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Curryman04 Jun 2009 9:01 p.m. PST

If you've never used a Sakura Micron before, they're terrific ultrafine artist's pens that have a wide variety of applications for miniatures painting, from blacklining to dotting eyeballs, and even the odd bit of shading. For more information, check out the article on my blog, The Screaming Alpha.


Boone Doggle04 Jun 2009 9:05 p.m. PST

Sadly they only sell black here and even then they are hard to find.

Curryman04 Jun 2009 9:12 p.m. PST

Really? Lame. Have you tried art supply stores? They're often used for drafting and similar applications. I've also seen them at craft stores like Michael's.

Spectacle04 Jun 2009 9:42 p.m. PST

Here's a tip for anyone looking to try these: make sure your paint in completely dry before drawing on it with the pens. Acrylic paint may be dry to the touch after only a few minutes, but it is still soft and the relatively hard pen tips can scrape off the paint!

I prefer to wait at least a couple of hours for the paint to dry fully before touching it with a pen. They are really great tools otherwise!

Wolfshanza04 Jun 2009 9:46 p.m. PST

"Here's a tip for anyone looking to try these: make sure your paint in completely dry before drawing on it with the pens."

Yeah, had eyeballs run when magic washing ! Aack ! Really annoying frown

Curryman04 Jun 2009 10:44 p.m. PST

That's a good point, Spectacle. Thanks. I made a similar unpleasant discovery early in my pen-using career and totally screwed up a paint job I had been quite pleased with. I should really add that tip to the article.

sma194105 Jun 2009 6:03 a.m. PST

I use Micron pens from various makers in various colors to line or add detail to figures and vehicles. They are absolutly wonderful and you have much more control than with a brush…well I do anyway.

chrisrivers05 Jun 2009 10:47 a.m. PST

They are great for doing checkerboard patterns on 15mm figs, also.

CPBelt05 Jun 2009 7:14 p.m. PST

Cleaning out my game closet tonight I found that I own one of these pens. I totally forgot about it! Glad I found it now that I'm painting minis and this thread reminded me of it.

Mirosav05 Jun 2009 10:45 p.m. PST

I have tried these pens but have had the ink run when varnishing, even after waiting a week. I use brush-on varnish. Is there any way I can prevent this?

Boone Doggle06 Jun 2009 5:15 a.m. PST

Should be OK if you use a water based varnish.
If that doesn't work you can give the area a coat of thinned PVA. That should stop any possible running.

wrgmr107 Jun 2009 9:18 a.m. PST

I've been using them for two years now. Great for coloured detail work on my Greek Hoplites.

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