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So I've decided it's time to take the leap; Early next year I will be getting an airbrush, for light effects and glow effects, along with painting vehicles.

I have settled on the Badger Air-Brush Co 105 Patriot as my first brush, and I'm currently exploring which compressors to buy.

I'm comfortable with my brushes, so this is totally uncharted territory for me. I will only be doing it for effects though, but I want to get more lighting effects on my models and get that haunted look. This should suit my needs and help me get a few better effects overall.

Now I'm both eager and scared shitless at the same time!
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The right time is now. :D Do it already! Buy an airbrush!

In all seriousness, the time is when you can add a brush, compressor, spares, cleaning products and like 50 worth of paints to your basket and click the "Pay Now" button with some confidence. Do you really enjoy painting enough that you think this is going to be worth the 300+ cost? Are you going to be able to learn new techniques and the muscle memory and hand-eye co-ordination required (it's a different ball game with an airbrush).

I am also slightly contratian to Cypher's view of the compressor. Whilst a 200+ compressor is going to be fantastic and make things far more enjoyable, that sort of cost is unrealistic when you're just starting out. Maybe this christmas you get a nice airbrush and an okay compressor and next christmas you treat yourself to a great compressor. My 60 compressor (with a tank, may I add) is loud, vibrates in the non-fun way and overheats... But it's not like a turn it on and have to hide behind a blast door for fear of it exploding whilst I send in some specialists to douse it with liquid nitrogen to counter-act the heat coming from it like some episode of Stargate SG-1; it gets hot after about half an hour of use, sure, but it won't get hot enough to nope out for at least an hour and a half of use, more than enough for me most of the time and I plan accordingly.

SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND (which may have been mentioned already in this thread):

An airbrush is not a REPLACEMENT for a regular brush. It's just another tool in your arsenal. It's a major tool, sure, but at the end of the day the king of the hill is the good ol' fashioned paint brush. That being said, you can do huge amounts of the work using just the airbrush. I don't do many extreme highlights anymore favouring multi-stage lighting effects with the airbrush (This might be what zenithal lighting is? I don't know, that word I've seen mostly used to reference flat panels) which include a top highlight without making a line on the top most edge (I think it's often overkill and can spoil the look*, especially with my brush control). I feel I've gone off on a bit of a tangent now, so allow me to shut up.

* - an example of this, which is HIGHLY OPINIONATED AND NOT GOSPEL TRUTH, is Awaken Realms' Tau XV 109 . Before I say anything else, I do believe this is an absolutely stunning piece of work and well worth the money someone paid for it (which I won't even begin to think about; big numbers following a currency symbol scare me). However, the extreme highlights here are not to my personal liking and I would have preferred the piece without them, or at least with them toned done quite a bit; most of the highlighting effects are provided without these and are more than sufficient to my eyes.

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SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND (which may have been mentioned already in this thread):

An airbrush is not a REPLACEMENT for a regular brush. It's just another tool in your arsenal. It's a major tool, sure, but at the end of the day the king of the hill is the good ol' fashioned paint brush. That being said, you can do huge amounts of the work using just the airbrush. I don't do many extreme highlights anymore favouring multi-stage lighting effects with the airbrush (This might be what zenithal lighting is? I don't know, that word I've seen mostly used to reference flat panels) which include a top highlight without making a line on the top most edge (I think it's often overkill and can spoil the look*, especially with my brush control). I feel I've gone off on a bit of a tangent now, so allow me to shut up.
Oh don't you worry - I will always prefer the brush.

However, I want something to achieve a better lighting and gradient effect. Especially on things that glow and have a eerie look to it, I like the look better when done with a airbrush.

Vehicles as well, and basing my models will be easier. I will still do 80-85% of the work I do by brush, but having these choices would give me a new challenge and a overall greater result in my opinion.
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Oh don't you worry - I will always prefer the brush.

However, I want something to achieve a better lighting and gradient effect. Especially on things that glow and have a eerie look to it, I like the look better when done with a airbrush.

Vehicles as well, and basing my models will be easier. I will still do 80-85% of the work I do by brush, but having these choices would give me a new challenge and a overall greater result in my opinion.
Honestly, in the long run, entry level airbrush + compressor will save you money on basecoating alone.

You'll save about 6 per can you go through (Assuming 1 bottle = 1 can). Some people can go through a can a month, easily. Well that's 72 a year!

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@Cypher871 - how noisy is this compressor? I have a great airbrush (Harder and Steenbeck Evolution) but it doesn't get any use as most of my painting is done in the front room where my wife is watching TV and my current compressor (cheap one without a tank!) is too noisy!

So I'm on the look out for a small, quiet replacement.

Nord - definitely get a good compressor first as a bad one will just frustrate you and out you off airbrushing. At least thats my experience!

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So I finally did it - Amazon had a 40% off on the airbrush I wanted, and I dived in.

I'm now the proud owner of a Badger 105 Patriot!

Now I just need to find a decent compressor. This is way harder than deciding on the airbrush itself...
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Nice, congrats!
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....I have a Revell Master Class compressor....

....the Revell cost me 200 last year and is still being sold at Wonderland Models (UK) for that price. On Amazon the same compressor is going for 300.
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I ended up buying the Revell Master Class. Thanks a lot for the tip!

A little side-note to those who haven't bought it yet: If you're in Europe, you can get it on the german Amazon for roughly 200 euros, equivalent of about 150. It's about half price from the manufacturer!

http://www.amazon.de/Revell-Airbrush-39138-Kompressor-master/dp/B000FCOK36/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420027095&sr=8-1&keywords=revell+master+class
Now I just have to wait for everything to come home :D
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