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October Revolution

The Aftermath

by Chris Malton

Battles can get messy, and this one was no exception. The fact that many hundreds of shots were fired is enough to say that. The number that hit however were rather less. A cleanup operation can take a while. Thankfully, it would appear there has been no issue regarding students and the amount of unburst paint, bar a few issues that were dealt with on Tuesday lunchtime.

Back in the shed however, there is work to be done. The Challenger performed well on its first outing, and seems to prove reasonably reliable, albeit there is a lot of scope for improvement. This will include a door lock actuator trigger mechanism, and a slightly less bodged rotate. Also, elevate will receive some TLC to resolve the problems I was having.

In the other department, T027, there is even more work to be done. With limited funds available, there is a lot of fitting out to be done. Time, and more crucially, money, will see how far this process gets this winter. The plan is to have it fully operational before the next big battle.

Lessons Learned by Chris Malton
Given that this was the first operational run for FA006, I am remarkably impressed with its performance. There is a lot of work to be done still, and a large amount will hopefully be completed in the next 6 months. Nonetheless, it did shoot paint, and score points. If that was enough to satisfy everyone that I mean business now, good. If not, then tough, I mean it. With a lot of work to be completed on FA006 and T027 over the winter, FA006 will probably stay a field artillery for a while longer. When, however, it finally begins to make progress over terrain, the result will be rewarding, and a sight to see.

Lessons Learned by James Murdey
So, my first battle done, and here's what I've learned:

  • Tanking is fun
  • Never mess with Pete, along with a loaded Paintball Marker
  • I am going to build a tank