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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Dec 2019 10:11 a.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

True or false: As your eyesight becomes worse with age, you should switch to larger-scale figures.

66% said "false"
20% said "true"

von Schwartz10 Dec 2019 7:14 p.m. PST

Nope, just get bigger paint brushes.

Lou from BSM11 Dec 2019 7:09 p.m. PST

I have all but stopped painting anything under 20mm for that very reason. Fortunately, my skill as a painter has increased dramatically over the last 40 years!!!

Black Hat Miniatures12 Dec 2019 2:39 a.m. PST

I have also stopped painting anything under 20mm…

CeruLucifus12 Dec 2019 10:11 a.m. PST

I never switched to anything smaller than 28mm. There was quite a long time there when I felt I should, but didn't have a game in a smaller scale. But now so I don't have to switch back.

Master Caster Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jan 2020 6:41 a.m. PST

Many of you might be familiar with my work and I have to be able to see the tiny fine work I do. I'm 68 now but years ago I had to have reading glasses at first – and then later for far sight and driving. Very few escape this need sadly. Any way, I learned how to wear drug store common readers OVER my prescription readers. They come in varying strengths of magnification and size of lenses with the larger sized perfect for fitting together with my readers. I tried the ‘hat' magnifiers that wrap around the head but I found them too heavy and uncomfortable for the amount of times I had to wear one sculpting, painting and casting. Try it,,,,,they only cost a few bucks, or even try two of the drug store models together one over the other. You can test them right there in the store. The combined effect really brings the work you have to do up close and visible!

Master Caster Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jan 2020 6:45 a.m. PST

Ps – I know some like the stand alone magnifiers too but I did not like the distortion effect. Plus they can get really expensive.

von Schwartz20 Jan 2020 6:31 p.m. PST

Hey….not a bad idea, I'm gonna try that!!

Der Krieg Geist30 Jul 2020 1:49 a.m. PST

I divested myself of all scales but 1/60th(25mm-28mm) long before my sight became an issue.

BattleTech was the first to go when I sold two full Battalions plus a Company of Mechs with their supporting infantry/AFVs and Auro-space support.

Next out the door was my Ogre/Gev collection (to someone on TMP as a matter of fact:D)

Then Mech-Warrior Dark-age(four armies worth)sold to a single buyer and then a tiny force of Epic Space Marine stuff(just bought it really, to see if I could convert and scratch build in 6mm. I did and they turned out really nice but did not hold my interest)

I tried 15mm many decades ago with some ECW miniatures but the sculpts were very dumpy and thick. Now I think I wish I had been more patient with 15mm models as they have gotten way, way better over the years. Now I am just to well vested in 28s to go back and I have zero desire to do multiple scales.

The only thing I kept that is not 1/60th are my original CAVs from Reaper as they are pretty large and I love the older version of the game. Those and my Epic scale GW Titans. The Eldar Titans got drafted into my Craft-world armies as Wraithlord Dreadnoughts and my Imperial Titans found new lives as assault and fire support Cyborgs for 1/60th scale science fiction games, mostly Kryomek.

I still have the 20 mm Franco-Prussian war stuff my dad and brother did plus the WWII Armies he did and I added to. None of them have been out of boxes for many decades other then for me looking at them. I hope someday to find them happy homes as I don't do historical war gaming anymore.(sort of to many not so happy memories there)

Anyway, that seems a very long answer to the OP question, but ….there it is. :)

Der Krieg Geist30 Jul 2020 2:44 a.m. PST

I also did what Master Caster did, but eventually went to the optometrist for fine tuned magnifying eyeglasses as I need safety lenses for work also. I brought a very detailed miniature with me to test what magnification I needed.They work great :)

Jeffers30 Jul 2020 7:02 a.m. PST

As someone who once made hundreds of 10mm figures and now have difficulty painting 15s, I am now dumping everything below 20.

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