Like I’ve said before, most paintball teams like to split up into attack and defence. Unfortunately, a lot of strategies and playing styles focus too much on the attack element, so it can often be a little less exciting being stuck on the defence. However this totally should not be the case, as defending your team’s bunker or flag or whatever is equally important to attacking the other team’s and, however you look at it, a team with no defence is a team about to lose. Going in for the kill might be more of an adrenalin rush but here’s some absolute classic defensive techniques to pull out the bag next time you’re protecting a bunker!
First things first – maintain a safe profile. What does this mean? Well it means keeping yourself safe basically. Don’t be too exposed and try not to pop up from the same spot repeatedly, as an attacker or sniper from the other team will be wise to your moves and might get a shot it. Likewise, when you do pop up from your bunker or fort to see who is approaching, stick your head out in short busts rather than one prolonged scan of the field, as this will give the opposition less chance to hit you. And, whatever you do, don’t leave any feet or elbows sticking out!
A common mistake a lot of defenders make (and indeed attackers too) is to stay rooted firmly to one spot and see it as ‘their spot to protect’. Think about the whole game and whole field though. An easy way to do this is to find the best place to get a shot on each target. If you find that the angle’s a bit off, then chances are simply moving a few metres one way or the other will significantly help. And if you’re under attack fire, this counts doubly so – never stay stationery.
A big part of the defender role which is often neglected is to provide adequate cover for your advancing team-mates. If the attackers need someone to keep the enemy down through consistent fire, it’s your job to do that – unless you have a dedicated team member especially. This is most effective when you are spread out. Attackers often like to be closely grouped together for maximum firepower, however the opposite should be true of defenders; stay spread out and harder to attack. In fact, probably the single best tactic and defender could use is to fire from one spot, duck down and move, then pop up firing from another spot. If a few players all employ this tactic at the same time, there is little chance of the opposition getting coordinated enough to attack you properly.
As always in paintball though, being covert in what you do is often the difference between winning and losing. If you can use the element of surprise then do so at all times, as nothing feels better than getting one over on you mates when they’re least expecting it!