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madaxeman02 Nov 2016 8:16 a.m. PST

On the assumption that it's inevitable that somewhere out there in wargaming land there is someone, right now, trying to work out the best possible colour match for their ultra-modern infantry cammo patterns I have published a series of photos, all taken in quick succession, in identical conditions with even lighting and the same camera, comparing many of the worlds sets of current battledress.

Covering armies across both Europe and Asia these photos will be invaluable if you actually care about this sort of thing, otherwise they will be at best a bemusing sideshow to your main area of gaming.

Visit the Uniforms of the World gallery to find out more.

freerangeegg02 Nov 2016 8:33 a.m. PST

Blimey, it's getting really hard to recognise who is who, we're definitely going to need individual IFF In a future war.

Jamesonsafari02 Nov 2016 8:48 a.m. PST

I was googling images for painting and had to kept double checking it was the same nationality i was looking at.
Does make proxy figures easier though.

Martin Rapier02 Nov 2016 8:59 a.m. PST

So basically they are all green, with blotches in different colours?

Bellbottom02 Nov 2016 9:37 a.m. PST

Thanks madaxeman, very useful.

Zargon02 Nov 2016 9:38 a.m. PST

Very interesting, the convergence of style is pretty close. The great coalition army in the making, wonder who's going to get the personal weapon contract? Or will they make a multinational weapon.

Zargon02 Nov 2016 9:39 a.m. PST

Forgot, my thanks Madaxeman.

hocklermp502 Nov 2016 10:24 a.m. PST

A great resource. Thank You.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2016 10:30 a.m. PST

What a sad, bland uniformity of drabness.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2016 11:28 a.m. PST


needs more cowbell!

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2016 11:51 a.m. PST

Many of the militaries' camo does look similar … Which does make some sense because they will be fighting in similar terrain in Europe. And IIRC many of the desert camo uniforms look similar as well.

One way to ID who is who is by looking at the weapons they are carrying. Not 100% foolproof … but pretty close. Another good reason for Infantrymen, etc., having weapons ID training, etc., …

What a sad, bland uniformity of drabness.
Do you play WH40K ? wink Not a lot of "drab" there …

Silurian02 Nov 2016 2:06 p.m. PST

That's very interesting. Thanks.

I realize they all converge on what actually works, so superficially look similar, but I find their subtle differences very interesting.
I think the similarity in helmets amongst most more of a disappointment from a modeling/wargaming standpoint.

Have the Netherlands always had the old British style DPM?

Silurian02 Nov 2016 2:09 p.m. PST

I guess it was a really sunny day when Macedonia designed theirs!

Lascaris02 Nov 2016 9:03 p.m. PST

What on earth is on the Israeli guys head?

Waco Joe03 Nov 2016 9:37 a.m. PST



Rick Don Burnette07 Dec 2016 10:10 p.m. PST

I attempted a new topic regarding 6mm figures or how should we paint modern camo as viewed from a distance of say at least 200yds, but the TMP site glitched so I will ask my question here
What color best simulates the uniform colors, which meld at this distance as it is nearly impossible to paint modern camo schemes on 6mm and at 6 feet away, the carefully painged 20 to 28mm bave the melding problem where the special camo details are lost.
So what color would simjlate what we would observe ar range??

Keifer11321 Feb 2020 5:04 p.m. PST

In World War 2, the Americans wore field drab uniforms at the start, and the Germans wore field grey blouses with grey trousers.

At the end of 44, the Americans switched to Olive Drab green uniforms. Because of ID problems, some German units were issued an Olive Brown uniform. Almost the same shade of brown as the coats worn by the Americans during the winter.

Keifer11321 Feb 2020 5:12 p.m. PST

Also to point out, the US Army no longer wears the UCP ( tan, foliage green, grey digital) pattern. They and the Air Force have switched to a variant of Multicam called OCP.

The Marine Corps use 2 digital camo patterns, a desert colored variant for summer wear ( and appropriate terrain) and a woodland color pattern for winter and temperate climates.

If you watch the movie Battle Los Angeles, you see a wonderful representation of how dust, dirt, water etc muddy up the pattern of the desert Marpat, making it a great urban camo, but also how the digital pattern just disappears.

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