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Human Eyeball Decals
Human Eyeball Decals
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by: bill cross


One of the bigger challenges in rendering human features in miniature is the eyes. How do you recreate eyeballs? The really skilled figure modelers paint the details in, but what about us mere mortals?

Well, Archer Fine Transfers has come up with a sheet of waterslide decals that do a pretty fair job in several scales.

what you get

The set includes a sheet of 400 eyeballs in four scales from 54mm-150mm in five shades from blue to dark brown/black. That works out to 50 figures per.

the review

The eyes are round, so it's a challenge to make them not look like the figure is astonished, scared or otherwise wide-eyed. But they're relatively easy to maneuver off the sheet, so you can adjust the look as you move forward by painting over any part that ends up outside the whites. I recommend cutting them as closely as possible: the transfer film is almost diaphanous, so silvering isn't a big issue, but if if you aren't careful, the decal will fold itself in half and spoil the effect.

The sheet is good value for money, since it comes with 50 pairs of eyeballs for four sizes of faces in the 54-150mm size range.


Even Archer is surprised at how well these sell. While they're far from perfect, they're a good solution for those who don't have the skill set or patience to paint in eyeballs (present company included).

Thanks to Archer Fine Transfers for providing review samples. Please mention you saw this review on Armorama when purchasing from a vendor or ordering directly from Archer.
Highs: Easy to work with. Makes painting eyes more uniform.
Lows: Somewhat limited in application, as they tend to make the figure look shocked or surprised.
Verdict: This is one of those "you'll have to make your own mind up" items.
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: ar99001
  Suggested Retail: $5.95
  PUBLISHED: Apr 05, 2011

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I would love to see a photograph of a figure that has utilized this product for the eyes. It seems like there must be someone within reading distance of this thread that has used them especially if they sell as well as stated. I saw these when Archer first offered them and had hoped at the time to see a photo of the product in use. I think it might be more difficult to place these where the eye is located on a figure, then cut/shave/adapt them from perfectly round to the shape of the eye with the eyelids and all. It just seems to use these and make them look right is probably more difficult than painting in the smaller scales. Cheers, Charles[/quote My figure skills are limited (as are all my modelling skills) but this uses Archer's Decals. I trim the decal close but not exactly, in fact the carrier on this extends over the bridge of the nose, yet it is very thin and with some dullcoat not too apparent. I'm sure better modellers have much better examples. John
APR 06, 2011 - 03:08 AM
Both myself and my wife have used these for figures in the past, while the work well on 1/35 figures, the color of the eyes are almost lost because they are so small, however on 1/16 and larger, they look very nice indeed!!
APR 06, 2011 - 04:26 AM
Thanks John. Like I said, I had never seen any of these in use (that I was aware of) I can see where they would be possibly easier and more effective in larger scales. I guess I'll have to try them out and see if they work for me. Thanks again, Charles
APR 06, 2011 - 07:20 AM
I would have to agree. At least one photo of one actually used might be especially useful in the review.
APR 06, 2011 - 09:39 AM
Sorry, folks, but my camera doesn't go that close. If you're dissatisfied with your eyes, then it's probably worth a shot. If you're happy with your figures' eyes, then this isn't going to revolutionize your technique.
APR 06, 2011 - 09:48 AM
Thanks for the review. Yea, you're going to get a shocked look if you choose the wrong size and because every sculptor does eyes differently it's impossible for anyone to create the "perfect" size iris decal... especially at this scale. It appears to be pretty obvious that we need to do a better job with our instruction sheet with an illustration of what a human eyeball is supposed to look like. When I finish I'll post a link to it. Woody Vondracek, owner ARCHER FINE TRANSFERS
APR 12, 2011 - 08:24 AM
Thanks, Woody. I like to think our forums here are test labs for manufacturers to discover what works and what could work better. And I didn't know you were a redhead.
APR 12, 2011 - 08:46 AM
As promised, here are the on-line instructions: THE HUMAN EYE As you can see, getting these correct in 54mm will require patience, dexterity and magnification. Good luck! For more information on my avatar see the movie "Run Lola Run"
APR 13, 2011 - 04:58 AM
Great movie. Franka Potente is excellent, and Moritz Bleibtreu is, well, his usual terrific. He's superb in the Baader-Meinhof film, too. Hard to believe Martina Gedeck is the same actress in that and "The Lives of Others." It's rare a glamorous actress will play ugly that way.
APR 13, 2011 - 05:07 AM

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