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Im currently painting with some umbrella bristlled monsters. What brushes do people recommend to a man with a medium to high end budget? I want quality but also value for money.
Ive been using the GW brushes for a while and havent had many bad expierences with them, Ive been eyeing up some Windsor and Newton lines but Im unsure which are suitable for minature painting. Ive seen the Series 7 Kolinsky sable brushes but again Im unsure.
Thanks in advance.
You pretty much answered your question there I dunno if anything will ever unseat the series 7 as 'the' brush for painting miniatures. Just make sure you order the short handled miniatures series. Friend of mine ordered regular ones by accident and was quite confused about why everyone raves over a long handled brush!
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I personally only use my W&N brushes for fine detail, final highlights, etc. I really like Loew Cornell Golden Taklon as a synthetic workhorse brush. Base coating, washing, foundation paints, etc.
Probably 90% of the paint I put down by volume is done with a #2 round and #2 filbert from that series. They take my abuse very well! Would happily recommend it as the best synthetic brush I've ever used. (and far superior to comparably priced hybrids like the W&N sceptre series)
Edit: Oh also, W&N Azanta, awesome for large scale drybrushing, tanks/terrain etc
Last edited by InquisitorAffe; June 12th, 2009 at 04:56.
It's not the brush, its the brush-ie if you get what I mean. Personally I paint so much that any brush, good or bad quality gets ruined after a few boxes of models. So, I go to a craft store and pick up a 10 pack for around 15 bucks and I'm set for about 2 months.
Do you guys prefer golden taklon or various types of hairs or what? I just bought a pack of 5 golden taklon brushes (3/0, 0 , 5/0, and some other size) with soft rubber grips that work amazingly well. They have pretty average length handles but I saw some really short handled ones that seemed awkward in my hands when I felt them. So far they seem to work great.
I love the W&N Series 7, but I fear I may be using it wrong, as the brush seems worn out after only a little bit of use. I bought a new one to do metallics with (a size 1) and when I compared the new one to the slightly older one I was shocked at how much "smaller" the bristle section had become. Clearly I'm doing something wrong with it.
I have two W&N S7 brushes, curtsey of Ol' One Eye, that haven't failed me. They hold their point really well and are quite comfortable. I also use GW brushes, but mainly for things for basecoating etc, rather than detailing.
Dunno what you're gonna do with that many teeny tiny brushes though If you get the good LC ones a #2 round and #2 shader or filbert should take care of almost everything.
I absolutely love my W&NS7s.
My size 2 gets used for most of my blocking/layering work, switching down to a size 1 for detailing.
I have a size 0, which gets broken out for super-fine work, and I also own a 00 and a 000, but I have used them possibly once each.
I have some own brand art shop (CASS arts) that I use for palette work, and a pair of flat brushes that I use for drybrushing.
I can't recommend W&Ns enough, I really can't.
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I'm with the guy that goes to the hobby store. I went to hobby lobby when they had 50% off all brushes and loaded up on: American, Winsor Newton Eclipse and Galleria styles, Le Galleria, and some off brands to do scenery painting with. I got ~15 brushes nice brushes not including the off brands for about 30 dollars. I got every size between 0/18-4.
If you are just starting off I recommend doing that and then buy artisan quality brushes to replace the ones you find yourself needing more control of. For longtime veterans the WN7's are great, but for casual painters or beginners most any name brand medium range brush will do.