the lizard is back

18 05 2009

US company EOTAC recently released a retro-styled jacket sporting a reproduction of the French Lizard pattern of the late 1950s and early 1960s (as used in Algeria, and in a darker, jungle coloured, version widely believed to be the precursor to the famous Vietnam era Tiger-stripe camouflage).

The Eotac Lizard pattern jacket

Eotac Lizard camo jacket, via Soldier Systems

To follow this, they have just put out a field vest in a complimentary French Mle 56 style (actually the same style as the jacket, but sleeveless). Visit Soldier Systems for more information about this interesting offering.


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6 responses

18 05 2009
Allan

I think that lizard camouflage is too stripy. I tested Malaysian Lizard camouflage and the lack of vertical shapes lets it down.

18 05 2009
domhyde

Thanks for that, Allan. Would you like to explain what you mean by ‘Malaysian Lizard’ please, as to the best of my knowledge the Malaysians do not/have not worn a woodland pattern based on French Lizard. I’d be interested to know what you got your hands on.

18 05 2009
Allan

Oh sorry Dom, it is called Malaysian Brush camouflage. Unlike the other brush camouflage patterns like Rhodesian and Belgium, the Malaysian Brush camouflage pattern is more stripy and looks a lot like the largest French Lizard camouflage. Like with French Lizard camouflage the Malaysian Brush camouflage has no vertical shapes.

18 05 2009
domhyde

Do you mean this: http://www.worldcamo.com/images/mala-1m.jpg ? Based on the same WW2 Denison pattern that inspired Belgian Brushstroke and Indian Fern, as well as DPM? The Malaysian Brush pattern with the big fat multidirectional strokes? The one that looks nothing like either vertical or horizontal Lizard pattern? So you tested that, and concluded that a completely different pattern was too stripy?

If only it were that simple, my friend.

19 05 2009
Allan

I don’t think DPM is related to the brushstroke family. French Lizard is related to the brushstroke family, there are strong similarities in colour and colour order, and that the dark green and reddish brown create a darker “forth” colour. French Lizard looks like compressed Malaysian Brushstroke. I have a Malaysian Brushstroke rain cape and there are no truly vertical shapes, only horizontal and diagonal, so therefore the pattern is not multidirectional despite how it may appear on the jacket in the picture you supplied. After testing Malaysian Brushstroke I can conclude that the horizontal bias creates a stripy appearance. There is certainly more similarity between Malaysian Brushstroke and French Lizard, than French Lizard and Vietnam Tiger Stripe.

21 05 2009
domhyde

DPM is descended from the Denison/M42 family of camouflage patterns, used during and after the war by French and Belgian SAS as well as various British military. The Belgian Brushstroke and similar ‘Moon and Balls’ camouflage clearly derives from these wartime patterns. Many countries that were part of the British Dominion or Commonwealth based their camouflage on these patterns too: India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Rhodesia, for instance. French Tenue Leopard (‘lizard’) can be seen to be an extreme variation of the brushstroke style, having much thinner but longer strokes and a distinct directional bias. The idea of dithered edges and fall-ons (overlapping of colours) is the same as the that used in the Denison and M42 patterns, however. Vietnamese tiger stripe may lack the fall-ons, but its shapes and scale are obviously lizard based, and the French had only just left Indochina when the pattern emerged. Coincidence? I think not.

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