The Citadel Medium Base Brush is the most used brush in my miniature painting arsenal. The Citadel Medium Base Brush reviews like a car that sells itself. It has wide tuft surface that applies a good amount of paint, while providing you good control. Because the brush is made of synthetic fibers, you can use it with all of the harsher art mediums, such as metallics and varnishes. The brush can also withstand vigorous cleaning and scrubbing, which is essential for a long brush life.
In this article, I review the Citadel Medium Base Brush. As a commissioned miniature painter, the reliability and consistent performance of this brush has served me well.
Read on for my thoughts about the Citadel Medium Base Brush.
“What brush do you use the most?”
My answer has varied over the years. The brush I most enjoy using is the best brush for basing. Basing models takes time and I prefer the biggest bristled tool that can do the job.
But, I’ve settled into a speed routine for most projects that require large numbers of models in the 28-35mm scale.
3 Reasons Why I Love the Citadel Medium Base Brush
- Applies Paint Effectively
- Simple to Use and Clean
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.
My real-world testing has been over the course more than a year. I’ve painted hundreds of models with this brush.
2. Applies Paint Effectively
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.
3. Simple to Use and Clean
The simplicity of a “one brush mentality”.
I have used a variety of brushes. Every size, shape, and make. Filberts, rounds, liners, and pinstripers.
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.
What is the best workhorse brush for painting miniatures and models?
The brush I reach for when I need speed and efficiency is the Citadel Medium Base Brush. I think this is the best brush for basing (and speed painting) any 28-35mm scaled model.
- Speed: This is the biggest brush that does the most work for me in the shortest amount of time.
- Durable: The brush has durable mixed-synthetic bristles that hold a good amount of paint. It’s great for paint application on pewter, plastic, and resin.
- Versatile: The brush handles all the jobs I throw at it. I use the medium base brush for base-coats, layering and glazing, and applying heavy washes.
- Promiscuous: The brush doesn’t care what kind of painter you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re a wet blender, or simple base and dark liner. This brush will adapt to whatever application you need.
- Cleans up well: 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).
I’m always on the lookout for the ONE BRUSH TO RULE THEM ALL.
Does such a brush exist?
I don’t think this question is unique to our miniature painting hobby. The idea that a single tool in our lives can help us do all things is a mirage. For example, a golfer may seek the one club that handles all the swings, but there’s a reason why golfers have golf club sets. Every club serves a purpose for different types of shots. Similarly, in miniature painting no one brush can do it all.
Different brushes are better suited for certain strokes and techniques than others. As the saying goes, “the right tool for the job”. It’s important to understand what each brush is capable of and how to properly wield it.
For painting miniatures in the 28-35mm scale, a common size for modern wargaming or tabletop strategy board games, I lean toward getting the largest brush that will do the job.
I can certainly recommend the finer, detail pointed rounds (check here). But, for the most part, I don’t start the first coats with those brushes.
If you want a paint brush that you can always reach for and know will help you along, grab a tool that does the job effectively, won’t fall apart on you, and cleans up easily.
This will save you time.