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Cool Tools: Warcolours Paintbrushes

As you can image from my blog’s title (Broken Paintbrush), I’m rather hard on brushes. Even when using Brush Soap, my detail brushes seem to split almost as soon as I start the second model. This is why I’m excited to review the Warcolours Paintbrushes here.

Review of Warcolours Paintbrushes

Disclaimer: Warcolours sent me a free set of paints and brushes to review for the Golden D6. The links below do include affiliate links, meaning that if you buy these great brushes, I get a small bonus to help fund this blog. Even though I got these for free, I still only recommend Cool Tools that I actually use and would want you to use too.

Warcolours

I first heard about Warcolours when Adam from the Golden D6 asked if I wanted to review their line. Try out free paints? Of course, I said yes! So Neo from Warcolours was awesome enough to send me a set of not only their paints but brushes and a pot of powder pigment as well.

WarColours Paints and Paintbrushes

I wrote up a full review of the set for the magazine (grab a copy of issue #5 here) and used everything I could to paint my first INQ28 model. And while I touched on my review of the brushes, I wanted to expand on them here.

As a company, Warcolours is located in Cyprus and hand makes all their paints. While the only place I found to buy their paints outside of their site is Amazon, they have very affordable shipping which makes it pretty easy to get worldwide.

Brush Size Options

Currently, WarColour paintbrushes come in 5 sizes: 000, 00, 0, 1, and 2 which would be similar to Games Workshop Artificer, Small and Medium Layer, and Medium Base. They currently don’t offer dry brushes or anything larger than the #2.

Comparison of WarColours Brush Bristles

They are made with red sable hair and wooden handles which put them on par with the Artificer series and Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes. While not everybody likes the natural hair for bristles, they provide a great combination of keeping a fine tip while being able to hold a good deal of paint.

It’s this fine tip that I have enjoyed about the Warcolours paintbrushes. Since receiving them, I’ve not only painted the Techno-Barbarian but about half of the Mansions of Madness set. Oh, and nearly all of it was done with the #2 brush! I used the #1 on a few small highlights and the #00 for the eyes.

Yet with all that abuse, the brush still has a sharp point and hasn’t once split while painting. (The picture of the tips above is was after all this abuse). I’ve never been able to do this much on a Games Workshop brush, and while I like my W&N, I only have a #1 and only used it for detailing.

Handling

For me, the biggest difference between the WarColours paintbrushes and GW or W&N is the handle and the way it feels to hold it. I know this seems like an odd thing to compare considering it’s the bristles that do the work. But a big part of what separates beginner painters and award-winning artists is brush control.

Meaning, if you can learn to place your brush where you need it to go, it can make a huge difference in your painting ability. Much of this is learned through practice, but I think the WarColour brushes design also helps.

WarColours Paintbrushes

When you compare it to the GW and W&N brushes, the brush end is slightly wider, just enough to make it easier for my larger hands to hold without tiring as much. The ferrule (the metal part that holds the bristles in place) is also much shorter, which allows you to get nearer the model as you paint.

Pricing

So I got you all excited about these cool brushes right? But you are used to W&N or Rosemary brush prices where a new brush costs more than a new model?

Well, as I mentioned in the intro, one of WarColours distinctions is their economical pricing. I’m not sure how their business model works that they can do this, but the five pack of their brushes cost less than a GW Artificer brush at 16.95€ or $18.63 at the time of this post.

Pick up a Set

If I got you interested in picking up a set of WarColours paintbrushes and you want to support Broken Paintbrush, use one of the affiliate links below. You pay the same price as going to the site direct, but I get a small kickback. This helps pay for hosting and incentivise me to do more tutorials (the coffee and beer money are good for that!).

WarColours Paintbrushes set

Directly from WarColours (they ship internationally, check out their paint line too)

On Amazon (not in all countries and a bit more, but if you have a gift card already it may be a good option)

Your Review

If you have a set of WarColours paintbrushes and want to leave your feedback, put it in the comments below. I’ve had a great experience with them, but I would love to have my readers be informed with other’s opinions as well.

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  • Added a set to try out on my next amazon order! Thanks for the review!

    • nice! I was pleasantly surprised by their brushes and look forward to seeing your thoughts on them too.

  • Me and brushes don’t get along. When I finally get around to buying some new ones, I’ll definitely give these a look.

    • I had similar thoughts that I was a brush abuser, and I have learned to take better care of my brushes in general but then realized the GW brushes tend to split very easily. Before writing the review up for Adam and this post I figured these brushes were in the W&N price range with how nice they were and was blown away instead.

  • Sounds interesting as I suck with brushes. Look at you being sent stuff to review. It shows the calibre of your blog.

    • I know right! 🙂 I give the credit to Adam though as he orchestrated the deal for his nefarious purposes (like get more people to see his magazine!), but I appreciate the compliment!
      Give them a look when you need a new brush, especially the #2 – it does 90% of my work now which surprised me (always used a standard and detail brushes).

      • You’ve done a stellar job reviewing both the paints and the brushes.

        • Cheers Adam! As an engineer I try to be as objective as possible, but these almost wrote themselves as I just started using them. Feel free to volunteer me for other reviews 🙂

  • Cool review. Might have to give them a try. Been using W&N or Raphael brushes, which are excellent, but maybe I will branch out. Not sure about the thick handles though

    • I would say the bristles are very similar to the W&N but I haven’t tried the Raphael brand. I found the larger handles easier to hold but it does take some getting used to.
      I think my final recommendation to everyone is if you are looking for new brushes or are buying some of their paints (which is also really nice), pick up at least one of them to try. Otherwise wait until you need a new set as the shipping ends up costing more than a single brush

  • Nice review! I’ve thought about trying them for a while and I’m curious on how they compare to my normal brushes (W&N, Raphael and Rosemary).

    • Thanks Nils! I can only compare it to the GW and W&N brushes as those are the only other brands I have used. For my level of painting I would have a hard time telling the difference in bristles with the W&N I have (Series 7 #1).

      • Sound promising, I think I’ll have to pick some up.

  • Absinthe

    These brushes definitely look interesting, especially at that price point. I’m not sure if the larger stem and short ferrule is going to make me happy – may require a change to how I hold the brush, but at $5 a brush or less I’m willing to give it a go. I’d love to try their paints, but as there aren’t any local retailers, that’s out. Yea I know you can buy online, but I go through oodles of paint and when I need one – usually in the middle of a project – I need it now, not 3 days+ later.

    • They are well worth the try. The different handle and ferrel does take a moment to get used to, but I like it. I hear ya one the paints, brushes are easy to order one offs, but paints are much harder to just try a couple. Though if you want to just pick one to try, get one of the metallics. They paint really smooth and should match well to other brand metallics.