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A mockup of BondCam Frontline Anti-poacher Dry S (faded to make the uniforms look like they have been washed and worn a great deal, and some local dust has been applied). Mockup: Roger Dix. Camouflage design: David Clode. Photo: National Geographic.

Camouflage designs by David Clode and colleagues. Email: daveclode@hotmail.ocm.

Numerous camouflage designs for sale for multiple terrains and purposes.

Click on the buttons in the menu bar at the top of the page for various camouflage patterns suited to various terrains. Some of my designs still need some final finishing touches, and work to ensure a seamless join, but the overall impression is there, and enough to make choices. I can also make modifications to tones, colours, layout etc., for specific purposes or terrains.

September/October 2017 update:

New camouflage mockups by Roger Dix on the Anti-poaching page. The latest camouflage tests have been carried out in various terrains in North Queensland Australia, using dye sublimation printed T-shirts by Bags of Love in the UK. Many of the designs tested very well, but, being something of a perfectionist, I plan to make some improvements. Example of a tropical rain forest test photo below, with other photos throughout the site.

Camouflage test. BondCam Rain Forest 2 M1 S Super Digital 2 T-shirt tested in a tropical rain forest. Top right hand corner. Camouflage design, test and photo by David Clode.

Super Digital camouflage designs. The best of both worlds. See the page “Digital Camouflage and Super Digital Camouflage”.

New multi-terrain camouflage design:

BondCam Defender M3 Greener (for mid to wet terrains) T-shirt on the left, and a used genuine MultiCam shirt. T-shirt printed by Bags of Love in the UK, using the dye sublimation method. The darker green in my design would be better if it was a little less saturated (since improved).  Camouflage pattern by David Clode.

The design above has tested very well in various terrains, usually superior to MultiCam in mid to wet terrains, see below:

BondCam Defender M3 Greener next to elephant grass in tropical Australia. Camouflage design, test and photo: David Clode.

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MultiCam next to elephant grass in tropical Australia. Test and photo: David Clode.

New improved versions of BondCam Defender M3 are now available.

Introduction

My designs are called BondCam because my middle name is Bond. My aim is to help those serving in the defence forces of democratic countries, and anti-poaching rangers protecting wildlife, by providing them with camouflage which gives them a qualitative edge over the enemy. This is likely to reduce the number of casualties by about 15% to 20%, and enable them to be as effective as possible in performing their duties. My prices are also intended to make these designs within reach of smaller countries and conservation organizations.

Professionalism

My business philosophy, in addition to personal integrity, is “quiet professionalism”, where I strive to provide excellence at an affordable price. I also endeavour to be creative, innovative and original, to “be daring, be first, be different”. My design philosophy is borrowed from an old Dunhill advert “It must work, it must look good, it must be the best of its kind”.  Well hopefully the first two at least. For more about me, see the “About” page.

BondCam Broad Spectrum M2 S Improved Urban swatch. camouflage: David Clode.

The letter M after the name of a camouflage design means that I have made additional modifications or improvements (M1 = first modification, M2 = second modification, etc. ). The letter S means simplified (overall), but also usually including simplification to as few colours as possible to make traditional printing of textiles cheaper. So a design which has M3 S or similar at the end of the name, means there have been 3 revisits to improve or modify it for a specific purpose, and then simplifying it to a minimum number of colours In other words, a great deal of work has gone into the design.

Super Digital designs

Super digital means I have created an analogue design, then converted it to digital, and then made further improvements to produce a design which has the advantages of both digital and analogue designs.

For a quick impression of the hundreds of designs available, see the Camouflage Mockups page.

BondCam African Bush Camouflage 1. Camouflage for anti-poaching units in African parks and reserves, as well as other dry grassy woodland terrains. David Clode.

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See the “Digital Camouflage” page, with both digital and what I have termed Super Digital camouflage designs. The Super Digital designs are where additional improvements to the pixelated or digital design have been made, to produce designs which may be better than both digital or analogue camouflage designs – hopefully the best of both worlds. A digital camouflage and Super Digital camouflage example below:

BondCam Multi Terrain Five Col Digital 2. A multiple terrain digital/pixelated camouflage design by David Clode.

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Swatch of Multi Terrain Five Col Super Digital showing details of the design. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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African Bush Camouflage M1 Super Digital Wet Season swatch. Camouflage David Clode.

Glavis Loh has taken a similar approach, combining digital and analogue design techniques, with his “Dinalogue” designs (November 1 and 2). See his web site and the Glavis Loh page on this site for some simulations.

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Some more camouflage designs:

BondCam Temperate Desert M2 Super Digital. Desert camouflage pattern by David Clode. A desert design, but also suited to some semi-arid terrains, dry grasslands, and dry grassy woodlands.

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BondCam BroadSpectrum M2 S Improved Mid to Wet. Multi-terrain Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam Anti-poacher 2. For dry grassy woodlands. Camouflage design by David Clode.

BondCam Anti-poacher 2. For dry grassy woodlands, especially in Africa. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam African Bush Camouflage Super Digital. Camouflage David Clode.

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Swatch of Anti-poacher Wet Season M1 Digital swatch. David Clode.

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Bondcam Anti-poacher 1 Wet Season M1. Camouflage design by David Clode.

Bondcam Anti-poacher 1 Wet Season M1. Camouflage design by David Clode.

See the Anti-poaching Camouflage page for more, and the Digital Camouflage page.

BondCam Temperate General Purpose M2 Super Digital. Camouflage design by David Clode. This camouflage should be similarly effective compared to British and New Zealand MTP, making it a good multiple terrain alternative. The design should work reasonably well across a range of grassland, grassy woodland and woodland terrains, and some urban terrains. Colours and tones can be adjusted for specific purposes.

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A previous version of this design rendered as a shirt below:

BondCam Temperate General Purpose. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam Temperate General Purpose. Camouflage David Clode.

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Choosing camouflage designs

To provide potential purchasers with a greater choice, I have also featured the work of some outstanding camouflage designers from around the world. These designers are not only talented, but also trustworthy and hardworking. In alphabetical order, the featured designers are:

Matthew Dermody – I like to call him the “The Ghillie Suit Guru”, based in the USA – see the page “Ghillie Suits”, and buy his excellent books,

Roger Dix – Roger did some of the excellent camouflage mockups on this site (see the Anti-poaching Camouflage page).  He does freelance web site design and development, training, digital marketing and illustration, in Kendall, UK. Visit: www.projekten.co.uk

Glavis Loh – an exceptional camouflage designer and renderer, especially digital and paintball camouflage designs, based in Singapore – see the page “Glavis Loh Camouflage” and visit his site seriouscamo.weebly.com. seriouscamo.weebly.com

Allan Osment – an exceptional camouflage designer, tester, and military camouflage expert, based in England – see the page “Allan Osment Camouflage”, and visit his site CamouflageGeek.WordPress.com.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the guys listed above for all their help, and to others who have helped in some way or another: Sian Butler, Bryan Clode, Laya clode, Robert Michael Clode, Eric H. Larson, Torsten Muller, Nigel Ross.

Good looking camouflage

It helps with morale and esprit de corps if camouflage looks good as well as being effective:

Camouflage which both works and looks good. Montenegrin MultiCam. Photo kindly supplied by Eric H. larson, Camopedia.org.

Camouflage which both works and looks good. “Clothes maketh the man” (or the woman!). Montenegrin MultiCam, an excellent design. MultiCam is tried-and-tested, and proven to be one of the best designs in the world. Photos above and below kindly supplied by Eric H. Larson, Camopedia.org.

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Montenegrin MultiCam. Photo: Eric H. Larson, Camopedia.org.

Montenegrin MultiCam. Photo: Eric H. Larson, Camopedia.org.

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BondCam MTD 2 Dull 4. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam MTD 2 Dull 4. Possibly comparable in effectiveness to MultiCam and OCP/Scorpion W2, with fewer colours and therefore possibly cheaper to manufacture. Camouflage David Clode.

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BondCam MTD2 Dry Light Warmer T-shirt compared to a used genuine MultiCam shirt. Multi-terrain camouflage pattern designed by David Clode.

BondCam camouflage designs

My new or modified camouflage designs are generally at the top of the pages. Since some people prefer digital camouflage, I have modified some designs to make them “digital” or pixelated looking, although they are still primarily hand crafted products of human creativity, often inspired by camouflage in nature (along with plenty of computer assistance of course).

To copy or reproduce my designs without my permission is an infringement of copyright. However, I think camouflage designs can make nice computer desk top backgrounds/screensavers, and I am happy for you to freely use any of my designs for this purpose.

For free stuff, visit the “Free Military Motto Posters” page (see examples below). Also, if you contact me, I am generally happy to give permission for my designs and photos to be used for non-commercial educational and scientific purposes.

Mockup of BondCam Broad Spectrum M2 Improved Dry Light. In this photo of anti-poaching rangers, the mockup uniform has been given a faded look to simulate a much-used and dusty look. Camouflage design by David Clode, mockup by Roger Dix, photo by National Geographic.

 

Syrian pattern – the best multiple terrain camouflage in the world?

The so-called “Syrian” or “Syria” pattern is one of the best multiple terrain camouflage designs in the world, based on tests by the U.S. Soldier Systems Center, Natick, USA. The Sumpfmuster pattern is similar to Syrian, see the swatch showing the details below:

Sumpfmuster. Good disruption and micropattern, but in my opinion, the reddish brown is too red. Photo: Eric H. Larson Camopedia.org.

Sumpfmuster swatch (small portion of the design). Good disruption and micro pattern (very small dots and vertical streaks), but the red is too red. Photo: Eric H. Larson, Camopedia.org.

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So called "Syrian" camouflage. Photo: Natick.

Syrian camouflage (probably a better photographic representation of the colours and tones). Photo: Natick.

My camouflage designs below should be as good or better than the Syrian camouflage design, which was one of the best overall in Natick tests, significantly outperforming, or coming just behind other good performers such as MultiCam, Desert MARPAT, and many others, in multiple terrains.

Syrian came second, fifth and seventh, i.e 2+5+7=14 (the lowest total number is the best),

Desert MARPAT: 3+1+11=15,

and MultiCam: 6+4+6=16.

Syrian was therefore the best multi-terrain camouflage performer in this test, followed closely by Desert MARPAT and MultiCam.

This South African Police design is similar in colour, tone, layout and micropattern to Syrian. If it had been included in the Natick tests it could have been similar to or better than Syrian, and therefore could be the best or at least one of best multi-terrain camouflage patterns in the world.

BondCam alternatives to Syrian:

BondCam MTD M3 Mid. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam MTD M3 Mid. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam MTD M3. The red colour of Syrian has been replaced with a subtler and much duller brown, while the design is similar in that it features disruptive bands and a micro pattern. Note the improvement gained by the addition of detailed very dark and also very light micro pattern elements.

BondCam MTD3 Light. Camouflage pattern by David Clode.

BondCam MTD M3 Light (MTD = Multi Terrain Design). Camouflage pattern by David Clode.

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BondCam MTD M4. Semi-arid and some urban terrains. Camouflage by David Clode.

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BondCam MTD M4 Dark compared to Multicam. This design has more in common with the “Syria” pattern that did so well in Natick tests. camouflage design by David Clode.

Bondcam Game Warden Camouflage design:

BondCam Game Warden 2.

BondCam Game Warden 2.

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BondCam game Warden Dull Lighter. Camouflage pattern by David Clode.

BondCam Game Warden Dull Lighter. A five colour camouflage pattern by David Clode.

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Game Warden Dull Lighter. Camouflage design by David Clode.

Game Warden Dull Lighter. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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Woodland Plus Dry Dull.

Woodland Plus Dry Dull.

A more omni-directional pattern, the designs above and below could be better than Syrian in woodland and grassy woodlands.

BondCam Multi Ops Dull.

BondCam Multi Ops Dull.

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BondCam MultiOps Semi arid M1 Contrasty.

BondCam MultiOps Semi-arid M1 Contrasty.

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The design features which may make the camouflage designs above equal to or better than Syrian include:

no vivid reddish colour, which would stand out in most terrains,

additional very light and very dark detailed markings which add to the illusion of depth and provide a detailed and contrasting micro pattern,

the designs generally include a variety of micro pattern elements, and the designs include micro pattern dithering (like Syrian),

the broader macro pattern bands provide disruptive contrast, breaking up the shape of otherwise recognisable long arms and legs (like Syrian),

the designs are more open, with fewer repeats (Syrian repeats three times on a jacket/shirt – repeats can be noticed and are a dead giveaway that the camouflage is man made, whereas my designs are 1 metre by 1.5 metres, with fewer or no repeats on a jacket or trousers), and overall the designs are subtler.

The designs above largely retain the features which make the Syrian pattern effective, with additional improvements, so it is reasonable to assume that they are likely to be among the best multiple terrain camouflage designs in the world. However, no design is perfect, and it is anticipated that modifications for a particular terrain, or the specific requirements of a purchaser, may be needed. These can be provided.

BGS in the New Forest (a temperate deciduous woodland), England. Photo courtesy of Allan Osment.

Miltec BGS camouflage (similar to Syrian and Sumpfmuster) in the New Forest (a temperate deciduous woodland), in England. The dark reddish brown is a little too red for most terrains, the light beige is a little too light in this terrain, and the olive green could be lighter, yellower, and more saturated to better match this terrain (but the present green and beige work well in other lighter, drier terrains). Camouflage, and especially multiple terrain camouflage, usually involves some compromises. Photo courtesy of Allan Osment.

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BondCam Camouflage Designs

Hundreds of camouflage designs are available, suitable for defence forces (but only for “good” countries – generally speaking democracies that fight for and uphold civil liberties, e.g., South Korea but not North Korea), and for conserving endangered wildlife in anti-poaching work. Countries or organizations that discriminate or persecute in any way can take their custom elsewhere.

I also already have or can design camouflage suitable for nature photographers, scientists doing field research, naturalists, bird watching/wildlife hides, hunters, tents, bivouacs, paintball, airsoft, films, TV, fashion, computer games, and so on. Please feel free to contact me at daveclode@hotmail.com and I can send you full sized high resolution files of designs to inspect (no obligation), and discuss prices of existing and/or custom designs.

Good Camouflage reduces casualties by about 20%

In “The Book of Camouflage” (2013), author Tim Newark records an instance where: “Brandt and Schick’s tree camouflage patterns were tested… and were found to reduce casualties by 15%“. In these tests, only camouflage smocks or shirts were worn, and not trousers (trousers were plain feldgrau, with black boots), so that the reduction in the percentage of casualties for fully camouflaged soldiers could well be in the range of 20 – 25%. In other words if a hundred soldiers not wearing camouflage die in a battle, around 75 to 80 fully camouflaged soldiers in suitable camouflage would die in the same battle.

For those who doubt the usefulness of camouflage, Isuggest that you place yourself in harm's way dressed like this!

For those who doubt the usefulness of camouflage, I suggest that you place yourself in harm’s way dressed like this… good luck!

While your mates are wearing this:

Or thre is good camouflage, suited to the terrain. Photo: Allan Osment.

Or you can wear good camouflage, suited to the terrain (three soldiers in the photo). Cadpat Woodland. Photo: supplied by Allan Osment – angelfire.com/ma/cyberinferno/images/Cadpat3man.jpg.

In some cases, it is best if you can be seen, such as hunters wearing orange, which ungulate animals can’t see, but reduces the chance of accidental shootings by other hunters.

Bondcam Hunter Echo M1 Orange swatch. Camouflage pattern by David Clode.

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BondCam Rocky Greener. The A3 photocopy would be harder to spot if it had ben cut into an oval shape. Someone dressed in this camouflage in this terrain would be difficult to see. Camouflage design by David Clode.

Camouflage test. BondCam Rocky Greener from a mere three metres/yards away. The A3 photocopy would be harder to spot if it had been cut into an oval shape to resemble the rocks, and the human body of course has curves. Someone dressed in this camouflage in this terrain would be difficult to see. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam Rocky greener Contrasty. camouflage design by david Clode, shirt simulation Glavis Loh.

BondCam Rocky Greener Contrasty. Camouflage design by David Clode, shirt simulation Glavis Loh.

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Bondcam Rocky Super Digital 7 swatch. David Clode.

Good camouflage can act as a deterrent

Hypothetically speaking, if country A (or organization A) is considering attacking country B, they may be less likely to do so if they know that the soldiers of country B have better camouflage than their own soldiers. Similarly, from a poacher’s point of view, if there are two National Parks where they can poach, the poachers may be less likely to poach in a National Park where the anti-poaching patrols are wearing good camouflage, and more likely to poach where the patrols are wearing plain olive green, for example, and are easier to spot.

Black mambas anti poaching unit. Photo: www.thedodo.com.

Black Mamba anti poaching unit, South Africa, consisting of very brave women. However, the woodland camouflage is too dark and too green (designed for cold temperate woodlands), especially in the dry season. A camouflage based on the straw-coloured grass and the greyish brown branches would be much more effective. See the Anti-poaching camouflage page on this site. Photo: http://www.thedodo.com.

Original and distinctive camouflage designs

I strive to produce high quality distinctively different original designs, (which helps to differentiate between friend and foe and contributes to esprit de corps) at prices which are highly competitive, compared to MultiCam, Hyperstealth, Kryptek, etc.

I will also take into account the ability to pay, or lack thereof (conservation organizations for example). For organizations actively involved in anti-poaching, I am prepared to donate, free of charge, one design per organization (but not exclusive use) in addition to the purchase of one or more designs. This would enable conservation organizations to have, for example, both a wet and dry season camouflage design, or designs for two different terrains/vegetation types, for the price of one.

South African rangers., wet season. Olive green does not work that ell, and blueish gree is somethin to avoid. My design below would be far superior.Photo: SANB

South African rangers on anti-poaching patrol, wet season. Olive green does not work that well, and bluish green is something to avoid. My design below would be better camouflage. Photo: South African National Parks Board.

Bondcam Grassland Wet Season.

Bondcam Grassland Wet Season swatch. Camouflage: David Clode.

Camouflage improvement

In many cases I can improve a popular existing design (which may already be very good) and still retain the overall look and feel of the original, for less cost than providing a new and original design.

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Some BondCam alternatives to existing, tried-and-proven camouflage designs

Some of my designs which, while different, should perform well as alternatives to existing, tried-and-proven camouflage patterns. Since they are different, in some terrains they may not be as good, but in other terrains, they may be equal and possibly better. In general, my designs have more disruption and more micro pattern. My designs are also much more affordable.

An alternative to traditional olive drab/green and ranger green:

BondCam Broad Spectrum 2 M2 Green.

BondCam Broad Spectrum 2 M2 Green. Compared to traditional plain olive green or olive drab, this design has disruption and a micro pattern, and would be much better in many grassland, grassy woodland, and woodland terrains than plain olive green.

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Possible BondCam alternatives to MultiCam (and its variations) and Scorpion W2/OCP:

Scorpion W2 or OCP below:

Scorpion. Photo supplied by Allan Osment.

Scorpion W2, or OCP. Photo supplied by Allan Osment.

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Scorpion W2. Wikipedia.

Scorpion W2. Wikipedia.

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MultiCam below:

Multicam TM. In my opinion, the best, tried-and-tested general purpose camouflage design for clothing in the world today. Congratulations to the designer/s! Photo: C. Todd Lopez. United States Army. Wikimedia.

Multicam TM. In my opinion, the best, tried-and-tested general purpose camouflage design for clothing in general use in the world today. Congratulations to the designer/s! Photo: C. Todd Lopez. United States Army. Wikimedia.

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MultiCam. Photo: Eric H. Larson, Camopedia.org.

MultiCam. Photo: Eric H. Larson, Camopedia.org.

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MultiCam shirt (used). Photo: David Clode.

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MultiCam on the left, Scorpion W2/OCP on the right.

BondCam alternatives

My designs generally have more micro pattern which means that they may work better at mid to close distances, and usually have a little more depth and disruption.

The very lightest and very darkest markings are also typically toned down a little so that they don’t stand out as much – good camouflage needs a compromise between having good optical illusion of depth and disruption, but at the same time, none of the elements should stand out too much, as this would make the camouflage easier to spot.

The depth and disruption are good because they help to make it difficult to piece together a human shape, however, it may be even better if the camouflage is dull and boring without much in the way of contrasting features, so that it may not be noticed at all (avoid detection by ambient vision), or if it is noticed, it may be written off by the subconscious as not worth noticing.

BondCam MTD 2 Dull 4. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam MTD 2 Dull 4. Camouflage David Clode.

My designs are also larger (1 metre by 1.5 metres) and therefore have fewer repeats. Some of my designs may be best inkjet printed (rather than roller or screen printing) because of the details, and the wide range of colours and tones. Some are deliberately composed of very few colours to make traditional printing cheaper.

BondCam MTD 2 (Multiple Terrain Design) Super Digital. Camouflage design by David clode.

This design includes a dendritic fractal style micro pattern designed to help with concealment at close to middle distances, while retaining larger areas of light and dark to help disrupt the shape of the human body when viewed from a distance, making it harder to recognise a human shape. Close up view below:

BondCam MTD 2 Super Digital swatch. Camouflage by David Clode.

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Broad Spectrum M1. Probably as good as British MTP. For mid to wet terrains and cold climate urban terrains. Multi-terrain camouflage design by David Clode.

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Bondcam Broad Spectrum. For mid to drier natural and urban terrains. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam Spectrum 1 M1 Blurry 2 Dull Lighter.

BondCam Spectrum 1 M1 Blurry 2 Dull Lighter. Camouflage design: David Clode.

MultiCam has a light and dark greenish, as well as a red/pink/brownish appearance, which is good since green and red or reddish/pinkish brown mix optically at a distance to appear as a greyish brown. The design above has a significant amount of beige, which is also good because it is a common colour in nature, and is usually present to some degree in a wide range of terrains, from desert through to rain forest and urban terrains.

BondCam OmniTerrain M3. Camouflage design by David Clode.

BondCam OmniTerrain M3. An alternative to MultiCam and Scorpion W2. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam OmniTerrain M3. Camouflage design by David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

BondCam OmniTerrain M3. Camouflage design by David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

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BondCam MTC Fivecol Light Dull. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam MTC Fivecol Light Dull. Camouflage David Clode.

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BondCam MTC Fivecol Dull M3 (MTC = Multiple Terrain Camouflage). David Clode.

This design has fewer colours and is less complicated than MultiCam and Scorpion, make it easier and cheaper to mass produce. It should be nearly as effective. Small portion showing details of the design below:

BondCam MTC Fivecol Dull M3 swatch. Camouflage design by David Clode

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BondCam ranger M1 Light.

BondCam Ranger M1 Light.

The design above has broad disruptive bands, blurring, and a micro pattern which resembles lichen, which is common in multiple terrains.

BondCam MesoCam. Meso means mid or middle and is used in botany and ecology, e.g. mesic habitat is not very wet or dry and mesophyll is a middle sized leaf. It is pronounced "Meezo", from Greek mesos. There are also wet and dry versions available (see the pages "Forests and Woodland" and "Mediterranean and Semi-arid".

BondCam MesoCam. Meso means mid or middle and is used in botany and ecology, e.g. a mesic habitat is not very wet or dry, and mesophyll is a middle sized leaf. It is pronounced “Meezo”, from the Greek mesos. There are also wet and dry versions available (see the pages “Forests and Woodland” and “Mediterranean and Semi-arid”). The “contour map” look increases the illusion of depth, and makes the camouflage easy to distinguish from other. The modification below is possibly better.

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BondCam MesoCam M3.

BondCam MesoCam M3.

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BondCam MesoCam 3. Camouflage design by David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

BondCam MesoCam 3. Camouflage design by David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

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BondCam Game Warden S Light Olive. camouflage David Clode.

BondCam Game Warden S Light Olive. Camouflage David Clode.

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BondCam Game Warden S Light Olive. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam Game Warden S Light Olive. Camouflage David Clode.

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BondCam Game Warden S Light Olive M1 Digital. Camouflage design by David Clode, converted to digital by Glavis Loh.

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BondCam Frontline M5 Dull.

BondCam Frontline M5 Dull.

There are also BondCam alternatives to MultiCam Arid and MultiCam Tropic.

Bondcam Frontline M6 Super Digital. David Clode.

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Swatch of BondCam Frontline M6 Super Digital. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam Multi Terrain Five Col Super Digital. David Clode.

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Swatch of Multi Terrain Five Col Super Digital. David Clode.

See the multi-terrain camouflage page for more multi-terain camouflage patterns.

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Possible alternatives to British Desert DPM, MARPAT Desert and CADPAT Desert:

The former British desert camouflage design was the best desert design in Natick tests. The design below should work well in deserts, semi-arid terrains, as well as dry grassland and grassy woodlands. Colours and tones can be adjusted to suit.

Commander Desert M2 S. This three colour design (fewer colours make the fabric cheaper to produce by conventional methods) is an analogue design, but should be roughly equivalent in performance to the excellent Desert MARPAT and CADPAT AR digital designs. In Natick tests, the analogue two colour British desert camouflage proved to be the best desert design. It is probable that my design wilwould be as good as any of these, and possible that my design may be better than all three. Camouflage design by David Clode.

Commander Desert M2 S. This three colour design (fewer colours make the fabric cheaper to produce by conventional printing methods) is an analogue design, but should be roughly equivalent in performance to the excellent Desert MARPAT and CADPAT AR digital designs. In Natick tests, the analogue two colour British desert camouflage proved to be the best desert design. It is probable that my design would be as good as any of these, and even possible that my design may be better than all three. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam Commander Desert M2 S. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam Commander Desert M2 S. Camouflage David Clode.

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BondCam Woodland Plus M1 Dry 3 Light. A compromise between the darker brown branches/twigs of bushes and trees, and lighter, straw-coloured grass.

BondCam Woodland Plus M1 Dry 3 Light.

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BondCam Woodland Plus M1 Dry 3. For deserts, semi-arid and dry grassy woodland terrains. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

BondCam Woodland Plus M1 Dry 3. For deserts, semi-arid and dry grassy woodland terrains. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

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BondCam Temperate Dry Grassy Woodland M2 Super Digital. For rocky and stoney deserts, semi-arid and dry grassy woodland terrains. David Clode.

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BondCam alternatives to A-TACS:

Once again, the designs are different to A-TACS AU, and therefore may be better or worse depending on the terrain.

BondCam Urban 10 crystaline.

BondCam Urban 10 Crystaline. Camouflage design by David Clode.

The design below should perform well in both desert and urban terrains:

BondCam Arid 2 Crystaline Blurred Urban.

BondCam Arid 2 Crystaline Blurred Urban. Camouflage by David Clode.

Not as “busy” as A-TACS, and therefore possibly better in the majority of urban terrains (A-TACS is especially good in terrains with plenty of rubble, but perhaps not as good in relatively featureless urban terrain). Same for the design below.

BondCam Urban Traditional.

BondCam Urban Traditional. Two more versions available, see the “Desert and Urban Camouflage” page.

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BondCam Urban Traditional M2. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis loh.

BondCam Urban Traditional M2. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis loh.

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BondCam Multi Ops Urban.

BondCam Multi Ops Urban. Colours and tones can be adjusted as needed.

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BondCam MTD Urban Horizontal. Camouflage design by David Clode.

BondCam MTD Urban Horizontal. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam MTD Semi-arid. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam MTD Semi-arid. Camouflage David Clode.

A potential BondCam alternative to A-TACS FG:

BondCam Forest Green Traditional.

BondCam Forest Green Traditional.

The curvy, “amoeba” edges should be better than A-Tacs FG against a backdrop of tree leaves or in the midst of tree leaves. I can modify colours and tones to suit specific vegetation. The design above should work very well for conserving mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park.

Forest Green Dark.

BondCam Forest Green Dark.

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BondCam Forest Green Dark works reasonably well even among foliage of a dfferent texture and colour. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam Forest Green Dark works reasonably well even among foliage of a completely different texture and colour. Camouflage David Clode.

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BondCam Forest green Traditional dark. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

BondCam Forest green Traditional dark. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

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Forest Green Dark against long tropical grass.

Camouflage test. A3 colour print of a portion of Forest Green Dark against long tropical grass (Guinea grass Megathyrsus maximus, prev. Panicum maximum).

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Rain forest 2 M1 S Super Digital 2 on the edge of a tropical forest. Photo, desin and test: David Clode.

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BondCam Frontline M2 b.

BondCam Frontline M2 b.

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Potential BondCam alternative to PenCott Greenzone:

BondCam Temperate Grassland M2 Super Digital. For grasslands, grassy woodlands, and rural terrains. Camouflage by David Clode.

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BondCam Defender M3 Greener for mid to wet terrains, with MultiCam. A possible alternative to PenCott Greenzone.

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Potential BondCam alternatives to MARPAT Woodland:

BondCam Brown Green Traditional M5.

BondCam Brown Green Traditional M5.

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BondCam Woodland Plus Light 2. A slightly darker version then the design in the photo above.

BondCam Woodland Plus Light 2.

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Potential BondCam alternative to Italian Vegetato:

It may come as a surprise, but Italian Vegetato camouflage is a digital design, since it is based on fractals and computer generated (see the excellent article on digital camouflage at the Strike-hold.net web site). In my view, it is greatly under-rated, with the rounder pattern (compared to the pixelated square/rectangular look of most digital designs) much more natural looking and therefore more likely to be effective in a wider range of terrains.

My design below is quite different since it is more a product of human creativity. It could be as effective as Vegetato, (or I may be able to modify it until it is) in many woodland terrains, and some grassland terrains.

BondCam Multi Ops Mid Blurred Dull.

BondCam Multi Ops Mid Blurred Dull.

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Italian Vegetato (Special Forces). Photo: Eric H. Larson, Camopedia.org.

Italian Vegetato (Special Forces). Photo: Eric H. Larson, Camopedia.org.

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BondCam Camouflage Designs continued: Inkjet Printing

In many cases my camouflage designs for uniforms are intended to be direct-to-garment printed (inkjet printed, like a colour photocopy on paper, but on cloth/fabric instead, or by dye sublimation). The designs could also be printed onto fabric and then made into uniforms.

Alternatively, the designs could be conventionally printed on approximately 1.5 metres (similar measurements in yards and/or feet will also work) wide fabric by approximately 1 metre repeating (for clothing/uniforms, cutting pattern “Simplicity” # 4760, or similar) and made into uniforms. For this method, I may have to simplify designs.

Inkjet printing of fabric, or direct-to-garment printing, also have the advantage of short runs (the ability to produce small amounts).

Direct-to-garment Printing

Direct-to-garment printing makes it possible to print a camouflage design directly on to already made garments, in the numbers needed (perhaps only small numbers will be needed for special forces on a special operation, for example. or for testing camouflage designs), and may well become the standard way of producing camouflage uniforms/clothing in the future.

While the technology is relatively recent, it may well replace conventional printing and uniform manufacturing methods, in much the same way as digital photography has now superseded film photography.

Direct-to-garment printing may also make it possible to print a darker portion of the camouflage design across the shoulders, thus making use of the camouflage principle of counter shading (which to date has not been possible). For more on inkjet printing and direct-to-garment printing as it could apply to the military: https://www.theregister.co.uk/Print/2011/06/27/photo_camo/ also Xenia.com, knowledgehub, inkjet blog, 2011. There are numerous print-on-demand companies that can print a pattern (on at least Polo shirts), and we can expect the technology to improve over the coming years. Just a few companies that can do direct to-to-garment, all-over-printing of shirts include Bags of Love (Contrado) in the UK (they have made excellent T-shirts for me for testing camouflage designs, and fabric samples), Spreadshirt, Society 6, OArTee.com, and Zazzle.com. Most will ship anywhere. The company Hyperstealth offers some of its camouflage designs from inkjet printed fabric which is then made into uniforms. Spoonflower.com can inkjet print custom designs onto fabric (which can then be made in to uniforms – or ponchos just for testing designs).

Bondcam Brown Urban M2 Digital swatch (close up of a larger design).

Bondcam Brown Urban M2 Digital swatch (close up of a larger design showing details). An urban and desert design by David Clode.

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Testing camouflage designs

Please see the page Testing Camouflage for more.

To inexpensively test the effectiveness of new camouflage designs, a few uniforms, or even just long sleeve T-shirts or Polo shirts (or rough cut ponchos from a length of cloth), could be direct-to-garment printed, and compared to uniforms/T-shirts/Polo shirts of the camouflage presently in use, in field tests in the relevant terrain/s. An even cheaper test is to make colour photocopies of a swatch that is to scale (the design images on this site are 1 metre by 1.5 metres), preferably A3 size or larger, glue them onto card, and place them in the relevant terrain (thanks to Allan Osment for this idea).

A & O Woodland on the right, and a semi arid design on the left. The woodland design is highly effective.

A & O Woodland on the right, and a semi arid design on the left. The woodland design is highly effective. Camouflage designs and test by Allan Osment.

I (or perhaps you) can then make adjustments to fine tune colours/tones/contrast/pattern etc., to improve the camouflage design if needed, before the expense of production of clothing on a larger scale is incurred. Many of my camouflage designs are omni-directional, but some have a correct orientation, and may still work but not work as well if they are upside down or sideways. Most could be modified to provide a digital/pixelated look, if desired.

My Aim

My hope is that my camouflage designs will provide a qualitative edge for good men and good women in their brave work, firstly to help improve their survivability (by decreasing the probability of being detected, and so reduce the chance of injuries and casualties), and secondly to help them to be more effective in their work (and maybe even look good while they’re doing it!).

I have the utmost admiration and respect for defence force personnel and anti-poaching rangers, and believe that they should have the very best camouflage available!

Bondcam Navy Diver Tropical Deep swatch.

Bondcam Navy Diver Tropical Deep swatch. Camouflage: David Clode. See the “Terrains” page.

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Cool camouflage patterns

My aim is to design camouflage that actually works, rather than a fashion statement, but it does no harm if it happens to look good as well. This can be important as it helps to raise morale (see the photo of Montenegrin soldiers near the top of the page). For example, US “Chocolate Chip” camouflage was changed to US Three Color Desert partly to boost morale: “…one of the official reasons for the change was that it had an improved ‘psychological effect and is a morale booster’. ” (Newark 2013).

Another advantage of camouflage that looks good is that it can help to project an image of authority and toughness. Cool looking camouflage could also help with recruitment, which tends to be lagging in recent times in many Western countries, as the idea of serving one’s country as a duty or honour has less appeal with many younger people today.

Defence Forces may also have a need for camouflage uniforms which look good for public parades. Last but not least, wearing a good looking camouflage uniform improves the “prospects” of men and women who are otherwise not that good looking.

I have some camouflage designs which are deliberately more colourful and contrasty, which I call fashion camouflage, and intended to look good (but which may be less effective as camouflage – camouflage generally works better if it is not overly colourful and contrasty).

BondCam OmniTerrain M4 Blurred. Camo Design by David Clode.

BondCam OmniTerrain M4 Blurred. Camo Design by David Clode.

Some of these may be good as military dress uniforms for public show, some may be suitable for street fashion, and some could look good in war or science fiction movies, TV, or computer games. See the page “Fashion Camouflage” (click on the button on the menu bar at the top of this page).

More colourful and contrasty camouflage uniforms can still work well if some of the local dust or moist soil is patted onto (or rubbed into) them, to match the local terrain, and to tone them down.

BondCam Digital Drab Camouflage M1. Camouflage pattern by David Clode.

BondCam Digital Drab Camouflage M1. Fashion Camouflage pattern by David Clode.

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Fall Forest swatch.

Bondcam Fall Forest swatch. Fashion camouflage. Note that for hunting camouflage designs, deer and other ungulates do not see red and orange, but other hunters do (so there is less chance of being shot by accident).

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BondCam MTD Huey M2. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam MTD Huey M2. Camouflage David Clode.

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BondCam Brown Urban M2 Digital. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

BondCam Brown Urban M2 Digital. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

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MILITARY CAMOUFLAGE

Defence forces of democratic countries and conservation organizations are invited to contact me to inspect designs (full sized files of full sized designs). Of course, once a buyer claims exclusive use of a particular design or designs, those designs will no longer be available to others… please excuse the pun, but… first in, best dressed!

The trend in military camouflage has been towards one-size-fits-all multiple terrain patterns, such as MultiCam and UCP. While this makes economic and logistic sense, I believe that it is unrealistic to expect a camouflage design to work well in all terrains, from light deserts to dark rain forests, and night operations (see the page “Camouflage and Terrains” for examples of light deserts and dark rain forests).

In my opinion, a better policy would be to have a design which works well in multiple terrains that are arid to mid wet, another design for mid wet to very wet terrains (at least two designs), and another for night operations. Alternatively, some of these problems could be at least partially solved by reversible shirts/jackets, and NIR treatment of fabric. It seems to me that the Canadians are leading the way in this (with NIR, and two patterns, the wet, mostly green, CADPAT Woodland, and the lighter and drier looking CADPAT Arid).

High Tech Camouflage

High tech camouflage of some description may become available in the future, but there are likely to be initial glitches which need to be ironed out (not another pun!… but there is so much material to work with!), and high tech camouflage is unlikely to be cheap enough to clothe large numbers of personnel. Therefore, it is probable that print on demand, direct-to-garment inkjet printing, plus perhaps double sided two pattern mesh uniforms (like the Israeli Mitz’nefet, or what Ridgeline calls “air flow”, or what is known as port hole mesh fabric in North America) in some situations (or reversible jackets/shirts), are likely to be the most cost-effective way to go in the short to medium term future. For more on port hole mesh over garments and Mitz’nefets, visit vonstuckcamouflage.free.fr.

Close up of airflow material. It could have been printed on the other side with a different camouflage. Ridgeline.

Close up of port hole/airflow/Mitz’nefet mesh material (looking up through the inside of a pant leg). It could have been printed on the other side with a different camouflage as well (or the white could be for snow). Ridgeline hunting camouflage (New Zealand/Australia).

“I am a big fan of what’s commonly called port hole mesh fabric here in the States… it makes for great light weight ghillies, blankets and ponchos”.

Matthew Dermody, the “Ghillie suit Guru”. Hidden SuccessTactical.

“Any pattern that has more browns than any other color works the best. With the four seasons in consideration, brown colors blend in a majority of the time”.

Matthew Dermody.

“The object is not to look like a bush but to look like nothing”.

Mast and Halberstadt. To be a Military Sniper. In Dermody.

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BONDCAM CAMOUFLAGE DESIGNS FOR VARIOUS SPECIFIC TERRAINS

Hundreds of designs (including various versions e.g. lighter, darker, greener) available (May 2016). A test by Natick found that terrain-specific designs work better in the relevant terrains than multi-terrain designs, which by nature tend to be a compromise. “The data clearly show that environment-specific patterns provide the best camouflage, i.e., the lowest probability of detection in their specific environments”. “…woodland patterns perform best in woodland environments, and desert patterns perform best in desert environments.” Photo Simulation Camouflage Detection Test. Natick. No surprises there. Also, non digital patterns generally performed better than digital patterns (with the exception of Marpat Desert in an urban terrain).

Bondcam Urban Concrete, Urban Rubble, and other urban camouflage designs – numerous designs for urban terrain in dry, dusty and hot climates, and some for urban terrain in wetter, colder climates. It is very difficult to produce a really good urban camouflage design, and some designs in use are more to do with fashion and are very bad indeed. In my opinion, A-TACS AU is the best urban camouflage presently available, but I am confident that some of my designs, while different and therefore difficult to compare, should be comparable in effectiveness in some urban terrains.

Urban terrain is often light in tone, and darker uniforms tend to stand out. Multicam ids also not so good in this terrain.

Urban terrain is often fairly light in tone, and darker uniforms tend to stand out. Multicam is also too dark and too green in this terrain.

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Bondcam Urban Concrete 2 Dark.

Bondcam Urban Concrete 2 Dark.

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BondCam FrontLine M2 Urban. Camoufleur: David Clode.

BondCam FrontLine M2 Urban. David Clode.

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Bondcam Frontline M2 Urban Digital works surprisingly well in this rain forest terrain. Camouflage by David Clode.

Camouflage test. Bondcam Frontline M2 Urban Digital works surprisingly well in this rain forest terrain. Camouflage by David Clode.

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Bondcam FrontLine M2 Urban Digital. Camouflage david Clode, rneder Glavis Loh.

Bondcam FrontLine M2 Urban Digital. Camouflage david Clode, rneder Glavis Loh.

Bondcam Boring Beige – the idea behind these designs is to be dull and boring and therefore not particularly noticeable, and they should work reasonably well in multiple terrains. They may not look like much, but that is the idea. Many mammal species around the world are beige through to brown, grey, or grey/brown. This can work quite well, even in mostly green terrain, if the tone is right, and if there is some tonal range, so that at least part of the tonal range matches the background, even if the colour is different. In addition, browns, tans, beiges, grey/browns etc., generally also have a reduced near infra-red signal compared to greens. Designs can be modified to suit more specific terrains, but my Boring Beige designs should work reasonably well (but not perfectly well) across urban, some desert terrains, through to dry grassland, to semi-arid and mid wet terrains. See a version which I have fine tuned to suit African grassy woodlands in the dry season, further down this page.

One of the Bodcam Boring beige series swatch.

A small swatch from one of the boring Bondcam “Boring Beige” series. Beige/brown is pretty much universal, and works reasonably well in a broad range of terrains. Deliberately designed to be dull and boring, and therefore not particularly noticeable in the first place. Camouflage design: David Clode.

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BondCam Boring beige M2.

BondCam Boring beige M2.

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BondCam Boring Beige 3

BondCam Boring Beige 3. (Urban/desert).

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An urban/nature multiple terrain design:

FrontLine M2 Urban Classic Digital 1. This design could be viewed as a possible alternative to UCP. However, UCP is a much colder blue/grey, while this design is a warmer brown, which should also make it work a little better in natural terrains. camouflage design by David Clode.

FrontLine M2 Urban Classic Digital 1. This design could be viewed as a possible alternative to UCP. However, UCP is a much colder blue/grey, while this design is a warmer brown, and darker, which should also make it work a little better in natural terrains as well as being reasonably effective in urban terrains. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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Desert camouflage designs – for Western North Africa through the Middle East to South Asia. Multiple designs, including for sandy deserts, rocky deserts, and a mixture of both sand and rocks. Some of these very detailed and innovative designs may prove to be at least as good as Cadpat Arid, Marpat Desert and Italian Desert (the three best existing designs for deserts so far, in my opinion), and possibly even better. They are almost certainly better than some of the camouflage designs used by some Defence Forces at present, and likely to be better in deserts through to light coloured semi-arid regions, than MultiCam (although MultiCam has an arid version).

Bondcam Desert Traditional.

Bondcam Desert Traditional.

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Urban/desert camouflage designs – a few compromise designs intended to work reasonably well in both urban and desert terrains, from Western North Africa, eastward through the Middle East to South Asia.

BondCam Desert Stripe.

BondCam Desert Stripe. (Urban/Desert compromise).

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BondCam Commander M2 S Desert/Urban. A camouflage pattern by David Clode.

BondCam Commander M2 S Desert/Urban. A camouflage pattern by David Clode.

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BondCam MTD Urban Multi-directional. Camouflage design by David Clode.

BondCam MTD Urban Multi-directional. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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Arid and Semi-arid camouflage designs – for arid to semi-arid terrain, i.e. dry country, but not as dry as deserts.

BonCam Spectrum 1 M1 Blurry 2 Arid.

BondCam Spectrum 1 M1 Blurry 2 Arid.

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BondCam MultiOps Semi Arid M1.

BondCam MultiOps Semi Arid M1.

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BondCam Frontline M5 Semi-arid.

BondCam Frontline M5 Semi-arid.

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Bondcam semi-arid swatch.

One of the Bondcam semi-arid designs (swatch, incomplete). Camouflage: David Clode.

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Grassland and Grassy Woodland camouflage designs – numerous grassland and grassy woodland camouflage designs for both wet and dry seasons in both tropical and colder temperate climates. Probably mainly of interest to conservation organizations for rangers and anti-poaching patrols. Green wet season designs may well be of interest to Defence Forces in wetter, colder climates. See also the page “Allan Osment Camouflage”.

BondCam OmniTerrain M2 Wet. Camouflage design by David Clode.

BondCam OmniTerrain M2 Wet. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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Indonesian army officers being trained by the Australian army in Northern Australia. The woodland camouflage is too dark for a grassy woodland, the green is too bright and artificial looking, and the red doesn't help either. The grass is mainly Themeda triandra, and the trees appear to be Eucalyptus tetrodonta. Photo: Cairns Post newspaper.

Indonesian army officers being trained by the Australian army in Northern Australia. The woodland camouflage is too dark for a grassy woodland, the green is too bright and artificial looking, and the red doesn’t help either. The grass is mainly Themeda triandra, and the trees appear to be Eucalyptus tetrodonta. Photo: Cairns Post newspaper.

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BondCam African Veld.

BondCam African Veld.

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Romeo MTP.

Romeo MTP. See the page “Allan Osment Camouflage” for more designs by Allan Osment.

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Romeo MTP in long dry grass – an excellent match in texture, tones and colours.

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Braod Spectrum 2 M2 Dull. For dry grassy woodlands and woodlands.

Broad Spectrum 2 M2 Dull. For dry grassy woodlands and woodlands.

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BondCam Broad Spectrum 2 M2. Camouflage design by David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

BondCam Broad Spectrum 2 M2. Camouflage design by David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

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BondCam Acacia M7 Dry Season.

BondCam Acacia M7 Dry Season.

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BondCam Acacia M7 Wet Season Darker 2. A grassy woodland design by David Clode, aimed mainly at anti-poaching work.

BondCam Acacia M7 Wet Season Darker 2. A grassy woodland design by David Clode, aimed mainly at anti-poaching work.

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BondCam Acacia Wet Season M7 Darke. Camouflage design David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

BondCam Acacia Wet Season M7 Darker 2. Camouflage design David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

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BondCam Acacia M7 Dry Season Low contrast compared to MultiCam. Photo: David Clode.

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Mediterranean climate/sclerophyll vegetation – a few camouflage designs, and other than the rather dark Italian San Marco, I am not aware of anyone else having designed camouflage specifically for this terrain/vegetation type. In addition, the Bondcam Lynx series (about 8 designs) is based on the camouflage of the Iberian lynx or Spanish lynx Lynx pardinus, an animal that inhabits Mediterranean sclerophyll vegetation.

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Iberian Lynx (or Spanish Lynx, Lynx pardinus). Photo: YoYo Photography.

Bondcam Mediterranean Multi swatch.

BondCam Mediterranean Multi – small low resolution swatch. Also suited to dry grassy woodlands in Africa and India.

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Mediterranean 3

BondCam Mediterranean 3

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BondCam Mediterranean Scrub M3 Blurry.

BondCam Mediterranean Scrub M3 Blurry.

The design above is made from a painting I did years ago, an abstract work trying to capture the essence of a wheat field on a windy day from above, in a broad brush style reminiscent of Van Gogh. A small part of the painting below:

Abstract wheat field painting (portion). David Clode.

Abstract wheat field painting (portion). David Clode.

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BondCam Mediterranean Scrub M3c.

BondCam Mediterranean Scrub M3c. A more “grassy” version.

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BondCam Fine Dry Grassland.

BondCam Fine Dry Grassland.

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Bondcam Mediterranean Grassy woodland. Camouflage by David Clode.

Bondcam Mediterranean Grassy woodland. Camouflage by David Clode.

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Woodland camouflage patterns – mostly green and brown designs for wet forests, such as deciduous forests, and/or grassy woodlands in the wet season (temperate or tropical), and rural areas.

BondCam Woodland Plus Browner.

BondCam Woodland Plus Browner.

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BondCam Multi Ops Wet.

BondCam Multi Ops Wet.

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Bondcam Deciduous Forest 2 Swatch.

Bondcam Deciduous Forest 2 small incomplete swatch. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam Game Warden 2 M1 Flecktarn.

BondCam Game Warden 2 M1 Flecktarn.

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BondCam Deciduous Forest Autumn/Fall 3

BondCam Deciduous Forest Autumn/Fall 3

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Rain Forest 2 M1 S Super Digital 2 (a forest/woodland design by David Clode) compared to a used MultiCam shirt.

The design above has been tested and proven to work very well in wet forests (superior to MultiCam in this terrain). see photos below and on the “Forests/woodland Camouflage” page.

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Rural camouflage –  a few designs for countryside/rural terrain (which generally consists of pasture/open fields of rough grassland and some trees), but not all green. Light and dark versions (dry and wet).

BondCam Rural Dry Beige.

BondCam Rural Dry Beige.

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BondCam Rural.

BondCam Rural.

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BondCam Pasture Beige M2 Light.

BondCam Pasture Beige M2 Light.

BondCam Rural Dark.

BondCam Rural Dark.

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BondCam MTD M4. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam MTD M4. Camouflage David Clode.

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Rocky Mountains camouflage designs – a few designs for rocky terrain, suited to regions with medium to high precipitation and altitude.

A swatch from one of the Bondcam Rocky Mountains camouflage designs.

A swatch from one of the Bondcam Rocky Mountains camouflage designs (small incomplete swatch). Note the curving warped illusion, which helps to disguise the recognisable curves of the human body. Camouflage: David Clode.

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Bondcam Rocky Super Digital 7 swatch. David Clode.

Tropical Camouflage Designs

The woodland camouflage in the photo below is not much good in this terrain, while the dark navy blue (clothes and berets) is worse.

The patrol team in Kui Buri National Park, set up by the Thai government in response to the recent escalation of Tiger and elephant poaching by organised wildlife crime syndicates, Thailand. Over 1,000 rangers worldwide have lost their lives protecting wildlife and natural places in the last 10 years. Well armed and well organised illegal poaching crime syndicates continue to target wild elephant and rhino in Africa for the large profits to be made from the illegal wildlife trade.

The patrol team in Kui Buri National Park, set up by the Thai government in response to the recent escalation of tiger and elephant poaching by organised wildlife crime syndicates, Thailand.
Over 1,000 rangers worldwide have lost their lives protecting wildlife and natural places in the last 10 years. Well armed and well organised illegal poaching crime syndicates continue to target wild elephant and rhino in Africa for the large profits to be made from the illegal wildlife trade.

The designs below would be better:

BondCam Tropical grass A3 photocopy in Guinea grass which is very common in the tropics. Camouflage design by David Clode.

BondCam Tropical grass A3 photocopy in Guinea grass which is very common in the tropics. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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Bondcam Tropical Grass M1. Camouflage David Clode.

Bondcam Tropical Grass M1. Camouflage David Clode.

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BondCam Tropical grass. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

BondCam Tropical grass M1. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

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BondCam Cross Terrain 3 Traditional Tropical.

BondCam Cross Terrain 3 Traditional Tropical.

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BondCam Tropical 5 Grassland.

BondCam Tropical 5 Grassland.

A few designs which would be better for the terrain above, and similar (tropical Central and South America, Africa and SE Asia). See also rain forest camouflage below.

Rain Forest camouflage – very detailed designs, and possibly some of the best designs for tropical or equatorial rain forests/jungles in existence. Would suit conservation personnel in some National Parks in India, Central and South America, South East Asia and Africa, and Defence Forces of some countries e.g. Thailand, Philippines, Brazil, parts of Africa, etc.

Digital BonCam Brown Green Contrasty 1.

Digital BondCam Brown Green Contrasty 1. Note the detailed micro pattern within the macro pattern.

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Digital BondCam Brown Green Contrasty 1 in a tropical forest. Camouflage pattern by David Clode.

Digital BondCam Brown Green Contrasty 1 in a tropical forest, about two metres/yards away. Camouflage pattern by David Clode.

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BondCam Multi Ops Dark.

BondCam Multi Ops Dark.

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Rainforest Interior 2.

BondCam Rainforest Interior 2. The interior of a rain forest is usually quite dark, with more brown (tree trunks, dead leaves, lianas) and less green than most people think (see the photos on the page “Camouflage and Terrains”). Other greener rain forest and forest/woodland designs available.

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BondCam Rain Forest Interior 2. Camouflage design by David Clode.

BondCam Rain Forest Interior 2. Colour photocopy card in the centre of the photo. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam Rain Forest 2 M1 S Super Digital 2 in a tropical rain forest in Queensland Australia. Design, test and photo: David Clode.

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Rain Forest 2 M1 S Super Digital in a rain forest. Better than MultiCam. Design, test and photo: David Clode.

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Multiple Terrain camouflage designsBondcam General, Bondcam Spectrum, Bondcam Broad Spectrum, Bondcam Recon, Cross Terrain, and Bondcam Commander camouflage designs – some general purpose, broad spectrum camouflage designs, offering potential alternatives to MultiCam,  A-Tacs AU, etc. These should work reasonably well in a wide cross section of terrains (but not so well in very wet or very dry terrains). Other Bondcam designs would suit very dry, or very wet terrains. Many have a detailed micro pattern, so that they work at closer distances than most existing camouflage designs (which could be important for surveillance, snipers, and hunters).

Boncam Commander Olive (as in Commander Bond, of course!). A series of designs for various terrains. This one of the darker, greener designs.

Bondcam Commander Olive (as in Commander Bond, of course!). A series of versions for various terrains. This swatch is one of the darker, greener versions, for mid to wetter terrains. Camouflage pattern: David Clode.

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Bondcam Ranger swatch.

Bondcam Ranger swatch. Should work well as a multiple terrain/season camouflage in semi-arid to mid wet terrains. Numerous other colour versions, and lighter and darker versions, also available. Camouflage designer: David Clode.

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Multi Ops 2 Digital.

Multi Ops 2 Digital.

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BondCam MultiOps 2. camouflage david Clode, render Glavis Loh.

BondCam MultiOps 2. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

Air Force/Navy camouflage patterns – a few mostly grey designs, which should work fairly well to very well in some urban and rocky terrains.

Navy Diver 5 Light

Navy Diver 5 Light

Navy Diver camouflage designs – about ten camouflage designs for wet suits for navy divers, including designs for mostly rocky marine terrains, for seaweed/kelp terrains, and two for tropical coral reefs.

Navy Diver 10 Dark.

Navy Diver 10 Dark.

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Navy Diver 7. Camouflage David Clode.

Navy Diver 7. Camouflage David Clode.

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Bondcam Sargasso camouflage swatch.

Incomplete Bondcam Sargasso camouflage swatch. Camouflage design by David Clode.

The unfinished Sargasso design above is inspired by seaweed.

Boncam Sargasso Edge Green. Camouflage design: David Clode.

Boncam Sargasso Edge Green. Camouflage design: David Clode.

Most navy camouflage (and air force) is cold grey and/or blue or blueish and is not much good as camouflage on land . “Sargasso” has a marine theme (inspired by sargassum seaweed), and so may be considered suitable as a navy or navy diver camouflage, but would also work well on land in many terrains (other variations available, including a lighter version, and a greener version, than the swatch shown above). This camouflage should be very effective as a navy diver design in seaweed/kelp forests. In other words, a truly multiple terrain camouflage design which should work reasonably well across a wide range of both marine and terrestrial terrains.

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Anti-poaching camouflage patterns

Tiger population decline.

Tiger population decline.

For more, see the Anti-poaching Camouflage page.

Some of the anti-poaching camouflages (mostly grassland, grassy woodland, and rain forest designs) may also be of interest to Defence Forces, and could be modified as needed. Likewise, some of the designs for Defence Forces may be suitable for anti-poaching use. The dvd “the thin green line” by Sean Willmore, is well worth watching, and is certainly an organization worth supporting.

Below are two quotes from a Time magazine article on wildlife poaching, and the heroic work of the Kenyan based NGO, the Northern Rangelands Trust:

“As many as 1,000 park rangers have been killed in battles with poachers over the past decade.” (worldwide).

“By some estimates, wildlife trafficking is the fourth largest international crime, carried out by global criminal syndicates, for whom the trade is almost as lucrative as drugs but far safer. There’s even evidence that poaching now fuels terrorism – militant groups like Somalia’s al-Shabab derive a portion of their income from wildlife trafficking.”

Walsh, Bryan. Save the Animals. Time Magazine. August 18, 2014. Pge 28.

“At least 56 rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the past 12 months, 29 of whom have been killed by poachers, according to the International Ranger Federation”. (worldwide).

Prerna Singh Bindra, letter to the editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine, vol 33 no. 2, pg. 58.

In most places, anti-poaching units and rangers wear olive green, or don’t even have a uniform. These heroic park rangers are fighting a war, and they don’t even have uniforms with a camouflage specifically designed for the terrain in which they operate! Some photos of anti-poaching personnel and some of my camouflage designs or small swatches below make the point:

Protrack

Protrack Anti-poaching unit. South Africa. Photo: Protrack.

Note how the uniform is rather dark for the terrain (they are backlit in this photo, which does make it worse of course).

A Zimbabwean anti-poaching unit. Photo: davidshepherd.org.

A Zimbabwean anti-poaching unit. Photo: davidshepherd.org. Olive green/drab or grey/green is generally too dark, especially in the dry season.

In the dry season, olive green is generally too dark and too green. The light coloured grass and darker brownish grey bushes and trees (see the camouflage design below) in the two photos above are typical of much of the savannah woodlands of tropical and subtropical Africa. The colours of the grass and other vegetation in much of Africa are also similar in parts of India, South-east Asia and parts of South America. For example, anti-poaching units in India, trying to protect tigers, elephants and rhinos, also need better camouflage uniforms. My camouflage designs should work a lot better than olive green (and most other camouflage patterns in use) in most National Parks, in many countries around the world.

BondCam Cross Terrain 2. Camouflage design by David Clode, shirt render by Glavis Loh.

BondCam Cross Terrain 2. Camouflage design by David Clode, shirt render by Glavis Loh.

I do not want the wrong people stealing and using my camouflage. Therefore, the designs shown here are low resolution files, and not quite right, or not quite finished, or just small low resolution swatches. However, they are close enough to help make choices. Contact me to inspect full size files/designs at daveclode@hotmail.com

Some National Parks in Africa are mainly grassland, some grassy woodlands, and some have areas of dense woodlands. Some have all.

Most "off the shelf" camouflage is too dark and too green. Photo: Protrack.

Most “off the shelf” camouflage is too dark and too green. This photo shows olive green, and a British DPM woodland design. Photo: Protrack.

Bondcam Abstract African Bush.

Bondcam Abstract African Bush. This would work better in the above terrain, in terms of texture, tone and colour. Camouflage: David Clode.

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Anti-poaching unit. Photo: Ichikowitzfamilyfoundation.

Anti-poaching unit in dark camouflage. Photo: Ichikowitzfamilyfoundation.

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BondCam MTD Semi-arid. Camouflage David Clode.

BondCam MTD Semi-arid. Camouflage David Clode.

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Yankee Zulu in long dry grass in the tropics (Australia) works very well.

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Black mamba anti poaching unit on patrol. Photo: www.independent.co.uk.

Black Mamba anti poaching unit on patrol, dry season, South Africa. British DPM Woodland pattern. Photo: http://www.independent.co.uk.

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Boring Beige 5 fine tuned to more closely match the above terrain. So boring it probably would not be picked up by ambient vision. Camouflage David Clode.

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Anti-poaching unit. Photo: niassalion.org

Anti-poaching unit. Wet season, Africa. Photo: niassalion.org

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Boncam Cheetah Green swatch – a better match for the terrain above. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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BondCam Acacia M7 Wet Season Vibrant.

BondCam Acacia M7 Wet Season Vibrant. camouflage design by David Clode.

*In grassy areas, olive green  or grey/green may also be too dark in the wet season, although they can work quite well where there are trees and shrubs. Camouflage is often about compromise, for example, trying to design something that will work reasonably well in a range of terrains and at different times of the year, but which may not work perfectly well anywhere at any time or place. Camouflage which works reasonably well where you are, is better than camouflage that works very well somewhere else, but not where you are.

Also, bear in mind that good camouflage should be something that is not particularly noticeable, and can even be quite dull and boring, to avoid detection by ambient vision. In the “Black Mamba” patrol photo (two photos above), the woodland camouflage is almost gaudy in dry African terrain. In the photo below, olive or grey/green is dull and boring, which is good, but not as good as a woodland design specifically created for this wetter terrain. The berets are a not very good artificial looking blue/green.

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Protecting gorillas in Congo. Rain forest terrain. None of the greens is good.

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BondCam Forest Green Dark against the edge of a tropical rain forest. Camouflage: David Clode.

BondCam Forest Green Dark against the edge of a tropical rain forest. Camouflage: David Clode.

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The man with his bac to us is wearing British MTP (a modified Multicam). The Ghillie headsuits are a good colour. South Africa. Photo:

British MTP camouflage (Multi Terrain Pattern – a modified Multicam). The pattern is good, but it is too green for this terrain in the dry season. The Ghillie head-and-shoulder suits are a very good colour, and would be effective, although I imagine they would be hot, and get snagged in thorn bushes. South Africa. Photo: Ichikowitzfoundation.com.

Multicam (and variants such as British MTP in the photo above) are lighter, and work better than olive green/olive drab, or dark woodland patterns, but still not as good as a custom design could be for grassy woodland in the dry season in Africa. I can custom design camouflage designs as needed since there are subtle differences in the vegetation in different National Parks, or parts of parks, and different times of the year. For those interested in purchasing my camouflage designs, I suggest you show them (perhaps large colour photocopies, A3 or larger, on paper) to those actively involved in anti-poaching work, and let them choose what they think will work best – with their practical experience, they are likely to know best. A few-direct-to-garment printed long sleeve T-shirts ot Polo shirts (or just a length of fabric with a hole in it to make a poncho) in my camouflage designs could be tested in the field, compared to each other, and compared to whatever clothing or camouflage is currently being used. Based on feedback and photos from field tests sent to me, I can then fine tune the designs if necessary.

A possibility that should work well, since the grass is often around knee to waist height, is to use trousers in a grassland design (wet or dry season design as appropriate), and the shirts could be one of the darker “African Bush” grassy woodland designs. Also, mixing different camouflage designs would be utilising the camouflage principle of “optical division” (also called “dismembering colouration”), which can be very effective. To keep costs down, trousers could be plain olive green in the wet season and beige in the dry season.

Finally, frequently changing camouflage designs, and combinations of designs, would keep poachers on the back foot, so that they never know what to expect, and so make anti-poaching units even more effective in their work, as well as keeping them safer.

Photo: Protrack.

Photo: Protrack. Note the light yellowish creamy dry grass and grey/brown branches, contrasting with the olive green.

Bondcam Abstract African Bush Yell

Bondcam Abstract African Bush swatch for the above terrain. Camouflage pattern by David Clode.

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Protrack

Anti-poaching patrol, South Africa. Photo: Protrack.

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BondCam Acacia M7 Dry Season Darker. Designed for anti-poaching duties in grassy woodland terrain in the dry season. Camouflage design by David Clode.

BondCam Acacia M7 Dry Season Darker. Designed for anti-poaching duties in grassy woodland terrain in the dry season. Camouflage design by David Clode.

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Acacia M7 Dry Season darker. camouflage david Clode, render glavis Loh.

Acacia M7 Dry Season Darker Low Contrast. Camouflage David Clode, render Glavis Loh.

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BondCam Acacia M7 Dry Season Low contrast compared to MultiCam. Photo: David Clode.

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To me, this poster makes it very clear that there is no time to waste.

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A few camouflage photos:

A good compromise camouflage which works reasonable well over both sea and land in Northern Europe. Photo:Chowells, Wikimedia.

A good tried-and-tested compromise camouflage which works reasonably well over both sea and land in Northern Europe. Photo: Chowells, Wikimedia Commons.

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Iraqi helicopter. Photo: Strategypage.com "US Airforce trains Iraqi helicopter pilots".

Iraqi helicopter. Photo: Strategypage.com “US Airforce trains Iraqi helicopter pilots”.

This helicopter has a good camouflage design, and a lot better than most. However, note the hard or sharp edges where the colours meet, and that the darkest colour covers about 45% of the helicopter, the lightest colour covers about 45%, and the mid colour only covers about 10% of the helicopter.

My modifications in the photo below show some potential improvements: I have changed the mid colour slightly, the edges between the colours are now soft and blurry, and I have changed the balance of the colours/tones. The darkest colour/tone now only covers about 30% of the helicopter, the lightest colour now only covers about 30%, and the mid colour about 30% (about 10% would be the blended or blurred edges, and 50:20:20:10 would probably be better, i.e. mid:light:dark:blurred). These are not, and do not have to be, exact percentages, the point is that the mid colour should be more dominant than the photo above, while the more extreme light and dark colours, which tend to stand out, should play a more-or-less equal or preferrably secondary (but nevertheless important) role. Ideally, the top of the helicopter should also be a bit darker, and underneath light (counter shading).

I do appreciate that the tail rotor needs to stand out for safety, I just wanted to make a point.

Iraqi helicopter - improved camouflage, by David Clode.

Iraqi helicopter – improved camouflage by David Clode.

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Original colours, with disruption, dithering and touches of light and dark.

DIY camouflage tutorial. Mostly original colours, with disruption, dithering and touches of light and dark. Photo: An Australian British-made Matilda mk 11 infantry tank, Australian Armour and Artillery Museum, Cairns. Photo and camouflage demonstration done in photoshop by David Clode.

See the page “DIY camouflage tutorial – vehicles”.

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British DPM and MTP camouflage

As can be seen in the photo below, British MTP clearly works extremely well in the green zone in Afghanistan, but is perhaps too green for the dry zone, and dusty villages.

Royal Marines of Bravo Company, 40 Commando cross an irrigation ditch while on patrol through local farmland in the vicinity of Torghai, Narh-e-Saraj, Central Helmand, Afghanistan.

Royal Marines of Bravo Company, 40 Commando cross an irrigation ditch while on patrol through local farmland in the vicinity of Torghai, Narh-e-Saraj, Central Helmand, Afghanistan. Photo: Military.wikia.com.

From Allan Osment on MTP: “Although it is the best tried and tested camouflage pattern, it is not the best that it can be. After testing MTP (Multi Terrain Pattern, derived from MultiCam) I discovered some improvements, and discovered that it is really a rough grassland pattern, most effective when the pattern is orientated so that the cream colour and dark brown are vertical, as when a soldier is lying down”. See his photo below:

MTP is a multi terrain pattern which works particularly well in rough grassland. Photo: Allan Osment.

British MTP is a multi terrain pattern which works particularly well in rough grassland. Photo: Allan Osment.

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BondCam Pasture Light 3b

BondCam Pasture Light 3b

In the camouflage design above, if a soldier was standing, the band of darker green would help to match the forest in the background (and would appear more or less randomly on a uniform), and help to break up the shape of the body.

British DPM. Photo: Military.wikia.com

British DPM. For many years this was considered to be one of the best woodland camouflages. Now replaced by MTP. Photo: Military.wikia.com

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Tw vwersions of British DPM in a deciduous forest (the New Forest) in England. Photo: Allan Osment.

Two versions of British DPM in a deciduous forest (the New Forest) in England. The design works reasonably well in relatively light deciduous forest, through to dense, dark jungles. Photo: Allan Osment.

See the “Allan Osment Camouflage” page, where, in my opinion, British MTP has been surpassed!

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A Gaboon viper hides among leaves (bottom left).

There is a snake in the photograph. Try finding it before you read on. A Gaboon viper camouflaged among leaves (bottom left) with its light coloured head on the left. South Africa. Photo: Sareptiles.co.za.

This venomous species of snake has the longest fangs in the world (up to two inches long – imagine those stabbing into your leg) and would be easy to step on – fortunately they generally avoid humans and have a quiet and peaceful nature (if left in peace).

East African colour form of the Gaboon viper (or adder), Bitis gabonica.

East African colour form of the Gaboon viper (or Gaboon adder), Bitis gabonica. Photo: Echitobplusicp.org.

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The North American Copperhead snake is another snake which has excellent camouflage in fallen leaves. Photo: www.adventureclassroon.org.

The North American Copperhead snake is another snake which has excellent camouflage in fallen leaves. This one is relatively easy to see. Photo: http://www.adventureclassroon.org.

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The beatings will continue until morale improves!

The beatings will continue until morale improves!

See the Military Motto page for more.

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Camouflage resources: camouflage web sites, books etc.

Under construction, and hopefully more sites and links to be added. I have made a point of including and providing links to sites that design/sell camouflage patterns – I am in favour of healthy competition, and wish them well.

Books

Matthew Dermody. Excellent books on camouflage and Ghillie suits. Click here: http://www.hiddensuccesstactical.com/

Hidden Success. Bok cover. Author: Matthew Dermody.

Hidden Success. Book cover. Author: Matthew Dermody.

See the “Ghillie Suit” page for more on Matthew Dermody.

Deception by Design. DVD. ABC Arts. Jonnie Morris Director, Kate Pappas Producer.

Newark, Tim. 2013. The Book of Camouflage the Art of Disappearing. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978 1 78200 831 6.

Newark, Tim. 2007. Camouflage. Thames & Hudson Ltd. ISBN 978-0-500-28710-1.

Web sites

Camopedia.org. Excellent! Aside from the images, I also greatly appreciate the “short histories” about the various countries. Thanks to Eric H. Larson for giving me permission to use some of his excellent photos of camouflage tiles from this site.

http://camopedia.org/

Strikehold.net. Congrats to the webmaster, especially the very thorough coverage of “21st century camo”, and the clear explanation of digital camouflage.

http://www.strikehold.net/

http://www.hiddensuccesstactical.com/ . Matthew Dermody’s site is the site for Ghillie construction.

A-TACS AU . Probably the best urban camouflage design in production to date.

http://www.a-tacs.com/

Hydedefinition. “Pencott”. Outstanding!

http://www.hydedefinition.com/

Multicam. Genius! Generally considered to be the best multiple terrain camouflage by many in armed forces, particularly special forces, around the world. Used by Denmark, and variations in use by Australia, the UK and Montenegro. The similar Scorpion design may come in to use by the USA.

http://www.multicampattern.com/

Brookwood. Not surprisingly, did well in Natick testing.

Tridentmilitary. Excellent site

Kamouflage.net. Excellent site

Landcammo. Some very good designs

Hyperstealth. An amazingly comprehensive range of patterns for just about any application. The light and dark edges in US4ces (which enhances the optical illusion of depth and disruption) is a significant advance in digital camouflage design, as is combining blurred or faded effects with the hard edges of digital rectangle/square shapes (Deceptex).

http://www.hyperstealth.com/

Roggenwolf. Some good designs.

Realtree, Mossy Oak, Treflage etc. Hunting camouflage. Photographic style, specific habitat/vegetation designs, mainly for hunting, and mainly aimed at North American terrains. These generally work extremely well in the specific terrains/vegetation types for which they were designed.

http://www.realtree.com/

In my opinion, companies that provide hunting camouflage should produce designs suited for hunting in other countries, e.g. licenced big game hunters in Africa, feral pig and goat hunters in Australia, etc., as the designs for North American terrains do not work well in Acacia-dominated grassy woodland in Africa, or Eucalyptus-dominated grassy woodland in Australia. Hunters can play a part in conservation by controlling the numbers of introduced pest species, such as goats and pigs in Australia, and controlled licenced big game hunting can and should fund conservation.

Dvd’s (to come).

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"All it takes for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing" Attributed to Edmund Burke.

“All it takes for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing” Attributed to Edmund Burke.

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"Lest We Forget". ANZAC War Memorial poster, Cairns. Esplanade Australia. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. This poster by David Clode is free to download, copy and share.

“Lest We Forget”. ANZAC War Memorial poster, Cairns. Esplanade Australia. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. This poster by David Clode is free to download, copy and share.

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