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Da Big Mek






London, UK

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Moldy Mushroom



Sweden - Norrköping

Yes, I use my old reading glasses when I paint details.
   
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Colorado

I use a tabletop light/magnifying glass. Really like it as it lets me see all the edges and cracks I've missed

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Ragin' Ork Dreadnought






Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany

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According to my optometrist I have superhuman vision - people also can't believe my hearing...maybe I'm Homo Novus...

Point is, no, I don't. I can never get the magnification right, then my depth perception gets off and...ugh...
   
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Sheppey, England

I use a magnifier / daylight lamp. Handy for painting in the wee small hours once the kids and wifey are abed.

Comes in really handy for fine detail, too.

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Beast of Nurgle





The main reason to use a magnifier is to see the brush. It is hard to see exactly where the point is. I've been thinking about buying some expensive dental loupes-- $140+ but they are the perfect lenses.
   
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Apex, North Carolina

I've tried, it messes with my depth perception. But it's not really an issue, what with superhuman vision and all haha

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Anti-Armour Swiss Guard






Newcastle, OZ

Yes.

But this is not JUST for modelling.

I wear specs.

They magnify (Right one does anyway) but mostly they correct for short and long-sightedness.

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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot




Australia

I started off using one of those headsets, but I don't need to anymore. Plus, it just looked ridiculous!

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Spawn of Chaos




Essex

Like many folks here, I find magnifying screws up my painting, rather than improving it. Whilst my distance vision is pretty shocking, my close/detail vision is perfectly solid that I don't really need the magnifying anyhow,

 
   
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Storm Trooper with Maglight





Montain Home, Ar

I HAD a nice magnifier with roach clips on it to hold the stuff. My 5 and 3 year old boys kinda took it apart and pieces were lost. Good thing I never really had to use it since I have good eyesight and a very steady hand.

 
   
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Hellish Haemonculus






Boskydell, IL

I'd like to but don't.

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Huge Bone Giant





Oakland, CA -- U.S.A.

I have one, but find it to be rarely useful.

Maybe because I have good (20/13) eyesight. It's not so useful for modeling in that case and I am not a good enough painter to make use anything that would need it.

Not sure how to vote, though.

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Lieutenant Colonel







I have fairly good eyesight and I am resisting using a magnifier, because of fear of becoming overly dependant on them. I have experimented with one and found my depth perception, lightness of touch and mis-judging distance became an issue especially when doing Lenses etc.

I'm sure if I had stuck with it a week, I would have adjusted. But to be honest at this point of time, I don't need it so it's like handicapping myself. I do however use a Daylight lamp, as this is brilliant at giving true colour.

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Norn Queen






Belfast, Northern Ireland (Until Sept 2017)

I actually got a magnifying glass 2 Xmases ago. Hand held so I couldn't use it as I need both hands.

For my birthday 2 months after ny grandad got me an awesome.little hightech one with built in LED lights on the rim and high powered magnification. Hand Held.

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Basecoated Black





glasgow, UK

I use a magnifier headset thing with a variety of clip in lens for different magnification. It's great and fairly cheap, £25, my eyesight ain't the best and it gives me great depth of vision and my standard of painting has improved immeasurably, It also allows me to see exactly what some of those lumps and bump of GW figures are! "oh, it's a purity seal, thought it was a handkerchief sticking out of his pocket!"

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Long-Range Land Speeder Pilot





Colorado Springs CO USA

I use a magnifier for some things and not for others, but I am grateful to have it for sure.

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Smokin' Skorcha Driver






Deepest, darkest Buckinghamshire, UK

Ditto. I find a magnifying glass very handy when sculpting tiny details, but otherwise it tends to get in the way.

Good bit of kit, though

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Revving Ravenwing Biker




New York City

I have a hobby lamp. It gives off day light, and has a 2x/4x magnifying glass, but i only use the lamp for the light now, i keep the magnifying glass around for doing the rare really really small detail when i model an paint

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Bounding Ultramarine Assault Trooper




Sweden, Vimmerby

I have a magnifier lamp but i rarely use it
   
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Road-Raging Blood Angel Biker





The Burn, Lancashire

I can't get my head around the messed up depth perception. Thankfully I've got a spot that gets plenty of daylight but during winter, without a daylight lamp, I could only paint for a short window during the days

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Lurking Gaunt




Virginia

My eyes havnt failed me yet

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Bloodthirsty Bloodletter






USA, OREGON

I used to use a pivoting light with a 4 inch magnifying glass on it. Worked well at a work desk, but I haven't been at my work dest for years...

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Stalwart Space Marine





Kansas, USA

I have one of those magnifying glass desk lamps but I don't use the magnifying glass part. It just shows me in greater detail how bad my painting is lol

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Sinister Chaos Marine






No, never. I don't think it would be very beneficial and in fact rather fiddly.
   
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Mindless Spore Mine






No but I have often thought about making a rig with clamps lights and magnifiers, especially for the more delicate jobs.

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Stabbin' Skarboy





North Suffolk, UK

I've been trying to paint for the first time in 2 years and I've realised that I now do need some form of magnification. My eyes are a bit shot anyway, and I don't really have any depth perception normally without glasses. I get around fine but think I'm going to have to relent and get some new glasses, and probably a magnifier for modelling/painting, if I want any hope of getting my painting up to the standard I want it at.

I'd also agree with the folks that use a magnifier with a built in light, if for no other reason than to have a decent light source for painting at night as that's when most people get decent hobby time.

Maybe a good question for another poll?? What time of day do you normally set aside tiem for hobbying, and/or how many hours a week do you hobby?? I don't mean actual game time or playign time, I just mean modelling and painting time.

Me personally it's pretty much only ever in the evenings, no earlier than 18:00, up to around midnight at the latest. Varies depending on work pattern, but I try and do at least 2 nights a week, and maybe a lot more if I've got something to get ready for.

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Fresh-Faced New User






UK

I only use it for really small things like teeth and eyes

   
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Funny, I just picked up a magnifying lamp this weekend, and it has already been very helpful with brush control and details.

   
 
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