Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Don't be afraid to try new things

Quick bonus post here at SB40K where I will share some pictures of the Bloodthirster I've been practicing on with my airbrush.  As one of the many tools available to me, the airbrush is unfortunately one which I have had the least experience.  It's hard to pick up a new tool and continue on, hoping to add to our experience and create something which pleases us.

On this model here I was able to get the effect I wanted on the ax, armor, and the wings.  Overall I consider the airbrushing a success so far, though there is still a long way to go until I recognize the limitations of the tool.

Still, I don't consider even the failures to be without their merits.  On the image below I can see where my hand slipped between the wing areas, getting some grey on the red.  Also on the chains I went too wide with my stroke.  Both times were due to becoming impatient.

When we try new things it is easy to become discouraged when the results aren't what we would like.  To grow in this hobby, though, risks need to be taken and mistakes learned from.  Note your successes, improve on your failures, and keep trying.  Your experience will improve and will show on your creations much quicker than you would expect.


  1. Thanks Ron! I feel like a whole new avenue has opened up to me and hope others can experience this feeling of excitement I've come across.

  2. Inspiring, and true -- not just for your hobby, but many others.

  3. Thanks Erin, I suppose it does! :)

  4. Krisken, I think that paintjob is a result mate. Well done!

    I too am taking the step from using my airbrush solely as means of basecoating when it's too cold/wet outside for the primer can.

    Check out Andrea Models' video on youtube:


    It really inspired me to use my airbrush for highlighting and shading.

    You have a new follower.


    1. Wow, that is some incredible stuff! Thanks for the compliment and for the video link. Really amazing to see how they work their flesh coloring (an absolute weakness in my own painting skills).

      Aha! Airbrushing a slightly lighter coloring of grey from the top as what he used at the bottom is absolutely brilliant. I was trying to figure out where I went wrong, and this will help by leaps and bounds. Cheers!