One of the most common mistakes we at Ghost Suits observe is that people rarely weather their ghillie suits. This guide will detail one method of weathering that's fast and easy.
What is it?
"Weathering" is the process of re-coloring something by exposing it to the elements of nature, or to put it simple: making things blend better with nature by "coloring" it with dirt and wear.
You need a bucket (or similar container), a shovel, access to fresh water and something you want to weather.
- For the purposes of this guide we are using a 2m green "Misteltein" gun wrap.
If you dig just beneath the grass of a lawn (or by what means you can acquire dirt where you are), put a rough layer in the bottom of a container.
Add fresh water and mix to make a mixture of muddy water - leave standing for a while so the mixture can separate into layers.
In general, organic material (grass, roots, bugs) float while dense material (gravel, dirt, clay) sink. If your soil contains hazardous or toxic organic materials you might want to filter it and handle with care.
Now that you have a bucket of mud water ready, grab the object you wish to weather and soak it. If it's a large object, you might want to work with it section by section.
Push the ghillie material to the dirt layer on the bottom of the container and rub it firmly. Apply enough force to really rub it against the dirt on the bottom, but not as much as to break the item you're weathering.
Once all of the object has been dirtied, rinse it with fresh clean water - it should now have taken a much darker and dirtier look where the original colors blend together.
Now we're going to drag the object against grass. This is done for a lot of different reasons; it stains green color (remember when you were a kid playing in grass?), it dries it, removes bad loose strands of burlap and imbues it with a scent.
Professional users often imbue scents from sources of the area in which they operate, like hey, bushes and even animal feces.
Attach a wire, cord or something similar to the object you are weathering and simply drag it around in the environment you will be using it in.
Once finished, your weathered item should be a lot less "crisp", and darker and more earth toned compared to when you began weathering it.
There are many other methods to weather it, but this guide focuses on what works reasonably well, is easy to do without experience and does not take a lot of time.
Did we miss anything? Do you have a better method of weathering you use, or did this guide help you? Please let us know in the comments.