I see what you mean about colors blending over distance, and I agree that they do come together as a certain color. However, I have personally seen the effects of camouflage at close distances vs. solid colors and I feel the camouflage always fairs better.
Well, okay then.
What constitutes close distances? How far away do you expect a pattern to render you "invisible" to the human eye?
You either did not read my post thoroughly, or you did not comprehend what I wrote.
I said that a solid color uniform satisfies 80-90% of the COLOR requirement of camouflage. I also said that patterns have an effect, but how big of an effect is hard to quantify in real life.
The biggest issue with colors is contrasting, ie appearing darker or lighter than the background you are viewed against.
Here is a link to the Photosimulation Camouflage Detection Test done by Natick from March 2007 to March 2009.http://www.scribd.com/doc/19823845/Phot ... ction-Test
The test measured how fast soldiers could locate a standing individual in a picture, wearing different patterns, at different distances. This gives a good estimate on visual detection probability wearing different patterns, while standing upright. Strangely enough, desert patterns did not work very well in woodland areas, and woodland patterns were crap in desert terrain.
The data clearly show that environment-specific patterns provide the best camouflage, i.e., lowest probability of detection, in their respective environments. These data clearly indicate that two pattern types, woodland and desert/urban, will provide the best camouflage to the Soldier with missions in these specific environments.
The point is that many users put too much emphasis on the color and pattern part, although UCP really is crap, instead of focusing on the entire scope of camouflage.
Camouflage is so much more than just the color of the gear and the uniform. Even the "best" pattern is ineffective if the fundamentals are not applied properly (target indicators on gear, highlighted against background, not breaking up shapes, not changing out natural vegetation based on freshness and local flora regularly, improper use of terrain/staying in positive areas etc).
Another aspect here is an individuals ability of observation. Most people are clueless as to the proper method of observing, and how psychological factors play a part in how we see things. Many people look, but they do not observe anything. To hide from people who know how to observe, color is but one aspect of a very difficult skill.