Note: I use an ink jet printer. Even the large image printed at Staples is an ink jet. I have no idea how a laser printer would look. Laser printer colors are more vibrant so it might be a better way to go. Also, I use regular printer paper because other papers tend to require more rubbing and the more the image is touched the better the chance of damage.
All art and images are taken from the internet or the Mordheim rules book PDF.
After testing on red oak, pine and beige leather, I found the numbers are too light to read easily.
Update – I’m still testing which backgrounds work with the following image, thought I’d post it anyways.
Parchment with Yellow numbers. (Large 24″ x 16″ File)
After many attempts, I finally found a solution to the faint numbering. After using the transfer solution and removing the paper, the image must be sealed with a thin coat to allow for both image durability and visibility of the numbers. Using a common red ink pen, the center red areas of the image’s numbers are traced leaving the yellow border. Then, a common black ink pen is used to create shadows.
Note the Lovecraft image at the top. It was the first thing transferred using straight Future floor wax (the old formula). Unfortunately, far less than was needed remained in the bottle (I’ve had it for ten years). The bottle was left open (due to it always wanting to stick closed). Perhaps the formula evaporated over the years allowing the transferring?
UPDATE: O.K., Here we go! I printed a 12″ x 18″ parchment (brown) file and adhered it to a lest strip of leather. Few wrinkles, but the ink squished out heavily around the edges so I suspect the image will be runny and ruined.
Well, the test ended with mixed results. The corner was intentionally torn as an adhesion test. I think I should wipe the leather with a degreasing soap before applying leather next time. I think this might be the end of the project. Functionally speaking, we are better off using a laminated copy glued to a steel sheet for magnetically tracking territories owned.
The surface has a sheen to it despite two attempts with Dulcote. Overall, the picture is hazy and oscured in all but the important parts.