Painting Blog, Part 4

Hey Rune Warriors, I thought I should show you what I’ve been up to since I blogged last. Well Josh and I are going to talk about the first 200 point battle we had, which was tons of fun and made me want to play even more (should we find the time). But last paint […]

Hey Rune Warriors,

Today I thought I would go through my decal application process for anyone out there who might need a bit of help.  I will use my current tray of cavalry as an example.  (and yes that is Kari and Ardus in the background, more on that in a bit).

First as shown below I’m going to apply a decal to the shields.  For the models I have applied Citadel’s Ardcoat as a gloss varnish to the purple area of the shields.


I have already used Testors White Decal Paper to print my decals as shown below.  I have also sprayed on Testors Decal Bonder and let it dry overnight.  I have cut the decals down to the size needed.


I have experimented a bunch and for best results I use Microscale Industries, Inc Micro Set and Micro Sol.  I recommend these products but any decal set and solvent will be adequate, and should give much better results than water with minimal effort.


Now I have my dish of hot water, my shop towel, Micro Set, model and decal ready.  I let the deal soak 20-30 seconds in the hot water, then set it on the towel to soak up excess water.  While the decal is soaking I liberally apply Micro Set to the surface I am going to apply the decal to.


I then slide the decal in place (or as close to in place as possible).  I use more Micro Set and a brush to move the decal into place.  After the decal is in place I take up any excess Micro Set with a Q-Tip.  You need to be careful and as you can see while drying I moved the decal out of position and had to reapply Micro Set to move it back to an acceptable position.


After the Micro Set has had a chance to dry (5-10 min) I apply Micro Sol.  This is a solvent that will erode the decal paper.  It’s not as bad as it sounds, and for those infantry guys who have battle damage on their shields the thinner paper will adhere to the battle damage better.  Really what this is going to do is make the decal look painted on and not stuck out.


Repeat wiping off the excess with the Q-Tip like with the Micro Set.  Shown below is the first iteration of Micro Sol.  As you may see the decals still show wrinkles.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIX THIS!!!  This may seem like I’m over reacting, but more people rip their decals this way than care to admit.  What you are doing here is making the decal softer so trying to move it manually will damage the decal.  If it still looks wrinkled repeat the Mirco Sol application until it has that painted on look (or close enough to it you are happy with.


Hope that helps!!!

On a second note there have been some questions on my colors.  Unless other wise said they are Citadel colors.  My purple is Xereus Purple, gold is Retributor Armour.  My swords are based in Leadbelcher.  I shade with Druchii Violet on the purple, Agrax Earthshade on the leather and gold, and Nuln Oil on the sword.  For my highlights I force brighter tones by mixing with my base tones.  My purple is a 50/50 Xereus Purple with Nurgling Green.  My Gold is 25/75 Retributor Armour to Auric Armour Gold, and my swords are edged with pure Stormhost Silver.


Heroes: 0/5

Spearmen 16/32

Cavalry 6/12

Rune Golems 2/2

Infantry Command 0/4


P.S. Here is a preview of what I’m doing with Kari.  Hint it involves a descent lieutenant pack that Runewars players will be familiar with.



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