In the Camouflage tests comparisons. Part 4. post seen below, Romeo MTP 3 was the most effective camouflage pattern in the Australian Tropical grass.
Romeo MTP 3;
Romeo MTP 3: The Mediterranean Scrub pattern I used for this camouflage was designed by Dave Clode, then I changed the pattern and chose the Colourway.
In the test photo shown below supplied by Dave Clode, the camouflaged fabric has been rotated by 90 degrees to the left, so I have also shown the pattern rotated by 90 degrees to the left so that they are the same orientation;
The fabric is Polycotton (65% polyester / 35% cotton) sheeting. It is thin and high density. It is non-shine. It is 1 metre by 0.5 metres.
The hat is a copy of MultiCam.
Why is the pattern called “Romeo MTP 3”?
- “Romeo”. As with the normal alphabet, in the NATO phonetic alphabet, Romeo (the letter R) is the 18th letter. So Romeo, is the 18th colourway style I tried out.
- “MTP”. MTP is the Multi Terrain Pattern worn by British forces. I used the Olive 527 (Greenish Khaki) colour from the Multi Terrain Pattern after noticing how well that colour worked in grassland.
- “3”. 3 means it was the third colourway of that style.
This colourway is intended to be neither brown dominant or green dominant, there were other MTP style colourways that I tried that were brown dominant or green dominant. This colourway style was the most effective colourway of all the colourways tested in Temperate grassland. I tested the colourways by printing the patterns onto paper then stapling them onto card, then photographing them in Temperate grassland, then analysing the photos in great detail to make improvements. So Romeo MTP 3 is an improvement upon Romeo MTP and Romeo MTP 2 that were field tested on printed paper stapled onto card.
The dark reddish brown colour I added to Romeo MTP is a salute to Mil-Tec BGS/Sumpfmuster, an effective pattern in grassland;
Although the dark reddish brown colour is not an effective colour, it dithers with the olive drab to make brown. I took the above photo in the New Forest.
In the U.S. Army, Photosimulation Camouflage Detection Test, this was the overall winner, a version of Sumpfmuster;
See below Romeo MTP and Romeo MTP 2;
Romeo MTP 3 again for comparison;
See below, Romeo MTP 3 vs MultiCam;
Romeo MTP 3 was designed to be more effective in grassland than MultiCam, and it is!
See below. MultiCam compared with Yankee Zulu (on the left) and Romeo MTP 3 (on the right).
Yankee Zulu (seen above on the left) is 9 colourways later than Romeo MTP 3, so Yankee Zulu (a combination of the Yankee and Zulu colourways) is the 27th colorway. My first attempt at a truly Temperate colourway;
See below, Romeo MTP 3 vs Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose;
Romeo MTP 3 is a grassland pattern, but the Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose is a Temperate pattern, it is still effective for a pattern that was designed for Temperate regions.
See below, MultiCam compared with all 3 Alpha & Omega colourways. Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose is at the bottom;
The Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose seen above is the same orientation as in the test photo.
See below, Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose vs MultiCam;
I think at close range MultiCam is more effective than Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose, but at long range (stand away from the monitor) Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose is more effective than MultiCam, this is because Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose is more disruptive than MultiCam.
See below, the average colour of the grass in the test photo. This is also similar to the average colour of Romeo MTP 3, MultiCam and MTP;
I see a lot of civilians and soldiers wearing MTP, at a distance it looks like they’re wearing very dirty khaki clothing.
Dave Clode managed to get the average colour and tone of the grass, obtained by cropping a large sample of the grass in the photo and going to filters>blur>average in Photoshop. Image supplied by Dave Clode.