AIRSOFT ACTION | ONETIGRIS T'FARGE COMFORT MASK

Over the last few months, I’ve been testing some new kit from a company called One Tigris. OTG was created in 2014 and they are a China-based gear manufacturer who manufactures outdoor, airsoft, EDC and K9 kit that’s great quality and is really affordable. I first became aware of OTG in 2017 when the OTG 4.5” Tactical Foldable Half Face Mask was released - they were one of the first companies to manufacture face protection specifically for women, teenagers and Asian players. The original design for this mask was 6” from the bridge of the nose to the tip of the chin - for the women’s version they shaved 1.5” off to make the mask more comfortable for players with a smaller face. This mask became my ‘go-to’ face protection purely because it was so comfortable and fit well.


Fast forward to 2018 and One Tigris secured the license to make their own version of the T’Farge Comfort Mask by Division SIX. Division SIX is a one-man band from the UK who designs and makes face protection for airsoft. Nikira’s designs are unique and developed through his own experiences with face protection. Each of his masks are made by hand but with this comes a higher price tag. This is where OTG come in, by taking on the license for this mask they have made the mask more accessible for the player. The OTG licensed Division SIX T’Farge Comfort Mask is a half-face mask that has padded sides and a TPU polymer bridge to protect the nose. It isn’t exactly the same as the Division SIX mask as it has slight modifications including thicker padding on the sides and it’s also smaller to cater to Asian, female and teenage players. OTG claim it offers a better fit and an excellent fog-free airsoft experience than other masks on the market, but does it do what is claimed? 

The TPU material that covers the bridge of the nose has been tested to 800FPS impact resistance (tested between -10 degrees C and 42 degrees C), it also allows for breathability thanks to the cutouts and it has a rubber seal on the inside of the mask to keep players goggles clear. The fabric used is nylon (for the black and green versions) and 500D Cordura (for the MultiCam version) and this is for durability as it offers great dirt, water and abrasion resistance. On the inside of the fabric is the padded mesh breathability lining for player comfort. It has adjustable double head straps for comfort and to prevent the mask from slipping. It’s also a super light-weight piece of kit, weighing in at only 100g and it folds up small so it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your gear bag and is easy to carry around.


Upon receiving the mask it comes neatly packaged in a resealable clear/textile bag with a tag to let you know that it is a licensed product. The construction materials feel of great quality and the stitching is neat/tidy, the overall construction of the mask is very good. Aesthetically, I think it looks great as well. The ladies size is very much appreciated as well.

I have been wearing this mask for around 4 months now and I’ve found that the padded sides are super comfortable, but one thing I have noticed with the ladies cut is as it cuts away from the jawline quite sharply it doesn’t completely protect the very bottom of your cheeks - but this isn’t an area that for me gets hit a lot so it’s not too much of an issue as the covers a lot of the face. The mask is built for player comfort. and the only aspect I found uncomfortable about the mask was the fact the double strap has two buckles that can rub on your ears when wearing ear protection, this wouldn’t be an issue if you don’t wear ear protection but I always wear it so it can be a little uncomfortable during prolonged wear. 

The back straps comfortable and doesn’t bunch up during wear which is great (especially when wearing helmets). The front slots in the TPU for breathability are sufficient and whilst I’ve been wearing it I haven’t noticed any issues. When it is really hot (temps of 27 and above for me personally) I have found it can be a little too warm so I wear it a little looser so I can take it away from my mouth every so often but this means the gas seal won’t work to its optimum efficiency. The gas seal on the inside works great to prevent fogging, but be sure to fit it snugly to your face as the seal needs to be secure and completely seal to the face. If it’s loose it can fog.


It’s available in MultiCam, Green and black. It retails for $17.99 from the OTG website, which is around £15. For the time being it is only available in the F size, with the L size for male players on the way soon. I would love to see this mask made in a few other camouflage patterns and colourways - maybe MultiCam Tropic, MultiCam black and grey? *hopes*

Overall, this product from One Tigris is an affordable, well made and comfortable face mask that has a great look to it. I love that OTG has made it their mission to make this product more affordable for the end consumer.

Hardwick, K. (2019). T'Farge Comfort Mask. Airsoft Action. 107 (Dec), 26-27.
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FEMME FATALE AIRSOFT'S FAVOURITE AIRSOFT SITES 2019!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the blog! 

With 2020 only a month away, today I have one of my yearly ‘Favourites’ posts for you and this time we’re looking at my favourite UK Airsoft Sites of 2019! Now, this post causes outrage every year, so let me clarify something straight off the bat - these are MY personal favourite sites (yours probably will be different) that I have played in 2019 - meaning I have not played every site in the UK and nor am I proclaiming that they are the best sites in the country, but simply saying that these are the ones I have most enjoyed playing. In 2019, I spent a large chunk of time out of the country at shows and events so I have played ‘away’ less in 2019 than I would have liked to but I still played a good chunk of the UK. With that cleared up, let’s get into my favourite sites of 2019!


At number 5 for 2019, is a woodland site in Newbury in Berkshire, England called Red Alert Paintball and Airsoft.

Red Alert Paintball & Airsoft Newbury is a 35 Acre dual-purpose airsoft and paintball site that is still in its infancy. Whilst it is still under construction with build days happening regularly, it already has a good amount of structures for players to battle on, around and over including a bridge, a bomb dump, a fortress and even cars all set in a challenging woodland environment. Since I visited in March the site has been developed heavily.

The facilities on site are good - including an onsite shop, male and female toilets and a great lunch menu. The staff were exceptionally welcoming, friendly and ran the games with enthusiasm - you can tell that the Marshalls and staff really enjoy their days at Red Alert. The games played were fun, engaging and we had a great day shooting with/at our friends!

Read my full review here
Check out my gameplay video here




At number 4 on my list of faves is Airsoft Edinburgh in Gorebridge, Scotland!

Airsoft Edinburgh is a 70-acre dual-purpose site that has been well developed over the last few years. It has a great number of structures in the woodland itself and vehicles such as APCs, Land Rovers and Helicopters for players to battle over, on and around. The woodland is quite challenging but what I really like about it is that even when it rains the dense tree cover provides a cover for players. The site itself is super picturesque.

The facilities onsite are really good - the safe zone is pretty spacious and the tables/benches are covered which is a godsend on those dreary rainy days. It has a large shipping container that has the signing in desk, rental equipment, shop (selling pyro, drinks, snack and gameday essentials such as BBs and gas), it is worth mentioning that anything purchased on LWA’s website can be picked up from the skirmish site if you’re attending. The site has a single portaloo - this is one of the things I think could be improved on. The games played were fun, engaging and they were run impeccably by Scott and his team of Marshalls. I had an awesome day at Airsoft Edinburgh and cannot wait to be back!

Read my full review here




Number 3 on my list is a woodland site in Upper Tean, Staffordshire - The FOB ran by West Midlands Airsoft. Before I get into this site, I do have to declare that I do Marshall for West Midlands Airsoft and take the photos for their woodland site so it could be considered biased (but why would you work with a company you don't believe in?).

 The FOB was once a Home Guard Training Area during the Second World War, and is a vast site covering 120 acres of varied woodland terrain. The site boasts some purpose-built structures and natural games zones from open dense woodland to 7 purpose-built, themed gaming areas such as “The Fort”, “Village” and the Crash Site which has an old beat up helicopter dominating the game zone which have all been newly renovated over the last few months. The team at WMA have also opened up the site with new paths and areas of play. The game modes differ from game day to game day but there are often long objective-based game modes and shorter attack and defend games which I am a fan of. The site has a bunch of cool props that add another element to the gameplay. The onsite facilities are good, and the staff are a great bunch of folk.

Read my full review here



At the number 2 spot for this year is South Coast CQB, an urban site in Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire, England.

Southcoast CQB is an urban/CQB site that has a lot of buildings to fight in, around and through, that mixes quite well with the challenging outdoor spaces. Some of the buildings are two stories which are accessible to players. In its early days, the site was used by the Royal Marines Arms Corps between 1922-1959, the South-East District Small Arms Corp as a minor training facility in 1961 and a weekend training centre up to the mid-1970s for army cadets. Now it hosts airsofters every Thursday evening and two Sundays a month.

The facilities on site are good - the safe zone is spacious as it is a two-story building - we had a double room upstairs which was big enough for seven of us and our kit. You have to go to another room to fill in an insurance waiver and you pay in the main foyer - it is worth noting that payments are cash or PayPal, I think it would be a great idea for the site to invest in a PayPal card reader so players can pay on card as well! The sign-in desk is also the shop that sells snacks/beverages and all the game-day essentials such as BBs, pyro and gas. The site also has portaloos that are unisex and there is a burger van on-site for lunch. The gameplay was quite evenly spread out over the site and utilised all areas.

Read my full review here



At the number 1 spot this year, is the Depot in Glasgow, Scotland!

The Depot is situated in the heart of Glasgow and is the largest in-play area indoor site in Scotland with 2 floors, 7 stairwells and 150,000 square feet of space. The site is fully indoors with a large car park, a safe-zone with ample seating/tables for players to set-up for the day and it’s complete with lockers, (actual) toilets and an on-site shop stocking all the game day essentials from BBs to gas, to cans of pop and snacks. 

Games played over the weekend were varied and kept everyone on their toes, they included team deathmatches, attack/defend, domination and capture the flag style games with medic rules (which made the huge site far more playable). Whether you like your CQB fast and hard-hitting, or slower and stealthier, the different areas of the site can accommodate for that. It has a lot of cool graffiti and different coloured lighting which add to the atmosphere. The games were varied and kept all the players on their toes and more importantly, the marshall team listened to players feedback on the day and tweaked the games accordingly. The facilities onsite are really good and the staff run a good game day. I am very much looking forward to my next visit.

Read my full review here
Watch my vlog here
Watch my gamplay here


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YOUTUBE | LATEST UPLOADS!

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog!

As many of you will know I have a YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/femmefataleairsoft! Although YouTube isn't my main platform, I do try to upload weekly vids so you guys and girls can get your airsoft fix - my channel is a mix of airsoft content from gameplay, to first impressions, unboxings, reviews and set-ups! If you're looking for gameplay, here's my latest:





If you're looking for something more informative, such as first impressions, unboxings, reviews, and set-ups, check out my latest informational vids here:



And if you want to see some light-hearted fun vlogs, check these out:




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AIRSOFT ACTION | FRIENDS ACROSS THE POND!

The best thing about the digital age is that you can make friends in people you’ve never met, who live in cities you’ve never been too. How does the story of the unicorn fatale hoemance start? 



THE DARK SIDE

I started following Leah on social media all the way back in 2014 when I first started playing airsoft and was looking for other women to follow in the sport. Leah at the time had (and still has) one of the largest followings on IG and the biggest following on YouTube of any female airsofter in the world. Early in 2015 when my social media accounts started to gain traction and receiving attention from airsofters and brands around the world, a dark side effect of the internet started to rear its ugly head - internet trolls. This was the first time I’d encountered hate on any scale, let alone in the quantities it was coming in. Whilst there has obviously been people that I’d encountered in my life that didn’t like me, strangers on the internet making negative comments about my appearance was never anything I’d dealt with and honestly I struggled at the beginning with the concept that people who’d never spoken to me or met me could dislike me so intensely and this is where Leah comes in. I received a DM on Instagram from @thetacticalunicorn (Leah’s account) explaining that she knew how I felt because it was something she had dealt with, and if I ever needed to chat, she was happy to. I immediately felt relieved, although I’d never wish internet hate on anyone, not even those who dish it out to me, I was relieved there was someone out there who understood what I was going through and having that support has been crucial to me continuing on in airsoft media.

FLIGHT TO FREEDOM

Fast forward to 2017, Femme Fatale Airsoft was doing so well that with Leah’s constant moral support I quit my full-time job to pursue a career in airsoft media (much to the dismay of my parents!). At this point we had been messaging on social media for 2 years and had become close friends but we didn’t meet in person until the 23rd March 2017. My partner at the time was due to deploy to Afghanistan for 9 weeks and as a gift (probably to keep me from going insane checking the news) he offered to pay for my flights to Los Angeles to visit Leah and Jet. Leah had been talking about a visit for a while and when I messaged to say I was booking my flights we were both ecstatic at the prospect of hanging out and playing airsoft together for 6 whole weeks!

I booked my flight for the 23rd March from London Gatwick to Los Angeles. At this point I was someone who wasn’t very well traveled and the furthest afield I had travelled from home was Tunisia in 2008 for a week with my best friend and her family. The 11 hour flight on my own, quite honestly terrified me. That morning my wonderful Dad bundled my suitcase into the family car and we set off for Gatwick, once at the airport I said a tearful farewell to my Dad, Mum and little sister. During the flight there were SO many thoughts going through my head - ‘what if we don’t get on in real life?’, ‘what if I get home sick?’, ‘what if she’s not who she says she is’. I can’t tell you how nerve racking flying 11 hours and 6,500 miles across the world away from everything you’ve ever known is to meet people you’ve only spoken to on the internet is! I arrived at Los Angeles at 5.30pm local time and after collecting my suitcases, I waited in the pick-up zone to meet my friends.

Jet and Leah arrived on time (despite the horrendous LA traffic) in their pick-up truck and off we went to Victorville, California for our 6 week adventure. Leah documented my stay on her YouTube channel - Unicorn Leah. During my first visit to the States we visited SS Airsoft in Atlanta for their 7th year anniversary, SC Village, Hill 559 for Uprising 3 and Milsim West in Washington State. During those 6 weeks I got to see and experience SO much of the United States from deserts, to buzzing cities to the beaches in LA and the lush greeneries of Washington (which is pretty much the same as the UK) all with one of my best friends. I experienced first hand Californian speedsoft and some of the most challenging MilSims I’ve taken part in.

Wildlands Airsoft, California 2017
SS Airsoft, Georgia 2017
Enola Gaye USA, Nevada 2017
MilSim West, Washington 2017
MilSim West, Washington 2017
MilSim West, Washington 2017

Fast forward to 2019, I have visited the States 5 times. Once in 2017, twice in 2018 - for Shot Show 2018 (my first one, and one of the most memorable!) and after my Dad passed away and twice in 2019 (once for Shot Show 2019) and the second for 6 weeks to attend local fields and AirsoftCon.


Shot Show 2018
Mojave, California 2018
Wildlands, California 2018
Airsoftcon 2018, California
Airsoftcon 2018, California
MilSim West, California 2018
SHOT Show 2019
Glasgow UK, 2019
National Airsoft Festival 2019, UK
Upper Tean, UK 2019
California, 2019
Houston, Texas, 2019
Houston, Texas 2019
Disneyland 2019
Airsoftcon 2019
Venice Beach, 2019
JET & LEAH

Leah has been playing airsoft for a little over 6 years, and got introduced to airsoft by working for an airsoft distributor called Spartan Imports. She decided to play a few games so that she could be a more effective sales person and ended up having so much fun that she began to play every weekend and started to push the company to be more active in the community. Leah started her YouTube channel a little over 5 years ago and moved to Southern California shortly after (the airsoft Mecca of north America) to pursue YouTube full-time. In this time she has played throughout the US, Aruba and in Mexico all the while documenting her adventures on Unicorn Leah. To date, Leah’s channel which has everything from gameplay, to unboxing videos to vlogs and reviews has amassed over 142,000 subscribers. Leah is passionate about all types of airsoft, from challenging MilSims to speedsoft. Out of all the female players I’ve met over my time in airsoft, Leah is one of the most dedicated to the game.


Jet started playing airsoft in 2002 but got his introduction into airsoft through paintball. He worked in a paintball store and really enjoyed playing paintball. Until he discovered an airsoft store called Jungle Toy that opened up in the town next to him and he ended up selling all his paintball gear to start airsoft. He started his YouTube channel ‘DesertFoxAirsoft’ 9 years ago and has built his channel up to a whopping 1,172,000 subscribers! During this time Jet opened up his own airsoft field called DesertFox MOUT that was located in Oro Grande, CA but this unfortunately had to close a few years later due to complications with the city, but there are plans to rebuild the field at a later date. His main focus now (bar his YouTube channel) is Desertfox Events, which is an airsoft events company that holds events on in multiple states across northern America. What sets DFE apart from all the other events companies is that they have developed an app to revolutionise the gameplay at their events. The Blue Fox Tracker app is a free downloadable app from the App Store/Google Play Store and works on a 3/4G connection. Players download the app and create their own profile within the app, once they are at a DFE event they can scan the events QR code to get in the game. The app is essentially a mini-map that shows players their location, their alive/wounded/killed team-mates locations, the objectives and has features such as the app chat and medic function. The DFE games can be played if you don’t have the app or a data connection but it definitely adds another element to gameplay. Jet is really passionate about the game - which is why he is so successful at what he does. He simply loves airsoft and cares about player experience making him a great events organiser.


In August 2019, our friends at Enola Gaye flew Jet and Leah out to the UK for 3 weeks to represent them at the National Airsoft Festival ran by Zero One Airsoft in Ringwood, Hampshire. During my visits to the US, Jet and Leah have housed me, fed me and taken me to multiple states to experience American airsoft at its finest so I wanted to do the same for them. So during the short time they’ve been in the UK we’ve driven 7 hours from Derby to Glasgow to play the Depot - Scotlands biggest playable CQB site which they both thoroughly enjoyed, then the hour to Edinburgh to meet the team at Land Warrior Airsoft and to experience the Fringe festival then the 5 hours back home to have just 4 days to prepare for the NAF. The National Airsoft Festival is the biggest airsoft event in the UK - with attendance of well over 3000 people. We spent 3 days at the NAF - arriving early on the Friday morning and leaving at end of play on the Sunday. The US doesn’t yet have anything like the NAF, so I was keen for them to experience an event that I enjoy so much. According to the Americans we were ‘posh camping’ (I being someone who doesn’t like camping at all had a very different description for what we were doing), we listened to a lot of country music, played a lot of beersby, BBQ’d a lot of meat and just generally enjoyed the festival atmosphere. The weather over the weekend was perfect and right up Jet and Leah’s street so they had no problem playing in the unusually high temps we had, admittedly I struggled a little! 

Leah’s take from the NAF: ‘I said it hundreds of times this weekend and I will say it again: I really wish that America had something like the National Airsoft Festival. It was a fantastic, fun-filled weekend fit for anyone and everyone. It was just like being a a music festival - bar tents and bands, lots of food trucks, all kinds of airsoft and tactical gear. The gameplay was fun and very organised, but casual enough that anyone could jump in and have fun. Also there was plenty of people there for just the camping and fun social aspect; with camping grounds being split up into Louder, loud and quiet camping; making it easy for people to bring their families for a fun festival weekend. Huge thank you to Enola Gaye for making this trip possible’

Jet’s take of the NAF: ‘I really enjoyed the social aspect of the event. The airsoft was also fun but to me the thing that stood out the most, that I enjoyed the most was the camping, hanging out, meeting everyone and learning more about British culture and the British airsoft scene.’

Hardwick, K. (2019). Friends Across the Pond. Airsoft Action. 106 (November), 32-25.
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6MM ACTUAL | DECEMBER 2019!

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! If you follow me on social media you will have seen that I just released the December issue of 6MM ACTUAL!

6MM ACTUAL is all about giving you - the readers of FFA - more value from Femme Fatale Airsoft. I've designed 6MM ACTUAL so you can read the best of the monthly blogs and also get bonus content exclusive to our monthly downloadable. Online or offline, and for free! Whilst I love writing the blog, creating IG & YouTube content and writing for publications, I felt like something was missing and this is where our monthly downloadable bridges the gap. Truly International airsoft, from guns to gear, to events, it’s in 6MM ACTUAL.


In this issue we have - a review on the OneTigris Half Mesh Face Mask, a review on the Specna Arms SA-C09, unfortunately, there's no milsim content this month but we do have an event report on AirsoftCon 2019, a site review on Wildlands Airsoft Park in Lake Elsinore, California and an event report on the Airsoft Expo 2019 in Santa Fe Springs, California.

Enjoy!



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