This is a quick post about my experience a week ago at The Bunker, run by UCAP Airsoft. With a video at the end highlighting the day. It’s a great site and is run well. For those that don’t know, The Bunker, run by UCAP Airsoft, is located just on the outskirts of Portsmouth in the old Underground Naval Headquarters that were used to co-ordinate naval efforts during World War 2, and in particular, with the D-Day landings. It’s 100ft underground and as you can imagine it is dark, damp and at times a little unnerving.
The team at the Bunker initiated some good games that fit perfectly with the site. One of the games was a standard get the bomb to a point type game, except the point kept moving every few minutes so it was pretty difficult. The way they have set this up is that they have installed colour changing spotlights at various parts of the complex which can be cycled between red and green by using a remote. We had to simply get the bomb to a red light. Another game which utilised this lighting well and made for a great game, was one where each team were given one remote control. All the lights were turned off, apart from one or two safety lights, so the whole complex was pretty much in complete darkness. You then had to move around the complex locating lights and switching them to your team colour of either red or green, any lights you found already lit could be changed to your team colour and the winner was decided by counting who had the most lights lit. Because of the darkness down there it meant that at times you would find the enemy turning on a light mere metres away from you, which led to some very quick and intense exchanges of fire.
My only criticisms of the site are minor ones if they can be called criticisms at all. There is no sign from the main road so you need to keep an eye out for a dirt track and if your new to the area and site, you’ll miss it. This is a minor point though and isn’t really a criticism, and to be fair is something that most airsoft sites seem to suffer from. (Having read this review one of the site reps contacted me to say that the reason for their being no sign is due to problems with vandalism they have had in the past while the site was unattended mid week, which is a pretty fair reason in my opinion, especially given the history of the site.). The other criticism I have, which again isn’t really a criticism, is I’d like to play a full lit game down there. Playing in the darkness adds a great element to airsoft. It’s unnerving at times trying to sneak down a corridor and not knowing if you’re about to be lit up by bb’s from the enemy but this airsofting site is so complex with it’s maze of tunnels that it’d be great to play it full lit so you can really appreciate your surroundings.
This is a great site to play at. Before the day I figured it would either be really good or really bad, but thankfully it was the former, and much more. This is a site I will definitely be playing at again and is one I fully recommend. To check out UCAP’s airsofting sites visit their website www.ucap airsoft.co.uk.
Watch the video Below for some in-game footage.