Report by Neil Rochford
Without yet realising the damage sustained, T051 hobbled into battle again. Full
of intention to do the same trick as last time she eventually (after taking 3
hits) found safety in front of the castle wall out of the firing line. Chris
landed a shot right under the Leopard's turret, a one in a million shot that was
now providing excellent lubrication to my friction rotate drive wheel.
Without a reliable rotate, nor proper power to drive, I had no choice but to
stay put and hope that some one manages to drift into my line of fire. I hadn't
waited long before a Jeep came a-calling, a few quick bangs and SV012 was
heading back to base, proving an injured Leopard can still bite. Eventually the
unmistakable sound of T027 could be heard from behind, one shot up the parsons
nose brought the end of the Leopards unblemished record - the total newcomer
James had the killing hit.
After reincarnation T051 was in a bad way, barely able to even reach the battle
zone. After a very lucky shot landing on the Jeep the Leopard could do no more.
The only way off the field was to die. So I called out the situation to the
enemy who came rushing in hell-bent on glory. The Leopard was finished off by
long range shots from the Valentine. That was defeat No 2 and ended the
involvement for T051 in this part of the battle.
T055 on it own could not defeat the government forces and the tanks of the KOR
lost sortie II. A turning point was beginning to be felt in the whole Essex
Report by Chris Malton
The reign of terror of T051 was not quite over yet, but with a little adjustment
to my FA006 elevation (rendering the elevate channel useless), I found a sweet
spot that somehow landed a shot between the Leopard's turret and hull, and thus
on the "friction drive" rotate system. Friction drive was no more, and it
appeared that Neil's Leopard was pretty much out of it. With limited
manoeuvrability, and a turret that didn't rotate, there was little that could be
done. T027, driven by newcomer James, dispatched the Leopard in one last shot.
By this stage Phil and T055 were struggling to keep the artillery at bay, and
with a little help from team-mates Pete and James, the Locust was dispatched
twice in relatively quick succession.
T051 limped back onto the battlefield, and did not get very far before I landed
one shot, followed by James landing another perfectly positioned shot, and then
Pete finishing off the hard work at long range.
Time ticked away, and when it finally ran out, the Government forces were
declared winners. Everyone needed a small break to undo any damage and fix a
few things. I only had to change batteries once in the whole day, which was a
surprise to me.
Report by James Murdey
This round got off to a great start, giving chase to Phil (T055), forcing a
slight retreat and gaining 250 points in the process, and then with Chris
(FA006) getting a critical hit on Neil (under the turret rotate). My Ambush
tactic worked spectacularly, gaining myself 1000 points for the scoreboard.
However, I should not have re-filled my paintballs with 2 minutes to go......
The scoring for the battle was as follows: