Welcome to Librarium Online!
Join our community of 80,000+ members and take part in the number one resource for Warhammer and Warhammer 40K discussion!
Registering gives you full access to take part in discussions, upload pictures, contact other members and search everything!
I'm at a crossroads. I'm tired of buying pots one by one, limiting my ability to play around with new colour combinations etc. I want to buy a large amount of paint, and I'm convinced the box sets (from either manufacturer) is the way to go.
The main stumbling block I'm having is that i'd like to airbrush all my vehicles. I like the effect, and i'd like to be able to touch up using the same paints.
I've heard rumour and conjecture about GW paints not being suitable / not working well in an airbrush, however i'd like an experienced opinion.
I have airbrushed with both GW and Vallejo colours and not had any significant problems with either. As always with airbrushing, preparing the mix of the paint is of paramount importance. Use an acrylic Flow Improver solution (bought from an art shop), also Gel retardant is a good idea - and also dilute the paint with loads of CLEAN (distilled) water, or GW ink. If you use GW paint, it tends to be more 'gooey' and lumpy than Vallejo, so needs considerable stirring to get a smooth consistancy. The flow improver and Gel Retarder should make the paint more 'slippery' and means it should not build up as a dried deposit in the nozzle of your airbrush so quickly. Also, be prepared to clean your airbrush A LOT while you are working with acrylics.
Paint for an airbrush should be roughly the consistancy of cream. But to start with you should be prepared to experiment - it's a learning curve.
For a beginner, I think I would recommend Vallejo if you have a choice, the paint seems of slightly better quality anyway, and is smoother and more fluid to start with.
Hope this helps,
Ryan Dancey, Vice President of Wizards of the Coast, believed that TSR failed because of "...a near total inability to listen to its customers, hear what they were saying, and make changes to make those customers happy." Are you listening, Games Workshop ?
Hard Aun hit the nail on the head. Thinning is paramount with an airbrush. Most any paint can go through an airbrush it is just a matter of keeping it thin enough to not clog. At the very least thin it with plenty of water if you aren't going to invest in extenders or other art mediums...
On another note - vallejo actually makes an airbrush range of paints. Some of them match their other colors.
Now offering an affordable Tournament Legal Quality Commission pricing. Find out more here!
i haven`t had any problems with airbrushing citadels and vallejos. even though they aren`t "proper" airbrushing paints they work quite well. small tip - their drying time can sometimes be a problem, so to avoid airbrush clogging add some retarder. personally i use vallejo glaze medium (it`s a mix of drying retader, matte medium and propably flow improver).
it sounds like I can go either way, but i think i'm going to give Vallejo a try this time around. The eyedrop bottles call to me for convenience.
Thanks everyone for the help!
GW Paints are not formulated for ~Airbrushe to the best of my knowledge, I have tried them and another brand (Tamahoya - sp?) which is cheaper but is formulated for Airbrushes, as I believe is Valejo. I found GW Paint did lead to the nozzel getting blocked despite the use of flow enhancers, water and alcohol as mediums, this is not an issue I have had with the other paints.
That said the finish is fine, it is just the occasional purchase of a new nozzel
Everything you have been told is a lie!