Making 15mm painting possible…

optivisorMiracles, it seems, still happen.

Proof? I’ve finally managed to apply brush to metal, and started paintintg my 15mm World War II German Infantry. I decided to start with the easy stuff, and I’m painting Heer – Fallschirmjager and SS with their associated camouflage patterns can wait a few weeks!

However, I soon remembered why I disliked painting 15mm figures the, last time I tried this (I was painting a Samurai army for a club HOTT campaign…I never did get them finished) – they have all the detail of 28mm figures, but in a much smaller size.  It also appears that my eyes have aged rather alarmingly in the last few years, and even with my reading glasses I was struggling to see all the detail I was painting…

The result is the marvellous fashion accessory I’m wearing. Both Henry Hyde and Mike Hobbs had advised that I get one, and having used it I can heartily recommend it. At least I can now see in glorious close-up what a mess I’m making of my figures…

I picked this up off eBay for a few pounds – money very well spent.


9 Comments on Making 15mm painting possible…

  1. On the otherhand If you can´t see the bad paintwork what does it matter? as long as it looks good to you, that´s all that maters.

    I´d rather face a messy painted army over one in grey plastic with a few very nicelly painted ones! Quantity over Quality I say!

    • But others can! And you cannot fool yourself!

      In the same way that you paint a tank kit engine even though it’s going to be covered forever by the hood.

      Gotta get a couple of those, but for the 6mm.

  2. I am soooooo glad to be nearsighted… I have to take of my glasses rather than having to look like, erm, that 🙂

  3. Great recommendation for in the workshop and……in the……erm…..workshop!

  4. What do we search for on ebay Neil. I may as well get one too.

    • Paul, do a search for Optivisor and you’ll see them, good ones go for around £50 but a basic one (like the one I have) is around £15

      • Thanks Mike. I picked up one for $25.00 (aussie), free postage on ebay from China. Two things are going to happen, I am either going to become the worlds greatest painter or I am going to become blind. Its worth the risk.

  5. henrywargamer // December 4, 2015 at 15:39 // Reply

    Is it just me, or does Neil look like some kind of evil mad scientist in those…? (And of course I’ve just realised that I must look similar to that too…)

  6. Steve Holmes // October 30, 2018 at 13:31 // Reply

    Steping up form 6mm I found the opposite.
    15mms have more detail, but a fair amount can be ignored, or dealt with by drybrushing and washing.
    By comparison my efforts on 28mm seem to never end, there’s always a buckle, sword knot or lanyard that I missed during the last pass.
    Optivisor though, sound like fun, I’ll check it out.

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