Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

I have an airbrush now

Airbrushes are like 3D printers, in that I have been thinking about getting one for a while, but haven’t quite accepted the cost. Then I watched this video from Ninjon and decided to act:

I watched the video, then clicked the Amazon affiliate link for Australia. ‘Why not just see?’ I thought to myself.

What I saw was an airbrush/compressor combo that was going to cost around a quarter of what I had been expecting to pay from previous looking around.

Amazon assured me it couldn’t possibly arrive before early March, but that’s okay, I wasn’t planning to use one this week-end or anything. Then today a box was thrown onto my bed, and here is what was inside.

So… yeah. I have an airbrush now.

I think that took less than 2 weeks to arrive. No complaints, but it will be over a month before I get the chance to use it and report back. Also, I need to buy some airbrush thinning and cleaning products. Oh yes, and then actually set up an area under the house where I can use it!

Once those things are done, I will put this thing through its paces – I have a bunch of terrain still to paint, and then report back.

12 comments on “I have an airbrush now

  1. ericritter65
    January 21, 2022

    Very nice little rig, and it looks like if you like the brush you could hook it up to a higher capacity compressor without much problem. If you’re going to primarily spray water based acrylics, you don’t really need a booth and vented set-up. Also, with acrylics, use mostly water to clean the cup, and save the actually brush cleaner for the last bit – makes the expensive stuff last much longer!
    Lastly, don’t wait to use it on a proper model, start playing around with making thick and thin line on paper, getting a feel for the trigger control and how your brush works for you. Just like brush painting, several thin coats is better than one big paint dump!
    Good luck and looking forward to seeing what you do with this new toy, errr, tool!

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    • davekay
      January 21, 2022

      Thanks for the tips! I am a total neophyte when it comes to this, I will definitely practise on some paper, that will also let me get used to the cleaning process too.

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  2. Guru PIG
    January 21, 2022

    You are braver than I am. Not sure that this Guru can deal with these new fangled contrivances. I prefer the “phone a friend” option!

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  3. daggerandbrush
    January 22, 2022

    I will be interested to hear how it performs. Seems legit, only question is if it can also be used with small details or only rougher jobs , such as basecoating.

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    • davekay
      January 22, 2022

      Hopefully I will be able to tell the difference between the airbrush performance and my own inexperience!

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  4. grumpygnome101
    January 22, 2022

    Just like you I have been wanting to try 3d printing and airbrush painting for quite awhile but put off by the cost and all the associated headaches (operating/storage space, time, learning curve etc) but you and Ericritter65 (no booth you say?) are tempting me to try airbrushing at the very least.

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    • davekay
      January 22, 2022

      Yes this type of airbrush/compressor combo seems like a great way to get started, and if it doesn’t work out, no great expense compared to other options.

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  5. lordcommandereloth
    January 22, 2022

    Please let us know how you find it, like you I’ve been thinking about one for a while but have no real clue on it!

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    • davekay
      January 23, 2022

      I’ll be starting from zero knowledge combined with a couple of YouTube videos!

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  6. Fredrik Svensson
    January 23, 2022

    Welcome to the dark side!

    I used a cardboard box next to an open balcony door as my “airbrush booth” for years. The big difference a proper (but still cheap Chinese offbrand) ventilated booth has made, is that I feel like I can do my undercoating with the airbrush without stinking the whole place up now.

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    • davekay
      January 23, 2022

      A cardboard booth is definitely within my budget, thanks for the idea!

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