How to apply waterslide decals on miniatures - Miniature hobby guide

Article updated: 2020.12.14

A waterslide decal is kind of decal that can be used to decorate miniatures.

A waterslide decal comes off from the carrying sheet using water. A regular sticker (vinyl decal) can be pulled from the sheet by hand.

Some modelers recommend to use glossy varnish on the area that will receive the waterslide decal, to create a flat surface for the decal to adher to.

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Waterslide decals - Resources

Champion Scale Modelling: How To Apply Decals, The Basics: Tutorial video.§

From the Warp: How to apply waterslide transfers (decals): Tutorial article, step by step guide to applying waterslide decals with water and with setting medium.

From the Warp: 7 things to remember when using decals: Tutorial article.

Jodrell (from Jodrell Plays Games): Jodrell’s Guide to Perfect Decals: Tutorial article.§

Kris (from Scale Model Guide): How to Apply Waterslide Decals: Tutorial article, step by step guide to applying waterslide decals.

Kristina Zaric (for Model Space): Scale Model Tips – How to Apply Decals Correctly: Tutorial article.§

Mike Gilsbach: Applying Waterslide Decals to Plastic Models: Tutorial video.§

Waterslide decals: Weathering - Resources

Justinius Builds: Tutorial Tuesday Weathering Decals: Tutorial video.

secretweaponvideos: Weathering: Sanding Decals: Tutorial video.

Waterslide decals: Printing custom designs - Resources

From the Warp: How to make waterslide transfers (decals): Tutorial article.

Larry Vela (from Bell of Lost Souls): TUTORIAL: Custom Decal Sheets: Tutorial article.

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Vinyl decals - Resources

ShamRock1938: How to Apply Vinyl Decals / Graphics: Tutorial video.

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Do you have further thoughts about applying waterslide decals miniatures? What are your experiences with the mentioned methods and products? Tell your opinion in the comments!


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