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Well, slowly painting away my dwarfs... so far I'm thinking they're turning out better than my tau army, though I've come up across one teensy tiny little problem that I didn't need to worry about with the Tau.
They're just so bloody tiny! How do people managed to do them? ...well, besides the obvious answer of with practice. I'm using my tiniest brush, I'm holding it steady... aaaaand suddenly I have a dwarf packing some large dark sunglasses. Currently experimenting away with inks, and yes, I'm reading away about the tips on painting eyes. (...though how am I supposed to be able to dot a pupil when I'm still having trouble keeping the eye itself away from the cheekbone is beyond me...)
...so I suppose what I'm wondering, for those of you that can easily dot a the eye on a sprite with glorious colours, how much torment and pain am I going to look forward to before I can actually give my bearded ones some decent peepers?
Last edited by minus_t; May 15th, 2008 at 11:14.
The main difficulty I have with eyes is that they are buried deep in that damn eye socket.
The best way I've found to get around this is to turn the mini upside down. That way, assuming you are holding your brush above the model, you should be coming in from 'over' the cheek, which is significantly easier than trying to manoeuvre around the forehead and eyebrow...
As far as dotting pupils goes, it's just a matter of practice really, though there are a few things that can really help:
Make sure you are using a brush that can hold a decent ammount of paint. I generally use a size 1 brush for my very fine detail work, as it can hold a lot of paint, yet still has a very fine tip. That way I can take my time getting the position just right without all the paint drying up inside the brush.
Make sure you are using fairly thin paint, and that the shading around the eye is completely dry. For detail work, especially, thin paint is essential. It should be somewhere around the consistency of single cream, though it is, of course, hard to describe. There was a thread a few weeks ago about "how thin is too thin?", it had some really useful pointers in it.
With any detail/freehand, I always, always find it useful to have practiced on a piece of paper before I try it on a model.
As a final thought, if you are painting rank and file troops, it is generally not worth painting hugely detailed eyes. On something like dwarfs, I would probably just shade the eye socket down fairly dark, and save finikkity details like eyes for characters/champions etc...
Of course, if you want to put the extra effort in, that is awesome, and you should be applauded!
Best of luck!
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Here's a cheat to making eyes look better: Paint the eye itsself with an off-white colour (needn't be too neat), shade the eye socket with brown and wash the eye and socket with very thin red. It looks much better than eyes done in the conventional fashion but wrong.
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Oooo... interesting tips... why don't they ever mention that stuff in the general guides... I'll try out that cheat method on upside down models tonight. ^^ (Though... why red?)
What I do is paint the eye white. Then I dot the pupil in (making sure that the pupil fits across the top and bottom of the eye) other wise they look bug like.
Next I take a brown ink and line the eye to give some definition from the skin color.
Lastly I take the flesh color and go around the brown ink line wherever it is too thick. This cuts down on the eyeliner look but still keeps a strong separation of eye and skin.
If you don't want to have the eye so dark you can get away with a flesh ink line instead (especially if you are using a pale flesh color). If you are using mutant flesh colors sometimes green or even purple ink line can be appropriate...
I will second that painting eyes upside down works great. Allows you to focus on the eye.
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I take some thinned dark brown paint and paint the sockets. The thin paint helps it flow into the creases. Then, a single white/off white bar horizontally then a single vertical bar of the same color completes the iris
Red? It just adds a bit of colour to the eye and compliments the way I paint faces. It may work more or less well for other people.
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