Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Devising Dazzle Camouflage | Series 2018A & B

Hypothetical Dazzle Camouflage © Roy R. Behrens (2018)
Above and below Hypothetical dazzle ship camouflage schemes devised by Roy R. Behrens by isolating details from pre-existing photographs. These are not actual examples of historic ship camouflage, but suggest that there may be alternative, more expedient ways to devise confusion patterns.


Unsigned, ART OF CAMOUFLAGE REVIVED. Healseville and Tarra Glen Guardian (Victoria, Australia) August 16, 1930, p. 3—

The art of camouflage, forerunner of the modern futuristic painting, has been revived in all its multi-colored weirdness in Hollywood. The fanatistic patterns, so familiar during the war, were used on the settings and equipment for Young Eagles, Charles (Buddy) Rogers' current picture, which is to be shown at the Memorial Hall tonight.

Young Eagles is a dramatic spectacle of combat in the air, and every effort was expended to accurately reproduce the equipment used in the Great War. A fleet of Spad and Fokker planes, similar to those used at the time, were specially constructed for the picture. The planes, a block of hangars, and the many motor lorries used in the production were all painted in wartime fashion.

Unsigned, CLAY COUNTY FAIR NOTES. Spencer Reporter (Spencer IA) September 30, 1925—

The crazy camouflage building is located a little north of the main stock barns and was put up last week as additional housing for horses. It is about a hundred feet long and is walled and partitioned with boards from the fair grounds fence that was wrecked by the wind storm week before last. It will be recalled that the fence was covered with painted advertisements of local business concerns. They are now thoroughly scrambled, giving a decorative effect to the building that is unique. Visit it and try to pick out a few ads.

Hypothetical Dazzle Camouflage © Roy R. Behrens (2018)

Unsigned, DAZZLE PAINTING. Sydney Morning Herald (New South Wales, Australia) September 2, 1919, p. 6—

It [WWI dazzle camouflage] produced an effect resembling a crazy dream from Alice in Wonderland, but it gave a touch of variety and picturesqueness now lacking in shipping. To see a great liner in her camouflage was to be reminded of a very dignified and imposing lady reluctantly masquerading at a fancy dress ball in a fantastic futurist costume.

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