Ammo’s line of Moss products is intended to help modelers simulate natural textures such as moss and lichen on their miniatures. The Moss products are a very finely shredded material that can be glued to surfaces to add the color and texture of tiny plants. Moss is available in ten colors that include a variety of greens and browns. The Moss comes in 35ml plastic jars. For this review I tried Ochre Moss, Bracken Green, and Sea Moss.
Each Moss product is dyed a uniform color but they are easily mixed together to add variety. The product generally has a very fine texture but I did encounter a few clumps up to about 2mm in size. These clumps are easily broken up if not needed. Ammo recommends their “Ultra Glue” AMIG2031 for attaching the Moss. I didn’t have this glue but I found that for thicker applications I could attach the Moss by sprinkling it into diluted PVA glue (Elmer’s). For lighter application I could attach it with Ammo’s “Pigment Fixer” AMIG3000. For these thin applications I used a dry paintbrush to pick up the Moss then tapped the brush to get a fine sprinkling on the surface. I then touched a brush loaded with pigment fixer to the surface near the Moss and let it seep into the Moss to fix it in place.
Once the Moss is fixed in place shadows and highlights can be added with washes or dry-brushing if desired. The Moss can also be painted after application to simulate clods of dirt, coarse ash, or any other sort of lumpy filth you might enjoy. I found that on broad surfaces such as walls the appearance of the Moss can be enhanced with speckled and streaking applications of Ammo’s “Nature Effects” enamel washes Slimy Grime Dark AMIG1410 and Slimy Grime Light AMIG1411.
I really enjoyed using the Moss products and I look forward to getting a few more of the colors for future use. The Moss products are a quick and easy way of adding visual interest and realism to dioramas, bases, and models.
I am thankful to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review these products and to Ammo by MIG Jimenez for their generous contribution of review samples.