I’ve noticed that my Google ranking has been slipping. I mean, I don’t know if they object to my profanity or what, but my site doesn’t pop up as much as it used to when you Google “brush painting.” I guess it pays not to try to push the river by attempting to coin a new term– “brushpainting” (one word) because then I’m an asshole and I don’t get Google love.
And don’t use the word “asshole.”
But there are more and more articles, websites, forum posts (yech) and, yes, videos that deal with this subject and maybe my work here is done. At least, we are backing away from Airbrushpocalyse. We no longer have to worry about future generations getting a kit, a brush and some paints and holding them up, helplessly, saying “What do I do with THIS?”
With the departure of Testors we can bury the hobby of plastic model kits in the USA with full military honors, which nowadays requires some dweeb with a bagpipe to play “Amazing Grace.” No lie.
I’m telling you this–if you people play “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes at my funeral I will rise from the dead and eat your brains. Think I’m kidding? Try me.
So what does this new wave of brushing say that we should do? Mostly, it says we should apply very thin coats of Vallejo Model Color, having primed the surface of the model so that the paint doesn’t bead up.
I’ve never tried this. But, if it works, so be it. I would not want to SPRAY a coat of primer, so if I can BRUSH on a coat of “primer” and then get good results with Vallejo Model Color, then I guess I’d be willing to try it….
OH WHO AM I KIDDING? That dog won’t hunt.
Said it won’t hunt.
When you are painting that stupid plastic kit that is so easy to build and paint that a child could do it–you need to do so many things, and do them all in a flurry of painterly activity, that you can’t be dependent on your paint requiring a primer or being, in general, just a pile of rotten goo that is Vallejo Model Color. You can’t paint with that stuff, man.
So what do we do? Well, we can use Revell Aqua. You can scrub that shit on there and get good results. I mean, really–just go for it. Smudge smudge smudge smudge eek eep eep eep eep. I mean really rub that shit in there.
(My Google score is zero. What do I care? Am I selling something here? See any ads?)
Badger Modelflex works good but, really, it’s kinda hard to get. For most people. I think.
Tamiya makes paint that I can use but it really doesn’t take well to scrubbing, and beginners gonna scrub, and so that’s a non-starter for them–I guess. Still, if and when the big “T” goes away I’ll just gradually transition to Tamiya, unless Revell is so easy to get, and so cheap, and so in a different kind of packaging, that I can’t resist it no more.
But you mix some Windex in that Tamiya…oh wait. Old time Windex is now an endangered species. Mustn’t have ammonia where little children can drink it! That must be it, Watson! Those children turn into little savages because they have no soda pop and they must drink SOMETHING and colorful, pretty, flavorful Windex is sitting right there where mother dutifully scrubs her windows…
Wash down them lead paint chips with some Windex. Crunchy!
Vallejo Model Air is usable but I’d rather deal with the problems from Tamiya than Model Air. Model Air has more problems, in some ways, than Tamiya. More brush marks. Worse coverage. You can make it work, and it’s better than many other choices (see my paint reviews over on the right) but it’s a pain in the rear compared to Badger Modelflex or Revell Aqua.
So it’s still possible to paint models with a brush, but for God’s sake, if you have to spray on refrigerator primer or use enamels, then you may as well just get an airbrush and go crazy. Get a divorce and give your roommate cancer and get on with it. We’re building little monuments to napalm and Rule Three-Oh-Three, so go ahead. I can’t help you. Google is no longer my friend–ex-specially after that paint-chip remark.
I try. That’s all I can do.