Well, when I started writing that I had a paintball image fixed in my head, mainly because I recently went paintballing, but by the time I was done(it took me a good 2 hours to completely finish writing it) I was thinking more about Nerf.
Before I continue, I just want to clarify my intentions. I'm not looking to mimic real warfare, like Wetmonkey said we have paintball and airsoft for that. On the contrary, I want these to look as goofy as possible and have stupid names like "Space Orbs" and "Hurricane Balls"
Instead, I just want something that increases range without making the standard soaker obsolete (it's not at all in the spirit of the game to only have a bunch of these running around).
@Wetmonkey, like I said, I've shifted my view to Nerf. That means something like this
is as complicated as I want it to get. Loading system pushes pellet into barrel, trigger pull releases cocked spring and pushes pellet forward. Or we have this
option, same idea but air powered (and it gives rise to the comedic irony of modding a soaker into a nerf gun so it shoots water pellets). There's also the WBL design I always see, which is a reservoir of pressurized air feeding a smaller, regulated, firing chamber. The air pressure ones could use a standard air pump, like what we have for pressurized reservoir soakers.
@isoaker, interesting link. Here
's another one, although I'm assuming those feel just as pleasant as regular paintballs (ie not very pleasant). Not being a chemist myself, I don't know what kind of mix would provide the perfect ammo, I'll keep browsing.
@atvan, I saw 1 1/2" water balloons at the dollar store a few days ago, that's what inspired me to write the topic. Though it would take something special to find 1/2" WBs.
I'll leave you guys with this video
of how paintball guns should be used