Old 03-12-2013, 22:25   #1
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Painted helmets

I did the perfunctory forum search for this and came up empty-handed so I'm asking ya'll about this.

I was wondering when the practice of camo-painting the MICH/ACH started/stopped?

With the Army putting out varying helmet covers, I found it interesting that the QP community preferred painted camo patterns (kind of looks like scales). Was this a lack of availability? Necessity? or handed down from on high?

I appreciate any info you're willing to share.

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Old 03-13-2013, 05:29   #2
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It started when we got helmets without helmet covers. Instead of wearing a green MICH in the desert we painted them. Each guy on my team painted them differently and when I was with different ANA units I would tell them to look for my helmet's particular design and follow me. Problem solved, problem staying solved.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:17   #3
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Thanks for the info about this it clears up some of those questions.

This is the one I got with the purple hues, etc. I've also seen tan, black and some other colors used as well.

Was there any particular pattern or color for different places?


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Old 03-13-2013, 10:55   #4
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No pattern. No standard. This is still a site for out of the box Thinkers and SF right? Don't constrain yourself so much. It wasn't a complicated thing. We got green helmets and were going to the desert. Nessecity said we needed tan helmets. Some people didn't like just plain tan and painted them with different colors.

The one you have looks like it was don with a net of some kind, my boss did his with leaves and grass, I made a template.

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Old 03-13-2013, 16:21   #5
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No pattern. No standard. This is still a site for out of the box Thinkers and SF right? Don't constrain yourself so much. It wasn't a complicated thing. We got green helmets and were going to the desert. Nessecity said we needed tan helmets. Some people didn't like just plain tan and painted them with different colors.

The one you have looks like it was don with a net of some kind, my boss did his with leaves and grass, I made a template.

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my kit
Absolutely right about your choice in camo coloring, hell it makes sense to me. I was in big Army and the way they micro-manage stuff is what's familiar to me. To me it seems like the way they treated us on deployment (freedom) is how they treat you guys all the time.

I really appreciate that pic of your gear, I hadn't seen a pattern like that but it kind of reminds me of some of the German pea-dot.

Thanks again for the info.


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Old 03-13-2013, 18:56   #6
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If you want to get creative without having much of an artistic flair, put your helmet in a mesh laundry bag and then give it a few sprays of different camo paints. It gives it a nice rough pattern and everyone will think you paid a fortune to get it done.
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