JudgementDay wrote:Seriously though, the ghillie suits were about the only thing that offered a bit of a fair chance for NAF forces. With the terrain encountered, NAF forces were clearly visible at all times, while Poldavian forces had the full range of useful camouflage.
It stands to reason that all civilians partaking in battles wore colours of Poldavian-like camo, not colours you found in NAF camo.
While I agree that the OD restriction worked well and did not impede the civilians much, and also showed that they were non-military, the restriction for NAF forces was too much of a disadvantage with the chosen terrain.
@ RAG Recon: I fully agree on the part of different armies wearing different patterns. If this wasn't Airsoft with random people coming together without any military organization at all, the right rule/restriction would be for players to have only one specific pattern per side, one appropriate for the terrain the game is set in, and also have people only use weaponry of a specific kind (so only US gear on one side, Soviet gear on the other side, for example).
And to top things up, you could rule that each party may only communicate in a specific language, which would probably do a whole lot about identification, but is of course entirely impossible.
But since this is Airsoft, and people buy random stuff just to reflect what they like instead of which party they intend to belong to, I don't think that's possible. So in my eyes, the armband is the most sensible approach - if you want to avoid friendly fire because people can't bother to communicate before shooting.
If anything, I'd vote that the camo restriction is dropped, and the armbands are kept.
The armbands are a fair way of differentiating the two teams as they allow both teams to wear any uniforms they want and do not cause players to sacrifice a major part of the game by wearing them. If the players then decide to wear desert camo or any other camo that doesn't fit in with the environment then that's their choice, but atleast give them the choice!
The major problems with different uniforms are, as mentioned:
If one team is forced to wear lighter colours such as Desert they aren't actually using camouflage... They may as well be wearing bright pink or some other colour. This is of course a huge disadvantage, especially when the other team is forced to wear camouflage that is designed to blend in with the environment.
Also I have a few Swedish mates who wanted to wear Woodland M90, I have a few German mates who wanted to wear Flecktarn, I have a few British mates that all wanted to wear Woodland DPM and I wanted to wear Multicam. According to the rules for this years Berget I could not wear multicam because that would mean I would have to be on the opposite team to all of my friends, what fun is that?! None at all is the answer, instead I had to wear DPM just so I could play on the same team. I bet this happens to a lot or people that all want to wear different camouflages and are forced to wear one particular type because of the "uniform" restrictions.
Do the sensible thing and get rid of the uniform restrictions and just keep arm bands.