For Christmas this year, I bought myself a set of Broken Toad Brushes, and was gifted a set of Windsor and Newton Miniature Series Brushes. Having gotten to work with them both for almost a month now here are my thoughts. Previously I’ve used some Privater Press Brushes, Army Painter, and some brushes from the art supply store.
I heard good things about these brushes from a few review sites, and one of my favorite miniature painters Richard Gray (instagram @daemonrich) uses them, so I figured I would give them a try. First off the price point is great- for less than $50 you’ll get your hands on a 4 brush set of Kolinsky Sable brushes. They came nicely packaged in a small box. Sizes were 2, 1, 0, 00- so a good range of sizes. These brushes hold paint nicely, and were nice to work with. However despite the fact that they are labelled as a “Miniature Series”, these brushes have really long bristles. I like shorter bristle brushes, and generally brushes labelled as “Miniature Series” have shorter bristles. In my opinion, if you’re looking to upgrade your brushes but don’t want to break the bank, these would be a great place to start.
Windsor and Newton
There’s a reason these brushes are the cream of the crop. They were really nice to work with, and are definitely my new favorite brushes. I got sizes 2, 1, 0, 00, & 000. The size 1, and 0 have been go to for just about everything. They hold a really nice point, so you can do small detail work with a brush large than you are used to. The only real sticking point on these is the price- be prepared to shell out around $23 dollars a brush. I have to say though, I think they are worth it.
Here’s a picture showing the difference in bristle length, for size 1 brushes from both companies.