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Am currently in the need to purchase new brushes but unfortunately W&N brushes are fairly hard to find in Australia and they lie outside of my price range anyway.
So through some reading i have turned up that both the GW brushes are decent, so they are one option, another option i came across is sable brushes, now i found these Brushes
Even though they don't have a photo, they are listed as pure sable brushes and i was wondering how they would perform. Also was curious as to what sizes i should be looking at buying, was looking at getting a 2,1 and 0.
my suggestion to you would be to go to a local hobby store or paint supplier. even though the people advertise that the brushes are pure sable, how do you know you have no pics and no brands for all you know it could be pure neck hair sable... not the tail hair which is used for brush making.
good brushes make a huge difference in painting, i know W&N series 7 are expensive, VERY expensive even... but if you keep you eye out you can find deals on them. i've been able to buy 3 at half price each as long as i bought at least 3. also my local W&N supplier has quarterly specials i was able to get my entire purchase at 40% off... i know that isnt available to everyone, but buying local has its perks sometimes. also if series 7's are still to expensive even when on special i found these people here.they are hand made brushes, i have never tried them but there prices seem reasonable enough. my painting improved a ton by gettign high quality brushes, they are worth the cost... now i can't paint with anythign else... its almost like other brushes are jsut too stiff and it feels like i am rtrying to paint with a stick.
hope i was of some help.
Well those brushes from that store is one of my local hobby stores it's near my uni and i will be going into have a look at them and talk to the guys, i was just wondering if going to look at sable brushes would be good.
The only W&N i found in AUS in my quick look was 25-30 AUD for the size 1, so yeah that's a bit too much for myself.
EDIT: Wanted to Ask has anyone used Roymac Purity Brushes or Roymac Redhead Brushes? They are pure kolinsky sable and was wondering how they perform?
Last edited by Winter; June 14th, 2009 at 09:27.
if it is truly pure sable, when you paint it wont even really feel like you are brushing the model at all, it's just that soft.
kolinsky sable is the best brush hair you can get for this type of painting, well that's what most people say and i agree.
Do you not find the fact that its so soft gives you less control? I'm not speaking from experience or anything, i just imagine it would feel like that!
In my painting experience I have found that I usually buy hard brushes. if I can't find any I buy a medium brush, and harden it slightly. I'm not saying that it rock solid or anything, but Soft brushes are hard to work with because they often go out of the parameters that you are painting. Also, you usually don't need extremely tiny brushes as long as you maintain a small amount of paint on your brush. If you minimize the amount of paint on your brush, extremely fine brushes are no longer necessary.
Hope that helps!
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g about the sable is that even though it is soft it still maintains a point, it doesnt fan out when you start bushing onto the figure, and with it being so soft you actually learnn to have a softer, more controlled touch with the application of the paint. don't jsut ask me i'm no painting master by any means but after trying so many different brushes i will never go back to stiffer brush... i feel i have less control with a stiffer brush but that's jsut me... i am able to make the brush do what i want without having to force it... ask around to people like -t davidwc danjones... most of them agree that soft sable brushes, specifically W&N series 7 are some of the best brushes around.
I have currently been using these: Series 323. Pure Kolinsky Spotter - Rosemary & Co - Artists Brushes by Mail Order.
In sizes 0, 2 and 6. Size 0 for the niggly bits and the eyes etc. Size 2 for everything and size 6 for big areas on Capes, Dreadnaughts and Tanks etc.
And for the price (£1 more than GW Brushes) they are way way better than the standard GW brushes.
I have recently forked out for W&N Series 7 in Size 0 and 2, but the above brushes or Series 22. Pure Kolinsky Designer - Rosemary & Co - Artists Brushes by Mail Order. or Series 33. Pointed Pure Kolinsky - Rosemary & Co - Artists Brushes by Mail Order. will be fine.
But as you being in Aussy Land you may be waiting a while for delivery as they are home made in britain.
Ha I just found out something interesting! The main brush I use is an old standard sized brush from GW from the last generation, one of the red ones. And I had been telling my friend about how its amazing that its so many years old but its still the main brush I use, I much prefer it even to the detail and fine detail bruses I bought in the last year or so.
I was chewing away on Ol' Red as I usually do and I had a look at where I was gnawing and saw in really faded print "finest quality sable". That explains why I use it so much, I didn't know they had swapped the materials of the brushes!
Now I know exactly what people mean about sable being better quality, it never loses it's point and is much easier to work with because it really does give you more control of where the brush goes.