The Second Plunge
|Yeah. That's a lot of stuff.|
As it turns out, there is much more to airbrushing than just finding a good deal on an airbrush. Pictured is the mass of stuff I have ended up collecting to get me started. At this point, I have everything I need to work. So let's go!
With my hobby devoted almost entirely to skirmish games, you may be wondering what need I have of an airbrush. It's true, I don't paint armies of blue space marines or regiment upon regiment of skaven. However, the airbrush is still going to be an immensely valuable tool for me as I progress and, in particular, as I become a better painter.
The first obvious use of an airbrush is for terrain. In my heyday, I was much more a terrain builder than a model painter and I have made many more pieces of terrain than I've painted minis in my day. The 3'x3' boards of Malifaux, in particular the felt mats used by my local group, are calling out to me. I want to build terrain again.
|My Airbrushes. I ended up with a Sotar 2020 and|
a Master siphon-feed brush that came with the compressor.
I'm also excited about the possibilities afforded by airbrushing varnish. Up until now, I've only varnished a handful of my models and most of those I am unhappy with. That is until I started painting varnish on...a long, slow and boring process. Neither spray primers nor brush on primers are very forgiving with weathering powders either, which has always meant they are pretty much off limits to me.....no longer.
At this point I am nearly ready to start airbrushing and my new SDE minis will be the perfect test for me to learn how to use the brush. I'm going to start small of course, with simply undercoating and varnishing. Once I get the hang of it, I'll move on to painting. As with most new hobbies, airbrushing has been more expensive than simply buying the brush (as it turns out, you kinda have to think of painting as an actual art), but I think I have collected just about everything I need to get started. The last of my supplies are on the wings of amazon as we speak.
More to come.