My party was wadding into a long-lost temple of Gond located deep in the Castle Ward of Waterdeep. In addition to the traps and temple guardians, a host of phase spiders had taken up residence in the final chamber.
I decided to try my hand at painting a few minis for the session. My goal was to come up with something presentable for the table and I think I achieved that. These certainly will not win any competitions but they were enough to put my party on edge.
I used Elegoo Translucent Resin on my Elegoo Mars 2 Pro to print a design by mz4250. (You can find the stl here). If you are unfamiliar with his work, he has been working through all the monsters in D&D and open-sourcing his sculptures. Truly a man of the people. If you want to support him, here is his Patreon.
Paint wise I used what I had on hand:
- Heather Blue (Reaper Mini)
- Dragon White (Reaper Mini)
- Pure Black (Reaper Mini)
I used two-sided tape to fix the model of my painting handle.
I then applied a base coat of Heather blue to the bottoms of the legs and the main body of the spider. I was planning on removing the base (more on that later) so I was focused on just getting the paint on the model. The hardest part was the outline on the abdomen. It took me a couple of tries, using a wet paper towel to start over, to get it acceptable.
Then, to get the fading look on the legs, I combined two drops of Heather Blue and two or three drops of water. then lightly faded the diluted mixture up the legs.
The next step was to apply the wash.
- Four (4) parts Heather Blue
- Two (2) parts Pure Black
- Eight (8) parts water
The wash itself came out a little darker than I would have liked so I might recommend reducing the Pure Black to a single drop.
Next was dry brushing. I did two passes.
The first was a layer of pure Heather Blue to compensate for the darkness left by the wash.
The second was a half-and-half mixture of Heather Blue and Dragon White.
Unfortunately, the pictures don’t do the model justice.
There were three details I added to finish up.
- 3/4 Heather Blue
- 1/4 Dragon White
- Heather Blue
- Pure Black
Removing the Base: One thing you may notice is that this spider looks a little different than the one above. I painted two as I went (same process, subtle adjustments). Unfortunately, while removing the base of the first one, I snapped off three of its legs. In retrospect, I should have kept the base and just painted it.
Keeping a Log: As I paint, I keep a log of what I did. In the event that I want to reproduce the look (or adjust it), I have the reference right there.