to play the game. She’s still very petit and of the 7-or-so masks I own, still none fit her properly. To her dismay, another year must pass because safety gear just won’t fit. As I build, reconstruct, reconfigure, upgrade or simply fool around with markers at home, she’s always asked “can I shoot it?” and I’ve let her. It’s at these times that marker safety and other instructions have been taught, but she’s really never used paint in a marker and never experienced a game first hand.
Well, on Friday night I was setting up to play (on Saturday) and she cornered me to show me her pouting face. Confronted with her pitiful presence (and all my masks splayed out on the bed), I had her try on a few. To my surprise, my old Dye Invisions fit her - perfectly. She ran out to her mother in the living room, squealing with excitement that she has gear that will fit, and her mother rolling her eyes - dreading this very moment. I dug out an old padded vest I had and had her try it on. It’s big on her but it adjusted down to her frame pretty well.
I ran through the basics of the game (not that she hasn’t already heard it a thousand times before), my safety expectations, mannerisms and some tricks and field-craft. Excited to go, I sent her off to bed, that we were leaving at 0830 hours the next day.
Now that I got the gear out to the living room, I dug out my old Dye tourney jersey. Too small for me anymore, I figured it might fit her well enough and it’s padded enough but not bulky…and I thought she could look ‘cool’ in it.
The field is our renegade field on private property. We previously did some reconfigurations of bunkers and bases…and also added safety netting for spectators and those eliminated in the game.
We arrived at the field at about 0900 to get the CO2 and chrono stations up and running and as other players start to trickle in. Chris, the property owner, begins to fill CO2 bottles, as I run the chrono and gun teched for those that needed it. We created a small ‘plinking range’ at the chrono station and gave Lizzie a pod for the Tippmann M98 setup she would be using. The configuration for that marker is an old M98 with gravity hopper, stock barrel (forgot the Progressive for it at home) and a vertical bottle-mount in the front grip. I figured this would be the easiest for her maiden voyage because the setup is fairly well-balanced. Given her small stature, I didn’t want anything too bulky or heavy for her.
The players that attended were several Twsp. Police Officers, a Paramedic, several of us from the Prison, a Federal Correction Officer and several younger players around the age of 14. At any given time of the day, we had around 16 to 18 players on the field. A few times I called out because I wanted to get pics of Elizabeth and others just in general.
I assigned her to stay with me all day but much to my surprise, she’d go off on her own in the mid-games. Never out of my eyesight though, she’d run from bunker to bunker, taking pot shots at opponents like a champ and getting in some eliminations as we went along. At some point in the day, she took 2 shots to the neck, which you will see in the photos. She never cried, never whined, nothing. As a matter of fact, she never whined about being hit at all…lol. In once instance, she and a 14 year-old opponent were the last 2 on the field. Enacting a 10 minute time limit, that gave me the chance to grab some video of the last few minutes. It’s obvious that her 14 year old opponent was playing “cat and mouse” with her and could have rushed her a dozen times over…but that speaks volumes to the ethics learned at out field. The 14 year old wanted to let her have a good time and made that game end in a “draw.” I’ll be getting that video up on PhotoBucket for all you forumers to see.
I’m very proud of how she behaved the entire day. She’s normally a “chatterbox” and just…“girly”…in general but she was undaunted by the running water (a stream to cross), mud, thorns, painful hits and wants to go back the next time we play. She had an awesome time and that’s all I care about. The two of us burned through 3 cases of paint. Nice…twice the paint and air costs and the wife’s now giving me the hairy-eyeball. HAHA!!!

I also ran the new Spitfire board I acquired a few weeks ago (again), this time in actual game-play. It performed flawlessly until I ran out of HPA. Since I refuse to run CO2 through my Ion, I needed to change over to my AutoMag mid-day. Leaving the Spitfire settings at default/semi auto, I got a little more than 3 bags of paint (1500+ shots) out of my 88/45 tank. No one took pics of me using it, but I have pics of me with the Classic Mag near the end of the day.

Pics:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/Loadout2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/Daddy.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/4onDaddy-Notfun.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/4onDaddy-Notfun1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/4onDaddy-Notfun2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/4onDaddy-Notfun3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/4onDaddy-Notfun4.jpg

druid
04-15-2008, 08:35 AM
Elizabeth:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/Dramashot.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/LizzieCreepingupfield.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/LizzieGettinginsomeshooting.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/LizzieGettinginsomeshooting2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/Lizzielookingaround.jpg

New Netting area:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/NewNettingArea.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/NewNettingArea1.jpg

Nut shot!!!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/NUTSHOT.jpg

Redesigned field:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/Parkingarea.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/RedesignedFieldPics.jpg

druid
04-15-2008, 08:38 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/RedesignedFieldPics1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/RedesignedFieldPics2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/RedesignedFieldPics3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/RedesignedFieldPics4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/RedesignedFieldPics5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/RedesignedFieldPics6.jpg

Lizzie’s Neck:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/TheDayAfter.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/Gebharts%20April%2012%202008/TheDayAfter1.jpg

The Pumper
04-15-2008, 08:46 AM
Very niceeee. She probably felt the worst of it on the neck. Shes a trooper. :D

XSiv Force
04-15-2008, 09:06 AM
You look like a Marine..O_o.......
did she have fun? Is she going to go again

DisIsMyUsername
04-15-2008, 09:35 AM
holy crap. lol

My 1st game i took a shot to the side of my neck. Never since...maybe its a 1st game thing..lol

Looks like she enjoyed it alot. How's it feel for you Druid, you seem very proud.

I took my younger sis about 2 yrs ago, she was 16 at the time....she FAILED hardcore in proving to me she was responsible with a marker lol. After a game she forgot to turn off the marker, and as she was shifting hands, she popped a couple shots at us and nobody had masks on...luckily she didnt hurt anyone. I was mad regardless, i gave her a mouthful..lol she's always bugging me now though, and i push it off telling her i'll take her when the noobs go to the field, which is usually saturdays...but i go sundays.

lol your daughter > my sister.

DFSniper
04-15-2008, 09:37 AM
that first pic scares me...

we have almost that exact same tackle box, but its filled with ammo and arrowheads :D

my brother is 13 and always wanted a gun, so over the years he's gotten my hand-me-downs (a talon and later an eradicator) but he's still never played a game, and the last few times i asked, he's had reservations about playing because "it'll hurt." hopefully i'll make it to the field this weekend and he'll go (if he doesnt have a soccer game.) now i can tease him that theres an 11 year old girl thats more of a man than he is :D

XSiv Force
04-15-2008, 09:49 AM
He looks like he could snap a neck while reading a magazine

Ace24
04-15-2008, 10:04 AM
Saw this in IOG...

That first pic still scares the **** out of me.

DFSniper
04-15-2008, 10:06 AM
That first pic still scares the **** out of me.
glad i'm not the only one!

The Pumper
04-15-2008, 10:21 AM
hes not so scary
:dodgy:

VS3 Sniper
04-15-2008, 10:30 AM
glad i'm not the only one!

I guess that makes 3 of us....I really like to see stuff like this. Parents actually doing stuff with their kids is a rarity nowadays. She looks like she had a great time. Congrats

TheDarkShadow
04-15-2008, 02:18 PM
but he's still never played a game, and the last few times i asked, he's had reservations about playing because "it'll hurt."

My bro's the same age and the same way

HelpDeskHustler
04-15-2008, 02:33 PM
It's a shame that in paintball you're out as soon as you get hit, since in real combat you look as though you'd prolong your opponent's agony as long as possible.

on a side note: I wrote a light text filter in greasemonkey since you're so stubborn

irishwarrior
04-15-2008, 04:33 PM
I agree with marvin.


PS: Look in druid's sig.

MVS1
04-15-2008, 04:43 PM
Looks like you all had a good time, well maybe not the guy that looks like he took a nut shot, but everybody else seems to be having fun :D

king-man
04-15-2008, 05:47 PM
paintball field + car really close = new CUSTOM paint job

XSiv Force
04-15-2008, 06:57 PM
We made a yellow smile face on the hood, of a friends car, and some sort of white, orange, and green camo pattern

druid
04-15-2008, 07:33 PM
Very niceeee. She probably felt the worst of it on the neck. Shes a trooper. :D
yes...she said the neck shot hurts more than the chest shot. She is a trooper though, I give her that. She refused to wear the padded chest/back armor I have specifically for children's use (it's loaner gear I have available for the renegade field).
You look like a Marine..O_o.......
did she have fun? Is she going to go again
Nope...not a Marine. They would be insulted if I were among their ranks...lmfao. She had a blast and wants to go again and is already bugging me "when are we going next?"
Looks like she enjoyed it alot. How's it feel for you Druid, you seem very proud.

lol your daughter > my sister.
LOL...she did. Yes, I am very proud. Of my 3 daughters, she's the "daddy's gurl"...she likes the game (as we play it...honorably), we like similar movies and TV shows, science and stuff like that. The other 2 [daughters] are momma's girls and share her likes, etc.
that first pic scares me...

we have almost that exact same tackle box, but its filled with ammo and arrowheads

my brother is 13 and always wanted a gun, so over the years he's gotten my hand-me-downs (a talon and later an eradicator) but he's still never played a game, and the last few times i asked, he's had reservations about playing because "it'll hurt." hopefully i'll make it to the field this weekend and he'll go (if he doesnt have a soccer game.) now i can tease him that theres an 11 year old girl thats more of a man than he is
Why? As long as yer on my good side...what's to worry about?? :D That tackle box is all my tools, screws, ORings, oils, parts and pieces box. As for yer bro...get him some armor.
He looks like he could snap a neck while reading a magazine
who....lil ol' me? I guess it's fitting I work in a prison...eh? LOL
I guess that makes 3 of us....I really like to see stuff like this. Parents actually doing stuff with their kids is a rarity nowadays. She looks like she had a great time. Congrats
baaaaah...I'm not that tough at all :dodgy:.....and I couldn't agree with you more. If families spent more [enjoyable] time together doing activities and such...we wouldn't have all these wasted pieces of trash roaming our streets like they do...
It's a shame that in paintball you're out as soon as you get hit, since in real combat you look as though you'd prolong your opponent's agony as long as possible.

on a side note: I wrote a light text filter in greasemonkey since you're so stubborn
Atropine + epinephrine in combat are very likely your best friends...lol.

And I don't get the "side note:" thing...was that meant for me or someone else??

bigred76
04-15-2008, 08:50 PM
'Twas meant for you and your ****ty fonts. :p

It's hard to believe they haven't even seen the ol' webcam picture of you with your ol' revolver.... :D

Already told ya on AIM, but congrats on her finally getting to go! :)

XSiv Force
04-15-2008, 09:10 PM
Im guessing either Army or Navy now that you said that.............Ive got no preferrance to either ive combat trained them all

HelpDeskHustler
04-16-2008, 02:33 AM
No the side note is for you. I have a firefox extension that allows me to write code that applies under certain conditions.

I wrote code that changes your light fonts to dark fonts. (since for some reason default is too hard for you) Under the condition that the light font is on www.spyder.tv/forums/*

irishwarrior
04-16-2008, 02:57 AM
Im guessing either Army or Navy now that you said that.............Ive got no preferrance to either ive combat trained them all

I thought Druid worked at a prison?

DFSniper
04-16-2008, 03:37 AM
yep. and he said that in his last post...

XSiv Force
04-16-2008, 09:44 AM
0_0 sorry i thought he was joking................

DFSniper
04-16-2008, 01:06 PM
does someone like that look like he'd joke around?? :dodgy:

druid
04-16-2008, 06:22 PM
'Twas meant for you and your ****ty fonts. :p

It's hard to believe they haven't even seen the ol' webcam picture of you with your ol' revolver.... :D

Already told ya on AIM, but congrats on her finally getting to go! :)
well since it was done on MS Word...you'll get over it.

No the side note is for you. I have a firefox extension that allows me to write code that applies under certain conditions.

I wrote code that changes your light fonts to dark fonts. (since for some reason default is too hard for you) Under the condition that the light font is on www.spyder.tv/forums/* (http://www.spyder.tv/forums/*)
When I type long-winded articles, and especially with photo links, it's done in MS Word so that I can just copy/paste to the boards I'm posting on. The font/color in Word is Black. I use the black background and can't see what I'm posting. I then manually change it to gray so that those that use a light background can see it better. I will post in a darker color for those of you panzies who whine :D
does someone like that look like he'd joke around?? :dodgy:
lmaocopter!!

The Pumper
04-16-2008, 06:24 PM
druid, its roflcopter, not lmaocopter lol

mr1 sniper
04-16-2008, 09:17 PM
watch it pumper, i wouldn't be correcting someone that looks like that. lmao

bigred76
04-17-2008, 12:18 AM
I seriously don't know why your Word does that with it's text. It shouldn't copy over the formatting, just the text itself.

I'm already over it, I have good eyes and have no problems readin'! :p

MR1... don't matter. Paul's a good sport and normally takes it lightly... Don't ya, big guy? :)

druid
04-17-2008, 07:23 AM
I don't know why either. Perhaps it's because it's 2003 version, idk. And nah tim, I'm good. You can't please 100% of the people 100% of the time.

HelpDeskHustler
04-17-2008, 02:40 PM
That wasn't the case in this one vid I saw.... erm, NVM.

mr1 sniper
04-17-2008, 07:11 PM
yes just giving him a hard time cause it looks like he could rip you apart lim from lim while playing bagpipes and playing paintball at the same time lol

XSiv Force
04-17-2008, 07:42 PM
WHAT lol That was so freaking random....I LOVE IT!!!!!!

battlechaser
04-17-2008, 07:50 PM
Y'know, that first picture basically just proves my belief. If we sent prison guards to war, we'd have to change the word "war" to "bloodbath". Honestly man, you make Navy Seals look like 4 year olds in tu tus.

That said, awesome that your daughter took and interest in the sport, and that despite the pain, kept going.

druid
04-17-2008, 10:00 PM
yes just giving him a hard time cause it looks like he could rip you apart lim from lim while playing bagpipes and playing paintball at the same time lol
lol. Did that one year at Normandy at Skirmish as an Allied on the beach. The Germans shot the **** out of my Pipes and that was the first and last time I've taken them to the field.
WHAT lol That was so freaking random....I LOVE IT!!!!!!
You should have been around for the Muskie sightings then...
Y'know, that first picture basically just proves my belief. If we sent prison guards to war, we'd have to change the word "war" to "bloodbath". Honestly man, you make Navy Seals look like 4 year olds in tu tus.

That said, awesome that your daughter took and interest in the sport, and that despite the pain, kept going.
My Captain [at work] is a SEAL and would probably disagree...lol. I'll say this much...they have earned their well-deserved reputation. But wait a minute...he's our Field Trainer too - sooo.....I guess you could be right! LOL!!!

And yes...she was definitely a trooper. I have to get her cleats now and I'll probably make her a neck guard out of leather...something to match my Greaves and Braces (cuz I'm uber like that) :D ....

XSiv Force
04-17-2008, 10:03 PM
Uber Cool ^_^

battlechaser
04-18-2008, 02:57 AM
My Captain [at work] is a SEAL and would probably disagree...lol. I'll say this much...they have earned their well-deserved reputation. But wait a minute...he's our Field Trainer too - sooo.....I guess you could be right! LOL!!!

And yes...she was definitely a trooper. I have to get her cleats now and I'll probably make her a neck guard out of leather...something to match my Greaves and Braces (cuz I'm uber like that) :D ....

Make them... hmm... methinks I may have to contact you about some at some point in time... ;)

STRIKEFIRST
04-22-2008, 04:39 PM
That is Awesome! I can't wait till my little miss comes of age...she's 6 and asks me all the time to play. Congrats man!

druid
04-25-2008, 07:03 PM
lol...thanks. Start giving her the "rules" now and then let her dry fire it when she's like 8/9 (or whenever you think she's intellectually mature enough to understand) and teach her gun-tech and perhaps some target shooting at small objects before she hits her first game.

SpyderMan723
04-26-2008, 06:19 AM
yes just giving him a hard time cause it looks like he could rip you apart lim from lim while playing bagpipes and playing paintball at the same time lol

there was a dude playin bagpipes at the last big game i went to. Was that you druid!?!?!

druid
04-27-2008, 11:53 PM
it was several years ago but....the first time I played them at Skirmish was also the last time I did. I was Allied and at the Beach and started playing at the airhorn...only to get lit up and my pipes covered in paint. I was pissed. My Lawries were made prior to AD 1900 and are no longer made - so replacement pieces are impossible to find.