It seems that the new trend these days is creating your own Gelatinous Cube miniature. Seriously, just look around:
Society of Rope and Pole's Gelatinous Cube
The Cube from Dungeons and Digressions
And Carjacked Seraphim's Cube
So I'm a DIYer when it comes to my gaming material as some of you may know, so when I saw a way to make a cheap mini I jumped at it! A perfect project for a Sunday afternoon between watching some good ol' American Football action (Go Bears!).
So I went down that path using Michael Curtis' method with but a few minor changes.
I'll be using some basic acrylic art supplies (gesso and molding paste), paint, brushes and a wooden block. The wooden block was only $.99 a super bargain for any mini project! The rest of the material I already had around.
So I too started with a cubed block and chipped away the edges and corners with an Xacto knife then sanded those rough edges to soften the cube.
The next thing I did was break out the Acrylic Modeling Paste and using a pallet knife just started spreadin' that stuff all over the cube to give it an irregular shape. Michael used joint compound and you can get pretty much the same effect. I had this lying around so that's what I used. It's fun working with this material so have a blast!
Now our cube is starting to take form quite nicely.
After another quick coat of Gesso I begin painting it. Now I'm partial to the purple cube myself though many others like green. So I started with by base purple coat.
From there I just added layers of greens, yellows and blues and then finally a lite wash of purple again. Then some edging highlights with a dry-brushed metallic silver. Finally finished it up with a gloss varnish.
And behold! A hungry scavenging cube ready for it's next victims!
Here's a couple more Cube DIYers
Thiel a Vision
And for those of you who prefer your cubes clear....
Fake Ice Cubes
I may try this method next:
Clear Cube Tutorial