Applied Perspective Templates
Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:49 PM
Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:05 PM
I recall reading the official suggestion from one of those acrylic templates manufacturers, and they mentioned using crayon to fill in the lettering, as the surface where it's etched is rough enough to take the color, and it doesn't go overboard.
As for dismissing spray paint because the sides aren't masked, you can .. you know.. just mask the sides. All you need is some masking tape.
Another idea is that you can buy a paint pen, which is probably what a metallic silver sharpie is anyway. (that's only a guess)
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Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:26 PM
Edited by JMTibbles, 22 July 2014 - 08:27 PM.
Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:35 PM
I could mask the sides, but that just adds a whole bunch more opportunity to screw it up. I thought about crayon too but wasn't sure it would get into all of the small edges. If that's what a manufacturer recommends, though, maybe I'll do that. Crayons seem pretty foolproof.
People use crayons to fill in the etched area on military rifles (safety selector, etc.), so tactical crayola in X-wing should be fine!
You don't need to strip your miniatures, painting over is fine. No, there should not be a fourth faction, three is the magic number for countering flavor lists and to break up faction distribution. Someone else has likely thought up and posted your amazing new build, so you don't need to stroke your ego when reposting it. The prequels sucked and so would a game based on it. YES, there should be a Custom Forum for terrain and repaints! Moving on...
Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:51 PM
Seriously any basic acrylic paint from an art supply store, or wall-mart etc and a small brush. paint well into all the crevices, wait for it to dry for about 1-2 hours then remove the masking.
at this point take a toothpick and clean up any ares where the paint leaked under the masking as the paint while dry is still quite soft.
looks much better than any crayon.
Rebel Freedom Fighters: 5 Z95, 4 X-Wing, 4 B-Wing, 1 Y-Wing, 2 A-Wing, 1 E-Wing, 2 HWK 290, 1 YT-1300 & 1 YT-2400
Imperial Oppressors: 5 TIE Fighter, 4 TIE Bomber, 4 TIE Interceptor, 1 TIE Phantom, 1 TIE Defender, 1 TIE Advanced, 2 Firespray, 1 Shuttle & 1 VT-49 Decimator
Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:53 PM
You might be able to sharpen a crayon with a knife to make it a little more thin and accurate.
Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:50 PM
I checked specifically on Applied Perspectives website, and they are not the ones who suggested crayon, though I'm sure it works fine. Anyway, here is their official suggestion:
Most of our movement and range templates for X-Wing and Attack Wing are sold with a brown or white paper mask, which we engrave through to create the designs. If this is still present, color filling is as simple as painting over the mask into the engraved area and waiting for it to dry before peeling away the paper.
If there is no mask present, painting is still quite easy. Use your paint to fill in the engraved area. You do not need to be very careful about keeping it off the surface because after it dries, it is typically quite easy to scrape away the excess. When scraping away excess paint, make sure to use a material that is as soft or softer than the acrylic. Using a metal or hard plastic blade is very likely to scratch the acrylic. Instead, use the edge of another token, a guitar pick or some other plastic.
On mirrored acrylic, the masking is on the front, but the engraving is done through the back. To color fill mirrored templates, simply paint in the engraved area on the back. The mirroring will prevent any overpainting from showing through.
More news before I even finish posting this! (sort of a pre-edit) I just found Litko's crayon suggestion: Crayola makes the world go 'round.