A quick intro here from Azazel – Marouda has finally deigned to paint a few miniatures this month, so a big thanks to both Ann (“Neglected But Not Forgotten”) and Swordmaster (Monster March 5) for their respective challenges that helped to motivate Marouda to do some model painting again, as well as Kuribo who’s comment on the WIP post from a couple of weeks ago helped to kick her in the arse to get painting. I mean the kind words helped to motivate her.. :p
In this case, it’s a model that I picked up in the Bad Squiddo Shieldmaiden Kickstarter (as an extra) back in 2018. Anyway, over to Marouda:
So anyway it was the current Monster March and the Neglected But Not Forgotten challenges as well as Azazel drawing my attention to Kuribos comment that got me motivated to try painting again. So when Azazel asked “are you going to paint a model?” I said yes, and before I knew it there were 3 models in front of me to get started on. I thought “what is the worst that could happen?”
I must say I have been finding it much easier with several models on the go as while 1 model is drying I can work on the other one so it has been was more efficient and motivating as I was kept busy painting continuously for my invested time rather than waiting for 1 model to dry and then losing interest.
I am still very much a beginner painter but it has been super helpful for me to have Azazel to demonstrate a painting technique or select the paint that I describe I would like to use. My usual output for painting models has been 1 model every 3 years or so. So completing 3 models over 2 weeks will be an amazing acheivement for me.
Now I am here to talk about the Iguana. I saw this in the Blister on Azazels painting desk a few months ago and stole it for myself to paint as I thought it was small and would be easy to paint. I googled Iguana to look at what colours I would like to use and patterning and decided I wanted mine to be a blue banded Iguana. The bands/stripes were tricky to paint I did a bit of practice before hand on the palette and on paper. Azazel explained I should make the bands pointy on the ends which was a challenge.
The spines were done black with some bone and contrast paint wash. I was so wrong that a small mini would be easy, things like the toe nails were tricky and painting the red in the mouth was nerve wracking. Note to self next time I will select (I mean steal from Azazel) a much larger model to paint. so when I get to details I wont mess them up because I can actually see properly. I actually have a lamp with a magnifying glass so this guy found himself under there so I could see what the hell I was doing.
As I have been working on 3 models at the same time I found that the larger models I have been painting were a lot more fun to paint. I enjoyed painting the body of the iguana, it was fairly simple scheme using P3 Arcane Blue and thinned Aethermatic Blue contrast paint. Azazel painted the eyes and teeth on it because I could see myself messing this up big time with too much paint and a shaky hand.
I hope you enjoyed this model and my thoughts about painting it. 🙂