More Progress... Legs are taking forever (along with bouncing about on 4 other projects...); I have figured out a way to make it go a bit faster, which is helping.
Once all are posed and fit together, will go in and GS the knees, etc. then on to the riders.
I think the leaping spider is working, intent is that it is jumping over the 1st Rank to continue the advance/attack. There will be other spiders at higher elevations in other ranks to enhance the seething look I am going for.
Ranking is working out better than I thought it would too.
Made some progress on the first Spider Unit. Worked out the spacing, etc. Unit fillers are now 3 bases wide, gives more opportunities for dynamic posing, etc.
They will be able to rank up, but it will be a bit tricksy... I will move the pin holding the spider on the left to the rear to hide it some. As these will be for gaming, the pins will help the spiders be more durable and is a nice way to hold the figures for painting.
The riders will be converted regular gobbos (using wolf rider legs). In order to work out the presentation of the unit, I will build all the spiders first and then add the riders. That way I can work out poses, interactions, etc. in situ.
Started commission work on a series of units and models. Spider Riders [2 units of 25!], some heroes, and a heavily converted Arachnarok Spider suspended on a web. For these I will only be doing the converting/construction [which is the fun part :)].
Decided to do the units first, lets me get "warmed up" to the project. Here is concept test for the Spiders:
I always do a test model [and review it with the client] on projects that involve a lot of figures. Saves a lot of time and angst down the road. I will go in and detail up the joints. On the remaining models I round down the tube ends on the legs, which make finishing the joints easier.
As the spiders will have a larger footprint than the stock models, I will need to work out how they rank-up. I intend to use a combination of vertical and horizontal spacing. I will work out an "A" and "B" alignment for basing so the models [- filler stands, which will work with both].
Finally getting this dipping thing down... Using minwax dark oak and thinner vs. Army Painter. These are color an test models for a large commission for a full army. I will detail up the characters, etc. and I think they will fine for table top which is the goal.