Azazel’s Monster March 2021 Round-Up #Monstermarch5

So here finally is my final Round-Up post for Swordmaster’s Monster March painting challenge. Once again I’d like to thank Swordmaster for running this challenge, as it always provides good motivation to get some of my larger models completed, even if I did my usual thing and got distracted from my original target models – in this case, a set of 6 yetis that are still WIP (the same happened to me in Fembruary!) Though at least the Yetis got started, and I’m sure they’ll be finished in the next couple of months.

The stuff I did manage to complete is a bit of a mix of models with very different motivations behind getting them completed. That I had been stuck on for some time (Rocket and Groot), something that had sat around primed for months and only got started while showing a technique (Shadow Dragon), something else that had sat around primed for months and suddenly looked like an “easy win” (Muiral the Misshapen), a couple of models I’d wanted to paint for awhile and just needed the motivation to kick me up the arse (Varghulf and Thrasher Snail) and something I’d wanted to buy and knew I could use this challenge – and fast Amazon shipping – to order and smash out within a couple of days (Shambling Mound). Funny(?) that the models I really failed on were the ones I’d initially intended to paint for the challenge(!)

I did have a hand in guiding Marouda through her three models for the challenges and helping her with some of the finer details, so I guess I can just blame her for not getting those other models done. Or maybe Maneater on XBox. 😀

Once again, a big thank-you to Swordmaster for running the challenge again this year, and I look forward to the next one! 😀

WizKids WK73532 D&D Nolzurs Marvelous Miniatures Treant (D&D Monster Manual 60) #Monstermarch5

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Legolas and Aenur, Sword of Twilight provide scale.

Yet Another intro here from Azazel – Mostly I’m pointing out that this is the thirs and final of Marouda’s Models for the Month of March. This model is once again for both Swordmaster’s Monster March and Ann’s “Neglected But Not Forgotten” painting challenges

More from me at the end.


Marouda – Azazel asked me if I wanted to paint the tree man when he bought it several months ago. I said I was interested and then when Monster March rolled around Azazel said if I don’t paint him that he will. “Do you want me to paint him? It won’t take me long.

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So anyway it was the Monster March challenge that got me motivated so instead I said yes sure and before I knew it there were 3 models in front of me to get started on. Now my usual output has been 1 model every 3 years or so. So 3 models over a week or 2 is an amazing goal for me.

I am very much a beginner painter so my description is more about my experience with learning and using basic techniques.

Dry brushing:
Was scared to do as this was such a large model. Azazel told me not to worry as wood is difficult to stuff up. I was very light initally like I was trying to remove dust off the model as I was scared I would remove the previous coat of paint off the model but Azazel demonstrated I could be much more heavy handed. I quite enjoyed the drybrushing of different shades and highlighting the model. I didnt want to cover up the paintwork too much with foliage.

Applying wash:
Initally I was just painting it on the whole model but Azazel then demonstrated you sort of blob it on and let the capillary action draw it down and into all the crevices and if too much pools I can wick it away with the brush from areas it has pooled too much and apply that elsewhere on the model.

Applying Contrast Paint:
the basecolour was done with contrast paint and I had to work in sections and quickly as it dried fast it was very thick and the consistency of honey when applying.

Applying Bling/Trimmings:
I wanted to use as little as possible and was worried about overdoing it as I was very happy with my drybrushing.

Applying Static Grass.
Flock
Clumping Foliage
Made the model look like a stalk of broccoli
Flowers.

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I quite like how bright his eyes turned out I managed to do okay with the right eye but panicked with the left eye as the paint didnt go on as straight forward as I liked and again Azazel thinned down the paint so it would just flow into the whole eye area rather than having to brush it in completely.

I think once I started on the model at leasst it was started and it was easier to work on it little by little. I think I was quite anxious initally looking at the 3 unpainted models but as paint was applied it looked less intimidating and acheivable.

In the last year i have been dabbling with watercolour painting and with pencil colouring techniques so I think I have developed a steadier hand for painting and some paint/brush knowledge
that I was able to apply to miniature painting, or at least a bit more confidence with giving miniature painting more of a chance. I certainly learned the patience needed to let layers dry
with my watercolour colouring/painting.

I also understand why Azazel needs to own all the paint/art supplies in the world as my own art supply collection has grown. Azazel did the nicest thing for me just before Christmas he got a custom built desk with storage underneath for all my art supplies as I was lugging them up and down the stairs or keeping them in stacks on the floor. I ended up purchasing plastic tubs and labelling them so I can easily access what I need.

I sort of tried to start my own blog ‘Marouda’s Musings’ but got overwhelmed with trying to figure out all the tech aspects so hasn’t quite gotten off the ground. So I will be posting every now and then on the Bitz Box if Azazel does not mind.

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Marouda’s three models for Ann and Swordmaster’s Painting Challenges of March 2021.


Azazel again – So that’s a wrap from Marouda for March! This post serves as the display post for the Treant, as well as her round-ups for Neglected But Not Forgotten, Monster March, and, well, March of 2021.

I’ll have my own Monster March Wrap-Up post up very shortly – just after Midnight AU time, as I know that Swordmaster is pretty quick with his round-ups (unlike myself!) Following that, I’ll have my last few models from March, then my own March/Neglected summary, and then onto some April models…