Hey there folks!
- easy and extra fast covering with the main colour,
- extremely smooth colour changing, effects similar to really time consuming glazing technique,
- it's more convenient to paint several minis at a time, so we're saving time by working on the whole units rather that on single miniature,
- mixing paints is easy to menage and repeat thanks to the bottles specific to the airbrush paints
After the first session with airbrush there are also some dowsides I noticed:
- cleaning the airbrush is time consuming and can be confusing at first, the multitude of parts you have to clean and reassamble after cleaning is quite discouraging. It takes some time to get used to it.
- depending on the compressor you're using it can get very noisy. If you choose small and quiet compressor it can get hot rather fast making long session impossible. The bigger and noisier compressors guarantee long and uninterrupted work but are... well bigger and noisier.
- using paints specific for airbrush is a must. Their consistency is ideal. I haven't even tried to mix regular paints with water or special airbrush medium, it seems too hard for a beginner. The Vallejo Airbrush paints which I was using are really great and all but there are some lacks in their colour palette (for example I couldn't find a nice equivalent of GW Emperor's Children Pink).
- there is no way you can do more detailed parts of the minis, especially being such a noob as I am :). I can imagine after years of experience and a bucketload of work and practice you can get to the point where you do magic things with airbrush. But as a newbie there will be most likely only one colour you'll be working on with airbrush.
All right, so I prepared the miniatures by cleaning them and basing with GW skull white. The colour scheme was limited by the number of paints I had in my disposition. I went with blue to white main colour scheme - the same one that is traditionally used for power weapons. This way I thought I will be continuing the tzeentch choice of colours and at the same time it's a nice reference to screamers being killer machines to all that has any armour saves :)
Then I painted all the screamers with Vallejo French Blue. I tried to cover them with rather thick layer so the white prime won't be visible and the blue has the same intensity on each model. I cleaned the airbrush twice during this process - the big surface I had to paint and a lot of paint it was required to cover it all well caused the airbrush to clog a bit from time to time.
The next part was really a test of my newbie airbrush skills. It was was the phase of a first smooth highlighting. I poured Vallejo Light Sea Blue and I started with gentle and delicate moves. It turned out it's not very difficult - it required few minutes of practice but the process seemed to me rather intuitive. On each model I started from the place that was supposed to be the brightest. Maintaining the same stream of paint from airbrush I was moving up while increasing the distance between the airbrush and the mini. That way the layer was more and more thin and the darker colour of previous layer became more and more visible.
The third and last stage was the final highlight with Vallejo White. Using exactly the same technique as for the previous layer I tried to make a smooth, glazing-like colour change. I painted all white on just the tips (#wink to all the Ray William Johnson's fans).
Untill the next time!