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Hey guys, finally got my ghillie, it's based on a webtex vest, and is only for my back and head, the front is uncovered. Anyway, it has a fair bit of hessian attached to it, however there are many spare gaps where the base vest stands out. So, I need to attach some vegetation to it, but I am thinking, this will be a pain in the but if I have to replace it with fresh leaves etc. every time. So, is there any artificial stuff that looks real? Is there some sort of spray used to preserve the veg put onto the ghillie? How long would the leaves etc. stay on the vest before it would need to be replaced, e.g if i glue it/sewed it on, would it last months, or weeks? And finally, if i don't use glue/string to secure it, does it simply slot into the elastic pouches on the vest? Will the veg stay in place if it is only looped through the pouches? And will the veg fill out all the gaps on the ghillie, where the base vest stands out?

Sorry for the long thread and questions!

All help is appreciated,

Thanks,
Josh ;)
 

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Most natural veg dies within a few hours. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing, depending on where you make your hide. For example, green veg turns to brown when it dies, which works very well in field areas, with long dry grass. Some of that veg is stuck in the ghillie for months, and has never been removed. Other veg falls out, or dies off and deteriorates.

To add vegetation, use dental floss to tie it on tight. It will stay there, and will not fall out. Works much better than putting it simply through the netting, as its more prone to falling out.
 

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Both the Webtex Concealment vest and the Voodoo Tactical snipers Tog, are designed to have natural vegitation put into them. They are not by design supposed to have large ammount of Jute placed upon them.

So its time to go old school and veg up at the field.
 

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I plan to use something similar when I build my suit. The advantage is the built-in loops for veg. That doesn't mean you can't use hessian/jute, but adding material from the AO is definitely better.
 

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All ghillie suits are intended to be a base for the vegetation a sniper ties on when he gets into his environment. "Veg is the edge" after all. Just use the strands of burlap and hessian to tie it on. Shove it into the netting. Just get it on and get out there. For airsoft purposes, tying it on at the beginning of the day before the skirmish should be enough for all day. Unless you have a huge field with drastically different veg in other areas.
 
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