How-To: Gore

I’ve had quite a few people contact me privately to ask about how to do the gore effect on my Genestealers from last week. To that end, this week I’m publishing the inaugural BWD How-To blog focussing on different parts of the hobby we all know and love.

This week, obviously, we’re going with gore effects:


Gore is commonplace on the tabletops where we do battle. Giant hulking monsters tear men apart with their bare hands; blades, mauls, and high-powered fists end lives in a bloody mess; and even if you survive all that, there are a plethora of guns designed to take your insides out.

With all that gore flying around, it’s only natural that some of it winds up on your warriors (especially if they’re the ones doing all the eviscerating). But it can be hard to model well, and even harder to paint to get the right effect. To that end, here’s a collection of tips and tricks to help you gore up your warriors without going over the top, or making it look too weird.

Your mini
Thread of some description (I used sewing thread, by a clear nylon thread would work just as well)
Red ink
Rhinox Hide or an equivalent brown
PVA glue
Super Glue

The first thing you need to do is paint your miniature. Get it completely done. Final highlights, matt varnishes, the whole shebang. We want this gore to shine a little, so it’s got to go on after everything else has been dulled down.


Now we’re ready to start in earnest. To get the ropes of gore, you’ll need to take your thread and cut it to a few irregular lengths. Once you’ve done that, super-glue the thread to your miniature.

Try to think about what you’ve seen in shows like The Walking Dead, where ropes of gore stick to stuff, but also hang loose from sharp edges. You want something that feels a bit like the start of a caffeinated spider’s web.

Pro Tip: Don’t bunch up your thread. If you do,  you’ll lose the “stringy” feel in later steps.

You can see on my Genestealer, I ran quite a few threads over the claws, but not so many that you lose the original shape of the claws.

This is where we start making it feel a bit more gruesome. Pour out a small puddle of PVA glue, and with a toothpick, gently run some beads of PVA along your thread.

This is where the irregular width of the gore comes from, and also where some of the glossiness starts to kick in.


You can see on this Broodlord that there’s no real rhyme or reason to the PVA application. Some areas have thickened out a bit where the PVA has pooled, and others are still quite thin, which is exactly what we’re looking for. Go with your gut, and gravity often takes care of the rest.

PRO TIP: Let everything dry thoroughly before proceeding! I mussed up more than a few attempts at this effect because I got impatient and tried to paint over unset PVA.

Now we’re going to put some colour on those threads! To do this, you’ll need to mix some Red Ink and Rhinox Hide (or equivalents) to a roughly 2:1 mix. Look for a colour like dried blood, and then add a little more red in to make it pop on the tabletop. To do alien guts, you can mix in different coloured inks. Experiment and see what effects you can get happening!

Once you’ve got the gore colour, it’s time to apply. Don’t worry about being messy; in fact, messy is kinda the point here. You want something that will feel like your mini has ripped/cut/punched someone in half, and that’s rarely a neat affair.

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You can see on my ‘Stealers that I’ve gone well up and over where the thread connects to the claws. At the same time, though, you don’t want the entire area becoming a red mess. Keep some of the original colours showing through. That way, it looks like your mini has severely hurt an opponent, rather than straight-up bathing in their blood!

PRO TIP: Try to think about areas that would catch the most gore (the sharp sides of talons and swords, for example), and apply your bloody mess accordingly.

Hopefully that was helpful! Let us know in the comments what you’ve done to add that little bit of messy realism to your minis. I’ve been meaning to go back and try mixing up a yellow ink/black colour instead of the red/brown to get an Aliens-esque resin effect on some of my Genestealer bases.

And that’s it for another week; Godspeed and happy hobbying!

One Response to “How-To: Gore”
  1. Thanks for this post man.

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