So.  I spent my free time today looking for a decent tutorial on doing the shoulder-pad details freehand, and while I didn't find one, I did find advice to get a white paint pen and try using that.  So away to Hobbycraft we went.

Alas, as it turns out, I'm even worse with a pen than I am with a brush, so I bit the bullet and decided to risk ruining my squad so far by painting the tactical symbol on their shoulder pads freehand.  Now, I didn't do this entirely blind, but spotted a really good video from Epic Duck Studios here.  Using the simple little trick at around 7:50, I attempted to copy this way of painting the symbol.

This is how it turned out.  I was pleasantly surprised that I could even get this close to a clean-looking symbol.  The edges are not as sharp as they should be, but look pretty good considering they're freehand (and considering that I hate transfers).

So, no new marine in the squad today, but the first marine re-highlighted to match the current scheme and the tactical symbols added.  A good day.

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