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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2015 11:33 p.m. PST

Or vegetable-like animal life. Perhaps something found within a Hollow Earth setting. Or the result of nuclear or other causes of mutations?

Anyway, there are loads of acorns and other neat things falling from trees these days, and I thought to put some of them together and see how they might look.

I had some odd washers left over and used those as their bases, stacking them to raise the trunk "bulbs" of these trees a little higher than ground level. The reason for that is that I plan to add tentacles around the bases, and don't want the tentacles to hide any of the texture on the acorn shells.

So, what do you think so far?





As for the tops, first I'll add a drop or two of SuperGlue on the stems, just to reinforce them a little. Then I plan to do something like the tops of feather worms. Like the type one sees in coral reefs or the giant tube worm ones found near volcanic vents on the sea floor. Not sure what I'll use yet for the "feather" look.




Note: Everything will be primed, painted and dry-brushed when the time comes, of course.


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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2015 11:36 p.m. PST

That is the best likeness of Blooblefleeglegartz I have seen in ages. thumbs up

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2015 11:44 p.m. PST



AVAMANGO28 Sep 2015 1:50 a.m. PST

Those acorns look great, just dry brush them in a slightly lighter shade and they would be perfect for a hot arid terrain.

Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2015 3:58 a.m. PST

While less steady, I think they'd also look great with the stem glued down, and the "cup" part sticking up.


Xintao Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2015 4:35 a.m. PST

They look fantastic. Please post more pics when you paint them.


dick garrison28 Sep 2015 4:36 a.m. PST

Those look great, just be careful I made a load of scenery with some seed pods I found and after a while they distorted, you might be fine but just a heads up.

Cheers Roger.

Pauls Bods28 Sep 2015 5:29 a.m. PST

Clever. Are you going to leave them unpainted ?

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2015 6:15 a.m. PST

Looks like a Dr. Seuss creation of sorts. I love 'em, CC!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2015 7:58 a.m. PST

Garrison: "Those look great, just be careful I made a load of scenery with some seed pods I found and after a while they distorted, you might be fine but just a heads up "

Hmm. Excellent point!

Maybe, after reinforcing/sealing the stems with Super Glue, I should wait until the rest dries up completely before risking all the next steps (adding roots, foliage, gravel, priming, painting, etc.).

Thanks so much,

PS. Next time I'll start off with fully dry ones. Note to self.

BlackWidowPilot Fezian28 Sep 2015 11:31 a.m. PST


another possible use for these:



Just an idea…

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2015 11:38 a.m. PST

'Wayne's World! Wayne's World!'

;->= Yup, crossed my mind as I first saw the OP just now.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2015 11:44 a.m. PST

Wayne's World? Really?

I guess I've only seen bits and pieces.

PS. That "Polarian" picture rocks, Leland!

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Sep 2015 12:51 p.m. PST

Goofs! They mean Wayne Barlow, with that comparative picture being form Barlows guide to Aliens (or some such similar name). All of those illustrated are from older popular sci-fi books. For example, the 4th from left on the bottom row is his interpretation of a Guildsman from Dune. (not the stage 4 navigator) While the first yellow one from the left on the top row is a Thrint from The Man Kzin Wars series…

LoudNinjaGames28 Sep 2015 4:05 p.m. PST

Some stuff I am working on..

This is an alien tree analog with a hollow in it.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2015 4:40 p.m. PST


Oh, so harsh! ;->=

Sorry, Dan. Wayne Barlowe, indeed.

I've three books of his, Guide to Extraterrestials, Guide to Fantasy, both compilations of what I assume is his work for novel illustration, and Expedition, where he tries his hand at world building.

I know you can find examples on the net, as Leland has demonstrated, but try a trip to the library to experience him on paper, Dan.


John Treadaway29 Sep 2015 5:33 a.m. PST


Try soaking them in something like Future for a while and then letting them dry. It's "wet" enough to probably infiltrate every crack and crevice and will dry quite hard and probably help stabilise them. It's probably kill anything living in them too, I'm guessing.

If you wanted to really make sure of that latter thing, you could probably soak them in acetone first and then let them dry before you soak them in Future – acetone is – after all – what they use in the dry cleaners so it's probably do a good job of killing stuff.

These are just ideas, you understand: I've tried neither.

John T

John Treadaway29 Sep 2015 5:41 a.m. PST


Thanks for reminding me about Barlow's Guide: I have a copy on the shelf in front of me (somewhere!) I must dig it out.

The guide page you showed is an interesting thing, though: many a sculptor could have a good look at that for some serious inspiration on the miniatures front, though – to be honest – I think I once saw something like the number 32 – the Ixtl – in a shop in San Fransisco when I was visiting… wink

Not sure it was 1/100th, though, but the colour was about right.

John T

tkdguy29 Sep 2015 2:30 p.m. PST

They look great! Well done!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2015 7:46 a.m. PST

John T

Thanks so much for the suggestions. Do you think any of them might interfere with painting later?



BlackWidowPilot Fezian30 Sep 2015 1:56 p.m. PST

I'm holding out for some not-Merseians myself… Gatortails out to conquer the universe so their cubs can have stars for toys…evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2015 3:34 p.m. PST

Maybe I could make my next batch of Acornians (get it?) more like this:



What do you guys think?


BlackWidowPilot Fezian02 Oct 2015 9:40 a.m. PST

I think you're as insane as ever, Dan, and that is a good thing in my books…evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

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