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Gwen held her breath, afraid her hammering heart would give her away. As the sound of footsteps faded, she risked a glance around the corner and watched the retreating backs of her pursuers in the dim light. She nearly screamed at the whisper in her ear.

"If you weren't on my team, I'd have had you."

"Jack!" Gwen slumped against his chest in relief. "You scared the life out of me."

"Watch my back." Jack waved his gun.

Gwen pulled herself together and followed in his wake. Paintball games in the Hub were going to be the death of her.


tw100challenge #11: lazy mod week


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27th Jan, 2007 20:33 (UTC)
Heh, i can't think of a nicer person to get jumped by.

Wouldn't it be a shame if someone got confused and used a real gun when shooting Owen? A shame.
27th Jan, 2007 23:31 (UTC)
Oops. Must remember not to use live ammunition on Owen. ::nudges corpse:: Sorry about that.
27th Jan, 2007 23:34 (UTC)
Devastated i am. Utterly devastated. ::bites tongue::

Hey, can i hit you up for a recommendation on throwing knives? I'm driven partially based on looks (not sure about the all-metal look, i like the blackened ones, or with a black handle, and i like them curved and smaller rather than straight and long), partially on performance (want nicely balanced ones) and partially on quantity (i'd prefer to get about 4 all in one go).
And any recommendations on a board to use for throwing them at?? I guess a dart board might do.

You might not be up on throwing knives of course, but i kinda figured you'd be the best person to ask. :D
28th Jan, 2007 00:30 (UTC)
I haven't played with throwing knives for ages.

Years ago I was lusting after this gorgeous knife. Beautifully balanced, handle drilled out for weight reduction, a real work of art. Problem was that it didn't matter it I threw it by the blade or by the handle, it always hit handle first. ::sigh::

The knife that I could get blade-in every time was held together with packing tape and looked like it had been run over by a truck.

Both were straight blades and the knives were around 30cm long. There was a cheap three pack around at the time of no frills solid metal knives with differently coloured handles. They were around 15cm long and I found them too light and too unstable to throw.

You really need to try before you buy if you intend to use them and looks are no guarantee of how they will handle.

A dartboard won't cut it. You'll be punching through it in a matter of hours.

I was throwing them on an indoor archery range that used Stramit (a brandname for a compressed straw building product) as targets. The back wall was lined with upright boards and a target area was placed in front of this. The target area was made up tightly packed boards placed end-on and they would be about 18" thick. Have a chat to a local indoor archery range about what they use. I've seen compressed reeds used too and they work well.
28th Jan, 2007 01:05 (UTC)
Crikey, those are long knives for throwing! I'm definitely looking at something shorter, i fancy the Rigid knives, or Colt. I've seen a few now i fancy, so i might just go for the cheapest and see how i get on. An old board from the skip might have to do me for now, set up in the shed or something. We're a bit low on clubs and things that are accessible in this part of the world, and i don't have transport, so doing research and visiting places is a little out of the question. Shall just get something non-pricey and give it a throw!

Cheers for the info, will no doubt be blabbing all over my lj as to how i get on. :D
28th Jan, 2007 11:37 (UTC)
Love it
28th Jan, 2007 20:12 (UTC)
Thank you!
30th Jan, 2007 07:45 (UTC)
This is exactly why I don't play paintball; my mind knows it's just a game, but my heart takes it seriously.
7th Feb, 2007 23:39 (UTC)
I thought I'd replied to this, looks like the short attention span strikes again.

You probably don't want to play with me. Lives will be lost.

One of the most amusing things I've seen was at an indoor paintball range. I was on an observation deck watching a group of adrenaline fueled, knuckle-draggers play each other. Nothing terribly interesting there. What was fun was the guys marshalling the game were Commandos (the guys who sign up to the armed forces to kill people) who were terrifying the boys playing. It was brilliant.
9th Feb, 2007 01:39 (UTC)
People who take jobs like Commando always play to win, regardless of what they're doing, and they generally expect the same of everyone else. That's why I don't like to play with people like that ... I tend to get caught up in the excitement, but it's not life and death to me like it is to some people. You'd never see me turning pro!
7th Feb, 2007 23:23 (UTC)
"If you weren't on my team, I'd have had you." And I bet that line turns up again in Gwen's fantasies ...
7th Feb, 2007 23:43 (UTC)
I think she would have appended it with up against the wall, on the desk, etc. The possibilities are endless.
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