Mushroom Forest

I think I’ve finished up the setting for my next mini creation. It’s a forest scene packed with all sorts of mushrooms. There’s a figure still to come, but I wanted this piece to stand without one.

There were plenty of challenges. Leaves that can’t effectively be bent, rolled, or twisted. Various media fighting each other. Frustratingly slow drying times!

There’s plenty I’d like to improve or change, but I’m very happy overall. The turkeytails and lichens are the best I’ve done. The effect of the leaves in the water looks cool. And the logs are real good to my eye. So yeah, a nice little piece of modeling, I think.

Read on for a tour of the various mushrooms and other woodsy stuff!

Wine caps
Wine caps
Russula emetica ‘the sickener’
Chanterelles & LBMs (little brown mushrooms)
Destroying angels

There are seven species represented in this mushroom showcase. As I said in a previous post, these wouldn’t be fruiting together at the same time of year, so there is a bit of fantasy involved in the scene.

Thirty-five of the thirty-seven mushrooms are visible in the overhead shot above. How many can you find?

5 thoughts on “Mushroom Forest”

  1. These are some great pictures and the base really is top-notch. Definitely one of your best yet. The mushrooms may be the star of the show but the leaves really look nice. Do you also make those by yourself? I’ve always bought them pre-made as it takes less time but I’m not always satisfied by the varieties or colors that you can buy them in. Yours look quite a bit better and the colors are richer than the ones I have used in the past. Keep up the excellent work, my friend!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Kuribo. The leaves are so convincing because they’re made of… leaves! I stamped them out of real leaves using a cool little device from Green Stuff World. I gathered them this Fall and dried them in an old 40k codex. They not only have great color (and it’s different on both sides), but they have great little tiny ridges that take washes well.
      The only problem with using real leaves is that they’re brittle, so they cannot really be bent. I’ll try to come up with a solution to that.
      I don’t yet know if they’ll become dull over time, but I’ll report back if they do. GSW recommends using leaves, so I’m optimistic.

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      1. That’s really interesting and a cool idea. Thanks for sharing your technique! I am very paranoid about natural materials breaking down over time even though they seem to be used a fair amount in dioramas so I probably shouldn’t think that way. I may have to pick up one of those leaf cutters as they seem to be very handy and produce great results! 🙂

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        1. If you got one of the leaf punches it wouldn’t be wasted even if you decided you couldn’t trust natural leaves, as the cutters work great with paper, too. The results are maybe not quite as delicate as laser cut leaves, but you can tailor the color to your needs and the price differential is heavily in favor of the tool over the product. Especially if you happen to like great big terrain projects!
          Thanks, as always, for stopping by.

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          1. Those are all good points. I see an Amon Hen board in my distant future (where Boromir was killed in Fellowship of the Ring) and when I get around to it, I will need a tool like that as any other option won’t be economic or realistic looking. I will take your advice and pick one up! Much appreciated, my friend!

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