Sunday 2 February 2014

Little Shop of Horrors

The best laid plans of mice and men and all that.  I had this really neat idea for my Hivestorm Redoubt involving Acid Sprayers and those toy snakes which are jointed and can be moved around in a slinky sort of way.  I employed all the hobby tools at my disposal: insulation foam, green stuff, plasticard, brass and plastic rods with lashings of hot glue. I was going for a living, organic look with the two bastions of the Redoubt modelled as giant, wormlike maws growing out of the ground and Quad Icarus lascannons reminiscent of scorpion tails.

Feed me Seymour!

The end result, as my wife succinctly put it, is a triffid in a plant pot.  I have to admire her honesty if not her tact.

Fear my Flower Pot Redoubt!

I'm reluctant to just abandon it having come this far and I suppose it will look better when its finished and with a lick of paint.  Too late to change it now anyway.  Sigh.

This could be used in an anti smoking campaign.


  1. It's a great idea, keep going. If you're concerned about the 'flower pot' aspect then you need to bulk out the base, ideally in an organic way. It's ripe for putting mounds of fleshy sacks - I do this with lava stones covered in PVA'd tissue paper but you could get the same effect with mounds of balled up tin foil or some of those paper balls available from craft shops. Alternatively expanding foam will do the trick but it's quite difficult to control.

  2. I think you're right and the bases need to be bulked out somehow. I was going to use rocks to suggest the structure pushing out of the ground. But I've got some expanding foam somewhere and might have a play. Cheers.

  3. Don't listen to her, I love the idea! I'd go with the rocks vs the foam; it would stick to the ground bursting theme.