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#12535
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Another suggestion for modders out there, in fantasy and sci-fi.

Some hardware and/or craft places sell plastic honeycomb sheets -- judicious cutting and painting might allow you to make walls suggestive of the interior of a giant-scale hive.

Orange resin could be added to simulate honey. Depending on the size of each hexagonal cell, (partial) miniatures could be set inside, from skeletons to emerging insectoid critters. Bits of armor, weapons, and treasure might be on the floor and in the cells where previous adventurers met their ends, tempting your party deeper into the hive. Perhaps some of the cells ooze a purple substance instead of normal honey, the rare and valuable royal jelly sought by wizards and alchemists. Maybe I have way too much free time on my hands. Perhaps the space marines have found the spawning ground of the soldier bugs.

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#12536
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
YOWZA!!!

I can hear the buzz now, Jack; scary.

GREAT Idea!

See ya!

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#12537
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
What a good idea! Does anyone remember a really old Battlestar Galactica (the old version) film where the heros are all running around attempting to avoid becoming dinner for some insectoid aliens? Also I can think of several Dr Who episodes that ran along similar lines. Aliens? etc etc... my point is that this would be a good idea for some good customising of DF terrain! D&D players, beware the Giant Ants/Wasps! He he he...

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#12538
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
The Battlestar Galactica aliens were the Ovions of Carillon, a planet made nearly completely of Tylium.
That is like living on a planet made with rock of plastique and oceans of nitro.
Not the place for me!
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#12539
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
And they lured visitors to the planet with a luxurious resort and casino that had player-friendly odds, but guests almost invariably wound up taking an elevator ride into the subterranean hive where they were coccooned and fed to the Ovions' larval young.

The Harryhausen film of Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island featured giant wasps, whose hive was build against one wall of a huge cavern. I recently rented the (just awful) Hallmark remake, and that put me in mind of the original.

BTW (speaking of Harryhausen), Tower Records was carrying large (7"+) figures of some of Harryhausen's creations. If you can still find them in the discount bin, the Talos and Shiva make terrific giant statues to put in the middle of a temple chamber. If you have stability or warping issues (Talos' legs tend to curve inward), you can put pegs in a large floor section to hold them steady(er).
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#12540
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
For the wasps, what I tried was taking recently killed yellowjackets and mounting them on 25mm round bases, using brass rods glued to the base. They looked great, but they weren't too sturdy. The wasps would break rather easily. But, for a while you have great looking giant wasps.

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#12541
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Wow. Harryhausen used a dead crab for one action sequence, rather than try to make a sufficiently detailed model.

You might experiment with an airbrush and several coats of matte sealant. That should create a shell that will slow decay and might make the dessicated wasp a little sturdier. Or, the extra weight might make it fall apart faster.
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#12542
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Crazy as this sounds, what about this:

Next time you have a dead wasp or YJ (nastier than many wasps; bad disposition!), do the matte sealant, then cast it in silicone. Make molds in resin. Use clear styrene for wings. Paint properly and scare the bejabbers out of me and Sandy (she's allergic, and I'm just plain terrified of the little monster critters!)!!

I don't KNOW that it would work, but it's worth a try, isn't it? Tell ya what; if it DOES work, and you can get the price per bug under $2, I want a swarm - and I'm NOT BS-ing about that! I've already got a scenario forming in my mind as I type, just from thinking about it.
NO, you DON'T want to know!

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#12543
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Hanging a swarm of yellowjackets in the dining room to scare your wife is just mean, man...

;)
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#12544
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Hanging a swarm of yellowjackets in the dining room to scare your wife is just mean, man...

;)

Not on a bet, man; she shoots MY .357 better than I shoot my 9mm, and I gotta sleep SOMETIME! And THAT WOULD be justifiable Homicide!
Besides, we've been married for 11 years on 6/2/06, and we're still sloppy-head-over-heels in love with each other! It took me 3 tries to get it right. Think I'm STUPID enough to mess THAT up?

C'mon, man; I'm CRAZY, not STOOPID!!

But I can't help but wonder if the idea for making bugs would work.

See ya!

Jim
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#12545
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Another suggestion for modders out there, in fantasy and sci-fi.

Some hardware and/or craft places sell plastic honeycomb sheets -- judicious cutting and painting might allow you to make walls suggestive of the interior of a giant-scale hive.

Orange resin could be added to simulate honey. Depending on the size of each hexagonal cell, (partial) miniatures could be set inside, from skeletons to emerging insectoid critters. Bits of armor, weapons, and treasure might be on the floor and in the cells where previous adventurers met their ends, tempting your party deeper into the hive. Perhaps some of the cells ooze a purple substance instead of normal honey, the rare and valuable royal jelly sought by wizards and alchemists. Maybe I have way too much free time on my hands. Perhaps the space marines have found the spawning ground of the soldier bugs.

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This is an AWESOME idea!!!!!!!!


Might I suggest that DF produces a piece of hive cell/colony, to be either to be included as part of a CWA set (in multiples of 2?) or sold separately (in sets) as a one-off item.

As stated above, this item would be a removable piece of hive cell that is designed to fit into the Curved Cavern Corner piece.
These could be used by anyone using caverns (Sci-fi or Fantasy). The possible uses for this piece (in multiples, of course) are many.

I seriously think this would be a great add-on to any CWA set.

Any thoughts on this?
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#12546
Inside the Hive 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
How about IN PLACE OF a Curved Cavern Corner piece? That gives us the add-on, AND it expands the potential size of our cavern.
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