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    Help with small text

    Hi, I've bin painting up some new minis and it was going great till i had the idea of putting scripture on the amour. The amour is a dark Grey colour so i was going to use white text but no matter what i do i can't get it to look good. When ever i usually do stuff like this i use a black pen but i don't think they do white marker pens. Any thoughts?

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    Felt tip pens should be avaliable in most colours, then it is just a matter of simply writing what you want.
    If white isn't avaliable with felt tip pens I would try looking for silver marker pens, now these I know are avaliable. It's just a matter of getting one that is small enough to write with and not paint with.

    If still this isn't enough I would go to the extent of destroying a fine tip paintbrush. Maybe try saturating the straws with superglue...BUT BY ALL MEANS LEAVE THE TIP USABLE!
    Still if it should be ruined by the glue I know it is possible to use a paint saurated brush and simply have enough patience to continously redip the brush.

    You choose, but I would guess the marker- or felt tip would be your best bet.

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    Well, it's really not that hard to do decent 'text' with a brush, you just need to practice a bit.

    If you are doing white paint, you may find it helpful to do a medium grey "base", around where you want the text to go. Then put the text over the top, and when it is dry, use your normal colour to cover the remaining medium base.

    First, use quite thin paint. You need it thin so the paint will flow freely, and not come off the brush in lumps.
    Second, use a brush with a decent point. The brush doesn't have to be super thin, but smaller brushes normally have better points (if you look after them well).

    Now, practice running paint across a flat surface in a wiggly line. It shouldn't be too tricky to get something that looks ok.

    Once you get the hang of it, you can start adding word "spacing", capitals, etc etc.

    Here are some examples of purity seals on my marines:





    Those are generally done the way I suggested above, but I have occasionally added in vertical lines to make the text look a bit more busy.

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    The alternative to white felt tip pens/marker pens?
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