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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 . I was planning on writing an article myself, but a brilliant one was written by "Panoramix, Le Druide" at -- it uses the exact same materials as I used.

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Viewer comments:
#64941 Rating: 9 14 Dec 2003
Very clever.
#48607 Rating: 9 9 Aug 2003
Great concept, great finished effect!
#48235 Rating: 10 7 Aug 2003
This is by far one of the coolest things I've seen in a while. Nice work!
#43844 Rating: 9 6 Jul 2003
Haha, that's great !
#43706 Rating: 10 5 Jul 2003
Oh WOW! This is incredible...It really looks exactly like the one in the monstrous manual!!! Amazing work!
#40582 Rating: 9 5 Jun 2003
Woaw pretty cool and original!
#34250 Rating: 9 3 Apr 2003
This is a great idea, and the execution is absolutely flawless. The effect is very appealing and well done. This really takes me back a couple of decades, I hated running into and away from these things...Keep it up!!!
#33295 Rating: 10 26 Mar 2003
Looks like a jell-o square, albeit a very evil one! This is extraordinary. Just curious though, could one "tint" the resin with a yellow-green color, or would that ruin the effect? Super job.
#31403 Rating: 10 11 Mar 2003
I remember seeing some in progress shots of something similar but cann't remember where or by whom but this is an excellent bit of work.
#29363 Rating: 10 18 Feb 2003
Great job!!! Wouldn't have noticed the drill holes if you hadn't mentiioned them. You have definately earned your bragging rights with this one!






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