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Does anyone know if it's worth buying a magnifying glass for painting and such? I've painted up one squad of IG men and just started a new process of painting on a firewarrior team.
The IG guys were pre assembled by my mate so I painted them, but very difficult so now I'm painting the firewarriors first then assembling. And the details on them are getting difficult to pick out.
I have a pretty nifty folding magnifying glass, but I find it difficult to paint under it. So, I bought some cheap magnifying reading glasses at the drug store and they are great! You can get them in various strengths. Just bring a mini with you and try on a few pairs to see what works best. You will be amazed at what they can do to bring the details into focus - and I have pretty good eyes to begin with!
MDSW is spot on, and I dont have great eyes anymore. My X3 reading glasses are essential for even my low standard of painting.
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Thanks guys, I'll have to grab a pair
I don't use one. you may have had problems painting them preassembled because parts of the model are covered up.
the magnifying glass is too forty year old virgin for me lol. I dontthink I'd get anything out of using it. my dexterity is more of the limiting factor
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Depends how much detail you want to get into but unless your highlighting a pupil then even eyes should be easy enough without one. My hands shake quite badly and even I manage eyes lol.
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Oh yeah i have the shaky hands too.I manged to make a bulls eye on my apothecary and librarian,but i dont know for how much time ive been trying to get one of my veterans and failed misserably.
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I've used an OptiVisor for the last five years or so. My eyes just couldn't cut it on their own. Now I use it all the time for painting. I almost never paint without it unless it's something large.
It's based on the person. I got the mag. goggles, but I also have 20-10 vision. So I can see a pimple on a flies butt. So the really didn't work for me.
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I tried using a magnifying glass many years ago (when first getting into the hobby) - it was on one of those "helping hands" devices. The glass is long gone, but I still use the rest of the helping hands thing, mainly when gluing.
The problem with magnifiers is that it's very difficult to gauge the distance between the brush and the miniature. I quite often found myself either applying too much paint to fine details (and thus ruining them) or painting the back of the lens.....unless you have defective sight and need glasses anyway, I would recommend NOT using a magnifier. Practice makes perfect, the more you do it the better you get. It takes time.
Just a note to those who have good eyesight and may be tempted to use "reading glasses". Please remember that prolonged use of these could possibly result in permanent damage to your eyes. It's important that if you experience mild headaches or dizziness (more than usual) that you make the "link" to your use of eyewear. Boring I know - but don't F*** your eyes up for the sake of painting a great model, it really isn't worth it.