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Right, I have given this advice to a few people, and a few people have also asked how I do my transfers/decals so well.

As I've explained to most of them, it has taken me 14 years to get it right. For most of those 14 years I shunned decals because they never went on Space Marine shoulder pads right. I did try using some of that decal solvent (like MicroSol or similar) but with no success.

But then I came up with this method, through trial and error, which only uses gloss varnish so adds no extra costs buying extra materials.

Here it is:
  • Lay down two coats of gloss varnish on the required position.
  • Soak the transfer/decal in warm water for a few moments.
  • Place the transfer/decal, dab away any excess water and then IMMEDIATELY coat it with gloss varnish.
  • Once dry, add another coat of gloss varnish or two.
  • If you have any sticky up bits or creases, layer a few more coats of gloss on them.
  • Coat the whole mini with purity seal as usual and Bob's your uncle.

Here's a few pics as evidence that it does work:
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Hope that helps.

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What gloss varnish did you use?

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Thats pretty cool and it looks awesome and your painting is amazing I hope I will be able to paint as well as you when I get older.


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haha,

my painting isn't that great I just try and keep it neat, and I can't paint eyes for sugar!

I just used GW's gloss varnish. I know other people use other paint suppliers but I tend to just use what I know.
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Very nice clean work there rev as always.
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How do you use gloss varnish and have it come out non gloss? Or is that after the purity seal which de-glosses it.

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Sorry for the late reply (2 years!!)

Yeah, when you Purity Seal your minis afterwards it takes away the gloss finish. However, GW's latest batch of gloss varnish isn't as glossy as it used to be, so I've not been that concerned with matting it down after.

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