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Al_brokenwing
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:45 pm    Post subject: Looking for custom player painter or advice Reply with quote

I would like to have some custom team Gretzky players made. Is there anyone one this site that does custom paint work? If I was to paint these myself, where do you get the team decals for the jerseys made? What kind of prep do the players need? What kind of paint do you use? Anything else that you think could be useful to a first time customizer? Thanks to everyone who has helped me feed my new/old addiction.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to paint Stiga men but that was before a Wife and 3 kids. Now it's custom Benej men for me.

So first thing is have a plan. TAKE YOUR TIME don't half **** it. I used paint.net for all my work with logos and such. You can resize logos /letters/numbers it make them fit. Some guys have made the jersey/sock/pants lines in this program too.

Paint I used was Testors semi gloss model paint any hobby store should have it. Buy lots a paint bushes diff sizes and lot of paint thinner to clean your brushes. TAKE YOUR TIME. Don't rush the paint it will dry if you walk away. I used flat white as a primer. Cans of clear coat flat/semi/glossy how every you want them to look when done.
TAKE YOUR TIME
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bobby. I have a question about the logos. What do you print them on? Do you use some sort of sticker or special paper?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only painted Stiga players. One word of caution is that some TH players do not take paint well (Stiga international players for example). Hopefully someone on the board has experience with Gretzky players and can provide insight into how well they take paint.

Bobby's advice is spot on - take your time, prime the players well and use quality paint and brushes. Search around on this site - there are several good threads about customizing your players.

As for decals I use testor's decal sheets - you should be able to find them at your local hobby shop. I use Photoshop to make my decals but there are plenty of free software options out there such as the getpaint.net as Bobby mentioned - I've also heard GIMP is good.

Don't forget the bonding spray for the decals and use it fairly liberally - it's what locks the printed colors into the decal sheets. Oh and one other thing - if you use testors decal sheets be sure to use the testors decal set. Other brand dcal sets can cause the testor decals to bubble.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My two cents, basically repeating what the other guys have already said. There are loads of pictures around the internet of jerseys and uniforms. Grab them all and figure out what you want to do. You can also look for tutorials on painting Mcfarlane figures. It'll help you out a lot. I've always been a big fan of drawing out my colours and uniform outlines on the figures using light pencil marks.

I can speak for GIMP image editing. It's open source and I use it on my Linux system. I think it's only available forLinux, but don't quote me. It has cool effects, but has a bit of a steep learning curve.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have painted a few Gretzky teams, and they take to paint good. I learned a lot on how to go about it from previous forums, and they turned out not too bad, i will post pics when i figure out how to do that lol. But i can tell you paint.net and a lot of patience helped out a lot as well! I have to say - thrashersfan you do some incredible work, nice talent you have there!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. I'm getting alot of good tips. I have to wait until I can get to a city to get supplies. I think I should be able to tackle this type of project. Does anyone know an online source for the testors transfers?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So how is it going? Any update? Photos? Take your time
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