Napoleonic decals, I wonder…
Posted by Martin on November 23, 2007
Has anybody read this TMP thread?
The idea of decals for some of those fiddly repetitive bits of painting is something that I’ve mused over several times in the past without ever actually doing anything about it. The sticking points, if I recall correctly, have been time, quality and getting white ones done. That’s all a bit awkward at home with a colour inkjet printer.
The fiddly bits I’ve always had in mind are crosses for landwehr cavalry shako covers and those white-outside-black roundels that were often painted on shako covers by Prussian infantry. Previously I’ve tried to paint these with varying degrees of success but always with a high degree of stress. Of course, there are plenty of other potential uses for decals: sabretaches, grenade and bugle insignia for cartridge box covers, regimental/battalion numbers that the French often painted on their shako covers – the list goes on.
Reading through the TMP thread I noticed some comments from Justin of Veni Vedi Vici and how they provide a custom decal service. Now I could happily open discussions with Justin about doing this for myself or pairing up with Peter F. to do some but I bet lots of you might be interested in clubbing together to do this. A larger group of people would make this a more worthwhile proposition and hopefully might reduce the unit cost.
At the moment I specifically thinking of Prussian decals but later I can see a potential need for Saxon ones (can’t imagine why!). So, who’d be interested?