Sunday, 25 April 2010

THE FORT the AI500 and Star Trek...

I went up to the reopening of The Fort on Sunday the 25Th April, The Fort is owned and operated by Airsoft World, due to issues with the local council the site had been closed for fourteen months but it reopened with a bang, well that's not exactly correct as they have had to stop the use of all pyro for the moment because the bangs were upsetting a local or two which is odd when you consider that The Fort is located right next to a clay pigeon shooting range which bangs a way all day.
So there were eighty players on site, which I did not expect because the weather here was terrible, it was raining as I left the house to go and pouring down after a few minutes drive, by the time I was halfway there I really thought about turning back as there seemed to be no way I was gonna take a camera out in this weather, but I kept going.
When I got to the site I found a dry spot to hid my gear, grabbed a coffee which is provided free for players and spent an hour catching up with people that I had not seen since the last Fort game day, then the games kicked off, the first hour of so of play was spent in the rain and just as a few players started to mumble about heading home the sun came out and it turned into a pretty good day.
I caught some decent action on the HD camera for you and I gave my helmet cameras to video regular JAi, JAi is moving to Canada in May and he has already found a site to play at there via the Canadian Airsoft forums.
I spoke to Airsoft World owner Steve at The Fort and he was telling me that they are teaming up with Airsoft International magazine to host a very big UK Airsoft event called the AI500, as far as I know its to be held way down in the south of England in early September and I promised Steve that I would be there to capture some video of the event for them, I guess it would also be good PR for me to get out and meet some of my viewers.
So once the full details are announced in AI magazine I will re post them on here and via a YouTube video then you can figure out if you wanna go and if you do make it be sure and come over to say hello which means I will remember you and you may well make it into one of my videos.
It seems like its becoming a trend that I put two videos up on a Friday, one on each channel, if I can manage to keep doing this I will, however time is not always on my side.
This week I had more spare time to do a little editing, unlike the previous week which was spent following my two year old daughter around the house as she tried to respray as many areas as possible with at least a few mouthfuls from her near constant projectile vomiting, oh the joys of being a proud parent.
Last Sunday at POW my camera took a stack of hard direct hits, most to the side of the lens and body you can hear some of them on the latest video on the main channel, I had a hard time getting the video off this camera, it took five trys and two computer reboots before I got it all off the memory cards, so before it dies on me I took a look around for a new camera, a few Canon Cameras are on the top of my wish list, first up is a DSLR much the same as I already have but at a little higher price, its the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the UK retail price for that not including a lens is $2600, then there is the latest Canon XF300 HD Camcorder which is about $17000 I have a feeling it will be the 5D I will be getting unless Canon wanna sponsor me, which I doubt as I don't even have any Airsoft sponsors.
I must admit that Tachyon do sponsor me for the headcams and they have been fantastic help, not only with sending the cameras but with technical support, a great American company.
Did you know that Scotty for Star Trek is gonna be born just a few miles from my town in 2222 and there is a plaque in the town (Linlithgow) celebrating his birth, strange but true, I don't expect to be around for the birth and no I am not a Trekkie, I just noticed the plaque when I was in the town the other day.



  1. Hello Scoutthedoggie! sorry for my really bad english... im Elvis From Buenos Aires Argentina and i'm i huge fan of your videos and of course fan of this wonderfull sport The Airsoft! here we play it too not in the same dimentions of you but we enjoy it a lot. i want to invite you to see our web site http://www.amigosdelairsoft.com and our channel in Youtube http://www.youtube.com/amigosdelairsoft also we have an airsoft magazine you can see information about it in our web site.

    Well man this is an honor to me. i hope you can read this and if you want i'll make you an interview for our magazine.. if you are agree with this let me know it.

    I know this isn't the best way to talk to you but i didnt find other, i hope you understand me.

    Elvis Levy
    Moderador del Canal Oficial de Amigos del Airsoft en youtube.
    Amigos del Airsoft - Buenos Aires - Argentina - 2010

  2. Always amazed at how much material you can put out in such a short time.

    I always liked using the MiniDV type camcorders when I was doing journalism in school. You ought to be able to get a good one with a good lens, good stereo microphones (having good consistent sound will definitely make your videos more immersive), and be able to afford a good firewire hard disk for the kind of money you're talking.

    I suppose the big disadvantage will be the extra time you might have to spend transferring the tape to the hard disk.

    How's that new AK holding up? I've thought about getting one of those for a while.

    -Joe "j03" Simpson

  3. hey scout, ive been looking into heading over to play on your field for quite sometime now, im from illinois in the u.s. anyways is there any way you can email me a schedule of when you play this summer at davidsonjosiah@yahoo.com, and the costs of playing with you guys? im proud to say ive seen every one of your vidoes atleast once and im a huge fan :)keep up the good work!