Hello, all. I hope I put this thread in the right spot. I was hoping for more of a crafting discussion and less of a gallery.
As a long time game master, I find that I spend most of my time looking for creatures that will provide interesting encounters, but also can be easily represented with a figurine.
Lately, I've been mainly modeling monsters and have had some nice results. I know many other people have posted monsters in their own threads, but I thought it would be cool to have them all in one spot.
I've been slowly crafting my way through the monster manual (I run 2nd edition) and wanted to share some pics as well as a short description. Anyone is welcome to post models and descriptions of how you made them. Could be some original creatures, too (maybe special mimics and such).
If your monster has already been posted, it's okay to post another version of that. There's got to be a hundred ways to make a beholder, right?
I'll get things started.
This was back before I started taking photos of the process. I made this guy with a smaller version of the purple worm craft. The body is a toilet paper roll crumpled around a broken skewer. Then I glued pieces of cut tag board to it for the plates, sculpted the head from sculptey, glued antennas from a bug toy and used some broken skewers with masking tape for the buggy parts.
Very nice. I have to start working on more figs. My crafting tends to be all terrain oriented and the giant spider I painted up was not really a sculpt or craft I just repainted it and based it.
*Added Mrs Bitey*
I did add some extra eyes with little stick on gems I painted over and I used a spare base that I think might have been from GW I got at a swap meet.
This one was a pretty straight forward and easy conversion. The base with spider web and cocooned skeleton actually took me longer than the spider. I bought a black widow toy spider off of amazon because none of the premade figs matched what I wanted for the look. I just sprayed her black and then went with a purple look so I could reuse the fig at some point for some drow stuff I have planned.
These guys are a go to level 1 monster for me. The sculpt here was very easy. I basically made a worm out of sculpey and wrinkled it with a sculpting knife. Then I used the rounded end of a plastic toothpick to create the puckered mouths. Finally, I squeezed them together to give a squished effect to the wrinkles.
They really got most of their personality from the poses I put them in, I thought.
If WIPs are okay, then allow me to present the otyugh.
I started with a plastic drink bottle, cutting out bits for the bottom, back, and head (the jaw is the bottle cap). The legs are chunks of sponge, and the tentacles are bendy straws. An unreasonable amount of hot glue was used for detail sculpting. I'll have to remove the teeth for painting, but that's what I get for not planning ahead.
Post by Sam 'the beachcomber' on Apr 8, 2017 7:58:54 GMT
I like the bendy straw tentacles on your Otyugh. Most of the straws I have seen only have a short flexible section. Did you cut these out and piece them together or was the whole length flexible? I think Tauster's expanding foam technique would be a great way to make bodies for leeches. I am going to try carving some foam peanuts to do it, too. Then use hot glue, tooth picks, or thin foam for the maw. Have to research size variations.
The yellow ink looks how I imagine an Ochre Jelly. The others... meh. Not really.
Note that I haven't applied any gloss acrylic varnish yet, that will probably look quite good.
It's interesting to note that if your base color is very thin, the washes will wash part of it away, especially if you apply too much pressure with the brush. You can use that effect intentionally or try to avoid it if you don't want it. Also, in some places the wash 'crinkles' the base color - you can see the effect on the 'head' of the green one.
I still haven't found a color combo that really 'wow!'s me, so I'm thankful for any ideas and tips.
Very nice work, Sam. You really nailed that S shape that they have. I bet you could add a couple things to it and get a cool carrion crawler as well.
I second that. Awesome work!
I have liked these S-shaped beans for years, but couldn't come up with something to do with them. Now I think that it might look cool if you cut them in half or thirds, so that they are more like snakes. Hmmm... where are those packing beans stored away...?
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