This is where the problem arises. I have my chapter icon and a battle company of marines to put it on. I want to maintain consistency, quality, and I don't want to spend too much time working on every single one. I considered creating transfers, but I'm sure most of you out there know how well transfers don't work on pauldrons. Hand painting each one is out of the question, that would require too much time and the consistency wouldn't be there. I even tried a stencil, but it caused the paint to blob at the edges.
So I happened upon a tutorial for greenstuff press molds on another blog, Corvus Miniatures. Strangely enough the name of the Void Ravens Second Company champion is Corvus Carmäsian, so I took that as a sign from the Emperor Himself that this would be the answer. Instead of pieces from another kit, I would make my own piece and create a mold out of that. Using Ingemar's shield as my reference and repeating the process onto a pauldron, I created this:
|You can see where the greenstuff didn't hold its shape.|
|This is much smoother, much better shape.|
Don't take my word for it, try it out for yourself. Hopefully this gave you an answer to a problem you're having with your own army. Also don't forget to check out the tutorial on the Corvus Miniatures blog, he has a two part video on youtube showing exactly how he does it, very helpful. As always, comments, questions, concerns, flames and feedback are welcome. Post links to what you've done with press molds or if you do something similar.