Camouflage is a tool to enhance a set of tactics. It is not a Romulan cloaking device.
Yes, you can sneak and hide effectively without it, but when properly applied and used you become that much harder to spot.
General effects of camouflage are greatly reduced at the ranges paintball is engaged in, but it still has some effect. One fun test I've been part of for a demonstration of Cadpat is a group of people laying on the ground under tree shade, and then people from the general public were brought in and asked to count how many people are there. Everyone spots the guy in the white tshirt, most get the guy in the black ninja outfit, many get most of the guys in olive drab, plain browns, etc (Think it was like 5 or 6 people wearing blending colours), and some would pick out three or four guys in the cadpat uniforms.
Test subjects/general public were about 30-60 feet from where people were 'hiding'. After about a minute to let them count a whistle was blown, and 30 guys in cadpat stood up.
So, in general, if you are wearing a pattern that is suited to your environment, it sure doesn't hurt. Might not help much depending on what you are doing, but it is far easier to spot a bright orange pattern crawling at the edge of your vision than it is one that blends in with the scene.
(Also REALLY helps if you can have a bit of wind to set stuff in motion. Moving on dead calm days is horribly hard compared to days with a good gusty wind through the underbrush.)
Originally Posted by Lrrpie-CT
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