House Spider

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House Spider by dutchmogul May 29, 2013
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Kind of a strange origin to this one... A few nights ago I had a nightmare about a sorcerer who lived in a dragon scale shingled Norse hut with spider legs and, when I woke up, was compelled to make a model of the building/creature. Like my viking house http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:88464 (from which some of these parts are derived) the House Spider is scaled for 15mm miniatures, specifically for my Pocket-Tactics models.


Printed in black ABS at a .1 layer height with 10% infill. Pieces were assembled with Superglue and painted with model acrylics. I left the house, door, and roof unglued so it could be removed and used as a terrain piece.

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What scale to print this at to have this work for 28mm?

Scaling it up by 150% or so should do the trick. It's really about the doorway being plausibly-sized to the models.

This is good for my Curse of Strahd D&D campaign. In the story Baba Lysaga (an ode to Baba Yaga) has a creeping hut with tree root legs. I plan on trying to make the legs look like roots.


Meet Dread Gazebo http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:624569 , a friend of Spider Hut

The Dread Gazebo!!!!
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Just started playing a Curse of Strahd Campaign which has Baba Yaga's Hut, which has spider legs like what you have here! This will put my players on edge for sure, haha. Awesome work.

Originally in lore Baba Yaga's Hut should have chicken legs

Did you ever hear about Baba Yaga? She was a Witch in Russian Folklore who lived in a little house that stood on bird's legs. You should research that.

Oh, sure. I'm pretty deep into that stuff. I grew up with a friend from Poland who used to hear stories about Baba Yaga from his grandmother. I want to do a Yaga hut one of these days. Would be an easy enough remix.

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Man i´am just printing this model for my Warhammer Fantasy Goblins and i´am loving it! Amazing work!
Thanks for sharing.

Very cool, and you're welcome! Also, I'm going to want to see pics of the spider with its goblin horde!

Hmm... Could the other viking roof be scaled to use with this for a matching theme?

They're the same scale, this one's just not as long, so yeah, definitely.

wow! That looks incredible! Nice work with the model and paint job. Impressive! Will have a go at this one on my Kossel Mini :-)

OMG i am in love.

This is the most terrifying ever

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Dude this thing is awesome. It gave me an awesome idea for a D&D monster that spits out a swarm of spiders each round until the party kills the house spider. LOL

Haha, yes! I approve.

Hello everybody

can i manufacture elastic pieces with rapid prototyping. Thank you!.

What kind of printer did you use? How did you get those colors?

I printed this on a Replicator 1. It was assembled with superglue and painted with acrylic model paints (the kind you'll find in hobby shops)

Ever read Fritz Leiber? Basically a Norse setting, and Sheelba of the Eyeless Face had a house that walked IIRC.. Been a long time since I've read the books, but first thing that popped into mind the moment I saw this.

I love Leiber. Fafrd and the Grey Mouser stories are some of my absolute favorites. I've read his horror stuff, which is great as well. But, man... yeah, Leiber is easily in my top five favorite authors.

"An Excellent House Spider."

-Chef Excellence

Baba Yaga's house!

Next step, Put some servos inside the house and make an octopod!

wonderful!!..... how long did it take to finish?

Hey, thank you :-) Hm... as I recall, it took a couple of days, probably 24 hours of non-stop printing in 18 parts.

Reminds me of Howls Moving Castle (a Hayao Miyazaki movie)

One of my all-time favorite movies. High praise!

Nice paintjob, do you paint figurines as well? Looks like some great dry-brushing.

Hey, thank you! Yeah, I've been painting miniatures (started with Ral Partha) since I was twelve. I wouldn't say that I'm world class or anything, but I can definitely get things to tabletop quality.

Sorry If you get asked this a lot, but what program(s) do you use for modeling? I know Rhino, but I'm new to the world of 3D printing and am wondering what the standard Modus Operani is for these things! Thanks

No, no worries, thanks for asking! I use a combination of Sculptris and TinkerCAD, with Blender to transfer file types. I'm learning to do a lot more in Blender ad well, though for now, the TinkerCAD/Sculptris combination is just so fast.

Man for me that's the best one so far, you did a fantastic job - as always ;)

Thanks, man! Its certainly the biggest thing I've ever printed. I had a lot of fun putting this one together...not so much fun waiting on all of the pieces to print, however.

Seriously... if I turned on the light and saw this, I guarantee I would either have a heart attack or take a swing at it. I got more than a little creeped out while I was working in it.

Nice design yet again DutchMogul!
You should really get a heated bed though.. A shame that your edges are curling up..

Thanks! Yeah, this is in ABS, so the bed has to be heated. The only part that curls is the house bits, for some reason. I've tried adding ears, but I can't seem to get it to work with this and the derivative design. This won't be an issue once I start printing in PLA.

Baba Yaga's hut was on bird's legs, not spider's legs, but still a nice thought.

I was wanting to say that for hours! (my work firewall does not allow disqus!)
in fact it has inspired me to make a hut on fowls legs!

Totally! I guess this was my nightmare's interpretation of Baba Yaga's hut. I would like to make a proper Yaga hut too... and make them fight!

what a nice puzzle ;)

Fun for the whole family!

How do you find time to make so many awesome things?!

Haha, thanks man! That's a really good question. I know I work pretty fast when I get going, but between my square job and game design, I'm really not sure how I fit it all in.