Warhammer Wednesday – Making Gloomspite Gitz MushroomsMarch 20, 2019
The Gloomspite Gitz battletome is a work of sheer brilliance, every part a finely crafted absurdity. It is excellent news that Easter is on the horizon once more; the time of year craft shops stock ideal bits for goblin themed terrain…
You will need…
- Selection of polystyrene eggs
- PVA glue
- Sharp knife (excercise caution)
- Glue spreading brush
- Modelling putty/clay (not pictured)
- Cuppa tea (not pictured)
Step 1 – Making an Armature
First off get that cuppa down you. Oooh, that hit the spot.
Now take a length of wire. This will form the armature (essentially a skeleton for the model) we will be sculpting around and provides strength and structure. The length you need will vary on the height of your mushroom, variety is the spice of life so experiment. You will need at least 50mm to form the base of the armature, bend this 90 degrees and loop around to make a base that will support the armature in an upright position.
Step 2 – Building the Mushroom Stem
All good mushrooms need a stem. Actually that isn’t true but it sounds good.
Mix up a decent size blob of modelling putty. Wrap the blob around the armature and shape into a cone shape with your fingers. Draw the cone up the armature, leave enough wire protruding to poke into the mushroom cap later.
Use a stick or sculpting tool to add ridges running vertically up the stem. This part isn’t essential and you may prefer a smooth stem. My personal philosophy is to always add texture which is what informed my choice here.
Step 3 – Making the cap
Grab your sharp knife and polystyrene eggs. Seek the supervision of an adult if required.
Slice horizontally across the egg to make a dome and erm… tall dome? We now have the basis for our mushoom caps.
Taking your knife once more (exercising due caution) and add some shape to the bottom of the caps. In the image above I have carved a concave bowl into one and ridges into the other. The hard edges where then rounded slightly to make them look less uniformly shaped. If you aren’t confident with sculpting the foam then skip this part and they will still look perfectly fine on the table.
Once cut and shaped your caps will need a couple of coats of PVA glue. This adds durability and prevents any solvents melting the polystyrene. Not to mention making it easier to paint.
Step 4 – Putting it all together
Now take your cap and plonk it on top of your stem. The length of wire you left above the stem should slide into the cap and help secure it in place. A dab of PVA or blob of putty may be needed to fix it in place.
In the above image I’ve tried to show examples of the different mushrooms you can produce. Squat ones, tall ones, clusters. The limit is your imagination and available resources. Paint them in wacky and wonderful ways to brighten your table.
Step 5 – Spread across the mortal realms
Once complete your mushrooms make evocative scatter terrain. Alternatively plonk the bases down on existing pieces of scenery; showing the malign influence of the bad moon sprouting forth.