The Best Drybrushes for Miniatures, Models & Slapchop Techniques

Last Updated on junio 29, 2023 by FauxHammer

Hace unos meses decidimos echar un vistazo a Los mejores pinceles para pintar tus miniaturas. That article was intended to look at your primary brush set, the standard brushes if you will. Today we are specifically looking at the best Drybrushes for painting your miniatures and models. If you just want basic results, then there are some cheap options on this list too. but if you want to become the Ultimate Slapchop pro or just paint your armies quickly. We’ll show examples and products below that will help you get the best out of these products and this technique.

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I must admit that for a long time I had an aversion to drybrushing. This is only becasue it was my only technique back when I was 13. My whole painting approach consisted of, spray a model black, then drybrush (more specifically “overbrush”) a colour over a certain area. It gave me layers and shadow and back when I was 13 it looked great! But we’ve come a long way from that now and looking back, they look awful!

Chaos Terminator pintado por mí cuando tenía 13 años con Gold Drybrushed (Overbrushed) en el borde

Con moderación y aplicando la técnica de forma correcta, el cepillado en seco es increíble y proporciona resultados sorprendentes. También se puede usar como una forma rápida de sombrear, resaltar o incluso agregar intemperie y textura a un modelo. Una de las cosas que saben los mejores pinceles secos es qué pinceles usar.

Para el cepillado en seco, tener el mejor cepillo en seco realmente hace una diferencia considerable como se muestra a continuación.

Dry brushing has really taken off and thanks to the popularised Slapchop method of painting, is swiftly taking over as the go-to style for rapid results Army painters, it’s genuinely started taking over from Airbrushing. Due to its affordability, accessibility and almost paint-by-numbers approach.

Nowadays, Drybrushing really has taken over, but to get the results you see above and below are easily achievable by just about anyone. So long as you follow some simple steps on dry brushing, you’ll be making incredible-looking miniatures and even armies in little to no time at all!!!

Following Byron’s multiple tutorials, and with the right tools, you’ll quickly realise the benefits here. Whilst Airbrushing will still give the smoothest gradients, it’s quite an outlay. Even our beginner’s guide to airbrushing equipment will cost you around £80 ($100 USD) just to get very a starter set. if you then want to upgrade to a proper Airbrush, that’s at least the same again, if not double again for a top-end airbrush.

And I know for a fact that Drybrushing (with the right dry brushes) is taking over from Airbrushing for the majority of people, because has the top article for both “Best Airbrushes” and “Best Drybrushes”. We used to see 500 daily views on the former of those two articles and only a couple of hundred on this one. That has all but flipped on it’s head now with far more people looking for better drybrushes than airbrushes!

And I kinda blame both Slapchop and Byron of Artis Opus for this Sea-Change. Because since they released the Series D and followed it up with their amazing videos. People have quickly realised that the barrier to entry for getting incredible results like those shown above is really low.

In only 1 meeting with Byron in person, I was able to unlock the basic principle of this technique myself and deliver results at least good enough to feature my art on Warhammer Community

But don’t worry, you don’t need to sit down with Byron to Unlock these techniques yourself. I created a video for you which I and many others have found is the missing link between the pros like Byron, and the rest of us noobs watching his videos without direct feedback.

The results you get out of your drybrushing, or your slapchop, largely depend on how much you want to put into it. if you are happy with a few coats of grey and some coloured translucent paint over the top. Fine, get whatever brushes are cheapest. The point of this hobby is to have fun, that’s all. If you are having fun at a cost that’s within your means (ok maybe a bit over for most of us, but our wives will never know ) then you;re doing the right thing.

But in the last few years, we have truly unlocked, not only a new style of drybrushing product, but a whole technique around them too!

Los mejores pinceles secos para pintar miniaturas y modelos

8. Los pinceles secos del pintor del ejército

El pintor del ejército Los pinceles secos son, lamentablemente, algunos de los pinceles más débiles que se ofrecen. Tanto la serie Wargamer (mango blanco) como la serie Hobby (mango rojo) más barata y un poco demasiado rígida y gruesa.

El mejor pincel seco para miniaturas y modelos - The Army Painter Drybrushes

Si bien el objetivo del cepillado en seco es limpiar la pintura del pincel antes de aplicarlo a un modelo. Los pelos sintéticos de estos pinceles no retienen suficiente pintura cuando se secan para realizar un buen acabado con pincel seco. Tienden a dejar el efecto más inconsistente de todas las opciones en la lista. Es una pena, ya que el más pequeño de los dos pinceles Wargamer tiene una forma interesante que debería permitirle aplicar la técnica de cepillado en seco en áreas más pequeñas.

No me malinterpreten, estos no son malos y, por el precio, le permitirán cepillar en seco. Pero no es mejor que cualquier cepillo de pelo sintético barato con un borde plano.

7. Juegos Taller Citadel Drybrushes

A slight step up and made with a blend of synthetic and Ox hair, these are pretty much the standard dry brushes used by most miniature painters. They do a good job. Until I realised there are much better options at a fraction of the price, they had been my go-to for all forms of drybrushing.

Mejor pincel seco para miniaturas y modelos - Games Workshop Citadel Drybrushes

They are cheap enough to replace when you need to and readily available, which is very important to a lot of people.

The only main issue I have with them is that they do not last long enough. The ox hair is firm but brittle. After a couple of uses, you will have several stray hairs. Depending on how neat you like to be, this can cause chaos with follow-up drybrushing attempts. You either need to trim the brush making it even smaller or just replace it often

6. Rosemary & Co. Smooshing Brush

This range was designed to be an inexpensive artist-blending brush. The “Smooshing” Brush is made from badger hair. But these were designed more for Oil paints than Acrylics. There are different types of artists blending brush available but this seems to be the one that dry brushers would previously choose as a consistent set.

El mejor cepillo seco para miniaturas y modelos - Rosemary & Co Smooshing Brush

Los pelos se empaquetan firmemente en la férula para crear un cepillo denso. Uno que sea firme al tacto, pero aún flexible. La forma abovedada permite la aplicación en cualquier ángulo. Esto deja una mezcla más consistente en la superficie de su modelo.

Además, el cabello denso garantiza que las cerdas se protejan entre sí de la flexión y el chasquido que tiende a obtener con cepillos más planos.

Están disponibles en pequeño, mediano y grande.

5. Pinceles de maquillaje baratos

I used to feel like this wass some kind of secret that only a few people knew. The main best type of drybrush is cheap make-up brushes. When I say cheap, I mean budget store cheap. You will typically find these in Pound, Dollar or Euro stores.

El mejor pincel seco para miniaturas y modelos: pinceles de maquillaje

for a more consistent benchmark choice e.l.f is a commonly seen brand and the Cepillo Conour Eye Elf is a primarychoice. Though this one is only available in one size and personally, I don’t find it to be firm enough.

Lo que está buscando es un pincel de maquillaje con férula redonda y una cabeza abovedada. Más allá de eso, desea algo que tenga cerdas y fibras densamente compactadas con más flexión que un chasquido.

Piense, cuantas más cerdas toquen una superficie, más suave será su capa de pincel seco, y estas cerdas se protegerán mutuamente de la flexión al empujar el cepillo contra la superficie. Cuanto más suaves sean estas cerdas, más lisas serán. Pero no se ablande demasiado, ya que no serán lo suficientemente fuertes como para empujar la pintura sobre un mini.

Simplemente siéntate con los pinceles antes de comprarlos si puedes. Colóquelos sobre la parte posterior de un nudillo para ver si vuelven a su posición bruscamente o se flexionan suavemente. Comience con el Cepillo Conour Eye Elf as a benchmark for the brush texture & feel. Though this is a bit soft and not as dense as proper hobby drybrushes, it will cost you about as much as a proper drybrush too!

But again, if you just want a cheap drybrush, go grab something from a budget store and consider that a win.

4. Green Stuff World – Blue Series

Another example of Green Stuff World’s limited ability to innovate within this industry. I’m yet to find the Exact product on AliExpress that GreenStuff World stuck their badge on here, but there’s probably one on there. After all, from their refillable water dispenser, and portable airbrush, This seems to be how they operate nowadays and it’s a shame. They were a great brand once and were respected for taking those little, unusual components like modelling chains and such similar odd gubbins. To a company that seems to just take the cheapest, potentially hobby-useful, stuff from other industries and slap their badge on them

And let’s not get started with their blatant “taking artists’ work without permission to promote their products”.

Suffice it to say I have little respect for Green Stuff World products of late, especially since they complained at us for reviewing their Average paints as Average. (Spoiler alert, they’re ok. )

As for the drybrushes…

Well, like other companies they’ve taken the style popularised by Artis opus, but in this case, they completely missed the mark in regard to what those brushes do and how they do it. But at least these do offer a viable alternative for those wanting to avoid natural hair.

That’s right, this is a synthetic brush.

For those wanting the ultimate blending technique you get from Drybrushing, this does have that inherent property where the bristles will not store enough moisture. The end results is generally a bit more chalky than natural hair alternatives.

But it’s still a better shape and bristle density than other above

3. The Army Painter Masterclass Drybrush

Domed dry brushes are certainly the popular choice nowadays, Initially Designed by Artis Opus and released in 2021 El pintor del ejército lead the charge as the first official large brand Copycat. If you ask them they will say they were designing these for a long time before the AO release, and that fact that they are both the same shape with the same type of hair as Artis Opus is purely a coincidence… I’m just not buying it.

Nobody made any advances in dry brushing for years, and then long after Artis Opus spent almost forever testing various types of brush and hair (I’ve seen their prototypes first-hand). TAP come out with incredibly similar brushes diameters an all) just several months later?

And I’ll happily remove this comment where I have directly inferred TAP directly copied AO. Just as soon as TAP offer up any timestamped evidence that they were working on prototypes of this style of brush before AO’s Kickstarter Campaign.

Until then, I’ll just share my opinion as I would of anything that reeks of plagiarism in this hobby. By all means, go with the cheap nock-off product, whilst the actual inventors and innovators are stifled…

However, this product now exists, and despite my own personal hangups about their creation, I can still be objective enough to give you my opinion on how they perform

They are to be fair, a good bit above anything ranked lower on this list. The domed shape alone leads to a softer blend than what you would get from coarser hair brushes. However, when compared to the options below, you can tell they are cheaper just by how light they are and how soft the bristle density is. Likely made in China, and these are still natural hair brushes.

You can see our review below

Revisión del conjunto de pincel seco de la clase magistral de pintor del ejército - Destacado

The main important difference is that both the length and density of the bristles are lower than their competitors below. Meaning they are more likely to clump and streak, and won’t last as long. When you need to replace one of them, you can still only buy them as a set of 3.

It’s still a good way to have a play at “next-level drybrushing” without breaking the bank. But after you’ve cut your teeth on these and need to quickly replace one. replace it with one of the brands below and you’ll see the difference.

2. Rosemary & Co – Model Drybrush

Look familiar? yeah, the Cat’s somewhat out of the bag with Artis Opus’s relationship with Rosemary & Co. These are the same brushes as you’ll get from Artis Opus. But at 4p cheaper per brush. These come with Rosemary & Co’s signature Black handles.

Other than the White handles and the Sexy Artis Opus wooden box packaging, you’re getting the same thing here.

But it is worth noting that Artis Opus designed these brushes. Rosemary and Co just make them. Personally, I’d rather put my money in the pocket of the company that is Innovating specifically for miniature painters, but if you have some aversion to the AO brand or style. Here’s an alternate colour and brand choice.

1. Artis Opus - Serie D

Muy fácilmente, los pinceles número 1 en esta lista son los Artis Opus Series D.

I had my eye on these since the Kickstarter and initially managed to score some from the Sitio web de Element Games. And I Love them

Working with signature artists to test out various brush combinations (including the Rosemary & Co Smooshing brushes above) these have been developed to have the perfect hair length and density to provide the most amazing results. The natural hair on these will give you a softer finish than what you will get from makeup brushes. The thick density of bristles also prevents the clumping you’ll get from other brands.

Whilst many people say they are “Expensive”. As you can see from the Rosemary and Co Brushes above, it’s a relativey standard price. Then when you look at los precios individuales del cepillo. No cuestan mucho más que la brocha Smooshing y durarán varias veces más que cualquier brocha de maquillaje sintética. Mientras los cuides bien.

The proof of how these operate has already been shown in the multiple demo videos available on the Artis Opus Channel. Much like with Taller de juegos’s paints, you aren’t just getting a tool here. You’re getting a complete upskill in hobby results. Especially once you unlock the power of the Dampening Pad and the Texture Palette, two tools that nobody else offers. Why? because whilst they may have copied the brushes, they simply don’t understand the technique.

But because of that lack of understanding, treating those similar style and shape brushes as you would and other drybrush, by wiping paint off on a paper towel or jamming the brush into the paint, tip first! You’ll significantly shorten the life of any drybrush. Which on those similar brands, are shortened anyway by the cheapening of the product.

A diferencia de los cepillos Badger Hair Smooshing de Rosemary & Co, estos están hechos de un tipo diferente de pelo de animal. Artis Opus have been keeping quiet in regard to the type of hair they are. Probably because of how much time they spent developing them! Perhaps, just consider though, these brushes are the solreatest of unall time.

Juegos de elementos - Wargaming Webstore

Possibly the hardest part of getting the best drybrushes is finding brushes which consistently do the job. Sure you can get some dollar store brushes and they should work. But I ended up spending a lot of money over the years on different possible dry brushes, looking for the best one. All the while nervously watching favourite makeup brands disappear off the shelves or get changed in a new revision.

Con el Serie D you get the benefit of a consistent brush you know will do the job. And when used properly, will last forever.

If you want to get the most out of dry brushing and ensure your brushes last for the longest time. Check our video below.

With these brushes, you are setting yourself up well for the drybrushing and stippling techniques which go alongside them. Techniques popularised by the likes of Byron. When spending this much on a Drybrush, it also pushes you to get the most out of it.

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4 comentarios en «The Best Drybrushes for Miniatures, Models & Slapchop Techniques»

  • el diciembre 9, 2019 a las 12:09 pm
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    ¡Un consejo para usar pinceles de maquillaje baratos es totalmente increíble! Los cepillos GW NO ESTÁN EN NINGÚN LUGAR cerca de lo que compré ayer por 2 dólares equivalentes a una pieza (en Kiev, claro está :)) en una tienda de maquillaje barata. Podría comenzar a parecer un comentarista pagado en este sitio pronto: D, pero no se detiene para sorprenderme con información inesperada y muy útil (y leí y vi MUCHAS otras fuentes). También ordenó Artis Opus (están esperando el cajero automático de existencias, desafortunadamente)

    • el diciembre 9, 2019 a las 2:18 pm
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      Gracias por tu comentario y tus felicitaciones Igor. Me alegra que te hayan funcionado. Ahora uso una combinación de pinceles AO y pinceles de maquillaje dependiendo de qué tan rugosa o suave quiera que sea la textura

  • el octubre 29, 2021 a las 10:57 pm
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    No entiendo cómo dicen todos ustedes que se pueden conseguir pinceles de maquillaje baratos en una farmacia. Acabo de comprobar los precios en una farmacia local y el pincel único más barato que tienen es el $14 y el más caro está cerca de 100. ¿Por qué la "f" debería obtener un pincel de maquillaje cuando puedo conseguir un Winsor and Newton o cualquier otra marca destinada a miniaturas por menos en una tienda de pasatiempos que en una farmacia tonta.


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