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I've been painting tiny dots as detail on a figure today using a couple of new brushes with nice points on them. This works but is time consuming and prone to the occasional mistake where the dot ends up too big or the wrong shape.

Searching around for tools that artists use (besides brushes) for creating dots I came across dotting tools used for nail art. I wonder if anyone has ever used something similar to these for miniature painting. I'm thinking of trying out an old ballpoint pen or cocktail stick just to see if it can offer an increase in speed and more reliability.

I'd like to use this decoration technique on a whole army and it'd take forever using a brush. Any tricks that anyone knows of?

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I would try the cocktail stick. I would use the tip of a pencil or something equally as small. As you said a brush would be too slow and you wouldn't get an even application of paint on every dot. I have used the more pointy of my clay shapers before to paint dots but that was only for one model.
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If you cut a fine detail, or detail brush almost literally to the base would that be more consistent in size?, as its stiffer near the base
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Massive Voodoo has an article on dotting [NWS] and a toothpick is used.

I also used a toothpick for my tyranids along with a Micron pen and it worked quite well. I gave up on using a paint brush due to the ease of messing it up on each dot application
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The only brush I could envisage using for any significant number of dots would be a stippling brush, or a toothbrush perhaps, but even then...I'd certainly shy away from them in favour of the aforementioned suggestions.
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I tried a toothpick tonight and it worked well. I used quite a watery mix and found I could adjust the size of the dot with pressure and amount of paint I was picking up at a time. Much more repeatable results.

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