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What is a Tank Paintball Battle all about?

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Posted: 16/01/2018 10:52
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Looking for an activity day in the East Midlands to entertain your troops? A voucher as a gift, a stag group, something different for adventurous hens or a birthday surprise? Tank Paintball Battle is your answer. Guaranteed laughs and the most fun you can have in a muddy field! 

It’s always a jam-packed day here at Armourgeddon during our Tank Season, with crews heading out on tanks all the way through the day. A hive of activity, there are always birthdays being celebrated, vouchers from Christmas, Mother’s and Father’s Days and even Valentine’s Day being used, Hen Parties and Stag Groups battling it out on the track and spectators visiting the museum and watching their crews completing their target practice nearby the viewing areas.

This week we thought we would take you through a typical Tank Paintball Battle activity here at Armourgeddon. So here goes. Of course, the very best way to find out what’s going to happen is to book a voucher or better still, book your activity date and just come to visit. Our 5 star Trip Advisor rating should convince you that it’s a barrel of laughs if we can’t do that here!

First up, it’s time to get kitted up. Donning our military style trousers and jackets, helmets and wellies, you will be grouped into 3-man crews and head to the back of your FV432 vehicles. The ground is somewhat damp underfoot at the start and end of the season with some muddy puddles heading towards knee-deep, all adding to the fun. These can be avoided, of course, but we do suggest sensible footwear is worn. We have some wellies here on site, but if you have your own, we would prefer you bring those to be sure they fit.

Once briefed on the safety features of the vehicles, the crews of 3 (plus any extra passengers,) head into their tanks and learn how to manoeuvre these beasts around the Armourgeddon tank battle tracks which have been mapped out on the site of an old World War II bombing range.

Learning to drive a tank is great fun. The foot pedals work similarly to most motorised vehicles but the hand controls are very different. One brake handle in each hand, pull the handle of the direction you wish to head, towards you. Pulling the handle effectively adds a brake to the side of the tank that the handle is aligned to. Heading out to the track for the first loop, the driver’s hatch is left open to help with sighting the track. However, once you get the hang of the controls, your instructor will close the hatch and it’s into battle conditions. Once the hatch is closed, the driver has to manoeuvre the track with vision just through the periscope. Hold onto your hats!!

Once the whole crew has mastered the controls and headed at speed over the track, the crew head over to the target practice area. Using stationary targets, to begin with, each member of the crew will learn to aim the cannon, which is fixed on top of the FV432, charge the gun and load the barrel. Once each member of the crew has completed their various roles, the person in the gunner’s chair will fire the cannon and hopefully hit the target and not one of the cows that also share the track! Being a working farm, it would be unusual not to see at least a few cows and sheep on a visit to Armourgeddon. The cows are not fazed by the tanks, though, and will eventually get out of the way of the flying missiles!

After the target practice is completed, it’s time to head back to base and make a decision as to who will take which role in the battle. The roles are; Driver, Loader who charges and loads the cannon and Gunner who aims and shoots. All sounds pretty straight forward, right? Well, not when you add in that the battle is against another tank and that the other tank will also be moving around the track. There are 4 positions that you need to drive to, 3 shots to be taken in each position, best of 12 wins the glory! With a new league as we head into the new season for the instructors too, it’s all to play for and you can be sure that your instructor will want you to do the very best that your crew can, for their own bragging rights at the end of the day.

We get all sorts of groups book to visit us here at Armourgeddon. Corporate away days and stag weekend activities East Midlands, hen weekend activities near Birmingham and groups of family members looking for a great day out with activities for teenagers are amongst them. We are also very popular as activities to celebrate 50th birthdays, gifts for Father’s Day and vouchers for gifts for men- so tricky to buy for!

If you want to book our Tank Paintball Battle activity for yourself, someone else or a group, call us on 01858 880 239 or ask a question in our live chat box below during office hours. You can book a voucher online too, or book a specific time and date if you give us a call. Booking a set time means you have your spot confirmed. If you want more flexibility or want to give a voucher as a gift and let the receiver book their own date, just book a voucher online or via our booking service and we will email or post the voucher to you. The voucher will be valid for a year. If you have a group booking enquiry, give us a call and we can work out the best option for you. There are loads of other activities that you can do here on site to make a whole day out of your visit; archery, air rifle shooting, clay pigeon shooting and quad bike safari to name but a few! 

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