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Well, I'm putting the Tau in the cabinet for a little while and switching to Space Wolves (who really were my first 40K favorites). I'm planning on making it Dread heavy for fluff reasons and giving both them and some Wolves banners/battle flags/standards, etc. I won't use them as any kind of wargear; I just like the way they look and want to make a lot of high quality ones for everyone to carry into battle. Anyone know a sure fire way to make banners? I don't prefere a lot of dynamic sculpting (i.e.; folds and creases), but something I can still bend and curve a little would be best. And what about the design on them? I planned on modelling them blank and maybe using paint makers and a straightedge to finish them.
P.S.- I saw an article once were a sculptor used some kind of plastic that I think he baked or heated to make flags. Anyone know about it?
Just as a side note on decoration, for fluff reasons, I would advise decorationg the banners with tribal designs to keep with the space wolve's viking/barbarian theme. As far as materials, i have heard that heavy paper can be worked properly, but other than that, I can only suggest green stuff.
I knew someone who used plasticard and heated it with a hair dryer or heat gun then bent it into shape.
Personally I have always used the aluminium sandwich method.
Cut paper enough to make the flag or banner double sided leaving an extra 5mm or so to wrap around the flagpole or horizontal bar. Insert a layer of aluminium baking foil between the paper when you wrap it round the pole. Use PVA for butter in the sandwich and fold the paper together with the foil between. Before the glue dries trim the edges with scissors if there are any slight overlaps. Quickly get together 4-6 paint brushes or cocktail sticks of differing sizes and squash the flag between them going up and then under the brushes to put ripples or waves in the flag. Hold for about a minute then let go and bend the flag some more. You can get different amounts of ripples and waves in the flag by using felt tip pens or marker pens etc. The aluminium foil stops the flag loosing its shape and with the PVA it sets quite hard after an hour or so.
Depending on how much I want to fold the flag determins if I paint the flag beforehand or when it is glued to the pole. You can get different effects by using the thicker foil from chinese takeaway trays etc. You may have to use a rolling pin to get a section perfectly flat.
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The plasticard idea is a good one, but if you don't have the heating equipment (or the ability to use it without burning yourself) then you could try using some green stuff.
Place a sausage of GS between two sheets of cellophane wrap (clingfilm, whatever you want to call it.). Make sure you dampen the cellophane wrap beforehand to prevent the GS sticking to it too much. Then use a rolling pin to flatten the GS until you have a GS sandwich - the cellophane sheets being the bread and the GS being the filling. Let this cure for an hour or two. Then cut the GS sandwich into the shape and size of the flag you want and peel off the cellophane.
You now have an almost set, but still pliable sheet of GS that can be bent and folded as appropriate to make a nice flag. Practice a few times; once you have it down this methods works quite well.