Charlie, I forgot you asked about brushes. I use a selection of fine Camel hair brushes from Faber-Castell that I bought about 20 years ago, which recently has been supplemented with some Windsor and newton brushes. I also have a small selection of oil painting brushes. Here's the deal-- "Hairy Sticks" as they are called in some modeling circles, are a lot like airbrushes-- if you buy quality ones that are expensive, they will usually last longer and provide better service. Avoid the .15 brushes in the round container at the end of the counter in the LHS. Go to an artist supply store, or even a Michaels or Hobby Lobby, and pick out a selection of good (probably the most expensive) brushes. Brushes are sized like steel wool with ooooooo being about the smallest you can find-- they go up from there. I have a favorite "five-O, for-O, and three-O" that I use frequently. Clean them immediately after EVERY use, I like to rinse mine in Lacquer thinner, then a dip in turpentine (careful, lacquer thinner will eat the finish off the handle, but that's not really a big deal). Then, a dip in brush conditioner is usually the norm after each painting session. I then "tip" the brush by taking a bit of saliva (yuck) between my thumb and forefinger, and running the bristles through so that the tip of the brush is pointed. This keeps them in shape (old school artist stuff, probably more of a habit, you could do the same with good brush conditioner. For model purposes, I'd stay away form Nylon brushes, although the have their purposes too. I have a total of about 30 brushes of all types in my brush tin, most have specific purposes, such as face painting or weathering, but for basic brush painting, you need four or five good brushes ranging form really fine to wide sizes. remember, if you take care of them, they will last a while, but if you don't they become just a hardened glob of paint. I also trim brushes down to single hairs (for painting 1/32 scale eyeballs) for very fine applications-- I usually do this with the cheap .15 cent ones though!