Hobby of the Week: Krios Battle Tank

With a laser that big, you know the techpriest that designed this was overcompensating for something.

Kicking off a new posting schedule for Wednesdays, now dubbed Hobby of the Week – until I find a clickbaitier tittle.  It might be WIPs, it might be blurbs and previews of something to come in blogs, books or videos, or as is the case today, a completed project!
Let’s not kid ourselves, this blog is mostly about completing what we start, so there’s gonna be plenty of those.
This week, the Krios Battle Tank, painted for the NOVA OPEN CHARITY FOUNDATION.  I joined the NOCF 3 years ago, and I truly enjoy doing it.  It’s not everyday you get the chance to do some good with the hobby, so I jump at most of these occasions.


One-click Affordable Airbrush Set Review

Here’s the review of the best airbrush kit in the market to get you airbrushing in no time.

Hit the jump for the video.


Never Buy a New Brush Again

Can a 10$ fancy-pantsy bar of specialized soap make your brush live near forever?  Yes it can.


The Master’s Brush Cleaner & Preserver-1oz


As with most things I know about miniature painting, I found out and tried this thing by accident.  One use and I was hooked.  This was about 6 years ago, and I’m still quite fond of the stuff.

In last week’s Toolsday post, we covered the importance of getting decent quality brushes.  Now spending a small fortune on brushes is only worth it if you can make these last.

I’ve found that my Raphael’s were lasting me 2 to 3 times longer when I used the soap.  Mind you, this is over the course of 6 months to a year of me painting like a raving maniac, so above and beyond normal wear and tear.

Master’s Brush Cleaner:  How to Use

Seems pretty straightforward, but might as well get into it, as I don’t feel like getting PM’ed at 4 in the morning with complaints on how I destroyed brushes and ruined lives because the soap literraly exploded your brush (It won’t.)

Step 1:  Clean your brush in water like you usually do.

Step 2: Before wiping it on a paper towel, roll it around the bar of soap like you would on a miniature you were painting.  Unlike paint, don’t be afraid to get soap everywhere on the bristles of the brush, not just the tip.

Step 3: Give it a good whirl in water and dry it on a paper towel.

I do these 3 steps when I’m done painting for the day, not between every color, that is unnecessary.

There is also an optional 4th step, which I’ve never done but was recommended by great painters:  add a little bit of soap to the tip of your brush at the very end and make it into a fine point.  Without cleaning it, this extra bit of soap helps your brush keep it’s tip longer.  Once again, so I’ve heard, I never did, I’ve been pretty happy using only steps one to three.

And there you have it, quality brushes deserve extra love.


The Master’s Brush Cleaner & Preserver-1oz

Until next time,
No excuses, hobby like a champion!

The Best Kit to Start Airbrushing

1-Click complete airbrush and compressor setup?  Yes please!   
I was looking for this kit for a while to add to the Tools and Gear section up top, and now I’ve found one in the quality and price point I feel happy to recommend!

One kit gets you all the cool toys in a box, hit the jump for more specs and review.

If you’ve looked at the Tools and Gear section previously, I’ve recommended getting a similar compressor and a Patriot 105.  This set comes to around the price point, but with 3 airbrushes instead of one and a lot of accessories.

In term of price, you pay for the Compressor and all the cool accessories and they give you 3 lower-tier airbrushes.  Which is great, because the airbrush is usually the 1st thing you will change or upgrade from your starting setup.

I’m only now linking this because I wasn’t able to test the set, and I don’t recommend stuff I can’t try or don’t know enough about.  But now I do, there’s one sitting at my desk right now, which I plan to break open and review after Adepticon.

Unto the specs and why they’re awesome-sauce.

What the set gives you:

This is your standard compressor, it’s high performance, resilient and it’s the same or similar to the recommended starting compressor everywhere.

Moisture Trap & Pressure Regulator
This is the glass cup-shaped item on the right of the compressor.  It’s nice to get, as you can make the most out of your compressor by controlling the pressure, and use it longer because of the moisture trap.

Braided Hose
Another cool feature is the quality hose.  Most cheap or intro setup come with a cheap plastic-like hose, and I am here to tell you that they are the devil.   Regardless of your initial setup, you want a quality hose, because stuff exploding when you use it is a no-no.

2 Gravity Feed, Dual Action Airbrush
Why do I need 3 airbrushes?  Different airbrushes get different results mah ninja!  Contrary to brush painting, your airbrush skills will be capped by your material, i.e. your airbrushes, not by your actual skills.  For example, no matter how Next Level boss you are at an airbrush, there’s only so much you can do with only a spray gun.  So different things for you to try before you drop another 150.00 for a real high quality airbrush when you chose to step your game up.

1 Suction Feed Airbrush
Much like the Badger Spray Gun at first glance, this badboy takes care of your base coats and primer needs.  It’s also the easiest of the 3 to learn with if you’ve never touched an airbrush before.

Cleaning brushes
Most of the top tier artist recommend NOT using these, including the maker of Badger Airbrushes, so I tend to believe them.  However, if you really want to use them, the general guideline is: if you have to use force, you’re doing it wrong and you will most likely break something.  This is the only time ever I will advise against “Might makes Right, and if it’s not working, you’re not using enough”

This is more in the range of:  Oh cool there’s this thing in!  You need somewhere to put your airbrushes without stepping on them or taking out of the box everytime, you get this in the box.  I wouldn’t pay for it, but it’s free!


Badger 250-2 Spray Gun Review with Primer

A couple weeks back we featured an article on the Badger Spray Gun listing all its pros and cons.  One of the things left unchecked was the primer capabilities of the spray gun.

In the words of meme-ific barbers:  Say no more fam.

Hit the jump for the links to the products and the stills from the video with primed awesomeness


One Brush to Rule them All!

And in the Darkness bind them.  Or something like it.

High end brushes are another thing that you should probably invest in.

You can save a lot of money in the long run by buying high quality because the price/duration ratio is much better.  You pay 15 dollars instead of 6, for a brush that will last more than a year instead of 3 months.  KA-CHING!

Sadly, it’s another type of item that is always incredibly too expensive in store rather than online.


Raphael : Kolinsky Red Sable Brush : series 8404, size 1

You can get more infos after the jump.

High end brushes and you.

I never really bought in on the high end brush before having one myself.  I won a Winsor and Newton  in a painting competition, and was instantly sold.  This was when I painted 40 hours a week, the Winsor and Newton lasted close to a year.

A size 1 brush will do basecoats and the dot the eyes of the same miniature.

After the WN was beat up, I could only find Raphael’s, and lo and behold, they were the same high quality for cheaper.  I have never looked back.

The GMM Masterplan.

This trick I stole from GMM’s studio, who has a very specific and quite brilliant way to work with these brushes.

I always own 3-4 of this brush, in various condition.  The relatively new one, which is your go-to brush, the old one, really only good for drybrushing or very large basecoats, and the nearly destroyed one, for glue and other cringe-worthy materials.  The 4th one is a brand new one, ready to join in the rotation when one becomes too beatdown.

Raphael vs Winsor Newton in the endless battle of the exact same thing.

Most reviews and brush-talk on the net, you’ll hear:  Get the Winsor& Newton, Rapahel’s is garbage.  Or Winsor & Newton changed their brush, they’re not as good now, and all other sort of get one avoid the other type of advice.

Truth of the matter is, it’s pretty much the same thing.  I’ve owned from both brands and besides the orange end on Raphael’s I can’t tell which is which or if one lasted longer.  If you want to try for yourself, the equivalent is called Winsor & Newton Serie 7, and it’s not listed here because it is 30$ and more per brush and it contradicts my philosophy on shopping smart: always bought whichever was available and less expensive if it’s the same thing.


Raphael : Kolinsky Red Sable Brush : series 8404, size 1

Until next time,
No excuses, hobby like a champion!