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I've heard rumors that it's possible to make water transfers... for those of us who want to make chapter markings of our own, for example. Anybody know anything about that?
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I have heard about this myself, but have no clear idea how to go about it.
However, you have some alternatives;
Rub down transfers - these are available on large translucent sheets and may be rubbed onto painted surfaces like minis shoulder pads or the sides of vehicles, with a degree of care. They are available from stationers and graphic shops.
Design your own using a PC paint package - and transfer them into tattoo film, which is a clear plastic film that can be printed on using an inkjet printer, cut and applied to human skin as a temporary tattoo. However, you can apply them to painted minis too, as long as you varnish the film once attached.
Use other transfers - Model shops (i.e. that sell aeroplane kits etc.) may have sheets of transfers for other models, that might make good chapter markings.
I have used all these techniques myself, and I hope they help.
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Alps makes a printer that is great for doing your own decals. Here is a link to printing decals with an alps printer.
I don't know how the quality of regular ink from an injet would work. Most people that I have heard talk about making their own decals used an alps printer.
You could also go to Griffon Games and have them make a custom decal sheet for you. If you don't already have the equipment it is definitely a cheaper route to go.
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I have also seen Testor's sell a DIY transfer sheet system. In the model section of the local Wal-Mart. I have never used this, so I coudn't tell you the quality, but it's worth a shot.
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I have experimented with DIY transfers a lot. They are not easy to work with and have several drawbacks. The benefit is you can print anything you want.
- They are very thick and do not comform to curves AT ALL! Don't even think about putting them on shoulder pads.
- Your printer does not print white. If you want white on your transfer you must use white transfer paper or paint the background (careful planning here) white before putting the transfer in place. The white must be trimmed perfectly around the transfer or you will see it as a border.
- You cannot use setting solutions or transfer solvents during the application as they will make the inkjet ink run. At least no brand I have found yet.
That being said, you can make some cool decals for flat surfaces:
Crusader Nose Art (large picture)