I am about to paint my l96 desert camo, and I'm have trouble picking a pattern to use.
If anybody had any past experiences, or ideas that would be great.
Remove all your internals, tape off your scope lenses, and put your bolt handle in the receiver (but remove all the internals), and put your L96 on its bipod.
Depending on how many colors / tones you want, you can either take a casual, random pattern, or you can do a two toned tiger stripe pattern, which is pretty easy and effective.
I made a OD / Tan tiger stripe scheme. Simply remove the internals, tape down the scope's lenses, and put a layer of either OD or tan on the whole thing. Then, get a piece of cardboard, or a manilla folder, and carve out a random, repeating pattern of stripes. This is your stencil. Then, just use the stencil to make the stripes on the gun out of the other color you chose. Simple and effective.
The closer you hold the stencil to the gun while you spray, the better the resolution and definition of the tiger stripe. Conversely, the further you hold the stencil from the gun while you spray, the more subdued and subtle the transition of Color 1 to Color 2 will look. Either one will work fine, it's just about user preference.