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Playing with Light

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Two days ago, I was doing a little skirmish with a couple of friends when suddenly my environment became my enemy. It was around 6:00 in the evening, and the sun was shining towards me, with my back to one edge of the field and looking inwards, with my opponents in the direction of the sun. This created a very difficult situation for my visibility, and I had no opportunity to change my orientation relative to the sun to change that situation. Later, we played into dusk, which provided a similar environment, and again I was left on the wrong side of the light being cast. We continued into the night, at which point the moonlight cast a faint light over the field, and abundant shadows.

This day made me wonder how to take disadvantageous lighting and turn it in your favor. How do you guys deal with it? I figured that covering the space between my face and my scope would solve the visibility while aiming problem, but night fighting and dusk fighting visibility is a different story.

How do you fight with light?
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The battlefield advantage of having the sun at your back is one of those maxims like having the higher ground, always leaving an escape route for your enemy to take, etc. :) And for good reason!

I ALWAYS take light and it's effects into consideration when I play as a CO role etc. Yesterday, went to a game in the crazy Alabama heat and sunlight (super bright, 105 degrees ambient, God knows what adjusted for heat index), and I had my squad holding a position near a road with dense forest on all sides, and all throughout the day we would orient as the sun came down.

A few weeks ago on a related note, we played a night game in a local park, with a varying degrees of concealment, lighting (light posts, but some very dark areas, etc)- and one of the people on the opposing team had a strobe light on his AEG- I was amazed at how effective that unit was at disrupting your sight, even at a distance! Sure, it gave away his general position- but it was impossible to see exactly where he was standing!
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