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. 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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