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I'm curious - how many minis can you guys dry brush before totally killing your brush? That is, destroying the brush so that it won't work as a dry brush any more?
Do GW's dry brushes last any longer than normal brushes? (I'm sure you can destroy any brush quickly by applying too much pressure)
my last drybrush snapped inhalf before the brisltes were unusable.
and it was a really good brush for the job aswell Awww i want it back :'(
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i have had the same brushes for dry brushing for years now. I would say they seem to last well for about a year when used often.
I would like to add however that once there life as dry brush brushes is over you can then use them for stippling.
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My drybrushes from gw dont remain their tip for very long. After a few models the hairs are pointing outwards instead of inwards. I think its because i wipe my brush till it gets very dry before starting to drybrush, and i then have to aply more pressure when drybrushing. I've been drybrushing for many years and although my technique wears out the brushes pretty fast, i've learned that this way gets you the best looking drybrush with the most detail.
Basicly: its a choice between saving your brush or getting a nice looking result.
I've seen a lot of drybrushed models and terain pieces in the gw shop where i go and they make me wanna cry ... drybrushing is so easy and yet they screw it up by using too much paint on their brush. I prefer spending a little more time on it and wasting a few more brushes over the years instead of having my models look bad :p
Some of my drybrushes are ancient. I have a few that are over a decade old. They are only brought out for special jobs that no other will work for and only their old-dodgy bristles are suited. I don't think that given this I can really say how long my drybrushes last. Some of course fail and I get rid of them (turn them into grass for bases usually.
I think that since GW changed the colour of it's brushes the quality of the bristles has deminished to an extent, but perhaps it's just me. But the drybrushes are certainly better than normal brushes.
It depends how accurate you want to be with the drybrushing. If you're drybrushing little areas and being very accurate with it, then you can probably only use it for six months or thereabouts because the bristles do get splayed. It also depends, however, on how roughly you use it - if you use it more like a paintbrush and less like a sweeping brush, it'll last longer, to use one example
I use drybrushes that I have bought from the local craft store for 4 for 2.95. That way when they go bad on me I have no trouble tossing them. My expensive brushes I keep just for the detail painting.
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