|Finn gets half eaten by "Jelly Cube"|
Adventure Time with Finn & Jake
The commercially produced miniatures are on the whole way too expensive but here's a list in case you have no modelling or DIY skills.
- Otherworld Miniatures - The go to guys for OSR style fantasy miniatures have 3 versions; DM16a Standard (£15), DM16b Deluxe I and DM16c Deluxe II (£25). These are very useable and to the usual Otherworld Miniatures sculpt standards, but pricey all the same.
- D&D Miniatures - The Desert of Desolation series of minis introduced which you can still pick up (if you have deep pockets) on ebay for £40. One for the serious collector I think.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants - The DIY Roundup
There are basically two ways to tackle this, solid or hollow. Making your gelatinous cube solid has a number of advantages namely that it will be extremely sturdy durable and you can embed miniatures and other items inside for that partially digested look. However the cost of resin can be high and it's not a material everyone feels confident using.
The obvious advantage of the hollow cube is that you can put your PC's miniature inside it and there's a weight saving. It's a purely personal choice, but here's a quick round-up of the more prominent jelly cube makers out there on the interweb.
Solid DIY Gelatinous Cubes
- Sean K Reynolds details the process of making his solid resin cubes with hirst arts moulds.
- Big Lee has an adventure making a solid resin version.
- Michael Curtis made his solid version from wood and joint compound.
- Fat Dragon Games has a papercraft gelatinous cube in their Dragon Tiles: Tombs and Horrors set for $7.99 but all I want is the cube itself.
- Dungeons & Digressions shows you how to make a quick and dirty cube from acetate.
- Damian posted his interesting hot glue only homemade version on ENWorld.
- Dungeonmaster Mark has a video of his great looking hollow gelatinous cube on Youtube.
- Djpiebob just uses 4 chessex dice boxes for his cube.
Make it the Roleplay-Geek WayYou will need:
|An old shirt box, ripe for recycling|
- Acetate - I got mine from an old shirt box (I bet you have some old packaging lying around) so was this was essentially free and made me feel good about reusing and recycling. Most come clear but any colour will do, it just has to be transparent.
- Hot Melt Glue Gun - I picked mine up from a discount store complete with a couple of packs of sticks for £3, but most DIYers and hobbyists will have one of these already. If you don't have one of these you can use superglue, but make sure that you add some gluing tabs to your box grid (see Step 1 below).
- Pen - A Sharpie or other non branded fine permanent marker (like a CD Pen). Green or Blue are best, but any colour will suffice.
- Sandpaper - Wet & Dry is best to minimise coarse scratches but essentially any sandpaper will do the finer the better.
- Ruler - for marking, cutting and folding your acetate.
- Craft Knife - for cutting your acetate.
- Sticky Tape - for holding your cube sides together as you glue.
- 30-60 Minutes of Your Life! - You won't ever get it back but you were only going to waste it watching TV or reading some other persons blog.
|Acetate marked out in "Cross Pattern"|
If you want to make a hollow box, cut out a smaller square (approximately 40mm) from one face, usually the end one in the cross pattern.
If you're using superglue it's a good idea at this stage to leave a thin glue tab around each of the faces as it's really tricky to glue edge to edge without seepage and the inevitable fingers stuck together.
|Acetate cut, scored, folded and scuffed|
|box taped and glue up in progress|
Step 4: Tape each side one at a time and glue the edges together. The hot melt glue may heat up the plastic and deform your box sides but don't panic at this stage. Beware, the hot melt glue is exactly that, HOT! and will take a while to cool down, so try to avoid the temptation to touch it as it will burn you, stick to your fingers and go all stringy.
If you're using superglue instead of hot melt glue try to avoid getting any on your fingers as it's a real pain and you will get finger print marks in the acetate.
|Extra drippy effect applied to outsi|
Eh voila, you have a super cheap Gelatinous Cube, or as we say in Sarf East Lahndan, "Jellied Cube for nish, mate!". You can make your cube's as big or small as you like and in as many colours as you like. Try spicing it up by by glueing miniature swords, shields or bits of that half butchered skeleton you have lying around your bits box, to the inside faces
With a bit of creativity you can use hot melt glue and acetate for all sorts of things like flying stands, Tenser's Floating Disc, magic portals, Walls of Ice, Fire, Force and Fog or any of the Bigby's Hand spells. Let your imagination and hot glue flow free!.
|Finished gelatinous cube happily munching on a GW half-orc|