Dec 22, 2010

PBL approved

Tippinators PBL Approved

For Immediate Release
Tippinators are PBL Approved

Montreal, Quebec - December 22, 2010: We are proud to announce that PBL will once again be sponsoring the Tippinators in 2011. Since 2007, we have had the privilege to be associated with a team that keeps showcasing professionalism and passion for our great sport. The Tippinators are PBL Approved!

"We thank PBL Action Sports for all of their support over the past four." said team Captain Bruce Johnston "The Tippinators are proud to carry the PBL banner into 2011 and beyond."

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Nov 15, 2010

Tinman oniPhone App

Tippinator Featured on Tippmann iPhone App

The Tippinators were surprised to see their very own Mark 'Tinman' Miller is featured on Tippmann Sports iPhone Product App

In an effort to expand further into the social marketing world and reach paintball players of all levels, Tippmann is once again growing our interactive marketing efforts. Our new iPhone app showcases our complete line of products that goes far beyond normal online catalogs and will include 360-degree views, videos and a direct link to the Tippmann online store.

You can check out this free app by searching “Tippmann” or “Paintball” in the Apple app store or go to this link Tippmann Product Guide for iPhone and iPod touch on the iTunes App Store. This second app from Tippmann follows the previously launched “Paintball Locator” iPhone app which is still seeing thousands of new downloads a month. Since this application will also be integrated in new product launches, we plan to encourage players to check this app regularly for new items or videos to be added on a regular basis.

"We are proud and excited about having Mark featured on o the iPhone app." said team Captain Bruce Johnston "I can see why Tippmann used the photo. Richard Robinson [who took the photo] took a great shot that really shows off the Phenom in action."

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Oct 27, 2010

Tippinators Purchase ATWL

Tippinators Purchase ATWL

The two time ATWL champion Tippinators paintball team have purchased the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL). The Tippinators, who have refereed the ATWL the past two seasons, were excited and acted quickly when the opportunity to purchase the league presented itself.

Bruce Johnston, Tippinators Captain, said “Taking over the league [ATWL] is the next logical step for us, since we have been heavily involved in the league and produced a number of scenario games in the last few years.” Johnston continued “This move feels right, Tippinators and ATWL is a good fit.”

The Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League was founded by Shaun Langille in 2007. The league is loosely based on the highly successful Special Ops - Scenario Paintball Players League (SPPL). Matches are 20 minutes with three capture points on the field. Points are awarded for each minute capture points are held. The remainder of rules were simplified for the first season. Langille said, "We wanted to keep the spirit of the SPPL in the ATWL, but more importantly wanted to get the league off and running with player enjoyment as the first priority."

The Tippinators paintball team was formed in 2005 and has, “raised eyebrows for several reasons.” said former Special Ops Paintball employee Jordan Ricks of Salt Lake City Utah. “Members of the Tippinators speedball team are experienced woodsball players. Walking on to a speedball field in camouflage with mechanical Tippmann paintball guns is tantamount to walking into Washington, D.C. and raising the Maple Leaf over the White House. People either laugh at the audacity of the joke or they believe that one has lost touch with reality” Ricks concluded “The Tippinators represent the best aspects of the sport and are great role models for young players.

When asked why he decided to sell the ATWL after four successful seasons Langille said, “While I loved every minute of my time running the ATWL, I decided to step away to spend more time with my two year old son and family.” Langille continued “Leaving this league is one of the hardest things I have had to ever do”.

Chris Landry the ATWL head referee for the past two years said, “The change in management can only mean a better experience for the players.” Landry continued “Our organization has a skilled team of players with experience running some of the best competitive and recreational events in the Maritimes.” Landry concluded “We will take our experience from running the Halifax City Open, Bustin Balls for Charity and RISK to make the ATWL even better.”

The Tippinators are picking up where Langille left off, the team is ramping up for 2011. “I know the league is in the best hands I could ever place it. The players enjoyment will continue, and grow under the Tippinators ownership.” Said Langille.

“The word Tippinators has become synonymous with honesty, integrity, fair play, embodying the very best this sport has to offer.” said Brent Cunningham of Tippmann Sports in Fort Wayne Indiana. “We know the Tippinators will represent the sport of paintball with class and professionalism.”

“Our first order of business will be to contact the existing team captains and field owners to ask what they would like to see in 2011.” Johnston said “I have big shoes to fill to try and do as good a job as Shaun. I know that we will make him proud.”

Woodsball players in Atlantic Canada will continue to have a competitive league for the foreseeable future thanks to the Tippinators purchasing the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League. “The Tippinators will make every effort to create the most enjoyable woodsball experience for players in the Maritimes.” Johnston concluded. “The ATWL is here to stay.”

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Oct 17, 2010

CP Mersey Road TF2

~ Photos from TF2 ~ Photos from TF2

A Scout, a Soldier, or a Pyro which is your favourite Team Fortress 2 character? Paintball players in Atlantic Canada had the opportunity to bring the online characters played by millions all over the world to life in the last major scenario game of 2010.

CP Mersey Road: Team Fortress 2 scenario game produced by the Tippinators Paintball Team played on October 17th at Mersey Road Paintball in East River, Nova Scotia.

“Team Fortress 2 is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Valve Corporation” said Austin Flaherty of the Tippinators, “the popularity of the game made it a natural choice for a scenario”.

CP Mersey Road: Team Fortress 2 is focused around two opposing teams competing for common objectives. The teams are Reliable Excavation & Demolition (RED) and Builders League United (BLU), who are meant to represent two corporations that between them secretly control every government on the planet.

The game was set around a multiple king of the hill variant. Team RED or team BLU had to capture all the key points on the field before they could attack the opposing team base directly.

One of the simultaneously best loved and most hated parts of the game was the engineer operated, indestructible, motion sensitive, sentry turret used throughout the day. Once a team captured a key point they could call in an Engineer to set up an automated turret to hold the key point for five minutes.

~ Photos from TF2 ~ Photos from TF2

The turret created by the Tippinators, Mark ‘Tin Man’ Miller, was carried onto the field in a small duffle bag and assembled in minutes. Copper pipe, cotter pins, safety netting topped with two Tippmann 98’s remotely operated from inside the netting by a referee / engineer.

“What began as an interesting 'thing' to have at the game, became a tool for the refs to change the momentum of the game.” said Miller. “When one team was being dominated, the turret was called in their area. This allowed the protected team to move forward.” Miller concluded

After a full day of paintball neither Reliable Excavation & Demolition nor Builders League United could be declared a victor. The final would be decided by total time each team held the key points around the field. After the key point refs had reported, it was official RED - 65 and BLU - 105.

“We elevated the bar for scenario events” commented Flaherty “This one will be tough to top, but we can’t let the players down. 2011 will be even better.”

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Oct 15, 2010

Tippmann Challenge 2010 Video

Josh 'Cornbread' Boiduk interviewed at 2010 Tippmann Challenge from Paintball Mirabel. A few of the Tippinators can be seen in the action shots from around the field.

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Oct 9, 2010

Anthraxx Break Out In Atlantic Canada

Players saved the most intense paintball battles for last event of the season. The season long battle for the 2010 Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL) championship was decided Saturday October 9th, at Overkill Sportz in Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia.

Game one was characterised by ferocious fights at choke points, with maximum amount of paint in the air. Exploitation of small weakness on both side resulted in multiple changes of flag station possession. Game one ended with what appeared to be a slim victory by Anthraxx.

A short pause to pod and air up was all that was needed before the teams hit the field again, this time starting at opposite ends. The Mercenaries knew that they had no choice but to win game two convincingly in order to have any chance to win the Championship. Anthraxx was prepared for the Mercenaries onslaught, and were confident they could hold their lead until the final horn.

Game two was a stark contrast to the first. Both teams rushed forward off the break then settled into a game of creeping and making selected shots. Where game one was fuelled by pure adrenaline, game two was a game of nervous anticipation and constant movement.

The final horn resulted in a Mercenaries win. With each team winning one game and finished with comparable points for of flag captures both teams nervously waited for the final results to be calculated.

League owner Shaun Langille met with Head Referee Chris Landry for clarification on the penalties assessed. Landry was barraged with questions when he left the meeting by players looking for a hint at which team was victorious. Landry’s reply “Guys this one is coming down to the wire. I have no idea who won.”

An agonizing 20 minutes passed before Langille emerged and called the teams in for the announcement. The final result:
435 points - Anthraxx
390 points - Nova Scotia Mercenaries

Screams of joy erupted from Anthraxx at the news all of their hard work for the season paid off, and they had won the Atlantic Woodsball League Championship for 2010.

Head referee Chris Landry of the Tippinators was impressed with the finals. “Today I saw more examples of teamwork and gentlemanly play from both teams that I have seen in a long time.” Landry concluded “The teams played hard, they came out to have fun, and it showed on the field. It was great paintball to watch”

In his closing remarks after another successful season Shaun Langille said, “I want to thank the players, Empire, Kee action sports and the Tippinators for a fantastic season of woodsball.” Shaun summed up the season by saying, “It was exciting to see new league champions, Anthraxx played hard and they deserve the win.”

The final standings for the ATWL season are:
Anthraxx - 2010 ATWL Champion
Nova Scotia Mercenaries
Mersey Road Predators
Iron Legion
Halifax Maniacs

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Sep 5, 2010

AXBL AX4 Event 3 Update Season Finale

~ Photos from AX4 / AXBL Event 4 ~ Photos from AX4 / AXBL Event 4

Hurricane Earl was still a category one when it made landfall on the morning of Saturday September 4th, what was suppose to be the first day of AXBL event 3. The event was postponed until the next day, giving time for the field to be repaired and set up for Sunday.

The morning of Sunday September 5 dawned as perfect day for paintball. The small crew who had been hard at work the evening before were successful, Overkill Sportz, in Mount Uniake, Nova Scotia showed no sign of the chaos from the previous day.

To finish the event on time and ensure everyone would make their flights home on time, AX4 games were intermixed with AXBL, all games were shortened by 10 minutes and the All Star game was cancelled.

The Tippinators played the first AXBL game of the day against Hammonds Plains Hustle. The team, for the first time, came out of the blocks fast and took the lead from the start. A lead they would not relinquish.

The Cyclones only match of the day was in the middle of the schedule. Despite the wait time the Cyclones continued the Tippinators momentum. The Cyclones took the lead on East Coast Epidemic and did not look back.

The final game of the day was back to the AXBL and the Tippinators against the undefeated East Coast Outlaws (ECO). The Tipps were no match for ECO who lead from start to finish. Despite the lopsided win both team had a great time, everyone was smiling at the end of the game and the end of the Xball season.
AX4 Results:
Halifax Cyclones 7 - East Coast Epidemic 4

AXBL Results:
HRM Tippinators 7 - Hammonds Plains Hustle 4
East Coast Outlaws 10 - HRM Tippinators 2

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Aug 28, 2010

ATWL Event 3

The Mersey Road Predators woodsball team were on the attack against the best woodsball teams in the region at event three of the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL), at Mersey Road Paintball in Hubbards, Nova Scotia on August 28th, 2010.

The Predators came into the day confident that they would be able to catch the league leading, defending champion Mersey Road Mercenaries and Team Anthraxx.

"There are some great teams in the league this year" said Predator player and field owner Jim Langlois "We will need to play our best paintball of the year if we want a chance to take the title."

The Predators played well all day but were unable to close the gap on the leading teams. Both the Mercenaries and Anthraxx maintained their slim lead in the standing, despite a strong push from the young Iron Legion squad.

The teams are so close in the standings that any team has the possibility to win. The final event will be needed to decide the 2010 Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League Champion.

Fire Island Paintball in Nova Scotia, is hosting event four in early October. The field will live up to it’s name, as the hottest woodsball action of the season will be played at the ATWL final.

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Aug 14, 2010

Tippinators at the Tippmann Challenge

~ Photos from Mirabel ~ Photos from Tippmann Challenge

The eastern Canadian stop of the Tippmann Challenge was held on August 14, 2010 at Mirabel Paintball, just north of Montreal Quebec.

Six Tippinators made the 28 hour round trip drive from Halifax, to join over 1200 other players in one of the best organized paintball events in the country. To facilitate 1200 players, Mirabel joined all of their individual fields together to one large field. This made a multifaceted field which required repeatedly changing playing styles in order to be successful.

Though the game was played in the heart of Quebec, not all players at the game were French Canadaian. The Tipps were happy to play along side Glen Hogan, Sean Thompson and a crew from Paintball Paradise in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Paradise guys, and gal, played a similar fire and move, highly aggressive style as the Tipps. Although the teams camefrom opposite sides of the country, they played like old friends.

During the lunch break Mike Silva of PBL introduced the team to a young player named Alex. Alex is a big fan of the Tippinators and wanted to get a photo with the team. The guys crowded around for a photo as Justin Landry took the team barrel graffiti off his marker and presented it to Alex. To show his appreciation Alex immediately put the graffiti on his marker.

Alex was very excited when he was asked to play with the team for the rest of the day. Alex is already an aggressive and smart paintball player. Right now he isn’t much taller than his marker, but look out for him in the future. If he keeps playing Alex will be a monster on the field that very few players would be able to match. Alex is a great kid who can play with the Tippinators any time.

This is second time the Tippinators have played the Tippmann Challenge at Mirabel, it won’t be the last. The team would like to thank Nic Meyer from Tippmann, Robert Lee, Mike Silva, Louie D'Alesio and Ian Grant from PBL Action Sports for your hospitality and making the Tippinators feel like they were playing their home field.

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Aug 7, 2010

ATWL Event 2

Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL) season reached the half way point on August 7, 2010 at Overkill Sportz, Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia.

Once again the Tippinators were asked to referee as the best woodsball teams in Atlantic Canada squared off in event two. The Mersey Road Mercenaries are again leading the league. The Mercenaries are looking for a championship three-peat, extend their lead and leave other teams behind.

The Tippinators covered the field and were privileged to watch some great paintball, played by some of the fiercest competitors in the sport.

At the end of the day, the Mersey Road Predators and Team Anthraxx closed the gap on the Mercenaries. With a race this tight the remainder of the season is guaranteed to have some great paintball.

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Jul 18, 2010

AXBL AX4 Event 2 Update

~ Photos from Cyclones AX4 ~ Photos from Cyclones AX4 - Please note Cyclone players can shoot any maker they choose

The Tippinators Paintball AXBL Team and Tippinator Cyclone AX4 Team were primed and ready to play Event #2 of the Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League season. AXBL event 2 moved to a first time venue at Storm Warning Paintball in Kentville Nova Scotia on June 17 and 18, 2010.

The Cyclones practiced hard between prior to event 2 and hoped the hard work would translate into improved performance on the field.

The Cyclone's hard work paid off against the Halifax Hitmen. The Hitmen are previous league champions, who are now in a rebuilding phase. The Cyclones used aggressive fore and movement to dominate the field and pull out the first win in franchise history.

A five hour wait before game two brought the team out sluggish against the strong Truro Army squad. The Cyclones allowed Army to go up a few points early before coming to life. Once the Cyclones started to play, they managed to trade point for point with Army through the rest of the game.

"I am really proud of how the guys came together today." said Bruce Johnston, Team Captain, "They showed what they are made of deep down. Event 3 will be a great show."

Halifax Cyclones 10 - Halifax Hitmen 6
Truro Army 10 - Halifax Cyclones 6

~ Photos from Tippinators AXBL ~ Photos from Tippinators AXBL

The match between the Tipps and their long time friends on South Shore Hype was the Tippinators only scheduled game for July 18th.

Hype jumped out to an early lead after which they simply held on for the rest of the match. The Tippinator players were having so much fun running and gunning in the mid 30's heat (that would be mid 90's for you folks south of the border) that if you didn't see the scoreboard, you would have no idea who was winning by watching the reaction of the players in the pits.

In a true display of Tippinator playfulness and sportsmanship, the Tippinators traded markers with Hype players for the last part of the game. Cries of "How the hell do you turn this thing on!" could be heard coming from the start box.

"We are friends that play ball together, not competitive cut throat do or die individuals, but a cohesive group that all shares the same core values," said Dan Lapham,"when one gets down we all get down, when someones puking in the bushes we are wondering if they are ok, not who won the last point."

Lapham continued, "We are what we are, we've built a name together a play style that has attracted every type of player from across the province and an attitude that screams we love what we do, no matter what the scoreboard says."

South Shore Hype 13 - HRM Tippinators 4

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Jul 12, 2010

Sponsorship - The Holy Grail of Paintball

Ask not what your sponsor can do for you...

What is something that every paintball team wants and few have? Sponsors. Sponsorship is the Holy Grail of paintball. If you have sponsors you are considered to be in another class among paintball teams.

Anybody can find a sponsor for his or her paintball team. The one thing you have to keep in mind is that the potential sponsor only cares about one thing, selling more products. Sponsors need to be convinced that investing in your team makes good business sense. Ideally, the company’s name will be “marketed” to a segment of potential customers in a positive manner, which will result in more exposure and sales. Welcome to the cold, harsh, economically-driven “real” world. It’s all about the bottom line, and most sponsors need to see dollar signs.

Since “sponsorship hunting” can be as competitive as a Tournament final, you have to know your strengths and weaknesses in order to devise your “pre-game” strategy.

Before you take the field in your quest for a sponsorship flag, you need to ask yourself some questions. What makes your team different or special? If you were a business owner, what would you want and expect from a team you are sponsoring?

Find (or establish) some unique traits about your paintball squad. If your team doesn’t stand out from the crowd, you are going to find it difficult to attract and maintain sponsors. Ultimately, how can your team benefit a potential sponsor? If you can answer that question you will have a much better chance of finding sponsors.

To avoid being eliminated on the break – so to speak – your first impression (and reputation) must be positive. It’s essential for you to have an information package for potential sponsors that is professional, concise, and clearly identifies the benefits you offer. The package should contain “hard copy” documents and pictures that you can physically hand to business owners and company reps:

1. Team name, logo, home location, website, and contact information (including phone & email)
2. General team history
3. Names, ages and experience of team members
4. Color photographs of each team member
5. Practice schedule and home playing location
6. Tournament / public events schedule
7. Current equipment list of each team member
8. Team achievements / awards / press clippings, etc.
9. List of current sponsors
10. Team goals

This seems like a lot of information but if you don’t prove to the sponsor that you are serious, you won’t be taken seriously. Put the package together and present it to the owner of your home field. Your home field owner is the most natural sponsorship candidate, and best audience for your first presentation. Hopefully you’ll dazzle him with your brilliance and he’ll sign on the dotted line. Then, start pursuing other business owners by presenting the package to anyone who can contribute to your team, no matter how small the contribution.

Be prepared to be turned down over and over again. Securing sponsors is like securing a place on the podium at a tournament – but never give up. The reason that most people are unsuccessful in signing sponsors is because they are focused only on what the sponsor can do for them. Wrong! If you want sponsors, ask not what the sponsor can do for you; ask what you can do for your sponsor.

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Jul 3, 2010

Tipps Ref ATWL Opener

~ Photos from ATWL Opener ~Photos from ATWL Event 2

After the success in 2009, Shaun Langille, owner of the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL), has once again asked the Tippinators to officiate event the ATWL for the 2010 season.

"The Tippinators reffed for us last season and it was a huge success." Langille said, "We are lucky that the Tippinators will, once again, be able to officiate the ATWL this year."

Once again the Tippinators decided not to play the ATWL this year, opting instead to concentrate on scenario paintball and big games rather than competitive woodsball.

Tippinator Captain Bruce Johnston is pleased with how things worked out. "Thing were great last season. The professionalism of the teams participating make the job pretty easy." said Johnston with a laugh "But don't tell Shaun or we will be out of a job."

The Tippinators were on hand in at Mersey Road Paintball on July 3, 2010 to enforce the ATWL rules, and make sure all players had a day of fun, competitive, and safe paintball.

The players were happy to have an unbiased reffing staff on hand for the day. Both the players and league management agree the officiating was top notch.

"It's great to be involved with the league and I am looking forward to watching, and reffing, more great woodsball action at ATWL this season." Johnston concluded

Jun 24, 2010

RISK III: Even Riskier

~ Photos from RISK III ~
Photos from RISK III

Back by popular demand, RISK III: Even Riskier scenario game of domination based on the Parker Brothers (now a division of Hasbro) game of strategic global domination.

June 13th at Mersey Road Paintball in Hubbards, Nova Scotia hosted the continuation of the very popular RISK scenario series produced by Tippinators Paintball Team.

Just like the board game, Mersey Road was divided into territories which each team would attempt to capture. Each territory had a point value based on size and accessibility. To further simulate the board game the playing field had large sections taped off as oceans, creating choke points and forced zones of conflict.

Point scoring was simple for the teams. Every ten minute period a team controlled a territory points were awarded. In addition to the ten minute awarding of points, timed ten minute respawns replicated the end of game turns.

~ Photos from RISK III ~
Photos from RISK III

Once again the refs on in captured territories were considered Head of State and were able to give players help in fighting through their territory. This overview provided to the players by the referees gave the players glimpse of the big picture of the entire game.

Players appreciate the Head of State feature of the game. Players coming from the respawn could decide to sure up lines of defense or exploit weaknesses of the other team.

“The Tippinators really know how to put on a game.” Said Danny Taylor from Lower Sackville, NS “Constant play, quick respawns, great reffing, the RISK series are the best games of the year.”

The game was an unqualified success. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the players the RISK series will continue in the near future. Tippinator and game organizer Chris Landry was very pleased with the event.

"Congrats to the green team on a strong win. Thanks to everyone for coming out to play," said Landry "We keep evolving risk at each new event, stay tuned for a late summer RISK in which we are going to kick it up a notch."

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Jun 12, 2010

Mark Miller in APG

Tippinator Mark Miller Featured in Action Pursuit Games

A Tippmann advertisement, for the new X7 Phenom, published in the August 2010 issue of Action Pursuit, features a photo of Tippinator Mark Miller. Buy an issue of APG to see for yourself.

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May 31, 2010

Tippinators Host RISK III Senario Game

Greetings fellow paintball junkies!

The Tippinators Paintball Team will be hosting another RISK Scenario Event at Mersey Road Paintball on June 13th.

This will be a scenario event that utilizes territories with flag stations all across the field and you must capture one territory before invading the next. We incorporated heads of state that are designated referees that help the team controlling their territory.

We'll be incorporating some different and exciting elements this year so stay tuned for the official announcement and Rulebook and feel free to post any questions or requests!

It's Time For War!!!!!

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May 24, 2010

AXBL AX4 Event 1 Update

Tippinators and Cyclones at AXBL/AX4 Event 1

~ Photos from Cyclones AX4 ~ Photos from Cyclones AX4 - Please note Cyclone players can shoot  any maker they choose

The Tippinators Paintball Team entered a new era for 2010. The membership has expanded to the extent that two teams are playing the Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League under the Tippinators banner.

Through 2010, the HFX Cyclones, set up as a feeder team to the Tippinators (Cyclone feeds a Tippmann… Get it?) will play AX4, four man xball league. The Tippinators will again play the five man AXBL, xball league.

The Cyclones, played the first game of their history, Saturday May 22, 2010 at Armymans Paintball, Truro NS . The Cyclones are a true starter team. Half the players had never played a competitive point of speedball prior to AX4 event 1.

The rookies were thrown into the deep end of the pool, with a few veterans, but showed poise beyond their experience, keeping both games on Saturday competitive against the two best teams in the league.

"That was the best time I have ever had playing paintball.” said Cyclones rookie Jason Thomson “I can’t wait for event 2."

Atlantic Storm 8 - Halifax Cyclones 7
Newfoundland Knockout 10 - Halifax Cyclones 7

~ Photos from Tippinators AXBL ~ Photos from Tippinators AXBL

Who says lightning never strikes twice, or three times maybe. Tippinators in AXBL event 1, played on May 23, is the exception that disproves the rule.

The Tippinators once again allowed the opposing team to score unanswered points at the beginning of the game. The strong Newfoundland Wreckhouse team went up 5-0 on the Tipps right from the start before the lightening strike of unanswered points brought the team to life

"We played a great game once we woke up.” said Justin Landry, “If we could only find a way to play strong right from the opening horn."

The Tippinators played Newfoundland head to head, trading points back and forth for the remainder of the game. Despite their best efforts the team was unable to overcome the Wreckhouse initial lead.

The Tippinators afternoon game against the Halifax Maniacs seemed more like a practice than a game of competitive xball.

The Tippinators and Maniacs have a long and shared history together. The players are friends on and off the field, they practice, play recball and drink with each other.

The game was relaxed and great fun for both teams. Unfortunately the Tippinators came out on the short end of the score board.

Video of the Tippinators / Wreckhouse game : See It Here

Newfoundland Wreckhouse 11 - HRM Tippinators 5
Halifax Maniacs 9 - HRM Tippinators 6

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May 14, 2010

Model 98 - Green and Mean

Mark 'TinMan' Miller's Green Tippmann Custom 98

See the video of this work of art here

Warriors in the Woods

Warriors in the Woods X: Operation Raven

~ Photos from Warriors in the Woods ~
Photos from Warriors in the Woods

After years of playing the largest scenario event is Eastern Canada, the Tippinators were pleased to have been asked to referee Warriors in the Woods X: Operation Raven. The tenth edition of the Warriors in the Woods series took place on Sunday May 2, 2010 at Mersey Road Paintball, East River, Nova Scotia.

The reputation of Eric Fisher and the staff of Banshee Paintball put together a world class paintball game is well know throughout Atlantic Canada. Eric Fisher’s Warriors in the Woods is the longest running scenario series in Eastern Canada.

After such a long run ‘Warriors’ is showing no sign of losing appeal with the players. Proof of the popularity was proven as registration limit of 400 was sold out long before event day.

~ Photos from Warriors in the Woods ~
Photos from Warriors in the Woods

The premise of Operation Raven is the Axis forces have been forced out of Europe and taken refuge in the Brazilian jungle.

Allied Forces have chased the Axis to South America and must cross the mighty Amazon River to continue toward the ultimate destruction of fascism.

The field was divided by the Amazon, and its tributaries, with a limited number of crossings thereby forcing players into fierce firefights to gain ground. The addition of a gunboat, constantly traveling the river, shooting exposed players from either team proved to be a favourite of the players.

The Tippinators roamed the field doing paint checks and helping players. Arguably the most important task for the team was pyro. Sound effects played over speakers around the field, smoke grenades plus an incredible amount of pyrotechnic explosions added a sense of realism to the day. The Tippinators had a fun watching great paintballers play plus getting to blow things up all day.

"Operation Raven was our biggest undertaking to date." said Eric Fisher the owner of Banshee Paintball. "All the proverbial blood sweat and tears, are worth it when we see that we were able to bring both an epic day of paintball, and a smile to the players faces."

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Apr 8, 2010

Stop the Vandals

By David Muhlestein, Guide to Paintball
Wednesday March 31, 2010

A man was recently cited for defacing petroglyphs with a paintball gun in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Not only was this a stupid thing to do for himself and his legal future, it's a stupid thing for the sport of paintball. I've mentioned it more than once, and I'll probably mention it again, but it makes me mad that the majority of news coverage of the sport of paintball involves vandalism or other criminal activity. I'm sure that thousands of people successfully played paintball on the very day that this idiot shot up the petroglyphs, but they won't get a single mention by the press, only the one guy who caused problems.

Paintball is a great sport that almost anyone can enjoy, but countless people will never try it because of the negative actions of a few people. Just think, if all someone ever heard about the sport is that people use the gear to vandalize property or shoot unsuspecting passersby, why would that person even want to learn about the positive aspects of the game? The simple truth is that for all the good that thousands of paintball players can do to positively depict the sport, more bad can be done in just a few seconds by one person who doesn't have any common sense. Now you and I and everyone else who cares about paintball's image have that much more work to do to clear up more misrepresentations of the sport. Lucky us.

Apr 2, 2010

Black Friday Starts 2010

Black Friday Scenario Event Kicks Off 2010 Paintball Season

Photos from Black Friday~ Photos from Black Friday ~

Some people say spring has arrived in Canada at the sighting of the first Robin, others say it is the first motorcycle on the road. But to all paintballers in eastern Canada Spring hasn’t arrived until opening horn is blown at the Black Friday scenario game.

Black Friday is a one of a kind event where after a long winter of only being able to play the occasional game of indoor reball, woodsballers, speedballers, milsim teams, xball teams and rec players gathered for a day of camaraderie, sportsmanship and fun before players gravitate back to their preferred style of play.

Mersey Road Paintball in East River, Nova Scotia, Canada once again hosted the Black Friday scenario event on April 2nd 2010. 2010 marks the 9th year for Black Friday at Mersey and drew 373 players from across the region.

"I have been to a few Black Friday games and this one was special." commented Tippinators Captain Bruce Johnston "I don’t know if it was the warm weather or the influx of new players this year, but there was a level of excitement I haven’t seen in a long time."

~ Photos from Black Friday ~ Photos from Black Friday

By 11:00am the staging area swarmed with players eager to start the season, and have some fun. When the opening horn blew, players rushed forward to shoot paint and bang the rust off the skills that laid dormant all winter. Ferocious firefights and spectacular individual efforts were commonplace all around the field, with players giving it their all throughout the day.

"It was fun to have the entire team out to play alongside, and against, teams from the AXBL and ATWL." said Tippinators player Chris Landry, "Plus the draw run for prizes donated by Tippmann and DXS, VForce was a huge success."

"Everything just flowed well all day," remarked Landry "Reffing, administration, food, raffles. The staff and players pulled together and made this Black Friday an event to remember."

Black Friday 2010 showed paintballers, be they woodsballers or speedballers, can come together in the true spirit of the game and play for fun. Any day when almost 400 players come together to play paintball is a great day. If Black Friday is any indication, 2010 will be a very good year.

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Apr 1, 2010

Tippmann Challenge Expands

Tippmann Challenge Series Expands Around the Globe
Popular paintball tournaments to feature product demos, promotional giveaways and free tech courses

Tippmann Sports is excited to be expanding its popular Tippmann Challenge Series for 2010. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting paintball players and fields around the globe, Tippmann is hosting eight Tippmann Challenge events in six countries this year, and hopes to expand the program into even more countries soon. These events promise to deliver a festival-like atmosphere where players can enjoy paintball, try the latest and greatest equipment at no cost, and also participate in free tech courses to learn how to maintain their Tippmann markers. For additional details, players are encouraged to visit, and then click into the recently updated “Fields and Events” section.

“In addition to being very fun and cost effective events for players worldwide, our Tippmann Challenge Series is also a great way to build awareness and generate excitement for the host fields,” said Ron Goldblatt, director of marketing for Tippmann Sports. “We’re going to be promoting each event heavily on the Web, which includes as well as our rapidly expanding social media network. We currently have more than 50,000 Facebook fans that will be able to watch videos from the Tippmann Challenges and also share comments and feedback with other players from around the globe.”

Brent Cunningham, director of international sales at Tippmann Sports, remarked “Players are the big winners at these events. Not only do they get to play excellent venues, but they also get to participate in several side events, such as pistol, pump and laser challenges. This year, players can even take an X7 Phenom out for a spin. Plus, at most Tippmann Challenge events, players will be able sit in on a free tech class that takes them through some basics about how to properly maintain their Tippmann marker.”

Tippmann Challenge events already planned for 2010 include the following:
• Canada – August 13 & 14; Mirabel Paintball, Mirabel, Quebec
• Canada – October 10; Tsawwassen Paintball Games, Tsawwassen, British Columbia
• Mexico – November 13 & 14; Location TBA
• South Africa – April 25; Bloekem Bos, Malmesbury (near Cape Town)
• United Kingdom – August 29 & 30; Holmbush Paintball, Sussex, England
• United States – May 2; Splatter Park, Mt. Gilead, Ohio
• United States – September 25 & 26; Hell Survivors, Pinckney, Michigan

The first Tippmann World Challenge was held at (and continues to run at) Hell Survivors in Pinckney, Michigan. During this event, owners of Tippmann markers are pitted against owners of all other markers. To be on the “Tippmann” team, a player must be using a Tippmann marker. All other markers are assigned to the “World” team. The first international Tippmann Challenge took place at Mirabel Paintball near Montreal in August of 2006. This event has since grown and, this year, more than 1,200 players are expected at the fifth annual Tippmann Challenge Mirabel.

Of course, the events within the Tippmann Challenge Series are just part of the more than 100 total events Tippmann will be sponsoring around the world this year. The company will also be well represented at more than 20 events in the United States in 2010 with its 40-foot trailer, which is always stocked full of Tippmann product as well as helpful and friendly advice for players at every level.

About Tippmann:
For more than 20 years, Tippmann Sports has been dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

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Mar 21, 2010

Finally Back on the Field

After a long boring winter the Tippinators were finally able to get on the turfed XBall field at Mersey Road Paintball for a practice. The team ran through some basic shooting and break out drills to get accustomed to being on the field again.

Now with the basics back in place the team can start preparing for AXBL event 1.

We managed to get a few photos and a short video from the practice. Everything is posted to

Tippinator Josh Boiduk Rolling his 98c

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Feb 22, 2010

Maritime Heart Centre

Maritime Heart Centre Sponsor Tippinators

Maritime Heart Centre Support Tippinators

The Tippinators are pleased to announce that the team has entered in to a sponsorship agreement with the Maritime Heart Centre for the 2010 season.

The Maritime Heart Center is a registered, non-profit organization that was established in 1976 by a group of concerned cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac anaesthetists, and radiologists.

Their objectives are to provide world class care to patients in the Maritimes with cardiovascular disease, and to be active advocates in primary prevention.

The Maritime Heart Center recognizes the benefits of exercise to long term heart health and it is with this in mind they have become financial sponsors of the team.

Team Captain Bruce Johnston is excited to associate with the Maritime Heart Centre. “We all know someone who suffers from some form of heart disease” said Johnston “If the Tippinators promoting the importance of regular exercise can help save just one person, we are glad to do it.”

The Tippinators head into the 2010 season ready to promote heart health and are glad to represent the Maritime Heart Centre.

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Feb 19, 2010

Professional Photo Shoot

Tippinators Bruce 'Uniballer' Johnston and Josh 'Cornbread' Boiduk went to a photo shoot with professional photographer Alexa MacDonald. The guys had no clue what they were in for and were surprised at how difficult it was to look like they know what they are doing.

"I felt like a mook standing there in my gear grinning" said Johnston "Alexa is a real pro and she surprisingly made me look pretty good".

See the results of the shoot and judge for yourself at

Tippinator Josh Boiduk and Bruce Johsnton

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