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So I've read in several threads about ink and paint pens and using them on miniatures. I'm completely unfamiliar with this, but would love to give it a whirl. Does anyone have any advice on these, such as good ones to pick up, technique, etc.? I'm always looking forward to improving my work, so anything that does so is always welcome!
I'm afraid I have no experience of said pens but I'll be watching this one with interest - if there's a way I can write/draw detail on my miniatures I'll be all over the idea like white on rice!
I am not sure if this is what you are looking for, but I use pens to draw eyes and scribble writing on my purity seals. It is simply just a black 05 or 005 micron pen available at any craft store.
An 005 Micro Pen will give you the best results as it is thin, but buying a 05 will be good to have by for the larger, thicker, details.
Sakura Pigma Micron pens work great and are easy to find. 005 is pretty extreme, I usually use the 01 for things like purity seals etc. It's best to use the pens after doing a first spray of clearcoat so that you don't clog up the tip with paint (and correspondingly scratch up the paintjob.) You can also wipe off pen mistakes without hurting the paint if you do it that way.
Well, when I use my 005, I do outlines that I later paint in, so that may be why. The 01 is also very good if your just doing things like that.
These sound very cool, I shall have to get myself one! <tries to remember locations of craft shops in Durham>
One question though, are they available in white and / or gold? both would be awesome for detailing for my marines, though I won't hold my breath as I'm a pessimist by nature!
I suspect Tekore is probably referring more to paint pens, rather than using fine-liners to do detail work.
While I have not used them myself, I have heard good things about GUNDAM markers (*linky*), which are essentially marker pens, with acrylic paints instead of normal inks (ie: designed for use on plastic/metal, rather than paper/board).
They would (I am guessing) work very well on models with large, flat surfaces (like Tau *cough*amine*cough* BattleSuits, Marine Vehicles etc), and work quite badly on everything else.
Could be worth a shot if you have money to burn and an inkling that you might prefer them...
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