Finished the sarlacc pit today so I thought I would post some pictures of it. For the game, it is more of a "terrain piece" since it doesn't move or anything, but I treated it in my mind like a big figure so I would have more fun doing it.
A while ago I did some tentacles for the LotR games I was doing that were coming out of the water so I knew that I could use a similar construction approach with the tentacles of this beast as well. They are beads hot glued together and then some white glue is put in the joints to increase strength. After that, I used a hot glue gun again to smooth out some of the joints to make them look less like a beaded necklace and more like a tentacle, which essentially means that I covered up the white glue with more hot glue to make the transitions between the beads less severe. It takes a lot of hot glue to do this, and some patience, but it's worth it in the end I think.
The head is made from two very large split eggs. I used hot glue to make beads around its mouth just to give it some visual interest even though the "real" creature from the movies doesn't really have this. Like the tentacles, the head is glued to a thin wooden pre-cut circle shape I bought at the craft store that I think is 6 inches in diameter. I then took a large piece of the thin craft foam, cut it in an irregular shape much larger than the wooden circle, and cut an irregular center out of it that is smaller than the wooden circle and then glued that foam to the thin wood circle. Then I took a smaller piece of the thick craft foam, cut it into an irregular circle shape that is larger than the wooden circle but smaller than the thin craft foam, and then cut the center out in an irregular circle as well but making sure it was a bigger circle than the interior of the thin craft foam. My hope was that once the thick foam was glued onto the thin foam it would give a bit of 3D dimension and create a "hole" effect. This seemed to work, especially when I then painted the center as if to appear that it is going down into the throat (?) of the creature. On the top layer of thin foam closest to the center I added toothpicks with hot glue to give the impression of the spiky things on the inside of the creature's throat (?) and then painted smaller versions on the wooden circle closer to the center as the throat (?) descends into the depths. The tongue is thick craft foam cut to shape and then I cut the part at the back of the mouth at a 45 degree angle to allow me to really squeeze the tongue down onto the base when gluing it so that it was snug up against the mouth pieces.
Here are some shots of it.
The base is painted with the stipple brush just like I did for the flight bases for the skiffs. It's hard to see in this picture but the throat (?) of the creature is painted with a darker layer close to the neck of the head, then a lighter layer next to that, and then the lightest layer at the top which is the thin craft foam. I was hoping that the darker to lighter color variation would create an illusion of depth. I am not going to lie, it was really fun to build and paint this thing.
You can see the toothpicks better here. Can you tell which ones are painted on and which are actually 3D toothpicks? Not easy, even in person.
Here is the pic from the movie that I used for inspiration. How do you think I did?
And finally a pic with the skiff so you can get a better sense of the scale. Watch out Luke! Be careful!
I am pretty happy with it, it is large enough to be intimidating on the tabletop, but small enough that transport will not be an issue.
All that's left now are the figures on Jabba's barge, including the droids, Princess Leia, and Boba Fett, and the barge itself which is going to be a nightmare. But I'm still doing good on time, still more than a month to the convention.