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I make my own banners usually. My catachan army banners are pieces of cut up brown army t-shirts that I sewed onto the banner pole and then painted a design onto.
There's a guy who sells banners on ebay, but they are all SM banners. Maybe you could email him and get him to make one or two for you.... for a price.
Lastly, you could just switch over to cadians, since they have already have a couple of models with really nice "pewter" banners.
I use the metal standards for IG, but i did used to make nifty pennants and flags for my large scale warships.
1. Get an old white T-shirt or hankerchief.
2. Cut 5 sq ins out of it.
3. Dip that into watered down PVA, peg it up and leave it to dry.
4. When dry, cutout the shape you want, and you can now make creases in it etc.
5. Paint on your design and voilah, you have a very nice bit o' kit.
ohh i know i have a thing on how to make banners somewhere in my computer (searching computer files) Here it is. I did not come up with this i just found it somewhere on the internet liked it and saved it to my computer.
For a long time the only way people thought to make banners for their wargames were from paper, wine foil, or actual cloth (cloth always looks like ***** imho). In recent years though, the latest fad is to make them out of greenstuff putty. Putty banners always look great if you get a bit of practice with the process of making them. They always retain their shape and you don't have to worry about tears. Not only that, but you can paint them just like you do the rest of the model. The only catch is finding a good way to make decent looking banners - which is exactly what I'll show you today.
So here's what you'll need : Wax paper, vegetable oil, cotton balls, green stuff, a fresh exacto blade, and a metal straight edge. You can substitute vaseline or chap stick for the oil, and plastic wrap for the wax paper - though I highly recommend the wax paper. If you have a GW sculpting tool or equivalent, I'd get that also.
STEP ONE: Start by tearing off a sheet of wax paper and folding it directly in half. Open it up and grease down most of the inside with whatever lube you chose. Keep it light. I'd suggest applying with your fingers or cotton ball depending on what you chose and then going over it again with a cotton ball to remove any excess.
STEP TWO: Next, mix up a chunk of green stuff. Keep in mind you will be flattening it out quite a bit, so a little will squish into a considerably larger area of putty. Once mixed place it in the crease of your folded wax paper in roughly the center of the page.
STEP THREE: Using a rolling pin, unopened coke, glass candle, basically any smooth cylinder, roll across the putty and flatten it out. Try to make it spread evenly, as if you go too far in one direction it may become to thin for the banner you have in mind. Keep rolling until it's pretty thin, but not too thin - a few millimeters round-abouts. After you've got it the way you want it, let it sit for about a half hour.
STEP FOUR: After it sits for a while, it will cure just enough for you to be able to cut the putty into your banner shapes without too much stretching or distortion. Remember to use a new blade and it should be alright. Remember to include enough area for the banner to wrap around the banner pole - I have opted for a simple wrap, you may want to use a different design such as the "prongs" used in most banner construction to hang onto and wrap around the pole. After you have the desired shapes, get your banner pole ready and peel off one side of the wax paper.
STEP FIVE: Apply the unwrapped side to the banner pole. Start wrapping it on the front side of the pole, and smear the banner slightly to get it to stick. (A sculpting tool makes this a lot easier) Then wrap it one full time around to cover up your smears and to get the banner to stick to itself. Then take off the rest of the wax paper.
STEP SIX: At this point gravity is your friend and enemy. With vertically hanging banners, it wont be much of a problem, but with horizontal banners like these, you may want to lay the model on its back or side and elevate it to let the banners hang freely. You can avoid this by making the banners BEFORE you place the pole on the model, but the final result wont look as realistic. In any event, let the banner sit like this for an hour or so. This will cure them enough to let you begin to shape them.
STEP SEVEN: You can now bend and shape them as you wish. Drastic twists and bends make for great looking flags. Gravity will naturally pull the banner directly down slowly, but this helps for a dash of realism, especially on models that have banner poles at odd angles. In any event, once you play with the banner a while to get a decent look, you'll want to prop it up with something to prevent unwanted sagging and let it sit overnight.
So there yah have it! As you can see, this method can make some really nice, dynamic looking banners. They will still be slightly flexible, but will retain their final shape. With some practice, putty banners are a snap to make!
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I usually use regular white A4 printer paper...
Keep in mind that I like my banners flat and stiff, I imagine that my IG and Space Marines use something to stretch them out so they'll be as visible as possible. If you want banners blowing in the wind or fancy crap like that, my method won't work.
I start with scribbling down a few designs I think I'll like. When I have a good one I measure the banner pole and crossbar on my banner (I usually do marine style T-banners) to get the appropriate size. Then I draw out a rectangle on an A4, add some strips of paper on top of it to wrap around the pole and start to draw my design inside the rectangle. Then I use spray varnish to seal the paper on both sides. This is very important since if you paint directly on the paper it's likely that it will go all bumpy and ugly when it dries. The varnis keeps it flat. I then lightly spray it white to get a rougher surface, this is optional but make sure you don't cover your design completely. Then I just fill in the colours.
The last banner I made was for my cadians (not actual cadians but using the models). I used the Terminator Chaplain's Banner Pole (a skull with a laurel wreath), cut off the original pole and mounted it on a straight piece of thick wire. The banner was a simple geometric design; Green background with a yellow T, sort of like a cross flag with the top bit of the cross removed. I then applied an eagle transfer on the yellow T and I was done. Simple but pretty good looking.