Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

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Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:11 pm

After a long abscence from gaming in general, and longer still for LotR, it's good to see the Last Alliance still going strong.

I started playing again in December and added some additional troops to my White Hand force before being drawn back to the Fall of the Necromancer book. Despite having bought all the figures and painted them on release, we never got round to playing any of the scenarios from the book. As terrain making as always been one of the main parts of the hobby for me, and my gaming friend Malc was keen to let loose his Elves in Mirkwood, I decided to get on an build all the pieces we would need for the campaign.

Using my trusty Woodland Scenics tree armatures, clump and fine leaf foliage I started on the trees for my own version of Mirkwood, using the terrain guide in the Sourcebook for inspiration. Having made the trees, I got busy with the hamster bedding for the cobwebs...

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Next up was the Lair of the Spider Queen. This was made using the guide in the book, though I decided to elaborate on the base a bit more. I used blue styrene for the main construction:

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The door is made from Balsa wood with plastic card details. I added a few skulls from the GW skull pack. Other detritus is Woodland Scenics Deadfall and assorted foliage and leaves.

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Just awaiting the cobwebs to make her feel at home ;)

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I'm just finishing another 3 tree bases, then it's on with the Necomancer's tower. I'm adapting a building that was originally destined for Osgiliath but never finished - which some of you may well recognise!

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Re: Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:36 pm

Great looking stuff, very nice indeed.
Could you do a close-up on the cobwebs? Don't know the material, would like to see how it is up close - though it looks very suitable judging by the pictures.
Is that Beorn in the upper left corner of the first two pictures?

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Re: Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:47 am

all that looks super cool.

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Re: Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:45 am

Looks absolutely awesome, wish I could play on that board! One thing I would say though if your super anal about detail is that the roof of spider queens layer could do with a bit of debris, bit clean looking!:)
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Re: Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:28 am

That looks so awesome! I love the webbs!

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Re: Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:54 pm

Very cool.
I tried doing trees with those armatures a few years ago. It was a real pain to glue the foliage on. Tedious to the point that I never completed more than one and a half trees. How did you get through it?

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Re: Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:14 am

Awesome! :D Keep us updated! Can you make a diorama with it and the spiders?
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Re: Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:11 am

Looking awesome. Dol goldur was one of the first pieces of scenery i ever made for LotR. It didnd turn out all that well though. Anyway. Since we are in mirkwood, i thought id share my spiders.
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Re: Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:10 am

Really nice work! Make sure you keep posting progress!
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Re: Spider Queen's Lair & Mirkwood

Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:47 pm

Awsome stuff here, I love the fact that the trees are not like GWs all round and neat (even with the hammer technique)! Your look way scaryer like Mirkwood is surposed to be, Thanks for sharing!
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