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I'm having problems applying marks of slaanesh onto my marine shoulder pads because of the round surface. How can I do it so that it doesn't look crappy and creased?
the best way i've found is to use a Hoby knife to trim off the ecess paper aqround the decal. then drop the decal into a cup of warm(NOT hot) water. let it soak for about 2 minutes and use a wet paint brush and tweezers to brush the decal sideways onto the sholder pad. once it's on use a drop of water to position it correctly and tamp it down with the wet bursh. Mind you , you should be very gentle in doing this . once it's in place set it aside to dry. adry it dries I use diluted emler's glue(pva glue) to coat the decal before I put on the final layer of varnish. I also use a coat of glossy varnish (if you can still find it in the GW paint pot form) to seal it down.
Always use gloss varnish on the surface first..
I can't find solv-o-set so I then use a little liquid polystyrene (NOT poly cement.. And this is why you have to varnish, if nothing else, most solvents are strong enough to melt paint or even plastic) Put a very tiny ammount on before laying the decal, and then, when the decal has just started to dry and adhere, dab a little more of whatever solvent you're using over the top. Sometimes you'll get slight blurring, but it's better than not having it flat and stuff.. If there are any really crappy bits, you can repaint them later.
as the giant mantis, my procedure is:
1. with a sharp cutter, cut the decal with care, trying to cut only the image, not the translucent part of it (you will notice it)
2. if it has round borders, i usually make a small cut from the center of the round part to the end (trying not to cut the decal in two).
3. next, i usually use warm water to release the decal from the paper
4 then, i paint with gloss varnish the zone where i will apply the decal.
5. with the varnish still wet, i apply the decal and try to adjust it, using a brush to help me so.
6. to finish, when the decal is stuck, i repaint it with gloss varnish to ensure that there will be no damned air bubbles.
if you like to paint your decals, skip point 6.
i use vallejo's gloss varnish, if you like to know.
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