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Ferreo Cuore01 Jan 2018 9:40 p.m. PST

I am looking at the GHQ pics and I think the decals on the tanks look good.

What is your experience working with these small decals? Worth the time?

What are some good sources for modern micro armor decals?

Thanks much!

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 1:55 a.m. PST

I like ghq's. Microscale also makes some along with i94. I'd say get a really fine tipped tweezers and only use ut for decals so it doesn't get gunked up.

Dynaman878902 Jan 2018 5:48 a.m. PST

I bought a bunch, put a few on and decided they are not worth the time. Only the largest of the decals is visible in any way on the game table. Even a couple of the Allied Stars were invisible on the game table. The German ID labels were totally invisible unless doing a close up shot for a picture.

Walking Sailor02 Jan 2018 7:52 a.m. PST

GHQ Russian decals are actually eyeball as just about right for 15mm.

Greg G102 Jan 2018 11:18 a.m. PST

I prefer I-94 and Dom's Decal's over GHQ's decals, as they are not as sharp as I-94 and Dom's. Trying to do West German crosses that are two parts from GHQ is a joke, using Dom's Decals 1/600th scale aircraft decals was much easier.

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 2:59 p.m. PST

Ah memories of the 2 part crosses… MSD games also has decals, mostly for planes, but work for other stuff. The red stars for Soviets from GHQ were pretty light although they were better than the I94 ones. I'm using Scale Specialties IJN carrier plane sets for 1/300 and those work great. They are plane decals though. Most of my micro armor decals aren't visible from the 3' distance but I like them. I've even cut the GHQ german 3 digit ones into individual numbers to make my own sets.

Mark 1 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 5:30 p.m. PST

There are extensive discussions of best practices for application on various online fora -- I don't recall on this forum, but you can certainly find them on the GHQ Forums.

For me, though … I've never been skilled enough to manage the fiddly part of decals at this scale. The danged things just float around too much, then set in the wrong place / at the wrong angle, and then get torn when I try to move 'em.

So I paint instead.

Not quite as perfect in appearance, particularly in close-up photos. But my skill in painting stars, stars in circles, crosses, bars, and even numbers is good enough for my critical eye at wargaming distances and even at "pick 'em up and admire 'em" distances.

And the great advantage is that it is very little extra work if you mess one up. Just paint over the mess up, and start again.

I'm currently painting white circles with red crosses on the helmets of my medics for a H&R US infantry company. Try doing that with decals!

I'm using the ammo carriers / LMG #2s. I've clipped off their shouldered rifles. The ammo boxes they carry serve well enough as medic pouches (OK, better if they were over-the-shoulder, but hand held is not a no-no). They were all done and looking very good. White circles had been applied to 4 sides of their helmets, and to their ammo box/medic pouches, using a toothpick clipped to size (makes a useful small circle dab). Then a red razor-tip pen was used for the red crosses (hardly more than dots, actually).

But then I made the mistake of including them with the rest of the company when I sprayed them with dullcoat. D'oh! Testor's Dullcoat is a thinner for the red ink, you noob! Ran the red ink right down the sides of their helmets, across faces and necks, and onto their shoulders. :(

So they've all be re-painted (well, shoulders, packs, faces and helmets, at least), and white-dotted. And I'm ready to go with my red crosses again…

-Mark
(aka: Mk 1)

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