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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Airbrush Down!

A week ago I was excited and jumping up and down about the new AWI minis I received from Fife and Drum (seriously go buy some). I prepped them and mounted both those and some Wargames Factory miniatures up for priming and painting. About half way through the process my airbrush clogged. I had noticed that my Vallejo primer was a little thick but didn't thin it like I should have. I sat down to clean it up and managed to ruin one of the O rings. While not catastrophic is does make it pretty much useless as a tool right now. I ordered parts from Chicago Airbrush Supply and I'll be up and running again as soon as they arrived. Then I can finish priming and get some paint on my first foray into the AWI.

In fact my parts did arrive today and I'm up and running again, the delayed AWI are now primed and ready for paint.

My Harder & Steenbeck Infinity Airbrush
Fife and Drum Minis waiting to have their primer coat finished

One of my AWI reference books.


  1. Ouch! Glad you've managed to sort out the probs.

    What needle size are you using? I originally tried putting Vallejo primer through a 0.3, but spent more time clearing blockages than actually priming so I switched to a 0.5 which helped immensely.

    1. Mostly I stick to the 0.5, which is fine for most of the work I do with it. Its so picky about the paint with the 0.3 needle that I only use that if I'm using airbrush paint like Vallejo Model Air, Ammo or Badger. The paint has to be free of any debris with that small a needle. For priming and large area base coats the 0.5 is all you really need. The 0.3 is nice for smaller camo jobs but only if you are using the right paint!