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    After reading the topic posted by K-Tana, I started wondering how technical pens would work and how to use them. I'm assuming you would use them for blacklining, but any advice would be apreciated.

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    I saw someone do the Tau vehicles with em, looked pretty good. No experience with them myself. I use a wash instead. Sorry.

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    Tech pens are great

    on my vyper squad all the blacklines between the panels was done with one, it would have taken ten times as long if I had used a wash. Also going around spirit stones or bolts is a snap and instantly shades them, and obviously writing on sholder pads etc. is much easier.

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    Sounds good, I did paint a viper jet bike for a friend when the model first came out. The wash did take a little while. I'll give the pens a try...

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    Rotring pens are excellent for this kind of work. Replaceable nibs, different grades and flows of ink, all that kind of nonsense. Not cheap though, but the pens themselves will last forever.

    Tech pens are the ideal thing for doing grafitti and unit markings on epic scale vehicles. I just don't have the steady-handedness to do it with a brush!

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    what do you mean technical pen and where would i get one
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    what do you mean technical pen and where would i get one
    A technical pen is the kind of fine nibbed, high quality drawing pen used by architects, draughtsmen, engineers and so on to produce very detailed plans, drawings, etc. They are ideal for using on miniatures due to very fine, high quality nibs, the ven flow rate of the ink and so on. They are available in some art shops, specialist stationers and so on.

    Hope this helps.

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    I must get myself one, they sound brilliant. I need something fine for doing unit kill markings on weapons etc.
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    thanks malcolm thats helped alot. i will see if i can get some for the numbers on my cadian shoulder pads. it will be alot easier than painting them on (i&#39;m no good at painting anyway - my friend does most of my detail)
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    No problem.

    I use a Rotring Rapidograph with a 0.13mm nib. It&#39;s about the thinnest nib you can get but still gives nice, even results.

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