How To Airbrush | Complete Beginners Guide

Avatar The Chef July 27, 202258  54 58 Likes

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If you want to learn how to paint miniatures with an airbrush, this is the video for you! Fletcher takes you through the basics of setting up your compressor, airbrush and maintenance of this essential tool for miniature painting.

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Anthony Martin
Anthony Martin
27 days ago

This was so helpful! Thanks, Fletcher. You’re a BOSS

Tim Penberthy-Hutchings
Tim Penberthy-Hutchings
1 month ago

Thanks for this Fletch – I’ve had an airbrush sat in my garage for months that I was worried about using. Tried it a couple of days ago having watched this, can’t believe how much easier it makes things.

John Fogleman
John Fogleman
3 months ago

Could we get a Fletcher’s Guide to Painting Power Weapons??

Jonathan Hunter
Jonathan Hunter
3 months ago

Fletcher’s videos are so awesome! He’s taught me so much and seems so humble. Thanks mate!

Sean Meskimen
Sean Meskimen
3 months ago

Fletcher is an absolute treasure and it was a brilliant move adding him to the team. Not only is he an extremely talented painter with some really interesting techniques, but he’s funny and charming and every time he posts a video we all learn so much. Thank you for adding him to the roster!

Ben Philpott
Lodge Member
Ben Philpott
3 months ago

I finally took the plunge and got an airbrush after your Knight vid dropped after thinking on it for years and my only regret is not getting one sooner

Mark Kittle
Mark Kittle
3 months ago

In terms of dumping paint and thinner down the loo, what are the environmental impacts of that?

Peter Hofmann
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Peter Hofmann
3 months ago

Thanks a lot fletcher. I am on the brink of starting to use an airbrush and this tutorial helps me a lot. It is a bit clearer and a bit more concise, then what I found elsewhere. Great job

Ross Patrick
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Ross Patrick
3 months ago

Having just got hold of an airbrush secondhand, this came at the perfect time!

Martin Jackson
Martin Jackson
3 months ago

Love this – thank you Fletcher!

Esat
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Esat
3 months ago

Great stuff!

Robert Smith
Robert Smith
3 months ago

I was bought an air brush for my birthday years ago but never had the courage to buy an air compressor to get it to work because I didn’t know what to get. This had helped me to pick one now (the same as you) and I’ll finally get to start my airbrushing journey as of Sunday this week. Thanks for all the tips and tricks, I can’t wait to get started.

LizardWizards
LizardWizards
3 months ago

Question – Should I adjust the pressure on my compressor while the trigger is down and air is flowing, or when the brush is resting and no air is flowing? I had always read that air has to be flowing to correctly set the pressure – however in this video it was set while at rest. Does this depend on the regulator or have I been mislead? To provide some background – I set the pressure on my regulator while at rest to 30psi, and the needle shows this, but when I press the trigger the needle on the gauge… Read more »

Benoit Cappez
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Benoit Cappez
3 months ago

Really nice vid. A lot of tips and trick. Eager to see the ones on the pressure and the trigger ^^

Nick Bentz
Nick Bentz
3 months ago

Had a good laugh at the needle-to-clean-the-nozzle bit because i do that as well and have gotten several horrified looks, glad to know SOMEONE else does this. awesome guide mate

Ground Truth
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Ground Truth
3 months ago

Thanks for the video! When do you suggest using a ventilation system when airbrushing?

Chris Hatton
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Chris Hatton
3 months ago

great vid, I have an airbrush and I find harder and steenbeck do a great little cleaning kit that scrapes the paint from the nozzle I’m sure TT have an affiliate link: https://elementgames.co.uk/paints-hobby-and-scenery/Airbrushes-accessories/cult-of-paint/accessories/service-kit-for-infinity-evolution-grafo-and-ultra2
Also i find pinching the end of the airbrush with some cleaner in and gently pullin air in (causing bubbles in the cup) is a quick way to clean the airbrush between colours. great content guys

Carl Mitchell
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Carl Mitchell
3 months ago

wicked vid! 100% makes me want to go and buy an airbrush now..!
also, congratulations on the lodge!

Jon Vaughan
Jon Vaughan
3 months ago

Thankyou Fletcher for all of these videos that you have done superbly informative and a real help to all those old guys that still use brushes but have been looking at air brushing as a way of saving the arthritis on the wrists. Well done sir !

Rich
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Rich
3 months ago

Great video, thank you good sir. Didnt know about trigger control for close up work, will have to give it a go as I only do undercoating currently. Ever use Vallejo surface primer white? Always find it a pain to get right. Black on the other hand is always great coverage. Keep up the good work 👏

Brendan
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Brendan
3 months ago

Hey @Fletcher Giles,thanks for the rundown! About to start airbrushing my Night Lords as my first airbrush army – what’s the best way to airbrush the bolters without the overspray getting onto the Midnight Blue bits? Should I use painters’ tape to block off the blue bits? That seems a bit tedious to me, but I can’t really think of any other way offhand…

Doctor Sin
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Doctor Sin
3 months ago

Thanks for this Fletcher 🙂

William Gross
William Gross
3 months ago

This is great!!

Stefano
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Stefano
3 months ago

Awesome!

Andreas Jensen
Andreas Jensen
3 months ago

There are so many talented painters out there, but I think if I could absorb just one painter’s skills, I would pick Fletcher.

Rus’el
Lodge Member
Rus’el
3 months ago

I’ve had an airbrush for a few years now, but always been too scared to use it. I’m sure Fletcher’s tutorial will be a huge help in getting me to make that next step! 👊🏼

Matthew Jarvis
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Matthew Jarvis
3 months ago

Amazing dude. Really helpful. Wish I had this when I started and even though I consider myself an established airbrush user, picked up a few good tips (that squirty bottle is genius!).

Punit Patel
Punit Patel
3 months ago

Love this, as someone who has recently bought an airbrush this is great! Love the painting tutorials as well although waiting for a vid on the grey tau scheme you guys have 😉

Wael Riad
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Wael Riad
3 months ago

Great video, just a couple of questions 😀

Can we use airbrush on trimming and small details, or just for large areas?

Can we use metallic paint?

Can i use smaller compressors, like the one we use in Airsoft?

And again thank you very much 😊

stuart Easton
stuart Easton
3 months ago

Tabletop tactics delivering the goods once again. Literally perfect timing for me as I want to explore the airbrush life 👌

Gbarrett1988
Lodge Member
Gbarrett1988
3 months ago

As if, I’ve JUST ordered an airbrush and super anxious to start using it. Thanks TT for thinking of me 😅

Nathan Anderson
Nathan Anderson
3 months ago

Very exciting! I’ve got an airbrush but I’ve only been brave enough to use it for priming models so looking forward to watch this tonight 😊

Mike S.
Lodge Member
Mike S.
3 months ago

Oh yeah! That’s pretty cool! I’m toying with the idea to get myself an airbrush setup. Looking forward to watch this!

But my purse isn’t going to like it😅