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#21842
Gelantinous Cube with DF skeletons 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
I had this idea when I was working on the Ice Set and we were offered free skeltons with the preorder of the DOE Wicked Addition Set. So last weekend when I started casting the Ice Set - second edition - I also did my first Gelantinous Cube. It was a full success in my game this week.

The group had reached the sewers of Waterdeep - escaping Undermountain through a portal after they successfully defeated the Were Creatures worskipping Malar in his tower. When they arrived in the Sewer they saw a skeleton close by (I used the same figure - just not cast in a block of resin).

Paladin attemps a turn Undead - with some quite good dice rolls.

GM - the skelton approaches slowly.

Spot check of the Paladin - natural 20. At that moment I felt all the effort wasted. No party member charging into the gelantinous cube - assuming it's a simple skeleton. But the two other members - cleric (actually the main fighter) as well as mage (my wife) stayed in the short corridor.

No way in hell to get past the gelantinous cube. I managed to get the cleric engulfed and paralyzed, the mage gets hit by a slam attack (good dice rolling from the GM) - down to 0 HP. She contemplates to use her scroll - spider climb - hmm - won't manage to get boots of in time. Instead opts for casting some last magic missiles before going down as well.

Actually - the cube had just died - but how to tell if it's still wobbly and with some momentum even got a little bit closer.

The paladin hacked for some more rounds - until realizing he might better check that nobody is dying.

I love it when the players are on their toes. Since the game I cast a second one which I like better - and a third one just got out of the mold. Can't touch it with bare fingers for two more days ... But might add some photos if I finally manage to do some decent ones. Damn hard to get a sharp picture of the cube and to have the skeleton in focus.

Since then I visited Cool Mini or Not - should have taken some advice from there - but still very pleased. And a great solution for skeletons broken in transit - or mishabdled by my kids.

Thod

PS: Off course - the real news today are the MBS extension photos. Can't compete with them - they are just gorgeous







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#21843
Gelantinous Cube with DF skeletons 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Swwweeeeet. That is great. I tried to make a G Cube once and it turned out ok but did not stand the test of time. I put some of the thick hair gel into a very square box of 2"X2". after many years the bubbles went from it and it lost some of it's viscosity. Darn. this is very nice.
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#21844
Gelantinous Cube with DF skeletons 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Thod -

WA-A-A-A-A-Y-Y-Y Cool!
I'm not sure what I think is better; the skel trapped inside, the cube itself and the clarity of the resin, the gravel stuck to the underside, or your fingerprint that shows it was lovingly hand-crafted by you.
Anyway, it's great-looking.

Congrats!

Jim
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#21845
Gelantinous Cube with DF skeletons 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
NICE!

Man, I really want one of those. Every now and then someone posts a pic of a homemade GC, and it makes me drool. There are always rumors that WOTC is going to do one, and the new use of clear/tinted plastic in their minis gives me hope, but they've all but declared that it won't happen for the next few years in a piece they put on their website a few months ago talking about how difficult/expensive it would be for them.

Man, I really want one. I should probably just try to buy one on eBay, since even if WOTC did one it would probably not be nearly as nice as one of the homemade versions...

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#21846
Gelantinous Cube with DF skeletons 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
You know L, now that they have the Gargantuan, Colossal line going I was thinking that there was this old monster I liked that could be Gargantuan called a Tendriculus? I know that is too big for a Cube but it was in a dungeon the few times I encountered one, they could just put a 10' X 10' cube in there and call it a friend.
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#21847
Gelantinous Cube with DF skeletons 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Whitewind

Thanks for your comments.

Jim

What is this remark about lovingly hand-crafted ... you really do have keen eyes and spot the most important bits straight away ...

L

I will probably make a few more. Lucklily it isn't that much work as the skeltons work really well and are nicely painted. Just adding a hand full of dirt from the garden and voila ... I could bring one with me to Boston.

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#21848
Gelantinous Cube with DF skeletons 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Thod -

Highest compliments on the cube - beautiful, absolutley beautiful. I really have a bias towards the classic D&D monsters. Best of all, you got some good gaming out of it! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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#21849
Gelantinous Cube with DF skeletons 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Stoat

Thanks for the compliments. I have a quite diverse group at the moment. A power munched cleric who is more like a fighter. A paladin who isn't risking much at all and a mage who is the most reckless of them all - but only with just over a third of the HP of the cleric.

I think I have the mage down every other game (she died once so far). But you want to keep it interesting. A shame I didn't got the paladin - that one never ever so far went down. But it was the second time now that he was last man standing. He gets really, really careful once he is last ... nearly cost the lives of the others as the acid still was working on the cleric - even when the cube was dead.

Yes - I also like the classic D&D monsters. I like to give them a twist though. Like skeleton with bows - man I had one of my gamers sulking when I got him down with two lucky shots. Skeletons don't use bows ... Well - I was using the DF ones - they clearly had bows in their hands. I also tend to modify AC and attack according to the equipment they have. A Skelton with a chain mail and a big hole - well - makes it chainmail -1 for me. The beauty of using the DF miniatures - I don't have to prepare - I just look at the skelton fighting and know what weapon, armour he has.

With the cube I felt increasing his camoulfage and suprise by leaving a skeleton in should give the beast the chance to actually engulfe one of the characters. Well - worked differently - but I still got one ...

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#21850
Gelantinous Cube with DF skeletons 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Thod--excellent. I used to cast these regularly (12 times a month) and sell them on eBay. PM me for some tips that might help.

Here's a link to one of the ones I created:
www.purgatorio.com//gameroom/miniatures/flex_cube.jpg
www.purgatorio.com//gameroom/miniatures/newcu001.jpg

If you get back on coolminiornot.com, look up ptlee He has a cube on there that looks fantastic. That's where I got my inspiration from.
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