Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Eyes front!



I have tried out a couple of things and come to the following conclusions. 

1) Standard eyes - too manga-ish. 

2) Suggestion of eyebrow - this looked a bit odd to my eye as to make it visible it had to be quite far down on the face and didn't look right. I think this maybe an issue with the fact the bearskin comes down quite low over the eyes than anything else. 

3) Black dot - pictured above, this seems to work as it suggests without being too realistic. I might try it again with brown or dark blue. We shall see. 

18 comments:

  1. Black dot is traditional - pink cheeks ? , Tony

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    1. I think we may reserve those for the Royal Marines.

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  2. That looks OK. A paler colour would not stand out quite so much, and could look more natural.

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  3. Conrad,
    Give the face a wash with the old GW, Devlan Mud, or whatever its called now, then highlight the brow, nose and chin with flesh and/or white.

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  4. Not bad at all actually. Now, what about mustaches?

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Not something I would habitually associate with the Guards (unlike full beards in the Crimea). I'll have a think about that.

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  5. The eyes look grand, your suggestion for rosy cheeks ? I have tried all sorts and not been at all happy with the results.

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  6. Looks good I reckon. And from memory (long ago, when I still painted eyes!), black is best. Brown and blue just stand out oddly. Black, you see it's there, but you're not overly drawn to it.

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    1. Thanks Rev. I'll see how brown and blue work.

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  7. I often don't bother with eyes, as I think bad eyes look worse than no eyes, and at tabletop viewing distances any eyes are hardly noticeable if at all. But a simple dot works well, especially on such toy soldiers, I think.

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    1. For wargaming figures you are absolutely right, though these are intended to sit on a shelf and look pretty.

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  8. Black dot, very traditional and can be very effective.

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    1. Well, the Ross Mac seal of approval.

      That settles it.

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