Paintball Bunker Ideas
No paintball field is complete without some bunkers. Stocking your field with an ample supply of bunkers, and varying the style of bunkers being used, allows you to add variety to your field, building replay value. Varying your bunker types also ensures that all players can find a bunker that works with their style of firing from cover.
Using natural cover in your field is the easiest and quickest way to add bunkers to your field. Fallen trees or large rocks are great places to start on a piece of natural cover. The bunker can then be built up using smaller brush draped against the natural cover to provide a bunker that protects in a particular direction. Another excellent starting point is a forked tree, which can be made into a bunker by adding debris between the splits.
Digging trenches can be an easy or difficult task, depending on the toughness of the soil you are digging into. Rocky ground will take some work, while a trench in soft dirt can be completed relatively quickly. Digging a small trench, and piling the dirt removed before it on one side, creates a simple bunker that a person can hide behind.
Empty oil drums, either metal or plastic, are great for making a bunker in a hurry. A single drum can suffice, and can simply be placed where desired, or multiple drums can be placed together for a larger bunker. Try placing drums side by side, as well as other arrangements mixing upright drums and drums that have been laid on their side.
Field managers with a knack for woodworking can make their own bunkers out of wood relatively cheaply. A simple bunker can be made by hammering a piece of plywood between two trees, or more complex bunkers can be constructed and placed in an area without trees by constructing a frame out of 2-by-4s and then nailing plywood to the frame.
Elevated bunkers are wooden bunkers that are placed in a tree instead of along the ground. When constructing an elevated bunker you must also build a floor, in addition to the frame, and a ladder leading to the bunker–most easily completed by nailing 1 foot long 2-by-4s into the tree as rungs. Always be sure to test that your fort can support the weight of a large adult before using it in the heat of battle to avoid injury.