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Off Topic / POST any bugs or issues about the new site HERE
« on: March 17, 2015, 05:06:42 PM »
Let us know of any issues you have been running into as we transition to this new forum.

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Clothing & Load Bearing Gear / Eye-Protection and you! The Musical!
« on: March 13, 2015, 09:48:41 AM »
CREDIT goes to troub for creating the original thread:  http://miairsoft.proboards.com/thread/41206/eye-protection-musical?page=1

The various types of eye-pro:

1.)Full-Seal -  The only kind allowed at MiA sanctioned events. These are goggles that completely protect the eyes, with no gaps for a bb to slip through. They must meet a minimum rating of ANSI Z87.1, MIL-V-43511C, or ASTM F 1776-01. The most commonly seen types of these are:

Bolle T-800  http://www.botachtactical.com/bolt8gog.html: These are great goggles and I own a pair of these. It is often recommended that you get a thermal lense as it helps to decrease fog. T-800s are preferred by people who like low-profile goggles, which makes it easier to shoulder a rifle and use iron-sights and scopes.

Arena Flak-Jaks http://www.goggleoverstock.com/index.html: Another pair of good, reliable, cheap goggles. There are numerous mixed reports on these goggles; some say they never fog, some say they do not ever unfog.

ESS Turbofans http://www.esseyepro.com/Profile-TurboFan_53_detail.html: These are one of the most expensive goggles on the market right now. However, they have a built-in fan, which makes it so they never fog. Which is a huge plus in a sport, where fog can lead to defeat. You can also buy prescription lenses for these, which do away with the need to wear glasses under them. If you want to keep your glasses, there is a second type of Turbo-Fan, called the Striker where you can actually fit your own glasses underneath the goggles. Replicas of these two goggles can be easily found.

ESS Profile NVG http://www.esseyepro.com/profile-nvg_1_detail.html: These are pricey goggles, but discount deals can be found for them easily. With the price comes quality, these are comfortable, form well to the face, and are quite fog resistant.

Oakley MX XS O Frame Sand http://www.oakley.com/products/3609: These are quite inexpensive and reportedly quite comfortable and fog resistant. Cheap replacement lenses are sold and you can also buy removable covers (like what you find on new cell phones) for them. That way if you get dirt or dust on your goggles, you don't have to take the time to clean them. You can just rip off the protective covering and keep charging on.

Bolle X500s http://www.botachtactical.com/bolatgog.htm: These are about $10 right now. They fit over glasses and share most of the same properties as the T800s. However, for people who don't wear glasses, I wouldn't really recommend them.

2.) Shooting Glasses - These are not allowed at MiA sanctioned events.

Shooting glasses aren't allowed because they don't offer 100% (or about) coverage around your eyes - they have gaps around the side or nose that may allow a bb to ruin your vision.

3.) Full-Face Mask - These are goggles that are attached to protective masks that cover your face and teeth entirely, offering the most protection of any type of goggles. The drawbacks are that it is hard to shoulder your weapon, as the mask blocks your cheek and makes it almost impossible to use iron-sights. The author personally feels that the same protection can be provided by using a cloth wrap around the face or a balaclava.

How can I tell if the goggles I am looking at are a good pair of goggles?

Besides reviews and personal testimonies from your peers, it is hard to tell how a pair of goggles will perform without using them first. However, there are a few ways to easily tell if they are a bad pair of goggles right off the bat. So ask yourself these questions before purchasing and after reading reviews.

Do they have massive amounts of foam all around them?
In general, foam is a bad thing, as it causes an increased amount of sweat and as we know "Sweat = Fog". Most players tear the foam off of any goggle they purchase.

Do they lack a notable system of ventilation?
A good pair of goggles will be made by a manufacturer who understands the problem of fogging and will have built ventilation systems on the goggles. Most of time it is done by a small opening in the goggle that lets air out, in other cases such as the ESS turbofans, they have also built in a fan.

What kind of profile do they have?
Remember kids, you don't want a pair of goggles that covers most of your face and encumber you. You want a pair of goggles that form to your face and give you as much freedom as possible.

How much should I spend on goggles?

This is a good question and it varies for most people. However, there is one good guideline to follow; the cheaper the better. To answer this as shortly as possible, you should never spend more than $50 on a pair of goggles that doesn't include some super-sweet-awesome-d3lta-seal-nasa-scuba-mumra-kenny rogers-elite-super duper feature, such as a fan. However, thats my opinion and others may find that it is definitely worth it to buy a pricier pair of goggles.

Impressions / MIA Impressions section ARCHIVES
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Accessories & Ammo / MIA Accessories & Ammo section ARCHIVES
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Tales of Valor / MIA Tales of Valor section ARCHIVES
« on: March 13, 2015, 09:30:57 AM »
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Tales of Valor / Posting Rules
« on: March 13, 2015, 09:29:34 AM »
CREDIT goes to Munin for creating the original thread:  http://miairsoft.proboards.com/thread/7264/posting-rules

Everybody loves to tell war stories from their favorite games. Swapping stories of derring-do, tactical acumen, luck (good or bad), or abject stupidity are part of this sport we love so well, and the "Tales of Valor" section exists to let people share their fun stories with a wider audience. The more the merrier, right?

We here at Michigan Airsoft love stories, with one caveat - we love good stories. Stories that are well-told, interesting, and entertaining are always welcome here on MIA. Conversely, stories that are not well-told, not interesting, and not entertaining should probably be kept to yourselves.

Good stories are hard to quantify, as people get different things out of their airsoft experiences. Bad stories, however, tend to have much in common with each other. As such, rules are now in place for all stories posted in the "Tales of Valor" forum. Failure to adhere to these rules is grounds for a 7-day ban. You stand forewarned. Rules are as follows:

1) Your account on MIA must be at least 6 months old to post a story in Tales of Valor. If you're new to the community, take a little while to get a feel for the place before jumping in. NOTE: if your account is younger than 6 months old and you have a tale that you feel merits sharing, simply PM a moderator. If they agree with your assessment of its worth, they will gladly post it here on your behalf.

2) All stories must be formatted like actual stories. This means that spelling, punctuation, grammar, proper capitalization, and use of paragraphs are required. No, we're not going to get on you if you have an odd typo or you slip up on your subject-verb agreement once. But if you're spewing out a solid block of poorly spelled gobbledegook, your ass is banned.

3) No chat-speak. That means using "you" instead of "u." Contrary to what some of you may have heard, "I have nothing else to say" is not a word. Substitution of numbers or special characters for actual letters is verboten, so leave your 13375p34|< at home as well.

4) Do not post stories that are in poor taste or insulting to your opponents. Everyone feels a little bit of joy at being "in their base, killin' their dudes," and describing good tactical moves is okay. What is not okay are tales that amount to, "Hahaha, we pwned those n00bz0rs, . I have nothing else to say. ." If you're describing an engagement you won, be gracious. If you're describing an engagement you lost, show good sportsmanship.

A permanent ban will be levied on members who post tales including any of the following elements:

1) Improper use of safety equipment or having no safety equipment at all (this includes shooting at people not wearing goggles).

2) Depictions of playing on public lands within line of sight of non-participatory civilians, as well as playing on lands that you do not have permission to be on.

3) Knowingly and willingly shooting non-participating civilians or animals.

If your tale contains any of the above, you're on the immediate bus to Ban-Town. You are a danger to yourself, people around you, and the sport as a whole, and we don't want you here.

Finally, while "boring drivel" is not a bannable offense, try to make your story interesting. Use adjectives well and put a little dramatic tension into it. By example:

(BAD) "He didn't see me when he walked past, so I shot him."

(GOOD) "As my enemy approached, I remained motionless, quieting every nervous twitch and fidget through sheer force of will, knowing that even the smallest movement would betray me. Still my foe came closer, until I feared his tread would fall directly on me. But at the last moment his course changed, taking him past me. Still holding my breath lest my exhalation expose my position, I brought my weapon to bear ever so slowly. With the pain in my lungs reaching unbearable levels from lack of oxygen, my sight aperture finally fell over my unwary foe's back. Exhaling at last, I squeezed the trigger."

Note that one type takes a lot more effort to write. That's the whole point. Anyone can say, "I shot him," but Tales of Valor is not about what you did. It's about describing what you did in a way that's entertaining for the rest of us.

You might also want to consider your subject matter. Running around your garage and shooting your buddy with your UHC springer pistol is probably not going to excite anyone. So take some dramatic license and describe the situation as though it were an actual combat situation. Change the setting slightly, or describe it such that it doesn't sound like you're a bunch of kids haunting the back yard with springers. If this is too much of a stretch for believability, well, maybe that means that your story isn't Tales of Valor material. Not saying you didn't have fun, just saying that other people probably won't be entertained by it. Consider wisely before posting.

Good luck, and we look forward to hearing your glorious tales of bravery and humorous fables of folly.

The Gallery / (Pics) Guide to taking great pictures of your kit!
« on: March 13, 2015, 09:26:52 AM »
CREDIT goes to DAHM for creating the original thread: http://miairsoft.proboards.com/thread/36620/pics-guide-great-pictures-kit

I wanted to post up this short guide to taking better pictures of your kit, because I believe that being able to present images well on the internet is a skill not many people possess, and its really not that hard to do!  There are just a few basic principals that you need to follow, as well as a handful of simple techniques you can implement in order to get a sharp, focused, and well lit photo.  I realize there are other guides out there on MIA which can give you more information on how to work your camera to your advantage and frame good photographs, but I'm here really to focus on what you want - taking pictures of your kit!

The first step we're going to start with is set up.  Set up is important because it allows you to frame your pictures properly, and framing is a bigger deal than people think.  An ideal set up is one where you can place your kit on a neutral background that doesn't implement a repeating pattern.  Also, your set where you place your kit should ideally be clean and uncluttered.  Therefore, to create your set, whether it be a floor or a counter top, or even a bed or desk, [color color="Orange"]you need to start by cleaning up the area[/color].  Once you've cleaned everything, you need to look through your camera (or if you have a non-DSLR like most, just look at the screen) and make sure you have a large enough space to take pictures without other stuff getting in the frame.  [color color="Orange"]This means clearing a sufficiently larger space than your kit takes up[/color].  Once you have large, clean space with a neutral backdrop to take pictures in you can move to the next step.

Alright, now you're ready to place your kit on your backdrop and set up for the shots.  Place your subject in your set, and step back.  Walk around and look for the best angles to take the shots.  Don't zoom in so much that your subject is cut off by the frame!  The entire subject needs to be in the frame.  If your subject is only part of your kit, then make sure that subject is in the frame, etc. If you're placing your kit on the floor, its probably not good to just stand there and take the shot from eye level.  This usually leads to a boring photograph.  Get those angles that you can't normally see (such as from an elevated point of view - and [color color="Orange"]NO FEET[/color]).  [color color="Orange"]Don't be a photographer of opportunity![/color]  You need to put the effort in to capture the good shots.  That means grabbing a chair, a stool, or getting down on your knees and elbows to get the correct angles.  Once you've found a few good angles to take your shots that lead to interesting images, double check and make sure you aren't going to take pictures of anything else that shouldn't be there.  If there are edges of tables, a plate, half of the cover of your porno magazine in the frame - get them out!  Those kinds of objects lead eyes away from your subject, and that's bad. 

The next thing that needs to be addressed is lighting.  Lighting is important to properly view your subject.  The problem for most people is a combination of a few things.  Firstly, you might find that if you use your digital camera flash to get proper lighting, it will be too strong and make your subject look dull or too bright.  Secondly, you might turn off the flash but then have a blurry image because your shutter stays open too long.  What I'm going to teach you about here is [color color="Orange"]bounce flash[/color].  You can use something as simple as a white sheet of paper to bounce your flash light up towards the ceiling as varying angles in order to obtain the correct amount of light transmittance onto your subject.  It avoids creating hot zones of flash, and creates an even tonal balance.  Another tip is to turn on as much ambient lighting as you can.  Don't shine extra lights on your subject from non-discreet locations.  This will create shadows.  Only use large overhead lighting.  Learning this skill will really boost the quality of your pictures.

^ You can make something like this with paper to get a bounce flash effect ^

Once you've gotten the set, the angles, and the lighting down, its time to start taking the shots.  Make sure you have enough light getting into your lens from the angle you are at to get a shutter speed of at least 1/60th of a second.  This is the general rule of thumb for handheld photography.  If you're shutter speed is slower than that, grab a tripod or anything you can find to stabilize your shot.  Blurry images are not pleasing to the eye.  Also, maximize your cameras capture settings so the photos you take are nice and large.  You can make them smaller in post-processing.  If your camera supports RAW format and you have a program like Photoshop, take the pictures in RAW.  It leads to tons of flexibility in post-processing.  Also, take multiple images.  Your memory card holds a lot of images for a reason.  Take 5 or 10 of the same angle so you can choose the best one once your done.  Even though the set up is the same, they won't be the same.  You want the best chance of getting the golden shot. 

Now that you've followed all of these steps, you should have a nicely lit, uncluttered, and eye-pleasing picture(s) of your kit!  From here, you can edit your images with post-processing software like Photoshop, but you don't have to.  If you do choose to use a program like Photoshop to edit your pictures, I have a few tips as well.  Setting the white balance correctly change change the temperature of your picture so pay attention to that.  Also, play with the Exposure, Recovery, Black level, Fill Light, and Brightness settings.  Turning contrast down will give your photographs a nice even look.  Basically the colors will match more.  However, if you do the opposite, you'll get a lot of contrast between different shades which might be conducive to the style of photograph you are trying to present.

This is an example of a shot I took yesterday and posted on the boards.  It utilizes all the techniques I've discussed here.

I hope everyone here learned something by reading this, and please feel free to comment if you want me to add something.

The Gallery / Gallery Rules - Read First!
« on: March 13, 2015, 09:21:55 AM »
CREDIT goes to Hadoken for creating the original thread: http://miairsoft.proboards.com/thread/15413/gallery-rules-read-first?page=1


  • weapon pictures
  • player pictures
  • skirmish/event pictures
  • airsoft related desktop backgrounds

** Comments to images are allowed **

The second rule:


I don't care if you have a picture of a M60 strapped onto a donkey's back, or if you have a picture of Aria Giovani holding a Steyr AUG.

Hmmm...ok, well maybe that pic can be posted.  ;D

But seriously, lets try and keep this clean.

The third rule:


No posting pictures of people playing without full seal ANSI-rated goggles. Pics of people playing in safety glasses or mesh goggles will be removed. This only applies to situations where people are shooting BBs - if you're in your basement posing for photos, we're not worried about eye protection.

Rule Four:
It is okay for the original poster to bring dead threads back to life in this forum, all others are allowed the standard two weeks as per the rest of the forum.

Rule Five:
Please, as much as possible/when appropriate, put your name in the thread title so we do not end up with a bunch of "My Guns" threads.

Rule Six:
Any attempt to sell things in the gallery = BAN!

Image-specific rules:
Images can not exceed the dimensions of 1024 pixels wide by 768 pixels tall.

In the event that you have a vertical image it may be no larger then 600 pixels wide by 800 pixels tall.

Here is what is unacceptable on our forums:
1. blurry
2. unsafe(no goggles, finger on trigger, shooting animals, drugs, alcohol and minors, alcohol and AEGS/Guns)
3. real steel in the gallery
4. Sexual content(balls, boobs, toys, etc.)
5. Racist/Sexist connotations

Here is an example of an acceptable picture:

Note that it is in focus, easy to see what the subject is, and follows all safety and content rules.

Here are examples of what not to do:


Poor lighting:

Subject not the main focus of the picture:
[img src="http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b62/bigc3031/airsoft/IMG_2817.jpg"]http://Never have a finger on the trigger:

Failure to follow these simple rules will result in an action up to and including permanent ban from the MIA forums.


Gallery rules consolidated into 1st post for ease of reading/understanding. -Thor 10/25/10

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