A total of 4 reviews of this product on Reddit.
I think the most important tool you can get is proper lighting. You won’t realize how much stress you’re putting on your eyes until you paint in good lighting.
My recommendation is to pick up some standard Daylight LED bulbs and use a desk lamp. If you have space get a warmer color temp led bulb as well, so you have cool and warm color ranges.
If you want an all in one solution. I use the Lightblade 1500S as well. I got this so I’d have a portable light when I wanted to travel and paint. And it works great. It has a setting that uses both warm and cool color temp LEDs. But you do need to be under it, which can feel restrictive at times.
Lightblade 1500S by Lumiy (Series 2) LED Desk Lamp with Best in Class Brightness at 1500 lux and Color Rendering at 93 CRI, Pivoting Head, Captive Touch Controls for Brightness & Color Temperature https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FFYJIHC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_McCcGb5FDHSA1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This light changed my life lol. For real though, it’s pretty reasonably priced and the light quality is amazing. It’s also easily maneuverable which is probably my favorite thing about it.
I see you have a small desk lamp there. I use this one and I live it. It has 4 different light settings, different brightness settings, and can be easily manipulated so you can see what you’re doing better! Just something to consider, I can’t see for shit, and this thing made a huge difference.
Lightblade 1500S by Lumiy (Series… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FFYJIHC?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Okay. So my wordy suggestions taken from my recent purchases or wish list.
If he doesn’t have a great desk light then I can fully recommend (Lightblade 1500S by Lumiy.)[https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FFYJIHC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_WS1aAbSE23Y3H]
I bought it because I wanted something that folded up and traveled easy. As I like to go paint at friend’s houses. In that same vein. Mini porcelain well pallette is what I use in my travel kit. And the Jack Richeson 22 Well Porcelain Palette is what I keep on my table.
Since he has an airbrush already. If he doesn’t have a good mask that filters particles, then get him a mask and make him use it. My wife doesn’t let me airbrush without one. I’m not sure on the best quality but I use a N100 standard filter mask.
He’d probably love to get exactly the paints he has on his mental wish list. But I’ll tell you that’s a risky purchase. While the main paints are all great. He just may not want to pick up the paints you buy.
If he likes painting minis just for so they look really nice on the shelf. Then he would probably be thrilled to receive a high quality miniature. My favorite makers are Scale 75, Nocturna, Black Sun, and Nuts Planet. I’ll update this later with links to their US based stores if I can find them. But you can find many of their selections and many more at http://www.figone.fr/en/
A note about scale. If something says it’s 75mm or 54mm or 35mm, etc. If you stood a ruler up that many mm is about how tall you’d expect the mini to be. Not exactly. But it’ll give you an idea of how big the item you’re order is. I know looking at the photos they have for products gives no sense of scale many times.
Me personally. If I was getting a Xmas gift. I’d he most excited to receive a completely unexpected gorgeous miniature to paint. The other stuff is great. But for me stuff I “need” for mini painting is added to this long mental list. But a mini that wasn’t even on my radar, it’d be great because I hadn’t mentally budgeted for it already.
If you have any questions just let me know.