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Cacique Caribe02 Mar 2018 8:20 a.m. PST

It sure seemed to behave like one, don't you think?

Anyway, how would you represent the movement and spread of such a creature on, say, a terrain board for smaller scales (like 15mm or even 10mm)?

Would you just use the top section of a vinyl or rubber toy jellyfish? Would you just add more of those, next to each other, as the blob grows? Or would you have other suggestions?*

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Anyone ever tried gaming The Blob?

Dan
* My lovely wife suggested simply using colored plastic wrap. :)

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Chalfant02 Mar 2018 8:50 a.m. PST

Here was a game…

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Chalfant

Chalfant02 Mar 2018 8:53 a.m. PST

And here was Doc Merkury's method for building his Globs…
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Chalfant

Dynaman878902 Mar 2018 9:06 a.m. PST

play dough with wires in it should do fine. Jello might be better but cleaning that up would be a nightmare

Cacique Caribe02 Mar 2018 9:13 a.m. PST

Chalfant

Those look incredible! Genius!!!

Dan

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Chalfant02 Mar 2018 9:39 a.m. PST

:)

Chalfant

28mm Fanatik02 Mar 2018 9:50 a.m. PST

It's just a big glob of snot.

cfuzwuz Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2018 9:56 a.m. PST

They sacrificed the "wino" to the globs. Classic !

Pyrate Captain02 Mar 2018 10:02 a.m. PST
Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Mar 2018 11:30 a.m. PST

In our blob games, as the creature is successful with close combat kills (mostly the only way the blob kills in most games), it grows.

The basic blob is a wadded up ball of coloured cellophane wrap. (You can get lots of colours at Christmas and Easter, or any time if you have a big enough grocery store.) As you progress, wrap more cellophane around it until you get the right diameter. You can also occasionally embed a figure or small terrain piece in it.

Some blobs can split. We make those as multiple little balls of cellophane, and wrap them up in a larger sheet. Then you unwrap them and split the bits.

This also works for bits of cotton batting as "The Mist" kaiju.

Cacique Caribe02 Mar 2018 12:23 p.m. PST

Etotheipi: "The basic blob is a wadded up ball of coloured cellophane wrap"

Lol. That's exactly what my wife suggested! She said it needed to look like it was still a single organism whenever it grew.

Maybe I need to listen to her even more than I already do.

Dan

Covert Walrus02 Mar 2018 2:20 p.m. PST

I'd say corporate Slime mold.

But I'm a biologist :)

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2018 3:38 p.m. PST

maybe try making plain finger jello I know we made jello shots takes 3-5 gelatin mix to water to make vodka shots go solid

Cacique Caribe02 Mar 2018 3:47 p.m. PST

Hmm. What if … instead of metal washers or standard bases like in the picture, one were to use clear acrylic ones?

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Also, does anyone make truly clear hot glue? Or crystal clear silicone glue? Or are all of them cloudy/milky?

Dan

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Old Wolfman02 Mar 2018 6:28 p.m. PST

It creeps,and leaps,it moves and slides across the floor….;^)

Allen5702 Mar 2018 6:35 p.m. PST

My grandkids play with a substance called thinking putty. For my birthday they gave me a can of it. It works great as a blob for D&D and I don't see why you could not use it for "the Blob" of movie fame. It does not stick much to stuff so you can have it around your figures.

https://puttyworld.com

Cacique Caribe03 Mar 2018 3:18 a.m. PST

Wow! That putty is a strange material for sure.

The idea of "tentacles" or tendrils makes even more sense, as I watch clips of the blob movies. Here's the 1958 one:

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Dan

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Landorl03 Mar 2018 10:17 a.m. PST

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This is the REAL blob!

Cacique Caribe03 Mar 2018 12:52 p.m. PST

Landorl

That's exactly how I feel too. The 1958 version is THE only one that matters to me. :)

Dan

Chalfant03 Mar 2018 2:45 p.m. PST

Every year they have a Blobfest in Phoenixville, including a movie run out….
https://www.facebook.com/BlobFest

they close a street, have vendors, music, costume contest.
I mean its a simple thing, but we are close enough to it that its worth going to. Not that any of that helps your game.

Chalfant

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2018 4:03 a.m. PST

I recall reading about a "scientifically plausible" Blob years ago and they figured it would be a colony creature (Yes, the jellyfish analogue is not far off) made up of several organisms living in harmony, some produce stuff like acids and other chemicals to break down organic matter while others provided motility and the system absorbed organic matter, recycling it into new organisms that helped to make it grow increasingly larger without straining it like it would a single creature.

So it has elements that make it move, a "digestive" system and probably some rudimentary "sense" like touch and maybe microscopic tendrils that allow it to sense nearby movement through air currents and has a reflexive move to reach out and grab anything that isn't a steady air current.

Jellyfish can be extremely complex with advanced features so the Blob is an unlikely but not impossible monster. It's still far more realistic than bus-sized ants for example.

The Shadow04 Mar 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

The Blob wasn't supposed to be analyzed. It was a satire. I saw it when I was a kid, and I knew that it wasn't supposed to be really scary when I heard the lyrics to the song that played during the opening credits. I understood it for what it was and had a lot of fun watching it. Similarly, "Invasion of the Saucer Men" was a satire on "the little green men from outer space", but it took me a little longer to catch on.

Cacique Caribe05 Mar 2018 2:43 a.m. PST

Shadow: "The Blob wasn't supposed to be analyzed. It was a satire."

I also watched it on TV as a little kid, of 7 years of age or so. However, because I didn't know a word of English at the time, I had no idea what the song was about. We wouldn't be moving to the States yet for another 4 years.

So the Blob was all very real to me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :)

Dan

Cacique Caribe05 Mar 2018 2:54 a.m. PST

I wonder … Here's a couple of questions for you hot glue experts:

What if for the "tentacles", instead of using a solid stick of "clear" hot glue stick, one were to inset a long thin sandwich of stick slivers, with a red color glue stick sliver at the core of that?

Would that come out any better than adding paint to the surface of the hot glue? Would it come out looking like some sort of swirl pattern?

Dan

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TamsinP05 Mar 2018 4:17 a.m. PST

Another option would be to use some of the clear/translucent silicon sealant (the stuff you use for sealing plumbing joins), possibly with a little ink swirled into it.

Cacique Caribe05 Mar 2018 8:53 a.m. PST

Good idea! Hopefully I'll find a crystal clear sealant.

Thanks

Dan

deflatermouse05 Mar 2018 11:55 a.m. PST

We got a cheap green and glitter glue stick at a local emporium. I mix it with normal "clear' glue sticks from the $2 USD Shop. Just squirt it out in blobs and because it's cheap, it stings easily.
Goes well for the Green Goo figs from Khurasan
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Cacique Caribe05 Mar 2018 2:15 p.m. PST

Deflatermouse

That trailer is hilarious. I love it.

Dan

deflatermouse06 Mar 2018 1:36 a.m. PST

Made me the man I am today…

huh?

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