Workhorse Brush

When I upgraded my brushes to Winsor & Newton Series 7‘s a few years ago, I started paying more attention to brush care.  With the brushes’ higher cost, I wanted to get as much life out of them as possible.  For me that meant keeping an older brush around to do my painting dirty work.

Before I started using the S7’s, I was pretty rough with my brushes.  I was guilty of all of the brush sins, including things like stabbing at models sometimes with the brush and letting paint get into the ferrule regularly.  While this wasn’t a big deal when I was spending a buck a brush, I knew I had to change my habits with the new brushes, but doing so would slow me down.  Lets face it – when you’re base coating, dry brushing, or otherwise just trying to lay paint down quickly, doing things right takes more time.

That’s when I started going to the bargain brushes at my local art store.  They’re nowhere near the quality of S7’s, but they have one distinct advantage: the el cheapo factor.  For a few bucks I could pick up a couple flats for drybrushing and a few rounds for base coating work (especially for my bases; concrete patch chews up brushes quick!).

W&N S7s (left) and the throw-a-ways (right)

When it comes to layering and detail work, I stick with my good brushes, but if I’m throwing down the first layers – like the black undercoat and Boltgun base coat for metals – I can go to one of my workhorse brushes (as long as they still have a decent tip) to get the job done fast.  And when I finally mutilate them past usefulness, I don’t have to feel bad about only needing to drop a couple bucks for replacements.

5 thoughts on “Workhorse Brush”

  1. You touch on brush techniques/sins (like “stabbing”), and as someone new to miniature painting, it’s admittedly been tough finding a good how-to guide that mentions these things. Any chance you could write a feature article(s) on this topic?

  2. Most of what I’ve picked up has been second hand knowledge and the like, but I can try and do some research for more comprehensive specifics and see what I can come up with.

  3. I remember trying to miniature paint my Shadowrun mini’s. (long-since lost). I’ve learned that I have no business trying. I’m better off paying someone else to do it.

    Anywho, maybe someday soon, RB will do a new line of ED mini’s.

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