My Favorite Workhorse Brush for Speed Painting (Quick Review)
I am a commissioned miniature painter, and of the many questions that I get asked, the answer to the following question gets the most raised eyebrows:
“What brush do you use the most?”
My answer has varied over the years.
But, I’ve settled into a speed routine for most projects that require large numbers of models in the 28-35mm scale.
The brush I reach for when I need speed and efficiency is the Citadel Medium Base Brush.
- Citadel Medium Base Brush ($8)
- This is the biggest brush that does the most work for me in the shortest amount of time.
- It has durable mixed-synthetic bristles that hold a good amount of paint, and applies that paint onto every surface I’ve worked on: pewter, plastic, and resin.
- It is versatile; handling all the jobs I throw at it, from base-coats, mid-tones and layering, and applying heavier amounts of washes.
- It’s technique ambiguous; it doesn’t matter if you’re a wet blender, layer and glazer, or simple base and dark liner. This brush will adapt to whatever application you need.
- It is easy to clean; Synthetic bristles aren’t as fragile as sable. You can really scrub this brush clean on a paper towel (not too hard), and use brush soap to simply re-shape the bristles (see below).
The Citadel Medium Base brush is a durable workhorse
I have a spare medium base brush sitting in a drawer that I’ve kept just-in-case I need a fast replacement. But, I haven’t had a problem, yet.
Fair warning, the bristles may curl a bit on the tips, but it’s manageable with The Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver.
My real-world testing has been over the course of at least 18 months and I’ve painted hundreds of models with this brush.
Hundreds of models.
I want to paint effectively and smoothly
The brush needs to hold paint, then let it go in a predictable manner. The brush must also cover a large surface area in a single stroke, and in a pinch with a turn of the handle, be able to squeeze paint-soaked bristles into the nooks and crannies without spilling into unwanted areas.
The simplicity of a “one brush mentality”
I have used a variety of brushes. Every size, shape, and make. Filberts, rounds, liners, and pinstripers.
With the Citadel Medium Base brush, base colors and mid-tones can be applied quickly.
In many cases, when I just want to go, go go–I prefer using a regular brush over an airbrush (which requires a bit more planning and control).
A good brush lets you play with color.
I think it’s understated that when you’re trying to get things finished, speed combined with simplicity lets you enjoy your progress.
You can see my gallery where a lot of work was done with this medium base brush.
Citadel ‘Medium’ Base Brush
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