Second decide the colors.- look at where you play. Find the most predominate colors. Use these in your suit.
e.i.- Im playing in a temperate woodland. I see the most common colors are tan, brown, gray.(This isnt all temperate woodlands, just an example!)
No black! First rule of ghillie colors! Black is foreign (like ze french peopole!) in natural enviroments so it'll just stick out! Black is used on 2d camo to create the illusion of shadows, but since your 3d ghillie suit already has shadows you dont need black. All it'll do is stick out at close ranges.Also dont use bright colors. Common sense right? Wrong! Bright colors in camouflage are any primary or secondary colors and there mixtures. 'Well what about green?' you say. If you use green use a very drab dull green, like olive drab(durh!). For the main colors use neutral colors, these blend well into almost every terrain. No more than 25% of your suit should be green, because green in large amounts sticks out and also for that reason a little green will work.
e.i.- your suit is mainly green with a little brown, currently you are hiding in a green bush but when you move to a leafy pile the green stands out. Your suit is now mainly brown/tan with a little green mixed in. you are hiding next to the same bush, naturally the green sticks out and the human eye sees the green in the bush and makes the green in the suit stick out even more. You move to the leafy pile now and the brown/tan suit blends in perfect.
An exception to the Little Green rule is if your are playing in a terrain that the foreground and background are green, e.i. jungle, tropic/sub-tropic swamps, rain forests. Well if the terrain you play in is mostly green, the forground and background is green, then make your suit mostly green. The only terrains that come to mind that a mostly green ghillie would blend into would be pacific northwest, the rain forests there; jungle or tropical/sub-tropical swamp. Many terrains may look mostly green, this is an opitical illusion because green sticks out. When you get close you see that some of the fore-ground; objects near you, e.i. tree trunks, bushes, rocks, logs, etc...; is green, but the background and lots of the foreground is neutral colors(brown/tan/gray). The point of a ghillies suit is to blend you into the background rather than the foreground. so whatever the background is, neutral colors or mostly green, using that color scheme will work the best. If you do make a mostly green ghillie, use a very neutral tinted green, such as olive drab, as your base color then layer in light and dark greens in addition to neutral colors.
The main purpose of a ghillie is to blend you into the background rather than the foreground, foreground objects tend to stick out anyways so why would you want to blend/look like one?. So look at mainly the color scheme of the background of your terrain and use this.
-On all ghillies i suggest putting canvas or heavy fabric(like cordura) at major wear points, knees elbows, etc...
This advice will work for action, mesh/fabric and burlap/jute ghillies.
Advice when making a burlap ghillie.
- when using sheet burlap, cut it into squares with the sides 2x the length you want your strands (when you tie it on itll be halved so wa la! the right length) shred these for strings instead of the usual way of cutting out strips, tying them to the suit then shredding them. this trick will save you half of your burlap.
- use a water repelent when your done on a burlap/jute and also fabric/mesh ghillies. This will help prevent your ghillie from absorbing water and making it heavier than all hell.
Ill post more ghillie advice and people who've made ghillies feel free to post your own advice too.
Heres a link to a ghillie how to
Ghillie how to
If you are making a crawling ghillie you'll have to modify these instructions and put canvas or heavy fabric(like cordura) on the front of the suit.
Swatornot's Ghillie Mask How To
This post has been edited by USMC-Scout/Sniper: 31 March 2006 - 01:09 AM