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Hi guys im sorry if this has been posted by many others, but.... I have just had my first go at using the citadel spray gun and i found it probably the most unrewarding/unenjoyable experience of this hobby so far, that may sound a tad tramatic but it really did suck. Have u guys got any pointers other than investing in an expensive spray gun?? your help is much appeciated
there are many factors that will affect the result. too thick and the nozzle clogs, too thin then it tends to run every where, was the model primed?
Hi thanks for the quick reply,
Yeh i primed all of them chaos black before hand. I played with the nozzle unscrewed different amounts. I was using khemri brown and poured it pretty accurately. It was definately on the watery end of the scale. was just wondering if u guys had any similar experiences or extra tips
i have my paints thinned to a milk like consistency. test spray empty spurs, experiment with the nozzle position and the amount the trigger is pulled.
The citadel spraygun is the worst thing that GW have ever released. It very rarely works properly. I would take it back like I did and treat yourself to a new unit.
I haven't used it before, but I have bought some airbrushes before. I came to the conclusion that the more money you put into it, the better results you get.
I now use a revel starter set airbrush with small compressor, which is about 130 euros = 150 dollar and it does wonders. it really has everything you need, except for some cleaning materials.
I also don't recommend using cans of air, I used that before and the results you get are just worthless.
hope it helps
DonÂ´t mess with the dicegod
I have posted many comments about airbrushes and compressors in some past posts, but since I was a professional illustrator for many years and over 30 years experience with airbrushes, I have been known to make comments that may not be gospel, but are my rules to live by...
1. I NEVER use acrylics in my airbrush. Water is a very poor carrier (3 components in paint - vehicle, pigment & carrier...) whereas, mineral spirits (i.e. paint thinner) is an excellent carrier and is the only paint I will shoot through my gun. The ONLY exception to this rule is for water based inks, where you are only lightly shading and not trying to cover an object.
2. Yes, the better the brush, the better the results; however, I currently use a cheap brush for all of my priming, which I picked up a complete set in a Tool store for about $15. I have $200 Iwata gravity feed brushes that can be used with, literally, one drop of liquid. But, still I use the cheap one for nearly all of my mini work. So, it may not be the quality of GW's brush as much as what you are trying to paint with. Try buying a small bottle of enamel paint (like Testors, or the like) and mix it about 6:1 parts with paint thinner. Shoot this through your brush and see how easy your clean-up is and you will never shoot acrylics though it again.
3. Yes - MUST use a compressor for consistent and even air flow. However, you can get a cheap one, just make sure it has an air tank and is not one that just shoots out air, like for filling up an air mattress. The tank can be as small as 1 - 1 1/2 gallon. These can be bought cheaply at discount tool stores.
4. An airbrush is like any other tool or object you buy that lives by the creed - Practice Makes Perfect. Don't be discouraged by your first time or two. Keep gathering info about what works for others and use what makes sense to you.
Last edited by MDSW; January 3rd, 2011 at 20:11.
Oh, be sure to use a flat (matte) paint when priming - gloss finish is hard to paint over!!
MDSW I agree with you and have read many of your posts... But... The GW spray gun is a very poor piece of equipment and I just would not recommend it to anybody, even using a compressor. It is leaky, doesn't draw through paint consistently, has no level of control... It is a waste of money. I would have more luck with a straw and a mouthful of paint!
Ha!! That sounds like an excellent review!! I have never seen the GW version up close, so I am sure your assesment is spot on! I do notice their price is not that cheap, so when you compare it to other airbrushes out there you think you are getting a good one. Obviously, not the case...
BTW - I like the image in my head with a fellow with a straw and a mouthful of paint holding his mini ready to blow - Ha!!