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Large sized airsoft snipers, can you hide well?

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So, I'm just wondering. How hard is it to hide a mammoth sized man? I'm 6ft 5in myself, and before I go investing in all the gear and building a ghillie, think i could hide myself? haha, and I'm not a skinny person either. haha, I've just always wondered if it could be done.
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It can be done. Its just going to be harder than it would be if you were a smaller person. The key to the ghillie is to attach natural vegetation. As long as you can blend into your natural surroundings, then you will be just as concealed as a smaller person. So If you are up to it, I say go for it ;)
Ah, so what would be best if in the fall/winter season ground cover is thick leaves only? And how do you conceal you boots in a sniper hide? I noticed in your ghille making tips that your boots stuck out Fuzzy
Yes, the boots and lower part of the pants is a tricky area. The problem is, if the jute goes down to the boots, sometimes you will step on the jute, and can fall, trip, stumble, etc. Therefore, I had to cut the jute so that it did not get in the way. However, now my boots are not concealed. I had originally planned on not making a lower half to the ghillie, and the way I look at it, the pants covered in jute is a "bonus". While the boots could give me away, it is not very likely. If possible, I try to cover my lower half in the vegetation attached to the ground to offer more "natural" concealment. This typically helps solve the boot problem. But when making a quicker hide, such as relocating, especially to a position with limited veg, it serves a much larger problem.

As for what is best if the ground is mostly leaves and little vegetation, a tan based ghillie with some browns is nice. My ghillie is a all year round ghillie and has some spots of green. However, it blends in fairly well given the ghillie is predominately tan. It has been dirtied up, and is a faded tan, and looks much more natural, and offers good camoflauge. For any ghillie, I recommend a tan base. Great for when vegetation is scarce, and can also work when vegetation is abundant, as a lighter ghillie can easily be made darker with some vegetation added here and there.
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How exactly do you add vegetation to your ghille? no-one seems to explain it well either as I've looked through the forum.
I had been using some elastic bands that I wrapped around the netting and put veg inbetween and then closed the elastic over top of it. Worked, but after awhile, the bands started to slip apart, and fell out of the ghillie.

For awhile I just tied the vegetation to the jute itself. However, I am using a new technique that I think will have much better success.

My plan is to take rubber bands and sew them down over the netting (like I did the netting on the BDU) and apply shoe goo over top for durability. Then I am going to place the vegetation in the rubber band, and wrap the band around until its tightly wrapping the veg. This will not come apart, and should have much better success than I had with the elastic band straps. I could post pictures if you would like, but the camera is missing :'(
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Actually, I would love to see whatever you can show, once the camera is found that is. So, how do you give the vegging a natural look to it? because to me it seems like you'd have an unnatural silhouette, and how do you pick out a good sniper hide?
Sure thing, I will post some pictures once I can find the camera.

The vegetation already has a natural look to it, being its found in nature. The jute and burlap acts as a filler for the spots that do not have vegetation. Roughly 60% veg, 40% jute/burlap is a good mix.

To pick out a good sniper hide, look at your ghillie and your surroundings. Depending on what vegetation you have added to the suit, you may or may not want to avoid setting up in certain areas. If you have time, and find yourselves in a position where you look out of place, add some veg from the area you are in now to help blend yourself in. If time is of the essence, simply avoid areas where your veg does not match. Fore example, if your ghillie is covered in ferns, do not try to hide in a open field with dead grass. But like I said above, if you have time and desire to hide/set up in the field, simply add/remove veg.

Also, when setting up a good hide, make sure you have multiple exit points. In case things get heated, make sure you have the opportunity to get out of their fast. If one exit is blocked, you will be way ahead of the situation, and will be able to retreat through another exit point.
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Thanks. All of the information is quite useful. All the guys in the area contest that being a sniper is useless in airsoft, but we haven't had a real airsoft sniper either, or at least one that is meticulous enough to even have a ghillie. May i ask what area do you play in fuzzy? And what if where you play there isn't much veg period?
I play back near a farmland/woodland where there is a lot of different terrain such as open fields, dense woods, etc. I have been meaning to get out to Ambush Airsoft sometime this summer as this is the closest airsoft field to where I live. Its an hour drive there, but sure beats the drive to the next closest field which is four hours! (Yeah, I live out in no man's land).

If there is not a whole lot of veg, such as the area around my field, in the winter time, I would suggest making the jute dominant in colors to blend in with the area during that time of year. For instance, the summer months are extremely green with lush vegetation, but my ghillie shows only a hint of green. The dominant color is tan, but its been worn in and dirtied up, and is now a tanish brown, very natural looking color. The brown I used in the ghillie is worn and looks like the soil and the decaying leaves as well. This color combination serves more successful in the winter months, and helps blend the ghillie in even when vegetation is scarce.

Now when the summer months roll around again, just add some more vegetation and now you have a ghillie that can blend in with the green vegetation that has grown back up.

Basically, a tan based ghillie with some browns, and hints of green, can be successful all year round, and there is not much of a need to remove much to any jute at all.

I have been wanting to get some pictures up of my ghillie and I in this "winter" terrain where vegetation is scarce. It will show you that the ghillie can serve quite successful despite not having any veg, mainly because my color choice was a good one for this season. Just have to find the dang camera now. ::)
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Haha, I completely understand living in BFE. Until a week ago when I started getting this course up and going I had to drive 2 hours to the CQB in Springfield Mo. now its only 45 Min's to the course. And if any of you guys may be interested I'm working on a battery powered flash Nade prototype.mostly the cover here is dead leaved and foliage
I would absolutely love to be able to play at a CQB field. I would be there all the time. It makes me sad to think there is not much around here. If there was, I would have a CQB loadout together in no time.
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The guy who owns the shop and the CQB course is actually the same guy who created the airsoft claymore. And I've been inspired to create the first functional and safe stun/flash grenade.
Just to add a little information to this thread.

Boots & Ankles = Mud. Cake it on. Terrible clean up but it's one of the most effective methods short of using burlap perma-attached.

For Tying On Vegetation = Non-Waxed dental floss.

Also; size is never a problem unless you make it such.
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