On reflection, taking into context just the local situation in Singapore, we need guns. Good commercial guns. I agree with Ben in the respect that homemade guns with much higher capabilities than the current stock guns will be a great help in generating interest. However, the number of homemade guns one can make here under the pressures of the education system is limited, and the weight academics and such can bring to bear here should not be underestimated. So firstly, the existing equipment-makers here find themselves constrained by time and can't. Secondly, most other people who see the guns think they're really cool, but don't have time to build their own or delve further into the online community. Thirdly, because of the same reason of time constraint seemingly on the part of everybody including me, it is extremely difficult to hold water warfare events at community centres.
The next best option would seem to be good commercially produced guns, since most people can afford mid-priced soakers, about S$30, though with higher interest, the threshold would rise indefinitely. But being able to afford is one thing and wanting to purchase is another thing, that's where promotion comes in. But with the deadlock the promotion drive is in as described earlier, it's thus harder to get people interested enough to buy water guns costing more than $10, which isn't a lot of budget. And the guns we can get at $30 aren't great either. We don't want flashing lights on the soaker, what we need is power and range and other capabilities like that. In my opinion, capabilities aren't merely a matter of looking cool and such, but also of gameplay. In say, paintball, which is more appealing but more expensive, ranges are high and so is power, which adds to adrenaline and thrill ingame and hence general interest. Water warfare doesn't have to be a carbon copy of airsoft, but well, if the best guns the general public can buy off shelves are squirters, then it'll probably be more difficult to follow up on interested people after a successful homemade demonstration for instance.
I'm not really expecting the standard of commercial guns to rise here, since from the suppliers' point-of-view there're plenty of problems less apparant to us consumers. Even if America gets better guns soon, it may take some time for them to import the good stuff here. Not to mention that I'm feeling the education system's pressure rather acutely, which again, I'm not expecting any changes in that, or for it to change because it'll be more convenient for my hobby; just an short, honest exposition on the bleak situation for water warfare here. Anyhow, we're being suffocated by quite a number of factors, the immovable ministry of education and the lack of good stock guns just some examples. Into the Junior College years we're already losing the momentum we had in the past, our last big thing being the Panzergruppen in the previous large-scale wargames (yeah we did actually field the tank along with some Panzergrenadiers), and I'm quite sure we're about to join the list of those lost and not returned.