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So, it looks like the GW spraygun is back, after whatever hiccup took it off the shelves last time...
Has anyone got one? or used one?
Are they any good?
Are there better products for similar prices (not really thinking of full on air-brushes here)...?
While I haven't used one yet, I hope to borrow my local GW's trial one sometime in the next week, and did see someone base-coating what must have been about 1500pts of Marines (they were purple) with one in about an hour and a half, which was pretty damn impressive, considering 3 coats were involved (purple foundation, standard GW purple, purple wash)...
And it didn't even break, or anything.
So, anyone have any thoughts?
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We actually went through a few in-depth discussions of airbrushes and such back when the sprayer first came out, so they're a good read if you haven't gone back to them yet.
It does, apparently, work. And it's certainly much faster and easier than brushwork!
But for about the same price, there are at least 3 conventional options that will deliver equal or superior performance.
First off is the Badger 250, or something similar. It's a cheap [$15 to $20], average quality Single Action, External mix airbrush - essentially identical to the GW one. It's ugly and not at all subtle, the Airbrush equivalent of a Sledgehammer... But it's easy to use, all but impossible to break, and it'll spray just about anything thinner than roofing tar. Quick and simple basecoats are what it's meant to do.
A step up is Badger's 350, which is about $15 to $20 more than the 250. It's basically the same thing, but better made and somewhat more refined.
My preferred option would be to lay out a few bucks more ($50 or so), and pick up a Badger 200 series. It's a fascinating little hybrid - a Single Action, Internal mix unit that straddles the line between the crude utility of Single/External and the complex precision of Double Action/Internal mix airbrushes. Full metal body, internal needle and spray tip, and the option to choose between one siphon feed and two gravity feed models give this many of the best features of better airbrushes without all the complex mechanisms and expense.
Prices are from dixieart.com.
I think wraith said it all right there.
I have a few airbrushes at home, but Ive never used them, mostly because Ive mostly done miniatures and not historical (like my father, who usually uses them for tanks and such) so I really have no idea about airbrushes.
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This little setup *here*
is great value for money and will cover you through basic airbrush basecoating upwards. The compressor is a much better choice than canned air for consistent flow etc.
It may start off that little bit more expensive, but once you start buying cans of air at 5 quid + a pop it will be worth it
i've got tghe new spray gun and it's awesome, the thought of painting 256 gaunts withuot it is scary.
how big is that thing!!
OOh - pretty - love the fade effects. So assuming I am mad enough to buy an airbrush, what masking techniques are used on models? only ever used a paintbrush on 2-d medium, and not very well, so a 3-d medium scares the bejeesus out of me, especially if it's nice don like that Harridan....
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that is so cool. Do you think you could pm me with how you painted those 'nids. Sorry to change the topic.
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