I have been designing and laser printing waterslide decals for my own use for a number of years and now that I’ve retired from full-time employment I’ve decided to offer some of them for sale. At the moment I’m producing decals for Sengoku period Japan and also for Undead Samurai.
I also offer a custom design service. If there’s a specific symbol you’d like to see on a decal please get in touch. We can discuss your requirements and I’ll give you a quote for what you want. The price for such custom work depends on the design time involved and could be less than you may think. A small change to a decal I already produce, such as adding a ring round one of my samurai mons, would be free for example.
Sengoku Period Japan
I’ve started with a range of designed for use on the various banners and standards used by Japanese troops in the late Sengoku period, roughly 1550-1615. They’re aimed at people doing skirmish wargaming using 28mm figures.
Here’s the range as it stands, there will be more coming. The range you see below is already bigger than any other supplier I know of.
Well known clans
Japanese heraldry in the Sengoku period is all rather complicated and full of uncertainty. I am in the process of writing an article about samurai banners for wargamers and I’ve already put together some notes on the possible uses of these decals. Most of the designs shown above are known to have been used on some army or daimyo standards and/or on the sashimonos of some Samurai and possibly Ashigaru. Some were not particularly common. They’re all based known patterns, mostly clan mons, though they may differ in small details and may not have been in use until after the warring states period. I would welcome suggestions for additions to the range.
Here’s a list of some of the symbols associated with some of the big name samurai clans fighting in the Sengoku period. If you have any questions on any individual design please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try and give you an answer.
- Ashikaga E7
- Date B1
- Hojo D1
- Honda A3
- Mori C7
- Oda A7
- Saito A6
- Sanada D3
- Shimazu B10
- Takeda D2
- Tokugawa A1
- Toyotomi A5
- Uesugi B3
- Yagyu B2
Notes on the usage of all the symbols in the graphic above can be found here.
I now have decals available in a number of colours, black, yellow, red and blue, you can see how they work here. Some colours of decal don’t work at all well on some backgrounds, mostly dark coloured ones, and I don’t recommend you use some combinations.
The good news is, as you can see below, black decals work well on just about anything.
Here’s some colours.
And there’s a workround for getting light coloured symbols on a dark background.
There’s more information on the various colours and colour combinations available here.
I can print these decals in just about any size you like up and I have a page showing my recommendations for what sizes fit best on the banners provided by several companies producing 28mm miniatures for wargaming here.
Buying the Decals
Cost is £5 for a 9mm x 13mm sheet containing a single size of decal, including postage and packing to the UK or Europe. P&P elsewhere will be charged at cost. The number of decals fitting on a sheet depends on their size. For guidance you get over 200 6mm decals on one of these sheet. Sheets of obviously asymmetrical symbols (e.g A8, A9, B4, B7, B8, B9, C3, C10) come with half the decals as shown above, half as a mirror image, this enables you to reflect the reality that a stencilled symbol on one side of a banner showed through to the other side of the material.
To buy send me an email and we can discuss your requirements and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice. I’m in the process of getting together an online store, but it’s all a lot more time consuming than I thought so I’ll be selling them like this as a start.
Please ask for a quote if you want a decal sheet with mixed sizes and/or designs on it. You can get a lot of decals on an A6 sheet.
Contact me at email@example.com