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#43953
Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
I recently read a post (www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=1&id=43807) by BrettKing about lighted plastic ice cubes available on www.windycitynovelties.com. By visiting their site I found that they also have green-lighted plastic ice cubes (www.windycitynovelties.com/15082p/green-lited-ice-cubes.html).

I bought a few of those as I thought these would make marvelous and cheap (only $2.16 each) Gelatinous cubes!!!

I was right:

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#43954
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
Wow. They look just about 2 x 2 x 2 inch^3. Just tonight I was playing with the idea of making one by melting plastic beads in my oven in a square foil mold. I came up with the picture below but damn it all to hell if it isn't just slightly too big to fit down a dwarven forge hallway. Now I have to do it all again. I think I will buy those instead.
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#43955
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
The classic D&D mini from the Desert of Desolation line sells for $75 on eBay. That's insane!



Then, there are those beautiful resin casts by yansolo. Unfortunately, they are quite expensive ($34) mostly due to the cost of the resin itself.



Also, from Otherworld miniatures, there is another great (yet expensive $24 + UK shipping) resin cast:



Then, there are those very cheap ones that allows you to make for only $8.65 the following (very funny) scene:



I think this unpainted lizardman is screwed!!!
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#43956
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
Lol I just bought a pack of 4. I noticed that you can make them blink as well. Is that true? Maybe when their HP gets low you can put them on blink and give your players seizures.

Yeah I looked at those other options. To rich for me. The one I made cost me $3.00 in materials but it smelled, I cut myself, it took 2 hours, and it was too big.
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#43957
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
So, these cubes have a width of 34 mm (1 3/8 inches). They are not as big as the other Gelatinous cubes I showed, but I believe they fit nicely beside classic 25/28 mm figures:



Also, although they are advertized as "Green" cubes, they are perfectly clear and white until you turn their internal light ON. That's what they look like when you do not turn the light ON:



Some metallic pieces are visible through the plastic, mostly at the bottom, and there are nice bubbles trapped in the plastic on top that gives the Gelatinous cube a better appearance.


The distributor says that changing batteries is impossible. It makes sense to me as these cubes are designed to be dropped into cocktails to produce funky lights and therefore the batteries need to be sealed in a water-proof fashion. Also, the batteries are supposed to last around 12 hours before wearing out. Finally, by pushing the button underneath several times, we can choose between continuous illumination or flashing lights. In the dark, several glowing Gelatinous cubes are very spooky, although my camera cannot capture anything close to what it looks to the naked eye.
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#43958
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
Hi jericho,

I'm glad you like them. I was also thinking of casting my own but reading upon the experience of several other D&D enthusiasts posting about their experience discouraged me for many reasons but mainly because the end product sucked (including poor sculpting skills). Then people used too much or too few green ink and minis inserted in the cast did not show up... a mess!

This solution is simple and cheap!
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#43959
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
I realized from jericho's postings that the camera angle I used could be misleading as to how much space these cubes actually use into Dwarven Forge's passages. Here is a front view with the cube pushed as much as I could against a wall to show the space between the cube and the wall. I think that it fits quite well overall but I agree that the more expensive solutions would probably be a better fit in that regard.

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#43960
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
I can't wait. Makes me want to throw 4 gel cubes at my players.
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#43961
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
Sweet - I never even thought to use them as gelatinous cubes!

I need a gelatinous cube, too. My last attempt at DIY gelatious cubes wasn't so successful. I bought these little novelty containers from the movie "Ice Age 2" that had a blue slime in then with a plastic animal inside. Thought they would be perfect gelatinous cubes, with real gelatin! Unfortunately the gelatin dried and shriveled up.

So, maybe I'll get some of the light-up cubes!
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#43962
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
You know, I bet you could put a Dwarven Forge doorway around that and have a spiffy looking portal, too.
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#43967
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
Very nice!

It's a shame about the battery life. It sounds like they would last for two or three weeknight gaming sessions, or one weekend session, if they were on all the time. But at the price quoted, they are practically disposable.

As a genuine threat or a running gag, I want to have a gelatinous cube pursue a low-level party slowly but relentlessly through an entire dungeon. It's easy enough to stay ahead of it, but every time the party stops after an encounter or in a room, it shows up like a b-movie serial killer stalking a cheerleader. It migh represent the leading edge of a gelatinous river, preventing the party from simply killing it, and giving them the additional goal of finding a bottomless pit or a volcanic vent to keep the thing from expanding out of the dungeon and consuming the world.

Back on topic, I've been meaning to order some "whiskey stones" from ThinkGeek, textured and colored cubes that you chill in the refrigerator so you can have a drink that is literally "on the rocks". They are advertised as 7/8" cubes, and come 9 for $19.99 (or $2.23 apiece). I think they'd make good deadfalls or improvised stoneworks.
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#43968
Re:Cheap Gelatinous Cubes 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
Sounded like a great idea, so I had to look them up!

www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/ba37/?srp=1
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