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As some of you may know, I am planning on making a winter suit, one that is suitable for a snowy terrain. What I need from you is a bit of help on picking the actual BDU base platform.

I plan to run the following...

-White balaclava
---plain and simple, no attachments, so basically no camoed head piece

-Jacket

-Pants

I am not sure if I should go with a plain white BDU or if I should look into something like this: http://www.chefwear.com/store/index.asp?PATTERN_ID=46

White bed sheets will be cut into strips and will be tied to the back of pants and jacket only. Netting will be same ol same ol brown 1 x 1 inch netting.
 

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I say plain white BDU's, hit them with some dark streaks of green and brown.
I like that idea. What do you think about some black streaks as well? Only reason I say that is because all the winter camo I see has some black in it.
 

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If you plan on spending alot of time in shadows, then yes, if not, then go very easy. Factory made winter camo has too much black to look effective


Hmm... Maybe an extremely dark brown instead, to seem like bare branches?

Edit, have you ever seen the movie Shooter? I cant find the screen cap, but in the end it shows what seems to be a very nicely done winter ghillie. I suggest you use a head piece like that. Just spray paint a cheap boonie white, have at it with the sheets.
 

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If my memory suits me correctly, didn't the shooter movie use a white balaclava (Under Armour) to be exact, as the only form of the head piece? As in no boonie.

I plan on using what I saw from there to help shape the suit as well as a few pics I saw on the boards.
 

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I would worry about the bedsheets fraying to much and falling apart, with no ripstop or nylone in it I would be concerned. But that is all speculation, I have norhing to base it off of. are you going to go with all white, or add some grey and dark green? I ask as I am making a snow ghillie as well
 

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Ahhh, must have missed the head piece part. Looks like I will be needing a boonie, as I prefer this over a hood.

And Newbie, never thought about the fraying of the strips, I would assume it could not be any worse than burlap, which frays very very easily.

And I am contemplating adding a bit of gray. However, I am also thinking about making a suit that is meant for snow terrains, but also for areas with no snow (like what you see when certain areas melt). This would involve use of tan burlap and jute as well as some brown to go along with the white.

And where in the world would I find some white netting?

Edit: Here is what I am looking at for netting: http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/apparel/apparel-fabric/silks-satins-sheers-and-netting/silks-satins-sheers-and-netting-basics/tulle-netting-and-mesh.htm?N=6505+4294963870&gclid=CKGDy7-6nasCFe4AQAodQ12dhw

Thoughts?
 

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Decided to just use my brown netting, started the head piece, and have been working on it for a few hours now. Right now, I am using what used to be white under shirts. It looks good, and once I get the netted piece glued to the hood (decided to use one of my camoed woodland jackets/hood piece combo), I will be able to post some pics. So stay tuned.
 

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Here is the ghillie from shooter:


This is typically the part that people remember, but if you remember the whole scene, he takes the hood off right before he gets up for that shot.

Here is another good ghillie from a pretty good site:


As for coloring, if you wanted to put something besides pure white into it; it probably wouldn't hurt if you wanted to put a little bit of dark material at the high points (top of scope, top of head/shoulders) to blend into the background and give it some depth, since high points would be exposed after snowfall... depending on snow levels...

Edit: Forgot to add the link to the site the 2nd pic is from: http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1532364
 

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I always use just a heavy white bed sheet when I am out hunting coyotes, and they work darn good.

Just get some white sheets and call it good... I have seen people take white bed sheets and cut strips in them and then double them up for a nice ghillie. I will try and make a quick one when I get home this weekend. But think of it like this..........

Hold up a plain sheet of white paper so it is the long way. Then cut 4" slits from the top to the bottom, about 1-2" apart. Remember to leave a little bit at the top and between the cuts. Now start to fold the paper, from the bottom, so the intact pieces of paper come togeter. You should have little "loops" of paper. Take a cutting item and cut them apart, so you have little "fingers". And there you have a very quick and easy snow ghillie


Do multiple layers to get the needed look, and alter as you go
The entire thing should only cost you around $20 or so, due to the sheets and the base material.
 

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Thanks for all the help fellas. And thanks for the pics Bob.

I will get some pics up, although at this time, the project will be moving somewhat slowly. Trying to keep the budget low as in not buying new BDU's, netting, etc. I am going to use what I got, as well as buy some cans of spray and some more cloth for strips.
 

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i know I will get like dekarma. Get your bdu. Go to Walmart get some white felt and some shoe goo and get a bottle of brown and green and gray spray paint. Cut the felt to strip like how everyone has said. glue to your bdu. add color. Roll on ground if I'm right snow sticks to felt.(that coming from Socal so I don`t know for sure) Or this is the thing I might get dekarma for. Make a ghost costume for Halloween. But add some arms lengths don`t know how to explain but my ghillie is like it. Then make the holes for your eyes and mouth. Should look like upside down triangle like this. I know laugh at me.
http://images.asadart.com/sources/com/halloweenexpress/images/products/ghost.jpg
Add some color. And if you want add strips of felt but yeah. There is my idea. Hope you don't hate it
 

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In selecting your base, always remember that there should be a minimum of contrast between th bese and whatever ghillie material you are using. The reasoning being that the movement of the ghillie material over the base becomes more easily seen with greater contrast and any movement is easily noticed by any animal regardless of how many legs they have.
 

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I just made one using a bed sheet and spraying some gray on one side and leaving the other all white, step 2 drag it over your head (so that you look like little red riding hood) and then use a rubberband to tie it together like a poncho, free, easy, packs away in your pocket and you have one side for all snow and another for mountain/forest kinda terrain, will try to get pics up when this weekend..

sorry for the bad grammar and spelling (to my defence i'm swedish and have a fever..)
 
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