Ok I'm no expert but I think wearing matching camo would be much more effective. That is of course if you are wearing a suitable camo for your environment. The pattern your wearing should do a much better job of breaking up your figure than having mismatched patterns contrasting with each other.
You are generally within 500ft of your target in airsoft. At that range the human eye can still pick out camo from the environment. Stealth is achieved by staying out of sight, and moving quietly behind cover, using terrain variation to your advantage.
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The eye picks up movement very well, but it will still recognize a still pattern that doesn't match the environment. The few guys that where full gillie suits to rec games still aren't super effective. I've spotted a few of them from 100+ feet.
I don't know if my time in the woods deer hunting has tuned me in to the environment better than some other players, but I know I've sat still in swamp grass wearing a OD green Flight Suit as a downed pilot, and I had guys look in my direction for about 10 minutes before they finally started moving in my direction.
Learning (practicing) stealth will get you much further than dumping tons of money on your camo. If you were the kid who was always found quick in hide and seek, you have some work to do.
Have you ever seen someone try it before? also how impractical is it?
Most people don't try it because normal hosted games have camo restrictions. Unless the rules state mixed camo, you aren't going to go out on the field wearing different kinds of camo. It would be a pain for team identification.
If it was that effective, why does almost EVERY armed force in the world supply their soldiers with matching camo?
why does almost EVERY armed force in the world supply their soldiers with matching camo?
Uniformity, and so we don't look like the league of clowns.
Mixing up camouflage patterns in small doses is acceptable (I.E: AOR1 pouches on a Coyote Brown plate carrier), or even some SEALS that do real tree shirts with Multicam bottoms. As stated in here earlier most event hosts aren't going to allow that sort of mix/match business on the field, just because it'll create grief and headaches. It's not so beneficial or revolutionary that everyone out there is going to jump on it, but generally speaking if you have brown bases for camouflage you're going to be quite concealed off of that alone.