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#1 User is offline   Charlie Echo 

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Post icon  Posted 29 April 2008 - 09:19 AM

Finally! How-To Paint MultiCam™ & OmniPat™

A study of the elusive pattern
by Charlie Echo


I hope a few of you will find this useful. I put a lot of time into this and only a few of us are crazy enough to make everything match for the sake of paintball.
This study of the pattern is shown as MultiCam, but with digital stencils, can be converted to SpecOps version, OMNIPAT.

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This How-To IS: Only a study of the pattern.
This How-To is NOT: how to apply Duracoat or any other paint for that matter. It is not a reference on how to use masks or airbrush techniques.

Why am I doing this how-to?
If it took me awhile to figure out the pattern, it quite possibly has been difficult for others as well. And I must admit, speaking here from the view point of an airbrush artist, photographer and graphic designer, it has been difficult for me to figure it out. However I modified the production of the pattern somewhat as to not get into trouble with Crye Precision, the owner of MultiCam patents.
Also, I have seem some horrible attempts at MultiCam and Omnipat. I am not saying mine is the best either. I could have done better if I used frisket material for my airbrush work and mixed my own colors. Simply, use this as a guide.

I had promised this for quite some time now. This is my last endeavor for the paint section of SpecOps since I have completed my A-5 in MultiCam Duracoat and my Custom 98's.
I believe Duracoat is the ultimate over other paint products, but you may use this pattern with any color process you see fit that is in-line with your budget and time. You can use Krylon, Brownells, etc. I won't go into the different paints here since there are enough references in this forum. Look it up.

You may be tempted to take short cuts on this pattern. IF you do, I warn you of the dire consequences - it won't work as REAL MultiCam or Omnipat. (I will let you be the judge. You know how much time and money you have. If you have more money than time, I suggest you read this to appreciate how much time is involved and send it to SpecOps to have it painted.)

If you change it; here is why it won't work.
First, we will look at how MultiCam is successful and how it works.

DISGUISES VOLUME AND SHAPE

The design takes advantage of the way the human eye/brain perceives shape, volume and color. By using proprietary high resolution digital fades from one color to another, the colors and shapes of the pattern become hard to recognize and define. The wearer's profile begins to loose its edge and fades into whatever color or shape surrounds him. It works on the principle that an observer can see something but still not recognize it as anything to be interested in. Since only a very small portion of the human eye perceives color, the brain does a lot of “filling-in” for the eye. MultiCam™ takes advantage of this principle and helps the observer to “see” the pattern as part of the background.

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Here are the colors I used. They are the basic set that comes with the MultiCam kit(They call it "Multicolor", I guess because they can't say "MultiCam" for infringement reasons) from Duracoat . The colors are close - but not exact. The only problem I have with the kit is I really don't like the dark brown. It is too light or thin and won't darken as deep shadows. Make sure the dark brown is dark brown and almost black. Maybe someone here can suggest more accurate colors, but here is a guide you can use for now.

MultiCam Swatch Chart (colors may vary from screen to screen)
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Always be sure you prep the surface - Sandblast, thinner, Scotchbrite or sandpaper, brake cleaner, etc.

Production Note: Depending on how you use your stencils, you may want to reverse the order of painting. Or reverse male, as opposed to female pattern stencils.
I used female stencils from a cutout sheet of paper. moving the stencils around until I have the object covered.

Put down the base coat of Multi Tan
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Feather in Multi Medium Brown in large areas. No stencils needed here. Be sure to feather it smoothly by hand. The key is to get a subtle transition. Sometimes I use male patterns to let some of the base tan show through with hard egdes as well as smooth gradients. Keep in mind some feathering techniques can't be obtained by taping down patterns.
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Using stencils lay down the Multi Medium Green
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Before removing the stencils (this is harder to do unless you are using a stencil with adhesive), feather in the multi dark green
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Arbitrarily reposition the stencils and feather in a second layer of dark green
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Then ad in a few small shapes of solid dark green for break up.
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For the shadow detail, it is important to make sure it is dark brown for good contrast use the dark brown sparingly. Only a few dark spots goes a long ways.
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Now drop in the highlights, like the shadow, a few spots goes a long ways.
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Note about highlights and shadow details:
I noticed the highlights and shadows are usually clumped together in strips. So don't evenly spread the highlight and shadows around, rather clump them together.

Finish up with sealer or matte finish coating.


Well, I hope this helps anyone trying to replicate painting the Multicam pattern to your project. If you mess up, you can always send it to BigBone. For the most part, this pattern is very forgiving if you don't get it exactly right. If you followed my instructions without modifying it, you should have something that looks alot like MC. As I said before, it can be modified to apply to OMNIPAT by using digital templates. Feel free to ask any questions. I will do my best to update and reply to any inquiries.

:P ;) ;)
Good luck!

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 09:31 AM

Nice work! This will be Very useful.
Played a scenario over the weekend and my friend has Multicam, he was nearly invisible!
We were 50ft apart and I couldn't see him.
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 10:20 AM

Bone37, Can't wait to play a large scenario game in my new colors.

Here is an additional reference, I found online, not done by me - nicely done none-the-less.

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 10:36 AM

Charlie Echo, on Apr 29 2008, 12:20 PM, said:

Bone37, Can't wait to play a large scenario game in my new colors.

Here is an additional reference, I found online, not done by me - nicely done none-the-less.

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Youre gonna love Multicam! It is clearly the best camo out there.
Have you played one before? Where?
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 01:56 PM

Bravo Charlie Echo, Bravo...
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Posted 30 April 2008 - 06:38 AM

Thanks guys! Since you had a chance to look over this and seeing what is involved, just wondering are you guys willing to give it a shot and paint this pattern or does it look too complicated?
Post pictures of your progress.

Regarding MultiCam and Omnipat, I think it truly is one of the most versatile camos out there that is applicable to just about any environment, terrain and season. In other words, I think it's the best one size fits all of camos.

Someone asked me if Duracoat is reasonable on plastic? Yes, durable enough for me to rely on keeping it on my pistol grip. The foregrip, hopper and stock are plastic resins as well. Seems the harder the plastic, adhesion respectively increases. I made the mistake of not cleaning my fingers with thinner after painting. 3 weeks later green duracoat on my nails still there. Duracoat thinner won't seem to budge it now. Duracoat should make nail polish! Let this be my funny way of reminding you guys to wear gloves when you paint. Especially with Duracoat.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 12:50 AM

LOL, I know what it feels like to have painted hands. It can get a little embarrassing at times (especially when its a very suspicious color) but a bit of lacquer thinner always helps to get it off. Whatever you do, don't soak your hands in that stuff though :aah: it will hurt like... ya know, bad. Good post Charlie BTW, very cool man.

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What do you guys think of the possibility of SO selling vinyl and camo kits for a very reasonable price? I'm talking Omnipat kits, Woodland digi kits, maybe "Multicam", and just precut vinyl for those who like to use there own paint. I might make a topic of it if I get decent response. Didn't want to hijack your fine thread though Charlie, it's just something that popped into my head.


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Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:30 AM

Big Bone, on May 1 2008, 01:50 AM, said:

LOL, I know what it feels like to have painted hands. It can get a little embarrassing at times (especially when its a very suspicious color) but a bit of lacquer thinner always helps to get it off. Whatever you do, don't soak your hands in that stuff though :aah: it will hurt like... ya know, bad. Good post Charlie BTW, very cool man.

Quick Questions-
What do you guys think of the possibility of SO selling vinyl and camo kits for a very reasonable price? I'm talking Omnipat kits, Woodland digi kits, maybe "Multicam", and just precut vinyl for those who like to use there own paint. I might make a topic of it if I get decent response. Didn't want to hijack your fine thread though Charlie, it's just something that popped into my head.


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if your talking about vinyl decals that are allready colored that we can apply and then remove later on down the road, I think its a great idea... need a marker to try it out on? :laugh:

id deff buy a kit if it was a reasonable price. (omnipat)
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 10:17 AM

lov'n your work man! keep it up ;)
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 12:57 PM

Awesome writeup, mad props. MC is definitely an elusive pattern to dissect. This should really help the DIY'ers.



Big Bone, on May 1 2008, 03:50 AM, said:

but a bit of lacquer thinner always helps to get it off. Whatever you do, don't soak your hands in that stuff though :aah: it will hurt like... ya know, bad. Good post Charlie BTW, very cool man.

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You really shouldnt be putting ANY lacquer thinner on your skin. It will eventually damage the protective "sheath" that shields your nerve endings. Not to mention it will do severe damage to your liver. Seriously, dont mess with it.

I found out the hard way. Now anytime I get any type of thinner on my hands they get numb. Of course this came from years of house painting and it is cumulative. But I wont even use mineral spirits anymore. A little baby oil will do wonders.
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Post icon  Posted 01 May 2008 - 04:43 PM

Big Bone if So made a set of appilable camos in the spec digi I would so buy a set for my A-5 A-16.That would be so freaking awsome man. When do you think you might have a set on a marker for the So world to veiw and remark on man?
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 05:59 PM

I definitely think selling masks would be a awsome idea to offer. But if I didn't already have airbrush experience, I would have sent it to you. I just had to have multicam. I would have done omnipat, but I did not feel like making digi stencils.

I think you would do better at selling patterns, though. It sounds like a great way to cover the alternative over painting. Especially, omnipat. That is such a cool pattern people would love to have. Plus it opens up the possibility of having the pattern without worrying about copying the pattern and getting it matched. I think both are great ideas. Only down side to me is adhesive residue. But what's a little residue to folks who use latex, acrylic, shoe polish and whatever. Go for it.
!Options, man.

Thanks guys for complements. For the guys that are really going DIY on these patterns, I want to see some other multicams besides mine and some GOOD omnipats. You got the guide. :D
Kind of curious if you guys wanted to see the spray booth side of production? It's not all that impressive, and it's covered in most How to Duracoat threads. Just a thought.

Oh, BB. How would you go about the pre printed pattern fitting to different markers? Would it just be a big sheet that people cut to fit or would it be a template that fits different markers? If so, what markers? And make sure its not too dark over all. When I used to get Mossy Oak tape, it was always to dark with no highlights. the darks were only gray and best with no contrast. Sort of a blah mud. Anyway, just some things to consider.

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 06:52 PM

I'd go for some omnipat vinyls.
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Posted 13 May 2008 - 10:20 AM

Warwitch, on May 1 2008, 12:57 PM, said:

You really shouldnt be putting ANY lacquer thinner on your skin. It will eventually damage the protective "sheath" that shields your nerve endings. Not to mention it will do severe damage to your liver. Seriously, dont mess with it.


Protective "sheath?" Are you sure you are talking about hands? :panzer:

Thanks. I'll be sure to heed your warnings. I don't want to lose nerve endings - anywhere. Better yet, I will wear gloves.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 10:11 PM

Thanks for the post

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