Needing something to work on while waiting for the paint on my elementals to dry and feeling inspired by the blisterpack off of a toy manta ray my kid decided he had to have, I decided to try my hand at making an Aboleth.
First I needed some reference images, including the official aboleth mini:
These guys look like Sad Catfish… I think we can do better.
The first thing I did was look up how big the Aboleth was supposed to be. According to my Pathfinder Bestiary I, the Aboleth is a Huge monster, which means a 3″ base.
I pondered this for a bit and looked at my blister pack I had salvaged:
Not wanting to go with a traditional square base, and lacking the ability to cut Foam Core in a circle (the only material I really had on hand), I decided to compromise by making a three inch octagon base.
I then drew a rough tear drop shape as I wanted my aboleth to be just below the surface of the water (and thus allowing myself the ability to be lazy and not make a tail!
Then I took my Foam Core and made a three inch by three inch square, then I turned it 45 degrees and cut the corners off so the new sides were three inches from each other. And Voila! A Huge Base that can find a home on any water grid (even if I do play Gridless, not everyone does). I then recycled the off cuts to begin making a armature for the body.
That done, it was then time to start building up the body. I used some recycled aluminum foil (after it had been washed and dried of course). To give the aboleth some texture, I built up some ridges using strips of manila folder and hot glue.
I then added another layer of foil…
Then it was time to break out the paper towels, toilet paper, and Elmer’s Glue! I think all in all there are 3 layers worth of TP in addition to the PT, I kinda lost count…
Then I started working on the base. I used another off cut to lift the aboleth so it would look like it was rising from the deep. I also covered up the edges and built up the sides a bit… though I was a little over zealous with the hot glue and wound up with a base that was 3 1/2 inches instead of 3… oops! I attached my finished tentacles to the base, and used TP to provide some padding. Mostly so I’d have a solid surface to secure the body to.
Now my monster needed some eyes. I used the bottoms of water bottles for the lens and hot glue to create bony ridges around said eyes. I also used my hot glue gun to add some detail to the spine and tail ridges.
For my paint scheme, I started with a Blue Base Coat followed by a Royal Purple Dry Brush, followed by Bright Green Dry Brush and finally a Sky Blue Dry Brush. Then I coated the whole thing in High Gloss Modge Podge to seal it and make it look wet.