Proving grounds. The place where heroes are made, ears are rung, and battle-cries rain.
June the 3rd 2018 was my first Airsoft game at Proving Grounds. I had arrived, full of anticipation as I made my way to the pre-game briefing, sporting my newly purchased P90, especially for the event.
After the briefing and an exciting giveaway, courtesy of NUPROL, the game was due to start in no time at all, I got changed into my gear and headed for the chrono.
Stepping out into the sunlit combat zone everyone checked their weapons range and accuracy. Once the marshal shouted game on, we set off running! We dived behind cover as a movement was spotted up ahead. Not knowing the map, I hunkered down at D1, looking across at my teammates as they signed the position of an enemy sniper hidden in the tall grass about 30m to our front. Knowing I didn’t have the accuracy to make the shot quickly, we worked together peppering the trees and moving grass to give our own snipers a chance to get off a shot. After losing about half the group we managed to prevail, moving up towards C1.
At C1 we regrouped with another squad from our team trying to push back the enemy’s line. This section became increasingly loud as pyro started to fly. Fortunately, by this point, I had become used to the P90 and began challenging the enemy players. Using the cover of the epic Enola Gaye smoke grenades, we pushed up out of the huts to the trench and wooden barricades. As I released BB’s into the enemy side at an alarming rate, I noticed an epic dash by a teammate darting out of cover to save a fellow teammate. I popped up and released a couple of bursts at the barriers ahead where I could she heads moving. As the BB’s hit the barrier the enemy ducked for cover and my teammate was medic’d in ultimate style. This event was not in isolation, however, and I saw many more acts of courage like this all throughout the day.
As we took an intermission the mood in the Safe Zone was friendly and a lot of laughs were being had despite the mix of sides and their actions during the game. After a cold drink and some food, I made my way back to the CZ, realising the spawns had changed a fellow player and I made our way back into the Safe Zone and out through an alternative exit. We edged towards the noise of gunfire ahead and noticed the enemy had pushed up a lot further than we thought and had been flanked. We dropped down into a trench and made our way as quietly as we could, with mud underfoot, down the trench going under an over any obstacles we encountered.
As we move to the far side of the bridge we saw a squad moving forward. Clearly, in a false sense of security given their position, we lay through the greenery and took out the squad without giving away our position. After a couple of close calls, I won’t go into, our luck ran out. We had been spotted and now a swarm of players from both directions edged towards us, shooting at anything that moved. Keeping low we edged back to more cover beneath a low bridge, knowing our time was limited we made a final stand, taking out four more of their players. As I reloaded there were BB’s flying far too close for comfort. My teammate was hit and before I could look round I had joined him. We made our way out of our cover, hands raised, a little disappointed that the thrill of being behind enemy lines was over. Then, to my surprise the enemy players that had taken us out congratulated us.
Towards the end of the day we had to capture and hold B2, after adopting a couple of different approaches and being repelled each time, I spotted teammates heading through the bushes with snipers rifles. In efforts to give them some support, and to avoid the onslaught I had been receiving for the past 20 minutes, I made my way into the greenery at a second point surprising two enemy players with a couple of quick bursts of my p90. These players were then stood waiting for a medic and I was unable to push forward. This called for my retreat where I stumbled upon some fellow team members, we made one last push but the enemy had overwhelmed the undergrowth and we were slaughtered!
All in all Proving Grounds was a huge success, a great turn out with a lot of very kind and talented players. As a newbie to the site, I felt welcomed and could still contribute to the team, I threw myself right in and was rewarded for it. I will be returning soon.
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