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Painting 1/72 figures

Posted by tb69 on 02 Jan 2018, 22:16

Hi All,

Happy New Year. I'm wondering if anyone has found it easier to paint 20mm miniatures vs. 28mm. I have an eye condition due to an old injury where I need to take breaks from painting quite often. I've tried painting 28mm plastic, do find it easier on the eyes, but also find it takes much longer to paint one figure. Yesterday I was painting some 28mm horses and then switched to painting a few 1/72 Hat Almoravids I had primed. For a skirmish war gamer like myself, I like the quickness that one can paint a 1/72 figure with and have always felt an affinity for the smaller scale due to making scenery etc. Any thoughts and observations are appreciated, thanks!
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 02 Jan 2018, 22:53

You will find many proponents of 1/72 scale and 20mm figs in this space!
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Posted by carlosfaro on 03 Jan 2018, 00:51

I must tell you, i get always tired sooner by 28mm guys... you need more time for bigger surfaces to paint, and the exigency of detail is so big there, also the shadowing/highlighing..

You get more impactant results with quite less work by our dear 1/72 bod-fellows! The human eye quickly accepts a smaller proposal even if detail was not so fine achieved by painting

And the proportion of bodies-figures is mostly better by these scale than in others...
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Posted by Peter on 03 Jan 2018, 20:22

First of all welcome to the forum tb69. :thumbup:

Speaking for myself I change scales very often, just to give my eyes some kind of rest. ;-)
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Posted by FredG on 03 Jan 2018, 21:18

I give my eyes a rest with the big 1/72. :P I like the metal (true) 20mm from Newline, they paint up so well. I've never been into the huge 28mm, I like the effect of numbers and with 28mm that comes at a price.
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Posted by Susofrick on 04 Jan 2018, 09:03

Welcome here! I mostly paint 1/72 with a magnifier for the finer parts. But sometimes I paint some 25mm, 28mm and 32mm. I don't have that many bigger figures, but I have no respect for them either so I paint what I have. :-D
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Posted by tb69 on 05 Jan 2018, 16:49

Thanks everyone, for all the replies! I find what appeals to me in 1/72 as much as the proportions of the figures is the opportunity to build structures and make scenery. Of course this is possible in 28mm as well, but the smaller figures seem to scale up well against buildings and trees differently...
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 05 Jan 2018, 18:25

There is a lot available in 28mm, but the 1/72 scale and 20mm stuff is vast and goes back 50 years..
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Posted by Roland_Kupski on 05 Jan 2018, 18:40

although the difference is little, for 20mm i use a complete different way of paintig.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 05 Jan 2018, 19:05

Roland_Kupski wrote:although the difference is little, for 20mm i use a complete different way of paintig.


Are you referring to the difference between 1/72 scale and 20mm, or the difference between 20mm and 28mm...
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