Daily Tips and Tricks for Painting Miniatures - Day 28: How to Use Decals and Transfers in Your Miniature Painting
Posted by Allen on 12th Apr 2023
Decals and transfers are a great way to add extra details and designs to your miniatures. They can help you achieve intricate patterns and logos that may be difficult to paint by hand. In this article, we'll discuss some tips and tricks for using decals and transfers in your miniature painting.
1.Choose the Right Decals: Decals come in a variety of sizes and designs. Choose the right decal for your miniature and the effect you want to achieve. Look for decals that are compatible with the size and texture of your miniature.
2.Clean Your Surface: Before applying your decal, clean the surface of your miniature. Use a brush or cotton swab to remove any dust or debris. This will help your decal adhere more effectively.
3.Apply a Gloss Varnish: Applying a gloss varnish to your miniature before applying the decal can help it adhere better. The varnish will create a smooth surface for the decal to adhere to and prevent it from wrinkling or bubbling.
4.Cut the Decal: Cut your decal as close to the design as possible, leaving only a small margin around the edges. This will help the decal blend in with the surface of your miniature.
5.Apply the Decal: Using a pair of tweezers or a toothpick, carefully place the decal onto the surface of your miniature. Press down gently to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles.
6.Seal the Decal: Once the decal has dried, seal it with a varnish or sealer. This will protect the decal from wear and tear, and help it blend in with the surface of your miniature.
In conclusion, decals and transfers are a great way to add extra details and designs to your miniatures. Choose the right decal, clean your surface, apply a gloss varnish, cut the decal, apply the decal, and seal the decal. GCmini.com carries a wide range of painting supplies that can help you achieve the perfect technique for your decals and transfers. With practice and patience, you can create stunning and unique miniatures that will stand out on the tabletop.