13/03/2021 at 06:28 #153806
In case anyone is interested, I’ve been giving an old medium a new try. This was the inspiration:
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. 🙂
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:
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.
More on the development of the idea here:
https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=129747.013/03/2021 at 08:53 #153812MikeKeymaster13/03/2021 at 10:18 #153816
This is superbly disgusting, congratulations!
I would probably faint if I suddenly see one of these on my skin!
https://www.anargader.net/13/03/2021 at 13:38 #153819
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!
Thanks13/03/2021 at 15:42 #153834
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.13/03/2021 at 22:08 #153847
When I saw the poster my mind jumped to the Land Ironclad Olympians from Germy and Brigade:
but your result is a world away and lots more fun!14/03/2021 at 01:24 #153851
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.14/03/2021 at 14:14 #153864
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)…
https://www.anargader.net/14/03/2021 at 14:49 #153865
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. 🙂
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:14/03/2021 at 21:04 #153868OldBen1Participant
Those are great, you could easily substitute colours too! Very clever.14/03/2021 at 23:36 #153876
Kinda looks like a scorpion dissolving…15/03/2021 at 00:08 #153877
Gross in a good way !?!
Should aliens have red blood though – well at least before lunch?15/03/2021 at 02:09 #153879
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):
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.15/03/2021 at 03:18 #153880
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.15/03/2021 at 14:43 #153911ThomastonParticipant
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.15/03/2021 at 20:16 #153924
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…
https://www.anargader.net/15/03/2021 at 22:25 #153926
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:16/03/2021 at 19:52 #153947John D SaltParticipant
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.17/03/2021 at 12:08 #153978GermyParticipant
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.17/03/2021 at 18:16 #153986
John D Salt
Thanks! And I’ve always wanted to try something for Puppet Masters. This could well be my moment.
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.
Thanks18/03/2021 at 00:12 #153993
Excellent work guys.
Thanks for the link Dan.19/03/2021 at 06:16 #154020
My 2mm fishing lure eyes have arrived, and these 3mm ones are waiting to be picked up tomorrow:
So you guys can guess what I’m going to try next. 🙂19/03/2021 at 16:35 #154057
I want to see the blobs with 2mm eyes19/03/2021 at 23:14 #154066
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.]19/03/2021 at 23:24 #154067ThomastonParticipant
“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.27/03/2021 at 17:49 #154316
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:27/03/2021 at 17:56 #154317
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???05/04/2021 at 00:40 #154703
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?
Thanks05/04/2021 at 04:09 #154707
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.05/04/2021 at 20:39 #154736
That might actually work! Specially if it was covered with a thin film of hot glue.05/04/2021 at 21:19 #154737
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:27/04/2021 at 04:58 #155617
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.28/04/2021 at 21:28 #155681
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 find28/04/2021 at 22:59 #155682
They’re about halfway down this page:
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”. 🙂29/04/2021 at 19:18 #155712
Ah, Khurasan’s Rednecks. Highlander Studios has a pack also. Blue Moon make 18mm Hillbillies with a Still30/04/2021 at 00:54 #155715
Yes. I have the ones from Highlander too.06/07/2022 at 19:02 #175447
I bought some washes to try this:06/07/2022 at 23:03 #175451Jim WebsterParticipant
love the blobs 🙂
https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/07/07/2022 at 08:15 #175455willzParticipant
“On the wargame table no-one can hear you scream”, cool and scary.26/07/2022 at 04:30 #176128
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