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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 9:52 a.m. PST

It's incredible what some people can make with "paper, modeling paste and bamboo":


Japanese website:

It makes me want to try my hand at making a PVA "paper mache" carcass terrain piece of only the protruding back of a giant reptilian beast, perhaps one that was semi mummified by desert winds.

I would probably use paper-coated floral wire for the armature though. And paint the armature off-white before laying down the layers of thin tan and "parchment" color crepe textured paper. And then a final thin "wash" of brownish yellow.

War Monkey's awesome terrain pieces are also PVA "paper mache":

TMP link

PS. Here's a sample of his inspiring work:



Insomniac09 Nov 2017 10:32 a.m. PST

Those are amazing.

Apart from the ribs ( a bit too 'ducting' shaped) they are completely believable.

Isn't it amazing what people can do with the most mundane of materials?

Thanks for sharing.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

Insomniac: "Apart from the ribs ( a bit too 'ducting' shaped)"

What would make them look less so? Got some suggestions?

Another option I was thinking of would be to make a really rough "skeleton" out of original white Sculpey, and then layer the thin textured papers over that. I would want that tight but paper-like flakiness of extremely dry flesh and skin, but I'd want some of the "ribs" to show too.



PS. Because shrinkage is part of the process that creates that "tightness" effect, I wouldn't be putting the piece on the final base until fully dry, and then using only hot glue or some non-shrinking caulk material, so as not to warp the base.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 12:36 p.m. PST

I've always loved that monstrous skeleton--perhaps a fossil--which shows up in a desert scene in Conan the Destroyer. It's not obtrusive or central to the plot, but it serves to make the point that you're a long way from home.

But my paper-mache ambitions run toward bridges and buildings--cheap, light and sturdy.

Legion 409 Nov 2017 3:47 p.m. PST

Those are some ugly muth'a Bleeped texts ! They almost look real !

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 7:33 p.m. PST


Was it this scene?



Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 12:16 a.m. PST


They definitely looked real enough to me. :)


Legion 410 Nov 2017 6:51 a.m. PST

If so … it's a good thing they are dead … evil grin

Twoball Cane10 Nov 2017 5:28 p.m. PST

Creepy… for some reason it reminds me of the frog circus exhibit at the Wistiahurst Museum in Holyoke, Ma..

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 12:04 a.m. PST

Lol. At least they're not the bloated stuffed toads on bicycles, or playing instruments, like people try to sell us across the border in Mexico (and Central America now). They try to make them look like they're alive, and fail miserably.

What an horribly undignified way to spend eternity! :)


Twoball Cane12 Nov 2017 5:15 p.m. PST

Dan! I'm afraid those frogs in the circus are indeed dressed and posed in circus positions…ewww !!! Still they are from the 1800s ….creepy like in Mexico. 🐸


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