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Robert's Historical Miniatures and Musings (Slow Grow League)

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To Airbrush Or Not To Airbrush...

Tutoring 4
Skill 4
Idea 4

…that is a question?

First, an update.  I had some trucks in my plastic mountain, so got them built up.  PSC and one Zvezda.  I’ve went for four Opel Blitz trucks, one Mercedes truck and an Opel Blitz Maultier.

To Airbrush Or Not To Airbrush...

Then yesterday I got undercoating.  Though the pictures doesn’t show it all, I got 6 trucks, 5 Panzer IV, 1 Maus, 1 Panther, and 1 Stug all undercoated in Vallejo Dunkelgerb Polyurethane Primer.  I left them overnight so the primer had time to cure properly (honestly I normally leave it at least 24 hours).

Then this morning I got onto airbushing my camo.  I don’t have a lot of experience with my airbrush for anything over than basecoating or varnishing.  Its actually been the first time I have used in 18 months and even then that was to undercoat some Dwarfs.  No idea when I had actually used it before then.

Anyway, I have experimented on the Maus, one Opel Blitz, the Stug and the Panther.  The Maus and Opel Biltz were a bit of a disaster and the Stug didn’t really go to plan either but the Panther isn’t bad.

To Airbrush Or Not To Airbrush...

So to answer the question “to airbrush or not to airbrush”… my answer is both yes and no.  I’ll definitely airbrush the primer down, and maybe a highlight on the Dunkelgerb but I don’t think I should do the camo with the airbrush just yet as I haven’t got the skill or experience.  Perhaps I need to start on something bigger like my large collection of unpainted 1/56 or even 1/72 stuff first.

The Maus and Blitz are going to get a fresh coat of Dunkelgerb, and I will get the brush out to work on the Panther and Stug.  The awful bits are going to get covered in either weathering, camo netting or bits of vegetation.

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I imagine with more practice you may change your mind 🙂


yes practice spray everything


Airbrush, always airbrush 🙂
The more you use it the more you’ll get used to it and the more you’ll be able to do with it.
For camo, lay down you basecoats, then mask off the areas you want to keep with Silly putty (yes I’m serious) and spray your next camp colour. Whilst the paint is still drying peel off the putty and leave it to dry. Then repeat as required

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