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greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP writes:

I just found this thread. i use a silver one for bayonets and of all things 18th century hat lace. I finally found a 2hite one that wasn't a paint marker version. Helps wonders for 18th century straps.

I buy the extra wide black sharpies to black edge my bases.

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

I've been experimenting with different markers, to see which ones work best for me. One of the things I like to do is to write on the bottom of a figure's base, labeling what it is supposed to be and where I got it from.

Black ink on a white base-bottom would be most practical, but to my mind looks bad and the white easily shows any wear and tear.

Therefore, I decided to try the relatively new Sharpie pen with silver ink on a black background. Here are the pens, as well as my "volunteers" (you may remember them from the Workbench article - I am basing them now).

Sharpie pens

The pens come two to a package. Here you can see the writing tip:

Sharpie pens

Here is what I could write on the base bottom:

Base writing

Not too bad – the ink covers excellently, doesn't run or drip, and the pen is easy to hold. I wish it had a finer tip, though.

I imagine that in certain situations, you might be able to "paint" with this pen too...