A Tyranid drinking hole – even the horde needs to stop to refresh and refuel.
My first large scale sculpting effort, created for the Terra Genesis Drinking Spot competition. The drinking hole is based on a CD & is sculpted primarily from Apoxie Sculpt with smaller details in ProCreate. The goal is to create a sucking orifice with four upright tusks. The form begins with a one inch layer of Apoxie that is worked with a dental pick to create the woody exterior. The rim then has small mouths & tentacles added to break up the consistent pattern. The interior of the hole is a thin layer of Apoxie with impressions mass-produced using a stamp. Exterior detail on the four tusk bases is added as horizontal bands with small sucker holes made with a piece of aluminum tubing.
The tusks are a curved horn of Apoxie over a wire armature. I was forced to use a bit of ProCreate to detail the curve – the Apoxie would not hold the small amounts of detail that the smaller surface required. The last remaining step is to create a plug that will slot into the tusk base. The finished tusk will then be cast in a mold to create the set of four pieces.