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Make a Ghillie mask, camouflage your gear…a typical Friday really.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Spaced) playing paintball

I was searching for more info on Ghillie suits (you know, those pretty scary looking shrouds that some players/hunters use to seamlessly blend into their surroundings) and I found a pretty interesting wee article explaining how you can make your own Ghillie mask! Well, if I can’t write a purely fun blog post on Friday then when can I write one?

I won’t go into too much detail, mainly as I’m not entirely convinced making a Ghillie mask is a good idea? For starters it’ll seriously restrict your vision as it has to fit over your regular mask & goggles, but also I’ve discussed before how to get out of a bunker, which gives you ways to see where your opponents are without necessarily giving away your game. Anyway, if you’re interested, here’s some tips to follow.

1. Find a piece of heavy fabric to fashion it from – canvas sacking sounds ideal.
2. Cut a series of thin, different-coloured strips to adorn it with – these will provide the ‘Ghillie’ element and help your face disappear amongst bushes.
3. Cut original fabric to cover head, and feed the strips through it – fastening securely at one end so they hang down.
4. Douse the whole thing in fabric softener and rinse in cold water – to losen any stiffness.
5. Test it in a local park/field/meadow.

Here’s one I made earlier found online.

Ghillie Mask

Image courtesy of MrAngryPants at instructables.com

It’s funny, because I don’t really see camouflage as a big part of paintball – mainly because at Bedlam we provide team jumpsuits for each player, but as soon as I read the above article, it got me fascinated with how far players go to remain hidden. For example, there are a lot of searches on Google for ‘how to camouflage your paintball gear’ which, I must admit, is not something I ever would’ve considered doing myself. However a lot of you are interested in doing just that, so here are some pointers to get you going.

1. Don’t use green & black spray paint. Not only will it look rubbish but it could get into the workings of your marker, especially whilst cleaning it post-game.
2. Do something similar to the above Ghillie mask instructions – tear and attach thin strips of material to help your marker (or anything else) blend into its surroundings.
3. Or simply buy some camouflage tape. This is almost certainly the best idea, as it’s clean, easy to apply/remove and will give your marker that almost-invisible-from-a-certain-angle Predator look.

When camouflage goes too far

Of course be careful though, as camouflage can be a slippery slope. There’s no point having a camouflaged marker if the rest of you is wearing regular fatigues: you’ve either got to be 100% committed or don’t do it at all.

Enjoy the weekend everybody!