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hi guys, ive just picked up an airbrush and compressor kit to start trying airbrushing out. and i was wondering if there was anything else that i would/should get beforehand like cleaning kits or something?
id also appreciate any advice on the best way to learn to use the thing
Youtube has many useful and informative videos about cleaning, care, mixing, a spray booth setup and use.
I airbrush all the time but not models. I use Acrylic paint that's premix for airbrushing and for clean up I shoot water just like you would paint thru the airbrush clean insides into a jug and I repeat until no longer any trace of color in water spayed out. also are you using a water trap? it trap all moisture in air being supply to the airbrush so you don't end up with water droplets in your paint job.
I own a copy of this book and it has section on airbrushing models so maybe really useful for you. and it should tell you all you need.
great thanks for the advice guys.
Oh, I could start an hour-long rant about do's and dont's and tips and tricks.
If you do a search in this painting section, even just on subject with 'airbrush', you'll find quite a few handy threads concerning airbrushing.
Yes - I have posted quite a few tidbits in the forums, so a search can get you a lot of advice.
Best bit of advice is learn how to disassemble the brush to clean it properly. If you use acrylics, simply running water through the brush will not really clean it as once acrylics dry, you cannot dissolve it in water. Enamels, however, will clean up very well running thinner through and may not require disassembly every time - but, that is a big debate on what to paint with. Personally, I only use enamels and would never shoot acrylics through any of my good brushes, except the garbage ones that I don't care about (and I do have some of those!!)
Practice and have fun!!
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Before I even opened this thread I knew Meph and MDSW would have replied
Listen to these guys :thumbsup:
Brokendoll Miniature Painting - (Coming Soon)
Muse2k8's Painting Antics (WIP and Finished Models thread)
In case you're not sure where to look for supplies, check Ebay. Here's a great starter kit for example.
COMPLETE AIRBRUSH KIT + AIRBRUSH COMPRESSOR WITH TANK | eBay
The compressor is a keeper for sure, and the two airbrushes are decent enough. I'm currently using the dual-action bottom feeder from that set, and I've got the same compressor. Good stuff.
After a few years, I'm only now contemplating the purchase of a more expensive airbrush.
thats actually the one i bought meph. seemed ideal to start with
i always seem to end up batch painting, and whilst i can knock up a fair mini alone, when i batch paint i end up going on too thick and annoying myself
think ill practice on some stormravens first , they seem like they're crying out for an airbrush.
Cool, it's a good buy, and I'm sure you're already getting the urge for extra paint jars to keep your mixes.
Yeah... layering is the key though. It's best to do two-three layers of paint that's thinned enough not to clog up the airbrush rather than trying to cover a model in one layer. An airbrush, and the thin paint that's required for it, simply aren't made for that. I usually basecoat my models in two coats, three if it's red over black undercoat. In you work in a batch, usually the first model is dry by the time you get to the last one.
Another good investment is a box of rubber surgeon gloves or something similar. Dead cheap and you can re-use each glove more than a few times. When basecoating, I usually first spray them in a batch on some cardboard. For the second coat I pick up every model individually so you can twist and turn it to get into every nook & cranny. With one rubber glove on your left hand, you don't have to worry about getting paint on your hand and you can concentrate on getting the model done. this allows you to work very fast, spending like 10-20 seconds on each model before moving on. If you feel your paint doesn't cover well enough, suck it up, spray the coat, move on to the next model, and come back when it's dry for another layer.