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I was looking on the GW website and found out that GW discontinued the Chainmail Spray cans, I set about looking for an alternative, so I come to you, brothers and sisters of LO, looking for advice. Here's my Question:
Can a standard 'run-of-the-mill' airbrush successfully basecoat large flat areas with Citadel Metallic paints?
I'm trying to find a faster alternative to paint 5 Tau tanks without the need to damage myself either physically or mentally whilst doing so.
Any answers would be greatly helpful
I'm afraid I don't have an answer, but I have a Warhound Titan's legs to paint in the very near future so I am also very interested in the question!
Metallic paint in something like a citadel spray gun works, but for sheer easy of use so does a can of spray silver acrylic, like tisi Humbrol Paints 191 Chrome Silver Metallic 150ml Acrylic Spray Paint - AD191 - £3.86 or something in this range http://www.graphicsdirect.co.uk/prod...old-spray-cans
That second range, montana gold, I actually use quite a lot, the range of colours is great, the effect is good and they make base coating a dream.
I've never used air guns, but as a side note, the new metallic technique I'm currently experimenting with involves "dulling down" the basecoat by mixing the metallic with a similar (or slightly darker) color of "regular" paint (i.e., mixing Boltgun Metal with Codex Grey), then highlighting with a more "pure metal" mix.
If you're interested in this route, and are worried about putting metallics through the gun, I find mixing metallics with regular paints will make the metallics "behave" better, especially when it comes to thinning, drying time, etc. You may find mixing with other paints will make them work better in the spray gun.
Just a thought.
Thanks for the helpful replies
Being an acrylic spray paint, how does it cover GW's miniatures? From that I mean, does it give good coverage? And does it chip/rub off more or less when compared to the Citadel spray paints?
Which do you think is the closest Humbrol equivalent to Chainmail
Sorry for bogging you down in these questions but, I had a good thing going with my Tau and I want to continue without too much change to their overall colour-scheme.
How much of a mix do I need to achieve, 50/50? Being Chainmail and Codex Grey
I'll chase up both these methods then decide, as they both have good upsides and downsides, though TBH I'm may be leaning towards other Acrylic Sprays as a good, fast alternative
Last edited by Kai-Itza; October 9th, 2009 at 17:00. Reason: *Whistles Innocently*
As acrylic both montana and humbrol are basically the same as GW paints, all three are acrylic.
I used the montana spray on my realm of battle board over an undercoat of citadel black spray. As you can imagine its had scenery and miniatures dropped on it, dice thrown on it and its gone in and out of the bag a few times and its survived well. Once you have dry brushed/inked/layered over the spray undercoat I would challenge anyone to tell the difference, its acrylic after all.
The Humbrol is intended for spraying plastic miniatures, thats what humbrol do, but I have always found its a bit shiny to begin with. NOt an issue with silver, but a pain form my blue marines. Once its been dry brushed or whatever it looks ok, (Ill post a comparative picture when i get time) but I find the montana easier to work on. The cans are much bigger too.
As for colour comparisons with humbrol, I'm not sure to be honest, I bought my silver humbrol not to match chaainmail, but because I wanted grey and didn't read the can properly. As an example, this paint comes out like this over a chaos black undercoat:
Looks like Tamya do a spray range too, and thy have a colour chart Tamiya Color Spray Paints
Halfords car primer also makes a very good undercoat/grey base coat and works wonderfully with citadel acrylics
It is also worth noting, and take this from someone who having just gone upstairs to see what paint he had used spent hte next 10 minuits clearing up an almighty mess, humbrol cans can leak the greasy horrible propellant if you store them laying down. Not good.