It took a day longer than I hoped, but I managed to hit my mark with Typhon. Mouths are painted, as are the under plates, and the rest of the plates have a base coat down. All that remains now is the long, slow slog through browns and oranges to get the rest of the plates done. Complicating this matter is a problem that isn't really a problem. Recently I got the holy grail: a Windsor & Newton Series 7 brush, size 1. This purchase was driven by the failing of my previous workhorse brush which left me with three brushes that had anything approaching a point: a pair of detail brushes and, oddly enough, an ancient GW brush that I use for washes and drybrushing. While I'm eager to put the W&N to use so I can see what all the fuss is about, I'm also hesitant to use it wrong and wreck a fine brush (by reputation) through not doing something vital. I put on my internet detective hat and dug around a bit after I first got the brush, looking for general brush care advice and thoughts on the W&N in particular. What I gathered was almost equal measures of:
use a brush conditioner after each use
twirl in a small amount of brush soap after each use
both of the above, but once a week/month/X hours of use
none of the above, meaning use it like any other brush
The usual caveats applied, mostly pertaining to not getting paint up into the ferrule (a phrase I'll assume makes sense to anyone reading this), but I did pick up a particular nugget that was interesting. Apparently metallics are made with ground up minerals, which gives them their glitter, which is murder on a brush with natural bristles (like the W&N 7s). While I don't have to worry about that with Typhon, it's something to keep in mind for when I finally take the brush out of its tube.