Scenario and Campaign Airsoft!
Scenario and campaign airsoft games are large events with participation
ranging in the 60-200 range, played at large field, usually with
pre-defined squads or a command structure. Scenario games feature a set
of objectives that the teams attempt to accomplish throughout the day.
These games are long and it is not uncommon for a game to last for the
whole day with no breaks. These games are marathons of endurance and
have a lot slower pace. However, when engagements happen, expect epic
asssaults, flanking maneuvers and "defense in depth". You may also be
stuck defending some outpost for an hour while and nothing seems to
happen, until you realize than an enemy squad was sneaking up on your
position for the last half an hour : )
Due to a very large number of attendees, identifying your team becomes
difficult, therefore uniform requirements are always in effect (usually
green vs tan vs other)
Scenario games are one time events, while campaign scores feature
persistent scoring. There are often raffles and prizes from airsoft
retailers that sponsor the events.
How much will playing cost me?
You may play scenario and campaign games with the same equipment as
regular airsoft, but you may have to pick up a few extra items.
As with regular airsoft, expect steep upfront costs associated with
buying retail airsoft equipment. Additionally, you may need to drive
long distances to get to these games, so factoring in gas, toll and
food prices is a good idea. If you do not drive yourself, it is highly
recommended to find a ride with someone from your local airsoft
community. It will be problematic to get someone to drive you 50-200
miles on a short notice.
AEG (CYMA/ Echo 1)
AEG (TM) + Extras
As with regular airsoft, purchasing used gear will save you 40-60%.
- What will I need to play?
Below the requirements to play scenario games are similar to regular
games gear with the following exceptions:
|Regular airsoft gear
||Stuff you will buy for a regular game minus
||AEG (professionally upgraded to 400 with 0.2g
highcap magazines (400-
600 BB capacity)
4x midcap magazines (100-130 BB capacity)
or 6-10x lowcap magazines (30-40 BB capacity)
or 6-10x realcap magazines (real capacity: 5-30)
dump pouch for lowcaps
||Used to hold empty low caps if you have a
lot of them
battery for primary
x battery for your primary weapon
(NiMh rechargeable )
(April – October) or Desert BDU
March). Shirt and pants.
/ Face Protection
||Always required full seal goggles or a
||Bottled water 20 bottles or a hydration
pack with 1-2 gallons refill
||Plan your food supply for multi day events
||If you need to camp overnight
||Seasonal. Could be an olive drab poncho and
||To find your way around at night
||Required for all games 1-2 days
Below is a detailed description of gear involved in most regular
is the gear that you would obtain for a regular skirmish games. While
some scenario games feature "civilian militia" kind of teams, they are
still decently equipped. See the regular
primary weapon for starter weapon recommendations to upgrade
playing scenario games you will pretty much be forced to upgrade
because "frontlines" tend to form at these games - people can engage
each other at maximum range for a long time..While it is possible to
exploit cover, concealment and flanking maneuvers to make the most of
your stock weapon, it is often difficult. Plus everyone else will have
a gun at the limit of the field FPS.
In order to upgrade your
weapon, you need to think through the upgrade strategy. Most upgraded
weapons out there are full of aftermarket brand or no name airsoft
You should be able to find a local airsoft mechanic,
a local airsoft store or an online retailer to guide you through the
upgrade process. It is important to avoid DYI internal upgrades, as
they may end up in a disaster.
Here are some of the things involved in the upgrade process:
of these parts, except for the motor, wiring and the lube can be found
as a decently priced kit (ex: Hurricane). Buying parts separately will
make a major dent in your wallet and you are likely to forget something
(like a tappet plate). Leave airsoft upgrade gurus to find the right
upgrades for you.
- Stiffer Spring (M120) provides
FPS, spring guide
- Piston, piston head, cylinder
- Getting better quality bushings for
- Possibly reshimming gears
- Getting a better (High torque) motor
- Potentially replacing crappy stock
and solder joints with thicker wire
- Replacing factory lube
Additional upgrades may involve a tightbore barrel and a higher quality
these upgrades, which will cost you a pretty penny, there will be only
a few stock parts left in your gun! These are: the external gun shell,
the trigger assembly, the gearbox shell and gears. This is why
purchasing a clone for an upgrade may be a reasonable decision.
If you are
playing regular airsoft, chances are you will have a couple high
capacity magazines available to you. If not, you can purchase a couple
of cloned magazines online very affordably(30$), or go for the real
A lot of scenario games feature "midcap only" rules
in an effort to curb fully automatic firing and improve realism. If you
put 60 people with automatic weapons and high caps in one area, there's
a lot of BBs flying all over the place, which may result in a long
It is recommended to get 4 mid cap magazines (40-60$) and
reload them in safety. These do not use winding system and are of
consistent quality. The only issue I observed is some mags being too
tight for the magazine well. You may invest in a mag clamp (g36 mags
come with built in mag clamps). Using electric tape as a makeshift mag
clamp is not recommended because it makes your gun taller by about an
inch, makes dirt get in your magazine releasing BBs (if pointed upside
While low caps have attractive price, their usefulness is
extremely limited. Buy them only if you know you will be playing in a
long low cap only game. It is recommended to buy no more than 6-10 low
caps, I get by with just 2. Your vest is likely to not have
pouches for 10 magazines, especially if you use some pouches for water,
a bottle of BBs or a camera, etc.
you play regular airsoft with highcaps, chances are you are not very
used to reloading. Reloading low caps on the field, under fire is a
this with the fact that you are likely to have 2 magazines in a pouch,
packed tightly, putting a magazine away is twice as hard.
- eject a magazine
- put it on the ground
- pull a new magazine out
of a pouch
- put the empty magazine
A magazine dump pouch simplifies this operation by reducing the time
you handle the empty magazine:
- because you put an empty magazine
in a separate easily accessible pouch
- then pull a new magazine
If you are playing regular airsoft, you are already familiar with See
regular battery recommendations
Remember that 1mAh = 1 shot for airsoft purposes and cold weather
decreases battery performance.
is highly recommended to have about 4000 mAh available for multi day
events. This can be a stock large battery + 3000mAh large battery or
1200mAh Stock mini + 2x 1600mAh minis, depending on your battery type.
Scenario airsoft uses
camouflage to identify teams. While the loadout requirements vary by
team, it is very common to separate uniforms into "green" and "tan", if
more teams are required, the "black" or "civilian" categories are
created. Having one of these two patterns almost guarantees that you
will be able to play in airsoft scenario and campaign games:
- US Army Woodland
- US Army Desert BDUs (DCU)
camo patterns (tigerstripes, black, ACU, usually fall into
the above categories. The only special case is multicam, which is
practically a blend of green and tan, making multi cam players team
affiliation frustratingly difficult to identify.
Woodland and desert BDUs can be purchased very inexpensively new or
used from army surplus
stores for 20-60$ for both pants and long sleeved shirt. You can also
try Ebay for used camouflage. Woodland camo is probably the most cliché
camo out there and will definitely NOT make you stand out from your
fellow airsofters. These camo patterns offer following
With a little practice it is possible to use them to hide
effectively (don’t be fooled by static images of people standing in the
middle of the woods when comparing camo). Also remember that cameras
see things differently than the human eye. At airsoft
distances (less than 300 feet) movement becomes the dominant factor of
target detection, not camouflage.
If you want something to stand out, try digital woodland or
urban, subdued urban, snowflage, or any camo involving white, as they
are incredibly ineffective in the woods at just about all times of the
year except winter when snow is heavily present. Additionally, they
will not be on the list of allowed uniforms for most scenario games.
Pure black or blue also does not work too well, unless you are doing
indoor CQB with poor lighting. Marpat is recommended over ACU because
ACU is a bit too bright for the woodland setting.
Scenario games go on for extended periods of time which increases the
likelyhood that your goggles will fog at some point in time. Being
prepared for this is the key to a fun day.
If I learned one lesson about airsoft it is that you cannot go cheap
with the eye protection gear. There are 3 reasons for this:
eye and face protection is essential to have fun in airsoft. The inside
of the lens is where the magic happens – a thin film of a fog resistant
compound is preventing the fog from forming under light
combat, fog may precipitate inside the lens due to all of the
perspiration and adrenaline. Wiping dust/dirt/debris ont the inside of
the lens with your hands/red rag may scratch the thin anti fog coating
and eventually more fog will develop at these scratches, resulting in
you having to buy a different pair of lenses (not a whole new set of
goggles/ mask!) The good thing is that some goggles already come with a
spare set of lens, reducing the need to reorder.
- You don’t grow more eyes as you age
- Average dental surgery for front
teeth costs more than 2000$
- Fog on lenses is the #1 killjoy of
A full face
mask is always required by insured fields for all players under the age
of 18 (due to insurance terms). I highly recommend a full face (not
full head) paintball mask for all CQB encounters. Chances are you will
be using your pistol or a compact folding stock weapon, so aiming down
the sights is not going to be an issue. Plenty of people may get
startled in CQB if you sneak up on them and instinctively pull on a
trigger, spraying you with BBs. A full face mask is very useful in such
cases, as even 200 fps guns may chip your teeth at short range.
can wear a full seal goggles (no safety/shooting glasses that come with
many guns) to skirmishes if you are over 18. Here the primary concern
shifts to protecting your teeth. I’ve seen only a couple incidents
where people have had chipped teeth from airsoft and I’ve been to many
games.These people threw the 2000$ number out there as the price of
dental surgery. You dont want to verify if this number is
accurate. There are a few simple techniques you can use to
minimize the risk of dental damage if you are using full seal goggles:
If you do get hit in the face with a BB, even a high powered one, it
hurts, but the welt heals in around 3 weeks.
- Dont keep your mouth open or shout
- Turn away from the attacker and
"HIT!!!" when you get hit. This prevents generally causes people to
- Use your gun or hands as cover
your face when you are "dead"
- Put a red rag on your head when
- Play very cautiously around
money by not buying mesh goggles – they are not allowed by most fields
(probably due to insurance). Full face "slim" or "low profile" cutout
masks often are not made for an average face and are incredibly
uncomfortable to wear. Get a gun with a folding stock if you plan on
using a full face mask.
Some high quality/price goggles
(100-150$) come with an integrated fan that eliminates the fogging
problem. If you have money, get that. The battery can last up to 3
hours. Cheap imitations (30$) are not recommended, as they can be
incredibly uncomfortable and have low quality lenses
Military Fluid Replacement Guidelines based on the outside temperature
kind of game you are playing:
CQB or short attack/defend games = high intensity activity
Campaign games = moderate intensity activity
Static Defense = low intensity activity, stay out of direct sunlight
Your gear (BDUs, vest, goggles or face mask) will add extra heat.
prepared to bring a case of water to a campaign game or at least a
camelback hydration pack with a galon or 2 of refill water. It is
important to stay hydrated throughout the game to prevent heat stroke
and keep your energy level up. An energy drink before a game may help.
Campaign games may last for a
while or even be a multi day event. It is important to get some food,
because abandoning your team in the middle of the field to go to a
local fast food place is generally frowned upon by your team. Your
hands are likely to be dirty, so you need some high energy food that
you can eat without touching it.
In some instances a
team or a squad decides to poll money and purchase a case of MREs
(Meals Ready to Eat) to enhance the scenario experience. See if you can
get on this initiative, as ordering MREs through online retailers is
costly and they may not be authentic. Expect to spend 20-30$ on food.
Lighting fires on the fields, outside the staging area, is often
prohibited - plan accordingly.
a sleeping bag only if you are going to participate in a multi day
event and plan on camping overnight. Some multi day events break up on
the next day because participation drops by up to 60% - people go home
to sleep and dont come back the next day due to fatigue. Sleeping on
the field is not the most restful sleep you can get.
especially scenario/ campaign and milsim airsoft can be played at all,
but the most harsh weather conditions(ice on the ground/ hurricane
winds). There are a few things that you can buy to enhance your playing
- Hand and foot warmers for yourself
and for your gas weapon if you use one.
- Layered clothes. It is possible to
play in BDUs with several layers underneath without buying winter gear
- A head wrap (shemagh) or a baclava,
avoid skiing masks.
- Reduced FPS weapon to prevent
gearbox from cracking
- Boots with thick socks and rubber
overshoes (for wet snow)
- Cheap poncho (10$), olive drab, if
you absolutely hate to get wet
- Rubber overshoes (galoshes) for mud
or wet grass
- Electric tape to insulate most
vulnerable parts of your weapon.
You may need a
flashlight (cheap, handheld) to navigate around the camping area if you
are participating in a multi day game and decide to stay overnight.
While owning a surefire G2 or G3 is cool, make sure you will have
access to night games before you buy one, especially if you are on a
and scenario games are organized by dedicated individuals and require a
lot of time to set up and promote. Therefore the pricing for such games
is reasonably high - 30-70$. Nationally known operations like operation
Irene will definitely cost more.