i'm slowly getting into airsoft myself having played paintball way back when.
I still have my 'cocker, serial # 23210.
When I played paintball, I did not like having to clean my gear after each session. Chopping/breaking paint, geez, that sucked, you end up dumping the paint thats covered in paint.
Firing live rounds at a range, well, thats costly and not to mention, not much fun in terms of tactics and communications.
Unless you play paintball on a team for speedball, there is not much communication and tactics involved. Everyone petty much does their own thing and there is no real standard form of communication with hand signals or verbal either.
I'm looking forward to going down to TTAC3 to get "verified".
This is really hampering my money saving mode I'm mentally in right now.