Contrary to popular belief, I like most of the Games Workshop/Citadel stuff. The Khorne Red base paint goes on in a single layer, it’s just amazing. And obviously the models are fantastic, for the most part, and the quality of the terrain just goes without saying. Then there’s the multi-layered history of the 40K universe, which I’ve barely started to dive into!
But they’re not perfect, of course – and one thing from GW that modelers (not just gamers, but modelers) say aren’t up to scratch are the brushes. This post should originally have been called ‘Why I don’t use Citadel brushes’!
This video is the one I show to anyone curious as to how good proper artist’s brushes are compared to GW. This is is MiniWarGaming Dave showing off his custom-painted Abaddon the Despoiler from 4-time Golden Demon Winner Worthy Painting. After enjoying Dave’s excitement at how awesome the mini is, skip to 10:00 in where Dave is showing his brother Kris the model, and Kris explains how GW brushes cannot achieve the level of detail on the model. There are side-by-side comparisons of GW’s Fine Detail Brush with a Winsor & Newton Series 7 brush – you can see the difference and listen to how Kris explains how the W&N brushes hold paint and their point better. The link again – skip to 10:00 in to get right to the explanation.
I’ve gotten all of my W&N brushes from an ebay seller for about £6 each, I have a pair of number 1 brushes and one each of 0 and 00 – because of this video and many other suggestions online! Hopefully at some point my skills with match my equipment…