So, it’s confirmed from the Warhammer Conquest team themselves. There will be no transfers (commonly known as waterslide decals) being delivered in the Warhammer Conquest Magazines.
Yeah, OK, I know – Slow news day… Whilst you’re here, Just a reminder, you can preorder all of the upcoming issues and get back issues at Forbidden Planet
A few people have had this question and to get to the bottom of it…
I just asked the Warhammer Conquest team themselves on their Facebook Fan Page. The answer was quite simple.
So, nothing is planned…
I’ve asked them a few questions in the previous months (mostly about the leaked contents list) and it’s quite easy to understand the motivation behind their response. “No plans” in this context are quite simply, a clear No.
I can’t imagine anyone is upset over this, we never expected any and there was nothing to suggest we would get any. If anything it’s just nice to have this confirmed. No need to wait for an issue where they may turn up. Now we are free to go ahead and grab decals for any army we wish.
So what do we do?
Where to get Water Slide Decals
When you buy a boxed set of miniatures or a boxed game from Games Workshop. You’ll normally find you get an appropriate set of decals alongside your miniatures matching the faction on the box. For the case of the boxed armies, this tends to be a large multi-faction sheet.
The good side of this is that there are plenty of people out there looking to rid themselves of unwanted decals for very little amounts of money.
Check this eBay link, eBay is your best friend when it comes to getting cheap decal sets. You’ll find a mix of armies, just search “[ARMY NAME] Decals” and you’ll find plenty of what you need. Extend this search term and add a “vehicles” or the name of a specific vehicle type and you’ll find what you need for that particular unit.
The most current multi-faction sheets provide you with Decals for;
But there are other sheets which will also provide Faction decals for;
If you really want to stand out, check out some of the custom Waterslide Decals you can get online. Quality results may vary So make sure you are going with a reputable seller.
These decals do not contain faction badges as that would be in breach of Games Workshop copyright. But instead, these are more of a luxury level complimentary purchase to go alongside those chapter badges. The
Space Wolf Wolf pack set look really useful for nailing pack markings, and I’ll personally be picking some of these up once I finish my paint reviews and get back to painting mini’s for me.
Another option is Brass Etch markings. These are very thin brass markings which are great for use on your models. I recently used a set of the Imperial fists badges on the Rhino I painted for my The Army Painter Review.
These are 3 dimensional, so you need to cut them from their metal sprue and push them against shoulder pads etc to fit them to shape. bit then it’s just a case of glueing them on with some superglue. But again, Just Search “[FACTION NAME] Brass etch“
How to apply Waterslide Decals
As Warhammer Conquest magazine isn’t providing any decals, this means they probably aren’t going to give a guide on how to apply them. so I’ll take you through the two ways below. (I’ll do a proper guide in the future). I recommend doing wither of these, after you have laid down your base colours.
1. The Quick Way
Cut out the waterslide decal, put it in some water for 30 seconds. pull it out with some tweezers, and use a moist brush to slide it from the paper to the miniature. move it around until it’s stuck.
This will get the decal on the mini, but the texture of it will stand out from the model’s paint texture and you will likely have a very thin glossy surround where the decal has some extra transparent support around the edge. you can take some of this back with some spray varnish, but it may still look like it doesn’t quite belong.
2. The right way.
get Yourself some Micro Set and Micro Sol. It’s cheap, and the bottles shown below will last almost a lifetime. Also, (optionally) get some Hobby Grade Cotton Swabs. (Don’t use normal cotton swabs, the fibres will come off them and stick all over your mini),
Apply some Gloss Varnish to the Surface you are putting your decal on (thinned and a couple of layers) I use Vallejo who do big bottles of Acrylic Gloss Varnish, You can Use ‘Ardcoat, Army Painter or whatever you want really. This coat will match the texture of the decal’s transparent supporting paper. (let the gloss coat fully dry).
Cut the decal as close as possible, try to remove as much of that transparent surround as possible
Place the decal on a moist tissue, you’ll tell when it’s ready as it will start to slide when you press your brush to it. If you do it on your water pot and knock it, you’re going fishing.
Apply Micro Set to the gloss surface, slap it on, not to the point it’s dripping wet, but you don’t need to be careful either, it will mostly evaporate.
With tweezers and a moist soft brush (moistened in Micro Set), slide the decal to the surface. move it around until it’s positioned correctly. You can add a touch more Micro Set of you need to keep your brush wet.
Clean your brush and then dip it in Micro Sol, carefully paint this over the surface ensuring you coat the whole decal. leave this to dry. best to leave it a few hours.
Once dry this should be so perfectly flat to the surface that you cannot tell if it’s a decal or painted on. It’s just that this part is glossy. All you need to do now is apply a matt or satin coat to rebalance the texture of the model and you have perfectly applied decals.
What did you think of this article? please let me know in the comments.
If you like what we’re doing here you could really help encourage more content with a share on any social media platform.
Want to keep updated with the blog? You can subscribe in the sidebar for RSS or by email below
(Sidebar is below the article on Mobile Devices)