Kilo - Imperial Guard

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Re: Kilo - Imperial Guard

Post by pez5767 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:26 pm

Really nice work. I'm excited to see what you do with your infantry. What was giving you problems with the decals? I used to have a lot of problems with decals, but recently I've figured a few tricks out that make life easier.
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Re: Kilo - Imperial Guard

Post by 40kilo » Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:29 pm

pez5767 wrote:Really nice work. I'm excited to see what you do with your infantry. What was giving you problems with the decals? I used to have a lot of problems with decals, but recently I've figured a few tricks out that make life easier.

Thanks! I had one sheet of the Valk decals from Forgeworld, which comes with 3 sets of the Aquila wing decals... I spent all this time cutting one set out and then the pain started.

Fortunately, I was smart enough to start with the largest piece of the decal on one wing. I soaked the decal in water, then used a pair of tweezers and a brush to attempt to transfer it from the paper to the model. I had already gloss coated the wings, allowed to dry, and then added some microset to the area where I was putting the transfer. The decal kept folding on itself and I gently attempted to brush it flat and move it around and it started to tear.

Second try. This time, i figured maybe I soaked the decal for too long, which might have made the decal too delicate, so I made sure I only soaked it for about 15 seconds. This time, the decal wouldn't come off of the paper - so I soaked it for a little longer. When I attempted to remove it from the water, the paper fell off of the decal while it was still floating on the surface of the water and it was impossible to recover as it already folded, etc...

At this point, I took a self-timeout to prevent myself from destroying the model by sending it flying through the air with a violent paper airplane motion. The third decal ALMOST made it. I was able to manipulate it on the wing but it kept sticking to the surface. In an attempt to be very gentle and preserve my last chance, I added more microset to lubricate the transfer and continue to move, but it tore again...

So.... I grabbed some painter's tape and masked off sections of the wing and airbrushed stripes... Problem solved... :roll:

I'd love to hear your tricks... I'm a decal noob. The only decals I've really used before were for my Soviet Flames of War tanks... which are very small and easy... I was able to weather them and make them look painted on... but its night and day from the complexity of these wing decals..
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Re: Kilo - Imperial Guard

Post by Drop Bear » Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:33 pm

These guys are looking fantastic!
I like the guardsman you've done, will be nice to see a full unit together

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Re: Kilo - Imperial Guard

Post by segnett » Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:31 am

Brilliant as always Kilo!!
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Re: Kilo - Imperial Guard

Post by Cherub » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:24 pm

Your not the only person that has problems with that set of decals. I can't remember how many I went through to get them on one set of wings.

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Re: Kilo - Imperial Guard

Post by 40kilo » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:02 pm

Cutting it right to the minute again but....

FEBRUARY COMMITMENT COMPLETE!

I'll never paint 20 at once ever again... lol, but I feel happy I finally got some paint on some IG infantry. Here are some progress pics...

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And the completed squads. I had some lighting issues. I will take better pics later.

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And one of the Sergeants... hope it's not booby trapped!

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Comments are welcome... ready for March!
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Re: Kilo - Imperial Guard

Post by pez5767 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:31 pm

These look great. Very dynamic and balanced color use.
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Re: Kilo - Imperial Guard

Post by segnett » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:12 pm

Good stuff Kilo!!
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Re: Kilo - Imperial Guard

Post by Tangentical » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:25 am

Wow, amazing, bright and vibrant but realistic at the same time.

A hard trick to pull off but you've cracked it.

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Re: Kilo - Imperial Guard

Post by 40kilo » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:36 am

Thanks for the comments.

Here is my March Commitment -

1 Medusa
Aegis Defense Line
Icarus Lascannon

All to be completely finished.

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The race is on. I have quite a few other projects to work on in addition to this... which will likely mean I'll be busting my hump to get this done during the last week of the month. lol.
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