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    James Manto
    James Manto
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    Anyone have any experience with the 15mm decals from skytrex /Command Decision?

    The weird paper is hard to work with.

    Trying to paint stars free hand is looking like a good idea.

    #106786

    Etranger
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    They’re an older form of decal where IIRC you have to apply them with backing paper on, then wait for the paper to loosen. Takes a bit of care and patience compared to the usual waterslide decal but they end up looking ok.

    #106807
    Guy Farrish
    Guy Farrish
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    Years since I’ve used these but here’s how:

    Sktrex decals on future wars commander

    hope it helps (basically what Etranger said but with more detail)

    #106808
    MartinR
    MartinR
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    tbh, I’ve always just treated them as waterslide decals. I wondered why one side was a bit sticky! I just bung them in water on the paper for 20 seconds, then slide them into place with a pin.

    Some of them are nearly 20 years old and still seem to be stuck on OK.

     

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    #106810
    James Manto
    James Manto
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    Cheers.

    Hopefully that will help. Bit of a bugger not being able to really see what you’re doing.

    Would be nice to have had instructions too!

    I was wetting them and then trying to lift them off with a paint brush and half the time sticking the decal to my blotter….

    #106812
    Jemima Fawr
    Jemima Fawr
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    I’ve found them fine once you understand how to use them.  I tend to paint my own markings, though Allied Stars are a pain to paint freehand, so I use the Skytrex decals and then fill in the stars with paint – my technique looks hand-painted, but with a much sharper edge.

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #106816
    grizzlymc
    grizzlymc
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    You’re not getting away with those madame Fawr. Who had turret markings like that?

    #106817
    deephorse
    deephorse
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    I only use Skytrex decals when I have no other choice, but I’ve found them easy enough to use.  In order to provide a good surface for the decal to stick to I gloss varnish the appropriate area first.  I found that the decals didn’t stick too well to matt surfaces.  I cut as close as possible to the decal on three sides of it, leaving a longer tab of paper on one side for ease of handling and correct positioning.

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    #106839
    Jemima Fawr
    Jemima Fawr
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    You’re not getting away with those madame Fawr. Who had turret markings like that?

    9th (Royal Deccan) Horse, 255th Indian Tank Brigade.  http://www.fireandfury.com/painting/burmaarmypaintingguide.pdf

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    #106849
    grizzlymc
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    Tank ee sorr.

    #106926
    James Manto
    James Manto
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    I only use Skytrex decals when I have no other choice, but I’ve found them easy enough to use. In order to provide a good surface for the decal to stick to I gloss varnish the appropriate area first. I found that the decals didn’t stick too well to matt surfaces. I cut as close as possible to the decal on three sides of it, leaving a longer tab of paper on one side for ease of handling and correct positioning.

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    Yeah I noticed that last night.  I’ve got arms of Soviet stars peeling up……

    #106936

    Etranger
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    All decals stick best to gloss surfaces. I put a matte finish on after the decals go down for that reason (& the gloss finish that most decals have anyway)

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