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Which do you prefer?
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 Post subject: Hand-painted or decaled?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:22 pm 
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So this question has been bugging me for a while. Which do you like better or think looks better? Hand-painted customs or decaled customs?

My very first custom minifigs were made using hand paint which you can see here: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php? ... ISPLAY.jpg

I did these when I was like twelve so I've improved a lot since then.

When I came across Saber-Scorpion and discovered that he used stickers, I tried my hand at those: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php? ... 364589086m

Ever since then I haven't been able to decide which I liked better. Using stickers I can still remove them if I want to change but paint is much harder to remove. Then again, painting them is much more hands-on and there's a certain feeling of accomplishment after having painted a good looking custom.

Anyway what are your thoughts on this?

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 Post subject: Re: Hand-painted or decaled?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:58 pm 
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I do both, and I've even combined the two!

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 Post subject: Re: Hand-painted or decaled?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:04 am 
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That sounds interesting (combining both).

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 Post subject: Re: Hand-painted or decaled?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:09 am 
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From what iv'e seen, painting a minifigure gives it a more realistic look, like dirt, rust, scratches, ect. And using decals looks more cartoony, especially when using transparent stickers. I think it just depends on the style you prefer. I prefer decals because of their use in the actual LEGO production, they look more like LEGO to me and I like making custom figs to appear as if they could actually fit into the LEGO world (plus, i don't really like the idea of paint, sounds to permanent).

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 Post subject: Re: Hand-painted or decaled?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:34 am 
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True, paint is fairly permanent but a little nail polish remover or brasso can take it off easily.

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 Post subject: Re: Hand-painted or decaled?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:22 am 
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Decals (and paper) are all about how you use them.
My Dovahkiin has a decal shirt, that I painted and scarred for realistic effects, and the fur armor is paper.
My Fable3 Hwymen have decals for shirts.
These I wanted to look Very Legoisc ... Sword N Rose


You can see the quality of application evolve as I made more customs.

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 Post subject: Re: Hand-painted or decaled?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:35 am 
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If you can get proper software to design high quality designs that aren't pixel-gritty and you can print them on high quality clear paper, that's just as fulfilling as paint. Or you could ask someone who can over the internet to help you make a good design, some people might not charge you just for a design you can print on your own.

Yeah, pant can get much too messy for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Hand-painted or decaled?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:14 pm 
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@WrenVIXN
Yes, with the right equipment you can do quite a bit with decals.
@BeardlessDwarf7
Yeah sorry, I meant that it is harder to remove than decals and fairly less portable. Should have phrased that differently.

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 Post subject: Re: Hand-painted or decaled?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:14 pm 
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I prefer decals for a few reasons. First off, if you have limited skill, a bad paint job looks worse than a bad decal job.....usually. Second, I am personally way better at doing decals than I am at painting. Third, I prefer minifigs to look as close as possible to the official thing without overkill. I've seen some expert paint jobs that make a minifig look so great that they look out of place next to other minifigs. Some people make the most out of taking an existing piece like hair or a helmet and paint it a color that is not available, yet in the Lego color palette. I love that.

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 Post subject: Re: Hand-painted or decaled?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:05 pm 
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Exactly, Iv'e also seen overdone figs. They don't even look like LEGOs at that point. The same can be done with clay, which i see a lot of.

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