May 26, 2011

Tippinators Undefeated in MXL

2010 marked the final year of play for the Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League, AXBL, which was replaced in 2011 buy the expansion of the Canadian Xtreme Paintball League, CXBL. The CXBL expanded their footprint from Atlantic to Pacific by setting up the Atlantic Division of the Minor Xtreme Paintball League, the CXBL feeder league.

The Tippinators were proud to be selected to play the very first Atlantic Division MXL game against Kentville Storm in Kentville at Storm Warning Paintball Sunday May 22, 2011.

Few gave the Tippinators a chance of winning against a much more experienced and larger Strom squad. With six of the MXL rostered Tippinators out of the country playing the Living Legends Scenario Game at CPX Paintball in Chicago Illinois the team’s prospects for the premier match seemed very remote indeed.

In traditional Tippinators fashion the decision was made to play hard, fast and fair. The team would play their hardest, with heart and leave everything on the field. No matter the odds the team in the other pits would know they were in a fight.

The starting line up for the first point ever point in the Atlantic MXL, were new members Christian Alary and Bryant Capson along with Tippinator veterans Justin Landry, Chris Mullins and Ken Gardiner. Subsequent points would be played by new members Will Kerr and Aaron Vasil who would be substituted in every other point for whomever required additional recovery time.

The team dug deep and traded Storm point for point through the first half. Early in the second half Storm got into penalty trouble which allowed the Tippinators to take a two point lead. Storm showed their depth and resilience by fighting back to tie the game at seven with two minutes remaining.

The starting line for the Tippinators went back on the field for the final point and scored what would be the final point of the game for a Tippinator win. After the game both teams shook hands and Storm proved itself a classy organization, by socializing with the Tippinators and wishing the team luck in its next game.

A long cold and wet three hour wait could not dampen the spirits of the Tippinators as they prepared for what is always the team’s favourite game of the season against their arch rivals and close friends Bedford Maniacs.

From the opening horn the Tippinators jumped out to a two point lead and did not look back. The Maniacs dug deep using some return to xball veterans along with their core group to battle hard. In the end the Tippinators aggressive dorito side play was the difference as the Tippinators pulled out a 9-5 victory.

From the observation deck atop the Willis Tower in Chicago Illinois a scream could be heard all the way back to Halifax when the Tippinators at Living Legends 4 heard about the second victory at event one over the Bedford Maniacs.

To the surprise of the entire league, and with a depleted roster, the Tippinators accomplished what no one but the players themselves believed possible, ending event one as the only team with a perfect record. The Tippinators proved that heart and determination can push players past their perceived limits and win games.

May 22, 2011

Cheers in Chicago

The Tippinators attending Living Legends 4 in Chicago Il, erupted in cheers in the hotel breakfast area, when they heard the news of the MXL victory over Kentville Storm

Tippinators Victorious in Seaon Opener

Tippinators open the 2011 Atlantic Conference xball season with a 8-7 victory over Kentville Storm

May 21, 2011

Living Legends IV

~ Photos from Living Legends IV ~
Tippinators at CPX Paintball
Tippinators mounted up for a 27 hour drive through 2 time zones to one of the biggest woodsball games in North America, Living Legends IV at CPX Paintball in Chicago Illinois. Living Legends IV was scheduled on the same weekend as MXL event 1 so the Tipps sent only a small crew of seven players.

On game day the Tippinators arrived three hours before game time on Saturday May 21, 2011 in order to view all exhibits and experience everything the CPX Paintball had to offer. The Living Legends Game was professionally organized. The team had a very quick check in, paint purchase, marker chrono, and team assignment.

Arriving early paid dividends as the team had a chance to meet players to whom they had only talked via online forums or by email. The opportunity to put faces to names and spend time taking face to face with players from around the continent was enjoyable. The team would have talked all day if not for the call to the player briefing prior to game start.

The Tippinators piled onto an on field bus to hitch a ride to the start point. The opening horn signalled the start of Living Legends IV. The tired legs and sore backs from hours in the car disappeared, replaced by game day adrenalin.

CPX boasts a huge playing area of many separate fields that are all used for one thousand plus players who attend Living Legends. Though the field was huge the team spent most of the day fighting up the left side through two of the center piece fields of CPX Paintball; Armageddon and Bedlam.

The Ruins of Armageddon, are built to look like the remnants of a town that was bombed during World War II. Columns and facades of buildings with no roof and huge stone pillars that look as if they were tossed aside by a rampaging giant cover the area.

After fighting through Armageddon the Tippinators pushed over an earthen crest and into Bedlam, a full town complete with cars, street lights and even a phone booth for Mark 'Tinman' Miller to change into his Super Paintballer outfit. Moving from rubble to a full urban environment took an adjustment in play which only added to the full game experience.

~ Photos from Living Legends IV ~
Tippinators at CPX Paintball
The need for paint, air, solid and liquid sustenance were the only things that could get the team away from the playing field. In just a few hours from the start of the game, the exhibitor area had changed from a thousand woodsball players milling about into a carnival like atmosphere. Kids with cotton candy, attractive young ladies handing out drinks, people playing beanbag toss and hundreds of people in street clothes browsed through the various tents and trailers added an extra air of excitement to the day.

As luck would have it Living Legends is scheduled on the same weekend as National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) Chicago Open. The Chicago Open event draws the best seven man speedball teams from around the world including the likes of Dynasty, XSV, and Canada’s Edmonton Impact.

Hosting a major NPPL event plus one of the countries largest woodsball events on the same weekend meant that the vendor area included manufacturer representatives from all major paintball companies plus a number of new players on the manufacturing scene. Players could peruse the newest, latest, and greatest gear for both speedball and woodsball.

When not on the woodsball field the team was able to watch a few professional NPPL speedball games and walk around the exhibitor’s area and talk to professional players. One of the highlights was Richard 'Krush' Robinson seated at a picnic table across from a pro team waiting to sign autographs. A pair of young players stopped looked at Robinson, looked over at the idle pros then back to Robinson. One of the players excitedly exclaimed "Are you Krush from the Tippinators? Can I have an autograph?" The pro players looked on as Robinson gave autographs and talked with the young players.

Living Legends is a fantastic weekend of paintball and is a must for your calendar next season. This is an event where you can play a massive woodsball game with pros like Billy Wing, Mike Paxson, Pete Utschig, and Rocky Cagnoni, plus watch and meet the best speedballers on the planet. You can meet manufacturer representatives to see the newest gear and meet the up and coming companies in the industry.

Was the game good enough to endure a 54 hour drive, round trip? Team Captain Bruce 'Charon' Johnston summed it up best, "The Living Legends game was such a good time that I would be willing to do the 54 drive in the trunk to play the game next year."

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May 20, 2011

Tippinators Tour of Tippmann Factory

Tippinators Visit Tippmann Factory

Finishing a twenty seven hours drive the day before, the Tippinators woke on Friday May 20, 2011 excited to pile into the car and visit the home of the team’s name, Tippmann Sports in Fort Wayne Indiana. The Tippinators drove from Halifax to Chicago to play the Living Legends IV scenario game a day early to visit Tippmann. After twenty seven hours in a car, what was another four to get to Fort Wayne?

The team arrived in Fort Wayne just after lunch and were met by Tippmann Sports Director of International Sales, Brent Cunningham. Team Captain Bruce Johnston and Brent exchanged pleasantries and started down a hall past a vintage Indian motorcycle on display. It wasn’t until the pair had gone a half way down the hall when they realized they were alone. The rest of Tippinators were still in the lobby, attention rapt on a floor to ceiling display of all paintball markers produced by Tippmann. The display had the team snapping photos, talking and pointing excitedly, as giddy as 10 year olds on Christmas morning.

Brent was a very accommodating host, who took the Tippinators on a complete tour of the entire facility. The team was expecting to see conveyer belts transporting marker bodies from station to station in the traditional assembly line configuration. The guys were shocked to see an ultra clean production area where employees at individual stations assemble a marker from start to finish. This production method is capable of producing over one thousand markers per day.

When the team walked into the shipping area with the rows of shelved boxes stacked twelve feet high that Johnston said resembled the final scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Brent introduced the team to Kyle Smith who happened to be walking past. Kyle the Tippmann Engineer who developed the TPX was kind enough to take the time to explain the development process from start to finish, including extensive testing with paint from all over the world. The TPX was a completely new design and a huge departure for Tippmann. The TPX valve system paved the way for the highly successful X7 Phenom.

~ Photos of Tippmann Factory ~
Tippinators Visit Tippmann Factory

After the very informative impromptu meeting with Kyle Smith the team moved on to the repairs department who service Tippmann markers after they leave the factory. The team talked about the kinds of calls and returns the repairs department receive. The team was amazed at what some customers will try to claim is a ‘warranty issue’. Because the name Tippmann is synonymous with customer service, the repairs department do everything they can to help every player who calls.

While with the repairs crew Chris Landry brought out his X7 Phenom that had been unused since September 2010 and which he planned to use the next day at Living Legends IV. The thinking was to test fire the marker under less than ideal conditions, if something broke, no problem, he was at the Tippmann factory where it could be repaired.

Landry loaded the Phenom with paint left over from the game in September and let it rip. The marker lived up to its name, phenomenal. The marker shot through a full hopper flawlessly in semi and full auto with eight month old paint.

The team finished their tour on the top floor talking with the sales team who field dealers and customers from around the world. After a short chat with the busy sales department the tour ended the conference room with pizza and a discussion of Tippmann and NXe products.

The Tippinators were very impressed with the Tippmann factory and how the company has set up a true 21st century production and sales facility. The team could plainly see that Tippmann, is the world's leader in high-performance paintball products and why at Tippmann, they pride themselves on producing high-quality, durable paintball markers and accessories at an affordable price. Having the opportunity to spend two hours viewing the Tippmann factory and talking to the professional staff was worth thirty one hours in the car to get from NS to IN.

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May 18, 2011

On the Way to Living Legends

Half of the Tippinators are on route to Living Legends 4 in Chicago Il.

May 14, 2011

Tippinators Tippmann PhenomX Custom Mods

Video by Richard 'Krush' Robinson showing the Tippinators shooting their modified Tippmann X7 Phenom.

The Phenom was center fed by Mark 'Tinman' Miller. TechT double trigger installed. Bruce 'Charon' Johnston removed excess metal, sanded the marker smooth and added a custom carbon fiber paint job.

Music in the video is Armada Drive's Generation Why

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May 5, 2011

ATWL Event 3 Set

Overkill Sportz in Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia has agreed to host event 3 the X7 Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League on September 17, 2011.