Kingdom Death Monster Converting Spidicules and Hot Salt Dipping

Howdy all. I have been asked quite a lot now about how I went about converting the Spidicules miniature. First of all Why Convert Spidicules? For all those who play Kingdom Death Monster and have fought against the Spidicules there is the general consensus that his model is a pain in the ass. First of all his legs take up spots of the board that you need access to, they are quite spindly so prone to being knocked and you need to get under him to fight him which means deftly navigating his legs. If you have big old hands like me you are going to be knocking him everywhere.

Spidicules about to devour his prey
For this reason Spidicules has been sitting in his box for the best part of 6 months while I figure out what to do with him. I started knocking up designs for pulling him off the board and suspending him but those legs are still in the way. I find the original model design cool but a little static and symmetrical for my taste so when I set about designing a different set up I wanted him to look a bit more organic, dynamic and sinister.

Spidicules with reshaped legs on rocky diorama
I settled on designing a rocky pillar and having the Spidicules diorama positioned on top of it. The legs tucked away by reshaping them. I have done this with other Games Workshop plastics and the Kingdom Death Monster plastics are very similar.

Custom Spidicules Kingdom Death Monster Base
First I got the base set up. I happened to have a miniature holder for painting which worked really well for this, the central structure is very much solid. If you go this route you want a damn solid central structure to attach stuff to otherwise Spidicules is gonna wobble and fall off. A pinned rod would also work here.

First step, create a solid central base for Spidicules

I then added some much needed weight to the base. It doesn't actually need to be a lot as Spiddy is not all that heavy but you want to make sure a knock isn't going to send him tumbling so I attached some coins to the base.

Coins add weight to the base.

I also started to use some blue foam and cut away at it to make an organic(ish) looking piece of rubble. All the offcuts I kept and made a load more so I could work these around the base to build up the stone column.


Now you want to start building up the column. The rule here is we don't want it to be very thick as we want room for survivors to get underneath Spidicules easily. Start thin from the bottom and fatten it as you get towards the top. The image also shows I have used some decorators caulk and a few spare stone faces and pushed them into the structure. The blue foam is stuck on with UHU glue and superglue.

Filling gaps and the base with decorators caulk. Adding stone faces too.

Now we have a solid foundation we need to start looking at how to reposition Spidicules legs. To do this you need to Hot Salt Dip the plastic from Kingdom Death Monster. If you aren't comfortable with this then this is not for you. It can ruin plastic! It is also pretty damn dangerous. I take no responsibility for anyone trying this. If you do, you need to take precautions be responsible and have the right equipment. Salt will heat up far beyond water, so whilst 100 degrees of water will burn you. Salt will theoretically heat until 800 degrees centigrade which will strip the skin from your body.

Hot Salt Dipping small pan heating up
The key here is that GW plastics turn to liquid at about 240 degrees centigrade but they become malleable at around 140 degrees centigrade. The plastic enters a state where you can manipulate it and this is what you are going for.

Bending Spidicules leg joints into position.
To do this you need to heat up salt, a small pan is really useful for this, you can also just do it in a frying pan. Run it on high for 3-4 mins, turn it down to low and run for another minute, turn it off then test with a piece of spare sprue. Submerge it in the salt but not touching the bottom of the pan for 30 seconds then take it out. If it has bubbled then its too hot, wait for 2 mins and try again. If it hasn't bubbled then try to alter the shape of the sprue by bending it. I have found the sprue to be touchable to the hand as the salt falls off but please be careful. Whatever you do don't touch the salt in the pan!

Bending spidicules large leg joints
You then just need patience and to go for it. I bent the knee joints inwards slightly and started working on his front hand's as these have the biggest surface area so are useful to pin into the top rock, they will hold a lot of weight. The larger joints will take a little longer in the salt than smaller joints. If you submerge the ends like feet or spindly bits for too long they will warp and curl, this is OK. You can straighten them out with more heat. Once happy with the shape, run under a cold tap to set the plastic. It is good to keep a cold tap running in case you need to get to it in an emergency.

The first legs require patience and something to prop him up
The first hands I put on from Spidicules I pinned through the palm and into the blue foam. I also used superglue and added more glue foam chunks to help adjust his fingers to the shape and make it look more natural. You will need to construct something for him to sit on whilst this sets and you get the back legs on as at this point all his weight will pull his hands off the structure.

Spidicules back legs converted to stand on structure
Once you have the back legs on he is freestanding so you can work at your own pace to get the other legs on. All in all it took me two evenings and probably about 6 hours to build the lot.

Side shot of Spidicules converted
These last two photos show him from either side. I also swapped out the guys hand on the rock with one holding a lantern, you can see it better in a top image. I thought this will act as my light source when painting (something I have on all the monsters). Anyway, enjoy, stay safe and I hope your Spidicules comes out looking ace!


Folklore the Affliction - Painting

Just in time for all hallows eve! My Folklore the Affliction Premier Pledge from Kickstarter hit my doorstep. Sweet! Time to get painting for our Halloween special! I was hoping it would get here as the game is perfectly designed for a Halloween romp. Following are shots of the miniatures I have painted up so far. The quality has been good, not the best on the market but they look great at 2 feet away and they have ultimately been fun to paint. I have tried to stick roughly to the scheme provided on the card art, but I had some fun with a few models and went tongue in cheek horror!
Can't wait for our Halloween fancy dress session of this game now!

Until next time, oh and they announced a new Kickstarter for Folklore the Affliction so check that out too!

A monster mash! Folklore the Affliction Miniatures, Dark Oak and Terrain Pack

Hanged men for Folklore the Affliction

The Book of Dark Dimensions! Folklore the Affliction!

The Book of Dark Dimensions Front! Folklore.

Archaeologist and Wolfman, down boy! Folklore the Affliction

Big Bad Wolf. Folklore

Wolfmen, Gargoyles and Terrain. Folklore the Affliction

Spirits. Folklore

Colossal Dark Oak and Exorcist. Folklore the Affliction

Illusionist, Arcanist and Gargoyles. Folklore.

Trees! Folklore.

Illusionist and the Exorcist look high! Folklore.

Arcanist

Courtesan. Folklore the Affliction

Zombies, Skeletons and the sassy Courtesan.

Moon Priests.

Moon Priest and his fancy cape!

Painting Table October 2017

Wowza! Been a while since I posted a painting update. Lots has been on my table over the last few months from Dropfleet Commander, 8th edition 40k taking off, more Age of Sigmar, lots of board games and more! Here's just a roundup of my favourite bits!

Dropfleet Commander


Small outpost space station for Dropfleet Commander

Large commercial space port for Dropfleet Commander

Science space station for Dropfleet Commander

Industrial Mining station for Dropfleet Commander

First Cruiser for UCM Dropfleet Commander

Painted fighter craft for Dropfleet Commander UCM

UCM Bombers for Dropfleet Commander

Larger UCM Cruiser Dropfleet Commander

Dropfleet commander cruiser UCM all those lights...

Alien vs Predator The Hunt Begins



Xeno for Alien vs Predator

Alternate angle Alien Xeno AVP

Warhammer 40K Orks


Axxx Wun'da Mega Nob Ork

Bump'Lugz Mega Nob Ork
 
Gor'mak Da Penatrator Warboss in Mega Armour Ork

Gor'mak Da Penatrator Warboss in Mega Armour Ork alt angle

Gor'mak Da Penatrator Warboss in Mega Armour Ork alt angle

Mega Nob Ork

Mega Nob Ork crushing space marine

Mega Nob Ork crushing Ultramarine

Age of Sigmar


Treelord Sylvaneth Age of Sigmar

More skeletons for Death Age of Sigmar

Lorien Waywatchers for Age of Sigmar and Lord of the Rings

Lorien Waywatchers for Age of Sigmar and Lord of the Rings

Lorien Waywatchers for Age of Sigmar and Lord of the Rings

Warhammer 40K Necrons


Immortals Necrons Warhammer 40K

Necron Immortals with Gauss WH40K

Necron Overlord

Immortal Necron Warhammer 40K