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Painting: Painting with Acrylic
Discuss Acrylic painting techniques.
airbrushing figs
Quebec, Canada
Joined: January 01, 2004
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Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 05:08 AM UTC
Does anyone have any experience or tips they wish to impart about airbrushing larger scale figs? I use an airbrush to base coat large fleshy areas for final painting, but I would like to try completely airbrushing figures 1/8 scale and up. I use an Iwata and can get fairly fine lines with it.
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Tennessee, United States
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Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 05:35 AM UTC

I have tried airbrushing 1/32 - 1/35 figures by spraying the entire model with shade & shadow, then shooting it the actual color from just a skosh off of directly above. The results were mixed. Way back in the 80s Badger issued a book about painting models 100% with an airbrush, including the old Tamiya British 25-pounder crew. It was impressive.

So I think you can probably pull it off with big figures. Probably not 100% of detail and parts but it should look good on some shadows and lots of highlights.
United States
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Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 07:10 AM UTC
In the mid - late 80s & early 90s I knew a guy from the Atlanta Soldier Society (Now renamed the Atlanta Military Figure Society for obvious reasons - ASS vs AMFS) named Mike NcCowan who airbrushed his Phoenix Follies figures with absolutely excellent results...If I could find him I'd ask him how he did it...so far Mike is the ONLY person I've known who used an airbrush...I guess extreme patience, a steady hand and a good DA airbrush would be the keys to success.

CB in FL