Open days... whats the consensus nowadays
So I've started to pick up all my old gear again to get back into some ww2 airsoft, dusted off the K98 rifles and given them a small service and checked back in here after what seems like a good few years (probably around 5-6 years if not a touch more when the likes of Steiner / Chommers / Sgt Heide / JD7 among others whose handles I forget were kicking about, my own seemed to disappear or be deleted on the site change). I'm wondering outside of the organised events; whats the feeling and attitude like for those that are attending public open days; is the airsofting scene overall quieter? Attending open days in German kit and although getting the odd look never had any bother, have attitudes changed somewhat on a "social acceptance" front have people found (be that the sites or players) when it comes to doing a WW2 impression?
I know alot of it has to do with who is there on the day but just curious really to people's recent experiences both as a walk on and (if you do) general attitudes to taking a WW2 impression to a public day; be that good or bad.
I still attend "modern skirmish" games on occasion, and while I don't attend in any full uniform, the equipment and weapons are all ww2 oriented. Most players, if making any comment, is about the weapons.
In a recent game in the summer, while most had modern camo, there were some who looked like they were going to the beach for the day! One even carried a Captain America shield!
Hi i have worn German WW2 GEAR at open days without problems,only coment was at WW2 game when coming through a doorway and faced with a Yank he just sat in the corner with his rifle bettween his legs
I gave him 5 seconds to surrender and then shot him in the foot thinking it was the least painfull option,however he copmlained bitterly and said no wonder i was playing a German,but as ther was no BANG rule for close quarters,what else could i do.A real Faschist would have shot him in the face i was trying to be nice.
There is a new site opened up 10 miles from me,must admit i am still having thoughts about going as a German,but they have said its not a problem and some of the players are already interested in seeing my toy guns also.
i play a lot of open days on my ww2 gear and get nothing but positive comments. i also bump into quite a few players who only play open days and not milsim in ww2 gear too and they all say they get nothing but praise for their loadouts as well. including those who use german gear.
Current ww2 armoury
King arms Thompson, ICS M1 Garand, ACM ZB28, ICS M3 Grease gun, ACM M1918 BAR, Kjw M1911, 2x WE Highpowers, Kwa Tokarev, Webley VI, PPS Bazooka, AGM STG44, Custom M1919 .30cal
Playing open games in WW2 kit is a good way of growing the WW2 milsim airsoft community. If they don't see us, they can't know about our awesome games, so...
Appreciating the responses so far - as I said I never had any troubles being there in kit but this was 5-6 years back and attitudes might have changed in that time. Glad to hear that ww2 impressions are still getting positive feedback for/from people. The adage of keep it real and in context always seemed to work - most of the comments came from older players 30+ who were interested in the kit and setups. I think the only time there was an issue is when some idiot thought it'd be funny in front of his friends to raise his right arm... strangely enough just looking at them like "what the hell?" is enough to cause embarrassment; but I digress.
Partially ended up answering my own question within the thread I know but good for more up to date perspectives - and of course any others that want to weigh in discussion is always good.
Welcome back! The vast majority of the old crowd have gone now, alas. WW2 games are now, in the most part, one day affairs, it's very rare that you'll see a weekender and, even rarer that you'll see one that doesn't get cancelled! I won't go into the reasons why this has happened, it's all old news now!
I think I've done 3 or 4 open days in the last 5 years or so. There was one or more players in WW2 gear at all of them, even if it was the stereotypical "Band of Brothers" kit but, it was good to see among the mass of multicam. The huge amount of WW2 airsoft guns released over the last few years has made it even easier to put a WW2 kit together, it's just a pity that there's no longer events to challenge players anymore, now that kit is more accessible and, some feel the need to play open days to get some use out of their kit.
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