I wince every time I see someone's pride and joy, a newly finished castle in their perfect painted grey - Normally that blue-ish grey that looks so effective. I should know I used to do the same thing when I built castles!
"But castles are grey aren't they ?" I hear you ask.
Well they may be, but for the sake of me I can't find one that is, though I'm sure you, the reader will no doubt have stronger google-fu than me and find one to prove some point or other.
This is a picture of Raglan Castle which I retrieved from google after searching for "Grey Castles" in images
OK, it's a bit lighter than some wargames castles I've seen, but matches well with the Airfix castle above.
What's wrong with that then ? Some granites are grey, yes, but granite takes an inordinate amount of time and effort to cut into blocks and other stone is far more suitable for ease (e.g. sandstone)
To illustrate my point further, here's a second picture of Raglan Castle, but this time when it was not overcast and grey, but is rather bright and sunny (must have had a high speed camera to catch such a shot in Wales).
It illustrates perfectly imo the colour of the castle as it currently is. When it was new it would have none of the speckled brown effect due to ageing but would have had a pristine look about it.
So before you start sending links of a "grey" castle, please do a little more digging.
|My Son's left eye with ruler.|
I've always had a thing about those that paint eyes onto figures, because generally speaking they shouldn't be able to (I can't, so I don't even try).
The human eye is not quite a sphere, but has a 'width' of appromately 24mm with a variance of about 2mm in adults (childrens' eyes are much smaller).
So What ?
Well follow the numbers with me for a second, 24mm is approximately an inch (25.4mm) a man six foot tall has a height of 72". Therefore if our figures were 72mm tall you would have to paint the eyes on them 1mm wide (and about half a mm in height .
|Same eye, opened as wide as he could.|
The picture on the left shows the same eye, opened as wide as my Son could but is still only about 12mm of eye showing (half an inch)
which in the example above would be half a millimetre .
I certainly can't paint half a millimetre, but I'm sure there are some of you out there that can.
However can you paint eyes on a figure that is 36mm tall (bottom of foot to top of head) 's using the above numbers, if you can then you would be paintomg the eyes half a mm wide and a quarter of a mm tall !
Oh, and obviously the smaller the figures, the more difficult it will be to get anywhere near a correct effect. One problem of course is that extra ball of putty the figure manufacturers slap into the socket, making the figure look like Marty Feldman (look it up you youngsters), which is mostly unnecessary for anything less than a 54mm figure. That ball represent the eye complete with all it's surrounding, top and bottom eye-lids and the bit of the face below the eyebrows too, but those that paint eyes will include it all.
Before I get hate mail from those that paint perfectly good eyes on figures (that are not squinting or cock-eyed in the least). I think that the problem is not with the painters, but rather with the size and proportions of the figures.
All constructive criticism accepted of course and I still do love seeing all your lovely figures with their eyes, (even if my own eyes are disproportionally small compared to a figure's).
That's all for this week, please don't take offence at any of the above, it's written with humour in mind and just for food for thought and I hope it's been an eye=opener.