Choosing the right airbrush for miniatures
A quick guide to the right airbrush for 28mm miniatures and vehicles.
Just thought I would put up a quick post to try and help people choose the right airbrush for miniature painting. A lot of people dismiss the idea as they think its not really the way you should paint miniatures and that you should spend every minute of your time sing the brush. But a lot of modern Golden Demon winning painters use airbrushes in one way shape or form and have become very proficient in its use.
I have been searching for an airbrush for sometime after buying first the Citadel Spray gun and finding my hands froze using the cans of compressed air, then opted for a bargain basement airbrush and compressor deal only to find the airbrushes poor quality and prone to breaking. After a while searching Google I found the information from multiple GD winner Mathieu Fontaine of great interest as he compares a few different airbrushes and what you need to have in one as a miniature painter. I have included his guide at the bottom of this article for reference.
The airbrush you need in a nutshell
I opted for the Harder& Steenbeck Evolution Silverline 2 in 1 airbrush which comes highly recommended by most mini painters and I bought it from a wonderful UK based company called Air-Craft.net. They are based in Fort William, Scotland and I found them to be the cheapest stockist on the internet when using Google Shopping. I have to say the company was very professional and quick to answer my emails with the airbrush arriving in record time. I would definitely recommend them to anyone in the market for a new airbrush.
The airbrush itself is a gravity fed model which comes with a large cup for heavy duty spraying and a smaller cup for small amounts of paint and a second nozzle so you can again match it with the type of job your doing. Whether it be small details or large army spraying.
The brush is a dual action brush which is a must so you can control the flow of paint coming out of the brush.
I also picked up a cleaner kit for a couple of pounds to maintain the airbrush and I already have the paints and thinners from other sources. Another added bonus is the brush comes in a nice case to keep it safe and they even threw in a DVD to getting started on airbrushing which is useful if you haven’t tried it out before.
If you are getting into airbrushing then make sure you buy a decent compressor and if you need any help on choosing this then have a look at Mathieu Fontaines airbrush tutorial or leave a comment and I will get back to you.