Wudang Mountain – Climbing the Dao in China (Special Edition)

 

A journey to Wudang Mountain; the small mountain range in the northwestern part of Hubei, China, just south of Shiyan. This film details the 20,000 steps up this magical mountain […]

New Zealand – Country of Contrasts (Special Edition)

After watching LOTR for the first time I started a long journey of the heart. The first steps were the reading of the book itself, now and forever with the […]

Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation PAYBACK – Download Now

This incredibly well played event showcased some of the highest quality effects ever used in milsim. Including RPG attacks, EOD detonations, explosive entry and more. All captured in the 20 minute film from Outside Context. If you have any interest in milsim then this is a must watch!

Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation DEADLIGHT Promo

This incredible Tier 1 event included elements of a Tier 1 Sub Op and involved two live kidnaps of players obtaining their Tier 1 Team Badges. Some fantastic action, strong story and roleplay. Basho is proud to present some of the finest milsim on the planet.

Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation SANDSTORM DVD release

I know I know, its a year late… but, finally my film of Tier 1 Military Simulation’s Operation Sandstorm is complete and released for immediate digital download.

(I did a write up of […]

Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation ORCHID DAWN promo

New release!
Just fresh off the render machine is our latest production for Tier 1; Operation Orchid Dawn.
In aid of the charity ORCHID – Fighting Male Cancer, Warrior (UKAZ) in association […]

China’s National Treasures – Pandas and the Terracotta Warriors

Everyone loves Pandas and at the Panda Conservation Centre near Chengdu, China is probably the best place to see them in the world.

Watching them reminded me of the Douglas Adams […]

Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation SANDSTORM Writeup

“But I didn’t want to raise the alarm”

“Why not?” I asked

“Well,” said the man, uncertainty creeping into his voice as his mind digested what he was about to say, “I […]

Tier 1 Military Simulation – JAWBREAKER and BLACKHEART DVD release

After many edits, re-renders (taking on average 24 hours each time) and lots of work printing labels, cutting box inserts to size and generally fussing to create the best product possible – it’s ready! The Jawbreaker and Blackheart DVD double set is shipping with 1 day’s notice!
What you get:
Jawbreaker
– my latest film, shot entirely on location at CopeHill Down. The main feature is 37 minutes of the best milsim ever undertaken in the UK! I had an inside track on the “serial” events, a first person perspective on the role play and took part in all the big actions – including the capture of the objective for the US team. All cut together with music and professionally coloured, this is a great film of how deep milsim can go.
Extras:
Slideshow of Jawbreaker images, the End-X Brief and two promo’s (Jawbreaker and Tier 1 – Year 1)
 Blackheart
– this film was shot by myself and Chris at the amazing Stanta FIBUA site, which has lots of Afghan compound-like houses and where the troops practice before heading out to the Middle-East. The final cut on the DVD is my version of our two editions. It features an incredible morning serial by the US team and retreat straight into the waiting Taliban forces. 29 minutes of action!
Extras:
Slideshow of Blackheart images, the End-X Brief (included at the end of the main film) and two promo’s (mine and Chris’).
The collection:
Housed in an attractive two-disk DVD box with a custom label and DVD insert.

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Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation JAWBREAKER writeup

If you are interested in a DVD then please CLICK HERE to open the ordering window

I stood looking out of the café window at the sun soaked street outside. People dressed in dishdashas and pakols were setting up shops in the buildings opposite. Quite a funky bhangra beat was coming out of the speakers in the next window along and the men were all slightly bobbing in time as they worked.

Behind me, sat at a rickety table strewn with maps and plans, were the organisers from Tier 1’s Operation Jawbreaker game.

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Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation BLACKHEART promo

Hot off the render machine comes the first release from our site! This is a short promo for our upcoming DVD that shows some action from the Blackheart Tier 1 game a few weeks ago. We finally got it approved by the Ministry of Defense! […]

Hong Kong City Blues – Special Edition

This is a “Special Edition” of my Hong Kong at night film.

The beautiful skyline of Hong Kong at night! Come with us through the brightly lit, and empty of people, Business District and then over the river to Kowloon Bay to look back. The buildings all come to life with colours and lights embedded in their structure that forms a fantastic light show. Finally we visit the vibrant and busy center of town and see some of the amazing flashing neon screens and lights around the streets thronged with people.

Hong Kong is one of the cities that inspired the look of the film Blade Runner and so I have set the film to the score- hope you like it!

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Tier 1 Military Simulation – Tier 1 – Year 1

This film is a compilation of clips and unseen footage from the games I attended run by Tier 1 Military Simulation. Before 2011 I had not played much milsim, now… well I recently laid in a puddle from 1am, freezing cold and surrounded by poisonous mushrooms, for 8 hours to spring an ambush! I fell asleep and started snoring. Moments later I was awoken by a wet weight crashing down on my back. Team commander Trip had thrown a log at me, missed, hit a tree and it had collapsed a rotten limb across my sprawled form. Had the opposition walked past at that particular moment then they would have heard the rest of the concealed team completely failing to stop laughing. […]

Tier 1 Military Simulation – Helicopter Ops at ROLLING THUNDER

Here is a quick cut, colour and render of the Helicopter Assault during Tier One’s Rolling Thunder Milsim event.

I have put this together at the request of a friend, this […]

Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation BLADERUNNER

My first ever commissioned film was released today and stands as a landmark for Basho films. I have learned more about Sony Vegas, filmmaking and special effects from this project […]

Tier 1 Military Simulation – Operation SNAKEBITE

I have often remarked that the challenge of making an airsoft film – when you are also playing in the game – is that you can only edit what you […]

Ground Zero Weekender 2010 – The DA Team

Note: The film is at the end of this article. If you want to just watch that then please scroll down.

It was when I was sitting in the steam room at Virgin Active with 20 sweaty men all dressed in the same set of bright beach shorts, and making jokes about their penises, that something struck me as odd,

“This has to be,” I announced into the cloud of steam, which was being jetted into the room at an alarming rate and temperature, “the most surreal Ground Zero Weekender I have ever been to.”

The member of team Delta Alpha to my right leant in and said,

“Do you feel better now, though?” He asked.

I considered the question.

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Sennybridge, a Basho film about “The Chernarus Conflict”

A  few weekends ago my airsoft brothers and I were players at the TA Event’s, “The Chernarus Conflict”. This was a 24 hour Milsim game using the, freshly revised, BattleSim rules developed by Iain of TA Events.

To those of you who play computer games, the country of Chernarus may ring a few bells. As anyone who loves the Arma series of games from Bohemia Interactive will tell you Chernarus, or Black Russia, is a fictional post-USSR country somewhere in the East that is used as the main game location. TA Events have licensed the entire storyline from Bohemia meaning that players at the event could sign up to the various factions found in the series. When someone says that you should get out from behind the keyboard and get some exercise, these events enable you to re live the brilliant, in-depth storyline for (almost) real. A detailed account of the factions and background to the event can be found here and it has a very professional depth to it not usually available to airsofters.

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Malvern 2010 Show Garden – Losing Control, Releasing Nature

When Cesca first showed me the drawing plans for the UCS garden at RHS Malvern, I knew that it was going to be special. But nothing could prepare me for the final result. More a large scale high-art installation than a garden; it is playful, fun and definitely sending a message that we can all understand.

I have been reading a book recently, called “The World Without Us ,” in it the author, Alan Weisman, writes of how nature – that pervasive force – would take over after we are gone. Concrete would fall down, buildings would crumble under vines and the remains of humanity would disappear; and quicker than you would imagine. Of course, for us Daoists we don’t see the human and so called “natural” worlds as different at all. They are all parts of the same thing; and it is only human arrogance that distinguishes us and our achievements. When we see metal and we think that it is not a “natural” substance, we forget that we stand upon a 50 trillion ton ball of the same stuff. Given the size of the Universe, our small scratches on that metal ball amount to a glint of light in a million years of sunshine, but we don’t see it that way. We still think we are in control. As Weisman shows in his book – that is the ultimate illusion.

And so it is with the UCS garden, losing control leads to organic growth and non-human cycles of birth and decay taking back the ground. Returning to the rhythm all of its own. It wont be rushed, it is like the blowing playful wind, and as gardeners we might conduct this orchestra briefly, but we hardly could claim control of it.

We work with it.

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Wudang Mountain: A Basho Film

In 2009 Cesca and I visited the amazing slopes of Wudang Mountain. The mountain is located roughly in northwestern part of Hubei Province of China.  This peak is part of the larger Wudang Shan mountain range […]

Operation Zulu

The DA’s have played some unusual games over the years, but this was a first for us: this was the first time that we were asked to be a scripted opposition.

The idea has a lot of merit if you think about it. Firstly, games often ebb and flow randomly. One side may gain the upper hand in an attack, but they loose too many men to reinforce the position and soon are driven back and it is the other team who are then on the offensive. Similar to a game of football. However, sometimes a team simply hammers all opposition to such an extent that the suffering team cannot fulfil their objectives at all. Sometimes they cannot get out of their safe zone. The game suddenly becomes unbalanced, tempers raise, cries of cheating go up and no fun is had at all.

Well, at least none by the team getting a kicking.

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Band of Delta-Alpha : A Basho Film

The Ground Zero Weekender is the biggest yearly event on the UK Airsoft calendar.

Varanasi City of Gods – Special Edition

How does it make one feel to be in one of the most “holy” cities in the world?

Hong Kong City Blues : A Basho Film

The magical night skyline of Hong Kong

Temples of Angkor : A Basho Film

We visit the amazing Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Tracking the Predator : A Basho Film

Get up close with a wild Tiger!

Lets go tubing! A Basho Film

"Lets go tubing!" This video highlights the crazy day my friends and I had while tubing the legendary Mekong river in Vang Veng, Laos, South East Asia in November 2008.

James and Cesca’s Xmas message!

Happy Christmas everyone!

Here is a short film of Cesca and I giving all our Christmas greetings from sunny Cambodia!

We have been away for 6 months now – half way! – […]

New Zealand : A Basho Film

A short (10 minute) film highlighting New Zealand. Includes whales in Kaikoura, Fjords, Glaciers by Helicopter, The far north, the Volcanic heart, the sounds and a trip through the forests of this magical country!

Fear is the mind killer

Cesca skydives 15,000ft and Basho jumps the 134m highwire Nevis bungy!

A Basho Film : Australia

A short fun film highlighting our trip to Australia, showing some of the fantastic things we saw in this wonderful country. A tribute to the nation before we move on […]

A Basho Film: Colours of Uluru

Welcome,

Here is the latest short film for your enjoyment.  This one shows our amazing time at Uluru over sunset and sunrise.  See how the colours of the rock change in […]

A Basho Film: Australia Zoo!

The latest Basho film: our visit to Australia Zoo!

Enjoy,

Basho

A Basho Film: Blue Hunter

Here is the next in the line of Basho Films.

I am working hard on the next one and have something a little special in mind from then on.  I love […]

A Basho Film: Sydney Harbour!

Thanks for all the fantastic feedback on the last Basho Film! 

Here is the latest, I present Sydney Harbour!

There is already another to upload and many more to come including Australia […]

A Basho Film: San Francisco!

I finally found enough bandwidth to upload my first travel film; San Francisco! I hope you like it and all comments are very welcome.  This is the first of a […]

Longmoor November 2007

The DA airsoft team attend the Longmoor weekender and win the Snatch Cup!

Ground Zero National Airsoft Game 2007

The state of the badd'ass art! On the september bank holiday weekend, the DA's went to the National Airsoft Event hosted at Ground Zero. I made a movie of the event that shows how much great fun we all had!