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14th Aug '17 9:18:02 AM chochlik
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* In ''Pax Britannica'' novels by Al Ewing, Jake Scorpio and the Agents of S.T.E.A.M. (a parody of Comicbook/NickFury and Comicbook/{{SHIELD}}) wear fluorescent jumpsuits that are apparently "anti-camouflage". When they attract your attention you don't understand how you could possibly have not noticed them, but if they don't [[PerceptionFilter your eyes just slide away.]]

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* In ''Pax Britannica'' Britannia'' novels by Al Ewing, Jake Scorpio and the Agents of S.T.E.A.M. (a parody of Comicbook/NickFury and Comicbook/{{SHIELD}}) wear fluorescent jumpsuits that are apparently "anti-camouflage". When they attract your attention you don't understand how you could possibly have not noticed them, but if they don't [[PerceptionFilter your eyes just slide away.]]
16th Jul '17 9:52:25 AM nombretomado
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** "Stripping the paint" for aircraft in WW2. The British and Luftwaffe scorned it because it made the aircraft shiney and blatantly obvious. The US 8th Air Force simply didn't care; more than once it was actually suggested that they ''wanted'' enemy aircraft to find them, so the enemy would engage and be destroyed.

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** "Stripping the paint" for aircraft in WW2.[=WW2=]. The British and Luftwaffe scorned it because it made the aircraft shiney and blatantly obvious. The US 8th Air Force simply didn't care; more than once it was actually suggested that they ''wanted'' enemy aircraft to find them, so the enemy would engage and be destroyed.



*** There was also the point that the coat of paint actually reduced performance - an unpainted B-17 was 8mph faster than a painted one and an unpainted P-51 was up to 16 mph faster. Also, the olive drap was primarily of value in making aircraft parked on airfields less visible to people attacking that airfield - in WW2, by 1944, US airfields weren't often attacked. These days camouflage is primarily aimed at optically-guided missiles.

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*** There was also the point that the coat of paint actually reduced performance - an unpainted B-17 was 8mph faster than a painted one and an unpainted P-51 was up to 16 mph faster. Also, the olive drap was primarily of value in making aircraft parked on airfields less visible to people attacking that airfield - in WW2, [=WW2=], by 1944, US airfields weren't often attacked. These days camouflage is primarily aimed at optically-guided missiles.



** Out of desperation, some Soviet tanks produced during WW2 were sent to the battlefield unpainted. This was for various reasons including production time, likelihood of survival regardless of whether it was painted, and simple unavailability of appropriate or sufficient quantities of paint. Famous instances included the Siege of Leningrad and the defense of Stalingrad, in which the front line was a short drive from the factory gates - or in Stalingrad's case, ultimately ''within the factory itself''. Those unpainted tanks which survived for long enough built a patina of rust, mud, and dirt which was almost as effective as painted camouflage.

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** Out of desperation, some Soviet tanks produced during WW2 [=WW2=] were sent to the battlefield unpainted. This was for various reasons including production time, likelihood of survival regardless of whether it was painted, and simple unavailability of appropriate or sufficient quantities of paint. Famous instances included the Siege of Leningrad and the defense of Stalingrad, in which the front line was a short drive from the factory gates - or in Stalingrad's case, ultimately ''within the factory itself''. Those unpainted tanks which survived for long enough built a patina of rust, mud, and dirt which was almost as effective as painted camouflage.
11th Jul '17 9:04:51 AM Caps-luna
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*** The Japanese navy often used land based camouflage patterns on its sea vessels, making them mostly green. The logic is that a ship will most likely be spotted at sea anyway and this way they could at least conceal ship movements between ports.
*** Some ships used prominent camo on certain parts of the ship and actual stealthy camo on others. The goal here was to disguise them as entirely different types of ship.
2nd Jul '17 1:52:34 AM Divra
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* ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'': Zig-zagged by the Venusian Rangers, who are famous for wearing pristine, snow-white armor. The fluff claims this is an artifact left over from the (highly useful and realistic) arctic camo the Rangers wore during their first big deployment in Venus' polar regions during the Dark Legion War, and is to commemorate those victories. It is also mentioned that the Rangers (who are elite assault troops rather than light infantry) believe that they have no reason to try to hide (and given that according to the crunch Ranger armor is completely impervious to small-arms fire and grenade shrapnel, they may be right), but that many units also paint their armor in more location-appropriate camo schemes rather than maintain the iconic white.

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* ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'': Zig-zagged by the Venusian Rangers, who are famous for wearing pristine, snow-white armor. The fluff claims this is an artifact left over from the (highly useful and realistic) arctic camo the Rangers wore during their first big deployment in Venus' polar regions during the Dark Legion War, and is maintained to commemorate those victories. the victories won there. It is also mentioned that the many Rangers (who are elite assault troops rather than light infantry) believe that they have no reason to try to hide (and given that according to the crunch Ranger armor is completely impervious to small-arms fire and grenade shrapnel, they may be right), have a point), but that many units also paint their armor in more location-appropriate camo schemes rather than maintain the iconic white.
1st Jul '17 4:15:37 PM nombretomado
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** Modern air forces mostly have two-tone grayscale versions of their "official" roundels and insignia. Compare the two on the page for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Australian_Air_Force Royal Australian Air Force]] on TheOtherWiki.

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** Modern air forces mostly have two-tone grayscale versions of their "official" roundels and insignia. Compare the two on the page for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Australian_Air_Force Royal Australian Air Force]] on TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
1st Jul '17 8:03:21 AM Divra
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* ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'': Zig-zagged by the Venusian Rangers, who are famous for wearing pristine, snow-white armor. The fluff claims this is an artifact left over from the (highly useful and realistic) arctic camo the Rangers wore during their first big deployment in Venus' polar regions during the Dark Legion War, and is to commemorate those victories. It is also mentioned that the Rangers (who are elite assault troops rather than light infantry) believe that they have no reason to try to hide (and given that according to the crunch Ranger armor is completely impervious to small-arms fire and grenade shrapnel, they may be right), but that many units also paint their armor in more location-appropriate camo schemes rather than maintain the iconic white.
10th May '17 1:56:27 PM Antigone3
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* ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'': One Army of God general thinks that his Charisian opponents don't understand that the whole point of an officer's uniform is to make him easily seen by his men ... then remembers how many [=AoG=] officers got sniped by Charisian riflemen.
9th Apr '17 12:11:21 PM StarSword
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* Phoenix-series armor from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is white and pink. White and ''pink''. One of the (female) party members starts the game with it, but you can give it to anyone. [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Krogan]] in pink is hilarious. A few others, particularly the ones designed by Devlon Industries, are highly visible outfits. Then again, the Phoenix series is apparently designed for [[TheMedic medics]], and the Devlon series of armor is designed for construction and utility work in high-risk areas, so it makes sense that they wouldn't be camouflaged.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** {{Justified}} according to the prequel novel ''Literature/MassEffectRevelation'' in that there's no real point to actually wearing camouflage anyway. If you're wearing anything even remotely modern, the only way to hide yourself from enemy sensors is to use a full-on InvisibilityCloak system, because ''everyone's'' armor is outfitted with sensors able to pick you out. Your enemies ''will'' see you regardless of whether you're wearing dull camouflage or bright blue and yellow-painted gear. For this reason, suits with TronLines are commonplace, especially among mercenaries; if you can't hide you might as well be visible and intimidating.
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Phoenix-series armor from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' is white and pink. White and ''pink''. One of the (female) party members starts the game with it, but you can give it to anyone. [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Krogan]] in pink is hilarious. A few others, particularly the ones designed by Devlon Industries, are highly visible outfits. Then again, the Phoenix series is apparently designed for [[TheMedic medics]], and the Devlon series of armor is designed for construction and utility work in high-risk areas, so it makes sense that they wouldn't be camouflaged.



** Within the setting, there's no real point to actually wearing camouflage anyway. If you're wearing anything even remotely modern, the only way to hide yourself from enemy sensors is to use a full-on InvisibilityCloak system, because ''everyone's'' armor is outfitted with sensors able to pick you out. Your enemies ''will'' see you regardless of whether you're wearing dull camouflage or bright blue and yellow-painted gear. For this reason, suits with TronLines are commonplace, especially among mercenaries; if you can't hide you might as well be visible and intimidating.
8th Apr '17 1:01:13 PM nombretomado
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* The Blue Hordes in the {{Redwall}} book ''Lord Brocktree'' have their fur dyed blue from head to tail. Then again, they rely far more on numbers and fear factor than camouflage.

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* The Blue Hordes in the {{Redwall}} {{Literature/Redwall}} book ''Lord Brocktree'' have their fur dyed blue from head to tail. Then again, they rely far more on numbers and fear factor than camouflage.
21st Mar '17 3:42:13 PM morenohijazo
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* The Galician uniform in ''ValkyriaChronicles'' is a blue with red and white stripes design, although the colors aren't as bright as some examples. Special mention for the Bullseye Badge goes to Alicia. Her baker's scarf may be a nice symbol of the life she fights to defend, but in the mean time she's wearing a bright red piece of cloth on her head.

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* The Galician uniform in ''ValkyriaChronicles'' ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' is a blue with red and white stripes design, although the colors aren't as bright as some examples. Special mention for the Bullseye Badge goes to Alicia. Her baker's scarf may be a nice symbol of the life she fights to defend, but in the mean time she's wearing a bright red piece of cloth on her head.
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