Spiders in the Attic

A bit of hustle and bustle at home has kept me from doing hobby time, but I did find a bit of time to finish off a module that has been a long time in coming, the Web Room.

I have to be honest that I learned a lot on this piece.  That’s code word for I made a lot of mistakes.  First, I used a new glue.  It is a lot more fluid than the others versions I used.  Good news is it actually bonds better.  Bad news is it takes a lot longer to cure and pieces kept getting jostled out of place.  Second, I wasn’t as careful in my sanding like I normally am.  This left many pieces just slightly lower than the others so the walls weren’t a good fit.  Finally, I wasn’t using my form very well so the walls aren’t actually straight.

But enough complaining, at a quick glance I think this looks great.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon

The webs were made from cotton balls teased out into webs.  I anchored them to the walls with white glue in a few points and stretching the cotton to reach the glue joins.

The webs on the outside wall hide some gaps where the blocks didn’t properly align.  I think it helps to sell the over-run by spider look.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon

At the base of the balcony I have my spider egg sac.  I stretched out some cotton to start winding it about itself.  I think it looks pretty natural, but I’m not sold on if it sells itself as a miniature.

I recommend checking out Game Changers https://gamechangersgames.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/hot-glue-egg-sacs/ for a different style of egg sac.  I’m not sure which one I prefer.  Mine I tried to replicate a spider egg sac but it doesn’t really read that way…well at least to 2/3 of my focus group (my wife knew what it was but the other two folks who saw it didn’t…one even suggested I stretch out the ball of cotton).

Anyhow, like most of my posts I have the action and inspiration (hopefully).  Oh, and the orange cup.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Astrid the Bard, Darkspawn Cultist, Spider Swarms, Jolie Female Scribe and Marius Burrowell.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Astrid the Bard, Darkspawn Cultist, Spider Swarms, Jolie Female Scribe and Marius Burrowell.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon.  Reaper Miniatures Astrid the Bard, Darkspawn Cultist, Spider Swarms, Jolie Female Scribe and Marius Burrowell.

Hirst Arts Modular Dungeon. Reaper Miniatures Astrid the Bard, Darkspawn Cultist, Spider Swarms, Jolie Female Scribe and Marius Burrowell.

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2 responses to “Spiders in the Attic”

  1. daggerandbrush says :

    Good idea to use the cotton. I am still looking for a good and stable way to depict spider webs. Might be an idea to add some debris and dust using pigments. For a spider lair it looks a bit too clean. You could also use some grey pigments to take the freshness out of the spiderwebs and maybe a skeletons partly covered by some nets? Neverthless, I really like how your dungeon grows and grows. It will be a blast to play on it. 🙂

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