Wednesday, 23 March 2016

I’ve had the pleasure recently to give Fallout Hobbies making stencils a whirl. Working on a Deathguard commission gave me the perfect opportunity to add some biohazard signs and the Leviathan Dreadnought’s open surfaces allows the artist to experiment. 

First off, what is a vinyl stencil? Taken directly from Fallout Hobbies website:

“Fallout Hobbies Airbrush Stencils are all produced on high quality, low tack white paint mask vinyl. They are durable and will last multiple uses with proper care and removal.”

This is what it looks like out of the packet and here is the sheet. The Biohazard sign comes in several different sizes perfect for smaller graffiti signs or larger surfaces like the Leviathan. 

You can see how clear the pattern is once you remove it from the backing. The stencil is tacky but isn’t aggressively adhesive. I placed this on a surface that had been treated with chipping fluid making the paint extremely fragile. Despite this no paint came away once the paint was applied. 

How do we use the stencil? 

Paint the miniature as you normally would. 

Carefully remove the stencil from the backing (a pair of tweezers is ideal for this, but using your fingers is fine). 

Gently rub the stencil onto the surface, making sure there are no wrinkles or gaps for paint to get underneath the image. 

Airbrush a contrasting colour (black on white for example) over the stencil.

Remove stencil and huzzah! You have a pattern that can be weathered, damaged and played with. Feel free to overlay several stencil on top of one another - go freestyle, be creative. 

I hope you enjoyed this small tutorial. I hope to show you more techniques using these stencils and other techniques. If you enjoyed this please feel free to share, comment below and subscribe to our Facebook or Instagram accounts. 

Paints used: Vallejo, Reaper Master Series, Games Workshop Washes, Com Art Medea Airbrush Airbrush: Iwata Hi-Line HP-CH Airbrush Paint Brushes: Rosemary & Co. Raphael 8040, Broken Toad Brushes, Windsor and Newton Series 7

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