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Dagwood01 Apr 2022 8:31 a.m. PST

I occasionally do on special figures, like LotR characters. A short line of white, a black dot, paint around the edges with flesh colour, then a brown wash.

At that point you can hardly see that I have painted them. Perfect !

I absolutely detest eyes that are "as large as saucers" to quote from the fairy tale, which I have often seen.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 9:27 a.m. PST

I do as long as there is a place to actually paint them. Figures that just have a vague or blank spot for the eyes just get a dot.

donlowry01 Apr 2022 11:41 a.m. PST

Not the whites, just a small black line/dot.

Steamingdave201 Apr 2022 11:47 a.m. PST

Have done on 28mm, but used to spend too much time redoing them to avoid the Marty Feldman look. Still make the attempt if it's a figure forvthe cabinet rather than the gaming table.
Most of my armies now are 10mm or 15mm and painting eyes would be one more push towards madness.
I find that " Magic Wash" gives a perfectly acceptable look for eyes viewed using the " 3 feet rule"

UshCha01 Apr 2022 11:49 a.m. PST

Assuming a 28mm fig is actually 1.8m in real life they are about 1/64 scale. From wiki

"The normal pupil size in adults varies from 2 to 4 mm in diameter in bright light to 4 to 8 mm in the dark."

So take 4mm as a rough guide then the figure pupil diameter is 0.0625 mm (0.00246 inch or 2 1/2 Thou). Not sure anybody is easily going to paint a realistic pupil.

Same source

"The average corneal diameter was 11.71 +/- 0.42 mm. The average corneal diameter was 11.77 +/- 0.37 mm in males compared with 11.64 +/- 0.47 mm in females. The resulting normal ranges were 11.04 to 12.50 for males and 10.70 to 12.58 mm for females."

So 12mm at 1/64 is 0.1875mm or a bit less than 8 THOU that does look possible with effort.

For my 1/144 it would be 0.0833 millimeters or about 3 thou.

Given that my 1/144 3D sculpts need 0.4mm to make a panel line show up, less than this and it can't be seen at any sensible distance it's pointless below 1/72 if you have a sensible figure.

Circus freaks, why bother they are so out of scale they can never be real representations so no point trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear.

dapeters01 Apr 2022 12:17 p.m. PST

not anything 25mm or smaller

ConnaughtRanger01 Apr 2022 12:18 p.m. PST

I'm completely talentless so I don't paint. But I have a nice chap who paints my 28mm Napoleonics and he paints eyes. They look great; those without eyes look weird.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 4:29 p.m. PST

Yep, on every 28mm or larger figure I paint.

Legionarius01 Apr 2022 5:22 p.m. PST

No. I'm a pretty good painter. Eyes are very difficult even when using pen and ink. They usually don't look natural and the effort is not worth it. Diminishing returns.

khanscom01 Apr 2022 6:30 p.m. PST

Not on anything smaller than 2mm… wait a minute… what day is today?

All Sir Garnett02 Apr 2022 5:28 a.m. PST


Lascaris02 Apr 2022 8:23 a.m. PST

I used to even on one ill-conceived occasion on 15mm figures and often making sure units had an appropriate ratio of Brown/Blue/Green eyes. These days I use a wash into the recesses as I think it actually looks better.

QUATERMASS02 Apr 2022 8:50 a.m. PST

I spent years trying to master eye and eventually did master it!
Someone made the sujestion that a dark line would be sufficient I gave it a go and liked it more.
So I went back and retrospectively blacked out allmost all the painted eye's.

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2022 2:52 p.m. PST

For those who don't paint eyes, how do you refight the Battle of Bunker Hill?🤔

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Apr 2022 3:00 p.m. PST


WarpSpeed02 Apr 2022 8:14 p.m. PST

I use fleshwash and let the shadow encompass the eyeslits in my 25/28 mm figures.Soldiers naturally squint…the old days of grenadier minis pop-eyed elves is long gone.

doubleones03 Apr 2022 5:19 a.m. PST

1/72. No.

VonBlucher03 Apr 2022 12:22 p.m. PST

20mm & 25mm figures yes, use to on 15mm figures until I got older because of eyesight.

JD Lee Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2022 12:52 p.m. PST

Not unless I want a major migraine!

Volleyfire03 Apr 2022 1:50 p.m. PST

I look at people such as the Perry twins and how they paints theirs. I think a lot at painted on commission by others, but apart from senior officers sometimes the majority don't have eyes painted, so I think if that is good enough for them it's good enough for me too, so I follow suite.

RitterKrieg15 Jun 2022 8:14 p.m. PST

I paint them in 15mm but use no white. Dark brown and black for eyebrow and pupil with adjustments done with light flesh color.

colkitto16 Jun 2022 2:42 a.m. PST

That's a really impressive paint job!

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2022 7:09 p.m. PST

The only miniatures I've ever painted with visible whites of the eyes were 1/1200 ancient galleys.

My human figures from 28mm on down don't usually get anything but eye socket shading.

Horses might get a black dot, if the eye is sculpted well enough.

WarpSpeed21 Jun 2022 9:52 p.m. PST

Way back yonder in the days of monogram 1/32 armour the professional painters said soldiers squint,a dark slit is fine.

hindsTMP24 Jun 2022 6:21 p.m. PST

6mm; no eyes.

Dave Knight02 Jul 2022 11:50 a.m. PST


AussieAndy19 Jul 2022 6:37 p.m. PST

Only when I go to scratch my nose while forgetting that I have a paint brush in my hand.

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