One of the three sizes of Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolor brushes I ordered this afternoon. Should have 'em by the weekend!
There is something nice about sitting on Amazon giftcards for a little while until clarity reveals what one ought to use them for. Such was the case with a remaining Christmas gift from my in-laws this year. I finally put together an order this afternoon to replace a few dried up, or soon to be, bottles of Citadel colors and also selected two of each of my three preferred brush sizes -- #1, #3, and #6 rounds.
These are synthetic bristle brushes intended for watercolorists, but I have long used them for figure painting, and the points usually last long enough for three or four units, depending on the size, before they are relegated to the base-coating and dry-brushing jar. They give me the results I seek and seem to provide a nice compromise between ready availability, durability, and usefulness on the one hand and price on the other. I'll need to replaced my 20 year old 000 sable before long, but honestly I don't rely on it all that much any more, so the matter is not yet too pressing.
In other news, I spent about an hour last night carefully applying oil-based silver paint to bayonets, musket barrels, firelocks, and a few officers' swords with my current #1 round, more dry-brushing a very sparing amount to each item, and the result looks rather nice today if I do say so myself. I'll spare everyone yet another Kodak moment (Remember those?) photographic update until things progress just a bit more though.