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How do you paint very thin lines, for example for highlighting? I've tried a brush but they seem too thick and messy - do I need to get an 000? I've heard people mention using cocktail sticks, but I find that the paint doesnt come off, and if I put more on it just splodges off. Not good. :cry:
I use a 18/O.... GW brushes aren't small enough. Fine detail should be called standard
I've found that the size of the brush isn't all that important, rather its ability to form a good point (within reason - don't try to highlight with a tankbrush!) I'd get a good, high quality brush and use it exclusively for highlighting. Keep it away from messy jobs like base coating and drybrushing and make sure to keep it in good condition.
If your looking for really narrow, really sharp highlights there's a technique I've come across where you sort of "edge" the paint on. Simply put, place a little bit of paint onto your brush and make sure to get rid of any of the excess. Then, run the side of the brush along any sharp edges of the model your highlighting. This only really works on models with sharp, well defined edges - space marine power armor being the prime example. This works well for that final extreme highlight, so I try to use it sparingly and not edge everything, otherwise it looks to cartoonish.
If your finding that the paint is to messy then try to use less on your brush and make sure it's thin. It doesn't have to be like water, but adding a little bit will help it flow better, and give you smoother highlights.
Hope this helps!
I completely agree with Bane. Just make sure your brushes are in good nick, and you are pulling the brush, not pushing it, across the model. Suck the brush to get a good point if you are not doing that already. Good Luck!
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For thin lines you need a brush with a great point. It is the point that matters really, but I wouldn't suggest trying to paint them with anything larger than a detail brush (GW). You don't need much paint on the brush and will need a steady hand. Brush size will help of course, detail or fine detail are more than adequate I find.
Cheers all of you. So the main bits are a good, small brush with pointy point, and obviously a lot of patience.
I'm tempted to get some W&N S7 brushes - are they really worth it? I'm not a great painter and they're bloody expensive
I thoroughly reccomend series 7s, but they are quite expensive.
Treat them well and they will last forever, and be far, far nicer to paint with than the GW 'equivilents'.
As an aside, the smallest brush I regulaly use is a 0, and that is only for very, very fine details.
The tip is the important bit, as well as the ammount of paint the brush can carry. If all the paint dries up in the brush before you put it to the model, you aren't going to get very good lines!
Finally, use the edge of your desk (or whatever) to steady your hands on. This will make it much easier to get a smooth line.
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Another trick you can use - especially if you are painting along the edge.... take the paint on the brush and use the side of the brush rather than the tip and drag it along the surface at a slight angle. This will give you a straight thin line every time given you don't overload your brush.
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