With the Grey Knights completed, and my next army choice not even on the new release radar yet (Chaos), I thought I would spend the next few months revisiting my Necrons. Having just enjoyed Flyer Friday I decided to purchase another flyer, the awesome Doom Scythe / Night Scythe!
I assembled the model into sub assemblies to make accurate airbrushing easier so I didn’t get any overspray onto other parts. I always undercoat with Vallejo Surface Primer using my airbrush.
I then mix up first colour. I use an old small jam jar, some Vallejo Gory Red and Tamiya X-20A thinners. The Vallejo paint is a dropper style bottle so I just squeeze that out into the jar. I then add a few drops of the thinner using the pipette. You don’t need a lot of thinner. There is no magic ratio number here because different paints require different amounts of thinning. You just have to trial and error it. I find this stuff requires a small about though.
I then set up the airbrush to do some small work. So I use a 0.3mm nozzle, close down the air adjuster (labeled D here) and wind in the Needle Stop Adjuster (labelled E on the previous link). I then carefully work my way round the edges of each piece.
Using Scarlett Red from the Vallejo Model Air range I go over what I just did trying to leave some of the previous colour showing. This range of paint is great, it require no thinning, you just squirt it straight into your airbrush. Once you’re done you can take the dropper lid off of the bottle and pour the left over paint back in. No waste!
Using Vallejo Black (NOT the surface primer) and some thinners I go over the spray job making the centre of the panels black again. I wanted to do this because despite how careful I was the ship was too red for my liking. You don’t have to do this stage if you were happy with the previous stage.
Dry-fit time. Looks quite cool if I say so myself. The next job will be to black line everything and edge highlight the red with an orangey-white mix using a brush. Then I can paint the details. Watch this space for more WIP shots.
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Nice, and its the same airbrush I started with, but you seem to be using it a lot better than I was 😉 Good start here.. can't wait to see the final result..
I agree – very impressive.
I look forward to more.
- Gary Therkildsen
This looks like it's going to be awesome. Question: about how many drops of paint would you say you used when you laid down the Gory Red or the Scarlett Red?
I probably filled half the airbrush's cup with each colour.
Garfy, what airbrush do you use? How long has it taken you to become this proficient a painter on models?
I have been airbrushing for around 5 years. It's been a natural progression. For instance I just started off base coating armies with it, then I got brave and started blending colours on vehicles, then I started highlighting vehicles, then I played with masking, then you start doing finer small work like lining all the panels with thin airbrushed lines (see land raider tutorial) recently I've learnt misting which tones down the harsh shading. I spent 5 years honing these skills and then put them all to use on a Thunderhawk Gunship.
The links below show the equipment I use, it's not expensive.
Thank you so much. You really inspired my foray into the excited painting of my models. Thanks Garfy.
What type of graphic design do you do?
The type of graphic design I do is print based. I work on site at our clients so I need to be bit of a jack of all trades. I do photography and I'm an illustrator. I dabble in web but not a lot.
So what does your job actually entail… I've been thinking about something in that line for a bit now and was really hoping you could help answer some of the questions I have. What do you do for your clients? How long does the avg job take (if there is such a thing as avg)? How much time do you have to spend with others (family, friends, etc)? I don't want anything too personal, just curious.
I can't actually say what I do in any detail because I've signed confidentiality disclosures. Anyway, this site isn't about my job, but I appreciate your interest.
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Wow the airbrushing is impressive!!! Might have to look into investing in one.