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Always go for sable brushes rather than synthetic, they are better and if looked after can last longer. The very best brushes to buy are the Windsor and Newton Series 7, which would make GW brushes look cheap. I would go to a local art store and find some cheap but decent looking brushes. They will do the job.
haha, yeah, i was gonna say, compared to high-end brushes, GW ones are actually really cheap. And they're actually not too bad, either! You just have to take care of them. Buy a cleaner or use handsoap to wash them after painting and clean the ferrule properly. Also, a guy at an art store gave me a good tip, to actually store the brushes "face-down" in the cup, so that any left over paint won't dip down into the ferrule. Of course I'm not sure how much paint you're gonna have there after washing the brush and how much real-world relevance this tip has, but it makes sense so it shouldn't hurt. And obviously you need the plastic cover to store them like that.
Last edited by M'ichal; January 17th, 2009 at 04:18.
Don't buy cheap brushes.
I find the GW brushes quite good and at a fair price. I do also have some more expensive ones, bought in an artist store, but those are only used on special occasions...
My tip is to buy good quality brushes and then be careful with them, this might be cheaper in the long run...
(Having painted for some 14 years I have a bunch to choose from. Always good to have some old brushes for drybrushing...)
Currently painting the Waaagh! of Warboss Borboss - Goff and Evil Sunz warband
gw brushes are a pretty good value for the money, although the finest detail brushes leave a little to be desired.
If you can, get a bottle of brushcleaner and rinse them out now and then, may save a few brushes you thought was done for.
Yes Sable brushes are the way to go. My windsor and Newton Series 7 Miniature brushes last on average 5 years or so...
That doesn't mean that synthetic brushes don't have their place. I have 3 windsor and newtons that I use mainly for the detail painting and shading.
I also have a set of synthetics that I bought from michael's that have different brush shapes. I use a wedge shaped brush to pain the sides of the base, various sized flat brushes to do any drybrushing over rough surfaces, and a bigger round for base coating as it gets the job done quicker.
For my paint pot I mix a bit of acrylic brush cleaner with the water. Occasionally when I am done painting I also have a bar of brush soap. What I do is get the bristles wet and run the brush over the soap to for a point. When the soap dries it helps hold the point. When the get wet again the soap activates and they soften again.
Synthetics over time will curl at the end or fishtail because the synthetic material is too tough to break. There really isn't a solution to this. Sable brushes will weaken at some point at the tips will break off. Kolinsky sable is one of the highest quality sables...
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The paint should only go about half way up the bristle.
Always clean your brushes until there is no pigment left in it.
As far as brush manufacturers go, I support Winsor & Newton. I've had one of their 0000 brushes for about two years now. It seems like I'm replacing all my other brushes about once a year, but the Winsor & Newton is still going strong.