Sunday, January 8, 2017

Phenomenal cosmic power

That's how it feels trying out an airbrush. I got a Badger 105 Patriot airbrush and TC908 Aspire compressor for Christmas. Today, I got a few minor items to get operational.

Three Chaos Thugs and a Rat Swarm. They were literally within arm's reach, so I threw some paint on them.
I solved some air leak issues with a bit of teflon tape and used some distilled water and isopropyl alcohol as thinner. The paint I used was Vallejo Model Color thinned to the classic milk-like consistency referenced everywhere.

There is plenty of subtlety in the use of airbrush, but it can be used to make some pretty fine effects. I'm looking forward to getting some real thinner and flow aid from Vallejo in the near future. This has opened up some all new avenues.

Best part is, it was about 18 degrees Fahrenheit outside when I primed theses dudes. No way I'd be able to do this a spray can.


  1. Jay - one tip i have been given by an airbrush dealer is always to use the manufacturers branded thinner as each one is slightly different. He said that one of the most common causes of blockages he comes across is paint not flowing properly due to incorrect thinning. As well as Vallejo thinner i also use their cleaner at the end of a painting session and leave a small amount in the bottom of the cup until the next time i use it.

    1. Absolutely. I had a cheap Testors airbrush when I was in high school. I didn't know what I was doing and half-assed the cleaning of it. After a use or two it was useless. Never again.

  2. That settles it. I'm getting an airbrush for my birthday. Did you also get a vent hood? Just curious.

    1. I did not. I got a decent (not great) respirator mask. I didn't use it. PPE matters. Will use it in the future.

      Recommend getting an airbrush and compressor from the same company. They all use different fittings. Same company on both, should have no problems.

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