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Hiya, folks! Okay, so in response to questions about some of the arcane magicks I've deployed in my Work In Progress threads I'm going to try and narrow down and illustrate a few things and see if th

Okay, so I'm going to start off real easy. The example brush here is a Testors medium white handled synthetic. This is a good utility brush for this sort of thing. If I hadn't been down to so few r

Sorry about the delay, I became Busylips this weekend. I'm popular, everybody wants a piece.   Okay, so I'm going to go over a couple more basics in this post and then hopefully soon after this I

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If I may oh exalted teacher. I've been dealing with trying to find a replacement drybrush for the first one I ever bought, lasted me 3 or so years, and it never really dawned on me what makes a good dry brush, well, brush. I thought any brush would work but I've gone through about 5 the past two months until I've finally found what works.


You'll want some type of brush with a bit of spring to it and that the bristles themselves stay together. This doesn't mean the brush has to come to a point, but you don't want the bristles to be shooting out every which way as it will inhibit you from having any type of control on where the paint goes and how much. The brush being a bit springy also helps with how much paint ends up where you want it as it allows for much lighter pressure.

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Hmm, I typically thin my paints a little bit when I drybrush. Other than that, this pretty much lines up with my understanding of the techniques. The "fan" is new to me though, I usually think of it as either mono- or poly-directional. That is, scrub in one direction, as your drag, or in many directions, as in your scrub.

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Thanks for the thread, and waiting for more. Strangely, I never thought of the fan thing, and that scrubbing makes me shudder. Never, my precious brushes, NEVER I say!


Only gently dragging the edge of the brush against the edge of detail for me :)


I want to see what you call dampbrushing, to see if you do the same as I do.

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This all makes sense so far. The brush snob in me is screaming in rebellion, but I do have a bunch of testors brushes I use for PVA glue. I never thought they would touch paint. Personally, for drybrushing I tend to like something with shorter bristles that offer finer control, but then, I'm relatively patient, and don't mind slowly building my paint up with light brushing. If I was doing Kaladrax in 7 days, I don't think I could do that. I'll be watching you, Goblin. but I like what I see so far. I now intend to sacrifice a testors or 2 to Kali.

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Well timed! I'm gonna be drybrushing like a madman as soon as I get to my DHL Skellies (hopefully this weekend,) and while I've read over painting theory ad nauseum, a Buglips guide is a very welcome refresher! I've always been scared to drybrush. No matter how much paint I think I've rubbed off, there's always too much left on the brush, and I gorp things I want left un-gorped. Plus drybrushing is often recommended for highlights, but I worry that the lack of control when flicking the brush around so much will result in getting paint on the wrong parts of the mini.


I'm very interested in getting to this "wetbrushing." Specifically how it's applied, and how much you load your brushes when doing it.


Looking forward to more!!!

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I've been dry-brushing since I saw a video on it online Sabith. It's nothing to be scared of, a good way to check and see if your brush has too much paint on it is to run it over the back of your hand and see how much paint comes off it after you've tried to get it down to the right amount on your brush. This will show you how much paint you'll be releasing on your figure, you'll see it come out very lightly on your skin or too heavy and can adjust accordingly.

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