Camouflage Paint Patterns

Camouflage paints are used for concealing personnel or equipment from the enemy by making them appear that to be a part of the natural surroundings. Some fabrics are dyed in shades of green, tan, black, brown so as to make the wearer indistinguishable from the surroundings.

Camouflage paint patterns have emerged as an improved technique of camouflaging military equipment. This method has proven to be useful in confusing the enemy observers and enhancing the battlefield survivability. Camouflage paint patterns include only four colors and makes use of general-purpose patterns. If you change one of the four colors or maximum two colors, same basic pattern can be made to work equally in different seasons on different types of terrain. For example, forest green can be changed to sand brown for desert options, field drab changed to green and sand to field drab in summers. Some armies persisted in making themselves conspicuous during World War One. The use of camouflage paint patterns, if done in an appropriate manner, a good color combination will be available for every type of terrain. Camouflage paint patterns can also be applied to vehicles, uniforms, guns, caps etc.

Camouflage paint patterns consists of irregular, wavy patches of color. The pattern uses only four colors for any climatic condition. Exception to it is winter arctic, which is solid white. There are various combinations of colors that can be used for various climatic and seasonal changes. The color patterns are designed for world-wide application. Sometimes it happens that a given color combination does not provide a perfect match for a specific condition. In such conditions camouflage's local set of colors are used to modify the color combination and develop a closer match to the specified condition. Some of the camouflage paint patterns are also used in ships to deceive the enemy. Some of the patterns include:

* Sea Blue System : This color pattern provides low visibility from the air day or night in all weather conditions but is visible from the surface.

* Measure 12 (Graded System) : It is a combination of ocean gray, sea blue and haze gray. This pattern also provided low visibility.

* Measure 22 (Graded System) : It is a combination of navy blue and haze gray. This camouflage paint pattern was used for bright weather and high aerial observation is doubtful.

* Medium Pattern System : This combination resolves to medium gray color and is effective for short and long range and is also effective against submarines.

Painting camouflage patterns can be difficult at the beginning but always start with drawing an outline that will make your work easier. A few steps as how to paint camouflage paint patterns include:

* Determine the pattern type.

* Select the colors.

* Develop stencil and project onto the target.

* Paint the structure.

* Enhance the design.