Romeo MTP 3.

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

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;Romeo MTP 3. Test photo compared to pattern, 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;

Mil-Tec BGS

Mil-Tec BGS

Mil-Tec BGS

Mil-Tec BGS

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;

syrian-camo

Syrian Pattern. Similar to German Sumpfmuster/Marsh pattern/Tan and Water/BGS. The overall winner.

 

See below Romeo MTP and Romeo MTP 2;

Small Romeo MTP

Romeo MTP

 

Small Romeo MTP 2

Romeo MTP 2

Romeo MTP 3 again for comparison;

Romeo MTP 3

Romeo MTP 3

 

See below, Romeo MTP 3 vs MultiCam;

Romeo MTP 3 vs MultiCam

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).c2

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;

Yankee Zulu Medium

Yankee Zulu. Temperate camouflage pattern

 

See below, Romeo MTP 3 vs Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose;

Romeo MTP 3 vs A&O Temperate

Romeo MTP 3 vs A&O Temperate

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;c4

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;

A&O Temperate vs MultiCam

A&O Temperate 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;

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Average colour of the grass

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.

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Camouflage tests comparisons. Part 4.

Part 4.

Dave Clode carried out another test with the camouflaged fabric, in the grass on the edge of the Tropical rain forest in Australia.

See below a comparison of colours and the patterns listed below;

  1. Beige and Light Khaki/Dark Sand
  2. Control (no subject, terrain remains unchanged) and Romeo MTP 3
  3. Copy of DPM and Copy of US Woodland
  4. Yankee Zulu Improved and Yankee Zulu Improved 4
  5. Game Warden with multi terrain colours and Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker)

Comparisons 2

See below a comparison of the patterns listed below;

  1. Genuine MultiCam and Copy of MultiCam
  2. Semi-Arid Alpha Bravo Afghanistan 2 and Alpha & Omega Semi-Arid
  3. Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose and Alpha & Omega Woodland
  4. (BondCam) Acacia M7 Dry Season and (BondCam) Defender M3 Greener

Comparisons 1

Another look at the Control (no subject, terrain remains unchanged) and Romeo MTP 3, but the other way around.

See below, Romeo MTP 3 compared to the Control photo;Romeo MTP 3 compared to control photo

In all photos the hat is a copy of MultiCam.

 

In the photos, Dave manipulated the photos in Photoshop using the Clone Tool to cover the exposed skin.

Results;

Beige is the least effective. Beige is significantly less effective than Light Khaki/Dark Sand. Beige is a French word, meaning “the colour of natural wool”. Khaki is an Urdu word, meaning “dusty”.

Romeo MTP 3 is almost a perfect match. Dave Clode wrote “Brilliant textural match”. My brother commented “It is effective because the brown shapes break up the depth perception”

The copies of DPM and US Woodland are far too dark, but would work well in the shady forest edge.

Yankee Zulu Improved is more effective than Yankee Zulu Improved 4.

The Romeo, Yankee Zulu, and Semi-Arid Alpha Bravo designs are all designs using Dave’s Mediterranean Scrub pattern.

Game Warden with multi terrain colours is a bit light, Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker) is a bit dark. When I darkened Game Warden with multi terrain colours, I darkened it by about 20%, if I had darkened it by 10% then it would be very effective here.

MultiCam is effective.

Semi-Arid Alpha Bravo Afghanistan 2 is not as effective as Alpha & Omega Semi-Arid, this is due to Alpha & Omega Semi-Arid being darker and having less contrast. On Semi-Arid Alpha Bravo Afghanistan 2 the sand colour is too light and the green and brown are too dark against the grass.

Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose is more effective than Alpha & Omega Woodland.

Acacia M7 Dry Season is not as effective as Defender M3 Greener.

Romeo MTP 3 is the most effective. It took me a long time and many attempts to get the colourway so accurate.


 

Another look at some of the patterns, plus BondCam Rain Forest 2 M1 S Super Digital 2, (Rain Forest 2 Super Digital).

  1. Copy of DPM and Copy of US Woodland
  2. Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose and Rain Forest 2 Super Digital

Comparisons 3

Of the “green” patterns, as mentioned before the copies of DPM and US Woodland would be effective in the shady forest edge. Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose is the most effective in the grass. Rain Forest 2 Super Digital looks most like the foliage.


 

See below a comparison of some other patterns;

  1. (BondCam) MTD M4 Dark and (BondCam) Defender M3 Greener
  2. (BondCam) MTD M4 Dark and (BondCam) MTD M3

Comparisons 4

MTD M4 Dark was effective and disruptive in the dry gully in Part 2. It is a good semi-arid and multi terrain design and colourway.

Although MTD M4 Dark is less effective here than Defender M3 Greener, it is more disruptive. MTD M4 Dark is more effective than MTD M3.

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Camouflage tests comparisons. Part 3.

To view parts 1 and 2 see https://camouflagegeek.wordpress.com/dave-clode/ 

Part 3.

Dave Clode carried out a test in the tropical rain forest with some more camouflaged fabric.

See below a comparison of the eight patterns listed below;

  1. Used MultiCam shirt and New MultiCam shirt
  2. Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose and Alpha & Omega Woodland
  3. Yankee Zulu Improved and Yankee Zulu Improved 4
  4. Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker) and a copy of DPM
  5. Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker) and Semi Arid Alpha Bravo Afghanistan 2

Dave May 2018

The hat is a copy of MultiCam.

 

The two MultiCam shirts look the same. MultiCam looks like a dirty khaki coloured shirt.

Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose is more effective than Alpha & Omega Woodland. The khaki and olive drab colours work well on Alpha & Omega Temperate/General Purpose.

Yankee Zulu Improved is more effective than Yankee Zulu Improved 4. Yankee Zulu Improved has less colours than Yankee Zulu Improved 4, but is more disruptive. They both look like “negative space”, which is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image.

Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker) is slightly too light, the copy of DPM is a bit dark. They have about equal effectiveness. The lightest colour on Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker) is a bit light and yellow, but is disruptive. The green is an effective colour. The drab green on the copy of DPM works well, the shapes are effective.

Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker) is more effective than Semi Arid Alpha Bravo Afghanistan 2. On Semi Arid Alpha Bravo Afghanistan 2 the green and brown work well. The sand colour stands out a bit on Semi Arid Alpha Bravo Afghanistan 2, but is quite effective for a semi-arid pattern.

The most effective pattern in the above comparison is Yankee Zulu Improved.

 

Close up of Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker). I think it works well. The lightest colour breaks it up, it looks like light from the distant foliage (makes it translucent);Game Warden (darker)

 

 

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Mixed woodland, winter test.

Test fabrics and t-shirts were tested in a mixed woodland in the New Forest.

The weather was mild and overcast with almost no wind.

 

Firstly I tested t-shirts compared to a Copy of DPM fabric and a Genuine MTP shirt. The photos show the back of the t-shirts.

From left to right; Copy of DPM vs MTP vs Alpha & Omega Semi-Arid lighter vs Semi Arid Alpha Bravo Afghanistan 2 vs Alpha & Omega Temperate (General Purpose).IMG_9547IMG_9550IMG_9554IMG_9568IMG_9576

And now the front of the t-shirts;IMG_9577IMG_9582IMG_9589IMG_9595IMG_9601

MTP is the most translucent but the least disruptive. MTP dithers to Khaki (medium brown), the best multi-terrain colour. Khaki is effective in the temperate winter.

MTP, Alpha & Omega Semi-Arid lighter, and Semi Arid Alpha Bravo Afghanistan 2, all have the Olive 527 (Greenish Khaki) colour from MultiCam.

Olive 527 (Greenish Khaki) seems to have translucency properties.

The Copy of DPM is very dark and the small repeat size of the pattern lets it down.

The Khaki (medium brown) on Alpha & Omega Temperate is effective. The Khaki on Alpha & Omega Temperate (General Purpose) is not luminous enough for the winter, but in the summer it was too luminous and orange looking.


 

I then tested fabrics showing the camouflage Dave Clode designed, and I changed the colourways and the pattern.

Left to right; Copy of DPM vs Game Warden with multi terrain colours vs Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker) vs Yankee Zulu Improved 4 vs Yankee Zulu Improved.IMG_9529IMG_9531IMG_9537IMG_9545

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Yankee Zulu Improved is the most disruptive and translucent.

 

Then I compared two of the test fabrics with MTP.

Left to right; Copy of DPM vs Yankee Zulu Improved 4 vs MTP vs Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker).IMG_9612IMG_9619IMG_9626IMG_9629

MTP, Yankee Zulu Improved 4, and Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker) all have the Olive 527 (Greenish Khaki) colour from MultiCam.

Olive 527 (Greenish Khaki) seems to have translucency properties.

 

Then I removed the MTP shirt and compared the three large pieces of test fabrics.

Left to right; Yankee Zulu Improved 4 vs Copy of DPM vs Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker).IMG_9634IMG_9640IMG_9645IMG_9649IMG_9654IMG_9661

Then I swapped their positions and turned them the other way up.

Left to right; Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker) vs Copy of DPM vs Yankee Zulu Improved 4.IMG_9662IMG_9669IMG_9673IMG_9678IMG_9685IMG_9687

Yankee Zulu Improved 4 is the most translucent of the three test fabrics, it looks most like the trees in the background. In the summer Game Warden with multi terrain colours (darker) was the most effective of these three test fabrics.

Yankee Zulu Improved 4 has a little bit of the tan, green, and dark brown from DPM. The Greenish Khaki, dark green, and medium brown colours work well. Yankee Zulu Improved 4 is the most translucent, it would work on a soldier or hunter standing up.

The small repeat size on the copy of DPM lets it down. The copy of DPM looks a bit like dark tree bark.

The camouflage test shows that patterns with accurate colours, many different sized shapes, and shapes of the same colour clustered together, are the most effective.

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Alpha & Omega Temperate (General Purpose) camouflage, winter deciduous woodland.

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The khaki (medium brown) colour is an effective colour.

The lighter green is a bit luminous and gives the pattern a lime green tint, the same problem as with a lot of DPM and PenCott GreenZone.

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Alpha & Omega Temperate camouflage, grassland/woodland edge.

It is effective in this grassland. The Realtree Hardwoods bag in the foreground is too orange.20171006_16000920171006_155936

It is a bit light for woodland edge.20171006_160229

Since designing this version, I have designed a version with more green, grey, and brown, and less khaki, see below;

A&O Temperate with extra shapes. FrontA&O Temperate with extra shapes. Back

It is more disruptive than the version tested.

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MultiCam shirts.

See below, a comparison of the MultiCam shirts used in the page called Dave Clode, and Camouflage tests comparisons. https://camouflagegeek.wordpress.com/dave-clode/

The shirt on the left is new, the shirt on the right is used. The two shirts in the tests look quite different but the differences are not obvious in the photo;DSC_1328MCamNewLeftOldRight

A close up of the pattern;MultiCam with logo

The colourway from the above image;MultiCam colourway

The official colourway seen above, from lightest to darkest;

  1. Cream 524
  2. Tan 525
  3. Pale Green 526 (the greyish colour)
  4. Olive 527 (Greenish Khaki)
  5. Dark Green 528 (Leaf green)
  6. Brown 529
  7. Dark Brown 530

 

The used shirt compared to the new shirt;

  1. The Cream 524 (the lightest colour) “slugs” are not as light.
  2. The Dark Brown 530 (the darkest colour) “slugs” are not as dark.
  3. The Olive 527 (yellowish looking colour) is more luminous.

 

The back of the new shirt;DSC_1320MCamShirtNew

The back of the used shirt;DSC_0990MultiCamUsedShirtLR

I find that the Olive 527, Dark Green 528, and Brown 529 are too similar in shade and dither very soon. This happens with all MultiCam and MTP.

 

OCP (Operational Camouflage Pattern)/Scorpion W2 compared to MultiCam;

  1. Is much larger.
  2. Has less Cream 524 and Dark Brown 530 “slugs”.
  3. Has no vertical shapes.
  4. Is more disruptive and doesn’t dither to one colour so soon.

 

The other thing to consider with lightweight hot weather clothing is how it will look after repeated washing, MultiCam is only just dark enough so when it fades a lot it would be too light.

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