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im a new collector of 40k, and was wondering how many different sized brushes do you think it is worth investing in? i am looking to paint my models to a sensible standard, but nothing too ambitious. i was originally going to get a standard brush and a detail brush, but i'm having second thoughts. any opinions?
I like to have a spread of brushes. Probably more than needed. For round brushes I have a 3-4 '0' for small jobs, a #1, and #3, and a fine liner brush (very long thin brush) for eyes and black lining. I also have a very stiff bristle #1 for doing edges. I also have a #1 and #3 cat's tongue (flat round) for doing large flat surfaces, like vehicles.
I also have a large assortment of "junk" brushes for white glue, dry scrubbing, bases, etc.
I have about 30 or 40 brushs, but I only use about five out of them. it's good to have different types of brushes like WolfRaider said. I have a 0/0, 3/0 and a few 0/5's.
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I really despise GW paint (as anyone who has read any of my posts can tell), so this may sound funny comming from me, but I actaully think that GW does a pretty good job with their brushes. (They're too expensive, of course.) If you take care of them, they last quite a while, and they keep a good point.
I went the sable, 000 to 10x0 route, but I found that the paint dried on the brush too fast, which had the twin disadvantages of making it hard to paint and ruining the brush. Now, I stick to a larger brush with a good point even for the finest details.
While all the above are showing off with their numbers and stuff , i would say three brushes. GW standard brush, GW fine detail brush and GW Drybrush.
For a person starting off that selection of brushes will allow you to get most of your minis painted to a decent level, ooooh and some black/white spray paint for undercoating.
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That's what I use, and I only use the detail brush for eyes and sometimes on faces.
I paint to a "gaming" standard, I think I'm pretty good, but I'm not going to win any golden deamons any time soon. Three brushes are enough for me.
I KNOW I have a tank brush somwhere around here too though, and I'd like to find it now that I've switched to the guard :)
I try to have about two of each kind of brush if not more on brushes I use a lot. A 00000 sable brush is a life saver for eyes and lettering, a 000 for normal details, a 0 for normal work and a large flat brush for vehicles, or better still use an airbrush, but thats a different topic. I personally enjoy the finished project more enjoyable than gaming, less stressful........
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