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Painting my teams

If you bought a ready-to-go team to begin your next Subbuteo match, you’d miss half of the fun: Try to prepare your own team with decals and colors instead. Crafting is an important part of Subbuteo’s attraction, believe me!

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For my first DIY team, I bought a set of Raptor G2 bases, base stickers, blank figures and team decals on the internet (see suppliers list at the end of this post). Then, I needed a pincers and a scalpel to get started.

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Centering the self adhesive stickers on the bases was not the hardest part.

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My premiere team: I could not resist to create Germany’s World Champions from Brazil 2014. Yes, the 7 to 1 heros! 😉

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A cutting mat is a useful tool I would not miss again. And next, I got this small bottle of Microsol: The solution prepares the surface of the figures, allowing the decals to drape down perfectly.

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Important note: Impregnate the decals with a drop of water first! After a few seconds, you’ll be able to detach the decal from the film. The Microsol only prepares the surface of the figure!

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With a small brush and enamel colors, I painted the skins and hairs of my players. Not too bad for my first try.

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Don’t forget to use some acrylic spray after you are done with decals and colors: Apply three thin coats in 20 minutes intervalls.

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I did not want to spend 50 bucks on a Subbuteo carry case – so I did my own!

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I used a simple wooden box, painted it and drilled a lot of 22mm-holes in another piece of wood. I fixed felt at the bottom and the top of the box which will protect my figures on any bumpy transport.

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My second team is Borussia Dortmund (away kit 2015/16) on Tchaaa 4 bases.

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