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I found this really cool looking cow vertebrae the other day and figured it would make a cool chaos alter, or something like it. I'm going to paint it like a giant bone, and then paint an area where there is lots of blood, like where someone would offer a sacrifice or something. I want it to look like it's running down the edges. Could I just water down some Blood Red(it's the only shade of red I have) and paint it on and let it run over some places, or would that be too translucent?
If you were going to use a lot of blood such as a pool of blood you might want to look into using something like woodland scenics water effects. It is a clear resin that can be tinted. For fresh blood I have found that Tamiya Clear Red paint is very effective. It is more viscous than regular paint and has an interesting look to it. You can always mix in some brown for a more dried blood look as well.
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If the blood is fresh I paint thick splashes of Blood Red, then when they dry a little I make a wash of Blood Red and dab it around the edges of the splashes. Then I varnish it so it's glossy.
If it's dry blood (the type I do most often) I paint the splashes Blood red as above, then when that's dry mix Blood red with black until it's very dark reddish brown and paint it over the red leaving a little red at the edges. then When that's dry I wash Blood red over the whole thing, again so there's a little thin red border. Works for me.