brettniles, on Nov 27 2008, 03:11 PM, said:
The A5 would require more man hours to maintain due to its cyclone. The ratchets would eventually break and have to be replaced and a5s aren't as cost effective to rent out as the 98. You have to keep in mind that when you have to buy 50 or 60 markers to rent, that extra $50-$75 adds up. My local field uses BT rentals which I think are crap. Internally they are basically the same as the 98, but ugly as hell. If I had to pick an ideal rental gun I'd probably go the 98 with ACT. If my field rented 98's and I didn't have a backup, I'd use a 98. As for a rental price, I'd like to see no more than $25 for a gun tank, mask and a pod pack. Most of your revenue is going to come from paint sales, if you make it Field paint only. For paints, I would start out offering RPS Stinger for your low grade and RPS Marballizer for your high grade. Stinger is pretty good, for the people that want better, I guarantee no one will complain about Marballizer. If they do they're crazy. (I've got some year old marballizer in my closet that still shoots perfect and is nice and round still.)
In terms of building your field, make sure you plan ahead of time. Our field developed kind of crappy in terms of layout for Scenarios, but its perfect for rec ball. We have three size options that we can choose from depending on how many people we are running. It is set up with a fan shape. Small field is obviously in front with a net running along the staging area. To play a medium field game we simply announce the first tape line null before the game. There is another tape line even further back that we announce null, to open up the full 26 acres. With the three levels we can also open up one section at a time and play a game on the middle, front or back section only. If you are able to do all this, make sure the rope is marked with different colored streamers so people know what lines they can cross according to what you announce in the staging area before each game.
Now, in terms of scenarios, make sure your large field is balanced. This is where our field kinda sucks. Balanced meaning, both Command posts are approximately equidistant from, 1.) The center of the field, 2.) Important objectives 3.) Key holding points that provide tactical advantage (bunkers, buildings, etc.) and finally, 4.) The staging area.
I'm going to point out now how my field fails at some of these points. At my field, one CP is all the way back in, well, the back. So, If you just got air or paint, you have to walk half a mile to get to the CP and tag in. Kinda sucks. Especially considering that the other CP is right next to the staging area. The other problem is that one CP is tucked back in this little funnel area behind the speedball field. So, if the enemy team gets to the top of the "funnel," you can forget about inserting because you'll be stuck at your CP. Kinda Sucks.
Ideally, you'll want it so that your frontline of fighting runs perpendicular, from the staging area, right between the both CPs. Yea, it will get pushed back and forth now and then. And, one team will bust a hole in the enemy line, but that's the fun of paintball. You want to start with an area that you have planned out to be tactically and logistically neutral. If you send me a topographical map of your property, I can draw a basic setup on it.
Perhaps I got of topic from the Marker vs. marker topic. Mods move if necessary. But anyway, if someone wants to build a park, I want it to be the best park it can be. So, I offer everything I know.
Wow, now this is the type of input I am looking for. As for the field I assure you, money is no object compared to what I like in a field. I love paintball, Insanely fanatical for the game. So plan for this insanity to be transferred into field design. NOT to mention that I've been in the planning phase for over 9 months now and am currently in the market for land and I'm driving my agent crazy! A lot of emphases in being put in scenario and field logistics, so be safe in the knowledge that my goal is to impress my fellow Brigade member.
Be also aware that I'm not doing this to get rich, I could care less about money, I want to be happy and I want to play. If I can get 100 people as excited about this as I am, and If I had them in my field every weekend, then I will be truly happy. Sick huh?
As for the markers, my goal is to have new players excited about the game, and to give you ol' timers an easy replacement is case something goes wrong.
I'm geared towards Mil-Sim, but rest assure in no way am I skimping out on you speedballers. You'll see! LOL Good Lord Willing! LOL
Keep this going!