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You can do a little search here on LO and come up with a lot of airbrush topics from paint, the airbrush itself, compressors and everything else. You will find lots of great advice for beginners. As far as actually doing the airbrushing, well you just have to start!
First decide if you want your brush to be for fine detail (dual action gravity-feed) or for larger areas (priming, final varnish, etc.) There are some that will fill dual roles and any good hobby or craft store will have some sets. My advice is to buy an inexpensive one and start using it to prime and shade. As you get the technique down, you can begin to get more details and finer lines and move to a more expensive brush, if needed. I used to be a professional illustrator and have probably one of the finest Iwata airbrushes ever, but I have never used it on any mini - I use my old, cheap workhorses - so don't go whole hog with an expensive brush to start.
Personally, I never shoot acrylic (water-based paint) through any brush. I will shoot water-based ink, but never paint. Clean-up is doubly difficult compared to thinner-based enamels. I use flat enamels for all priming and shading and it works and cleans great.
There is an old saying my father used to say - "Practice makes perfect" - but, then I heard, "Nobody's perfect" - so, I stopped practicing...
Yeah, I made more rant than once on compressors for example.
-If it's your first, get an entry level airbrush, sets you back 20-40EUR
-Invest in a decent compressor, one WITH moisture trap and air tank, anything else is a waste of money.
-Usage, experiment, get empty paint jars for the airbrush you buy to store premade mixes. Consistency has to be that of milk after thinning with water or acrylic thinner.
-Where to get it? Ebay is a good source for any modeling supply
To stress the point... it's worth spending 80-100EUR on a decent compressor with tank & trap, it lasts a lifetime if treated well.
thanks for the info, as for doing a search, my search option does not work, at all. Hasn't worked for years, i thought it was LO maybe it is on my end. I'd prefer to see a sticky on it myself, but that's just me. In my mind I can see air brushing speeding up easier things to paint, which overall speed is what I'm looking for. Is it practical to use airbrushing just for main coats and washes on simple models?(say space marines which are mainly 1 or 2 colors, nids, orks, etc) and pick out smaller things with a good old fashion one?
I actually use the GW gun for basecoating. No matter all the bitchin' online about it, if you treat it well and clean it decently, it's actually a good piece of kit.
Yes! Once you get into the habit of basecoating in the primary color of the model (even silver!) you will never go back to doing it any other way!
If you go to the index page of the painting section you can find all of the old threads really easy - here is the link:
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