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1968billsfan Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2019 3:25 a.m. PST

I'm painting up 7 prussian battaltions and want to put small circular dots on the center of some of the shakoes. I need a small (~0.5mm) dot in white. A quick dap with a bit of paint on the top of a small brush is one way but often not truly circular. Any trick or tips on this?

Last Hussar27 Jan 2019 4:12 a.m. PST

I've read a cats whisker, real cat, is good, because its hollow, so paint is held inside

Midlander6527 Jan 2019 4:39 a.m. PST

I had exactly the same requirement for small black dots on some 15mm Roman shields.

It was almost impossible to do a really small circle with a paint brush – however I tried, I ended up with a comma. The best solution I found was to chop off the end of a cocktail stick to the required diameter with a really sharp knife and dip that in a very shallow pool of thinned paint.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2019 5:13 a.m. PST

Be more ambitious. what you want is a white circle on the black shako cover. Even in 15mm not impossible. Yes, the blunt ended cocktail stick every time, but not cut too far from the tip. I would personally go for a blob of thicker paint in white. why? Because it will form a very slightly raised mound once dry. Now the bit that takes courage. The pointed end of the cocktail stick in black. The tiniest dot dead centre of the white dome.

JCBJCB27 Jan 2019 7:35 a.m. PST

I'd suggest painting a white dot, letting it dry, then filling in the black with a Micron pen. I used to do hoplite shield decorations using variously-colored, super-fine Micron pens.

I do a lot of my cockades in this same way.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian27 Jan 2019 9:26 a.m. PST

Might try painting the shako white, then black but leaving a small circle.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2019 10:28 a.m. PST

See what I meant?

These Parvenus have no idea. I beat them both by at least 10 minutes.

EiCB, naw mate. Way off 15/18mm right (indeed any scale). You end up with a white splodge.

I can only say……….

Unless you grew up in London

Gertcha………(East London at that). COYIs (except against AFC Wimbledon, how amazing were they?)

Apologies for those over the Pond. It is a "soccer" thing. We call it football and there are more important things in life.

But offhand……….

Last Hussar27 Jan 2019 12:16 p.m. PST

Think Bill is trolling.

Deadhead is just lost. I'm mourning today against Palace.

French Wargame Holidays27 Jan 2019 1:32 p.m. PST


Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2019 3:44 p.m. PST

Maybe one of these?: link

von Schwartz27 Jan 2019 6:07 p.m. PST

Deadhead…that was just a wee bit random!

Zephyr127 Jan 2019 9:12 p.m. PST

Use a pin (one with a ball on the end; o----- It's easier to handle, more control than a brush. ) Use the pointy end to pick up a very small blob of paint and apply it to the surface & 'paint'. (If your paint tends to dry out too quick, use some slow-dry or thinner.) You can clean the pin by poking it through some layers of newspaper.
I've painted thousands of figures this way (well, the small details, anyway ;-). It also works great for applying 'pupils' to a figure's eyes.
Once you get the hang of it, it'll be one of your great painting tools.


1968billsfan Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2019 3:35 a.m. PST

Thanks. I was afraid it was a silly question. I'll try all the suggestions.

1968billsfan Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2019 3:41 a.m. PST

28 years and counting. A bit soft down there?

1968billsfan Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2019 7:11 a.m. PST

38 years

marshalGreg28 Jan 2019 7:29 a.m. PST

I beleive only the 1812 Army was using the circle and it was TYP the Fusilier Batts.
I stop placing the circle.
When I did them, I did the white dot then smaller one in black in the center- for 15s it was enough.
You would be refering to "on the shako covers", correct?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian28 Jan 2019 9:28 a.m. PST

Think Bill is trolling.

Just thinking outside the box.

1968billsfan Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2019 11:09 a.m. PST

Yes the shako covers.

Terry3728 Jan 2019 7:36 p.m. PST

When I need a small dot on my 15 MM figures, I let he paint dry a little on he pallet, and then with a small detail brush get a small glob on the tip of the brush, If I'm careful and just touch the point of the brush with the blob, it will make a pretty good dot.


goragrad28 Jan 2019 8:25 p.m. PST

No circles, but for rosettes on my Nubians leopard skin kilts I did a brown splotch rather than a dot and then dotted the center with black using a toothpick.

Marc the plastics fan29 Jan 2019 11:49 p.m. PST

Well, I am missing Liam, but I did learn two versions of Parvenu so my store of knowledge has increased. He'll be back 😀

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2019 12:33 p.m. PST

Well he is back quicker than expected!

OK first thing is this Dawghouse thing means one cannot post an apology for any offence caused.

Internet is a funny thing. An innocent gag can indeed be an insult to some folk.

I went back to the original French meaning, but fully accept that some (OK most) could take it as a pejorative term. I meant the past participle of Parvenir, one who arrives late and…..naw, forget it

Sincere apologies if I offended anyone. I have a weird sense of humour. I am a Deadhead (might mean something to older US readers)

Last Hussar31 Jan 2019 12:58 p.m. PST

Just thinking outside the box.

Must be a bloody big box to get that far away…

I was serious about the whisker though. Or try a paint pen, I have one.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 7:45 a.m. PST

Just a thought. Are some folk misunderstanding what you need for those Prussian shakos? It is not a white circle strictly, it is a white ring………on a black shako cover. Also again note marshalGreg's comment above, re its limited usage in practice.

I used the "two spot" method to create rings for Mameluke sleeve decorations that I could never have produced freehand.


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