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I have been looking into getting an airbrush system, mostly due to your posts. It will probably happen after the craziness of the Holiday season. Is there any equipment you would recommend? So far, it seems that Iwata is the got to producer.

Thought I would break this response out into its own forum thread so it's not buried on page 7 of the miniatures painting feed.  :)

I can tell you how I set up my airbrushing, but the big horrible disclaimer is that this is just how I did it and there are many many opinions out there from folks with far more experience than me.  However, just googling "beginner airbrushing" yields overwhelming results.

Background:  My goals setting out were simply to get away from rattle can priming.  I had some disastrous results with AP White rattle can on some fairly expensive and hard to get Shadows of Brimstone resins that actually put me off of mini painting for 6+ months.  But, I had Kingdom Death inbound from KS and had to figure out how I was going to get the game painted up.

So, reluctantly, I turned to airbrushing.  I wanted to do this fairly cheaply (I wasn't convinced I'd stay with it) and due to the overwhelming/conflicting information out there wanted something fairly turnkey.  I also knew that I was going to be doing low-volume work (compared to a pro painter doing several dozen or hundreds of commissions a year) and did NOT need a lot of fine detail.

Equipment:

  • Master Airbrush Kit (Amazon, $80) - Comes with most everything needed - compressor, airhose, brush. The compressor isn't horribly loud, but the regulator on it really has no discernible PSI adjustment.  The airbrush that comes in the kit is fairly clunky; I haven't used it yet but may dedicate it to varnish or other things that are hard to clean
  • Iwata-Medea Airbrush Cleaner (16 Oz.)
  • 4 SET Airbrush Spray Gun Wash Cleaning Tools Needle Nozzle Brush Glass Cleaning Pot Holder (Amazon)
    • These 3 items are the "Frequently bought together" on Amazon and are the bare-bones basics to get you started.
       
  • Badger 105 airbrush - Impulse buy that I don't regret.  I had several brushes in my Amazon cart for weeks - H&S, Iwata, etc.  My opinion is that with a good name brand you really can't go wrong, but the thought of shelling out $250+ for an airbrush seemed a bit harsh.  I bought the Badger 105 simply because it was far cheaper, and it was the one featured in Miniature Monthly's videos (I could watch my exact airbrush be disassembled and cleaned).  See also below.
  • Spare braided hose - Badger, via Amazon
  • Separate water separator/filter in between the two hoses (also required an $8 adapter set sourced from Amazon).
  • Quick Disconnect
  • Squeeze bottle to put cleaner in
  • Misc stuff:  Paper towels, disposable brushes (to mix thinned paint), 1 oz disposable jello shot cups to mix paint in, and some latex gloves that I said I'd wear but never do
  • Airbrush Booth:  If you're going to airbrush indoors, a good well lit and filtered booth is going to be nice.  The airbrush will leave "dust" behind even if you spray into a cardboard box.  I tried this cheap one from Amazon (sensing a trend?) and like it.  There are youtube videos for homemade versions, though.  Warning:  This same model of booth is currently on Amazon under various "brands" - they are identical but the price varies. This one seems to be the cheapest version of the same item.

Again, this is how I did it.  It's working for me.  I have a fair amount of $$ wrapped up in this, but far less than going "super premium" straight out of the gate.  

Lastly, there are a LOT of youtube videos out there for free, but I very much recommend backing Miniature Monthly on Patreon.  Aaron is the factory painter for Shadows of Brimstone, and Elizabeth Beckley does commissions for Ninja Division and (since GenCon2017) Kingdom Death.  Much of their painting techniques are FAR (far, far, FAR) beyond anything I intend to tackle, but their beginners guides for Airbrushing and Cleaning Airbrushes as well as the recent videos on how to prep models have really really helped me.  At $10/mo, it's a good investment for me.

I'll close out with a few pictures.  The KDM ones are repeats, but the Shadows of Brimstone Autocannons are new.

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Video resources.  

I don't watch a lot of streaming content.  I don't work in an office where I can listen to podcasts, and streaming around the house is generally done in spurts. Even the Miniature Monthly posts (which I pay good money for) are sometimes deferred for a good time to watch.

So when I say that I check the Tabletop Minions feed on youtube each and every week, please understand the context.  I don't always agree with Uncle Atom, and the content is very GW/Warhammer centric (which I have little interest in), but I still go check to see what's new every Friday.

The Airbrushing series is what got me hooked.  Here's the first video in that series.

 

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@Zoxe Wow, great info. Thanks so much. Give me a few months and, hopefully, I will post my Brand New Airbrush Setup here as well.

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