I missed my post yesterday on account of life and whatnot. Apologies. So today, we’ll have an otherwise unscheduled post to atone for the hobby-shaped hole on this site.
I’ve had a few questions about this one over the months, so without further ado, my Blood Recipe.
By and large, I still use the last precious drops of the old GW inks for my bloody concoctions: Flesh Wash, Magenta Ink, and Purple Ink (just a little of this last one). Time is limited on this aspect of the recipe, and my supply is dwindling, but not to worry. I’ve experimented modestly with the new washes, and I am reasonably confident that they will work perfectly: Baal Red, Leviathan Purple, and perhaps Gryphonne Sepia.
The first two inks keep the blood effect relatively, well, bloody (I’m not sure how else to say that, really), while the Purple Ink brings out the deeper, and more gritty, hues of clotting blood. The Purple is fundamental, in my opinion. Finally, the Gloss Coat ensures that it all looks properly wet and gory. For me, this is great fun.
Generally speaking, I work through the above either in small layers (as with the chalice and the drops underneath it), or in a splotchy mixture that isn’t properly blended so that the colors stand individually from one another of sorts.
This last part is tricky and merits a bit more discussion. I dab a bit of each out with some space between them on my palette so that I can drag them toward a generous base of Gloss Coat (‘Ard Coat, I think they call it) in the middle. The Gloss Coat, if left to its own devises, will keep the individual components of the mixture apart from one another, so I try to stir enough to bring the colors together… but only just.
The application is the real sport to all of this. I dab an old brush until it’s loaded up with my mixture, again being sure not to accidentally stir too much. I’ll take an extra bit of tissue and brace it over any part of the figure that I don’t want spattered, and then blow aggressively against the end of the brush form a short distance.
It’s a mess, a bloody mess. Just they way it should be.