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  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

“It Is Described As A Ten-Foot Cube Of Transparent Gelatinous Ooze..."

"...Which is able to absorb and digest organic matter."

This 60mm tall model of a Gelatinous Cube is produced by “Reaper Miniatures” and can be purchased as Code 77305 from their “Bones” range. Cast in a translucent “special” polymer plastic, the “ooze entry” was invented by Gary Gygax, and first appeared “in the original [1974] Dungeons & Dragons ‘white box’ set”.

Able to slide “through dungeon corridors, absorbing everything in its path, digesting everything organic and secreting non-digestible matter in its wake”, this multi-part monster was painted in sub assemblies in the hope that it would be possible to sneak a ghoulish glimpse of its recent partially-eaten prey. As a result, its ‘interior piece’ was primed using some “Vallejo” Iraqi Sand, drenched in “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade and later dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Iraqi Sand.

"It is specifically and perfectly 'adapted' to its native environment..."

Any skeletal remains were lightly dry-brushed with some “Vallejo” White, whilst the odd weapon blade (whether sword or axe) was ‘picked out’ using a combination of “Citadel” Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil. I then applied a couple of washes of the shade, Carroburg Crimson, to what appeared to be a large sprawling cape, so as to suggest the raiment was actually being bleached by the creature’s digestive juices.

The sculpt also contains a couple of long-discarded shields, so the wooden ones, along with any shafts, handles or belts, were treated to a layer of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna before being washed in Strong Tone Quickshade by “The Army Painter”. I also applied either a dab of “Vallejo” Heavy Blue or Heavy Green to the odd pouch, and subsequently shaded them with a splash of appropriately-placed “Citadel” Drakenhof Nightshade or Biel-Tan Green.

"Age Of Sigmar" WIPs - These three Bloodletters have are slowly having all their gold 'picked out'

Unfortunately, little of this brush-work can actually be seen through the Gelatinous Cube itself as the exterior sculpt of the “perfect ten feet” cube is equally as detailed with lots of dripping slime, brutally muddying the plastic’s transparency. Disconcertingly however, this was not my biggest disappointment with the model, as it proved impossible to stick together using my ordinarily-trusty “Gale Force Nine” super-glue and instead I had to resort to a hearty application of “Araldite” to bond the “living mound of transparent jelly” together. Sadly, this two-part epoxy didn’t completely cure clear, leaving a slightly frosty seam down one of the Gelatinous Cube’s sides.

Having completed my “dungeon scavenger” I have found a little time to continue progressing the next batch of Bloodletters I plan to add to my “Age Of Sigmar” Blades of Khorne warhost, as well as “Warhammer 40K daemonic force. I want to give myself as much flexibility as possible in potentially splitting up this horde into much smaller minimum-strength units, so have decided to assemble both a third standard-bearer and musician from my latest ‘Slaughter-kin’ boxed set…


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