Saturday, April 19, 2014

Slydev Systems

When this package from Hasbro showed up with 6 more SledgeFire Shells, instantly I got to thinking "what is the best way to use all this ammo I suddenly have for my beloved shotgun?"  Yep, that's right.  Slydev!

I've often talked about Slydev, that neato Nerf company with the custom accessory bits that bridge the gap (literally) between your blaster and your gear.  It's all about integration and weapon-mounted accessories with most of their stuff.  However, I've yet to pick up any of their nifty gizmos.  Not out of disinterest, mind you!  I just haven't really had a need for it yet.

Originally, I was just thinking of using a pouch to carry the extra shells in.  I've used the Dart Holder Accessory from the Barrel Break on this a bit, but it gets a little clunky taking out shells and refilling them on the fly, which is why I figured extra shells and a pouch would do the trick.  Honestly, when I ordered the shells I didn't even think of Slydev.  For some reason, the second this box showed up, BAM.  That's all I could think of using.

Now then, I'm not an expert on building these systems up and I've seen some impressive loadouts that utilize multiple rails and such.  I have a total of 12 Shells at my disposal, so what I'd like to do is figure out what combination of parts would work to maximize storage on the SledgeFire.  I get the feeling that having ALL those on there would be a bit clunky to make the blaster to use, so I'm open to suggestions on how to load it up.  Have all of 'em on the blaster?  Have a few on the blaster and the rest in a pouch? Also, if you have a SledgeFire loaded up, please share those pictures so I can get some ideas.  Thanks!!

Slydev SledgeFire Shell Holder

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

3 Years of Tactical Tag

To most US residents, April 15th merely means "Tax Day".  To me, it's a milestone for this blog and what it's managed to accomplish each year.  That's right!  Today, Tactical Tag turns 3 YEARS OLD!

While I actually have been quite busy over the past few weeks or so, I did manage to get a neat video together that kind of ties the past with the present in one big "Why I do what I do" video.  It'll act as an Introduction Video for my YouTube Channel and has some neat throwbacks of older gear and reviews mixed in.

Since 2011, it's been the same story.  Modifications, Reviews, Game Summaries, News, and everything that ties into those, it's all here. Yes... sometimes I blur the lines between the other stuff I do, but that's really what's made doing this fun for the past couple of years.  This element has made Tactical Tag unique and helped it stand the test of time that other sites that have come and gone sometimes lack.  Continuing this blog has been easy because, as you'll see from this video, it's part of who I am.  And when you're doing something that is just second nature, it's that much easier to keep it going.

I'd be lying if I said the only thing sustaining this blog was the fact that this is what I enjoy.  I come back to Tactical Tag every day to interact with YOU, the readers and viewers who fuel this thing.  So I want to sincerely thank you all for making this blog, YouTube, and Facebook page worth maintaining.

See the video after the jump!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shellin for Shells

I did a reloading trick with the ZombieStrike SledgeFire a month or so ago.  I've had a lot of questions about spare shells for the SledgeFire and, at the time, the only way you could get more shells was to buy another SledgeFire.  However, I also knew that eventually Nerf would release those spare shells on their own.  Well, now they're released!  I pre-ordered mine and just got a notification that they're shipping now.

The pack comes with 3 shells for $4.99.  No darts included, as this is an online-only refill pack.  You won't find these on store shelves.  Regardless, if you want 'em, head on over to this link at HasbroToyShop.com to order yours!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Hunt is On!

The past week or so has been very busy outside of my hobbies, hence the lack of updates.  A couple things got forgotten, including a new "Shot of the Week", so I'll resume all of that next week.  Between a business trip, home renovations, and finishing up plans for my wedding... I've been a bit swamped!

SO, life should be resuming sometime this coming weekend.  In the meantime, I've prepared another Scavenger Hunt o help keep you entertained!

We did one of these back in October and it was pretty fun! With the resources on this blog, the Facebook Page, and the YouTube Channel, I figured I'd give a list of things to find that span all 3 sites for Tactical Tag. If you missed the last one, here's how it works.

There's a clue for each number on the list. Your job, if you wanna win, is to find the link and post it as your answer. For instance:
Item #1: A Picture of a close call up against some BuzzBee Suction Darts
This can be found on the Facebook Page, so just pull the link for the photo and post it as your answer!
https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1174687_560950690633753_1675037338_n.jpg

As far as scoring goes: this contest will end one of two ways. The first being that someone finds all of the items FIRST. If in the next 24 hours someone has already completed the scavenger hunt, the contest would be over provided they found everything correctly. HOWEVER, if it's tough and there's a bunch that are CLOSE but not quite correct, I'll choose the most accurate one on April 14th, which happens to be when Taxes are due in the US. I won't publish anyone's answers until I've found a winner!  Click past the jump to see the questions!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Return of the Rocket

No, not the cool Racoon guy from Guardians of the Galaxy.  I'm talking about big foam hard-hitting ROCKETS!  The N-Strike ELITE Demolisher "2-in-1" is coming out in Fall of 2014 and with it comes the glorious return of the Nerf Rocket.  They've been absent from the lineup for a little while, and the last Rocket-launching blaster we got from Nerf was the Titan.

While we have known about this blaster for several months now, we've finally got a decent look at the size of this rocket in comparison to a MEGA Dart and Elite Dart.  It's not as hefty as Titan AS-V1 Rocket, but maybe that's a good thing?  It still has a large collapsible foam head, but it tapers off near the back.  It sort of resembles a Big Blast rocket the more I look at it.

Having a smaller rocket should make it easier to hurl further, but then again, there doesn't appear to be a ton of power behind the Demolisher Rocket.  To fire it, you'd slide the lever forward to fill the air tank and then (a la triggerless Super Soakers) pull back to launch it... so that tank isn't super huge either.  I'd be interested to see how the Demolisher's setup stacks up to the Titan.  Or, better yet, I'd be interested to see someone improve the launcher or make custom rockets like there were for the Titan.

Captain America: Stealth Suit, Rollout!

At the beginning of the year, I started building my next Costume in anticipation of the April 4th release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Most of the stuff came together quite easily, but then one thing led to another and I ended up running out of time to REALLY dig in and make this suit look screen-accurate.  We still managed to get things together by the premier of the latest installment by Marvel, and I'm still happy with how it turned out.

It worked awesome for the premier!  Got some compliments, saw others in costume, took some pictures, it was fun!  Then I got to see Cap sling that shield like never before in what turned out to be a spectacular film!  I had my expectations high, but the actual movie made those seem LOW.  The fight scenes, the plot, the one-liners, did I mention the fight scenes??  Holy cow was it a RIDE to watch!!  I won't spoil it for you.  Go see it!  Marvel really nailed this one and you'll enjoy every second of it.

As for the future for this costume, this is really just the first Phase.  There was more planned for it, but amidst everything else going on in my life right now, I just ran short on time to really do this Stealth Suit justice.  The majority of that work will be on the shirt, as everything else is pretty much set.  I'll be getting this thing more detailed, more accurate, and have it all awesome by the Halloween Game this fall.

In the meantime, GO SEE THE MOVIE!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mission Accomplished!

I didn't expect to fool everyone, but there were more than enough folks who took the bait with yesterday's prank.  Yes, if you missed your calendar, it was April Fools Day.  The "Rhino-Fire", as far as I know, does not look like that photoshopped MEGA blaster.  However, it was quite amusing to see some fans speculate over it.

If you did find yourself among the ranks that fell for this, don't feel bad.  I simply took advantage of the fact that Nerf has starved us of any decent News for a month or so.  We can probably blame this on the overload of information during ToyFair 2014.  There's buckets of new blasters that were all announced at once and now... we get to wait.  Some of the blasters we're waiting for might take over half a year to hit shelves, so the info-hungry fans of Nerf were spoiled in January and February and then starved through the whole month of March.  It set up the grounds for a prank PERFECTLY.  Any sort of news, April Fools Day or not, was going to be believable.

Besides, if you paid attention, there was a hidden clue in the bottom right corner of that post.  In a small black box with the text "April Fools!" (you can see it if you highlight it), you'll find the link to the image I used for this prank. ;)

Reading all the "It's a FAKE!!!!" claims right next to "I can't wait for this to get released!" posts was quite amusing.  Sort of reminds me of the Elite Longshot stuff, which was never intended to be a phony or anything.  To this day, I'm still seeing "YOUR A LIER" posts every week from people that are too dense to either A: read the description or B: see the embedded links and such saying "SEE how I made it!"

Gotta thank Buster Builder for the photoshop that I used for the "Rhino-Fire" announcement.  It was good enough to look new, but had enough small imperfections and clues to tip off die-hard fans that caught on.  Honestly, I think it was a good way to stir up Nerf Nation a bit.  Things have started to slip to the stagnant side for activity.  Some of the big blogs that thrive on news haven't had a whole lot to say because, well, there's nothing really to say!  Makes me happy that I do more than follow the latest releases.  I get out and play the game (including that awesome match we had on Sunday!)  Not just so I've got something to report on a weekly basis, but because I really think that's where the core enjoyment of this can be found.  Not waiting for something to show up on the shelf, but to get out and USE it!  So get off your computers and smartphones, people!  Go ENJOY your blasters!!