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Recently I noticed that my painting speed is a bit slow... especially with the fact that I'm painting Tyranids, I would prefer some more speed in my painting (taking a month for just the flesh of 20 Hormagaunts is just not good enough). I thought that an airbrush would be a perfect way to speed up my painting.
I generally have Dark Angels Green as the first coat, followed by Snot Green. Afterwards is two Drybrush layers, then a Thraka Green wash. So I was thinking of using the airbrush to apply the DA Green, the Snot Green and the Thraka Green wash.
I have a few questions regard Airbrushes:
1. Can I use the airbrush with a GW normal paint for the undercoat?
2. Can I use the airbrush for washes?
3. Which airbrush + compressor do you recommend me buying? I would like something thats not expensive, but will last a long time.
4. Whats all the terms such as as double action?
5. And finally, is there any more info that I must know before I go and buy an Airbrush?
Thanks for reading,
1. Yes you can use Citadel paints but you need to water them down a little so the flow better in the airbrush.
2. Yes again just water them down a little.
3. I'd recommend the Citadel one the bottle to put the paint in has little marking showing where to put the paint to and where to put the water to.
4. Double action means you have seperate control over the air flow and the paint flow.
5. Make sure you buy a good air compressor one that lets you choose the PSI is ideal but its a pretty standard feature anyway.
Edit: By the sounds of the colours you're using it sounds like you've got some funky looking 'Nids?
Thanks for the reply! From what I've heard the GW Spray gun has had some pretty mixed reviews.
1. Breaks easily
2. requires constant re-buying of new air compressor cans
3. Pretty bad spread
2. Will work with Citadel paints
I'll see if I can dig up something nice on my photo account
The Zoanthropes are pretty much the standard I'm painting for. I also have a brood of Termagants, but the photos arn't the best, and the standard is not so high (because they got repainted over old, thick paint. The models themselves were bad quality as well). My Hormagaunts that I'm working on now should meet that standard though
The basing is the old one, I'm going to have a snowy tundra basing when I'm done with the rest of the models
Thanks again for the reply,
Last edited by Hive Fleet Ruina; July 9th, 2010 at 15:39.
I agree with Pyromaniac605. I got an airbrush a few months ago, and have been using GW paint without any problems.
I've been building a Salamander army. I start with a Orchide shade base coat (very good coverage) followed by Dark Angel Green, and then Snot green. Finally, I lightly airbrush with Scorpion green , just on the upper surfaces. The scorp green add great depth to a model. Fine detail, highlights, and shading are then all added by brush.
I use a gravity fed, dual action airbrush. I find gravity feed better for working on small areas, and wastes less paint. The duel action allows you to control the flow of paint which is very handy.
Airbushes do take some practice. Paint flow, air pressure, distance from the model, paint consistency are all things you'll have to find the best balance for you. I used plain paper when practising, to find a technique I was comfortable with.
Check out my "Airbrushes and Warhammer 40k" article on my blog. I go through most of the initial questions that you may have and I recommend a compressor and gun depending on price range. Give it a quick read and I'm sure you will be in a better position to make the decision.
Airbrushes and Warhammer 40k Warmaster 40K
Also, yes you can easily use GW paints as long as they are thinned, water will do fine.
Thanks a lot for the link! +Rep!
Because I'm most likely moving back to the other side of the world, taking a compressor with me will be too expensive and hard. Therefore I'll buy the GW Spray gun as a short-medium term investment, and when I move I'll probably buy one of the Airbrushes you have recommended as a long-term investment.
Thanks to everyone for their help!