For the past week, I have been working on two more regiments of Winkie cavalry for Wars of Ozz. I had one regiment, originally painted by Tom Davis, but I had two more to complete.
One of the things I like about the cavalry in Wars of Ozz is that the lower torsos and legs are attached to the mounts, but the upper torsos are separate pieces. This makes it really easy to paint the lower portions of the figures without weapons, arms, and other things getting in the way. In the picture (above) you can see that I completed the lower portions of the Winkie cavalry.
In addition to the Winkie cavalry, I also painted a regiment of skeletons.
The skeletons come with a variety of weapons. I wanted them to have a little more color. I had some leftover shields from some plastic Vikings, so I added them to some of the skeletons. I think this gives them more visual interest. By not giving every skeleton a shield, I think it helps give the regiment a more irregular look as well.
The ancient texts provide reference to Po-Land which was a traditional invasion route of larger nations. Like the land of the Po’s, The Land of Harvest has been the traditional invasion route used by the Winkies and Gillikins to attack Munchkinland. To help the Harvesters, Glenda animated King Jack to lead them. King Jack is tired of being an invasion route and providing mercenaries to other armies. He has been working to grow the Land of Harvest into a first-rate power.
To that end, Jack has begun to model is forces on the Munchkins, raising several batteries of artillery and even sending some of his artillerists to the Munchkin artillery school for training.
Yesterday I finished another regiment of Lesser Pumpkin Heads. That gives the Land of Harvest two regiments of Lesser Pumpkin Heads, a regiment of Greater Pumpkin Heads, two batteries of artillery, and King Jack. There are some more packs coming from Old Glory to further grow the Land of Harvest.
While not the finest cavalry in Ozz, Munchkin heavy cavalry are competent. Due to the size and stature of their ponies, only the smallest Munchkins can join the cavalry. This reduces their shock effect on the battlefield.
I just completed a unit of Munchkin heavy cavalry, completing my Munchkin cavalry brigade.
These fellows are eagerly awaiting the day when their players are released from house arrest due to the plague panic, and they can take to the field.
This weekend I managed to pick up a paintbrush in addition to a Saturday morning, tans-Atlantic, Zoom-enabled playtest of Wars of Orcs and Dwarves. Some of what I finished I had started last week, but I finished them today.
The first unit I completed was a regiment of Quadling heavy cavalry. These have much the same uniform as the Quadling lancers, but their tunics are blue instead of orange.
I don’t know if they will ever appear this way on the table during a game, but it looks fun to see a whole “brigade” of Quadling cavalry.
The second unit I completed was regiment of Greater Pumpkin Heads. I am really happy with how they turned out, including the candy corn teeth.
Due to the size of these figures, they are actually difficult to fit onto the standard 2″ x 2″ bases. I kept the arms separate as I painted the figures, but when I get to assemble the, I realized that I really should have completely assembled that at the beginning. I could then have turned the figures a few degrees to allow the bases to align properly.
The pumpkin patch pieces are not released yet. When a few new packs are announced that make enable the creation of the Lands of Harvest as a fully-fledged faction in Ozz, one of the packs will include the pumpkin patch. Rumor has it that King Jack has the ability to create units of Lesser Pumpkin heads while sitting in a pumpkin patch. Could those rumors be true?
Despite being gone this weekend to Michigan, I was able to complete a unit of ice trolls that I started late last week.
I decided to paint them with blue skin. First, it’s cold up there in the lands of the Ice Trolls. Second, the blue skin provides protective coloration and camouflage. I didn’t paint them on snowy bases, because they have come down from the mountains to fight as mercenaries with one army or another.
Last night I managed to finish two batteries of Quadling artillery for Wars of Ozz. I am trying to paint at least one unit a week, but this week was a little busy with life and work.
For most factions in Ozz, there are two types of artillery, light and medium. I painted one of each.
As with the other artillery I have posted pictures of, I use the really nice Sally 4th artillery bases. These allow the gun to be pivoted to denote being limbered and the gunners to be removed as the battery takes casualties.
This weekend while Tom, Candy, and I were catching fish in the Gulf of Mexico, Ben was catching the Sammy fish in Tennessee. Ben asked for my permission a couple of weeks ago when we were together in Gattlinburg, TN.
This weekend, Sam and Ben went to pick pumpkins. Ben asked a passerby to take a photo of them. To everyone’s surprise while the stranger was taking pictures, Ben proposed. They plan to wait a couple of years to get married until they both finish school.
Tom is not allowed to travel more than 150 miles from Ft. Rucker, AL, so we met him at Panama City Beach, FL, this weekend for some deep sea fishing. The day started very early, when he met Captain Alicia. We came back with a pretty good haul. There was a processing facility at the marina that cleaned our fish. Across the street was a restaurant that offered “hook and cook,” where they cook fresh fish that you bring them. You couldn’t get any fresher than mackerel that we just pulled from the ocean.
It was a nice weekend, but a little too short. Despite rain in the morning that put a little damper on the fishing, we had a successful trip.