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Warspite109 Jan 2022 2:22 p.m. PST

My latest and longest – budget supplies for wargaming and modelling from the UK High Street.
So that's The Works, The Range, Wilko and Hobby Craft…

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Arcane Steve10 Jan 2022 4:43 a.m. PST

A good tip regarding the James Holland book from the works. Just picked one up and in the process of reading it – excellent stuff!
As regards paint, B&Q and other DIY shops are great for tester pots. Even better, B&Q do a paint matching service so you can get your favourite Vallejo colour mixed for basing in a emulsion. I have Iraqi Sand and the Chocolate brown colours.
Perhaps a continuing thread on wargaming supplies would be a good idea?

Warspite110 Jan 2022 2:19 p.m. PST

@Arcane Steve:
Yes other things are in the pipeline and yes, you beat me to tester pots before I could do them on YouTube. I am glad you liked the book.

My local B&Q had a throw out before Christmas and were actually GIVING tester pots away. I snaffled the useable earth colours and terrain colours and will be using them myself in an upcoming project.

Thank you to everyone for your support.

I will have to learn video editing!


Jeffers11 Jan 2022 9:21 a.m. PST

All my brushes are from The Works. Last ages, too. Likewise, I use their canvas boards for basing my desert vehicles.

Warspite111 Jan 2022 2:34 p.m. PST

I have found The Works brushes clean well after acrylics, especially if I use Humbrol acrylic thinners. The thinners really wash the paint out of the ferrule.


Jeffers12 Jan 2022 12:45 p.m. PST

I just wiggle them in water, but I'll try that! I bought two packs over a year ago and I haven't broken in to the second pack yet. Just been lining some Perry Austrians with a thin brush I've used countless times and it's like new.

dr beard14 Jan 2022 8:31 a.m. PST

Good stuff Barry.
Like you and Jeffers I've been using The Works stuff for years. They change the lines periodically but you can pick up a lot of good stuff at a fraction of the cost of hobby brands. I have a drawer full of their brushes and acrylic paints (for terrain) that's kept me going for years. The Works brushes are perfectly good and when they start to lose their point they're still good for base coating and terrain etc.
Homebase also do the paint matching. £3.50 GBP for a 250ml mixed to your colour and finish (matt, satin etc). For terrain and buildings it's the way to go.
Cheers Dr B link

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