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Brushes, drills and files

Postby Stuart » Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:12 pm

So I've only ever used GW stuff but have sold off all my stuff now.
Am thinking about painting some minis purely for modelling rather than gaming - can anyone recommend brands I can buy in the town centre?
I'd heard that Windsor brushes were the mutts nuts but can't find them in Antics.
Was I too hasty to rid myself of GW products?
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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby Stu's Idle » Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:36 pm

I find the GW brushes quite good for 'day-to-day' use but if you're after something a little better you may want to look online. Otherwise it's always worth looking in art supply shops, not just hobby/model shops. There's a pretty big one just around the corner from Antics, called 'Craft and more' I think. Upstairs they have some pretty good brushes (or did a year or so ago when I last looked).

I have a mixture of cheap and expensive brushes as some are better than others at various tasks. Whatever you're happy with basically.
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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby HistoricalGeorge » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:11 pm

There's also an art shop on Park Street that has W&N and Pro-Arte amongst others.
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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby Stuart » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:31 pm

Thanks chaps, how about the other hobby stuff i.e. drills and files?
The GW clippers I bought were awful
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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby HistoricalGeorge » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:45 pm

Antics should have several options for those.
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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby Stu's Idle » Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:13 am

Antics or ebay would be my suggestion. A simple hand drill, some cheap needle files (as plastic and pewter aren't tough enough to warrant spending much) and some small HSS drill bits.
You could even go for something like this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SET-8-Precisi ... Swv0tVOjJW
PLEASE NOTE: the above link is not a recommendation. I've no idea if that kit is any good, you'll have to do your own research. It was just to show that all-in-one 'hobby' kits exist.
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Team Yankee (6mm and 15mm): Soviets
Bolt Action: Soviets
DUST: SSU aka Soviets (anyone spotted the theme yet?)
Star Wars Armada: Imperials (Space Soviets, a long, long time ago)
Epic Armageddon: Imperials (Space Soviets, in the grim, far future)
Frostgrave: Dwarves (Short Soviets)
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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby Demenzia » Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:45 am

You can find a lot of brushes in both shops:
http://www.bristolfineart.co.uk/contact-us.aspx
https://www.cassart.co.uk/locations/bristol

Windsor are very good brushes, but so expensive, las weekend I buyed one 3/0 ProArte "miniature painting" to test it and I'm happy with this.

My option for the hand drill is GW's, a bit expensive but good quality and comes with some drill bits.

I have no idea about where to find needle files, I was looking for some in Bristol but finally I brought them from Spain when I was on holidays.
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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby HistoricalGeorge » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:10 am

Just as a warning Pro Arte can be a little hit and miss. I have a great 3/0 but a rubbish 2/0 bought at the same time...
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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby Azzabat » Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:07 pm

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Personally I spend a lot of money on my brushes and I would always recommend going for the best quality ones you can afford. Brushes made from Kolinsky sable (the reddish tail hair of a Siberian weasel, male preferably) are the very best, and Windsor and Newton do a very good range which you can get anywhere. I get mine from Craft & More on Broadmead (between Antics and The Galleries). Expect to pay around £5 each for these.

Stay away from synthetic brushes.

Drill bits I get from Antics. I've never bothered too much about the quality as I go thru them at a fair rate, but go for HSS (High Speed Steel) if you can, and an Archimedean hand drill for small, fiddly stuff.

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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby Stuart » Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:55 pm

Windsor/ Newton from Craft&More
HSS Drills from Antics
Got it. Thanks greatly for the advice all
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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby Azzabat » Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:33 pm

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Craft & more have a loyalty card that when full gives you 20% off your next purchase. Ask about it when you go in as it's free.
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Re: Brushes, drills and files

Postby radegast6@gmail.com » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:05 am

I use Kolinski from art store - my last lasted for 2 years with perfect tip and accidentaly I cutted it of with hobby knife so it would last much longer.
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