Slavering Maws; A Tamiya Clear Red Discovery.

Whilst cracking on my first Studio Miniatures Zombie Horde in preparation for playing more games of All Things Zombie, I discovered a remarkable feature of the fabled TCR - Tamiya Clear Red. Just when we thought that the crimson nectar of zombie apocalyptic gaming could not possibly be any cooler that it already is, this happened.

Studio Miniatures Zombie - WIP
"Dude, your girlfriend doesn't look so good."
How? I'd left the lid of for a while as I touched up the blood splatters on a group of a few zombies. The paint in the lid had congealed (Tamiya paints are apparently well known for this) and, rather fittingly as I removed the brush, the paint strung out like putrified drool.

I have long wondered how this kind of effect might be achieved on a 28mm model and, as if my magic, the shopkeeper appeared. I have no idea how long the lid needs to be off for this to happen, or if I'll even be able to re-create the effect again, but you can bet I'll be trying.

16 comments:

  1. Hey, nice effect here!!
    A friend of mine, a looong long time ago, used to recreate a nice drool effect on his confrontation Wulfen. If I remember right, he made it with a little of white clue or, preferably, uhu gel glue but don't ask me how... I was young and still drybrushing seem to me the best technique ever!! ;)
    I was wondering, if you add a drop of tamiya clear red in some glue? mumble mumble.... :)

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  2. That's a nice effect, will have to try this aswell, good book you're reading by the way, good ideas for games to be had.

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  3. Gnotta - I'll definitely give that a try, thanks for the suggestion.

    TAL - Absolutely worth a go. Yup, great zombie game ideas to be had there. I have a notepad full of scenario ideas based on all of the recent books, movies, comics and TV shows I've been watching of late.

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  4. Cool stuff Ads, looking forward to the zombie games on the weekend.

    Better get my boys finished.......

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  5. Cheers Matt - It is gonna be a fun-filled Salute'n'Zombies-fest!

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  6. You can get some wonderful effects with TCR. I've known about its stringy qualities for some time. There was a great tutorial on the Forum of Doom about how to achieve dripping blood effects and I seem to recall it involved Uhu clear adhesive glue, which is very stringy, and TCR. The word you're looking for, Adam, is serendipity. It means a happy accident!

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  7. Bryan - Serendipitous indeed. :)

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  8. I'm sure if I ever discovered a fine detail like this, I'd accidentally break it off moments later.

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  9. Ewww... thats effective, good work man, really like this mini.

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  10. awesome effect, looks very detailed

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  11. DocStout - There is that, no idea how long it might last. :)

    The Extraordinarii - Cheers, it still needs work but I like how it is turning out.

    JayPower - Thanks

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  12. Looks very good Ad - well done!

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  13. Lemmiwinks - Thank you.

    Colin - Thanks, fingers crossed we'll cross paths at Salute, will drop you a PM.

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  14. Thanks Herrodadog. I'm still working on ways to keep the final result from being so fragile, quite a challenge.

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