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About Beardie

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  1. do your flies up (there we go, back from the brink of culture more Victor Kayyam than Omar)
  2. the next million draw
  3. I have had some 'top of the line' synthetics that almost instantly lost their shape when wetted. I have, oh, at least two hundred brushes of various brands, types and styles, synthetic, sable, hog, russian black sable, squirrel and even mongoose and, when it comes to holding a point for detail work I always pick up a sable. On the other hand, when I need to 'scrub' in colour or do large areas a synthetic round or flat works well and is cheaper with less worry about destroying the brush. Good synthetic is especially good for flat type brushes allowing you to spread reasonably thick colour smoothly and thinly over a surface. 'Student' 'Graduate' 'studio' etc. labelled brushes I find are generally more trouble than they are worth in synthetics. Particularly bad I have found are the brushes with white nylon bristles which are liable to make a students or graduates hair turn white before they achieve the desired effect.
  4. with a capital Tee
  5. don't mention the war!
  6. I would add my two pennorth in support of buying the best artists sable brushes you can afford. It is a strange thing but a professional artist (or model painter) will be able to handle cheap brushes and 'student' quality paint to a good standard but it is easier for the beginner to work with the best equipment. The problem with synthetic brushes is that they don't tend to hold their point very well as the 'hairs' are a uniform thickness throughout where sable hairs have a natural variation in thickness which produces a 'belly' when made into brushes which holds more fluid/paint while the hairs still taper to a very nice point. Two things to always remember with any brushes are - Thoroughly clean your brushes after use and never leave them standing in your wash tub/jar etc. Rosemary Brushes and Winsor and Newton Series 7 have a great reputation but are at the top end of pricy. I find that the Uk company Proarte do a number of excellent but more affordable brushes including their full sable 'Renaissance' and sable/synthetic mix 'Connoisseur' ranges. DaVinci from Germany are good as well.
  7. Ah John if only that were so. I think immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be. You would get bored after a couple of hundred years.
  8. of cutting edge technology
  9. One comforting thing about being a Wingnut Wings fan and having a collection is that, I very much doubt, that they will ever, in my lifetime at least, be superceded by better kits of the subjects. They are the pinnacle of fit and detail in World War One aircraft models.
  10. in a new order
  11. is a popular hobby
  12. can drive a tank
  13. teeth to the dentist
  14. to allow causes past
  15. that's a tenuous connection