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So here is my tutorial for a dirt easy way to make cool looking church windows for your models or terrain, presented in a few easy steps:


1. Choose your window. There are all kinds of windows out there. Here I will use the one from the Shrine of the Aquila.

2. Choose your motive. Find or make a picture that you can use, which you think will look nice through the window.

3. Print your motive on a photo paper or have someone else do it (for example a photo store).

4. Cut out a paper model that fit inside your window.

5. Put the paper model on the motive and draw lines around it.

6. Cut out the motive.

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7. Put the paper model on a plastic dvd case and draw lines around it.

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8. Cut out the plastic.

9. Glue the motive to the plastic

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10. Check if you made anything stupid. If not, the now stabilised motive should fit in the window.

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11. Take out the motive and paint the window.

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12. Insert your motive again, this time with glue.

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13. Great! You have a nice church window with a motive.

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14. Put water effects on the motive through the window, to make it shine even more.


Of course, you can do this with any kind of picture you want. Have a terrible daemon for your Word Bearer cathedral,
have the shiny Emperor for your brave space marine hall, or have something completely different...

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Good luck!

Edited by The Prophet, 11 May 2010 - 09:19 AM.


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woah this is a really good idea
kudos for the last picture :tu:

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I'll second the "Good Idea" nod.


Also, for any of us handy with a mouse and keyboard, you can take one picture, "Mirror" it (or whatever your photo editor of choice calls it) and place the original picture and the Mirror image back to back before cutting them for the window. Take time to hold the pictures up to a light source to make sure they are aligned perfectly.


This will bring out the stained-glass appearance even more, as looking at it from either side will show you the same picture with no bleed-through of a different image.
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Have you considered printing the images on overhead transparency plastic? I would imagine you could follow the same steps, only instead of cutting out a solid backing you could cut out a frame to mount the 'glass' onto.

This would allow for nifty lighting effects inside the building.


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Brilliant ideas Marshall and Divergent!

I could try the printer at work, to see if it can manage with colourprints on overhead plastic. It would be great for those buildings that you want to have a known interior, rather than the one above, which is all about simplicity.

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Brilliant ideas Marshall and Divergent!


I second that and nice tutorial Prophet. The transparency paper could even allow you to cut some jagged edges into as if portions of it have been broken or shattered.


P.S. The word you are looking for is "motif". :D

Edited by EPK, 11 May 2010 - 07:33 PM.


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double post.

Edited by EPK, 11 May 2010 - 07:33 PM.


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Someone should submit this for the librarium.
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im deffinately using this congrats
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A great and simple idea, good work Prophet.

You could have lots of fun with this concept if you have Photoshop or other imaging software by using Filters that change the image giving the illusion its painted in small segments like a stained glass window, or even making hand alterations, hand painting the image with the software before finally printing it on paper or transparent plastic sheet.

I like the idea of your print out image and trying some hand painting over it to make it look less like a printed picture, maybe painting onto a transparent sheet laid over the print out.

A quick and simple solution with great effect, to something that can get a hobbiest really creative, I like it.

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A great and simple idea, good work Prophet.

You could have lots of fun with this concept if you have Photoshop or other imaging software by using Filters that change the image giving the illusion its painted in small segments like a stained glass window, or even making hand alterations, hand painting the image with the software before finally printing it on paper or transparent plastic sheet.

I like the idea of your print out image and trying some hand painting over it to make it look less like a printed picture, maybe painting onto a transparent sheet laid over the print out.

A quick and simple solution with great effect, to something that can get a hobbiest really creative, I like it.


Thanks! For a more authentic look I believe water effects would do fine. I have tried to photoshop a segmentation to the windows, but my computer skills are lacking. Maybe there is someone out here that knows an easy way to do it.