Game Warden camouflage test, Part 5.

A cloudy winter’s day.

The camouflage patterns I tested were: Belgian Jigsaw, German Flecktarn, Helikon US Woodland, Tru-Spec NYCO US Woodland (BDU shirt), Propper NYCO US Woodland (BDU trousers), 1995 DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material), Rain Forest 2 Super Digital, AO Temperate, MTP (Multi Terrain Pattern), Game Warden.

Rain Forest 2 Super Digital was designed by Dave Clode. Super digital is somewhere between digital and analogue.

Helikon US Woodland: The boonie hat has the rip-stop cotton colourway, the BDU shirt has the rip-stop NYCO colourway.

Propper NYCO US Woodland: The BDU trousers have the official colourway, the lightest colour is called ‘Light Green’, this colour is half way between green and brown.
US Woodland has 4 colours.

AO Temperate is an 8 colour DPM style pattern I designed. DPM has 4 colours.

Belgian Jigsaw, German Flecktarn and Game Warden all have 5 colours.

The camouflage colours I tested were: German dark Stonegrey-olive and Sage Green (Greyish Green).

NYCO is 50% Nylon and 50% Cotton.

BDU stands for Battle Dress Uniform.

Coniferous woodland with ground cover.

Belgian Jigsaw vs German dark Stonegrey-olive.

Belgian Jigsaw vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

German Flecktarn vs Helikon US Woodland and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

Helikon US Woodland vs German dark Stonegrey-olive.

Helikon US Woodland vs Propper NYCO US Woodland.

Tru-Spec NYCO US Woodland vs Helikon US Woodland and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

Tru-Spec NYCO US Woodland vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

1995 DPM vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

Rain Forest 2 Super Digital and Game Warden vs Helikon US Woodland and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

AO Temperate and Game Warden vs Helikon US Woodland and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

Sage Green vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

MTP vs Helikon US Woodland and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

British made MTP shirt.
British made MTP shirt.
British made MTP shirt.
Chinese made MTP shirt.
Chinese made MTP shirt.
Chinese made MTP shirt.

The Chinese made MTP shirt is the MTP shirt in Part 1 and Part 2.

Game Warden vs Helikon US Woodland and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

Game Warden shirt from Part 1 and Part 2.
Game Warden shirt from Part 1 and Part 2.
Game Warden shirt from Part 1 and Part 2.

Results.

Belgian Jigsaw is only effective whilst lying down. The reddish brown is similar to the dead bracken and pine tree bark. During the summer the bracken would be lush green. The bluish green is not effective against the brown forest floor.

German Flecktarn is too dark. The rusty brown is effective in coniferous woodland, the dark green is the colour of coniferous foliage, but there is none here.

1995 DPM is far too dark. The dark brown is not effective at all.

AO Temperate is more effective than Rain Forest 2 Super Digital. AO Temperate is more disruptive and less green than Rain Forest 2 Super Digital, but the two patterns are very similar having been designed for similar uses. Rain forests are fairly brown under the canopy.

MTP is too light but not too luminous. It is not disruptive.
The Chinese made MTP shirt is more effective than the British made MTP shirt, Chinese made MTP has one less colour than British made MTP..

Game Warden is too luminous and too green. I think Game Warden is more effective than MTP because it is more disruptive and tone is more important than the actual colours and luminosity, unless colours are far too luminous.

German dark Stonegrey-olive is a bit grey here. Sage Green is much less effective than German dark Stonegrey-olive. Sage Green is the least effective of all the items that were tested due to being bluish.

I think the Propper NYCO US Woodland BDU trousers are the most effective of all the items. The trousers are not faded.

Of the two BDU shirts, the Tru-Spec NYCO US Woodland BDU shirt was the most effective when standing up, it is slightly faded. The Helikon US Woodland BDU shirt was the most effective when lying down, it is not faded. The back panel on the Tru-Spec shirt is a more effective part of US Woodland than on the Helikon shirt. The faded khaki on the Tru-Spec shirt reduces the effectiveness whilst lying down even though the lighter brown is more effective.

Camouflage patterns need to be darker and less green in a coniferous woodland than in a deciduous woodland.

The bit of light green in the background you can see in the standing photos is a larch tree, it is a deciduous conifer.

In 2007 when the Tru-Spec NYCO US Woodland BDU shirt was new and the khaki (tan) colour was darker;

Tru-Spec NYCO US Woodland BDU shirt
Tru-Spec NYCO US Woodland BDU shirt

Game Warden is more effective when it is sunny.

The terrain has more contrast and is more yellow when it is sunny. When it is overcast or cloudy the terrain has less contrast and is more grey.

It is not the Game Warden shirt from Part 1 and Part 2.

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Game Warden camouflage test, Part 4.

An overcast winter’s day.

The camouflage patterns I tested were: Belgian Jigsaw, Helikon US Woodland, 1995 DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material), Propper NYCO US Woodland, Cabela’s Outfitter, AO Temperate, Semi Arid Afghanistan 2, MTP (Multi Terrain Pattern), Game Warden.

The camouflage colours I tested were: Urban Grey, Sage Green (Greyish Green).

The Propper US Woodland BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) trousers in Part 3 are darker than usual, the Propper NYCO US Woodland BDU trousers are genuine issue US military trousers made of NYCO (Nylon Cotton). NYCO has a Temperate summer colourway, whereas the Helikon US Woodland boonie hat has the rip-stop cotton Tropical colourway.

AO Temperate is an 8 colour DPM style pattern with a dual terrain colourway for woodland and grassland.

Semi Arid Afghanistan 2 is a colourway designed to be more effective in Afghanistan and semi-arid climates than MTP.

The Urban Grey trousers are the same as in the Deciduous woodland test

Deciduous woodland with ground cover.

To prevent the jackets/shirts becoming dirty, I used a tarp in the lying down/prone photos.

Belgian Jigsaw vs Urban Grey/Propper NYCO US Woodland.

Helikon US Woodland boonie hat.
Helikon US Woodland boonie hat.
Helikon US Woodland boonie hat.

Helikon US Woodland vs Urban Grey/Propper NYCO US Woodland.

1995 DPM vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

Cabela’s Outfitter vs Urban Grey/Propper NYCO US Woodland.

Below; the camouflage patterns are also compared to Helikon US Woodland and Game Warden.

AO Temperate and Game Warden vs Helikon US Woodland and Urban Grey/Propper NYCO US Woodland.

Semi Arid Afghanistan 2 and Game Warden vs Helikon US Woodland and Urban Grey/Propper NYCO US Woodland.


Sage Green vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

MTP vs Helikon US Woodland and Urban Grey/Propper NYCO US Woodland .

British made MTP shirt.
Chinese made MTP shirt.
Chinese made MTP shirt.

Game Warden vs Helikon US Woodland and Urban Grey/Propper NYCO US Woodland.

Also with the Game Warden with multi terrain colours test fabric.


Woodland edge/Field edge. (Rough Grassland).

Belgian Jigsaw vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

1995 DPM vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

Cabela’s Outfitter vs Urban Grey.

Helikon US Woodland vs Propper NYCO US Woodland.

AO Temperate and Game Warden vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

Semi Arid Afghanistan 2 and Game Warden vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

Sage Green vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

MTP vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

British made MTP shirt.
British made MTP shirt.
British made MTP shirt.
British made MTP shirt.
This is the Chinese made MTP shirt from Part 2.
This is the Chinese made MTP shirt from Part 2.
This is the Chines made MTP shirt from Part 2.
This is the Chinese made MTP shirt from Part 2.

Game Warden vs Helikon US Woodland and Propper NYCO US Woodland.

This is the Game Warden shirt from Part 2.
This is the Game Warden shirt from Part 2.
This is the Game Warden shirt from Part 2.
This is the Game Warden shirt from Part 2.
This is the Game Warden shirt from Part 2.
This is the Game Warden shirt from Part 2.

Results.

In the woodland the darker patterns are more effective when lying down, and the lighter patterns are more effective when standing up.

In the woodland when lying down, AO Temperate is more accurate than Propper NYCO US Woodland, but less disruptive. Of the light coloured patterns Game Warden is the most effective, MTP was the least effective.

In the woodland there is only a marked difference between Urban Grey and Propper NYCO US Woodland when lying down.

Against the woodland edge 1995 DPM was the most similar but slightly too dark due to being the darker Arctic DPM, the Temperate DPM would be a better match. US Woodland is a bit light but more disruptive. Belgian Jigsaw is similar to the background but is not disruptive, and it only dithers to an effective shade of brown from more than 50 metres.

Of all the patterns tested against the woodland edge, MTP was the least effective.

In the rough grassland US Woodland was surprisingly effective. AO Temperate was also quite effective.

In the rough grassland, out of all the light coloured patterns, MTP was the least effective. Semi Arid Afghanistan 2 was more effective than MTP due to being more disruptive. Game Warden was the most effective.

Overall the Propper NYCO US Woodland BDU trousers are the most effective. The Helikon US Woodland BDU shirt came next. The Propper NYCO US Woodland BDU trousers have the official colourway, so the tan on the trousers is ‘Light Green’, this colour is half way between green and brown. The Helikon US Woodland BDU shirt is more disruptive than the trousers due to the brown being darker and the tan lighter. On the shirt the tan is a medium dull brown colour known as Khaki, the colour MTP dithers to.

Of the woodland terrain patterns, overall Belgian Jigsaw was the least effective, it was not the most effective in either test site.

Apart from the earliest DPM, DPM was designed to be effective against the woodland edge, MTP is very obvious against the woodland edge!

The Cabela’s Outfitter shooting coat is darker than the trousers in Part 3.
On the back of the coat, the round dark green shape being repeated both sides of the seam on the back reduces the effectiveness.

Sage Green is too grey, and has a blue tint.

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Game Warden camouflage test, Part 3. Four different test sites. Many different camouflage patterns.

An overcast and windy winter’s day.

Many thanks to Dave Clode for allowing me to work on his Game Warden pattern.

Many thanks to Darren Ashton for loaning me his Belgian Jigsaw camouflaged smock and boonie sun hat.

There are many photos, to compare similar camouflage patterns and colours.

The camouflage patterns I tested were: Belgian Jigsaw, Helikon US Woodland, 1995 DPM, Propper US Woodland, Cabela’s Outfitter, German Flecktarn, MTP, Game Warden.

The Belgian Jigsaw camouflage pattern is a mainly horizontal blocky pattern with a fairly dark and luminous colourway. It lacks any vertical shapes.

The Helikon US Woodland camouflage pattern is a commercially available very accurate copy of the US (United States) Woodland camouflage pattern. US Woodland is a mainly horizontal pattern with branch style shapes. It has a few vertical shapes.

The 1995 DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material) camouflage pattern was the standard issue camouflage pattern to the British Armed Forces from 1995 until MTP (Multi Terrain Pattern) was phased into service. DPM is an omnidirectional leafy pattern.

The Propper US Woodland camouflage pattern is a dark version of US Woodland on cotton poly twill. Propper is a US government contractor.

The Cabela’s Outfitter camouflage pattern is a commercially available recolouration of US Woodland from Cabela’s hunting stores in the United States. The pattern has a spotted appearance for texture.

The German Flecktarn (Spot Camouflage) camouflage pattern is the digital camouflage pattern comprised of subrounded dots with random and clustered distributions, issued to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). Flecktarn is an omnidirectional pattern. I am testing the dark variant.

MTP (Multi Terrain Pattern) is the camouflage pattern currently issued to the British Armed Forces. It is the British version of the commercially available MultiCam multi terrain camouflage pattern from Crye Precision, designed by Caleb Crye. MTP is a mainly horizontal pattern.

Game Warden is a camouflage pattern I am developing, that was designed by Dave Clode. The pattern has a temperate colourway for dual terrain use, for use in woodland and grassland. It is omnidirectional.

The camouflage colours I tested were: US Olive Drab/Olive Drab, German dark Stonegrey-olive, Black. The US Olive Drab cold weather BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) cap is the same colour as the Olive Drab Karrimor daypack in the Part 1 test.

Olive Drab was the colour used by US and British Armed Forces. Usually alongside US Woodland and DPM.

German dark Stonegrey-olive. Stonegrey-olive is the colour used by the German Armed Forces, usually misnamed Field Grey. Field Grey was the colour used during the Second World War. This shade of Stonegrey-olive is slightly darker than genuine issue Stonegrey-olive.

Temperate deciduous woodland.

Belgian Jigsaw and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Helikon US Woodland and Cabela’s Outfitter.

The Helikon US Woodland boonie sun hat has the rip-stop cotton colourway, the Helikon US Woodland BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) shirt has the rip-stop NYCO (Nylon Cotton) colourway. The Belgian Jigsaw smock is slightly faded. The Belgian Jigsaw boonie hat is new but has a lighter and more luminous colourway than the smock.

Belgian Jigsaw dithers much sooner than Helikon US Woodland. Dithering is when colours mix to one colour and the pattern is lost.

Helikon US Woodland and Cabela’s Outfitter are more effective than Belgian Jigsaw and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

Belgian Jigsaw and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs US Olive Drab, 1995 DPM and Propper US Woodland.

The 1995 DPM smock is made of rip-stop cotton gabardine, this version of 1995 DPM is darker than usual, it is 1995 Arctic DPM. There are 3 versions of 1995 DPM; Tropical, Temperate and Arctic. Tropical is the lightest and Arctic is the darkest.

The two smocks are a very similar design, the main difference is the Belgian smock doesn’t have the four external pockets. The DPM smock is part of the CS95 (Combat Soldier 1995) uniform, on the older 1990 smocks the sleeves are very narrow.

The Propper US Woodland trousers are too dark, Helikon US Woodland is more effective.

Belgian Jigsaw and German dark Stonegrey-olive are more effective than US Olive Drab, 1995 DPM and Propper US Woodland.

Belgian Jigsaw, MTP and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Helikon US Woodland, MTP and Cabela’s Outfitter.

The MTP shirt on the left is Chinese made, the MTP shirt on the right is British made. MTP uniforms were manufactured in Britain, but then they were subcontracted to China.

The two versions of MTP are very similar but the Chinese made MTP has one less colour and is slightly larger than the British made MTP.
They look like they have the same camouflage effectiveness. The patterns are not identical, the shapes on the Chinese made MTP differ quite a lot to the shapes on British made MTP.

See below;
On the Chinese made MTP on the left the Pale Green 526 (the greyish colour) has been replaced by Tan 525 (the pink colour) and Olive 527 (Greenish Khaki).
The Dark Green 528 (Leaf green) on the Chinese made shirt is more luminous than on the British made shirt.
The Dark Brown 530 is darker on the British shirt.

MTP is not disruptive and dithers to khaki, a dull medium brown colour. The reflection on the shoulders is noticeable.

On the grass covered Cambrian Mountains in central Wales, the British made MTP shirt was less effective than the Cabela’s Outfitter trousers.

Belgian Jigsaw, Game Warden and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Helikon US Woodland, Game Warden and Cabela’s Outfitter.

The Game Warden shirt on the right is slightly lighter and less luminous than the shirt on the left. The pattern on the back of the shirts is the same part but on the right hand shirt it has been inverted. The pattern has been changed slightly.

Game Warden looks like the negative space between the trees. The pattern is disruptive and does not dither as much as MTP. The reflection on the shoulders is less noticeable than with MTP

Game Warden is more effective than MTP.
The Game Warden shirt on the right is slightly more effective than the shirt on the left.

Game Warden vs Game Warden with multi terrain colours (test fabric).

Game Warden with multi terrain colours does not have the filled in clusters of Game Warden and so dithers sooner. The test fabric is polycotton whereas the long sleeved t-shirts are polyester, which affected the shade/tone and luminosity of the colourway. The colourway on the polyester shirts is darker and more luminous than on the polycotton test fabric.


Temperate coniferous woodland, with a grassy track edge.

Helikon US Woodland, German Flecktarn and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Belgian Jigsaw and Cabela’s Outfitter.

German Flecktarn is more effective than Belgian Jigsaw against the coniferous woodland background. Both jackets are slightly faded. When the dark variant of German Flecktarn is new the pattern is more defined and significantly darker. Flecktarn dithers very soon to an Olive Drab colour.

Cabela’s Outfitter is more effective than German dark Stonegrey-olive in the grass.

Belgian Jigsaw and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Helikon US Woodland and Cabela’s Outfitter.

The hats and jackets have been swapped over.
The hats and jackets have been swapped over.
The hats and jackets have been swapped over.
The hats and jackets have been swapped over.
The hats and jackets have been swapped over.
The hats and jackets have been swapped over.

Belgian Jigsaw looks more like the conifers than Helikon US Woodland, but I think Helikon US Woodland is actually more effective than Belgian Jigsaw due to being more disruptive and breaking up the outline. Helikon US Woodland is especially more effective than Belgian Jigsaw when kneeling in the dead grass.

Helikon US Woodland and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs US Olive Drab, 1995 DPM and Propper US Woodland.

The US Olive Drab cold weather BDU cap is a perfect colour match with the conifers behind. 1995 DPM is more effective than Helikon US Woodland.

Helikon US Woodland, German Flecktarn and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs US Olive Drab, 1995 DPM and Propper US Woodland.

1995 DPM is more effective than German Flecktarn.

Belgian Jigsaw and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs US Olive Drab, 1995 DPM and Propper US Woodland.

US Olive Drab and 1995 DPM are more effective than Belgian Jigsaw.

Belgian Jigsaw, MTP and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Helikon US Woodland, MTP and Propper US Woodland.

The Chinese made MTP is on the left, the British made MTP is on the right. They look very similar. MTP looks like the long dead grass during the winter. The Chinese made MTP is slightly more disruptive than the British made MTP.

German dark Stonegrey-olive is more effective in the dead grass than Propper US Woodland.

Belgian Jigsaw, Game Warden and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Helikon US Woodland, Game Warden and Propper US Woodland.

Game Warden would look a lot more like the grass during the summer.

Game Warden is more disruptive and effective than MTP.

The Game Warden shirt on the right is slightly lighter and less luminous than the shirt on the left. The shirt on the right is slightly more effective than the shirt on the left.

Translucency test.

Translucency is the appearance that light is passing through the subject, when it is not.

Belgian Jigsaw, Black and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Olive Drab and Cabela’s Outfitter.

Black is much more obvious than Olive Drab here on the skyline. This Olive Drab shooting coat (with brown shoulders and hood) is lighter than the US Olive Drab cold weather BDU cap.

The Belgian Jigsaw boonie hat is quite effective.
The Cabela’s Outfitter trousers are effective.

Belgian Jigsaw, MTP and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Helikon US Woodland, 1995 DPM and Propper US Woodland.

Belgian Jigsaw is more effective on the skyline than 1995 DPM. The brown on 1995 DPM is too dark, it was made so dark for improved NIR (Near Infrared) effectiveness, NIR is around 750 nanometres (the wavelength of light is measured in nanometres). The 1995 DPM smock does not blend in much better than black.

The Helikon US Woodland boonie hat and Propper US Woodland trousers are too dark.

Belgian Jigsaw, MTP and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Helikon US Woodland, MTP and Propper US Woodland.

The Chinese made MTP is on the left, the British made MTP is on the right. They look very similar. MTP looks very flat and the reflection on the shoulders is noticeable.

German dark Stonegrey-olive is more effective on the skyline than Propper US Woodland.

Belgian Jigsaw, Game Warden and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Helikon US Woodland, Game Warden and Propper US Woodland.

The Game Warden shirt on the right is slightly lighter and so slightly more translucent than the shirt on the left. The shirt on the left is still very effective on the skyline.

Game Warden is more effective on the skyline than MTP due to having more tonal contrast, and so is more translucent.
Unlike MTP which looks very flat, Game Warden is disruptive and so the reflection on the shoulders is not noticeable.

Belgian Jigsaw, and German dark Stonegrey-olive vs Helikon US Woodland, and Propper US Woodland.

The Helikon US Woodland BDU shirt is more effective than the Belgian Jigsaw smock.

Temperate grazed grassland.

No cover.

Helikon US Woodland, 1995 DPM and Propper US Woodland vs Belgian Jigsaw and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

As you can see camouflage patterns designed for woodland terrain are far too dark against the grazed grass. With such camouflage patterns you must keep to woodlands to blend in, such as the coniferous woodland with dead bracken behind them.

Belgian Jigsaw is more effective than 1995 DPM.

Helikon US Woodland and Propper US Woodland vs
Belgian Jigsaw and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

The Helikon US Woodland BDU shirt is much more disruptive and more effective than the Belgian Jigsaw smock.

The tan and green on Helikon US Woodland are effective in grassland. Part of the British made MTP shirt is showing, you can see that the tan on the Helikon US Woodland BDU shirt is similar to the colour of MTP, only the cream and dark brown colours are different.

The reddish brown on Belgian Jigsaw is similar to the dead bracken.

Helikon US Woodland, MTP and Propper US Woodland vs Belgian Jigsaw, MTP and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

Their positions have been swapped over.

MTP is a vast improvement upon the dark woodland camouflage patterns.

Helikon US Woodland, Game Warden and Propper US Woodland vs Belgian Jigsaw, Game Warden and German dark Stonegrey-olive.

Their positions have been swapped over.

Game Warden is an improvement upon MTP.

The Belgian Jigsaw boonie hat is more effective than the Helikon US Woodland boonie hat.

German dark Stonegrey-olive is more effective than Propper US Woodland.

The matt medium brown civilian boots are more effective than the shiny black military boots.

The yellow Vibram symbol on the civilian boots is slightly noticeable, on the military boots the symbol is black. The two tone Vibram sole is more effective than the black Vibram sole.

The colourway of the Vibram sole on the civilian boots.

The yellow Vibram symbol is also more slippery on rocks etc.

Results.

Of the camouflage patterns designed for woodland terrain, the Helikon US Woodland was the most effective. Overall Belgian Jigsaw was the least effective, it was not the most effective in any of the four test sites.

Belgian Jigsaw is too luminous and lacks tonal contrast, the pattern lacks any vertical shapes. On the Belgian Jigsaw boonie hat the bluish green is the least effective colour, the luminous orangey tan is actually more effective than the green.

Game Warden is consistently more effective than MTP.

In the translucency test on the skyline, Game Warden was the most effective.

Although British made MTP has the correct colourway and looks better than Chinese made MTP, I think the Chinese made MTP is more effective than the British made MTP.

I will carry out another field test during the summer to compare the effectiveness of the camouflage patterns when there is green foliage. Game Warden should be more effective in a summer field test.

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Game Warden camouflage test, Part 2. Game Warden shirt vs MTP shirt. Temperate woodland and temperate rough grassland field test.

MTP (Multi Terrain Pattern) is the camouflage pattern currently issued to the British Armed Forces. It is the British version of the commercially available MultiCam multi terrain camouflage pattern from Crye Precision, designed by Caleb Crye.

Game Warden is a camouflage pattern I am developing, that was designed by Dave Clode. The pattern has a temperate colourway for dual terrain use, for use in woodland and grassland.

Firstly a woodland test.

MTP.

MTP is not disruptive and dithers to khaki (dull medium brown) very soon. MTP is a bit too grey.

MTP looks like the leaf litter. The shirt is showing the darker part of MTP. MTP has a lighter horizontal band in the pattern repeat for disruption. The dead leaves are dry after a few days without rain, although the darker part of MTP is showing, it is still a bit too light for temperate deciduous woodland.

Game Warden.

Game Warden would be quite effective when standing because it is fairly translucent and looks like the light passing through the trees. Game Warden is a bit too luminous here.

Game Warden is more disruptive and translucent than MTP.

Rough grassland.

MTP.

Showing the darker part of MTP
Showing the darker part of MTP
Showing the lighter part of MTP
Showing the lighter part of MTP
Shirt on the side as if lying down.
Shirt on the side as if lying down.

The darker part of MTP is more effective than the lighter part.

When the MTP shirt is orientated so that the cream and dark brown shapes are vertical, then MTP is very effective. The lighter part on the left is too light in this rough grassland.

Game Warden.

Shirt on the side as if lying down.
Shirt on the side as if lying down.
Shirt on the side as if lying down.
Shirt on the side as if lying down.

Farther away it is very effective, but when viewed closer the yellowish grey is a bit too luminous here.

Game Warden is more effective and disruptive than MTP at a distance.

See below: Let’s have a look at this photo again, Game Warden is highly effective here!

Shirt on the side as if lying down.

It is difficult to see the shape and curvature of the shirt draped on a daypack. Game Warden breaks up the outline and disrupts the curvature, hides the reflection and shade.

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Game Warden camouflage test, Part 1. Game Warden shirt, MTP shirt and Olive Drab Karrimor daypack. Temperate deciduous woodland and temperate grazed grassland field test.

Using the Karrimor Hot 30 daypack in MoD (Ministry of Defence) Olive Drab (a dull brownish green colour) as a control subject to compare the photos to, I will compare an MTP (Multi Terrain Pattern) shirt with a Game Warden shirt. The Game Warden pattern was designed by Dave Clode, I have been developing the pattern to create an effective camouflage pattern.

I think the ability of a camouflage pattern to be able to blend into a woodland whilst standing up is useful, that would omit the need to keep lying down to avoid detection.

I think the ability to blend in where there is no cover, like in grassland and grazed grassland would be useful to avoid detection. Dark camouflage patterns don’t blend into grasslands or grassy track edges.

An overcast winter’s day with light rain.

Karrimor Hot 30 daypack in MoD Olive Drab.

Forest floor.

Apart from the top of the daypack reflecting the light, it is too dark. During the winter it is also too green.

Karrimor Hot 30 daypack in MoD Olive Drab.

Grazed grassland. No cover.

Apart from the top of the daypack reflecting the light, it is too dark.

MTP shirt.

Forest floor.

Showing the darker part of MTP.
Showing the darker part of MTP.
Showing the darker part of MTP.
Showing the darker part of MTP.
Showing the lighter part of MTP.
Showing the lighter part of MTP.
Showing the lighter part of MTP.
Showing the lighter part of MTP.

MTP shirt.

Grazed grassland. No cover.

Shirt on side as if lying down.
Shirt on side as if lying down.
Shirt on side as if lying down.
Shirt on side as if lying down.

MTP is quite effective, but is a bit too grey.

It only really blends in on the side as if lying down so the cream and dark brown shapes are vertical, the disadvantage of a pattern that is not omnidirectional.

Game Warden shirt.

Forest floor.

Looks like the negative space, rather than the leaf litter/dead leaves. Would be effective when standing up.

Game Warden shirt.

Grazed grassland. No cover.

Shirt on side as if lying down.
Shirt on side as if lying down.
Shirt on side as if lying down.
Shirt on side as if lying down.
Shirt on side as if lying down.
Shirt on side as if lying down.

Game Warden is effective here. It is disruptive and breaks up the outline on the grazed grassland.

Results.

Both MTP and Game Warden are more effective than MoD Olive Drab.

Game Warden is more effective than MTP. Game Warden is more disruptive than MTP. MTP is not omnidirectional like Game Warden.

Although Game Warden requires some improvement it is still effective enough to blend in and avoid detection.

The next stage would be to improve Game Warden and make the two green colours Infrared Reflective (IRR).

The Game Warden colourway was not chosen, I used a process of elimination to select the colours. It has 5 colours like Flecktarn. Game Warden is comprised of; yellowish grey, greenish khaki, dark brown, dark green, black.


Game Warden shirt.

Translucency test.

Deciduous woodland.

Overcast winter day with light rain.

Shirt back.
Shirt back.
Shirt back.
Shirt back.
Shirt front.
Shirt front.

The MTP shirt was not tested for translucency.

Translucency is the appearance that light is passing through the shirt, when it is not.

Not being dark on the skyline would be useful to avoid detection.

Other patterns would be dark and solid in this situation.

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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.

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.

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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