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#22428
A new DoE Blood Pit custom 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
OK -- as I said before, the "pit" from the DoE WA set was the first piece that really grabbed my attention, but when I finally did cave and picked up the set, it wasn't quite what I expected it to be. Stefan went with a highly stylized look to match the trapped souls under the floors, somewhat tamer and less detailed than what I'd imagined. Plus, the colors seemed off -- pink on the faces, and smooth red on the blood -- just not up to par with the fantastic paint on the rest of the set.

So after I customed up a "burnt" glyph and fixed up my stairs, I decided I really had to touch up the pit. First I just gave it a dark brown inkwash to lessen the pink on the faces and to give the whole thing more texture. Then I drybrushed things a bit. It still felt off to me, though.

So I decided just to go for it. Limited set concerns aside, I decided I was going to try a somewhat extreme tactic.

I glued some random GW bits I had lying around -- some skulls, zombie heads, hands, and arms, plus some dryad arms for tentacles -- and then painted them up. Then I mixed up some resin -- the quick-drying glue stuff, not the fake liquid water stuff -- and tinted it dark red, and splooshed it on. Because of the thick, non-runny nature of the resin, I wondered for a second if I shouldn't have used a smoother stuff (the EnviroTex Lite that I used to make water in my cavernous passage pieces) that would even out and just fill up the pit, but the effect began to grow on me as I added more. I ended up with a gloopy, swirly mess, with faces and hands pushing through the goop and straining to break the surface. It's quite disgusting. I'm happy with it.

The color changes radically under the harsh lighting I have to use for clear pics, so I'm including a few taken under normal room lighting, which means they are much darker, but you get a better sense of the color. I have to admit, though, I like the shiny deep red that you get under the harsh lights -- even more bloody!

It's still wet, so I may take more pics when it dries if it looks any different then....


Oh, and there's also a picture of a big pit made with the curved floor pieces. That seems like a neat trick, you could put anything on the tabletop to simulate what's in there...

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#22429
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That looks absolutely amazing.

While I was happy with the blood pit when I first opened my wicked additions sets, looking at your custom work truly opens my eyes as to what is possible. i most definitelyl like this gory disgusting pit more than the stylised version of the kit.

well done L! Wish i could do work like that :)
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#22430
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BRAVO! And I'll second that!!!
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#22431
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Great Pics and good job with the "touch up"
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#22432
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Are you still able to put the top piece/lid back on? That is really great L!
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#22433
A new DoE Blood Pit custom 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Absolutely superb, like yours every blood pit should look like.

The stylised version always reminds me more of breakfast
cerials in strawberry yoghurt. ;)

You really only glued pieces on and poured resin over it ?
Looking at my pit i thought it would be neccesary to
drill the whole pit a lot deeper to have enough room.
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#22434
A new DoE Blood Pit custom 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Thanks, guys!

Yes, the top still goes on. I was very careful about that, in particular with the tentacles.

I thought I'd be able to get away with using just the quick-drying glue instead of more appropriate modeller's resin for fake water because it was so shallow -- I wasn't going to dremmel the existing stuff. I suspected that I'd have some areas where the original "poked through" the surface because I'd only be able to let stuff accumulate in the deeper areas, and the shallower areas would just not be covered up.

But I quickly realized I was wrong -- this stuff doesn't flow at all, it is so sticky and solid that getting clumps of it to remain ANYWHERE was a challenge. In the end, I just lightly covered almost hte whole surface with it, just brushing on the glaze to give the impression of liquidity. It actually went over some of the areas I meant to leave exposed -- I wanted the tentacles to be coming out of the "blood" more clearly, and they ended up almost entirely submerged, it was just so hard to control where this stuff went.

Anyway, glad you like it.

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#22435
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Oh, and I will say one thing -- I haven't completely erased Stefan's work, in fact some of the coolest features of my blood pit are the result of his original version. Many of the faces in the goo are his, and some of the Munch-like screaming faces look particularly cool when poking through viscous goo or having it streaming out of their eyes or mouths. You can see some of them in the pictures, and they are even more clear in person. So it's not like I've totally replaced what was there -- I've just added to it. Part of the effectiveness of the piece is very much because of what he did to start with.

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#22436
A new DoE Blood Pit custom 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
To be honest when you mentioned in your other post that you were going to redo the pit o' souls I thought you were being a little picky. Now however you have me wanting to redo mine. That looks really awesome!
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#22437
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WHOA !!! That is so cool L !!!

I really had no problem with the pit (other than the strawberry smoothie color) as the "souls" mimicked the bases of the pieces but your enhancement just kicks it up several notches !!!! BAM !!!! Love it !!!

Very well done and inspiring me to do something similar. I may try something more "ethereal" in color and content, though. But I love the "gore pool"scheme, too. Oh, decisions, decisions. I know, I'll just order another set and do two !!!!

Great job, L !! Thanks for sharing!!
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#22438
A new DoE Blood Pit custom 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Thanks again, guys!

I'd love to see other people's versions of this -- funny you should mention "ethereal," too. In the pics, the harsh lighting brings out the red and makes it very dark. In person, though, it's a much lighter pink. It kinda reminds me of the goo in Ghostbusters or Poltergeist -- there's a sort of "ectoplasm" look to it, a vague suggestion that this isn't so much blood as it is "magik primordial creation goo" of some kind. The thickness of it, the way it seems to tear and rip on the surface as things poke through, the fact that it swirls the way it does -- the effect is nice, it suggests that it COULD be blood, or it could just be some kind of magical substance that is either creating or torturing or altering whatever's in there.

Yeah, I'm really happy with it. I took some pics in daylight, I'll put 'em up later tonight when I have time.

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#22439
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L -

Great work! if success can be measured in degrees of stomach-wrenching quesiness, then you've hit the mark. Thanks for sharing your pictures! Now I'm off to look at photos of bunnies and flowers so I can sleep tonight...

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