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03 June 2015 @ 10:46 am
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OK. I've gotten this far without mentioning what directorate teams wear in the field. Or that security of the One Embassy on Embassy is handled by External Relations Directorate Guards. In Uniform.

So . . . khaki's in the field? Or how about brown, the dress uniform is brown with gold braid? But only official guards wear them. The bureaucrats wear their business suits and red power ties.

Any problems with that?
hollybambolo on June 3rd, 2015 06:18 pm (UTC)
Brown uniforms sound good to me. (Doesn't House Vorkosigan have brown uniforms? Seems familiar from somewhere, but that's hardly a reason not to use brown.)

I expect there are a multitude of field uniforms, depending on climate among other factors. Probably there's a patch for Info teams that would be the real indicator that these guys are a directorate team, whether they're in arctic, temperate, jungle, desert, or other uniform. There might be two types of each uniform, even, for a mission like this it wouldn't be a bad idea to have them in hunter orange, but for clandestine observations a camouflage would be better.

Comet Fall uses magic camo as a matter of course--Wolf's influence, no doubt--I can't remember seeing Oners doing anything like a light warp and Ebsa seemed intrigued in a this is a new to me concept way. Is it that they aren't able to, haven't figured it out, or just that we haven't seen it?
matapampamuphoff on June 3rd, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
I had reactive camo in _Empire_ for Paer's guards after the kidnapping attempt. Light warp is something they will be picking up on, as they associate more with Xen & company through Disco.

Reactive camo is probably too expensive/hot for people chasing dinosaurs. I'm wondering, the Black Horse guards had black with purple for their dress uniforms. Interior, I can see blue for police, with fancy navy with gold piping for seniors. But I've elsewhere got guards for embassies coming from the Exterior Directorate, and wondered both what their dress uniforms would look like, and then the field teams. Would they have the tough fabric, loose active fit version in some similar color, or not? Khaki is how I was sort of vaguely picturing them, in the field.
matapampamuphoff on June 3rd, 2015 06:53 pm (UTC)
Vorkosigans had brown and silver. Firefly had Browncoats. Seems a popular theme.
shana: pic#26226061shana on June 3rd, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
Why red power ties? Brown uniforms sound okay. Most armies seem to do khaki or tan or some sort of gray in the field.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on June 3rd, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
Does there have to be field uniform at all?

I am thinking British Antarctic Survey here.

If uniform, allowance or issued (Ebsa's comment about blood when an intern) ?

Why red ties (I assume on Embassy) rather than Islamic green (with a Unicorn symbol natch)?

I would use khakis (as field greys et) no possessive.

Little Egret in Walton-on-Thames

matapampamuphoff on June 3rd, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
Green was used by the Warriors of the One. They were, at one point, rather uppity about other people using it. Now it's a "you aren't strong enough to make me take it off" sort of pushiness.

The fad of which color or pattern of tie (or scarf for businesswomen)signifies what varies constantly. Both red and green are more frequently "power signals" than other colors.