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I was looking at the brushes i got nearly 8 years ago and they are looking prety shabby. So I decided I want to buy a new set of paint brushes but need to save money.
I know how overpriced most of Games Workshop's tools are so I wouldint be surprised if their are better deals out their. Any one have any suggestions for good paintbrushes at a cheaper price then games workshops?
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Art Supplies from Dick Blick Art Materials
and get yourself a few of their rediculously discounted windsor and Newton Series 7 brushes.
The best way to save money is ton only have to buy an item once. These brushes, at these prices, are cheaper then the GW brushes and are the best. period. end of line.
here's the section you need.
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Pointed Round - BLICK art materials
They will ship to anywhere in the world (i just had them ship 18 brushes to new zealand for me)
I've been through at least 6-7 brushes in the last 2 years, good quality ones, but not top quality. I've easily spent 100$ on other types of brushes. Never again.
It is always amazing how we attach ourselves to the brushes that we use. I know I got my favorites and it is a sad day when I have to retire one!
Good brushes are not cheap. although the dickblick website is worth checking out!! I am going to do some browsing there...
Pick a few of your favorites, spend a few bucks on em and you will never look back, and you work will thank you for it. I bought some cheap brushes, like 8 for $5 to do crafts and "general" painting with my kids... and wow, after using that crap for a few projects then switching back to a real brush, you can sure tell the difference.
Interesting find, king88mob, might look into those, how much was the postage to Kiwiland.
Oh and the other option is, to go to a good art shop and buy a set of sable brushes, thats what I am using currently, but if you afford the W&N Burshes get them.
You know, I've never really felt the urge to go out and lay down the cash for a monster brush like the series 7's.
The real key is to figure out what sort of brushes work for your style of painting, and go with that. I've gotten to know the mid-range standards from Michael's and Artist's Emporium, and they've served me well.
My current favourite five are:
>Loew-Cornell 795 white nylon 00 round
>Loew-Cornell 4650 10/0 spotter
>Q series 5L white taklon 5/0 liner
>Q series 20P wave watermedia #1 round
>Heinz Jordan mini gold sable round
None of them more than $8 to $10, but they just feel right for me.
Are those WN Series 7 brushes a lot better than the GW brushes? I use GW for now and I gotta say they're not that bad, but I'm willing to get something better. I guess I could just buy one and try myself but wanted to ask first Let me know.
I use the cheap $10 brush packs from normal painter stores, they're better than GW and they have like 5 different sizes in the pack. Takes me about 5 months go ruin them, but $10 bucks for 5 months worth of painting is pretty good. I normaly buy 1 fancy detail brush when I get the pack too, I don't remember the name of it but I call it trusty yellow. I use nylon bristles too *the white/yellow ones*. They keep their shape pretty long and I can poke into areas with out the bristles bending weird on me.
Tomb Kings, Marines, Eldar
postage to new zealand was 43.00$ USD (!) for fedex, 23 for regular post. however i did a group buy with some of the wellington warlords, as shipping was unaffected by # of brushes. So 4 brushes + postage was STILL cheaper then buying series 7s locally. In fact, it was almost 1/2 price (they are 28-35$ a pop at Gordon Harris)
at the price dick blick is selling their W&N Series 7s, I can't buy a decent sable brush locally.
And yes, they are that much better then GW and the other brushes i've been using (though the Escoda line of Kolinsky brushes is quite good as well, the tips are a little small though)