So I'm working on the some models with a lot of wounds and well...I know that the easy way of painting that is by doing it red. But how do I get a realistic blood colour? As in what highlights/shades/drybrushing and all that fancy stuff would I need to go to make it look real, gross and wet?
And now to make it even more complicated, how to make the guts look blue with turquoise blood?
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it depends, normally i would paint the wound starting with macharius red (although for blue/green flesh and blood i'd suggest scaly green). highlighted up with by mixing in elf flesh and bleached bone obviously redder towards the middle of the wound. for the blood i normally use a mix of 8 parts red ink (the old one), 8 parts gloss varnish, 1 part chestnut ink and 1 part blue ink. apply using a less is more approach to prevent your model becoming a sloppy mess of gore. if vou want darker drier blood, use less gloss varnish and more brown ink.
thinking about turquiose blood. i'd recomend the same mix using 8 parts cyan ink, 8 parts gloss varnish, 1 part green or blue (to taste) ink and 1 part purple ink (to add a little warmth). i'd also suggest you read a lot of forensic documents in particular about blood stains to really add that convincing feel. it really does pay to think about the nature of the wound. i'd do blue tissue (muscle or guts) starting with neausiating blue (no idea if they still make that one) again highlighted with bleached bone or dehneb stone.