Equipment

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