Alien Objective Markers

Bio leaching, DNA stealing, blood sucking alien invaders have landed.  And I owe it all to the fact that I can’t sculpt fire.

nid objective

One part of trying to scratch build everything is learning new things.  Some times, those new things don’t come easy or at all.  But while forming a shapeless lump that should have been an engine fire, I uncovered a technique that made for a rather neat organic effect.   The marker on the left was the origin of the alien markers shown above. 

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Begin with a lump of Apoxie Sculpt.  Smooth down the edges with a broad headed sculpting tool and form a bowl in the center.  Cut up the edge with a sharp edged tool such as a needle.   Round suckers are made from a 1/8 tube with a small impression within the circle.  The small impressions on the tentacles were formed using a 2mm crochet hook. 

One final lesson learned – Apoxie Sculpt has an active life of about 20 minutes, after that time the Apoxie no longer cuts when pressure is applied and responds by moving away from pressure.  Apoxie is still fine to do large, terrain type work with for about an hour or more but will not respond well to small detail work. In comparison, green stuff/ProCreate is good to work with for more than an hour.

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  1. #1 by xenite on August 29, 2007 - 4:00 pm

    Nice stuff! I like the creepy alien growths coming out of the ground. I was thinking about making some markers for my Tyranid army. I find this inspiring. Show some painted pics!

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