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New to the forum, new to airsoft, even new to paintball. Live in British Columbia, Canada, where the flora is often green and a fair amount of shade is found. Enjoy the subjects and the humor found here. Looks like a nice group of folks willing to share tips and techniques. Look forward to reading more posts in the future.

This is my first attempt at a "tracker" style scratch made "tog". Obviously it's not finished, nor flushed out with local flora. I have since used concentrated dye in a spray bottle to "green it up". I will make another for fall with more browns.





Oh ya, and the white goatee gets a coat of green too! LOL
 

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Looks great; is it made out of a WebTex concealment vest? I'd throw it in some mud and get it nice and rough looking. After that it will blend in perfect once some vegetation is added.

Also, is it pretty light? I've thought about doing this instead of a full body suit.
 

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Hi Wesley, Thanks for your kind words. Actually this is made from dive mesh from Seattle Fabrics. It is very similar to a WebTex concealment vest, just homemade. If you look on my profile album you will see the makings of this. It's quite light (but a little too much jute), it's not quite finished yet. I will be adding rubber bands made from a bicycle inner tube to fasten additional "flora" from where I am using it. The hood is a separate piece and is fastened to the tog with plastic side snaps anchored with small bits of webbing. It will definitely get a mud bath on one of the nearby logging roads. Then when it dries, I will fireproof it with borax (just to be safe).

Here is a pic of it during the layout phase.

 

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I used brown hair bands tied to the netting to add on veggies, although inner tubes aren't a bad idea. That forest looks really thick, do you have trouble taking shots through all that brush?
 

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Alberta, thick forest, and shooting lanes.

...That forest looks really thick, do you have trouble taking shots through all that brush?
Only near the edge of the forest. The uncut grass on the property can reach several feet in height during a rainy spring and summer. The home is on 22 acres of land, 70% forested. It also backs up to Crown Land (Government land) that goes for miles! Much of the forest floor is covered in pine needles, dead and rotting leaves, and ferns. Much of the sun is blocked overhead.

Who else here has to take bear spray on their stalks? There are bear, moose, elk, deer, coyotes, all over! In our week out there we only saw one black bear,it was eating blueberries on the other side of the house, about 200 feet away.

In this particular scenario we were tasked with approaching the tall grass from the forested area crawl in, and shoot at a fixed target below the balcony. The rest of the adults (3) would try and spot us from the balcony. Their height advantage made our task harder. We were required to take shots at timed intervals. What I had the boys do was if they could not find a shooting lane, to make one. It was pretty fun!
 

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Thanks for the welcome, Bushmaster. When you get used to using that rug hooking tool you can fairly "fly" through adding the jute. It requires little attention, and you can watch a show on TV which provides a welcome distraction. I should add that the inner tube bands (for the flora), I simply attach with a zip tie. I always take a nice supply of them with me so if I want to attach a particularly "troublesome" bit of plant matter I have more control with the zip ties.
 

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I used brown hair bands tied to the netting to add on veggies, although inner tubes aren't a bad idea. That forest looks really thick, do you have trouble taking shots through all that brush?
I also use stretchy hair bands, but they're black. I tie them in a knot so that each one has 2 loops and attach it to the ghillie by the knot in the middle. They work well for stuffing all kinds of things in there.
 
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