In my last blog post I promised something “fungal” this time – and here it is – a regiment of Mushroom Creatures for Wars of Ozz!
This unit was yet another part of my painting scramble to get ready for HUZZAH! 2023. It joins my other forces for the Great Land of Harvest. The unit is composed of 10 figures to be based each on 5 stands, 2 per stand. Similar to some other Great Land of Harvest regiments, the Mushroom Creature Infantry Regiment is comprised of 10 metal figures armed – with differently-sized stone sledgehammers and hammers. The figures are of different heights, but did not need assembly as each figure came in a single piece.
The photo of the unit on the Wars of Ozz website served as a starting point for me for painting. I liked the spotted mushroom caps – but wanted to have a greater variety of colors. This is, after all, Ozz! Plus I had a lot of new Speed and Contrast Paints to try as I got the 2.0 set.
I varied the different models so as to create a variety of bases. I took the same approach with the colors so that no two bases would be the same. They are based in the game on five 2″ square bases without a Regimental Commander. Their melee value is pretty strong at 7 out of 10. Their Elan and Resolve values are the same as the other Harvest units at 6 out of 10. In fact, they have the same stats as the Great Menacing Hammerheads.
These also have a facial look of intent to do great harm to their enemies, but were pretty easy to paint up. Again, to match my other Harvest troops, I did paint the eyes with a glowing yellow-green (Tesseract Glow). I’ll share a few WIP shots and then some eye candy of the Mushroom Creatures regiment. I’ll briefly describe the painting process that I used with the contrast and speed paints. All of the paints that I used will be listed at the end as I normally do for those interested in that stuff.
Once painted, I airbrushed these with two coats of varnish sequentially – first a coat of gloss then a coat of matte. Then I flocked the bases with the same color themes as my other Harvest troops.
Who doesn’t love anthropomorphic mushrooms armed with stone hammers anyways?
How about some…
As the figures are really uninteresting from behind , I decided to stay with frontal shots. Sorry to disappoint all you miniature mushroom figure butt fans out there…
Similar to what I found with the Great Menacing Hammerheads, photographing these was difficult – this time due to the mushroom caps shading the figures. I think you get the idea of how they look in the group shot. From above they look quite fungal!
I did find that the contrast paints tended to have cracks/microfissures on wider surfaces like the mushroom tops when they dried and were “stretched out”. Adding a second coat was enough pre-varnish to fix that problem. Not my finest work, but I like them, and they will be just fine on the tabletop.
That’s all for the Mushroom Creatures Infantry Regiment. Like me, I’m sure you want a pizza now with mushrooms now! Well, I always do…
I hope that you liked this slice of Ozz wackiness as much as I did.
I currently have just 2 more Ozz blog posts in the queue and then I can get back to painting more stuff – so stay tuned.
My next post will make you consider – who would work for or under King Jack?
Thanks for taking a look and any feedback is always appreciated
And yes, I still have more to come…
Miscellaneous details and references for those interested in that sort of thing:
For all of my previous posts on Wars of Ozz games, figures, units, and other related projects – please see this page.
PAINTS, INKS, GLAZES, SHADES, WASHES, PIGMENTS, FLOCKING, GLUES AND MORE THAT I USED ON THIS MUSHROOM CREATURE INFANTRY REGIMENT:
- Gorilla Glue
- 3/4″ steel washers
- Poster tack
- Vallejo “Flow Improver”
- Vallejo “Airbrush Thinner”
- Vallejo Premium Surface Primer “White”
- Vallejo Mecha Surface Primer “White”
- Army Painter Airbrush Primer “White”
- Battlefront “Black”
- Vallejo Model Color “White”
- Citadel “Contrast Paint – Contrast Medium”
- Army Painter “Speed Paint – Holy White”
- Army Painter “Speed Paint – Dark Wood”
- Citadel “Mechanicus Standard Grey”
- Vallejo “Thinner Medium”
- Citadel “Tesseract Glow”
- Army Painter “Speed Paint – Purple Swarm”
- Army Painter “Speed Paint Medium”
- Citadel “Contrast Paint – Baal Red”
- Army Painter “Speed Paint – Dusk Red”
- Army Painter “Speed Paint – Familiar Pink”
- Army Painter “Speed Paint – Battleship Grey”
- Army Painter “Speed Paint – Caribbean Ocean”
- Army Painter “Speed Paint – Beowulf Blue”
- Citadel “Contrast Paint – Aggaros Dunes”
- Citadel “Nuln Oil GLOSS” (wash/shade)
- PS Model Color “British Brown Drab”
- 2″ square steel base from Wargames Accessories (#21)
- Army Painter “Light Tone” (wash/shade)
- Vallejo Mecha Varnish “Gloss Varnish”
- Vallejo Mecha Varnish “Matte Varnish”
- Elmer’s PVA Glue
- Army Painter “Battlefields Grass Green” (flocking)
- Army Painter “Battlefield Field Grass” (flocking)
- Army Painter “Battlefields Field Grass” (flocking)
- Army Painter “Battlefields Meadow Flowers” (flocking)
- Shadow’s Edge Miniatures “6mm Dark Forest Orange Tufts” (flocking)
- Gamer’s Grass “Orange Flowers” (flocking)
- Small stones (flocking)
- Small oak twigs (flocking)
Again, as you may want to check out the Wars of Ozz figures’ range – there are two places to get them (and I make no money from this btw). The game rules and the figures are available from the following two places:
In the US Old Glory has a site – Wars of Ozz Miniatures.
In the UK go to Sally 4th.