Legend has it there’s no animal better suited to surviving the dangers of raging forest fires than the Australian dingo. These fires can appear as if out of nowhere and yet, with a trick which sounds too simple to be true, this speedy animal has somehow evolved to know just the best way to handle being stuck between a rock and hot place. If surrounded by flames with little chance of a clearing to bolt through, what the dingo does is curl up into a small ball and lies flat on the ground. With its eyes tightly shut. Here it stays until the flames are so close that it can barely take it anymore and, just before it’s about to be engulfed, it springs up and legs it straight through the flames. Apparently the speed at which the animal moves, combined with its fairly oily natural coating, means that it only gets a wee bit burnt by the time it makes it to safety.
What’s this got to do with paintball? More than you might think…
We’ve all been there. You’re penned in behind a log with most of your team already out of the game. To your left you see your only team mate; they too have no chance of going anywhere as the opposition approaches. To your right you spot an encroaching enemy, determined to take you out and steal victory. Your hopper’s nearly empty and you’re now surrounded by the other team. What do you do?
Run for it, of course.
Known professionally as the ‘run-through’ this seemingly cowardly but ultimately awesome move works on the basic principle that a target in motion is harder to hit than a target hiding behind a log. By waiting until almost all the opposing team are as close as possible, this means that their defence will be at its weakest, as they’ll naturally assume that, between them, they’ll be able to take you out.
Now if luck’s on your side, there’s little else you can do except make a mad dash for it and, whatever the odds, try and take the opposition’s flag. If a dingo can survive a raging bush fire using this tactic, then there’s no reason why you can’t dodge half a dozen hopper’s worth of flying paint so, when you do go for glory, move fast, stay low and don’t hesitate.
With any luck, by the time the other guys realise you’ve actually tried the seemingly impossible, you’ll already be halfway across the game zone. In the words of Sherlock Holmes, ‘It’s so crazy, it just might work.’
Be sure to let us know how you get on though!