Tank Paintballing Experience at Armourgeddon

By Issy May 28, 2014

It isn’t every day you’re given the chance to drive and fire a 17 and a half ton FV432 tank around beautiful English countryside.

So when this amazing opportunity came up, I had to take it. Armourgeddon, here I come!

3 tanks

It’s always good to get out of London and the drive to Leicestershire was relaxing – no traffic, green fields and shining sun.

Armourgeddon country collage
Leicester countryside in spring, with empty open roads and lambs out with their mums

I had passed a brown sign with a picture of a tank on it, but I wasn’t sure – everything seemed rather peaceful…

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Aha, here was a clue in the form of a massive tank near the entrance, I had arrived!

Armourgeddon tell us they are the only place in the world to do tank-on-tank paintball battles using real armoured vehicles over a real World War II bombing range. Wow.

Issy in uniform 650 x 300There was a great range of diverse military vehicles to look at in the yard but I headed straight inside to sign in and get kitted out in a military jumpsuit and helmet.

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The three instructors – Big G, Wayne and Roger, immediately put all guests at ease. They made what might have been boring safety instructions interesting and fun and gave the impression they were enjoying themselves as much as we were.

Each team of three had an instructor at all times (safety was rightly always the top priority).

Lined up tanks 650 x 300This is the sight that greeted us as we were led out the back to meet our tanks.

I can’t lie, I was so excited I hardly took in any of what Big G told us about the tank and the controls after we had climbed inside and bumped our helmets numerous times. We rotated duties and each took a turn to drive.

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I must have taken in more direction than I thought because I drove first and (don’t tell) it was pretty easy, I was in my element!

Big G verbally helped out when necessary (like when I didn’t know my backwards from my forwards, ahem).

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That’s me up front in the wonky helmet, while Big G patiently illustrates the controls (again)

Next we all moved round and I took control of the gun. I sat further back and higher up in the vehicle, alongside the paintball firer. Luxury seating was lacking but take my word for it, being perched on top of a tank is the place to be.

Two manual controls took the cannon left and right, up and down and a painted viewfinder helped with aiming (or not in my case).

I was less successful in this task but equally enjoyed it.

Issy waving 650 x 300We swapped again and I loaded up the paintballs (which are paint-filled ping pong balls).

As with the other tasks, there were a number of things to do so coordination, speed and teamwork proved necessary qualities.

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Vivian (all tanks are named) does her thing as I frantically try to paintball the enemy

Finally we went head to head in a paintball battle.

After beating the other tank on points, we took on the final armoured vehicle. I like to think the only reason we were not victorious is that Stewart (from the winning side) had driven a tank professionally for many years.

Stewart
Stewart had plenty of tank driving experience and was part of the winning team

Massive thanks to all the team, not forgetting Joe from Armourgeddon Photography who patiently sat in a bunker taking all the best shots the whole time we were having fun.

It was a great surprise at the end to be able to choose and buy those best moments of glory.

Before leaving I had a proper look at all the memorabilia in the museum including one of the oldest helicopters in the world, as well as the fantastic vehicles outside such as Green Goddess fire engine.

Here are a few extra shots to give you a flavour.

museum collage 1

 

museum collage 2Fancy embracing your inner soldier? Get ready for battle and book this amazing experience.

Images: RLD and Armourgeddon Photography

 

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