The thing about cammoing your guns is you can make it what ever you like! If your going for a certain look, follow in the shoes of others on the web, if you have your own vision run with it.
The hardest part of painting a gun is the first squirt of paint....... After that your committed.
I pattern mine after my local surroundings. Matching colors. What leaves you use doesn't matter a whole lot when you are looking from more than about ten feet away.
I think they turned out, just as good as the m1a, just different. I have a tendency of never doing the exact same thing twice. Just seems to happen that way.
If you are looking for assistance on a project, let me know. Would be glad to give guidance. But you really can't screw a paint job up, unless you forget to tape off your crucial areas. You don't like how it turned out, just toss on another coat of paint and make it a little different until you get what your looking for.
I really like the Brownell paint. It's always my base coat. Seems to hold on well.