Wargaming Tradecraft: Splattering (Blood, etc)


Splattering (Blood, etc)

Lets say you need to create a natural looking splatter on something. I think most often you'll be splattering blood, but this could apply to goo, oil, water, etc. Sure, you could try to paint or wash it on, but what if you want a really realistic look?

It's not that hard.

Start with the item that you want to splatter.

This'll get a little messy, so cover your tabletop if you don't want to get paint all over it.

You'll want to use a bad brush. The kind you'd use for dry brushing.

Get some paint on it, then a generous amount of water.

Mix all that water and paint up on a painting surface so you have a very watery but deep wash.

You can get creative here and dip the water first, then dip your brush into different colours of paint - don't mix the colours on your palette, so they stay separate. With a little practice you can get multicolour or tiedyed patterns.

Next up, find a wire / tooth pick / stir stick / etc and hold it over whatever you want to splatter.
Flick your brush back and forth over the pole quickly. Only the bristles should touch the pole.
This flicks paint in either direction and you're literally splattering paint on your surface.

Since this is a little messy, you'll run out of your wash quickly so remember to keep adding more paint and water to your brush. If you're not making a splatter, you probably need more water.
For a more controlled effect, only flick the brush one way across the pole. This will allow you to direct the splatter in a single direction. (Gun shot wound, rather than B horror flick)

What looks more natural than actually splattering?


  1. Very nice :) I like the result, maybe some photos of the minaiture so that we could see it without the red paper in the background? ;)

    What red did you use, I find that its the reds that get me. I tend to use blood red, but it lacks the gore and depth of real blood.



  2. That tutorial uses Red Gore, but any dark red will do. Above that, I'll splatter a brighter red and eventually coat it in a paint on gloss finish.
    You could even splatter the gloss or mix the gloss into the brighter red, giving the appearance that the darker red is old and dried vs the fresher brighter red.

    Stick around for a full tutorial on the mini it's from tomorrow ;)

  3. Sounds pretty simple I would have thought that Red Gore, or Scab Red would work. A combination of darker and lighter paints would give the natural look that blood should loook like :)

    Looking foward to tomorrows tutorial :)

  4. Loved this, great pictures and really competent explanation.

    But I couldn't help thinking that the splashes over the paper looked just as if not more convincing than the splashes on the blade.

    Have you ever used this technique on a base as well as a weapon? I guess that's what I was thinking...

  5. I love this- I usually use two or three colors at a time to get a depth not found with just one.

  6. @GDMNW: I first used this technique on this terrain
    But not to the same scale. I wanted to use the white paper ground just to demonstrate the awesome effect it can create.

    @Loquacious: Yeah, I didn't think of trying multiple colours at once until afterward. I'm curious to try this technique with a few very different colours and see how it turns out.

  7. A simple but effective technique. The best kind.
    I find the best way to get a realistic blood colour is to add a little Snot Green to Blood Red. The more green you add, the browner the colour will become and look like older blood stains. I think that Red Gore is too purplish.


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