Now that the mandatory Monty Python quote has been made, here is the second monster I’ve scratch-built.
Having been a Lurker on the DM’s Craft forums for quite a while now, I’ve had the privilege of seeing some pretty awesome scratch-built monsters for Dungeons and Dragons. One of which was a monster called a Roper.
Now here is the End Result of the Forum Post/Tutorial that inspired me to create my own Roper:
A link to the tutorial on how this monstrosity was made can be found here:
And since you are reading through Jason’s tutorial, you should also take a few minutes to watch the Fungeon Master Dave’s video on how he created his Roper:
Now with lots of inspiration on how to create this particular Tentacle Monster (TM, or Tim – get the joke now?) and feeling bolstered by the success of Scaldara, I just had to take a crack at making Tim.
Having tried using a toilet paper roll and failing horribly, I wound up using a plain old piece of cardstock rolled into a cone and hotgluing. I then used a box-cutting knife to cut the mouth and an x for the eye-socket. I bent him backwards at the mouth cut and used another piece of cardstock and hot-glued himinto the pose you see below.
Blunt Toothpick ends were glued into place for the teeth (because let’s face it – pointy toothpick teeth have been done to death and I think these blunt and jagged babies would hurt way more). A wooden bead was inserted and glued into the eyesocket. The arms were made from the plastic-coated stems from artificial flowers and inserted into holes I punched out with an Exact-o knife and Phillips screwdriver.
The base is a 2inch square of cardstock (REALLY should have used a Juice-bottle-cap since it curled!). The texturing was initially hot glue, but I didn’t like the look and went over it in Flexible Modeling Paste (same stuff I used to create the fire for Scaldara). Then I spray-painted it black:
Followed by a base-coat of Pewter Gray. Please forgive the wet-paint pictures.
I then dry-brushed him with Dolphin Gray and went in and painted the eye red.
All in all, I think Tim turned out great!