I started putting random words into Ebay like 'plastic', 'connector',
'plug' in combination with terms like '50pcs' or '100pcs'. The parts
those searches came up with allowed me to create three different versions
of a three legged Spiderbot..
The components I settled on were plastic Rivet Fasteners (100 for
£5) for the body, Jack Plug Stoppers (100 for £4) for
legs, Dupont Jumper Wire Cable Housing (100 for 99p) for the weapons,
False plastic toenail tips (500 mixed sizes for £1.44) to act
as armour/knee pads, LED Spacers (100 for £1.65) for the eyes,
Plastic washers (50 for £1.95) to add the body and some spare
bits of speaker wire I had lying around.
First up I glued the wire to the guns and bent the wire into a
horseshoe shape. I then wrapped the wire around the underside of
the rivet and glued in place. The important thing to remember at
this point was that the underside of the rivet had three spilts
in it so one needed to be at the rear for the single tripod leg
to fit in.
Gluing the washer on top of the wire helped the strengthen the
miniature and disguised the wire a bit. Then I turned the body
over to attach the eyes..
Applying the glue to the body I stuck two of the LED spacers
down and then cut another one up into smaller bits to act as
the central eye..
Now I stuck the middile part of the Rivet down to complete
the Spiderbots body. A nice and simple build, then it was
time to work on the legs. With simplicity in mind I decided
not to cut up the legs and to just stick them together as
With all three legs stuck together it was time to attach
them to the body. I did have some problems with the legs
as I had to work out the angle of the knee joints by hand.
Tricky to get them all the same.
Dreadful blurry picture but you get the idea for sticking
the legs on the body. Each leg was glued into one of the
splits in the underside of the Rivet. I took my time with
this to again make sure I had the angles right, otherwise
the minature wouldn't stand up once completed.
The final steps were to glue on the knee pads and I
then decided to bend the arms/guns back to make them
look more threatening, well you know what I mean. And
there we have it a very simple design requiring minimal
But as I said I wanted an army out of this build.
I also built in some variety by doubling up the guns
and adding more armour pieces. Currently I have 25
in the build queue. Cost wise I bought enough components
to build 50 Spiderbots. This project has a real economy
of scale. If I stay at the 25 then each Spiderbot
works out at 65p. Making the full 50 will mean 32.5p
each (total cost £16.25) You cannot buy a miniature
of this size for anything like that.
Here's a scale shot to show the size (in this case
the MK2) next to a Void marine (same size as a GW
space marine) and an EM4 Robot. All I have to do now
is decide on how to paint them! Below is a little
video showing more of the completed models.