When talking about woodsball camo, there’s a few things to keep in mind. Most of the time woodsball is a fast paced environment. In order to work well, camouflage, especially ghillie suits require a minimal amount of movement. The eye automatically is drawn to movement. So while reading the following article keep in mind that these methods are suggested for use with minimal movement.
Types of Camouflage
- Agressive Camo
- Passive Camo
- Mixture – The Ghillie Suit
When you see camo in woodsball you normally are going to see something called an agressive pattern. An agressive pattern of camouflage is camo that simply tries to break up the outline of your body and help you blend in to the background. An example of this type of pattern would be woodland or tigerstripe:
A blotchy pattern such as the woodland pattery is most effective in an environment that is temperate and contains mostly deciduous trees(that’s leaf shedding trees), and barren desert and snow environments.
A slash pattern is found to be most useful in jungle or coniferous(Trees that reproduce using cones like pine trees).
What is passive camo? Well it’s the second most common camo seen on the woodsball field. Passive camouflage is camo that is designed to mimic a certain background. You’re basically taking a photograph of a certain background and putting it on your clothes. Common examples would be realtree camo:
Which works better?
Well, that’s up to you. If you can find realtree camo that matches the exact environment you’ll be playing in, passive camo is going to work the best. Agressive camo gives you the upperhand in most environments because it’s the most versatile, but a lot of the times it’s not going to work as well as camo that’s made specifically for that area like a passive type of pattern.
Ghillie Suit options
The third type of camo that you see in Woodsball is a mixture between passive and active. This seems to be the absolute best type of camouflage in terms of versatility and ability to break up your form. Ghillie suits use the best of both passive and agressive forms of camo.
Being able to blend in with your environment and conceal your position from your opponent is not only a rewarding and gratifying experience, it is an art form. Especially when deployed correctly.
Having the right ghillie suit for the right environment is extremely important.
You wouldn’t make or purchase a “woodland” ghillie suit if you’re going to be trading paint in the desert. You may as well be wearing a hot pink t-shirt and canary yellow pants. You’re opponent will spot you and take you out faster than Rosie O’Donnell can eat a pizza. (Yes, that fast.) The idea is to blend in with your surroundings.
Before you decide to make your own or purchase an already made ghillie suit, you should know the environment in which you will be playing. If you are hardcore for the position of “Sniper” (I know Tyger is cringing over that statement.) and have the means or the money to do so, you may wish to have more than one type of ghillie as part of your gear if you’re playing multiple fields with different environments.
Ghillie suits are available for just about any environment including urban ghillie suits. If you’re in the city, you may want to check that pile of trash sitting on the sidewalk for movement. Ghillie suits come in different materials and styles, so do the Google search and see which one might be right for you.
There are many types of ghillie suits and kits on the market at a range of different prices. Ghillies can start at around $60-$70.00 (USD) up to a few hundred dollars. Kits can start at around $15.00(USD)and up, and are easy to make but are also time consuming. If you can commit to the time, it is well worth the effort.
Last year, I purchased a Rothco Ultra Light Camo Kit from my local Army/Navy Store for $15.00. This particular kit is for a Boonie hat, but I was able to tie the webbing to the vents of my face mask without any hassles.
Being that I live in New Hampshire, I purchased the woodland kit. The kit is similar to the jute material that the U.S. Military uses for their Ghillies. The woodland kit comes packaged with instructions, the webbing to attach the material, as well as seven different colors of jute strands. Approximately about a pound of material. It’s a good portion of material trust me. You can also add some of the natural surroundings to it as well for that added extra flavor. Leaves, branches, etc., etc.
Making my own kit just for my head piece took a total of around 6 or 7 hours to complete. That’s a long time to invest for play time, but my play time is very important to me and was well worth the time I put into it for the fact that when I used it for the first time in a game, it worked! Just being able to hide in some good surroundings to cover the rest of my body, my opponents could only see where the paint was coming from at times but could never find a target to fire back at. My time and effort proved successful and the reward was incredible.
I will tell you that my heart pounded when I saw my first opponent coming towards me, wondering if he was going to spot me. The reward? The deer in the headlight look when the paint was coming out of nowhere! Even though he had a mask on, I could see the whites of his eyes. That’s how close he came and that was how surprised he looked.
Ghillie suits are definitely the ultimate when it comes to camouflage and if you decide to play the role of “Sniper” or “Stalker,” it is a must have when it comes to your gear.
You just have to decide whether you want to make it yourself and add your own personal touch, or do the “Buy it now option.” Life is full of choices, but no one has to see you doing it.
See you on the field…maybe.
Contributed by Voodoo