Using Old Brushes and Cheap Brushes...

There are several articles online about which are the best brushes to use for this hobby. In fact I will write one using my own recommendations in the future but before that I wanted to talk about cheap brushes and old brushes and their uses. You might wonder why anyone would use these brushes if they wish to improve their painting but they do have their place and in certain circumstances they can be very good. I recently picked up this Royal and Langnickel Sable Super Value Brush Set because I wanted some flat brushes to use for drybrushing and it’s fantastic. An absolute bargain for under £5 and the brushes themselves are actually pretty good quality considering the price. I’m a big fan of the Games Workshop brushes however I really don’t like the shape of their drybrushes and since I’ve started using these brushes for dry brushing I’ve really noticed the difference. The regular shaped brushes in this set also serve several purposes. The larger brushes are pretty good for basecoating terrain and vehicles and the smaller brushes can be used for regular base coating. Another use I have for these brushes are mixing paint on my pallet. I would much rather use an cheap brush for this as sometimes you can find paint will get in the ferule of the brush and you don’t want that for your good brushes. When it comes to old brushes, I mainly use mine for applying glue to bases or transfers onto model, in the rare moments that I actually use them. It’s well worth keeping your old brushes for these purposes. You may also use the other end of the brushes for larger work involving green stuff. Another technique I use old brushes for,...

How To Become A Better Miniature Painter...

This article looks at small things you can do to improve as a miniature painting beyond the simply practicing. Of course practice makes perfect but there are other things you can do which will help improve your painting overnight. If you’re not doing these things then you really should be if you’re serious about your painting. Use A Naturalight Lamp I cannot stress enough how important it is to paint under a lamp, especially a Naturalight lamp. Have you ever painted a model that looks great to the eye, then taken a photo of it and noticed you’ve missed little details? This is because the eye cannot always pick up the darker areas of a miniature in natural light which is why I think it’s very important to use a lamp so you can clearly see all the little details of your miniature. Also make sure you use a white Naturalight lamp as regular bulbs can have a yellow or blue hue which can throw off the eye a little. I personally use this Naturalight 5-inch Magnifying Lamp but any Naturalight lamp will do. Once you start painting with a lamp you’ll quickly not want to paint without one. Look After Those Brushes They say a bad workman blames his tools and to a degree this may be true but you’ll never paint a great looking miniatures with badly looked after brushes. I recently wrote an article about how to look after your brushes which is worth a read. Dilute/Thin Your Paints When we start out in miniature painter we all seem to want to apply thick coats to get a coverage on our models as quickly as possible. We soon realise that we end up losing detail and have a very poor looking...