by: Darren Baker [ ]
IntroductionApplying paint to your built model is the make or break area of any build, get it wrong and the best model with all the after market products in the world will look average or worse, get it right and an average model will shine out. Airbrush Painting Techniques with Geoff Illsley leading you through some of the basic and advanced areas of getting the most from your airbrush is well worth buying.
The number of DVD products aimed at the model market is increasing every day, with this DVD being a must covering every facet of this hobby when it comes to applying paint with an airbrush, as even the best step by step book cannot compete with being able watch a task being completed in real time.
Geoff Illsley is recognised as one of the worlds leading air brush painters, and in this DVD he walks you through some of the techniques that gained him this title, and while all of the subjects seen being painted in this DVD are aircraft or figures the skills demonstrated are applicable to all genres.
ContentsNavigating through the DVD is extremely easy, menu screens will bring you to the area of interest and the main chapters are further broken down into sub-chapters. An index is also included to speed you to a specific section for a quick refresher lesson.
Priming and undercoating is the first area covered in this DVD, it explains clearly and precisely the importance of this stage. This area is broken down into a couple of subsections, and covers its use on various Medias.
Artistsí oil paints and flesh tones is covered in reasonable depth and is the section I found the most interesting in terms of what I could learn. Covering the mixing and the application of oil paint to figures it is a must that justifies buying this DVD in itself as far as I am concerned.
Metallics and Gunmetal is an area that will be of major interest to all of us who build armour models, it covers very well and in depth the art of making gun barrels look fired and realistic.
Spray painting feathers covers a skill I didnít even think about, covering overcoming the problems feathers present in terms of applying paint to them, a must for any figure modeller who wishes to depict Native American Indian figures.
Aircraft Camouflage is an area that applies equally to any type of model that requires a set camouflage pattern to be applied, this is another area that is very well explained from preparation, application, to finishing.
Wood and surface textures is a must for all the diorama builders in the hobby, the skill of transforming a simple flat piece of plasticard into a realistic slated fence is exceptional, and my words could never do it justice or clearly explain the many skills or steps taken.
ExtrasThe extras section on this DVD covers some really useful areas and answers questions many people new and old to airbrushing ask judging from the questions that appear here on Armorama.
Choosing and maintaining an airbrush is a godsend to people like me who ask themselves how do I clean this, what does this part do, how do I take this apart, or more importantly put it back together.
Choosing Paints and Mixing Paints for Airbrushing is self explanatory, covering the thinning agents was the area I found most helpful.
Correcting Common Mistakes gives the two most important pieces of information any modeller can have, Donítí Panic. And you correct it via this method.
Geoff Illsley Profile gives anyone interested a brief history into the man behind the airbrush, and while not of any use as regards airbrushing it is a nice inclusion.
Model Panorama is a view of close-ups and overall shots of various models, no music or narration in this section.
Sources and Reference while not giving you any direct information, it does demonstrate the benefits and importance of a good reference library when trying to achieve the perfect model.
Recommended Products is a list of the various products and manufacturers that were used throughout the video.
ConclusionsI found this DVD gave me insights into aspects of spray painting that I had never considered before, having watched it more times than I care to mention while preparing this review I always found an aspect that I had missed or not fully understood making more sense to me
The methods explained are I am sure not the only way to achieve the end product but they will give the required finished result. I did find myself thinking about who would find this DVD the most useful or helpful and it is my honest opinion that while it covers areas of interest to anyone in our hobby it is most applicable to the intermediate airbrush user.
My thanks to Casemate Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review this for Armorama and the Kitmaker Network members.