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I tried to get my hands on one but the cheap ones really suck. I just want an answer to these question: Does someone use GW paints with an airbrush gun and if so, what brand?
I don't have an airbrush but I have heard people talk about using GW paints in airbrushes. The key from what I understand is to make sure that it is thin - therefore it must be watered down a fair amount.
I don't think the brand matters so much as does the thickness of the paint. Thicker paints will clog any brand of airbrush.
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Well that was kinda helpful I suppose, perhaps I didn't thin out my paint enough when I tried it out.
I use an airbrush with my models sometimes - working on a wave serpent and I'm pretty happy with the results.
I'm pretty cheap by nature, so I tend to use craft acrylics. GW are also acrylics and you can use pretty much any acrylic in an airbrush. Here is what I have learned.
1. Don't use old paints, or if you do, buy a screen and filter out the paint first. Even the tiniest bits of paint will clog your airbrush.
2. Thin it out. You can use water, or Airbrush medium. I've used both and I'm hard pressed to tell a difference.
3. You don't need a high psi. PSI is (pounds per square inch - I think) basically this is the amount of air coming out of the airbrush. I have my air compressor set to about 20 psi. I plan on messing around with even smaller psi's to do blending and what not.
4. Did i mention to thin it out?
5. Make sure you clean your airbrush after every use. Any paint left in the gun will clog it.
I'm no expert, and i generally use it just for basing, but have been happy with the results and am excited to progress in my skills. I'll post my wave serpent soon, working on the jewels next. It's turret is magnetized which allows me to use any combo. It's pretty slick.
Did I mention to keep it thin?
I have a pretty nice Iwata. Paasche and Badger are also very well respected. Those are the three most well known in the US. I recommend http://www.dixieart.com/ they have a nice selection and very reasonable prices.
You want Double Action, and you probably want something with a small to medium paint cup. The large paint cups really are too big for minis. Its easier to clean but you'll probably waste paint because it has a very round base and if theres too little paint in the cup it doesn't like to all go down the flow hole...the medium cup is more funnel shaped at the bottom. You want a top or side mounted cup too, you wont be using enough paint to warrant a suction fed bottom mounted bottle.
Be SURE to buy a moisture trap of some kind or you'll just be pulling your hair out.
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