Archive for February, 2014

Getting used to the new airbrush

Posted in Dropzone Commander, Minis with tags , , on February 5, 2014 by stingersix

So, I’ve recently gotten started with my new airbrush. Got myself a Badger SOTAR 20/20 for Christmas, then I bought a compressor and some other stuff.

1545543_685876688110008_1296320375_nI’ve set it up (my wife says the compressor looks like two little pigs, one on top of the other) and practiced with it a bit and I can already see that given time and patience, I should be able to do some really interesting stuff with it. To break it in, I painted some Scourge minis for Dropzone Commander.

Scourge

These have an Army Painter Plate Mail Metal primer/basecoat. Then I mixed some Vallejo blue and red to get a purplish color and ran it through the 20/20. It’s definitely a learning curve as the airbrush has settings to control paint flow, and figuring out the right PSI pressure to use is a bit of a challenge but I’m sure I’ll get used to it. Just things like brush movements and the best way to hold things to spray are also things to be practiced. Quick color changes and cleaning also requires some know how. Yes, the learning curve is a bit steep.

Anyway, the models came out looking good (enough) and I’m ready to do more with the airbrush. The SOTAR comes with the finest needle Badger makes and it’s designed for detail work. It really is a quality airbrush. That said, I can see how it’s perhaps not so great for larger basecoating jobs. To that end, I’m considering getting a second airbrush, perhaps the Badger Patriot 105, which I hear is a good all-purpose airbrush.

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