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I just became the manager of a paintball shop and was hoping for help with everything paintball but especially the fields. Storms damaged our fields and we have just been squeaking by. Any ideas on layouts and materials for fields would be appreciated. I am new to the sport so I don't exactly know what people want or expect.
 

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heck, start out with a storm damage theme

I suggest looking up some maps for first person shooter games to get you started. A lot of them have some decent layouts to get basic ideas

Here is one thing I suggest, a 3x3 layout, 3 lanes going north and south and 3 lanes going east and west, cover down each lane but the main passage ways for players will go along the lanes. This is one thing I have noticed on a lot of successful FPS maps. All the maps that people seem to really like is a 3x3 layout
 

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Lumber is your friend! Try to make friends with a local electrical company and ask if you can use their old spools. Spools can be had for very cheap, and last for quite a while, even while outside all year long.

Ask your customers what they would like to see. A lot of it may be unreasonable, but you should be able to take bits and pieces from what they say and implement it into your fields.

A popular field prop is junked cars, or other machines.
 

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junk cars are awesome, boats, a field near me has a bus. Lots of fun to see those out on the field

a cheap option is renting a excavator for the day and just digging trenches, dirt is your friend. A field that used to be close to me that was basically all they had done for one field, trenches and bunkers all done with sand bags and dirt
 

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if you have sand in them maybe, I suppose Im not sure what they actually put in the sand bags but they sure looked like they had been there a while. I wouldnt be surprised if the dirt they were using had a lot of clay in it so by the time the sand bag itself was deteriorating the clay inside had already been in that shape for so long that it still held up ok
 

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Sorry for my absence from this post. I have had quite a few things to deal with. So here are a few pictures of the materials I have to build this field with. The tires are on the field right now. I have pallets, fencing, and a good bit of just scrap wood. There are also some hay bales which made up part of the field but they are worn out and I would like to get rid of them. The area I have to build the field is roughly trapezoid shaped. The length is about 250 feet depending on how close I get to the woods. The width at one side is about 170 feet and the width at the other side is closer to 120 feet. Any random ideas for layouts? If I am using pallets or the fencing for bunkers should I try to make square bunkers or make chevron shaped ones that are directional? Do bunkers need to be very solid or can I leave gaps in them to make them less safe to encourage movement? What about just leaving random spots of tall grass? Is that functional for playing or will it just look messy and players wont really like it? Any ideas or tips are greatly appreciated.


Middle of the current field. Big stacks of tires and lots of weeds around them.



Plastic pallets and some irrigation pipe



Stacks of fencing panels



Just scrap wood
 

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honestly, Id just go out there and start moving stuff around, just make sure you dont work from one side of the field to the other, Iv done that before, after I was "done" I discovered that I had basically built better bunkers on one side of the field because I was using the good materials first and the other side had bunkers that were on average smaller and offered less protection, so then I had to adjust stuff before I was actually "done"
 
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