Author Name: Armourgeddon
Posted: 23/04/2014 00:00
This week our blogger followed a corporate group on their Away Day at Armourgeddon. See and read what they got up to...It’s the Tuesday after the long Easter weekend. It’s wet and dreary with a cold ear-whipping wind circling about. But one group were more than happy to be heading back to work after 4 days off as they faced the challenge of Tank Paintball as a team away day...
This week our blogger followed a corporate group on their Away Day at Armourgeddon. See and read what they got up to below.
It’s the Tuesday after the long Easter weekend. It’s wet and dreary with a cold ear-whipping wind circling about. But one group were more than happy to be heading back to work after 4 days off. This week, a group of Consultants from AT Kearney faced the challenge of Tank Paintball as a team away day. Johan Aurik, the firm’s managing partner and chairman of the board, along with members of the Vision 2020 team, introduced a new, bold, vision for the firm, with the ambition of being the industry’s most admired firm, distinguished by their culture and how they work. As a team, the 12 people that travelled to Southfields Farm this Tuesday, they covered much of Europe in their roles and locations. They rarely get to spend any time in the same country, let alone the same office, so a day together in the open air- whatever the weather- was much anticipated.
Upon arrival, the team were a little quiet, some needing to be introduced to others and language a barrier to a few… but not for long. First job- get kitted out into their combat gear, trousers, jackets, helmets and wellies. Then onto the very important task of sorting the teams for training and battle. Work groups and country-companies were split and the genders mixed across the tank crews. Once they were set, it was off to the tanks for a safety briefing and their first tank-driving lesson.
Driving a tank in battle conditions is certainly a team effort. Granted, only one person drives at any one time, but they have the rest of their crew looking out for them- and laughing at any misdemeanors, of course! To say the bottom track at Armourgeddon is a challenge at the moment is putting it lightly. Once you have mastered the two-stick driving style of the FV432, and have realised that the cows are never going to move out the way for you and you are definitely going to have to go around them, it’s onto the hurley-burley of the track itself with it’s peaks and troughs. Maneuvering your way through these dips in a 15.3 tonne tank is no mean feat. Doing this in front of your colleagues is great fun! Imagining your tank full with 10 troops and a fellow crew member however, is quite awe-inspiring. In active battle, our FV432s were also used as:
- a command vehicle, seven-crew with two mapboards and extra communications equipment (with an additional canvas "penthouse")
- an ambulance, unarmed with spots for up to four stretchers or two stretcher and five seated patients
- a cargo carrier, for up to 3,600 kg
- a communications vehicle
- a recovery vehicle
Not to mention their uses by the Royal Artillery and the Royal Engineers. However, for our group of consultants today, our FV432s were in the field for one reason only- Tank Paintball, or Tankballing as the group came to call it!
So, on from a few hairy trips around the bottom track, and the intrepid tank crews headed to the central location for some target practice. Each learned the job of loader and aimer of the cannon and took a number of target-practice shots. This is usually where the quiet team members come out of their shell as they shout the ‘FIRE’ command at their fellow crew on the loading seat. Shooting a turreted cannon through a periscope whilst wearing battle fatigues and a helmet is not an easy task, but some of the consultants within the crews on the bottom track this week made it look simple.
All now experts in the three areas of knowledge needed for a tank battle, the crews headed back to the hanger for some battle tactics. Discussions moved from the usual office conversations about clients and project timelines to who the best driver was and who should be in charge of the cannon and why… Decisions made and the crews headed back to their battle-ready steads.
First out and a close battle of 8 hits verses 7 saw Craig and his crew through to the next battle. Next up, Chris took on Wayne’s crews for what can only be called a whitewash…. 11 v 7 hits from Chris’ crew. Amazing. Most crews hit between 6 and 8 so 7 was actually an average result. It was simply superb sharp shooting that had Chris’ crew bouncing in their seats. The final battle of the day was again extremely close with Big G and Nitro’s teams neck-and-neck perfect scores all the way to the 6th cannon. Big G’s crew missed by a whisker and gave Nitro the advantage. Not for long though as Big G upped the speed in his tank taking cover for the 4th combat position lying in wait for Nitro’s crew who were sitting ducks and blasted them with 2 clear shots- 7 v 6. Position 5 saw both crews with a hit and a miss taking the score to 8 v 7. Full throttle to get to the final combat position first saw both crews rattled and desperate to win meaning rushed shots and 4 misses. Final score 8 v 7 and the battle to Big G. However, nothing could beat Chris’ crew score of a brilliant 11 out of 12 direct hits. ‘That 12th one just lifted right at the last or we’d’ve had their periscope’ Chris claimed as the crews returned, jubilant to the hanger after the battles were complete.
Transformed from a quiet group who civilly passed pleasantries at the start of the day to a babbling group of adrenaline-filled ‘tankballers’ in two hours. A successful corporate team building event… and the organizer took the battle- trophy with a win for her crew. When asked how they had enjoyed their Tank Paintball session, ‘Seriously cool’ was the consultant from Stockholm’s response and ‘Easier to get the hang of than I expected’ from a member of the winning crew!
From a session with us, cheeks ruddy from a fun-packed session in the fresh air, the team headed off for a BBQ before packing up and readying for the trips home. Definitely closer as a team, certainly full of spirit and fresh air, stories of ‘when we went tankballing…..’ will ring our through their international conference calls for many years to come!