Recently I acquired some great brushes from Windsor & Newton and Army Painter and they’re amazing. They’re so cool and my mind has been changed so drastically that I felt compelled to put up a post about it.
WARNING: NO PICTURES OF MINIATURES IN THIS POST.
I’d always thought a brush was a brush but I’ve come to realise that I was mistaken. It’s like saying a car is a car.
I’ve never been one to chase brands or keep up with the Jones’s, however I was always taught to buy what you can afford and that the quality is remembered long after the price of something.
Despite those teachings, when it came to brushes, I always just bought whatever I could find at a local office supplies place. For the last five years they seemed to do the trick but I had nothing to compare them to.
I think, in my mad little mind, I could justify the cost of miniatures but not the tools of the trade which is just ludicrous because I certainly don’t buy cheap, nasty tools for my own humble little business. I buy what I can afford. So it’s not the Ferrari of lawn mowers for me, hehe, but it is the Landcruiser.
In a recent mini-conversation with our blogger buddy Azazel, he suggested I try W&N brushes to paint EYES on miniatures. While investigating this brand I also found myself looking at the Army Painter range and decided I’d get both lots.
The sable windsors are like brushing silk over my miniatures and hold a good amount of paint in them. They also don’t seem to fray easily but I must admit I am being a lot more careful with these brushes than I usually would be.
The Army Painter brushes have a nifty little grip thing that, at first, felt a bit weird in my hand but after only a few minutes felt very comfortable indeed. These brushes also hold paint really well and are sooooooo smooth to paint with. It’s hard to explain but they just do exactly what you want a brush to do. They don’t split, drop hairs or fray either.
What I have learnt, which now I see is exceedingly obvious, is that I shouldn’t skimp on quality on my brushes just like I don’t on everything else in my world.
I can’t believe I struggled along with substandard brushes all these years haha.
Don’t get me wrong, I whole heartedly believe it’s the painter not the paint brush that makes the model look good but I really do think having the right tools at hand really helps get the paint down better.
So if you were like me and are struggling along with dodgy frayed brushes go and snap them in half, empty your piggy bank and go and invest in some decent tools for yourself.
On the Saturday evening just gone I had the chance to interview/chat with our blogger buddy Mark A Morin for my little Podcast. Find his blog here –
It was a really great chat and, like with Classic40k aka Warburton, it went far too quick so there will be a part 2 down the track.
I wont spoil it for you by telling you what we chatted about but I will say this… The sound quality wasn’t the best I’m afraid. I’m not the most tech-savvy so I can only blame myself and will endeavour to get better at everything hehe.
I will be releasing episode 22 of Imperial Rebel Ork Podcast (with Mark A Morin) this Friday (Australian time) so keep an eye/ear out for it.