As I've said in my last post, I love priming miniatures in batches! I think it saves me time and paint. Painting miniatures in batches is more efficient as you get to setup your airbrush and mix paints in one sitting. I just feel It is more efficient than painting in smaller batches or individually.
I base color small and big models with my Harden & Steenbeck airbrush. I always prime and paint with Vallejos! A drop of Vallejo Paint Retarder before shooting a well thinned Vallejo is all it takes, to make sure you airbrush with ease. I shoot as low as 10psi when shading and 15 to 20psi when shooting the base colors.
Thinning Vallejos depends on the color. Light colors like Yellows, Oranges and Light Greens need very little thinning. Thick colors like Blues, some Reds, Browns and Grays need more thinning. I am not a ratio person, I lick and taste the paint to know that my mix is perfect for airbrushing. Kidding aside, a nice skim milk consistency ( as cliche as it may sound ) is usually perfect.
Overly thinned paint will splatter all over the model. Thick poorly thinned paint might clog your airbrush or give you a sandy texture. Too much Vallejo Retarder will be wet forever, and NO retarders might dry in mid air ( depending on color ) and also give you a sandy texture. Practice and Experience is KEY.
These models are ready for detailing! I had so much fun airbrushing them. I gave them a nice coat of Vallejo Premium Gloss Coat! Vallejo Premium paints are paints used for motorcycle helmets, RC cars and Guitars. Needless to say, a fully cured ( 3 days ) layer of Vallejo Premium Gloss Coat, would be very strong enough for play and handling.
I will need to shoot a nice thin coat of Vallejo matte varnish, once I decide to hand paint the details. The matte varnish will give the models teeth for the hand painting to cling on. Until then, will play with these glossy models with my son.
I hope you found this post informative. Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! CIAO!