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Unlock a new level of realism in your miniature painting with this simple guide to creating saliva and web effects. Whether for board games, tabletop RPGs, or wargames, these effects can add dramatic detail to your creatures, bringing them to life. This easy, fast, and affordable technique will leave your gaming companions in awe.

Introduction to Saliva and Web Effects for Miniatures

The right details can transform a painted miniature from good to outstanding. Saliva and web effects are perfect for adding that touch of authenticity to monsters, beasts, and other creatures in your collection. And the best part? It’s a straightforward process anyone can master.

What You’ll Need

To start, gather the following supplies:

  • UHU All-purpose adhesive: Known for its perfect consistency and durability. Look for the one in the yellow and black packaging.
  • Toothpicks: Or any similar-shaped disposable tool.
  • Pigment or acrylic paint: If you prefer colored effects, like slime, blood, or cobwebs.

Crafting Realistic Saliva and Web Step by Step

Step 1: Preparing Your Glue

Squeeze a small amount of glue (about the size of a pea) onto a disposable surface. If you’re aiming for a colored effect, now is the time to mix in your chosen pigment.

Step 2: Timing Is Key

Allow the glue to sit for about 15 seconds, so it’s not too runny. Room temperature can affect this, so it might take a few tries to get it just right.

Step 3: Application

Dip your toothpick into the semi-liquid glue and transfer it to your miniature. Stretch it from one point to another to create a thin, stringy effect.

Step 4: Repeat

Continue adding strands until you achieve the desired look. Less is often more, so take a step back now and then to assess your work.

Tips for a Perfect Effect

  • Patience: Don’t rush the drying process. The glue’s consistency is crucial.
  • Thickness: Experiment with the thickness of the glue for different effects.
  • Clean up: Keep a damp cloth handy to clean up any mistakes quickly.


With these simple steps, you can add incredible details to your miniatures. These effects are not just easy and affordable but also fun to create. So grab your adhesive, and let’s bring those miniatures to life!

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