Purely for fun as it was too much to resist! ;)
My first trip to NCIS Airsoft in Edinburgh was superb. Great site with some challenging terrain and a great bunch of guys. Very highly recommended if you are looking into attending NCIS. I also returned to Land Warrior but unfortunately the vehicles were not being used this time. Had a great day worth of games and really enjoyed talking to the players and marshals but i'm dying to film the two APCs they now have. So what am i to do? I'll be returning to Land Warrior again!!
August looks like being a good month too. I'll be at NOMAD on the 7th August and then heading up North the following weekend to play at Highland Tactical on the Black Isle, just down the road from Tain at an old bombing range airfield. Still with control tower and everything intact. Can't wait!! There will be other site visits too so stay tuned for updates.
July is promising to be a good month for videos with trips planned to NCIS and Land Warrior airsoft sites over in the Edinburgh area. I've already played at LWA and know what a great site they have with a great bunch of players and now a fleet of vehicles comprising 2 APCs and 2 Land Rovers. Can't wait to play and film there again!!
NCIS is a site i've never been to but have heard lots of great things about it. Time to give it a go and time for the Airsoft Grenadier to go on tour ;)
I'm also planning a trip to a Medieval jousting tournament this month so i'm hoping to capture some good footage from that.
Watch this space for more upcoming venues and videos.
Well i'm home again, had a great time staying away from home and enjoying the peace and quiet of a small Highland village next to a tranquil loch. Lots of good food, drink, sightseeing and relaxing. Just what the doctor ordered!!
I've decided to add extra content to my YouTube channel to give my viewers a bit more diversity rather than pure airsoft; Vlogs, funnies, interesting places etc. Airsoft will remain the main stay of the channel but i don't want my channel to simply be 'another airsoft channel'. I'd like a bit more depth of content to give a broader selection of choice and hopefully keep current subscribers interested and entertained but also attract a wide range of new subscribers. I posted up a quick video of my son Calum that was recorded on holiday basically as an experiment to guage reaction to this type of material. So far it has been very positive. Check it out and have a read of the description below the video as it plays.
Things are really looking up for Sam at Skirmish Clothing. Ever since he offered me sponsorship i've put him in touch with Epic Militaria and Land Warrior Airsoft, both of whom now stock his clothing. Recently i've also put him in touch with Irelands main Airsoft retailer and, excitingly, the U.S's biggest Airsoft retailer. Talks are underway with both these businesses so watch out for more news on this. Skirmish Clothing could be breaking into the U.S market and maybe one day going global. If this isn't a case study of why working with 'The Airsoft Grenadier' is beneficial then i don't know what is!!
At the end of this week i'll be on holiday and boy do i need a break! My wife and i are taking our 1 year old son Calum on holiday for a week staying in a luxury lodge at Lochgoilhead on the West Coast of Scotland. The site has swimming pool, restaurant, bar and amazing scenery so i'll spend my week relaxing. Outside of airsoft i'm currently a driving instructor although if YouTube pays off i'll be more than happy to retire early. I have been invited to join a competition called "YouTube NextUp" which is for aspiring YouTube Partners with less than 50,000 subscribers who want to take their channel to the next level. There is a 20,000 Euro cash prize, all expenses paid 3 day film-makers camp in London and lots of promotion from YouTube. I'd be daft not to enter!! All i need to do is make a video entry saying why i want to take part and send them a written letter stating what i would spend the money on.
With 20,000 Euros i could buy a fantastic camera, top notch computer and software, turn my small office into a studio and travel around the U.K filming videos at sites throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. I think the wife would also appreciate a nice warm holiday so who knows; airsoft in Greece or Crete would be good fun eh!? It would be a dream come true scenario for me and fantastic viewing for my subscribers. The competition is for European Partners only so that means i must have something like a 1 in 10,000 chance of winning worst case odds but i think there will be far less European Partners than that. Certainly better odds than the lottery.
So the keithHPOW 'Airsoft Grenadier' channel is now fast approaching the 20,000 subscriber mark and i reckon its almost time for a competition to celebrate that achievement. As hinted in the previous post watch out for a fantastic giveaway of 'Players of War' patches for sticking to your uniform and gear!! The latest video posted to my channel in which i have invited viewers, with aspirations to film airsoft videos, to give themselves a shoutout has currently got 9 video responses. It just goes to show how lazy many filmers can be! I get hundreds of requests from people asking for shoutouts and yet when i give viewers the chance to promote their own channel and say anything they want....they can't be bothered!! Well done and thanks to those few who took the time and made the effort to make a video response.
I will be at POW this coming Sunday but will probably just stay long enough to get some film and then head home to get it edited and uploaded to YouTube. The following unday sees a WWII Normandy Invasion MilSim planned at 'The Hill' in Dundee so at the moment i hope to be able to attend that. Not sure yet if i'll film or play if i do go. It would make a fantastic YouTube movie but having been before i also know its great fun to play at that site. Oh the dilema!!!
I've also had new shirts sent to me by my sponsor skirmishclothing so look out for me wearing new designs on film.
The goal for this year is simply to expand the web presence of 'The Airsoft Grenadier' and ensure that the YouTube channel continues to not only improve on the quality of content but goes from hobby/pastime status to a viable business. This is not only going to benefit me! Any form of sponsorship benefits the sponsor and leads to increased video content for my subscriber base, giving them a larger variety of videos to watch and broaden the horizons of the channel. More videos and greater variety = happy viewers!!
I will be attending more airsoft venues this year. Making more friends around the U.K and giving more sites some exposure on YouTube. There will be more competitions coming along so all you P.O.W fans should look out for the next one. P.O.W velcro patches for sticking to your favourite gear!
Keep an eye on your YouTube subscriptions. What P.O.W fan wouldn't want to win one of these!?!
Well i was fed up with juggling so many websites that i discovered this place through my good friend Stu, well done mate! The plan is to increase my web presence even further this year and take the Airsoft Grenadier brand name even further. Stay tuned folks!....