AFV Painting & Weathering
Answers to questions about the right paint scheme or tips for the right effect.
Brush Painting
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United Kingdom
Joined: January 05, 2015
KitMaker: 70 posts
Armorama: 47 posts
Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 06:30 AM UTC
Hi All, I have only ever brush painted my models but never really thought about if there are a set of particular brushes to have/brand size including dry brushes etc. I've just got a load of all sorts. But it would be interesting to know if there are any people left that paint by brush, what they use. As importantly technique
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Alberta, Canada
Joined: December 11, 2009
KitMaker: 546 posts
Armorama: 316 posts
Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 08:17 AM UTC
spotters & grainers are helpful

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Queensland, Australia
Joined: September 04, 2015
KitMaker: 1,517 posts
Armorama: 1,109 posts
Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 10:16 AM UTC
I use both AB and brush but i prefer the second,you are in UK and you have at home one of the best quality/value/customer service brand on the market...


you can find every sort of brushes

here we speak about these brushes...


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New South Wales, Australia
Joined: May 04, 2016
KitMaker: 1,476 posts
Armorama: 1,463 posts
Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 03:35 AM UTC
Iíve always preferred brushes, only occasionally resorting to airbrush for certain kinds of camo stripes/patches. Just a standard medium sized soft (sable) brush either flat or domed, it really doesnít matter. What does matter is paint consistency, better to paint 3 or 4 very dilute coats than one all-out attempt to cover which typically gloops up the fine detail. The other advantage of thin coats is you brush in one direction for coat 1 and different directions for successive ones to eliminate any trace of brush-strokes. I usually slightly alter each coat with a faint tinge of a random other colour and deliberately be a bit slapdash with it i.e. donít paint to perfectly cover the last coat, hence the type of brush doesnít matter muchÖas long as itís not so cheap it sheds hairs.

Iím talking here about acrylics, just super-cheap student-grade artistsí acrylics in big tubes & mix them myself. I only use an oil-based enamel (Humbrol Steel or similar) for the priming/base coat (also brushed) which makes basic wear & tear easy by very gentle passes with fine sandpaper to take off the acrylic when dry to expose the more resilient steel coat where desired.

Some examples, even the camo on the Ferdinands was brushed:


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West-Vlaaderen, Belgium
Joined: February 11, 2003
KitMaker: 980 posts
Armorama: 158 posts
Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 06:47 AM UTC
Those are some great tips Tim, thanks!! I sold my airbrush a while ago, I don't like the hassle. I love handpainting, but it isn't always easy but your tips will help.

About brushes, I tend to like rounded better than flat, but that's a thing of personal taste. And synthetic over natural.