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« on: June 04, 2010, 12:23:20 am »

Hello soldats,
I figured this would be one of the best places to ask, while I realize most of you are probably not event staff. A few of my friends from MA and I are planning to attend EW4 but we have a few questions. First off, and most importantly, is there a date so that we may check our calendars off? Second, aside from the obvious (I know not to bring my Magpulultraserpatacticoolcam AK) are there any restrictions on types of AKs to be used (like AK 100 series, AMD 65, M72, Tabuk, Type 56, etc) and what can be on the AKs regarding accessories and optics, and are we restricted to AK 74, AKM, and AK 47 mags or can we use RPK mags(the long 140 rd MAG mids)? Also, are there any restrictions on what color our gear can be? I'm sure you've seen the KLMK Liftchik on Soviet Army Stuff. And lastly, my friend wants to know if he could use a Bulgarian kit (Bulgarian camo and Bulgarian Ushanka) while still adhering to the rest of the Russian requirements.

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-J and company
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2010, 09:42:09 am »

The short answer(s)

Eastwind has historically been mid-March.  That date corresponds with spring break, so speak up if you have one.  Weather wise it is still "cool" although it can be warm 60s, or cold down near zero. 
For "stuff" requirements we will have to talk you through it, since the website is currently undergoing a rebuild.  Later on we will get the requirements pages back up with pictures, descriptions, and restrictions on equipment.

I can start talking you through it, but Tascabe will have to finish the Soviet info since the buck stops with him.... and also the bills!

Latest I've heard is any AK, in regards to 47, AKM, 74, and their various versions.  Most players, however, attempt to match their AK with their equipment, and nationality.
No rails.  No "modern extras"
As far as I know we have not restricted the modern weapons... that doesn't mean go buy an AK74M for Eastwind, those may not fly later but for the moment we are only suggesting you bring older styled AEGs.

As for 'kit.'  No you can not mix nationalities.   If you want to form a Bulgarian section(squad) and outfit yourselves accordingly, then more power to ya'
But we are trying to set some standards. One of the easy ones to notice, fix, and sometimes afford is the webgear.
 
Our aim for the Soviet troops is to use items available during the EW target-time frame.  Think late 1980s and you will be completely safe and correct.   There are some more modern items here and there to help you find the needed gear, but those allowable items are not up to me.  More importantly I can't remember then all.
Again Tascabe can fill in the details on the odd bits of modern goodies that are allowed.

I'm pretty sure that a KLMK Liftchika is not on the EW list Sad unlessTascabe changes it... like he sometimes does after I open my mouth Grin

On the positive side, Tascabe owns a whole building full of communism! and can help provide items like helmets, webgear, some pouches, packs, and other little bits of stuff.
http://www.operationeastwind.com/forum/index.php?board=6.0

Ask him.  Tascabe doesn't bite very often Grin


BTW where are you from?  I'm guessing MA meant Massachusetts?
Would you tell us more here in the Intro thread.

If you are planning to drive, I live in Ohio, halfway to the event. You should slow down and wave as you blow by me in the 'Deuce and a half.' Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2010, 03:17:15 pm »

I know the KLMK Liftchika isn't really a requirement, but I wasn't sure if it would be allowed since it was a recommended part of gear and also matched the KLMK uniforms. Also, were you implying that if my friend did a Bulgarian kit, you'd want a Bulgarian squad? Sorry for any misunderstandings. And yes, we are from Massachusetts.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2010, 04:42:02 pm »

Yes, I am JonnayZ friend. Never been to EW before, but would love to go and if possible, rock a complete Bulgarian impression (however I think I'd be the only one interested in providing Fraternal Socialist Assistance from the Bulgarian Peoples Republic).

Thanks and sorry for the newbishness.
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2010, 05:41:08 pm »

Welcome aboard!
Stagg hit most of the high points.  I would be inclined to say nyet on the klmk lifchik, because 1. I believe so far most of those have proved to be repro/counterfeit pieces out of Ukraine and were not issue.  Especially, so with an Independent Recon Battalion from a Motor Rifles division.  However, now that Stagg and I have both opened our mouths...

One thing I didn't see addressed in Stagg's response was the question you asked about mags.
You asked if RPK (the 45rnd style) are ok.  The answer is absolutely, especially if used in a 5.45 chambered type AK (i.e. AK74, RPK74 etc...) but we really do try to get everyone (as much as possible) to get their mags to match their weapon...ie. using 7.62 mags on 7.62 guns...while you can technically use any type of ak mag on any type of airsoft AK, the same doesn't hold for the real weapons they are copies of.

Glad to hear you guys are considering coming out to Eastwind IV.  If you need help with anything, don't hesitate to ask!

Regards and Good Luck!
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2010, 05:48:49 pm »

Being new to EW is not a bad thing.  Some of the best players at every game are first timers!

Edit: Hey Misha beat me to it.  Guess I'll be less wordy.

Bulgarians are good. As for actual numbers needed? we'll have to wait, my authority to make decisions has been reached... unless you want to come as East Germans. Grin I could always use more bodies.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2010, 06:18:39 pm »

I am certainly a fan of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik and would gladly defend the Sozialistische Vaterland from the NATO imperialist aggressors, but my desire to go Bulgarian is derived from my love affair with Bulgarian frogskin camo.  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2010, 06:20:58 am »

I apologize for the delayed response but better late than never - right?

Looks like most questions have been answered but will go over them again to be sure.

-Dates - Historically EW is the week of St Patty's day. That is not hard and fast that is just when the majority of spring breaks for attendees falls.

-AK types - The only hard and fast rules we have right now is no tacticool rails and no beta spetzs. That being said the end-goal is to have Russians with AK-74s, AKS-74s, RPK-74s and AKSU for some vehicle crews with a few AKM and AKMS mixed in. East Germans with MPi variants and RPK-47s and of course for both groups some SVDs and PKMs mixed in.
However - any AK variant that is not tacticool or a spetz is allowed at this time.
As stated before- mags to match the weapon type - this includes using the 45rd RPK-74 mags in a 74 type AK as well.
AK accessories is restricted to proper Soviet or early RussFed optics, slings and if wanted PBS suppressors (proper for the weapon type.)

-The KLMK LifChik is a complete fabrication - as is the snow white one.  The only proper LifChiks are the "Type 1" and "Type 2" versions. They are made of brown - pretty much plasch material.
I will also add, since the website is under reconditioning and you can't read it there, that a LifChik is a secondary system - you need a primary complex as well - ie suspender and belt or 6b series armor.

-Other nationalities (in this case Bulgarian). Ok as a rule if you want to do other than Russian or East German you will need to have a section of others doing it as well - at least 4.
I would love to see other nationalities represented though so you may be able to recruit some on this board even. I know there has been talk by some folks of doing other countries - romanian. czech or polish so you might be able to round up 3 others to do bulgarian.
All the gear and uniform stuff would have to be documented as to what a proper and complete load out is for the other nationalities. And it would need to be a complete load out to the same level that the Russians or East Germans are at
Now - as far as I have researched the frogskin was for border guards and some paratroops. Is this what you have about it as well?
Now this is for full-timers. The requirements for a full section do not necessarily apply to the day-players-fyi.


I think I have covered it all - if not or you want more clarification - let me know.

I look forward to seeing you all at EWIV.
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2010, 07:56:04 am »

Yea, Tascabe, that is what my understanding of the frogskin camo was, although I think I may have read that as the years went by it fell into the hands of other types of troops, etc. Does that work with the scope of EW?

I think I'll go make a thread seeing if others are interested in loadouts from other East Bloc nations. Hm...

Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2010, 10:23:18 am »

If you can get at least 4 guys in Frogskin - we can make it work.

We can make it a joint operation like WaffenBrudershaft or the like.

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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2010, 12:06:49 am »

Not to but in here but this is something I've wondered and it may have been asked before; but would a chicom be plausible? I know that EW takes place in Germany but could one say that their cousin in Afghanistan sent it to them or some such story?
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2010, 10:44:27 am »

ChiComs are not allowed at all.

The only reason they were used in A-stan is they were easily available.
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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2010, 06:57:57 pm »

Ok, I was 99% percent sure that they weren't allowed but i thought it couldn't hurt to ask.
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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2010, 11:02:29 pm »

Nope, doesn't hurt to ask, it does well to reiterate it to others as well!
As far as the "someone's cousin could have sent it" thesis, we try to keep that kind of
"speculative documentation" to a minimum and just portray the "norm" or the "common" impression.  What was issue is the norm.  Speculative gear is not so much.
We have made certain exceptions to help get people "involved" who might not have all the "issue" gear...i.e. Grad-2's and such, because they visually do not "distract" from the era but highly suggest that people bring themselves within the "norms" as soon as they are able.  There will likely be a day when we will allow only issue gear of the period, but who's to say when that day will be.  Its more of a goal that we strive towards yearly.   Part of that 2% improvement we strive for.
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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2010, 12:21:27 am »

That makes sense Misha; it's plausible but not likely.
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