Overall, it seems like spiders have inspired a lot more alien races in computer gams and RPGs than on the tabletop in miniature form (though there some rare exceptions). Interesting.
Having spent some time surfing along the links you’ve shared, I have a couple of follow up questions for you.
- Which real world creature do you think has been most unfairly neglected when it comes to inspiring weird alien lifeforms? Horseshoe crabs? Ocelots? Starfish? Squirrels?
- What’s the most alien alien you know, in any fictional background? For this question, try sticking to physical creatures. Energy beings and nanite clouds are always going to be at the weird end of the scale, but don’t really work as models or artwork.
I’ve already come up with a couple of ideas for unusual aliens that I’ve never seen before by asking myself these questions. See if they inspire you too.