Swarms

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:

ants-2

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  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.


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