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 Look After and Clean Your Paint Brushes...

This article is all about getting the most life out of your brushes for painting miniatures. If you’re using expensive brushes then you want to get as much life out of your brush as possible to get the best value for money. You can only do that by looking after your brush. Clean Thoroughly and Regularly Seems a bit obvious but in my early days of painting I was quite bad at this. When you wash your brush in your water jar make sure you really give it a good long clean. Even when you think all the paint is removed it’s still best to give your brush those extra few seconds in water. Also clean your brush in regular intervals if you’re using the same colour for a long period of time. Remember if the paint is drying on the model, it’s also drying up inside the bristles of your brush. If you’re painting a tank or base coating a whole squad and let’s say it takes 20 minutes to do this, then you really need to wash your brush every 3-4 minutes at least. Change Your Water Pot Regularly You should always use a clean jar of water every time you start painting. You wouldn’t wash your dishes in dirty water so why would you wash your brush in dirty water too? Use Brush Cleaner Soap So you may still get the odd bits of paint dried up in your brush but it’s not the end of the world. This awesome product is a special type of brush cleaning soap that works wonders are getting paint out of your brushes. Below is a video tutorial from Lester Bursley from awesomepaintjob showing you how to use the soap. Do Not Lick Your Brushes!...