I really do!
Of course, if you saw my armies, you wouldn’t exactly have reason to believe me. The thing is, that I like how airbrushed models look, I even went to town using it on my Imperial buildings and other terrain. I even like how it looks on models–particularly how great it looks on power weapons.
But it doesn’t match what I’ve done on my existing armies.
It always looks so obvious when I see some models painted with an airbrush next to those that aren’t. Since armies are all about cohesiveness–and I have zero interest in going back and repainting everything I’ve already done–it just doesn’t make sense for me to use the airbrush to paint my Tyranids or Ultramarines. Sure, I use my airbrush for some basecoating, but that’s because I’ll wind up hand-painting over that.
But my Imperial knights? Well, that’s a completely different story. Sure, they’re allied with my marines, but my goal is to paint them up as House Terryn–which have a similar–but not exactly the same–color scheme as my Ultramarines. To add to it, they consist of large armor plates and other sections that would be perfect for airbrushing. But when it came down to it, I just didn’t bother.
Drybrushing them silver was going to give me the desired effect that I wasn’t sure I could pull off with a compressor, and I lack the skill/patience to properly do detail work. If I had to guess why, I’d think it was something to do with me being loathe to change. Yes, I love the effect that the airbrush adds (not to mention the amount of time it saves), but some part of me held firm on hand-painting them.
Maybe I’ll go back and hit these with a layer of shading from the airbush. Now that’s something I could see myself doing.
The color scheme on these guys is a little varied. The first Knight was sitting on my shelf for years with a drybrush of boltgun metal on him, whereas the second two got a treatment of Vallejo’s Gunmetal (which is a fair bit darker–I’m not sure if that’s because the first became sun-bleached, or it’s just how the color is). I wound up hitting them all with a fainter drybrush of Mithril Silver to hide the differences, and that turned out ok. Then, so they weren’t all exactly just big silver necrons, I picked out some areas in Tinny Tin or various golds I had laying around. Much of this will be obscured by the armor plates when they go on, but it gave them a little extra depth.
But not at the moment–right now, I have to go back and talk myself out of painting the carapace by hand. I’m not so sure I’m going to be successful…