Thai MILSIM 2023

Since last year’s Airsoft 24 hour MILSIM event, I was already looking forward to the next big game by TKL Airsoft Activity… and they’re hosting one again in about a week! 9th and 10th December 2023, to be exact.

This was planned for months, and I bought my flight ticket in October.

This time, I’ll be joined by Foo, a long time friend from my SOLOBIS days (I’m talking about way back in 2007!)

I was hoping to get more Malaysian friends onboard this big game, and despite having a full year head start, all I could get was… him. Haha, no matter. We’re expecting this event to have a 150 player turnout.

That’s half the size of last year’s MILSIM, and word from the Organizer is, this will be more mission-driven.

The premise of PREY 2023 (the name of this year’s MILSIM event and theme) is that there’s a group of Prisoners on the run (all dressed in colored jumpsuits) and the WOLF Faction (that I’m part of, dressed in camo BDU) have to chase and secure them before they can escape. Not making things easy is another group called the PREDATOR faction (all clad in ghillie suits, black BDUs and skull motif) that are hunting these Prisoners for sport.

This will be a full day event, from morning to night. Like last year, I’m bringing my own BDU and gears over, plus packed extra for Foo who is my guest. This time though, we will be renting our Airsoft guns from MARU Combat Gear.

Options are limited, with the typical M4s being almost the only ones available. We’re getting the M4 Palador and Black Leopard Eye (BLE) for sidearm.

Also this time, we’ll be staying at a resort hotel near the game site so I don’t have to bring over tent and camping equipment, thus saving some space in the luggage bag.

This year’s game site is also closer to the Don Mueang airport, being just 2 to 3 hours drive away (instead of last year’s 6)

I’ve packed my bags a week ahead of schedule, partly because of excitement and also to take early inventory and make sure I’ve got everything I need for the big Airsoft game to wrap up the year.

NOTE: I won’t be wearing the Ghost skull balaclava in this upcoming MILSIM, as that is reserved for the opposing faction’s dress code.

First Urban CQB In 2023

Today’s game consisted of 3 rounds: Team Deathmatch, Bomb plant/defusal (we won), and VIP escort/assassination (we won, I took out the VIP and his escort!)

I seldom play Airsoft in recent years, and because of that I’m concerned about the reliability of my toys.

Had to give my airsoft guns an emergency service, and also took over a retired friend’s SIG 551 piece that he hasn’t used for 10+ years. Need to buy some new parts and accessories after this. Since I work from home again (no office, no physical team) I expect to be more active in this sport this year.

TKL Airsoft In Himmappan Forest

My first Airsoft MILSIM since 2016, second game in Thailand, and with almost 300 players, this is the biggest event I’ve been to so far.

Organizers at TKL Airsoft have been planning this for months, and it showed. Game was from late morning to night, with balanced emphasis on fire fights, importance of supplies and accomplishing mission objectives.

The entire game narrative was loosely based on a true event that happened right here in this place (Himmappan Forest) where the Thai Army fought the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT).

Of course, as you can see in the photos, the players from each faction wore “loosely based” (camo for Thai Army and Foreign Volunteers, black and plain color for CPT)

The other thing that caught my attention was the WW2 reenactor scene is really strong in Thailand. Just wow!

And they have an impressive range of Airsoft guns too.

Hope to bring more Malaysians with me next round. There were 5 of us (incidentally, all from Johor… hence LUASKAN KUASAMU) but the more, the merrier.

Will definitely want to come back again!