Using Ghost Tints

I’ve had a lot of fun lately playing around with my new Badger Miniatire paints for my airbrush, especially their Ghost Tints. In this blog post I’m going to show you different ways to use them and some of the effects I’ve achieved with them. I am of course new to airbrushing so these examples represent what a beginner can achieve with these with more expert airbrush users can go beyond these examples. What is a Ghost Tint? These paints are more like your traditional wash. They are commonly referred to by airbrushers as ‘candy’ paints. They work by tinting a surface in the colour of the ghost tint but have no effect on black surfaces. They work best when used on top of white or grey paint. TIP: You should let Ghost Tints dry for 24 hours. After which you MUST apply a layer of varnish. They dry pretty glossy so you may want to use a Matt Varnish to bring down the shine. I’ve used a Gloss, Satin and Matt Varnish in my examples to show you the different finishes What to use them for? I’ve mainly used Ghost Tints for three different effects. The first is to tint a full suit of power armour (or any armour), create interesting effects using stencils on a black base and lastly to tint silver to make a metallic colour. So firstly I’ll show you an example of a couple of Slaanesh Chaos Space Marines. They were given a basecoat of Base Grey from the Minitaire paints and then drybrushed with White Scar. Once this was dry I applied a layer of Ghost Tint Purple over them. This is a quick and easy way to paint armour and is not too dissimilar to applying a...

Emerald Aces: First Few Bikes Are Painted...

I thought I would do a little project log for my custom Space Marine Chapter, The Emerald Aces. You may have already seen my Chapter Master on Bike for this army in an earlier blog post. Now I’m going to share with you five more bikes that I have completed. Two of them belong to the command squad and three of them belong to one of my troop choices. First up from my command squad are my company champion and plasma gunner. In the first of my bike squads are these three models. I plan to run 3 squads of 4 bikes and one attack bike containing grav guns and a combi grav sergeant (yes I’m that douche). First up is the sergeant, who keeping with my armies theme wears MKIV armour, and a grav gun biker. Lastly is the attack bike complete with riders wearing MKII armour and THAT comb-over head from...

Starting Airbrushing: Paint Brands...

In this post I will look at a few painting brands I have tried out through my airbrush and my thoughts on them. Before I bought my airbrush I was mainly using Citadel Paints and Vallejo Game Color paints to paint my miniatures with. I first tried Citadel Paints in my airbrush. These are quite a pain when it comes to airbrushing. I love the paints but they are designed for brush work only and it’s very obvious in the pigment thickness and the pots that they come in. The thickness of the pigments, even in the base paints isn’t a major issue as you can of course and should thin them down anyway but the pots are a stumbling block for me. I’ve found it quite a chore to take paint from the pots to my airbrush cup. I mainly use an old brush to do this and a lot of the paint gets wasted as it just sticks to the brush. The Vallejo paints on the other hand are thinner and come in dropper bottles which I think is the number one thing to look for when finding paints for your airbrush as it makes life so much easier. The Vallejo Game Colors still require thinning down, but not as much as the Citadel Paints. The Colors match up pretty well to the Citadel range and with my Space Marine bikes that I’m currently working on I did switch my base colour from the Citadel paint I was using to a Vallejo and the difference is hardly noticeable. Vallejo also have a range called Model Air. These are paints designed specifically for air brush use. I have a small selection of colours from this range that I have tried out. They work...

Starting Airbrushing: Thinners and Cleaners...

In this blog post I’m going to look at ways to thin paints for airbrushing and also the cleaning solutions I’ve been using to clean my airbrush. Thinners I recommend for airbrushing to always thin your paints unless you’re using paints specifically designed for air brush use (which I will look at in a future post). There are several ways to thin your paints, the most obvious way being with water, however with water I find the pigment in the paint seems to separate on occasions so I prefer to use a thinning solution. Acrylic mediams such as Citadels Lahmian Medium or Vallejo Model Air Thinner are very good. I’ve also tried using Isopropyl Alcohol to thin paints and this works very well too and it’s good for cleaning. I’ve been doing a lot of research into airbrushing online and I came across a video by Les from Awesome Paint Job who posted this video about making his own thinner from Liquitex Matte Medium, Liquitex Flow Aid and Water. I decided to try this mix for myself and it works really well and I think in the long run will work out cheaper than buying bottles of Citadel or Vallejo mediums. Cleaning When it comes to cleaning your airbrush you obviously need to clean it out between using different colours and when you’ve finished using it. You also should take it apart and clean all the parts every now and then. When it comes to this part I’ve decided to use an Ultrasonic Cleaner. When using the Ultrasonic cleaner I takeairbrush apart and put the parts in the Ultrasonic cleaner for about 5-10 minutes with warm water and a cap full of Cleaning Solution. After this I rinse the parts off with water and...

Starting Airbrushing: The Setup...

Within the last few weeks I’ve started to get into airbrushing. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and with so many Space Marine bikes to paint I thought now would be a great time to do so as I can save myself a lot of time when it comes to my basecoating. In this blog post I’m going to share with you guys which airbrush I went for and my first few experiences using it. After doing a lot of research online and watching several Youtube videos on starting airbrushing for beginners on a budget the KMS Airbrush Kit AS186 kept coming up. At less than £80 for a complete airbrush kit with compressor and two airbrushes seemed like a bargain and I must say after using it a few times it really is! Sure it might not be the best compressor on the market and I may purchase a different gravity fed airbrush in the future but for it’s price and as a beginner I highly recommend it. I’m still learning to get the paint consistency to the correct level. Sometimes I’ve thinned it too much which has resulted in the airbrush pushing paint around the model. You certainly need the paint to be milky rather than watery. Citadel paints really are a pain to work with. If you’re not using paints in dropper bottles then you’re going to find it a chore to mix in the airbrush cup. It’s not a major issue but Citadel paints require more thinning and dropper bottle paints such as those in the Vallejo range are much easier to work with. For my basecoating I switched to using a Vallejo grey paint. I’ve since ordered Badger’s Minitaire range so I’m really looking forward...

Chapter Master on Bike

A lot of people are doing White Scars list since the new Space Marine codex was released and I am also shamefully jumping on the band wagon. I’m currently working on a lot of bikes which is kind of making me regret this decision but I am happy to say that my Chapter Master is complete! Over the next few weeks and maybe even months I will be sharing with you guys progress from this army. My custom chapter are called ‘The Emerald Aces’. If you’re a fan of my Facebook Page then you will already have seen some WIP of my bikes and my Tactical Squad for this army. The Chapter Master, known only as ‘Kilmister’ rides into battle on this Forgeworld MKIV Outrider Bike which I think is such an awesome model. Every sergeant and character in this army will wear MKIV armour and will be the only models that do so. Kilmister here is equipped with a thunder hammer and shield eternal. The thunder hammer arm is magnetised so I can switch it out for other...