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I've tried and tried.. Done everything from trying to using a fine detail brush (We all know how that turns out) to using a thumb tack (Which churns out THESE fine looking winners..)
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For the most part you can just leave them off, particularly on things like dwarfs. Done properly eyes are rarely noticeable so you can cheat somewhat. If you paint the eye an off-white colour as well as the immediate area and then give the area a couple of thin washes (red/purple and whatever you shade skin with) then you'll have whast looks like very neatly done in eyes by a lazier method.
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As long as it holds a pointed tip well you can use any brush. In fact, I sometimes prefer the Citadel large brush as the cluster of bristles will flex less than if I were using a fine detail brush (and the paint stays wetter longer). It's counter-intuitive and I understand if others don't share this opinion.
Steady hands are a must. Everybody trembles a little but there are little tricks to help reduce any shake.
1. Grip the brush close to the bristles.
2. Hold your breath. Moving your chest (breathing) will move your arms and in turn affect your hands. Hold your breath in or hold your breath out, do whatever works for you.
3. Rest/lock your wrists together. This way the only movement affecting your painting will be your fingers. Come to think of it, you should support your elbows on the table as well. I normally rest my elbows on my stomach (my shoulders start to ache if I hold this position too long though).
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Keep trying. The way I learn't to do eyes is to paint them white then use watered down dark flesh and paint it across the recess in the eye sockets, then paint in the pupils by doing a slit down the centre of the eye. Just keep practising this over and over and make sure you use a decent size brush #0 or #1 and don't load it with paint so it floods the eyes as soon as it makes contact with the mini.
After around two months practise I got about this far in terms of skill when painting eye balls Warrior Priest.
Hope this helps and remember to be patient and keep trying.
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There is also the shading option. Instead of painting the actual eyes in the sockets, just highlight around the eyebrow area and under the eye, leaving the socket a darker color. It doesn't hold up under close scrutiny, but it does give the illusion of eyes.
Regardless of which method you go with, take your time. You can practice on old models if you have any around, but the best thing to do is just be very slow and deliberate with your brush.
Also you can do the reverse method. Paint your eyes, and they may be messy. Then touch up around the eyes where there is more room to manoeuvre.
Personally, I do both.
Plus all the tips the goodfolks above mention, so that I don't have to try so hard.
PS: One other thing i try to do is use thinner and much much less paint than I would normally. Use only the ever so tiniest amount.
Last edited by Jon Quixote; June 18th, 2008 at 20:24.
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Eyes can be done in a simple kind of way. Simply paint the eye white and then apply a dot. The colour of the dot can vary. A vert dark shade of the colour you imagine the eyes to be. For example if you paint an man and you want him to have blue eyes you could use midnight blue as the colour of the dot. This effect won't be very obvious but kind of subtle.
One other thing you should be aware of that eyes are very expressive. You should paint this dot so that the top and bottom parts of it seem to be slightly obsured under the eyelids. In other words paint the model as though his eyes aren't wide open. If you leave it as a dot in the center of a white area it will look like he is staring. You may want that, a crazy type may stare alot, but you should think about it first.
Another tip about painting eyes is to choose an army which has few eyes such as undead. Very few undead models have eyes, Skeletons have no eyes and what could be easier in your quest to paint eyes than getting models with no eyes. The few Undead that do have eyes such as Vampires can get blood red eyes and things like Zombies look great with completely featureless white eyes, like in those Evil dead films. There is also the option of going for something like Chaos, Tyranids or Necrons. These types are generally noted for being odd and you can do whatever you like with thier eyes and not worry about how it looks, only if you are pleased with it.