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Battlefield 4 Key Art kit

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A few years ago I was approached by the game developer DICE, short for Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment. They are located here in Stockholm and requested some input and advice regarding the characters equipment for their upcoming game. I was of course happy to give my input as best I could. In short; we played dress-up with models such as the one on the cover of Battlefield 4.

Without going into detail about the specific process and technical aspects of developing the characters, I hope this will give a few readers a chance to get to know some bits of kit in the game.

I will walk you through the key art character, the one on the cover of the game.

Firstly, the G3 Combat Uniform is made by Crye Precision, it is a sweet uniform with build in knee pads and moisture wicking material where you carry your body armor . In his leg pockets we find a SERE kit and First Aid.
On his shoulders the character wears a IR reflective US flag, Advanced Warfighter Solutions callsign patch, Calico Jack pirate flag patch and a light stick holder made by Explosive Ops Gear, in which there are a few 4” light sticks.
His pants stay up with the help of a London Bridge Trading rigger belt, from which a personal retention lanyard from Yates Gear hangs. He also carries an ITW Tac-Lock carabiner with a roll of electric tape and an Eagle Industries frag grenade pouch attached to the belt. On top of the rigger belt the operator wears a Tactical Tailor 40mm belt with a bunch of 40mm grenades for his m320a1.

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On his left fore-arm he wears a Diamondback Tactical Commander Arm Panel as well as a Suunto Core All Black. He wears Outdoor Research/Massif Overlord gloves and a pair of Lowa Zephyr Desert boots.

The holster used both on the chest and in the belt is a Safariland 6378USN in Multicam, attached either to a MOLLE attachment or a low-ride Universal Belt Loop.

The plate carrier is a London Bridge Trading LBT-6094B. The Magpul PMAG magazines are carried in a kangaroo insert and a ITW Fast Mag Gen 2, allowing the operator to quickly change magazines in the heat of battle. When he isn’t mounting the Safariland pistol holster at his chest, he chooses an Eagle Industries admin pouch with a Velcro attached 5×3” American flag. A Leatherman MUT EOD is barely visible attached next to the admin pouch on his chest. On the front of the kangaroo puch he also attaches ASP tri-fold restraints and a Tier One Quality Solutions MET Gen 2 (Military Emergency Tourniquet. Under his right arm you may spot a M320a1 grenade launcher holstered in a S&S Precision mount and there is also a Cammenga Tritium Wrist Compass attached to his right shoulder strap.

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The push to talk button for the radio is made by Tactical Command Industries, and he wears a pair of Peltor ComTac II over his Arc’teryx LEAF ball cap in one picture. The radio antenna is located at the operator back with the help of a TCI M.A.S.T kit. Also at the back is a London Bridge Trading 100oz MOLLE hydration pouch, a Diamondback Tactical HABD Pouch with a HABD air system inside, an Omega carabiner as well as two tri-fold restraints and two flash bang grenades, easily accessible for other team members.

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The helmet is a Ops-Core FAST Ballistic helmet with a First Spear  helmet cover, ACR MS-2000 Strobe, Explosive Ops Gear  counter  weight pouch, Princeton Tec MPLS light, Smith Optics  Elite Boogie Regulator goggles and a Norotos AKA-2 night vision  arm.

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About 90% of the equipment is real although I might be forgetting brands and models since it’s been a while now. The few things that aren’t authentic is hard to get a hold off or are unsuitable for untrained models to handle, like live firearms.

As you may notice there are a lot of different models and brands, the reason is simple: There are so many awesome gear manufacturers out there and none of them offers a complete package for everyone. Still there are a lot of brands and models I would like to get to know, but untill then I will only stick to those brands I am familiar with.
Since a few of my favs didn’t get mentioned in the article, here is a shout out: Eye Safety Systems, Wiley-X, Mechanix, Surefire, Vertx, Tactical Assault Gear, High Spear Gear Ind, S.O Tech.

Want to know more about the weapons? Stay tuned…

Any questions or comments? Send it: dave (at) therepublicofdave (dot) se

LBT + HSGI = <3?

 

London Bridge Trading recently released the following statement:

“London Bridge Trading is proud to announce that we are partnering with High Speed Gear to offer a Made in the USA Assaulter’s panel with Double Decker TACO’s® that is compatible with the new MAP (Mission Adaptive Panel) System designed with Chris Costa. A modular version is currently in the works as well to retrofit your existing LBT-6094. We at LBT feel that ultimately, by working with HSGI on this project, that we’ll be able to insure that the end-user will receive the highest quality product from the collaborative efforts of two companies deciding to work with one another manufacturing gear in both our Virginia and North Carolina communities.”10392475_739096462799351_1936356238150208109_n

 

 

 

 

Crye Precision’s new pallettes

This is probably news to no one, but Crye Precision has released a number of variations of their patented Multicam®.  Most of the new pallettes compliments and overlaps portions of the main MultiCam® pattern; so pairing MultiCam® gear with MultiCam Arid™ apparel results in a well-coordinated concealment system. All according to Crye Precision. What I undoubtedly like best though is the Alpine. Let’s do a quick run down.

Multicam Arid™ was developed to effectively reduce the visual and near-IR signature of a person operating in desert environments that predominantly consist of open sand and rock.

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MultiCam Tropic™ was developed to effectively reduce the visual and near-IR signature of a person operating in dense jungle environments, areas that predominantly consist of lush vegetation that remains relatively unaffected by seasonal changes.

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MultiCam Black™ pattern was developed to meet the unique requirements of law enforcement officers operating in high-risk environments. It projects a distinctly authoritative presence appropriate for domestic operations. MultiCam Black™ is designed to complement an officer’s existing equipment and present a sharp, professional image for top-tier law enforcement units. Compared to the A-TACS LE this seems both useful and sincere in its approach.

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MultiCam Alpine™ pattern was developed to effectively reduce the visual and near-IR signature of a person operating in snow-covered environments. It is intended to be used in every area of operation that receives significant snowfall. The MultiCam Alpine™ pattern can be paired with MultiCam® gear as needed to appropriately match the overall level of snow cover present.

Let us linger at the Alpine camouflage for a bit. In all fairness, there hasn’t been a lot of descent snow camouflages. At least not until recently. As the worlds conflicts are about to move from the Middle East to Eastern Europe and the Arctic it is a sensible decision, and Caleb Crye has always proved to be in the forefront of military equipment. In my mind MultiCam Alpine™ will do the job very well.

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Other winter-oriented camouflages that are getting in the fight are the Penncott Snowdrift, Kryptek Yeti (and maybe Raid, would be interesting to see) and the Stealth PXL Snow Camouflage used in Vertx’s Overwhite Suit.

Let’s hope this development continues.