Let’s have a quick chat about camouflage. I think just about everyone likes to talk about camo, it’s like trading cards for grown ups. Let’s be honest, how many have you agonized over comparison photos or effectiveness trials of your favorite patterns?
Now we can all argue and debate what’s the best but at the end of the day it come’s down to color and shape. (There is also the whole infrared side of things but that’s a whole other can of worms that I’m going to skip. There’s plenty of info already out there on it.) The equipment needs to be an appropriate color and break up your shape.
Now I don’t mean for this to be some deep technical examination of camouflage and techniques. There are way more detailed and better resourced articles out there already. This is more a food for thought piece.
Something that that we often forget or over look is simply making our our camouflage. I don’t mean the gucci gun paint jobs I mean the whole kit. Just two different colors of spray paint and you’re off to the races. In the photo below it’s just a lime green and black done over a tan/khaki/coyote/brown/OD3 jacket. The “pattern” is large blotches of the green with sharper “stripes” of black. Blends in better than most off the shelf patterns. You can also get fancy and snap a branch or some leaves off and use that to create a leaf pattern.
Now the biggest help in the second photo is that I’m not just sitting/standing in the open. There are plants or other objects between myself and the camera.
The only downsides to painting you’re own camo pattern is that it will make the uniform breath less and be a little bit stiffer. Plus it will wear out/off faster than a print. There were some pictures of marines doing something very similar in Iraq but the page that had the photos got zucc’d and google is no help.
Now lets look at some “mistakes” in the last photo. You can see how by having the sleeves rolled up the arms are very noticeable. Same goes for your face. Unless you have natural night camo and even then you better keep those sleeves down and that face covered. I would also recommend putting scrim on the helmet as the plain net just adds some geometric shapes to an already distinct “head” shape. The plain white undershirt is also a no no, and if you look at history we always seem to start off using light colored undershirts and then switching to an OD or brown of some variety after a war gets going.
So stop stressing and about the details and remember that home made or even a plaid shirt can be just as good as a fancy camo. Obviously there is so much more to this topic but it reminds me of how people obsess over different pouches or other items. I am a big time offender myself so I’m not criticizing anyone. Just want us all not to get too lost in the details.