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Really noob question but how do you paint the writing on flags and other stuff?
I have a fine detail brush but that just doesn't cut it.
It is all in your hand, but a proper brush helps too.
Some people try to use MICRO pens, the very fine ones like a fraction of a millimeter.
It all depends on how skilled you are with the brush - there is no real secret there.
Would writing with a toothpick work?
I don't think writing with a toothpick would do the trick. A brush is really the best bet, but a micro pen is doable as well. In the projects forum you'll find Mr. Dee's black templars. There's a lot of 'faux' writing on them. The trick to that is to break up the lines so it looks more like real words.
If you're trying to write actual words on banners and stuff, that's much more difficult to do properly. The trick with that is getting it even. It'll work out best if you practice on paper and try to find the center of the word you want to write, then work from the middle out. I've also heard that if you try doing it upside down it makes it easier because instead of words, you just see shapes and lines. Haven't tried it myself, but who knows.
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Here's a picture of a Space Marine I did, with some writing on the purity seal scroll on the leg.
I used a Pigma Micron black ink pen (0.5mm width), though a pencil would also work. Toothpicks might be able to do it, but you'll have problems with the flow of paint. The trick is not to try actually writing words, but horizontal lines with dots between them. At a glance, this will look like writing and is good for the small scale. Trying to actually write words will make it look blotchy, messy and not actually like writing at all.
For actual writing you're better off using a larger brush than the fine detail. The best is with a new brush with a very fine tip and thin down the paint A LOT so it has the consistency of calligraphy ink. The larger brush allows you to hold more liquid so you're able to write whole letters or even words with the load held in the brush
@Ravendove purity seals isn't a problem the problem is on the flags and larger scrolls that they put actual writing on.
Where can I get one? Are they expensive?