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geekygamer20 Jul 2019 4:10 a.m. PST

I am returning to figure painting after setting it down for about 4 years and I recall dotting eyeballs with paint on sharpened toothpick ends…now if I hold a figure far enough away to focus, the details are just too dang small to see. I suppose I should feel lucky that I did not need glasses until my 40s…but I am not done sipping from the chalice of bitterness.

I will be working on figures 10mm-28mm. I like painting small details (even on the 10s) and I dabble with basic conversion work.
If you also need aides to see our fine wee bitty toys, what do you use? I saw some full-page magnifiers that looked interesting.

citizen sade20 Jul 2019 4:20 a.m. PST

I use an Optivisor with the LP3 lens i.e. 1.75x magnification.

It's a headband system which may be an issue for some. Quite lightweight, but a bit clammy in hot weather.

stephen m20 Jul 2019 4:43 a.m. PST

Not too cheap reading glasses of various strengths from the local drug stores backed up with Optivisor for most work. I have three strengths of lens for it and usually use two, generally the strongest.

Tony S20 Jul 2019 4:47 a.m. PST

I use the same as Citizen Sade, although mine has a light built in, which is also very, very useful.

After I finally buckled to age's insistent demands, and bought an optivisor, I used it to look at my most recently painted 10mm troops that had been done pre-magnification. I was horrified, and had to go back and repaint lots of them. I discovered they had scabbards, and breadbags and all sorts of things that my deteriorating vision couldn't see unaided.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2019 5:00 a.m. PST

I use and Optivsor also. I do not know the magnification.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2019 5:55 a.m. PST

I use a Rolson Magnifier Visor. It is not as good quality as the Optivisor but is cheaper and lighter with a full set of lenses to give you a choice of magnification.

I am very happy with it.


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2019 6:25 a.m. PST

6.0 reading glasses ordered from Amazon. (I showed a painted stand of 5mm to my ophthalmologist, and it was her recommendation.)

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2019 6:40 a.m. PST

Good suggestions all, let me add one more (I am getting grotesquely far sighted): I have a magnifier + light on a gooseneck floor stand, which I think was intended for embroidery. Check your craft store in the needlework section.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2019 10:31 a.m. PST

I use 4.5x reading glasses, and I'm able to do 10mm with reasonable detail.

JAFD2621 Jul 2019 6:32 p.m. PST

Salutations, Geekygamer !

I'd take a look at

or similar. I use something like these (purchased at closeout sale, plan to upgrade)

Grimmnar22 Jul 2019 11:27 p.m. PST

Dollar Tree sells reading glasses in different styles and magnifications.
At a buck a pop you can buy a handful and use em for different things.
And for me, seems easier to use than an OptiVisior.
Easier to swap in and out of the size you need.
They even come in wide frames for the large headed variety of us gamers.


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