Wednesday 30 June 2021

Dark Angels - Deathwing Land Raider Redeemer - Decals & dust

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I'm #paintingwarhammer on my Dark Angels Deathwing Land Raider Redeemer. Mistakes were made... My Xerox Laser Printer did not like the decal paper!

Luckily, I filled half the sheet with duplicate scripts and numbers and those at the top, above the wrecked ones, although slightly creased, were usable. I hoped that once they were floated off the backing paper all those ripples would disappear.


And I was right! The gloss varnish really helped blend the decal in. I did need to scrap one big number 1, as the tail got folded underneath and was irretrievable. The 1 was printed only as an outline, all that black was filled in with paint afterwards 😎 


The script came out really well though and I'm absolutely overjoyed how I got to blend it in, with no sign of the dreaded decal halo. Where possible I try to avoid straight edges and corners as your eye is drawn to those anyway. The decal paper itself helped because it was very thin, almost like a slightly thicker clingfilm in a way, hence why I had to scrap the first big 1. So, the fiddliness of application is outweighed by the supreme finish.


 I also added the AdMech banner decal from the Imperial Knight sheet. I don't know why it felt like it needed something. I some handwritten script might have been nice here instead, but nevermind. I also applied a coat of Lahmian Medium over the decals. I am going to highlight the black in some places, that may be a mistake but OCD demands I do it.

The Deathwing symbol also needs some unnecessary highlights and shading. 

I'm really pleased with how it looks. You may also spot I started changing the hatch lenses to green.

And a very subtle highlight on the 1, using Incubi Darkness. I don't know what possesses me sometimes. When I apply the matt varnish sometimes you can see the uneven matting agent instead of it being pure flat black. Here I've applied the highlight in such a way as to replicate it. Now of course I could go back in and paint it all black, but I fear it'll just add texture to it and make it worse. Hatch lenses have also been highlighted.

The Deathwing symbol is a little bit better. I also added some tiny highlights on the illuminated capital H. Incredibly subtle but really helps lift that bevelled effect in the letter. You'll see it better on the TO DONE pics.

And here we go with weathering. As with everything I do this required significant internal debate. Despite already having my Ravenwing with weathering powders to simulate the red planet dust of Ferron Proxima kicked up I feared this would look like rust. But technically it should, as Ferron Proxima is essentially just a giant planet of rust powder. So I have a precedent that works and still debated doing this, but it looks great.


I didn't go overboard on the bottom, just enough to give a taste of the orange.

This is of course pre-varnish and some of it will disperse once it's covered. I may add in some extra Vallejo Rust Model Wash & powder in some of those exposed footwells. The tracks themselves could do with more, but they'll definitely need extra varnish as they'll be where the most game wear takes place. I also don't want powder smudges left on other people's gaming table [should I ever game again!].

After the varnish, just some gloss on the lenses, I will not be using Tamiya Clear on all of them, on the advice of commenters. I may be a little selective, the hatch lenses and the lights - yes, targeting lenses - no. And then it is TO DONE!


  1. Heck yeah! The decal work came out fantastic, despite the rough start from printing. Great work! Love the weathering too.

    1. I cannot get my head round just how well the decals eventually went on. They were fiddly to apply and perhaps they're a different weight than standard GW decals but there is zero halo on them at all. That gloss, decal, gloss, matt process is foolproof, but I think some people are still unaware of its efficacy.

  2. Gorgeous and charismatic Land Raider

    1. Charismatic - a I like that! Appropriate too, given it has a machine spirit. I should have given it a name - Balus has popped into my head, but it sounds more like a person than a vehicle... maybe I need to think on it.

  3. That. Is. Amazeballs. I am so glad you went with the decals, they were worth all the fiddling and effort.

    1. Cheers. I think a lot of what I do now is trying to experiment more. I have a number of things I can do without too much though - Tyranids, Red Planet BASE, and those are useful as it feels productive and helps improve some of my basic skills.

      Experimenting gives me new options and tools to work with. It pushes the boundaries of what I can do and is the only way I'm going to progress/improve. I noticed that with my Warhammer Underworlds escapades. So it's been rewarding to apply it to my Blood Bowl teams and now even my Dark Agnels.

      Interestingly, I was debating whether I should try some DA chapter symbol decals on my Macragge tactical squad. Alternatively it's freehand. I think the freehand won mainly for the challenge and also consistent with my Black Reach squad [Dark Vengeance ones already being sculpted on]. Decals might have been easier but there's still lots to learn in doing it freehand.