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PenCott Camouflage Shows Up On ‘House Of Cards’

Hyde Definition’s PenCott BadLands and GreenZone camouflage patterns are featured in the latest season of ‘House of Cards’. The full release can be read below, and beware, there are some spoilers:


Hyde Definition’s cutting-edge PenCott-BadLands™ and PenCott-GreenZone™ camouflage patterns continue to show up in interesting places – this time they are featured in Season 3 of the award-winning Netflix drama “House of Cards”.

Caution, this announcement carries a SPOILER ALERT…

Seen in a crucial and dramatic segment of Season 3; PenCott™ camouflage patterns are seen in use by ‘Russian’ soldiers taking part in a peacekeeping mission in the Middle East. The Russian soldiers are seen wearing BadLands™ uniforms, whereas GreenZone™ uniforms are worn by the Russian officers and by Russian President Petrov. All of the PenCott camouflage uniforms used are the CPU (Combat Patrol Uniform) model made by Polish company Helikon-Tex.


In the latter part of Chapter 36, US President Underwood and Russian President Petrov hold a secret meeting in the Jordan Valley to try and resolve a crisis concerning the peacekeeping mission there. In the segment President Underwood (played by Emmy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey) wears an OCP/MultiCam ACU, and President Petrov (played by Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen – renowned for his roles in ‘The Killing’ and ‘Sherlock’) wears a GreenZone™ CPU.

As real Russian Army ‘Digital-Flora’ uniforms are hard to come by, the ‘House of Cards’ costume department selected GreenZone™ and BadLands™ pattern uniforms as stand-ins. Together with help from their retail partners, and with MMI Textiles also helping to supply some spare fabric, Hyde Definition and Helikon-Tex were able to rapidly assemble the sizes and quantities of uniforms and caps that were needed and deliver them in time to meet a tight filming schedule.

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11 Responses to “PenCott Camouflage Shows Up On ‘House Of Cards’”

  1. Geoff says:

    Great show!

  2. CAVstrong says:

    Can the DoD adopt Pencott please? In tired of the camo wars. Let’s just pick a family a move on.

    • straps says:

      War’s over and OCP has been selected.

      All that’s left is implementation (I’m seeing no indication GEN Odierno has been briefed, so the clock hasn’t even started) and litigation.

      Caleb Crye will get his $24M AND he’ll get to keep on selling Multicam.

      How’s THAT for a “House of Cards” style plot turn?

      Oh, and memo to TV & Film wardrobe types: Almost NOBODY walks around with that mandarin collar closed. If you’re gonna secure that collar, you might as well give the talent a matching bow tie because it won’t look that much more awkward.

  3. mike says:

    awesome behind-the-scenes on this selection! thanks Admin!

  4. straps says:

    Well, it IS First Spear Friday…

  5. Lcon says:

    Being that the Story has the Peace keeping op in the middle east Would not Pencott SandStorm have been a better choice? The Russians do have a desert version of there digi patterns

    • JJe says:

      A-TACS in AU and FG versions would be more suitable, due Russians making their own copies of fabric, and some companies use original one, but that’s a nerdy knowledge, so movie makers are sort of justified. Propably they thinked:
      “We can’t use original russian uniforms, can’t use chinese copies. Digi Flora use small pixels. We need find some comercial camo with small pixels”

      • Lcon says:

        That’s Fine but my point is, That the Story has them in the desert, and Hyde Definition’s Pencott SandStorm pattern would have been a fair stand in for Russian digital desert. Greenzone is a woodland pattern.

        • JJe says:

          Another thing is that Helikon for now isn’t making Sandstorm uniforms for now: only Greenzone and Badlands: filmmakers would pay much more for dedicated desert uniforms from different company.

  6. Lawrence says:


    In fact, the “House of Cards” wardrobe team had already zeroed in on the Helikon-Tex CPUs in BadLands and GreenZone as their choice of uniform for the Russians.

    My guess is that they put Petrov and his officers in GreenZone rather than BadLands because, according to the storyline, they had just flown in from Russia – they weren’t there as part of the peace-keeping operation.