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I use Red Gore a lot in my models because I prefer it to blood red, the only problem being that my Red Gore seems very thin and really weak in pigmentation. If I prime the models and try to paint Red Gore over the top of it it comes out looking really blotchy and horrible, and I end up having to use Blood Red anyway to hide the smegma. I've tried priming models with Bleached Bone and that works well, brings out the red nicely without darkening or lightening it at all but it still looks blotchy in places, and having shaken the pot so much that my wrist is becoming arthritic I have to ask is there any way of thickening the paint? I haven't stirred it yet but I'm looking at it and I can't see any signs of it having settled in the pot or anything, is it worth trying to stir it or should I just get another pot of Red Gore?
Also, while we're on priming, is it really neccesary if I'm using metallic paints? I'm painting a squad of Grey Knights and a Land Raider for an expansion to my army list and, having used black primer and boltgun metal on my GKs, Termies and vehicles before, I decided that I wasn't going to bother priming this time and just threw the boltgun metal straight onto them; it came out exactly the same colour, even on the Land Raider which I primed half of there's no way to tell which side was primed with black and which wasn't, and the models seem to hold the boltgun metal a lot better than they hold the primer. Is there a solid reason that I SHOULD prime my models, or will they come out the same if I don't bother?
no, in fact you should dilute GW paints before use, but basically stirring them well would help, also try a basecoat of vermin brown after the primer and before the red, that should help
Everything you have been told is a lie!
I always prime my models black. Even my deathwing termies. Unfortunatly, if you want the best results thaen you have to put in serious effort. The main reason people prime their models is that it gives the paint something to key to, and it won't chip as easily. Another reason, specifically with chaos black undercoat, is that it allows for a technique called "black lining." This means that in the recesses of a model, there will be black lines or areas creating the illusion of shadow and tone. This gives the mini a greater sense of three dimensional presence.
To address your specific problem. With Red gore, prime the mini black, then paint all the areas you want red with Bestial brown. Then give this a coat of vermin brown. This gives an even tone for the red gore to lie on. If your red gore is thin and blotchy, try adding a little washig up liquid. This will ease the surface tension and give a much more even coat. However, you may have to give it two or even three coats of this to get a solid colour. You may also wish to give it a coat of red ink, again with liquid soap. This will settle into the recesses for that extra effect. But never ever intensionally thicken paint. As you become more experienced you will see that that thin paint and many coats gives the best results. Thick paint makes for ugly minis.
The key is patience, work to a rythm that suits you. Set yourself small gaols to reach. I always work to a batch production rythm. Painting one colour at a time on all the minis in the squad. This is much easier. But you won't see immediate results. If you can't be patient, then at least try to be stubborn. Good luck matey