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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 8:28 p.m. PST

My Awful Green Things From Outer Space project has been bubbling slowly on the back burner for a just over a year now, as I do little bits of work on it between other projects as the Muse strikes. Last night was a crafts night at the house and I broke out the Fimo.

In earlier waves of work, I got the bases prepped for all the figures. I used various small wooden shapes from the big box craft stores. Spray painted the back sides in a rusty red, the tops in a light greenish-grey, did all the numbering of stats, and then varnished both sides with Dullcote. Sealed with varnish, the wooden bases can be baked with the Fimo figures right on them with no problems caused by shifting moisture levels.

First lot done and out of the oven: the Eggs and Fragments. Here's the big baked batch, and close-ups of the Personality Eggs and Fragments with proto-eyes (inspired by the movie The Green Slime). I did the whites of the little proto-eyes with a tranlucent clear clay which clouded up a bit during baking and doesn't have as much contrast now as it did originally.

When I do the Babies and Adults, they will of course have bigger eyes and I will make them with opaque white clay for better contrast.

Allen5725 Dec 2018 9:35 p.m. PST

Cant find it but someone did the game with fimo and a large ship as in the game for the playing area. It was really creative. Go for it mini mo. If you google the game and look at images you will see some the great stuff others have done with fimo. It is a fun game.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 9:45 p.m. PST

There are a number of inspirational builds over on BoardGameGeek.

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 10:48 p.m. PST

Chick Lewis did one on his cargo ship the Venture. Great game ! We died like pigs ! <lol>

Gone Fishing26 Dec 2018 5:50 a.m. PST

This is incredibly inspiring, MiniMo. For years I've been tempted to do the same thing, but always turn away at the last minute when I consider my primitive sculpting skills. Do keep us posted on your progress!

What do you plan to use as a ship?

In evidence that great minds think alike, today I plan to sculpt some Kaled Mutants (ie., Daleks) for my 54mm Dr Who project. Should be pretty easy, I think: just a green blob with tentacles on one end; I plan to paint the single eye on each one. I think we are even using the same shade of green!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 8:39 a.m. PST

Fortunately, primitive sculpting skills aren't necessarily a bad artistic thing for Awful Green Things and the crew of the good ship Znutar! I've done little bits of polymer clay stuff over the years, so I started with the Eggs and the Fragments to start working up to the others. Babies next, then Adults, then on to the fiddlier Crew and Weapons.

For the ship itself, I'll be printing out a large format custom mat created by Mattias on BGG. I may get fancy and have it printed on neoprene. Likely will print it at 2' x 3'. His [very stunning] build is over here: link

I will keep posting progress pictures, but this will continue to be a slow build around the edges of other projects (like big games I'm getting ready for this convention season).

vicmagpa1 Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 3:39 p.m. PST

love the game. every game a different result! nice JOB YOU DID!

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 3:48 p.m. PST

I did the awful green things with playMobile figures


Gone Fishing27 Dec 2018 8:28 a.m. PST

Very clever! Were the monsters Playmobil figures also, or did you use something else? Can't quite tell from the picture…Looks like great fun, though.

Major Mike27 Dec 2018 12:50 p.m. PST

I used Sculpy to make my figures. I have everyone/thing done except fragments.

Gone Fishing27 Dec 2018 12:59 p.m. PST

Can you share pics?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2018 1:17 p.m. PST

Yes, please do share!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2018 8:38 p.m. PST

Eyeballs, Captain Yid! I figured it would be easier to bake the eyeballs first so they will keep their shape while sculpting the Babies and Adults.

Gone Fishing28 Dec 2018 6:29 a.m. PST

That's a clever solution. I've always wondered how to do things like eyeballs in Fimo without them getting squished. Let us know (see!) how it turns out!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2018 8:10 a.m. PST

Fimo is pretty solid when working it, and the eyeballs wouldn't be in too much danger if sculpted all together. But I figured this woud give me a lot of leeway to moosh the faces around; and especially made it easy to get them all about the same size for their age groups.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 9:03 p.m. PST

Fresh out of the oven, 18 Awful Green Babies with baby blues (the Adults are getting the dark blue eyeballs). I did find that it was very helpful having the pre-baked eyeballs to work around.

Gone Fishing30 Dec 2018 7:05 a.m. PST

Those are looking really good. Dumb question time: are the eyeballs still in the translucent clay or are they pure white; and how did you make the pupils – by pushing in a smaller blob of the required colour? My inexperience as a modeler speaking here…

Please post the adults once you get to them!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 8:07 a.m. PST

These pupils were White, but baked to about the same colour as the translucent.

I used the end of a toothpick to poke a hole in the ball, then rolled out a skinny strand of blue and shoved the pointy end in the hole. After it mooshed in solidly, I trimmed the excess with an XActo.

Will definitely be positng photos of Adults and Crew and Weapons as they get done.

When I do the Adults, I'll also do up an extra test blob with an eye. I want to try outlining the rim of the eye and the pupil with a red .005 Micron Art pen and see how that looks.

Gone Fishing30 Dec 2018 9:44 a.m. PST

Thank you, I'll look forward to seeing more!

ced110631 Dec 2018 7:42 p.m. PST


I managed to resist the Ogre miniatures KS, but dunno if I could for an Awful Green Things one!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 10:01 a.m. PST

Well, this inspired me to get out my game box and play a few solo games. It's an easy game to play solo. I simply rule that the AGTs always grow the most numerous stage on the board, and then intelligently pursue the crew by priority of distance and threat factors: 1.) Carries biggest weapon threat 2.) Can get to biggest weapon threat 3.) Highest threat that can be ganged up on by AGTs on this turn 4.) Lowest Con score (so easier to eat).

The first game started with a Comm Beamer attack into a group of aliens. Oops. 1 die fragments. Okay, Fire Extinguisher attack: Grow. Uh, Rocket Fuel: 1 die fragments. Gas Grenades: No Effect. Quick, set up Electric Fence to block ‘em!: 1 die fragments.
By the time I found a remotely effective weapon (Stun Gun: 4 Dice to Kill), it was too late for the crew. The robot was gang munched, and the AGTs held all the launching bays. Munch, munch, burp.

The second game flipped the results: Comm Beamer: Shrink. Rocket Fuel: 4 Dice to Kill. Stun Gun: 5 Dice to Stun. Gas Grenade: 5 Dice to Kill. From there it was mop up work. Shrink then Stun then Kill.

Third game for a tie breaker: Comm Beamer: 5 Dice to Stun. Fire Extinguisher: 3 Dice to Kill. Stun Gun: 3 Dice to Kill. Gas Grenade: 5 Dice to Stun. Rocket Fuel: 3 Dice to Kill. While more of a challenge, the combination of Stunning adults, ganging up on babies and the occasional really good 3dtK roll, cleaned out the AGT threat handily.

Fun game.

Oh, and miniMo I love the sunglasses and the beanie eggs!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 12:15 p.m. PST

Yup, that's a good AI for solo play!

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