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  • #153806
    Cacique Caribe
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    In case anyone is interested, I’ve been giving an old medium a new try.  This was the inspiration:

    Coming of the Giant Germs

    Space Prisoners

    And this was my attempt.  The red veining was done using very small amounts of “blood red” glue sticks*, and dragging the softened red bits with the hot tip of the glue gun:

    Click here below to flip through the contents of the entire folder.  And don’t worry.  I got rid of the annoying glue “wisps” by using a hot air gun.  🙂

    E55B3448-C949-4CF1-889D-72B1F1DB6E9D

    Translucency in anything is a tough thing to achieve, even with hot glue.  So bought “crystal clear” hot glue sticks and, even then, I still couldn’t get it right at first:

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=mini+crystal+clear&_sacat=183124&_sop=15

    One key thing about hot glue is to make sure and let it sit until it’s completely cool, before you pick it up and handle it.  If it’s moved while still warm, it will cloud up.  But, if that happens, don’t chuck it.  Just add a little heat from a hot air gun and you might be able to restore some of the clarity.  Weird medium.

    Thanks.

    More on the development of the idea here:
    https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=129747.0

    * https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=mini+blood+red&_sacat=183124&_sop=15

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #153812
    Mike
    Keymaster

    That is pretty good going.

    #153816
    Patrice
    Participant

    This is superbly disgusting, congratulations!

    I would probably faint if I suddenly see one of these on my skin!

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    https://www.anargader.net/

    #153819
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    This is superbly disgusting, congratulations! I would probably faint if I suddenly see one of these on my skin!

    Lol.  I think that’s the nicest compliment I could have ever hoped for!

    Thanks

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #153834
    madman
    Participant

    I have to agree with Patrice (I just hate being a “me too” poster) I think you hit that one out of the ball park!

    So, use them for a Star Trek away mission (from TOS, I don’t know all the episode names), or an alternate alien for your colonial marines to have a bug hunt with? Another idea which flitted trough my mind is a zombie game variant crossed with the Steve McQueen Blob movie.

    #153847
    Andrew Beasley
    Participant

    When I saw the poster my mind jumped to the Land Ironclad Olympians from Germy and Brigade:

    Olympian (6mm)

    but your result is a world away and lots more fun!

    #153851
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Thank you friends, for such wonderful encouragement!

    I initially thought of using the gelatinous creatures with my Pulp and VSF minis, but they could definitely work for any Scifi and horror games.

    I also have some 2mm and 3mm fishing lure eyes coming in the mail, so I’ll be trying making a few with eyes.  Shouldn’t be too long now.  They are almost to my local post office.

    Thanks again for all the suggestions.  Please keep them coming.

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #153864
    Patrice
    Participant

    Thanks again for all the suggestions. Please keep them coming.

    Since you ask for silly suggestions…

    Years ago I used (real, actually empty) sea snail shells in a pirate game, the idea was that they were giant carnivorous sea snails. I wonder what could happen if some of your blobs decide that such empty shells are a good home to carry on their back (as hermit crabs do)…

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    https://www.anargader.net/

    #153865
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Patrice

    Silly suggestions?  Not at all!  That’s actually pretty clever, evolving rapidly into some sort of gelatinous mollusks and making use of some added protection.  They are alien, after all.  🙂

    Thanks!

    Update: What do you guys think of this “pseudopod” sticking out from the body?  It’s supported by a piece of paper clip that I coated in red glue:

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #153868
    OldBen1
    Participant

    Those are great, you could easily substitute colours too!  Very clever.

    #153876
    madman
    Participant

    Kinda looks like a scorpion dissolving…

    #153877
    Andrew Beasley
    Participant

    Gross in a good way !?!

    Should aliens have red blood though – well at least before lunch?

    #153879
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Gross in a good way !?! Should aliens have red blood though – well at least before lunch?

    lol. Yes, they are probably well fed.

    Kinda looks like a scorpion dissolving…

    Well, now that you made me think of it, it sure does look like a scorpion dissolving under a mass of jelly.

    Those are great, you could easily substitute colours too! Very clever.

    I bought a set of sticks a few years ago that had about 6 (or 8?) different colors.  If I can find it, might try green next, though that might make them look like blobs of mucus.  🙂

    For those specifically looking for green mini sticks … (mini glue guns are easier for this sort of stuff):

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1313&_nkw=mini+green+glue+sticks&_sacat=183124&LH_TitleDesc=0&_sop=15&_osacat=183124&_odkw=green+glue+sticks

    PS.  You’ve got to make sure that the red-coated wire is fully cooled before adding the clear glue on top.  If not, the colors will run and mix and you’ll end up with a cloudy pink blob.  It’s already happened to me twice.  Keep that in mind when you cover a dolly in red glue, to make it look like a human got absorbed.  Otherwise, consider using red paint instead.

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #153880
    madman
    Participant

    Cloudy pink blobs may (your opinion since we haven’t seen the result) appear closer to the appearance of the movie ones. My teen son informs me that it starts the movie clear and as it absorbs more people/food it got both redder and cloudier. Again food for thought.

    Love the snail shells and the ideas that have grown from them.

    #153911
    Thomaston
    Participant

    Very nice idea. I’m impressed with the method you came up with. Maybe do some with car parts and bits of scraps as armor? Something like knight or sacemarine armor but with blobs showing through the joints, kind of a blob golem.

    Tired is enough.
    R-rated narcissism

    #153924
    Patrice
    Participant

     

    It looks like a crossbreed between a baby Nessie raising its head from some water pool and a baby Alien raising its head from somebody’s belly…

    Well done!

     

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    https://www.anargader.net/

    #153926
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Thanks!

    Perhaps some of you could use the “raised head” technique to create other effects.  With a tiny bit of blue this kind of pseudopod might even be possible:

    Useful technique for Pulp, Sci-Fi, Cthulhu, VSF, Horror, etc.

    All inspired by these little guys:

    https://makeagif.com/i/U4VTcu

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #153947
    John D Salt
    Participant

    I’m far from being the world’s greatest fan of F&SF gaming, but these are absolutely superb. Imaginative use of materials, and a result that is powerfully evocative of tacky 1950s Sci-Fi/Horror monster effects. The dendritic structure of the red veining gives them a more natural look than the pulp magazine cover illustrations manage.

    Recalling Robert Heinlein’s “The Puppet Masters”, I’m wondering if you could make a translucent parasitic Titanian slug with a couple of hooky pseudopodia so you could hang it over the shoulders of a figure under the puppet master’s control.

    All the best,

    John.

    #153978
    Germy
    Participant

    Those blobs look great, it’s good to see others putting the hot glue gun to good use, it’s not just for sticking things!

    I used a hot glue gun to make some blob men, couldn’t do them translucent thought as they have an armature inside that I dripped the hot glue over.

    #153986
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    John D Salt

    Thanks!  And I’ve always wanted to try something for Puppet Masters.  This could well be my moment.

     

    Hi Germy!

    Those are excellent blob men.  I really like what you did there.  I’m really amazed at, and humbled by, all the fantastic things people have been able to make with glue guns.  How tall are they?  And have you tried painting the armature first, or covering with colored glue, before adding the clear glue?

     

    Guys, check out this little page here: https://www.angelfire.com/mech/jinsaotome/WorkspaceSetup/HotGlue.html

    Like I said at the very top, it may be an “old” medium, but I’m going to be giving it a brand new try.

    Thanks

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #153993
    madman
    Participant

    Excellent work guys.

    Thanks for the link Dan.

    #154020
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    My 2mm fishing lure eyes have arrived, and these 3mm ones are waiting to be picked up tomorrow:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/3D-Lure-Eye-Self-Stick-red-green/123947169433?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=425103988348&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    So you guys can guess what I’m going to try next.  🙂

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #154057
    telzy amber
    Participant

    I want to see the blobs with 2mm eyes

    #154066
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Telzy

    Your wish is my command.  I’ll post photos tonight (in the next 2-3 hrs).

    [UPDATE: Had a small little emergency.  I think one of the blob “germs” has infected me. Will post photos over the weekend.]

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #154067
    Thomaston
    Participant

    “My 2mm fishing lure eyes have arrived, and these 3mm ones are waiting to be picked up tomorrow:”
    Dammit! I got all excited thinking it was 2mm miniatures.

    Tired is enough.
    R-rated narcissism

    #154316
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Telzy

    Sorry for the delay.  Had to deal with health and family issues.  Here is one photo, and there are more in the album:

    The short guys have the 2mm eyes, while the two larger ones have 3mm ones.

    I much prefer them without eyes, however.  Makes them look more alien, in my opinion.

    Album here:

    E55B3448-C949-4CF1-889D-72B1F1DB6E9D

     

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #154317
    Andrew Beasley
    Participant

    The right-most blob with the three eyes in a row looks the best but I can understand the reluctance to put them on.

    Maybe at the end of a pseudo-pod rather than the head?

    Would one big eye work?  Tempted to try one with paper???

     

    #154703
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    The right-most blob with the three eyes in a row looks the best but I can understand the reluctance to put them on. Maybe at the end of a pseudo-pod rather than the head? Would one big eye work? Tempted to try one with paper???

    With paper?  Do you mean a cardstock printout figure?

    Thanks

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #154707
    Andrew Beasley
    Participant

    Obviously I need more English lessons 🙂

    I actually wanted to say ‘Maybe printing one large eye on paper would be worth trying to see if that looks better’

    Please ignore the pins in that sentence.

    #154736
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Andrew

    That might actually work!  Specially if it was covered with a thin film of hot glue.

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #154737
    Andrew Beasley
    Participant

    Maybe something along the cabachon eyes that are now available?

    Not sure these would work:

    but the lightest or closest red one of these may:

    #155617
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    By the way, I’ve just bought some Khurasan 15mm farmers to see if the countryside might be a better (or easier) terrain to start a squishy alien invasion.

    I know these two videos had NOTHING to do with giant germs, but they gave me the IDEA to look to the country instead of the city for my gaming scenario.  I honestly wouldn’t know what to do with a tableful of tall city buildings once the game ends.  I have no room for all that.  But I can certainly come up with a country scenario for those giant germs of mine …

    Perhaps a couple of log cabins, a dozen trees, another dozen bushes, a retention pond, some HO scale livestock and debris, a 1950s vehicle or two, and voila.  Heck, I have most of that stuff already!  Except the log cabins.  I better get busy.

    It would definitely be “Pulpy”, I think.

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #155681
    telzy amber
    Participant

    By the way, I’ve just bought some Khurasan 15mm farmers

    Khurasan has farmers? Modern farmers? If possible how about a page link or a link direct to the list. His stuff is difficult to find

    #155682
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Telzy

    They’re about halfway down this page:

    https://khurasanminiatures.tripod.com/planet15.html

    Not the absolute best sculpts, but beggars can’t be choosy.  🙂

    Actually, their comical look makes them look like the characters in Alien Pig Farm 3000.  Lol.

    I also got some HO unpainted plastic figures that could pass for farmer types.  I’ll be cutting off their feet to make them size compatible with the metal ones.  I am going to try to have almost a dozen farmers to live in two cabins, which I have yet to buy.  I’m also making a distillery, just for “molotovs”.  🙂

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #155712
    telzy amber
    Participant

    Ah, Khurasan’s Rednecks. Highlander Studios has a pack also. Blue Moon make 18mm Hillbillies with a Still

     

    #155715
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Yes.  I have the ones from Highlander too.

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

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