I recently posted a Reaper centipede I painted; in fact I also made a bunch of low-resolution copies in Sculpey so that I’d have a nice swarm of centipedes, because who ever encounters just one?  Here they are:

centipedesI got the idea from an earlier project I did, replacing a lost Heritage giant rat with a Sculpey copy.  In that case I had a few nice decent lead and plastic rats to begin with.

rats-1Upper left, a Reaper rat; lower left, three Heritage rats; upper right, three rats from the HeroQuest game.

I decided to try making a copy of the flattest rat — the one in the extreme lower left.  Here is what I ended up with:

rats-2And finally the whole lot of rats, metal, plastic, and Sculpey:

rats-3I also picked up some toy ants a while back and made an encounter’s worth of giant ants from them, just painting them and mounting them on bases.

ants-1Here’s another picture from a lower angle:


Published in: on February 20, 2014 at 8:55 am  Comments (2)  
Tags: ,

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://mikemonaco.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/swarms/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Kudos on having a bunch of functional swarms! They look great. The colors on the centipedes especially, that’s a scary red.

    Swarms are an important and oft-neglected part of any D&D mini collection that aspires to be functional. I think you and I see the problems of making such a collection very similarly, but I’m not sure how many of us there are!

    I did a sculpy pressmold with an Asgard spider very similar to what you did here. I lucked out at a con picking up a fair amount of heritage rats and centipedes, but when I painted them still I saved two rats to make pressmolds just in case I want more.

    One current project I have I sculpted a stirge in two parts (top half of body and face), made a pressmold, assembled the copies, sculpted the hair and underside individually, and added legs and nose tube made of thin wire. No wonder I’ve only finished three so far, with seven more languishing wip.

    I have some soft plastic “Creepy Ants” to use as giant ants. They are much smaller than yours, a good fit for a 15mm round base. They will be much easier than the stirges, in fact I’m not even sure they need paint, maybe glue, paint the bases, and give them semi-gloss spray.

    • Thanks! Smaller ants would be great, too…I’d use them as workers, and call the 1″ monsters soldier ants, and the largest one a queen. I probably should have modified the ‘queen’ a bit, come to think of it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ann's Immaterium

Writing, gaming, miniature painting, and other dark procrastinations.


Collecting, modelling, painting and wargaming in 28mm

Dragons Never Forget

and I am no Dragon

This Stuff is REALLY Cool

Young scholars enthusiastic to tell you about COOL RESEARCH STUFF

Fail Squad Games

Tabletop games and adventures

Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds

Hey Did You Know I Write Books

Save Vs. Dragon

"We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."--Kurt Vonnegut


Old School Roleplaying and related musings

Hobgoblin Orange

My return to the world of miniature figure painting and RPGs


The Book Reviews You Can Trust!

Dawn of the Lead

Miniature wargaming and the occasional zombie

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.


Miniature Motivation

Take On Rules

Jeremy Friesen - a poor soul consumed by gaming.

Age of Dusk

Roleplaying, reviews and associated paraphernalia.

Roll to Disbelieve

"We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."--Kurt Vonnegut

A Book of Creatures

A Complete Guide to Entities of Myth, Legend, and Folklore

Making the Past

Diary of an apprentice swordsmith

Ancient & Medieval Wargaming

Using De Bellis Antiquitatis, with the odd diversion...

Riffing Religion

Prophets should be mocked. I'm doing my part.


Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense

2 Warps to Neptune

Surveying the Gen X landscape and the origins of geek

Inside the Shadowbox

Rolling the dice. Writing the words. Pushing the buttons. Eating the bacon. Smiling and waving.

Dagger and Brush, Daggerandbrush, dagger brush

Miniature painting, wargaming terrain tutorials, reviews, interviews and painting guides


A lair for gaming, sci-fi, comics, and other geekish pursuits.


I bought these adventure and review them so you don't have to.

9th Key Press

Maps, supplements, and inspiration for roleplaying games.

The Rambling Roleplayer Archives

This site is no longer being updated. Check out the new site at www.rpgrambler.com

Sheppard's Crook

The occasional blog of a closet would -be wargamer and modeller

10 Bad Habits

Probably not the Justin Howe you were looking for

The Weekly Sift

making sense of the news one week at a time


Just another WordPress.com site

%d bloggers like this: