Hey all, today I thought I'd do something a little different and write a series about the airbrushes that I use for the next six posts. In no particular order I will start with the Badger Patriot 105.
First off airbrushes are a wonderful tool. Yes conventional hair brushes are great, but if you just want to cover a large area quickly or put base colours down as a sketch airbrushes are your tool. Countless times I have walked into my local GW store to see people trying to paint a basecoat on a model such a Landraider and it's quite painful to see as I know with a airbrush I could get a much smoother result in a matter of minutes rather than hours.
When it comes to airbrushes I'm not really a snob. It really comes down to what you want to do with it. When I first started I used a knock off Chinese kit and I had good results. I used my Chinese airbrush for about a year and even then it was in good shape. It was only when I started watching a lot of Youtube tutorials from painters such as Les Bursley from AwesomePaintJob and all that I got the itch to branch out and take the plunge and invest in a more expensive airbrush.
The first airbrush I purchased was a 2 in 1 Harder and Steenbeck and I fell in love with what it could do. Compared to my Chinese brush I was suddenly able to airbrush thin lines as that of a eyelash. From that over the years I purchased many more airbrushes. Some I love, some I disliked. But in all it's all a personal thing. Some of you guy's may love a airbrush that I can't stand.
First up I want to mention The Badger Patriot 105. This airbrush is a good started model as you are able to spray large areas and also able to do a certain amount of fine detail if your psi is very low on your compressor. I use this airbrush mainly for basecoating large amounts of models at once. I like this brush because it is rather sturdy and has quite a robust needle. In all you would really have to mistreet this brush to mess it up. Also this airbrush is not very prone to clogging as say compared to the Iwata CM-C Plus that I use for the majority of my work and my personal faviourite brush.
So overall I highly suggest the Badger Patriot 105 as a everyday painting tool that will not mess you around and the price is pretty good too. I believe you can pick one up in the UK for about £80 and it's even cheaper in the US due to being a US company. If you have any questions feel free to ask.