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Gozerius04 Jun 2022 9:31 p.m. PST

Ordered some sheets of 10mm Late Roman shield transfers from thebaggagetrain.com.
40 transfers per sheet. The transfers measure 7mm top to bottom and 6mm side to side. Except for one sheet in which the transfers measure 6mm x 5mm. The artwork is very crisp. The image is printed on standard slide transfer paper. The film is thicker than Microscale film, which is good. No worries about the film breaking up, or folding up. But you do need to use a softener to get the transfer to lay snug on the shield. There is no hole for a raised shield boss, so you either have to punch one, or shave off the raised boss on the shield. I chose the latter. I can always dab a tiny bead of paint for the raised look later. My first unit used the Armigeri Propugnatores Seniores sheet, which has has 6 equal sections alternating white and blue radiating from the center, which is gold with a red band encircling it. I was caught off guard when I slid the first transfer off the paper to discover the film was clear for the white fields. This may me the case with other patterns with white fields as well. Be prepared! I had prepped the shield with a white undercoat, but a second was needed to ensure good coverage. After the transfer was placed, I adjusted its position with the tip of a hobby knife and dabbed it with the Solv-a-set. This appeared to affect the pigment of the waterslide slightly, but not much. Once dabbed with the solvent, the film becomes very soft, and will distort if you try to adjust it. Once the decal has set, and is dry, I coat the shield with a clearcoat to seal it and protect the finish.
I am very happy with the results of this product am looking forward to adorning the rest of the army with them.
I am using Old Glory 10mm Late Roman figures for the army. The decals fit pretty well on the heavy infantry shields, but not on the cavalry shields, (shields too small) or the auxiliary infantry shields (measure 5x3mm).
I had to touch up the edges of the shields with the appropriate color to complete the pattern.

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