I have been debating an airbrush purchase for several weeks now and finally took the plunge. There were several reasons for wanting to take this step. First, I have very little hobby time, so any time saved for me would be time gained and more models painted. Also, after finally painting a few models the other day that started out as predominately one color, I decided it was a must. Basecoating a model with a brush could take upwards of a half hour while with the airbrush I can basecoat with any color in my collection within minutes. This was what I would find out after the airbrush arrived.
After much searching of the interwebz for info on all the various brushes available. I knew from the search that I wanted a double action gravity fed airbrush. Picking the Paasche Talon was the easy part, the air supply was the hard part. After much searching I just picked up a kit that included a hobby compressor. The price was right, though I know it isn't what I would really like. I figure if I upgrade I can always sell this one.
After ordering and getting in the mail Friday, I finally had a chance to get it together Saturday and play around with it. While I wanted to use some other models to practice on, I couldn't wait, so just threw down my Dire Troll Mauler that I had just finished building. I figure to basecoat this model with a brush would take almost an hour. However, even with putting everything together, practicing on some paper, basecoating the troll and cleaning up, I still had less than an hour in model. It came out pretty good, I just need to get used to the trigger and get my paint consistency down. I also need to do more research into cleaning the airbrush properly. This time I just sprayed Windex through it until clean.
So, there's my first experience with an airbrush. It was pretty easy just basecoating this model without messing it up. I think the purchase was well worth it and it will be used a lot in the future. Any model that is mostly one color will definitely be basecoated with it, then just black out the bits I didn't want that color, which most of us would have to tidy up these with a brush anyways. I will continue to post my airbrush experiences on here as they happen. Hope this helps some guys that are on the fence about getting one.