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I honestly wasn't sure to put this here or in the painting, sorry in advance if I am in the wrong subforum. But, like the title suggest, I am trying to create a stream of blood on my Warriors of Chaos Juggernaut base. I am trying to finish the stream with a top layer of my Woodland Scenics brand Water Effects, but I am stumped at how to achieve a realistic looking stream of blood. I want to throw another coat of water effects on top of the base that has more of a red color to it so the stream just seems more real, just not sure what to combine with my water effects to get the desired look. I also have a fire patch in the middle of the stream so if I could create a foaming/boiling effect around that it would be cool, pictures below of what I have currently.
Just paint: http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j7...P_000057-1.jpg
after initial application of water effects: http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j7.../WP_000063.jpg
Sorry for the not great pictures also. I'll take some pro pics once its finished, but before I put the Juggernaut on it.
There are two routes to take in changing the colour of water effects = transparent and opaque. However think about how deep you want it to be. Apply as many coats as you see fit but be aware that many thins coats often work better than one or two thick coats. This is because it helps to ensure it can dry properly and it affords you better control over what you're doing and so allows you to change course and correct mistakes.
If you want more depth to your blood then go transparent. Use some ink to colour it. This ink must be see-through ink not thick dark stuff that resembles watered down paint. Mix a little of this on a mixing tray with your water effects. Then you apply the water effects to the river of blood.
To get it more thick and opaque use dark red paint which has been watered down. Note in either case of doing it transparent or opaque the red you use should be dark. Real blood is dark and the blood red GW colour is just called blood red, it's really more like tomato red. Doing it opaque is the same as transparent it is just that you won't be able to see through it and you will get a thicker effect.
Dealing with the boiling stuff isn't hard. When mixing paint or ink with your water effects you wil find that you end up with bubbles in it. These bubbles need to be removed, a paint bush is fine for doing that. In order to get these bubbles on purpose make some of the desired type of water effects plus red paint (not ink) in a tray. Try to make this batch a little lighte, this is where you may be able to use blood red. You use paint because boiling and frohing blood isn't see-through. What you with this mix is foam it in the same way cream or milk can be energetically stirred up to become thick and frothy. Apply this around the flames. This boiling, blood-froth would in life appear on the surface of the blood so apply it after you have put all your other water effects/blood down. Your intention is to have the water effects dry with the frothy bubbles in it.
I have coloured water effects on my Tyranids bases before to get the effect of Pyrovore acid drool and a Tyranid infested/boi-formed swamp on the base of my Barbed Hierodule. This was not blood but the method needed to make blood would be the same. Here are links to my photobucket where you can see the bases of the Pyrovore and Hierodule, they may help you with your own effects.
PyrovoreTyranids pictures by Leech-man - Photobucket
Tyranid swamp, HieroduleTyranids pictures by Leech-man - Photobucket
Hope this helps.
Thank you very much Leech for the brilliantly elaborate instructions. I mainly was not sure how well other substances would mix with water effects and if it would change the character's of it very much, if at all. I did notice when applying the water effect that it absorbed some of the green color from the flock I am using, just an observation, no real relevance. Also, I've had this picture for a long time, not sure why I haven't posted it yet....
I'm not to happy with what I ended up with and am considering scraping the current base and starting over entirely. I'll admit I did it quite lazy like though, just painted the base to look like it had some depth, highlighting the edges so it looks thinned out applied one thick layer of effects with nothing added, then let dry. So, next time I'll add red paint to the effects mix, and then slowly layer it up to the desired depth.
If you want to do the base again I suggest that you use sand instead of green flock. Use a layer of PVA to glue the sand down. Once dry mix some brown paint with water and let the sand soak it up. Once this is done drybrush it with vomit brown and the bleached bone and you will get a good effect. I think that curently the green you have there is too strong to go well with the red.
Pratice on a spare surface with doing yourself some blood water effects. As you noted the green was absorbed a little by the water effects. This can happen because water effects seems to be absorbent. Try to do it after you have varnished the base or apply a layer of gloss varnish to act as a buffer zone.