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I'm sorry if this isn't the correct forum to ask in, but it seems appropriate. I am looking for an air brush setup that is not too costly (100-250). I'm not looking for one that does super fine details, I am mainly wanting it for laying down primer and base coats. Plus I will be using it to feather on details to scenery and vehicles like mud, grit, dust, etc.
What would you guys recommend for a compressor and brush?
You can get a small compressor for about $100 or so maybe less (I would probably recomment getting one at a contractor's wharehouse type store). The gw spraygun is a cheap and suprisingly decent airgun. It requires a $4 badger comressor adapter to connect directly to compressor rather than the compressed can air they sell with it...
Total cost would probably be around $150 or so...
If you already have the compressor you are good to go... If you go with the GW one it is basically a "re-purposed" badger airbrush in a pistol type grip... so you will just need the badger adapter to fit the GW cable. It has a built in bleed valve to keep the pressure at an acceptable level so you shouldn't need anything else.
the adapter is like $4-5.
Now you can get any number of other brands of airbrushes, double action, etc. that are technically better than the GW one but from the sound of what you want to get out of it, I would still recommend the GW one.
I personally like the pistol grip of the GW one and for base coating it has been a breeze. I haven't done any terrain yet but can anticipate it being no real problem. Also if you use GW paint they have a handy marker for mixing paint to water on the cannister. Very handy.
I just use the GW airbrush for washes myself. I have at least two cans of propellant and switch them round when the one I'm using gets cold (otherwise ice crystals obstruct the flow) and dump that one in a sink of warm water while I use the other. Works fine for me. One day when I can afford it I'll buy a compressor to fit on it.
The GW airbrush will get you set up decent for basecoating and broad terrain. If you are just starting out, try out the propellant cans. It will get you going. Try it for awhile so you can decide if airbrushing is really for you before you drop the money on a compressor. (unless you know for a fact that you will be airbrushing often, then get the compressor. saves money in the not so long run)
If you get further into airbrushing, you will find yourself wanting for more though. A future consideration would be an airbrush with a gravity feed rather than the bottom feed the GW brush has. Often you don't need nearly as much paint as you can fit in the paint jars. I just put drops of paint in my gravity feed and it lasts for awhile for me (without the mess of cleaning out a jar) You'll also find with more advanced airbrushes you have more control and detail. The GW brush is a single action.
I'm working with the Badger 360, which is set up for both bottom(for long sessions) and gravity feed(esp. useful for changing colors on the fly) It also has a dual action, so I can control how much paint I am shooting on at a time. Very nice for shading. There are a few websites on line that can give you a much better overview of airbrushes than I am.
In summary, the GW airbrush is decent and will get you started for what you are asking for, but you may get addicted to the results and realize a better brush is needed.
I believe he said he already has a smaller shop compressor so the cost is minimal. $4 adapter and the GW airbrush...
I agree double action is the way to go for an airbrush airbrush... but unless you are working in fairly large scale or on larger vehicles you can accomplish pretty much anything you would want to do with the cheaper GW brush rather than the more expensive airbrush.
I would recommend a double action airbrush if you want to persue other art endeavors... But for starters I have found that for the price it is a good option.
I cheaped out with my Dual action airbrush and still spend $90 and I am mixed on it. I have heard that Iawata is the way to go. The GW gun is a re-packaged badger single action.