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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2010 6:29 p.m. PST

So, guys, what do you think of this attempt?


Keep clicking on the photos to the right of that one. And, to zoom, just click on the "All Sizes" button above the photos.

Please be honest. I welcome your critique.


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Personal logo nvdoyle Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2010 6:35 p.m. PST

When are they going into production? grin

Seriously, I'd buy a pack. The only thing that I'd want to see is the grab-tongue-things as a separate sprue that could be attached in the mouth, and bent for variety.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2010 6:39 p.m. PST

LOL. Thanks.

I dunno if anyone wants to buy it yet. And I wouldn't know what to ask for it either.

Anyway, I feel like my eyesight and right arm have conspired of late, to keep me from completing this old project (done about 6 months ago).

"The only thing that I'd want to see is the grab-tongue-things as a separate sprue that could be attached in the mouth, and bent for variety."

Whoever gets it may need to add some of those final touches.


Paintbeast Inactive Member31 Mar 2010 6:41 p.m. PST

Looks good. You should have it cast.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut31 Mar 2010 7:31 p.m. PST

That looks really nice. I could use a few :)

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Mar 2010 7:35 p.m. PST

I like it myself

Gailbraithe Games Inactive Member31 Mar 2010 7:49 p.m. PST

That's a winner, dude. I'd buy one, and I don't even play 15mm games. I'd use in a 25mm game as a small graboid.

While I tend to agree with the desire for grasping tentacles, my experience with such things on other models is that they tend to only make the false 3D of the mouth (which, for obvious reasons, doesn't lead to a gullet) more obvious. That is they tend to have the opposite effect, making the mini look more hokey.

I'd cast it the way it is.

War Monkey31 Mar 2010 8:06 p.m. PST

Dan, That looks really Great, you did a really wonderful job, and I have to agree with everbody else you should have it cast. I myself would skip the tounges and just go as is! I would buy a few.


Space Monkey Inactive Member31 Mar 2010 9:07 p.m. PST

Yep, looks good.
I could see using a few in various games.
It might be nice if there was a variant where the mouth was closed or more of the critter was out of the ground.

Gailbraithe Games Inactive Member31 Mar 2010 10:29 p.m. PST

You wouldn't even need a variant, just a "base" to mount the head on that was more of the creature, then you'd have the option of fielding graboids in two stages of grabbing.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2010 1:42 a.m. PST

Funny that you guys mention bodies. When first started this 15mm project over 6 months ago, I began with two front halves of bodies. This was my sketch:


I guess that, if someone bought the head, they could send me a cast so I can adapt it to one of those incomplete body halves.


Dropship Horizon Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 4:19 a.m. PST

Nice one Dan!


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART01 Apr 2010 5:07 a.m. PST

You nailed it! Good work.

Glenn M Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 5:13 a.m. PST

I think you need two more larger sizes, a 25mm scale one, and then one a size larger than that.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2010 5:20 a.m. PST


Riverbluff Wargames bought the 28mm version a while back:


Not sure when/if that one will go into production:

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2010 5:28 a.m. PST

So, if I sell that 15mm head, how much should I ask for the green?



Gathrawn50 Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 5:59 a.m. PST

I'd buy a pack of them if they came with a ridiculously over armed and militant Michael Gross.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2010 7:43 a.m. PST


What are you talking about? Burt Gummer rocked!!! That is, until his rec room became a wrecked room:

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Thesceneuk Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 12:37 p.m. PST


Awesome work Dan, keep up the good work.
I would keep it as it is.



Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2010 12:52 p.m. PST


LOL!!! I have a couple of people ahead of you now. If, for some reason, neither one of them works out, you're next in line.

I've just added a comparison photo of the finished head next to the incomplete body:


If/when the head is cast, I plan to use a couple of the casts to adapt to the body. The body will then get the final details. Of those two heads adapted to the body, one of the heads will have the mouth open and the other one closed.


Size-wise, I think it's pretty close to what I had sketched 6 months ago:


When finished, the body section will probably have simulated cracked soil around it, like I did with the 28mm version pictured here:



PS. By the way, the 28mm version was sold to Riverbluff Wargames and was very, very big. It was was sold semi-finished back in 2007 or 2008. Not sure if he will ever cast it. I hope he does. I would love couple of those casts.

Pole Bitwy PL Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 12:55 p.m. PST

Excellent Dan. Keep on sculpting ! Don't let unimportant issues like gaming and miniature painting tear you away from green stuff… :D

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2010 2:08 p.m. PST

LOL. Thanks.

As my arm gets better, I plan to slowly get back to the GreenStuff.


Gailbraithe Games Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 2:41 p.m. PST

Dan, PM sent.

Pole Bitwy PL Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 3:30 p.m. PST

We have just reached an agreement with Dan about the 15mm non-graboid head.
The head will be cast in a metal alloy. How should the final product be packed and sold ?

Thanks for your comments in advance,

Piotr @ Pole Bitwy

Gailbraithe Games Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 4:03 p.m. PST

Depending on how much it costs (i.e. lead weight) per unit, I think 3 for $4-8 dollars would be reasonable. Given prices for other stuff in 15mm (like Rebel minis stuff), I definitely think $6.49 USD for 3 is about the target price. Maybe 3 euro, I don't know the conversion rate off the top of my head.

Either that or package them 3 in a pack with a dozen modern townsfolk for $20. USD If you're going to do that, get some rules published (pdf) to go with them, sell it as a box game.

Also, don't call it graboid unless you have good lawyers and money to burn. Call it an "undergrab worm" or "cthonic slug," whatever. Just not a grabboid. Heck, call it a Nag Worm (not a grabboid worm!).

Redroom Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 5:13 p.m. PST

Looks pretty cool

JRacel Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 8:50 p.m. PST

I am very late to this party! Seems Dan has already lost his head to the Poles, but they seems to be promising to return them cast in metal for a reasonable sum, so that does not sound to bad.

My opinions. I like the head better than the rough of the body, but since the body has not been completed, that is understandable. I first thought this was a plant monster from the somewhat leaf shaped top (and the pictures from behind), and only after going through all the pictures did I realize it was a critter coming out of the ground to grab someone (have I mentioned a lack of sleep and too much work?). One I downloaded the original sized photos and examined them in detail, it was a lot better. I really like the head and think it would be a great piece, but I would liek more than one variant if possible so that when my Marines are attacked by a pack of them, they are not all the same. The body seems a little too bulky to me. I know people love the whole giant Dune worms thing, but it would seem a slightly slimmer body would make more sense more burrowing. Maybe it could use the ridges on its body to help it tunnel sort of like and organic screw that expands, twists, contract sand does that again and again to propel itself underground? I keep wanting to see some form of locomotion that would better equate with speed than a giant worm since I have never seen one of those more too fast on the surface or in soil.

Overall, I think its fine work by Dan and I really liek the big worm. Now, what I want to see is what I thought this was at first, a man eating plant. I think you need to work on some "killer" floral critters so I can buy them for Mutants and Death Ray Guns. There is a major shortage of 15mm plant people.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2010 11:08 p.m. PST


Thanks for the great feedback.

"Man eating plant?" You want figures of Vegans? LOL. Seriously, though, shoot me some drawings of what you arethinking of. I know that you have also said "I still think you need to consider some plant people or killer floral arrangements. :)".


Pole Bitwy PL Inactive Member01 Apr 2010 11:48 p.m. PST

I would be very interested in casting mutated plants and plant people :D

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2010 6:22 a.m. PST

Let's see if we can brainstorm the plant creatures topic at this other thread, while Jeff is hard at work:

TMP link

I hope we can surprise him with lots of good suggestions for what they should look like.


John Leahy02 Apr 2010 7:01 p.m. PST

Been a alittle busy so just checked this out. Very cool! I think I like the 25mm concept with part of the body attached. Those are VERY nice! Dan, you have some skill at this.



Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2010 10:09 p.m. PST

Thanks, John.

I don't know about skills. I'm still new at it. Anyway, that was 6 months ago, long before I was forced to go into surgery.

Hope my right hand lets me get back to playing with putty. I always found it therapeutic.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2010 11:56 p.m. PST

I just saw a commercial for a new movie that has something similar:



Pole Bitwy PL Inactive Member31 May 2010 1:58 p.m. PST

Just to update everyone, the not-Graboid head is with the caster right now, so should be available in about two weeks or less.


Piotr Adamiak

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2010 10:04 a.m. PST

Awesome!!! Thanks, Piotr.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2010 2:11 p.m. PST

How's it going?

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jun 2012 3:25 a.m. PST

Did these ever come out in 15mm? I bought some of the 25mm versions but thy are a bit big for 15mm and I'd love to pick up a few for Venus

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2017 6:21 p.m. PST

Anyone ever heard anything back from Piotr?


War Monkey14 Apr 2017 9:13 p.m. PST

I think he may have been eaten by a clan of bears! huh?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2017 6:57 p.m. PST

Oh wow!


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