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2008 Ke-Go Sakusen WW2 Re-enactment in Shizuoka, Japan


Belly up to the full-service bar that is my awesomeness and suck on some photogs of a few weekends back in Shizuoka. Feeling lazy so commentary will be minimal. I mean it this time. No holding forth whatsoever. OK, maybe a little.

SMLE

Persons wanting to do WWII British airsoft re-enactment are not exactly overwhelmed with readily-available choices of weapons. This cat custom built his Lee-Enfield from a stock Marui VSR. Extended the foregrip and made the sights, magazine, and bayonet lug from scratch. GANGSTA.

godammit people, keep the plastic safety goggles out of the shot, you're not Rommel in the desert

These guys were new. They changed uniforms between every game, it was like a Cher concert with more gunfire and fewer explosions.

chibiHetzer

OK, so the half-sized 10,5cm auf Lorraine Schlepper was not goofy enough, here we have chibi Hetzer! Made of plywood, built on the robust frame of a kid's trike!

trike vor

I think I can I think I can

It's not a self-propelled gun, it's a Jamor-propelled gun. Har har.

buried alive by nonsense

War is hell.

Indii Joonuzu

This guy likes Indiana Jones. Like, with the inspiring borderline-compulsive mania that only the Japanese are capable.

jump to it

Shizuoka grüner Teufel - roten Teufel Freundschaftgesellschaft

Primosole?

Much like the Christmas truce, everyone knew it couldn't last. Primosole bridge, anyone?

know your role

Ah, finally the natural order of things is restored.

Einsatzgruppe J

And, naturlich, it wouldn't be a Kego Sakusen event without some mock executions. Hey guys on the left? If you are going to be party to war crimes, it is probably not a good idea to snap some souvenir polaroids of the action, hmm? The memories will likely haunt you enough.

so, how's that brutal Stalinist dictatorship working out for you, old chap?

Least likely allies in history. Enemy of my enemy, I guess.

BLUE STEEL

BLUE STEEL.

[attn: nerds. Plz to be forgiving the M-14, I wanted to use my new bandolier and it made a passable G-43 substitute. I find complaints about realism are muted when you wave the bayonet around.]

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A Super-Deformed Tank Destroyer...classic. Only the Japanese
Yes, there is definitely something "special" about these people....

Nice icon, btw:)
Ah, exectutions... brings back memories of that time I got executed for firing my weapon "too close" to a machine gunner. In my defence, I was 30 yards away, and some guy behind the gunner had tried to pop me - what was I going to do, stand there and let him finish me off? AND in the middle of an urrah charge - no holds barred and all that.
Executed? Dare I ask how?

Anyway, things like this make me glad I'm an airsofter. Sure you don't get the bang and kick and satisfying powder smell, but we have found an answer to the age old question of "who shot who", one with very little abstraction. Out of shape persons with poor fire and movement skills are also made to suffer, as is just.
My commanding officer made me kneel, said some Party line to the effect of "abuse of Red Army equipment", aimed a TT33 at my head... and then held it away and fired. Down I slumped. Pretty non-dramatic, but it made that damn MG34 gunner happy, the prick.

As for airsoft... well, I do prefer things that explode with a satisfying boom. And it's really only the Americans that don't take their hits - they think they're all starring in "Band of Brothers" or something. Luckily, I never have to fight them!
So this was meant as a genuine disciplinary action rather than a light-hearted joke? I cannot describe how lame that is, and I have a big vocabulary.

Not being able to shoot within 30 meters...damn, I'd be a fish out of water in that environment, I don't think I've ever hit anyone BEYOND 30 meters in my entire airsoft life. Short effective range + poor eyesight = a guy who has to advance by bounds and try to bounce people at point blank range a lot in order to score any kills...
Eh, it was really more to placate this guy - he was very upset for absolutely no reason. Everyone else thought it was hilarious - I still get joshed at for that.

In blank-firing battles, the limit's something like 20 yards. Anything closer, and things can get nasty - one of our scouts got a powder burn when someone nearly pistol-whipped him in surprise while pulling the trigger. 2 inches lower, it's possible he could have lost the eye, or at least had some serious damage done. But what's war without danger, eh?