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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2017 3:56 a.m. PST

This is the look I mean … a few large stencil signs (though mostly numerical) like these seen painted on the concrete in the background:






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Vigilant12 May 2017 4:05 a.m. PST

Not a stupid answer – have you considered actually using a stencil? Cut out the image from masking tape and spray over, just make sure the rest of the background is also masked off. I've done this with road markings and it works well.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2017 4:09 a.m. PST

How do you keep the paint from "sneaking" under the interior outline of the stencil, specially if the surface has texture? Do you pin it down?


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 May 2017 4:29 a.m. PST

Make the stencil from painter's tape.

coryfromMissoula12 May 2017 5:23 a.m. PST

I us stencils cut from painters tape. For rough surfaces I will use a toothbrush as a burnishing tool.

Airbrush or spray paint is also less likely to bleed White numbers can be easily applied with a cheap rattle can.

Goober12 May 2017 5:34 a.m. PST

You can also get a good effect by applying the paint with a sponge. Dip it in your paint, blot off any excess on a kitchen towel and then dab at the stencil. You can vary the coverage to give aged or faded looks if you leave some of the background showing through. Not as clumsy or random as a rattlecan. A more elegant painting method for a more civilised result.


Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP12 May 2017 7:45 a.m. PST

An actual stencil MIGHT work, assuming you can find the size to match your mini's, etc.

The best way is to create the graphic via the software program of your choice. I do this all the time where desired in my "Mean Streets/Sets" ranges of card stock models. It's possible not merely to use a "stencil" font, but to color it, fade and weather it, too, besides adjust to any size.

This IS the computer age, Gentlemen!


clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2017 8:51 a.m. PST

Art supply has stencil brushes that lets you keep control how much paint is put down
Similar to toothbrush but better

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART12 May 2017 9:08 a.m. PST

There was a company known as Lettraset that provided sheets of alpha/numerics in various sizes and fonts. They were rub-ons used by graphic artists but fell prey to the computer age. They would have been perfect.

A few years ago, I got a few sheets of 'stick-on' Letters at an art supply shop. You peel them off of the sheets and apply them to what ever you need to. I used them on a painting canvas so texture shouldn't be a problem.

As to stencils, if you have an airbrush, you should have no problem with paint bleeding through provided you mask any overspray.

Thanks for the above posters for their ideas, duly stolen.

Redroom Inactive Member12 May 2017 10:05 a.m. PST

You can find some of the rub on letters at Hobby Lobby near where they have the stickers and such for scrapbooking

Mako11 Inactive Member12 May 2017 10:05 a.m. PST

The above, plus, spray paint directly from above, and lightly.

Don't over-saturate the stencil.

Chris Wimbrow12 May 2017 6:11 p.m. PST

I've made decals with the rub on lettering. You can get sheets of clear decal film for large applications, but I used scraps from blank portions of model decal sets to put my son's name in a small font size above the "windows" of his Cub Scout Pinewood Derby racer. I sealed the letters with Microscale's Liquid Decal Film before applying just like any commercial decal.

Another use I've read about (but not tried) is to paint the area of the stencil first in the desired final color with no worries about minor overspray. Let dry. Apply the rub on lettering. Paint the concrete or whatever color over the whole surface. Then after all appropriate drying, use tape of just enough stickiness to peel off the letters. The rub ons have acted as the mask. (A little practice with how thin the paint should go on and what types of paint will let go of the lettering would be a good idea.)

This also allows for getting a faded effect in the lettering instead of a solid shiny new look.

I'll leave it to the imagination as to how and when the characters might be modified to look like a stencil ('A's and 'O's and such with enclosed spaces that need to stay barely connected to a real life stencil.

chironex12 May 2017 10:33 p.m. PST

Fallout Hobbies have sticky stencils:
(It takes some time to load the thumbnails).
If they're not the right size, enquire about their custom stencil service.

Smokey Roan Inactive Member13 May 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

Clear decal paper. print out your designs, use Decal solvent which makes it conform to any surface, rough or not.

2 bucks a sheet at Spotlight Hobbies

Maxim C Gatling Inactive Member15 May 2017 7:43 a.m. PST

Aww, man! I was going to suggest Fallout Hobbies!

I haven't tried them yet, but I just got three packs of their stencils.

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