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When doing model fine details and symbols do you prefer to...
Use standard decals
Create your own custom decals
Use detail on the original model itself
Deliberately buy upgraded parts for models with Symbols and detail on, to save using decals.
Model your own GS fine detail
Paint on fine details free hand
Don't bother with detail, just a basic paint job
I Don't Paint
Other (write in)

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Da Big Mek






London, UK

Poll suggested by mwnciboo
   
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Spawn of Chaos




Essex

I buy upgraded parts, and also Green Stuff my own. However, I do buy custom pieces more than GSing, so that's what I voted for.

 
   
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Slippery Scout Biker





England

Great poll.

Although I voted for decals, I do paint a lot of detail on freehand and also use moulded upgrades. There's a lot of factors at play here: Unit type, ease of transfer placement (flat spaces are easier than shoulder pads), space for transfer, the design I'm looking for.. and so on.

   
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Regular Dakkanaut







I couldn't work out decals - they always looked like they were about to peel off to me, so I do some detail (eyes) by hand, but the larger stuff I just ignore.
   
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Cosmic Joe





Bulgaria

The few models that i actually bother to detail stuff on it's GS'd. Decals for the mooks


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Pious Warrior Priest





THERE WILL ALWAYS BE AN ENGLAND!

if i', doing details I'll use an ultra fine brush, thougb i find for symbols and things, especially on vehicles i find that using a fine felt pen can really help.

Oh man, the first monster I see I'm going to sneak up behind him, whip out my wand, and shoot my magic all over his ass.

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Scarred Ultramarine Tyrannic War Veteran






Chose Other because I couldn't select multiple answers.

I do a combination of pre-made decals + upgrade bitz.
   
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Pulsating Possessed Chaos Marine





In Firenze kicking Templar arse.

FREE HAND!

A Wise Ork once said a profound word: WAAAAAAAGH! Then he got trampled in the incoming stampede!
Current Army: Orks (2000+)
Fido198674 wrote:You know, O great dreadlord......who was that first ork to yell WAAGGHH? According to you sig, his name would now be Squishy, or Smooshed, but I wonder.....
 
   
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Fusilier Paramedic




Illinois

Free hand all the way

CKD's Warband

 
   
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Rampaging Reaver Titan Princeps





On your roof with a laptop

Paint on free hand

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Been Around the Block




England

Free hand
   
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Doc Brown





Montana

Micron pens are your friend for this.

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Hellish Haemonculus






Boskydell, IL

I prefer having the models with the symbols already on, when possible.

Welcome to the Freakshow!

(Leadership-shenanigans for Eldar of all types.) 
   
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War Walker Pilot with Withering Fire





USA - Salem, OR

It depends. For Space Marine vehicles, chapter waterslide transfers are great. Same with Eldar runes. I will free hand text/writing on banners, though. (actual words, like naming models, not just squiggles on purity seals, although that works too )

Past armies 4500 pts, 4000 pts 2000 pts
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Sinister Chaos Marine






I could have answered this question several ways. If there isn't any detail on the model i'll paint freehand or sculpt with GS if i have the time/patience.
   
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Painting Within the Lines





Riverside, CA.

I use the decals as a cheat sheet for freehand work.


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Irradiated Baal Scavanger




Texas

I prefer to have a mixture of GW bitz with added details, Green Stuffing my own details as I am pretty good at it and free hand painting the remainder. I try at all costs to avoid the decals as I have always felt that they simply do not look as good as the other aforementioned options.

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Hellacious Havoc






Although i use decals on flat surfaces, i have never gotten one on a marine shoulder pad properly, so its the upgrade packs for me

 
   
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The Last Czarnian






The Northwest Territory

In the past I've always tried to freehand things like insignias and numbers, but I'm not particularly good at it and I think I'll probably switch to using decals on future projects.

   
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Rogue




USA

I free hand and draw my own custom decals
   
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Loud-Voiced Agitator






I employ a mixture of these options...either buying custom parts, manufacturing my own, or painting fine detail on.
   
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Screamin' Stormboy





Finland, Espoo

Most of the time I draw the symbols with a thin black marker pen, and then fill the colours in (I'm not too good at painting freehand symbols without liners). Sometimes I take them from codex etc or just invent my own, depends on the model.

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Stabbin' Skarboy






Czech Republic

I like to use decals for chapter/clan logos and then paint over them. This actually helped me to understand freehanding, which I use for other small details such as numbers, ork dags etc.

   
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Spawn of Chaos






voted other:

I use a mix. it varies on the figure & detail being added
   
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Man O' War






Earth

Im not very good at using decals so i just go freehand

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Road-Raging Blood Angel Biker





Welwyn Garden City, England

I cant piant well at a decent enough level to do fine details so I don't bother.

Tried it once, mess up totally and had to re-do the entire paintjob so I havent bothered again!

5th Boudican Mechanised - 2300 points W:0 D:4 L:3
Iron Bloods - 4000 points W:1 D:5 L:6 
   
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Stalwart Space Marine





in a fire... AAAAAAAHHH!!$*five@!!

I kept screwing up decals because I am clumsy I started painting the Fists sigil freehand because all my decals got torn up. Now I like my fist design better than GW's (but FW's is still nice).

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Stinky Spore



Kettering, UK

Hi there. My first post on Dakka here!

I like to paint fine details by hand. I would make custom waterslide decals, but I don't like the finish they give and I find them far more fiddly to apply than simply painting the detail on.

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Noble of the Alter Kindred





Muslpelheim

Freehand all the way


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Faces lost forever
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Long-Range Land Speeder Pilot





http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/user/edit/40180.page

I find decals are a bit too fiddly for me so I mainly leave my shoulder pads etc blank. However, I did do an ok job on a cape recently

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