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What is an airbrush?

It is a tool, often in the shape of a gun, for painting by spraying the colors using a hobby compressor or simply a bottle of compressed air. They are made of stainless steel and allow you to color large areas in a very precise way in less time, offering a result similar to that of a spray.

In this way, a perfect result is achieved without marks or brush marks as well as sharp and realistic finishes. In addition, it is perfect for painting any type of material, which makes it a fundamental ally for our figures and miniatures.

Where to buy the best airbrush for miniatures? 

At Green Stuff World we are lovers of miniatures, modeling, and wargame figures, so we want to help you get all the accessories you need for your hobby at the best price and with the best quality. And we were not going to be less with a fundamental piece for the design and decoration of your figures, such as the best airbrush for miniatures. In our online store, you will find them in 0.2, 0.3, and 0.5mm, as well as compressors, and all the acrylics, stencils, and more you need to use them.

In addition, thanks to our incredible logistics system, we can take your orders to more than 70 countries around the world.

What types of model airbrushes are there?

There are 2 types on the market, single-action and double-action airbrushes.
The simple ones, usually in the shape of a pistol, have a trigger with a single movement that controls the flow of air and paint in the same pulsation.

Double action also has a single trigger, but with two possible movements at the same time, where the pressure movement opens or closes the airflow, and a back-and-forth movement controls the amount of liquid that comes out.

There is also a second differentiation according to how it is fed with paint, which has evolved year after year starting with lower feeding, lateral feeding to upper feeding. The lower one is usually indicated for painting large surfaces, such as your own room walls, and its application in modeling is limited. The other 2 types of lateral and upper feeding are the most suitable, with the upper feeding being the one that works best and the most modern.

Airbrushes for miniatures and modeling

What kind of paint is used for airbrush painting?

Through these painting tools, you can use any type of liquid that can be projected with it, not necessarily paint. That being said, all paints on the market can be used with them, it's just a matter of using the proper dilution.

Normally you work with acrylic paints, watercolors, or acrylic inks due to their low toxicity and ease of cleaning. These paints can either come pre-diluted or be regular brush paints that need to be thinned with a thinner or medium.

How to clean them

Airbrushing work requires a high level of cleanliness and hygiene. Most of the problems that arise when painting with airbrushes are always due to not having them properly cleaned or not using the right cleaner for each type of paint.

Acrylics can use distilled water, alcohol, or specific acrylic cleaners, but on the other hand, solvent-based ones need acetone or other more specific cleaners that can be very toxic, so we recommend using acrylic paints whenever possible.

Both expensive and cheap airbrushes require proper care and maintenance so that they can greatly increase their lifespan. For this, it is important to clean it right after each use and at the end of the painting session. In this sense, there are 2 types of cleaning, the quick one between color and color, and the deep or final cleaning at the end. Deeper cleaning requires cleaners compatible with each paint and often cleaning brushes or cleaning needles, and even ultrasonic cleaners, although the latter is too specific.

What needle to use in an airbrush?

Needles and nozzles must always be related and used in parallel, ie a 0.2 nozzle should always be used with a 0.2 needle, a 0.3 nozzle with a 0.3 needle, and so on.

Depending on the brand, the bodies of these can be standard and interchangeable, or be fixed and unique for needle size. Green Stuff World airbrushes have all the common bodies so simply changing the nozzle and needle will allow you to work with the same body.

  • The 0.5mm ones are recommended for more inexperienced users who do not master the correct dilutions of the paints enough or are simply indicated for coloring larger elements such as pieces of scenery.
  • The 0.3mm ones are the market standards, and they are the best-selling on the market.
  • Those of 0.2mm or even smaller are perfect for the finest details and at the same time are the most difficult to use. If the dilution is not correct it could clog very easily.

How to Airbrush Paint?

If you are just starting in the world of miniatures and wargame figures, we want to give you some tips to get started with it. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Once you have your figure completely assembled on the base, you need to give a primer coat, usually pure white or black, and sometimes with overhead lighting that combines these 2 colors, which you can also do with the airbrush in a simple, clean, and quick.
  2. We will then start by airbrushing the deeper colors of the figure, which will usually be the skin or face of the figure. Continue the process of painting from the inside out, covering the areas that we have already finished with masking tape or masking putty, avoiding damaging the already painted parts.
  3. Choose a pure white color or a mixture of your last light + white to highlight the parts of the figure that interest you. Don't worry, it is very precise and you will be able to do this perfectly and easily.
  4. Painting with them is usually alternated with a brush according to the shape and size of the figure.
  5. When all the areas are painted, we will use it again to give a layer of protection or varnish protecting your work.

What do you need to buy to paint with an airbrush?

Some different accessories and accessories are needed when painting. Therefore, having a handy list of what you will need for your miniatures will come in handy. Here you have it:

  • An airbrush indicated for small figures that would be those of 0.2, 0.3, and 0.5mm. The best airbrush for miniatures will always be the double-action ones.
  • A compressor with or without an air tank (or boiler) that will give the necessary force to paint.
  • A hose with or without a tap to be able to connect it to the compressor.
  • If you live in an area with high humidity, it is highly recommended to put humidity filters, even in the hose.
  • Paints are better if they are acrylic due to their low or no toxicity. If you plan to have many figures, get a good assortment of paints, brushes, and solvents that cover all the needs of your figures.
  • An airbrush cleaning pot where you can leave it while you are not using it.
  • Silicone mat to protect the surface you are working on.
  • Templates or stencils for airbrushing. You can find them self-adhesive or reusable plastic.

In our store, you can stock up on everything you need to paint your miniatures with an airbrush professionally. Take a look at what you need and we'll bring it to your home in record time and for less than you imagine.