View Full Version : Brush Sizes

06-04-2009, 08:38 AM
I'm not completely happy with my set of 3 brushes, and I've found that people recommend Kolinsky sable brushes. Wouldn't you know it, the art store not to far away carries them (http://www.utrechtart.com/dsp_view_products.cfm?classID=1210&subclassID=121011)! Game, set and match, right?

Wrong. I have no idea what sizes I need other than small detail, medium, and flat, each of those being a very subjective judgment. Since my experience with brush sizes is close to nil, I would like to know what you fellows recommend.

Thanks in advance :D

06-04-2009, 10:01 AM
well cant help you in shops as we are a bit further away,....
but i used k.sable the sizes are usually a bit smaller than normal so here is what i use

0= a usual about size 3/0 its good for most stuff has a fine point for detail and can do a mini by itself.
3/0= a bit smaller for more detail
4/0 the smallest i use can do veins and really fine detail.
to be honest they are the main ones allthough everybody has a preference.
i use a gw large brush for anything that needs a big area done.
look after them well and turn frequently when painting so you dont get a "bend

06-04-2009, 01:06 PM
As for brush sizes, I use;


Surprisingly, I mainly use the 2 and the 1.

10-04-2009, 06:13 AM
I find 2 to be indespensible. I have a couple of these always.

5/0, 10/0 and 20/0 are all good for detail work.

A thick, stiff bristle for undercoating/basecoating and a flat brush for drybrushing vehicles fills out your kit.

For drybrushing small areas, use a small brush that is somewhat worn. DB is harsh on the bristles!

15-04-2009, 02:34 AM
I have a question for you:

When it or you says 20/0, do you mean 00000000000000000000, or 20?


15-04-2009, 03:09 AM
20/0 is a legitimate brush size. Don't know how they got that measurement or what it means except its tiny. Smallest brushes I've been able to find. I believe it means 1/20th of a size 0 (but its not). I've heard of a 40/0, but I've never come across one.

15-04-2009, 03:20 AM
I didn't say it isn't legit Laz, my friend.

I was just wondering if it was smaller or larger than 0, because 000 was recommended on CMON for freehand and I've got a 10/0 brush, I just wasn't sure which was bigger and I honestly couldn't tell the difference from looking.


15-04-2009, 03:26 AM
Ah, I getcha! Darn internets confusing all the communications! I've had some 0000 brushes before, but I think they are slightly different in shape. Like a chisel tip instead of a point tip or some such.

15-04-2009, 03:29 AM
Ahright, mine are normal pointed type, but I cannae tell which is smaller.

What are the chisel type like for painting?


15-04-2009, 03:34 AM
Yeah, they are the thin flat ones. Useful for tanks, dreads, and tau commanders, but useless for anything else.

15-04-2009, 04:01 AM
I'll leave them then, cheers for that :)