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New Brushes Coming to a GW Store Near You


A few reports have come in that Games Workshop is redoing its entire brush range. This is apparently happening soon, as stores are being told to "hold" on ordering new brushes. I did see that there are only two brushes currently on the GW US webstore, but as often as I check for brushes there, it could of always been like that.


Please take this as a rumor until there is an official announcement.

via Maverick on Faeit 212
It appears to be GW updating their brushes range in the " near future". I have no specific deadline other than the owner of my FLGS was advised by GW to hold off ordering current ones after expanding the held range. I suspect within April?? 

Not a model release update but another part of GW expanding anyway.


via an anonymous source on Faeit 212
I did get a hint from my FLGS guy yesterday.  His GW rep told him certain brushes couldn't be ordered because they aren't going to make more.  The rep told him they are getting ready to redo the brush range.

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  1. I hope so. The brushes are garbage. My LGS started stocking Army Painter instead, much better. Still not very good, but good enough for my needs! And last much longer!

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    1. Couldn't agree more, their regiment and character brushes work fine on marines and I'm a year using the insane detail, the fine detail ones from gw don't last a week, a standard brush I brought had loose bristles the first time I used them

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    2. Davinci are quit good, if not the best

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  2. Those are still not very good compared to Kolinsky Sable brushes. Try Series 7, they are marvelous.

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    1. I take it you mean Winsor & Newton brushes? Those are magnificent

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    2. They are made with kolinsky sable fyi

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    4. They are excellent to use but still don't last long (though that could reflect me not looking after them properly somehow - any advice welcome as they aren't cheap! - as I only ever hear good things about them from other people)

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    5. full synthetic. go down to an art supply store and buy them for cheap.

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    6. Those are also much more expensive...although not that I started using that level of brushes I couldn't go back

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    7. Mine last more then 2 years now. Just clean them regulary .
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cjI68PAwAE

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    8. I agree with Azrell. I'm using some cheap nylon brushes my mother-in-law got me for Christmas, and I'm loving it.

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  3. I generally prefer Atlas' Taklon brushes for general use, but I've since become a fan of Citadel's dry brushes.

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    1. The dry brushes are the only citadel ones I use nowadays, series 7 all the way for detail work!

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    2. Yeah, Dry Brush for the win!

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  4. Best advice post. Thanks everyone been looking 4 new brushes

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  5. Best advice post. Thanks everyone been looking 4 new brushes

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  6. The best brushes money can buy are at Michael's stores if you live in the USA. They cost more but you need pure red sable if you want to paint like the 'Eavy Metal team.

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    1. I've never once found a decent brush at Michaels craft stores.. they do however stock a nice acrylic matte finish and 1/4" thick cork board for basing. The best brush to use for miniature painting is the W&N series 7 #0 & #1 yeah they're about 10-12$usd but they last long if you use proper brush care and cleaning techniques. though I'm curious about GW releasing new brushes. if they are more durable and last longer than 2months unlike their current detail range we might have a new standby yet nothing i think will compare to the series 7 quality

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    2. Might depend on the Michael's and which section of the store. The brushes I'm referring to range in price from $14.99 to $20.99 each.

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  7. Buy the cleaning stuff at Michael's the medium sized one. I've had it a couple years and take care of my current gw brushes that I have had over 2 years some of them. They work like new because I wash end condition my brushes every three sessions or so.

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  8. For those in the UK try Rosmary & Co... Hand made brushes using whatever sable you want!... And they're a lot cheaper than W&N. I had them make me some custom brushes (triangular handle with Kolinsky sable).. Which are absolutely fantastic!

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    1. I can vouch for Rosemary & Co. Their Series 33 brushes are about 1/3 the price of Raphael 8404s or W&N Series 7s and the quality is really not that far off.

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  9. Eldar Jetbikes lost at GW website. Uhm... What could it be...

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  10. New brushes? Ok cool but any news on Eldar, Dark Angels or more importantly, Cult Mechanicus?

    Please.

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    1. Well I got my copy of Skitarius (the novel) today. I'm not far in and Electropriests have already made a appearance.

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    2. sounds like a good indicator of plans for a follow up then. taking a guess now that I have codex: skitarii in my hands we'll proably see a codex for the other groups (ordo reductor, college cybernatica etc) and eventually GW'll roll them all into a unified codex.

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  11. i use those cheap art 6-8 pack of paint brushes...the kind that break down the moment you look at them, however in between tank and detail sized brushes they are better over the long haul (of painting relatively larger model, and infantry alike) than most GW and some other brands of brush then again tbh i don't go for the most expensive, as i can then spend the remainder on models as well ;) (besides i don't really look after my brushes because being so cheap they can be bought in bulk (and i still save money)

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    1. I find it unlikely your saving much. Plus your being ratyer wasteful.

      I use W&N 7s and have had the same brushes for over 2 years. Total cost was about $26 (2 brushes, $12 each plus tax). If your brushes cost $2 and you toss them every two months you might save two dollars for the privilege of tossing your Brushes that I would argue are probably less capable.

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    2. ^ lol @ rather wasteful. how do you figure that one out? i never have thrown a brush out, not giving cheap brushes the due care one would expect of a serious hobbyist is different to breaking things on purpose to be wasteful. tbh i have had the same brush (as mentioned above) for quite some time (longer than two years) and it is because it is cheap i have bought 10 of them, and still it cost less than a more expensive pack of brushes, so in the long run i have saved money and i have also got more resource for exchange for my monetary resource. so if anything i can be "wasteful" but considering we are living in a throwaway society my not showing proper care is not going to affect the worlds diminishing resources all that much.

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    3. *10 sets of cheap brushes (overall cost $20 australian) for all up 80 brushes (yes i am talking about the uber cheap discount art variety paint brushes-funnily enough one of them the size 3-5 work better than most other brushes i have used) so i can afford to be frivolous with my brushes,

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    4. I used to do this but more recently have been buying the higher end ones for detail work. The difference in quality of line work alone is enough for me(they keep their shape easier over uneven surfaces and for a longer amount of time). And those cheap brushes stick around for a long time doing terrain work after they've outlived their original shape

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  12. I've been using Javis brushes for ages and they're great all the way down to 000000. For large flat surfaces like vehicles I find edged synthetic brushes better than sable.

    Just my 2p

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  13. I've never had a problem with GW brushes at all. Just don't get any paint where the bristles meet the steel and clean and condition every few sessions and they'll be fine. All about the brush maintenance, same with paint pots. Clean the lids every now and then and make sure they close properly, don't leave the base paints in direct sunlight. Sure you get the odd pot that comes dried out but they replace free of cost anyway.

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    1. GW brushes are fine if you use the paint straight from the pot - but you shouldn't be doing that period. Its a terrible idea and that makes GW brushes terrible by default.

      I use a very high quality artificial fiber brush I buy from my local independent art store (forget the name of the brush) - no sicky animal fur for me, thanks. :P

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    2. Teklon makes excellent synthetic fibre brushes. It all depends on the application (excuse the pun...). In general fine red sable is better for small details while synthetic fibre is more cost effective for basecosting and shading.

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  14. What are you folks using to clean and condition?

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    1. "the masters" brush cleaner and preserver. Grab it at michaels is where I did

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    2. I've always used ordinary tap water with acrylic paints but the key for me has been to clean often. Every 10 minutes whilst painting has been my general rule. Remember to clean your brushes by rotating at an angle to clear out the paint well (the section between the handle and the bristles). If you let paint dry in there it takes thinner to sort it out. I'm still using brushes I bought over 15 years ago. It's all in the care and storage.

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  15. W&N Series 7, sizes #2 and #0 for me. Beautiful brushes, worth every penny. I use cheap acrylic brushes for drybrushing and other harsh work, but if you want a detailed, smooth job, W&N are the way to go. Or other Kolinksy Sable of equal value, I guess.

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  16. So many W&N S7 fans. People don't even realize Raphael 8404 is even better than W&N. And W&N isn't a slouch, either.

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  17. Some of the chaps on the oldhammer forum recommended these a while back and I can definitely recommend them if you are in the UK.

    http://www.rosemaryandco.com/watercolour-brushes/red-sable-blend/pointed-sable-mixture

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  18. The thing that separate GW brushes and good brushes like W&N and other high quality natural brushes is the ability to hold diluted paint to distribute it evenly from the tip.

    That is not susrprising, considering that W&N is watercolor brushes, as stated by manufacturer.

    However GW has set their own dubious painting standart, where you dont actually mix paint with water. In none of their painting tutorials will you find step - mix it with water and aplly layer smoothly.

    My guess is - they are trying to "broaden the market" and introduce this oversimplified product. However their own painters do not paint with those simple methods for their marketing purposes, at least not all the time. When they do - you'd wish they didnt.

    So my guess is - if they dont change this "every non-wit can paint" approach - we will once again get crappy sintethic brushes with limited life-cycle and a need to rebuy them regulary. As is their paint in ineficient pots that dry way to fast because of the form of the pot.

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    1. Have you watched Duncan's painting tutorials on the GW YouRube channel? He always waters down the paint a bit on pallette paper before applying it to the model. Seems like a bit of a waste though. I stopped using Citadel paint years ago. It dries too quickly in the pots. I use Delta craft paint. It never dries out in the containers, it's easy to mix on a pallete because it dispenses one drop at a time, and the range of colours is vast.

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    2. There is nothing wrong with synthetic fiber brushes, provided you buy ones of high quality. Only when painting at the absolute highest levels will you truly start to notice a difference.

      For 99.9% of hobbyists - it doesn't matter. GW simply needs to make brushes that hold their tip and don't fray after a couple of uses. Its entry level hobby materials and if you're really serious about it - you're already shopping elsewhere or soon will be.

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    3. ^ YouTube, not YouRube. Bah. Too, it doesn't help that you have to keep Citadel paint pots open whilst working either. It just speeds up the drying process for a container proven to dry up paint over time, even when not in use.

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    4. Yeah, i started using Valejo paints long time ago. Although GW metallics are still very very good, cant replace them.

      There is difference in brushes, i can really easily compare good ones and bad ones i have - bad ones (GW, AP) dont have a tip at all after 1 or 2 years.

      Good brushes tend to be cheaper in the long run.

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    5. GW Paints themselves are of decent enough quality - the pots aren't. Buy a supply of decent pots off of Ebay and simply decant into a better container. I've got some Macragge Blue thats about 2 years old now and still a-ok after I swapped pots.

      I'm not a fan of Vallejo paint pots, either - the pipette is sometimes prone to squirting the contents out if the pot has had a couple of knocks in transit.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121435835102 - worth the investment, especially if you want to keep your shading mixes consistent across a large number of models.

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    6. @Azzie starchild is right, they always water down their Paint in tutorials meng. Check out any one of Duncan's videos. He tells you to always mix with water unless you're Drybrushing.

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    7. @Azzie starchild is right, they always water down their Paint in tutorials meng. Check out any one of Duncan's videos. He tells you to always mix with water unless you're Drybrushing.

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    8. Ok, maybe i didnt pay attention. Though, i dont usually mix with water, i prefer Valejo Medium.

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  19. I don't suppose anyone could tell me what 'size' GW brushes are compared to others?
    IE Fine details is size 001 or something like that. Specifically, What size is fine detail, Standard, Large and Wash?

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    1. The comparative sizes are irrelevant as most decent brush companies will give you such a nice range of sizes you'll find ones you never thought you needed - pick the ones that feel right for the job at hand. Or just bring your old brush along and compare. ;)

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