To all the people who wonder “How do you setup a good field layout?” I say there is no perfect field layout. I’ve been building the same field for over 3 months now and I’m always changing the layout. Its dang near impossible to setup the perfect field layout because every game you play is going to work out a different way. In this article I in no way plan on telling you exactly how every field should be laid out but I DO plan on giving you some helpful advice on how to setup your bunkers and flag bases in a way that will work out well for most games.
The first place to start is making sure the field is even.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the field has to be level geographically. Hills and valleys can be a huge advantage as long as you make sure the field is still even. Both flags need to be equally defendable, as well as each flag base being equally penetrable. Doing this will make sure both sides have a fair chance at winning, and will ensure that your games won’t end up being one sided and monotonous. After all of that now you ask “How do I make my field even?” Well, for the most part it takes a lot of feel for how a lot of your games go and experience playing on the field. If you consistently have games that end in a stalemate between equally matched teams, then your field may be too even, or may not offer enough advantages/disadvantages for each team. On the other hand if you consistently have games where the better team is loosing while playing on the same side every time, you may have to re-arrange the layout. How do you know if your field is even? Well, sometimes all you have to do is play on it and see what everyone says. Of course you’re going to get a lot of talk about “I don’t suck, the field does…that’s why we lost” but if you get some valid complaints about the field you’ll have an idea of what needs to be changed.
When planning the layout of your field, the best thing I’ve found to do is place the flags first. Flag placement is a crucial part of the field. It will be the start and end point for most games. You’ll want to make sure you place the flags in an area where they can be easily defended but, also, not impossible to steal. Before you even start building any permanent structures you’ll want to play at least a few games on the field to get a feel for where things need to go. Place the flags in their prospective spots and test it out with a few games…If it doesn’t work so well, it’s easy to move them around as apposed to being stuck in the bunker you’ve already built.
After you’ve found the perfect place for your flag bases, you can begin construction.
My suggestion would be to start with the flag base/bunker, and once that is completed then go out to where you want to build the farthest bunker out and begin building that.
Then start working your way back to the main bunker in a sequence that allows each bunker to be covered by at least one other bunker(of course the front bunker probably isn’t going to have the privilege of having too much cover).
If you layout your bunkers like this you can lay out your field so your defense has a sequential set of retreat points. This means you’re going to have to pay close attention to how far apart and where you put your bunkers so you leave plenty of room and access for your defenders or retreating fire squads to move freely and easily from bunker to bunker. You don’t want them to have to run through an open field to get to the next bunker, likewise, you don’t want them tripping over bushes either.
After you decide on your initial areas for your bunkers take a look at the angles each bunker covers. Do they leave huge gaps in your defense? Or could you put the whole half of the field on lockdown?
Look at all the angles and set up your bunkers so you’re not leaving lanes open for attackers to move straight to the flag base undetected.
Watch out for leaving your bunkers blind by building them behind large bushes and trees that can cut down on your field of view…or view of the field. If your bunker is in a position where the attackers can sneak up on you, the bunker isn’t going to do you any good.
You want a minimum effective range of the bunker to be 20 yards. That means a 60 foot field of view on all sides of the bunker.
If you’ve set your bunker up in a spot where it’s nearly impossible to attain this then you may want to add an additional bunker to cover the spots where the other bunker(s) may be blind or left open.
After you get your bunkers laid out and they have been battle tested and approved you can start building more permanent emplacements and fortifications. It’s really hard to plan out a field on paper and have it work out perfectly when you get on the field. It takes a lot of trial an error to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t because every field, and every game for that matter, is going to be different. For one game a certain layout might work out perfectly, but for the next, depending on how the chips fall, it could be totally different. Hopefully this will just be a helpful starter on how to lay out your field.