DIY Miniatures: The Humble Flumph

Last Thursday, we posted some 4th edition stat blocks for flumphs. Today we’re going to make some flumph minis to go with those stat blocks. A month or so ago, someone on Twitter linked to this WotC forum post. While the Demogorgon is beautiful, I was more intrigued by the flumph miniature posted a little farther down. It looked like a quick and easy project, so I contacted Artsy_Wumpus to write a guest post. I inserted some of my own comments in italics, and took pictures of my own flumph mini as I followed his directions. This is a really good starter project to dip your toe in the miniature making water.

This is the Flumph miniature by Artsy Wumpus

Hey folks, ArtsyWumpus here. Today we’re going to be making a Flumph miniature. I used some Sculpey (which is fairly cheap) to make mine but I assume it would work just as well with green stuff or your choice of polymer clay. I’m fairly cheap so my work tools are usually whatever is lying around, pencils, toothpicks and a hobby knife. I use whatever super glue I can find, I’ve even used vinyl patch glue. Anyway, on to the project.

Knead your clay. Take a chunk of it, and on a flat surface work it out into a ½” thick pancake. Cut out a 1” circle using either your hobby knife or something else like a cookie cutter. You’ll want the disk of clay to be flat on the bottom, thinner around the edges and slightly rounded on top.
Remember that Sculpey takes a good bit of working before it goes from crumbly to soft and workable. I started with a ball, and flattened it out to make the head. I didn’t end up needing to use an exacto knife.

Take your toothpick and create a crease on top like a mouth. Pinch around the edges a bit to form some lips.
I did use an exacto knife for this piece, and a flat toothpick.

Next, take more clay and roll it out into some tentacles and eyestalks. They should be about 1/8th inches thick. Taper one end and cut the other end flush. Make about ten of these. Twist half of these tentacles into slight “S” shapes, little loops, or slight curves. Leave the others straight.
The “straight” tentacles I bent into a smile shape so that they would be “floating” back, giving the flumph a sense of forward movement.

To make the eyestalks roll out more clay 1/8th inch thick, but this time taper the tentacle slightly before the end, then round out the end roughly in the shape of a stick pin. Cut the opposite end flush.
To get the eyeball on top, I lightly pinched just below where I wanted the eyeball to be, and began rolling the stalk between my fingers. Then, I gently shaped the eyeball.

The black disc is 1" and included for scale only

Transfer your pieces to an oven dish, and bake them. With Sculpy this takes about a half an hour.
I used a toaster oven, which works faster because there’s a smaller space to be heated. Took about 10 minutes to cook.

For the base I used a little 1”wooden disk. I bought a bag of them at a local craft store. Drill a toothpick sized hole (or paper clip if you’re so inclined) in the center of the base. Trim a toothpick flush on one end and leave the other pointed. Glue the toothpick into the base through the hole, leaving the pointed end sticking up. Paint your base and stick. I painted mine black, feel free you make yours fancier.

Let the clay pieces cool, then take the disk and flip it upside down. Starting in the center, glue the flush end of the tentacles into a bundle of three or four. Continue gluing the remaining tentacles around the initial bundle. Let it dry. Glue the two eyestalks on top. You may have to trim them slightly with a hobby knife to fit the contour of the disk. Apply some glue to the point of the base. Gently impale the Flumph, in the center bundle of tentacles, and let it dry.
At first, I tried using tacky glue, which is just what happened to be closest to me at the time. Big mistake. In order to glue something with such a tiny surface area as the end of a tentacle, super glue is the only way to go. Even at that, I had a little trouble. It might be wise to have a pair of tweezers on hand to help with positioning and holding tentacles in place while the super glue dries. Also, I glued my tentacles on individually, instead of in bundles, and you can see the difference between the picture at the beginning of the article and mine. Personal preference.

Prime and paint your miniature. I used a monster manual picture I found on the internet as a painting guide. Flumphs are yellow or white, I added some little tan and brown spots. Let it dry and voila, your very own Flumph mini, to torment (or be tormented by) low level PCs. Thanks for tuning in.
I painted mine white, partly because of time constraints, and partly to see what a flumph would look like in its “classic” color. I think Artsy Wumpus’ color scheme is more interesting. And speaking of Artsy Wumpus, a big thank you to him for the tutorial! Now go forth and create flumphs!

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