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Airbrush for Miniatures and Models – Part 2

Top 5 Airbrushes for Miniatures and Models

Iwata Media Eclipse HP CS

Iwata Eclipse Hp-Cs Value Set with Hose Cleaner and Paint

First up is the Iwata-Medea Eclipse. This is an airbrush with a 0.35mm needle and drop-in self-centering nozzle. That combination makes it excellent for applying smaller details. This is also a gravity feed gun, which makes it all the more appropriate in that capacity.

The Eclipse CS is designed specifically for spraying heavier acrylics and medea textile colors, without losing definition or clarity. Despite being gravity fed, the cup is still a decent size at 1/3oz, meaning you won’t constantly need to change paint.

The spray pattern is hairline/2” round.

Iwata is one of the best known brands of airbrush, meaning you can rely on a high quality finish and durability. It also means you can rely on great compatibility with a large range of different accessories and paints.

There’s not much negative to say about this product in fact, other than it is very much fit-for-purpose and that the chrome can occasionally become damaged.


  •  This is a high quality and well made airbrush
  • Perfect for fine and medium details
  • Great for beginners


  •  Not suitable for covering larger surface areas
  • Chrome can occasionally become scratched

Badger 105 Patriot

Badger Air-Brush Co. Model 105 Patriot Fine Gravity Airbrush, Stainless Steel

A rather bombastic name for what is essentially just a painting tool, but the “patriot” is never-the-less a very well-made dual action, gravity fed airbrush. This time the product comes as a set, including an additional tip, instruction manual, and more.

The needle is a very middle-of-the-road .5mm, which makes it perfectly versatile for a range of different jobs. This, combined with the included extras, makes it a quite appealing option for those starting out.

Maintenance is also made easy thanks to the self-centering nozzle design. A tapered color also helps to keep the gun looking fresh for years to come.

The only issue we experienced was occasional jamming, but not to an alarming extent.


  • Versatile product
  • Great build quality
  • Low maintenance


  • Heavier

Harder and Steenbeck Infinity CR Plus

Harder & Steenbeck Infinity CR Plus 2in1 Airbrush 2 Cups with lids 126544 with Bonus by SprayGunner

This is a brilliantly comprehensive airbrush kit that comes with additional lids, two cups, and even a nice carry case.

The big bonus in this pack though, is the cleaning brush set, as well as the additional hose!

The two self-centering nozzles provide 0.15mm and 0.4mm patterns respectively, making this another versatile option for miniature painters.

But all the freebies in the world won’t make up for a poor product. Fortunately, this is another well made airbrush that features some great quality-of-life features such as an innovative adjustable trigger mechanism, and a quick-fix end piece with a numbered dial.

This is once again a gravity fed gun.


  • Interchangeable cup sizes
  • Well made, well balanced, and pleasant to use
  • Precise trigger control makes a big difference


  • Expensive
  •  Occasional sputtering

Badger Renegade Krome

Badger Air-Brush Company RK-1 Krome Airbrush 2-in-1 Ultra Fine Airbrush with Additional Fine Tip,...

This is an ultra-fine airbrush that allows spray patterns all the way down to 1/1000 of an inch! A softer trigger also allows for extremely precise control, while the gravity feed is also well chosen for the purpose. This is perfect airbrush for models and miniatures like warhammer 40k.

Also standout is the actual construction of the airbrush itself. This is a brush with a highly ergonomic design, great balancing, and a really attractive look. It also comes with a case!

That said, the airflow and precision do somewhat reflect the lower price. It’s certainly fit for purpose, but if you spend more, you will notice a more consistent experience.


  • Very fine control
  • Soft trigger works well
  • Affordable


  • Feels similar to other less-expensive products
  • Case is a little flimsy

Iwata Media Revolution CR

Iwata - Revolution Cr Airbrush (4247)

This is another more affordable airbrush gun, this time from the major players Iwata. So what happens when a company at the top of its game attempts to offer something that can compete with more budget providers?

The answer is the Iwata-Medea Revolution CR Dual Action/Large Gravity Feed Cup. That name tells you a lot of what you need to know, including the dual action nature of the brush and the large gravity feed cup found on other Iwata products.

The needle is nice and versatile at the 0.5mm sweet spot, and this also means the brush can use heavier paints. The product has replaceable internal solvent-proof PTFE needle packing, and thanks to the well known brand, you should have no problem finding replacement parts or accessories.


  • Well known brand
  • Well made for the lower price
  • Versatile


  •  No extras


They say that a bad workman blames their tools. While this may be true, it’s also true that the right airbrush can make all the difference to the kind of precision and quality you’re capable of when painting your figures and models.

Any of the items on the list will serve you well, with the more expensive options of course providing a slightly higher level of precision and comfort. Choose the option that suits your budget, and think about the type of work you intend on doing. If possible, invest in a few different airbrushes and needles to handle different types of detail and scope.

And whatever you do, have fun! This is a highly relaxing, rewarding, and addictive hobby that results in beautiful figures you can display to the world.

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