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hey... couple of quick question on painting.
Has anyone tried to use airbrushes to paint vehicles? how about on models? And is there any tips on using 1?
Sigh, yes there are numberous bits of advice (all in previous posts):
1. It works on vehicles but for minis only as a base coat
2. Personnaly I use an Aztec Airbrush, but Badger are also very popular
3. A compressor is very usefull as compressed air cans, with persistant use, will get cold and in turn allow the preasure to drop. this results in the spray becomming less fine and more splotchy, this can be countered to a degree by keeping the can is a bucket of water as it is used, this keeps the temperature more solid, but a compressor is better
4. GW paints are naff, they will block nozels, go for a paint formulated with airbeushes in mind, personnaly I use tamahoya (SP?) which is an acrylic used in most model stores and quite cheap (about a quid a bottle)
5 dilute the paint, generally whilst water is OK alcohol will dry quicker and make it more effective (easy to use and repeat coat) (ideally use isopropyl alcohol (Rubbing alcohol) but I struggle to get hold of so often use windscreen de-icer (methanol or ethanol), I also add acrylic flow enhancer (from Windsor and Neuton) to the mix, I use a srynge available from most chemist to give babies medicine, to measure out the amounts and use about 3 parts paint to 3 parts water to 3 parts alcohol to 1 part or less flow enhancer and ensure it is well mixed
6. the dual action control of Azec brushes is very useful at controlling both the amout of air and amount of paint
7. black lining (the lines between the plates of the body) is best done using Gauche available from most art shops
8. dont spray too long in one area, the paint will pool and then be effected by the air blowing on to it, cauing runs and pooling, far better to do a number of light coats
9. paint in a well ventilated area, try and create a turn table to paint on, it allows you to rotate the model without touching it
10 make sure you clean the brush and the nozel well, the right paints can make a difference but once a nozel is ruined by dry paint it tends to stay that way
11 have a look on the US games workshop site, in the IG section it has a 2 part tread heads article on converting and airbrushing vehicles
Last edited by Cheredanine; May 5th, 2006 at 15:48.
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The above information is pretty solid. Don't have much to add. I also picked up an Aztec dual action brush and I really like it.
One thing to add - It might be possible to do some rudimentary shading on regular sized troops beyond just base coating. Aztec makes some really fine nozzles that can produce thin streams of paint. You will still probably get some overspill but it should be doable. Not necessarily worth doing as it is still a pain to clean even the aztec brush but it should be possible (with minor cleanup were it spills over).
I used an airbrush to paint up a few Tau vehicles and it worked so much better than hand brushing it. Much much quicker as well. You can probably achieve a similar effect using spray can though so if you don't want to invest in the airbrush kit (probably close to $100 for the brush, hose, etc. and an aditional $100-$300 for compressor and other gear) this would be a more economical route to take.
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