|A lot of people thin paints with Windex. Airbrush Medium from Blick. Guy behind the counter wasn't too convincing. These are two thinners I'll use with Citadel Foundation Knarloc Green.|
If you use an airbrush regularly and wish to drop some knowledge. Please do If you want to point and laugh, feel free to do so.
Let's fast forward a bit and say that I wasn't able to get the thinned GW paint out of the airbrush. I wasn't going to stop though. Tried 1:1 Medium and Knarloc. Also 1:1 Windex and Knarloc. Only after extremely thinning down Knarloc was I able to get some results. I blame my lack of research and familiarity with thinning paints for airbrushes. Picks of mistakes.
|Medium added. This didn't work.|
|3:1 Windex to Knarloc|
|Finally some result of using GW paints for Airbrush.|
Things not to do:
|Completely ignore almost every piece of advice from your friend who uses airbrushes semi-regularly. Example. Ignored Lane's suggestion to have a spray box so your paint doesn't mist over your murder table. Already making one.|
|Think those guys who wear latex gloves are afraid of getting paint on their fingers. Example. I'd rather spend a couple of seconds tearing the glove off than spend more time washing it off.|
|Disassemble your airbrush and don't put it back together correctly. This one ate up about 20 mins of my time last night. example the screw wasn't holding the pin. Nothing happens when you pull back on the trigger.|
So far what I've done with the airbrush.
|The effect on the cloak was unintentional. Then started spraying purposely. Looks great. Can't wait til I get that down. Robes will look awesome.|
Think you don't have to practice on paper before you start botching models. Yeah, botching is the right word. Example. Modelling buddy Brian said "Practice 15 mins a day. If you aren't getting thing out of it stop." He stole that line from semi-famous solo-guitarist Joe Satriani from the mid-90's. I know other 40k'ers remember him and probably still have one of his cds.
Which airbrush did I buy? This kit from Amazon. Figured an ok starter kit for airbrushing. Have my eye on a Harder and Steinbeck and Iwata Eclipse Airbrush. Not sure which one I'll up end up going with. Suggestions?
This wouldn't be a proper unofficial "how to" without some positive notes.
*First of all Airbrushes are super fun.
*Airbrushes have a steep learning curve. Will say they are harder to learn than paint brushes. (so much for those who say airbrushes are an easy way out)
*Going to use the little instruction booklet that came with the airbrush. Practice on that every day for a couple of weeks before using it again on a model.
*Cleaning is easier than brushes.
*Have patience. It's going to be a fun weekend with my new toy.
p.s. I predict Ron at From the Warp is going to come back to blogging in about 3-4 months with tons of information about airbrushing.