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Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby Fat Wally » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:53 pm

I have long been a fan of Windsor and Newton Series 7 brushes. For quality and durability I am of the opinion that there is none better and that though seemingly expensive you get what you pay for. My last size 3 W&NS7 for example lasted years and years without shedding nor hooking, and as you know I paint a lot. I also use bush soap to keep them conditioned and like new.

Missus bought me 00, 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 for Xmas last year, bless her. :X

5,000 figures later and, whilst still as sharp as they were brand new, they have shed loads. They are about half the size they were.

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Feeling very sad. I've been using them for years but never had this happen before. I wonder if I can hang on until Xmas? :-?
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby battleeditor » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:00 pm

I am now a fan of Rosemary & Co http://www.rosemaryandco.com/
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby Fat Wally » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:14 pm

I've heard very good reports. Now might be a good time to try something different. Which ones have you been using Henry? I'm thinking perhaps Series 33? :-?
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby Paul » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:03 pm

I've been using Rosemary and Co. for two or three years. I use the Red Sable Blend Series 401 and they've lasted pretty well with no shedding.
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby Fat Wally » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:24 pm

Are they holding their points well too without 'hooking' Paul?

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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby Timmo » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:51 pm

I keep meaning to order from Rosemary & Co. One day when I need some more brushes I will. Gavin recommended a sable brush by them to me perhaps if he reads he'll reiterate which series it is he likes.

I've always sworn by cheap Daler Rowney S34. If you hand pick them they can be very, very good and hold a fabulous point in spite of endless hard work. I wouldn't mail order them as quality is patchy hence the relatively low cost.
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby redrob » Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:07 am

I only used Rosemary & Co once and was very disappointed. I may have got a duff batch though. Its W&N all the way for me.
I give them quite a bit of hammer though as I paint in acrylics and oils. I don't think I am fastidious enough though in my cleaning regime.
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby baxterj » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:22 am

I use W&N for the bulk of my painting with Vallejo as back up. The latter aren't bad for the price.
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby goat major » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:46 am

Not once have I had a W&N brush paint 5000 figures.

This however has nothing to do with the brush.
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby ZenBadger » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:41 am

My local art shop only sells Cotman III brushes, but they have been more than OK for the price. I might take a trip into Noddy-town to see if I can pick up some series 7s for a try.

Fat Wally wrote:I also use bush soap to keep them conditioned and like new.


Never heard of it, does it not make your brushes go all curly?
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby Greystreak » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:51 am

Here's the stuff you want to clean your W&N Series 7's:

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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby Fat Wally » Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:30 pm

That's the one Bryce. Fantastic stuff. :YMAPPLAUSE: :YMAPPLAUSE: :YMAPPLAUSE: :YMAPPLAUSE:
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby SteveJ » Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:59 pm

I tried Rosemary brushes about four years ago and wasn't particularly impressed. That said, I don't think they're really any better or worse than the rest- it's probably the way I treat them #-O It's for that reason I tend to have mix of manufacturers, mainly Creative Models, Vallejo, and W&N. I'll use synthetics and blends too, so I've really got a brush for every occasion- those cheap horsehair brushes that they sell in packs for about a quid are really good for drybrushing.
If the tip starts to look a little ragged, I treat it with hair conditioner- can't recall where I got the idea from, but it sort of makes sense when you think about it.
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby valleyboy » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:39 pm

I'm using Rosemary and Co at the moment and have got through 6 x 36 battalions infantry, 40 odd cavalry or mounted command, a foot battery, a limber all in 28mm and 96 15mm infantry all with the same brush - that's way better than anything I've ever used before - its getting a bit thin now but still has a superb point

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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby Timmo » Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:16 pm

VB – which Rosemary brush code did you go for?
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby valleyboy » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:46 pm

Timmo wrote:VB – which Rosemary brush code did you go for?

series 33
I bought some smaller ones from series 92 but I've not had to resort to using them as tyhe others were so good
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby Paul » Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:15 am

Fat Wally wrote:Are they holding their points well too without 'hooking' Paul?

Cheers,

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After two years but only around 300 or so figures/models (Mainly 28mm) still are like new!
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Re: Windsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes

Postby marshallney » Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:54 pm

Just order a couple of Rosemary & Co brushes(Red Sable Blend Series 401)...see what they are like.
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