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Hey im thinking of getting an airbrush to paint some models, anyone know if its hard? And maybee someone can give me some pointers ant things to think about when starting up.
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I dont use one myself but Meph is the person to talk too about it.
He has thread of Blood Angels in the painting forum and works a lot with an airbrush.
I have only used an airbrush on paintings, and even then blending with paint comes out much nicer.
A few things to be aware of with airbrushing:
- keep the fittings super-clean or you will end up with sprayed globs of paint
- be sure the paint used is the right consistency or you get sprayed globs of paint
- test spray first, then move confidently with even pressure on the trigger
The best effects I would imagine would be on cloth and flesh.
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How intricate were you planning on getting with the airbrush? From my experience they're incredible for laying down base coats and painting larger models (tanks and such) but that's about it. I base coated my brother's 2000 point Tyranid army in less than 10 minutes of work with one, not including the wait for drying between coats. I've used both the GW airbrush and one that my friend owned that was powered by an air compressor and there was no difference. Both worked very well and were easy to pick up and use. Cleaning was simple and didn't take much time. I'd say take my experience as a casual user, because I'm sure that it is possible to do fine detail with an airbrush, I've just never figured out how.
Well i was going to try it out and i have found one that isnt that expensice. Well yes mostly large stuff would be the best to do it on but i want to get some training untill the new book arrives and we get some new DO and maybee some outher cool big stuff. And i also play chaos 40k and there is some big stuff to paint there.
But mostly i wanna try it out cous u get realy nice layers and haod effects, and it doesnt look that hard to do. but i might be all wrong.
Detail work with an airbrush is a bear - I've used it for design drawings and it can be miserable, and a good way to utterly ruin your hard work. Personally, I'd only use an airbrush to base-coat a model. For Warriors, that's not a bad route though, because when you think about it, they are mostly big armored blocks of solid color, or big slabs of muscly flesh. Both are flat, smooth fields to paint, so it might be worth an airbrush to prevent getting brush strokes.
That said, you can do more with paint than you can with an airbrush (aside from just laying down paint in a hurry for things like tanks etc). Proper brush technique requires thinning your paint, so does airbrush work. And you're still going to find yourself picking up a brush for fine detail (eyes, gems, gloves, etc) and using inks and other washes, so you may as well take the time that it would take you to master an airbrush, and just master a conventional brush.
Finally - what does this have to do with Warriors of Chaos, aside from the fact that you are painting WoC models? This should probably go into the painting section - Meph has a better chance of seeing it there, as well as other players who either have airbrush experience, or are looking for answers to the same question. Thread moved.
I got the GW airbrush & its a great time saver when used to basecoat models in bulk or larger models/scenery.
I'm still confused about the purpose of an airbrush - is it for base coating an entire model in one color? If that's the case, what about stuff like marauders? They have several different colored parts (chest, pants, leg bracers, axe, helm, belt, loin cloth, shoulder pad), so does this mean airbrushing would not be a viable option for marauders?
User for start-up airbrushing:
-washes & inks
You'll quickly see the light of painting models disassembled, or partly disassembled.
Biggest advice I can give you would be: DO NOT BUY a compressor without air tank and moisture trap. Do not even think about compressed air cans, they're a waste of money, so are compressors without a tank.
Do a search on ebay for 'airbrush compressor' and you'll surely be presented with some decent startup kits of compressor with airtank and an airbrush or two. Don't buy an expensive airbrush just yet, first learn how to handle and maintain one.
Also, do a search for threads with 'airbrush' in the title, every few weeks a 'how-do-I-airbrush' thread pops up and you'll find lots of handy stuff in just the first handfull of threads. Saves us lot from repeating ourselves every few weeks.
Of course, any specific questions, don't hesitate. We're here to help, but a quick search will avoid a lot of copy/pasting.