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Was looking at painting some free hand runes and it's not going well in terms of getting the same runes onto different aspect warriors in the same scale. So i thought i'd try some decals or transfers as they were called when i was a lad.
I've never actually used them before and thought it best to see if you guys had any hints, tips, or guidance?
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This is the method that I use for applying decals (works very well for GW decals)
1. Paint a layer of gloss varnish over the area where the decal will go on the model.
2. Soak and apply transfer/decal
3. Brush on Micro-sol to soften the decal and help it conform. Wait a minute or 2.
3. I use a soft sponge to wick away the liquid from the decal and start smoothing it down in place.
4. brush on Micro-set to help set the decal in place. Again wait a minute or 2 and gently wick away any liquid.
5. When dry I go over any raised areas on the decal and scrap them away. This is really important on curved surfaces like Space marine shoulder pads - where it is nigh impossible to get a clean flat decal. If any of the design scrapes away simply paint it back in.
6. When completely dry and touched up I apply a second coat of gloss varnish over the decal to get rid of any silvering.
7. When finished with the model I spray dullcote over it to kill the shine of the gloss.
If you want to do any weathering - do so before applying the second coat of gloss. I got the Micro-sol and Micro-set at a hobby store. It was recommended to me by their model train guy. I am sure there are other brands of decal softeners out there but these have worked great for me. keep in mind that GW decals are a bit thicker than most other brands so the softener is really good to have.
Hope this helps.
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While I haven't tried this, I'm told that white vinegar is a good homemade "softening agent." I've been told to mix it 50/50 with the water you're using to soak the decal in.
But then, I haven't tried this, so don't shoot the messenger if it turns out wrong!