Think I've finally got the gold eye issues sorted. Tried the middle-of-the-road eye textures, and they seem to tone down the glow enough that it doesn't flair, but is still 'glowing' from a distance.
Looking better by far, I think. Want to play with the middle textures on a few other colors, but once that's done it'll be ready for upload.
Also: had one of those moments I just had to capture in screenshot form:
This game is so interesting when it isn't royally pissing me off...