Airsoft Camouflage And How To Use It
Whether you’re playing in woods, scrubland or urban areas, camouflage gives you the edge on the competition. There’s no replacing the element of surprise and your opponents can’t hit what they can’t see. But which camo is best? And how can you best maximise your camo advantage? Find out right here…
Types of Airsoft Camo
There are many types of military camouflage on the market, all based on designs that have seen action in one theatre or another. Camo types are designed to be used in specific environments, allowing you to obscure your silhouette from enemy view and blend into the landscape.
Mottled camouflage, also known as Flecktarnmuster or Fleckentarn, is a family of disruptive camouflage patterns, the most common being the five-colour pattern, consisting of dark green, light green, black, red brown and green brown or tan. For UK airsofters, Flecktarn is pretty effective, as the original five-colour pattern was designed with European woodland in mind. A three-color variation called Wüstentarn is used for arid and desert conditions and has been used by the German Bundeswehr in Afghanistan.
Disruptive Pattern Material
Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM) is the commonly used name of a camouflage pattern formerly used by our British Armed Forces as well as many other armies worldwide, particularly in former British colonies.
The main variants of DPM are a four-colour woodland pattern, and desert patterns in two, three or four colours. DPM has also been produced in black/white/grey Urban DPM, in various blue tones and even in purples for the Swazi Royal Guard.
Tigerstripe is the name of a group of camouflage patterns developed for close-range use in dense jungle during jungle warfare by the South Vietnamese Armed Forces and adopted by US Special Forces during the Vietnam War. It derives its name from its resemblance to a tiger’s stripes and were simply called “tigers.” It features narrow stripes that look like brush-strokes of green and brown, and broader brush-strokes of black printed over a lighter shade of olive or khaki. The brush-strokes interlock rather than overlap, as in French Lizard pattern (TAP47) from which it allegedly derives.
Universal Camouflage Pattern
The Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), also referred to as ACUPAT (Army Combat Uniform Pattern) or Digital Camouflage (digicam), is the military camouflage pattern used in the United States Army’s Army Combat Uniform. Its pixelated pattern is a modification of the United States Marine Corps’ MARPAT camouflage pattern which is similar to the Canadian CADPAT scheme.
MARPAT (Marine pattern) is a digital camouflage pattern in use with the United States Marine Corps. Its design and concept are based on the Canadian CADPAT pattern. The pattern is formed of small rectangular pixels of colour. In theory, it is a far more effective camouflage than standard uniform patterns because it mimics the dappled textures and rough boundaries found in natural settings. It is also known as the “digital pattern” or “digi-cammies” because of its micropattern (pixels) rather than the old macropattern (big blobs).
Best Paint for Airsoft Camo
When it comes to painting your airsoft gun in camo styling, you need a paint that adheres to a variety of surfaces. This allows you to camo your gun regardless of any attachments or upgrades you have. Some airsoft guns are made up of a composite of pvc, metal and ceramic, depending on which attachments they have, so a paint that evenly affixes to any material is ideal.
We recommend Krylon Fusion camo paint. Find out why in the video below.
Maximising Your Camo Advantage During Airsoft
When choosing your camo, the first thing to consider is your environment. Desert camo is not going to be very effective in the woods after all. In addition, if you’re using plants to augment your camo, use ones that naturally fit into your environment. Applying camo makeup to your face and hands will help you blend in. There are also different ways to apply your camo paint, depending on your environment:
Temperate deciduous forest
Blotch method, oblong circles and oval
Coniferous and jungle
Broad slashes in no particular pattern, but different colours
Grass, open areas
Slash technique, both broad and thin, alternating with a focus on greens and light browns.
As you apply the camouflage makeup, make sure the high features of your face (nose, forehead, cheeks and chin) are well covered. It is usually a good idea to apply a light layer of baby oil or a lotion to your skin prior to applying the camouflage makeup. This will make it much easier to remove the camo when you need to take it off. Don’t forget to cover your ears, both front and back, as well as your neck and eye lids.
Camouflage will not make you invisible, it just breaks up your human shape, making you harder to see. Stay low to the ground and move only when you have to. If you must move and remain unseen, stick to the shadows and exercise good situational awareness. Use rock formations, trees and brush to assist your concealment. Movement is the easiest way to reveal yourself, so move as little as possible when concealment is vital.
Using camo effectively can make the difference between victory and defeat, so use it wisely.