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I just wanted to know what are some brands of brushes, because gw brushes suck
My preference is Winsor Newton 7000 series brushes. I like soft bristles with a spring to them. I also prefer large brushes with a good point instead of very small brushes. I'll use a round pointed #1 where many people use a 000 brush. However the best brush is the one you like to use. You'll have to try them out and see what you like. Go to any art or craft store. They'll have a good selection of brushes to try out.
I buy cheap camel hair blushes. They are good for ten or so models, untill they become useless. I make sure I get a good set before I begin a project, because they will ware out at the end. I buy a set of five for a little over three dollars.
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I personally find the GW brushes the best choice, purely because they are designed to do that job, so I trust them to do it
Actually, I find that GW brushes are quite adequate for painting miniatures. I agree with WolfRaider, though. You can't beat the Winsor Newton brushes.
The gw brushes are okay exept that there some stray hairs that screw everything up.
I agree that GW brushes are NOT my favorite. I usually find the best brushes at an art store, and get a wide variety of sizes. GW brushes flare too much, and stray bristles are a constant problem ( I tweeze mine out, but it still gets annoying). The only exception is the GW drybrush brushes. They are awesome, perfectly designed for their job.
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I use Revell brushes becouse they are smaller and cheaper .
I use what ever brush I can find. My friend when I first started off sold me a devestator squad 5 paints and 3 brushes. I havent baught new ones. So ive been using those for a good year or so. hmm But you know my painting mostly looks like crap so dont take my advice and come to think of it I do need new brushes. Is probably not going to help my painting but eh its worth a shot
Games Workshop brushes are absolutely fine provided you treat them with respect.
I have to say, that the usual way that most people paint with Citadel paints is guarenteed to distroy a brush in a matter of hours. By the usual way I mean:
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- stirring the paint with the bristles of the brush
- decanting a lump of paint from the pot to a dish with the brush
- mixing the paint on the dish with the brush
- not using enough water or other diluting medium when mixing paint
- allowing the brush to drop out of control into the container of water so the bristles impact on the bottom
- allowing the bristles to rub on the bottom of the container at all
- not replacing the moisture lost to the atmosphere when opening a paint pot
- poking paint at the model instead of gliding it on with the side of the bristles
- allowing the paint to dry in the ferrule end of the bristles
- still stirring the paint on the dish with the brush as it dries to a gelatinous muddy blob
- not rinsing the brush every few minutes
- not adaquately cleaning the brush after the painting session
- rinsing the brush under HOT water, which expands the metal ferrule and allows bristles to escape
- when starting a new session, manually flexing the bristles of the brush to remove dried paint
- storing brushes bristles down in a jar
Your best bet by far, if you are interested in better, faster painting, and an greatly extended life for your brushes and your paint - is to invest in a Wet Acrylic paint Palette. Try the Windsor & Newton, bought for about Â£12 from most arts or hobby shops in the UK.By the way, most of my brushes are between two and six years old and show no signs of wear. And yes, I have three fully painted armies of >1500 points! :rolleyes:Originally posted by Hard Aun@Jan 20 2004, 23:10
For paint, think about this. Most everyone I know just puts a dollop of paint on a saucer or tile, perhaps works a drop of water into it to dilute it, and then its a race against time to get it on the model before it dries. I would guess that about half of the actual paint gets wasted by drying on the saucer.
I use a different system for my Games Workshop paints. They are acrylic, that means they are water based. They dry because the water in them evaporates.
Art shops sell a special white plastic palette called a 'Stay-Wet' palette, designed NOT to allow Artists acrylic paints to dry out while they use them. They work by a sheet of damp blotting paper, with a sheet of special paper membrane on top. You put your paint on top of this, and the damp blotting paper doesn't let the paint dry out. It stays wet for hours, you can refresh the water in the blotting paper.
The expenditure is that every now and then you should replace the blotting paper or membrane, although you can clean the paint off the membrane paper up to a point.
I like this system, I have used it for 12 years or so, because you can keep the paint incredibly fluid and soft (I go for competition standards of painting) and if you make a particular shade mix, it keeps for days with the lid on the palette.
It costs a few quid to start with, dunno how much because my palette is about 12 years old, but over a year or two you should get your costs back in terms of not having to replace paint pots so much. And the softer paint is so much nicer to paint with. Games Workshop are gonna hate me if this catches on!
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