I should explain how and why my particular entry came about.
Initially I had thought, well I have a few tanks scattered around here just paint one of them up and it will do. Some of you will remember that last year during the challenge I knocked out two complete tank forces for Flames of War. But that was just too damned easy and not very challenging for me personally.
Then I remembered about the Arachnarok kit I had, unloved for a couple of years it was tucked away in the shed with the rest of a much neglected Orc and Goblin force. Now this kit would definitely work for the round in the same way as an elephant with a howdah full of crew would, as in its original form the kit contains a howdah full of goblins.
I started work on the spider a few weeks ago, and whilst working on it I began to think about the task ahead, the howdah is a complicated build as it has no less than three build options, and as nice as the original kit is I wanted to do something different with it, possibly in the back of my mind was the fact I would not be able to complete it fully in time. Then I had one of those moments where something triggered in my mind, a long time ago I had heard an author describe their work as a vehicle for their own creativity. Hmmmm, I wondered is this right, so a quick search of a dictionary and yes the definition was there . I then thought well that's good as paint and miniatures work as a vehicle for my own work.
That is how I arrived at the spider, I also thought it prudent to check with Curt and it was given the all clear so I then proceeded to create something a bit different.
Now those on the Facebook group will know this did not go smoothly as after completion it had a rather unfortunate incident with the wife and a jumper, the less said about that the better, but I then spent a whole night slaving away to effect repairs and get it back to what you see below.
"Fortune Favours The Brave"
Now just to give you an idea of the size of the spider, it all sits on a base that is 6 inches long and 4 inches wide. The spider has a length and width of 7 inches or (18 cm) it stands 3 inches or (75 mm) tall. Each of the 6 rear legs is 6 inches long and the front legs are 9 inches long. The total time taken to complete this diorama is in excess of 30 hours.
The base itself is also part of the games workshop kit for the spider, but needed a little bit added too it, again I plucked a pile of treasure from the bits boxes and added this at the bottom of the trees to give the spider something to be protecting. the trees contain two hapless goblins, who make a lovely breakfast and are obviously far to dumb to actually steal the treasure and therefore are entangled in webs. the trees are festooned with spiders, webs, skulls and mushrooms all of which allowed me to go wild with the paint colours.
If nothing else this was a good fun piece to create, and really allowed me the freedom to get creative, not bound by any historical colour schemes that would tie me down. I hope you enjoyed viewing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.