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Austrian K4 Peadot by Tounushi Austrian K4 Peadot by Tounushi
The earliest camouflage pattern developed by Austria was introduced in 1957, and is often referred to in English as the "pea pattern." Although bearing some resemblance to the Erbsenmuster pattern developed by Germany during the Second World War, the Austrian pattern is only influenced by this earlier design and not based on the original German drawings. The Austrian design consists of dark maroon, mauve, and pea green dots and blotches on a pinkish-grey field. The most interesting feature of the original (1st) pattern is a juxtaposition of inverted clusters, not readily apparent to casual observers but illustrated in detailed photographs (see below). The pattern retained the same features, with perhaps tiny changes to some of the shapes within the cluster, until it was modified at some point between 1961 and 1966. The 2nd pattern seems to have continued in production unmodified until 1976, and contains numerous minor modifications to the existing shapes, as well as a major feature insertion, consisting of a band of shapes that actually disrupted the inversion feature. Two primary types of field uniform were produced in this pattern for the Austrian soldier, the Kampfanzug 1957 and the Kampfanzug 1959 - often referred to within the Army as K4 - as well as several styles of parka, field equipment covers, and a reversible shelter half with a "splinter" pattern printed on one side. The K4 "pea pattern" was only worn sporadically after the 1970s.
In the early 1960s, the Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung ('Federal Ministry for National Defense') approved the introduction of new camouflage uniforms for use by the Österreichs Bundesheer ('Federal Army of Austria').

Sometimes called Austrian Erbsenmuster ('pea pattern') because it bears some resemblance to late-war SS-Erbsenmuster, Fleckenteppich is a five-colour camouflage, comprising black, brown, medium green and medium grey spots on a tan background, which has a distinctly pinkish cast.

The Österreichs Bundesheer discontinued the use of camouflage uniforms in 1978, preferring, instead, a solid green uniform for its soldiers. However, instances of this camouflage pattern continue to be worn by Austrian military snipers.

The 1966 version has a 16cm longer tile, with the diagonal repeat moved further horizontally and there are some additional blotches to the repeating element.

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I love it, why stop it.... :(
Any chance we can have the pattern tile?  

Also, the pattern was discontinued mainly because it looked "too aggressive".  I know Austrian army OPFOR training units still have a lot of it in their inventory and every now and then you see pictures of Austrian soldiers wearing part of the camo uniform in the field.

Politicians had problems with Flecktarn looking too aggressive as well before it was introduced in the German army in the 90's.  
Where would you like me to send them?
Post to photobucket and send URL perhaps? 
Adyb234 Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks fantastic as usual, must admit, why did the Austrians discontinue it, too much like  YE OLDE NAZI Erbsen patt?
Fiscal reasons might have been there.

Easier to make OD for a conscript army than camo uniforms.
kyuzoaoi Oct 30, 2013  Student Artist
Very cool camo. I wonder why the Austrian Army chose to discontinue it.
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