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Gelatinous Cube
Manufacturer: Scratchbuilt
Category: Fantasy

by Temperance




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Gelatinous Cube

Gelatinous Cube

This is the most difficult miniature that I've worked on and it consumed most of my limited free time of November 2002. I thank Mick for a conversation we had earlier this month starting me in this direction; we were brainstorming ideas for what to do with clear resin and this came up.

For those playing at home, turn your friendly WotC Monster Manual to page 145 and look at the picture which is the inspiration for my version of the Gelatinous Cube. It measures approximately 45 mm from the bottom of the base to the top of the figure. Inside is a Reaper sword, an old GW plastic skeleton with the skull replaced by a Reaper Skull, an arm from Mordheim, and some gold and silver glitter for coins. The arm that sticks out of the cube still has skin because it hasn't be digested yet...

Making the figure took several steps. First, I needed to make the original mold for the cube. I coated a 40mm styrofoam cube with milliput, and then sanded the sides smooth. As a straight cube would be boring, I then wrapped some sandpaper around a soup can and sanded every side (other than the bottom) horizontally and vertically. This made each corner poke out a little more than the sides. (I then attempted to sculpt drips on it, but later I found out that that was a waste of time.)

Next, I made a mold out of MicroMark's one-to-one room temperature vulcanizing rubber. I picked up some clear resin from Castin'craft and this is my first time using it. (I'm also making some crystals out of the same stuff, but I'm still working on those.) The clear resin is made for paperweights and stuff like that by pouring the resin on in layers with the object in between. The skeleton (without arm) and a small amount of gold/silver glitter was stuck against the edge and the resin was allowed to set. After it was removed, I drilled two holes into the side of the cube, and the sword and arm were stuck into the two holes and filled with more clear resin. (If you look at the top down view, you might be able to make out where the drill hole is.)

At this point, it looked awful, and I was really worried that it would be a failure. I painted the sides of the cube with a thin layer of resin, and that helped make it look more gelatin-like. That extra coat saved the figure! The cube was attached to the base with some more resin, and above is the finished product.

I have since been directed to another how-to page on creating Gelatinous Cubes; if interested, check it out at http://www.geocities.com/steimle4/miniatures/ . I was planning on writing an article myself, but a brilliant one was written by "Panoramix, Le Druide" at http://www.zenzerovich.com/miniatures/gelcube/ -- it uses the exact same materials as I used.

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#386381 Rating: 10 31 Dec 2012
I hate you too ))) great idea!!!! amazing
#350027 Rating: 10 2 Aug 2011
I still have "chippy" all these years Pete ...was just discussing this on another forum on facebook.
#341571 Rating: 8 4 Mar 2011
luls
#225133 Rating: 10 25 May 2007
Targon, you make a paperweight that looks that good, and you will get a nice high score too.
#202189 Rating: 10 6 Nov 2006
I'm assuming this guys was a fighter judging by his sword. A Gelatinous Cube doesn't dissolve armour and cloth does it? If not then this guy was running around the dungeon butt naked when he died! I really love what you've done. Pure brilliance.
#163844 Rating: 10 16 Jan 2006
10 for concept and realization. How can you ask for more? Simply great.
#163006 Rating: 8 11 Jan 2006
Please do more geometric Jelly minis, Every D&D player needs to meet his favorite dessert in pitched combat in a dark Labrinth. Actually it's fun : )
#114132 Rating: 8 12 Dec 2004
Nobody likes a whiner tagron. This is a cool and original that took some experimenting and worked out great! I love that it looks just like the picture from the manual. I think I might just try this and throw a cube at my group! Keep up the good work, dude. And tagron maybe we might like a more if you didn't whine so much...
#89113 Rating: 6 12 Jun 2004
THIS SITE IS MESSED UP. I spend 50 hours painting and converting a figure, invested loads of money, and drove myself nutts trying to cram in detail. and it gets a 7.3 or somthing. Now i wonder what could my problem be? I see now what the problem is, people pefer, Gelatinous cubes, admitted paper weights. 9.3 ....... im going to give you a 8 because i like jello...
#67797 Rating: 10 5 Jan 2004
Extremely creative mini! Will always be on my favorite list!


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