Step by Step: Ragnok, Orc Norse Hero, version 2

by Massive Voodoo

Good Tuesday Morning Jungle Painters, 

time again for a step by step article once again.
The jungle of Massive Voodoo is proud to present to you a step by step of Ragnok, Norse Orc Hero - an insight on Roman's paintjob. You can find many step by steps in MV's article section.

We hope you enjoy and now Roman is taking over ...



Well, it's been a little while since I wrote a step by step, but there are some on my future agenda.
I am always looking forward to prepare and write articles like this, but on the other hand it takes time to get all the preps ready.

I painted this bust twice on comission. Why twice? Well, the initial plan was to paint him once in a "normal", easy readable version. I failed with the first one and went a little crazy with colours, OSL and athmosphere. After I realized that I decided to paint him again as a promotional paintjob should be something more easy to be inspired from.

Well, also should start this article series with this crazy first version, but I won't. Why? Well, I think I go with the easier one first. Just feels right, no more explanation on this case from now on.

This article will give you an insight in my paintwork of the "green version" of
Ragnok, Orc Norse Hero by Fer Miniatures.

This is version 2:

First things first. After the resin was cleaned up I primed the model black and white. I am planning to put that bust to a beautiful plinth, but for the painting process I used a "work plinth". I know how messy I can get while throwing colours. While priming I already kept my zenithal light in mind and put a lot of white to the forehead/face.

Alright. I just went in, tackle what had to be tackled. It has been a crazy hot summer and while I painted this guy my colors dried so fast, really. Picking it up from the wet palette and to the model ... ah dry.

Choosing some brownish leather tones for the base sketch and did the same for the skintone. Rough applyment, nothing to serious right now. Don't worry, be happy.

The colour I used for the leather was "US Olive Drab" from VMC. I like this tone a lot as it is very neutral in its tone and lets you paint leather in light and shadow, but still you can choose it's colour variation later on. So a good decision if you are unsure, unsecure or just don't mind. Want to know more about my starting thoughts while painting?

For the skintone I decided for a mix from a dark green of Andrea Colors and Arabic Shadow from Scale75. Drop of this, drop of that, skintone ready. I thinned my skintone a little bit with water and applied it several times to the face until no primer was left to see.

More colors come into play. Still very neutral ones. Black and Dark Sea blue by VMC. Just to bring color to undefined areas. Still sketching, having fun.

You can see where I placed them, and you can see how the green on the face gets more intense and opaque by several layers. Well, slowly. Added a little black/leather tone was to the leathers too.

 A cold black was created by using Dark Sea blue and Black.

Meanwhile painting more and more layers of the skintone.

Painted the eyes blue. Do not like them at all. Did change them later on.

More and more layers of green, more skintone appears. Using some red tones to mix into my basic skintone to apply first shadows. Using a red/white to add to the green skintone for painting the lip. Still sketching. Using a some beige to be added to the blacks and leather tones for first highlights.

Great name for a color :D

Ok, repainting the eyes now. Basic tone for the eyeball is a reddish white, others would name it pink.

Skintone appears much more opaque by now. Eyeballs painted... mkay, pink.
See the blurry guy in the background? That's version one, he is taking his brother under close view.

Eyes painted. Closing in with more and more tones for the leathers. Just using the tones I already have on my wetpalette. Same for the teeth. Brown beard.

On the plinth you can see the way I have painted the skin so far. Basic tone is second from the left. Then more - and slow proceeding - highlights have been painted in zenithal light.

While I intensed the beard's reddish brown I decided to give the leather parts several glazes with it. While painting edge highlights here and there with a sold beige tone I also painted the teeth, small ties and small texture details in the leathers. I call this bringing all together.

While painting more highlights to the skin I am not only focusing on painting a zenithal light situation, I also concentrate on the very cool sculpted varities of skin texture and pay them attention with my brushtip. Chuck! Chuck!

A line here, a dot here, a little volume there, a little chuck! chuck! here ... and over again with the next highlight. Small steps with your highlight, mix in your highlight slllllooooowwwwllllyyyyy!

Like the new eyes much better. Evil Viking Orc.

Orangy brown tones to the hair and thin orange glazes to the leather parts to pull them all together again.

Having a close up look on my leather works. As you can see I painting rough and bright structure and texture to the areas in highlights. A collection of dots here, a scratch on an edge and so on. I am glazing over this afterwards to make is smooth again and I will still keep the texture underneath.

Metals have been painted in bronze with light and shadow too of course. Also added a little bit verdigris to it.

While working my way into stronger highlights and shadows at the skin I still follow the rules of zenithal light, but also work a little bit on texturizing the skin. In this bust you find many sculpted volumes, try to see them all, even the smallest one and not only see them, throw them some paint. Do the same procedure like on the leathers, glazing afterwards will make it all smooth again.


More and more time went into the detail work of applying some color and glazing it together again. Soon I will declare the bust finished, but not yet. First he was ready to move to the plinth beauty to see how they look together, color wise.

Using basic skintone and some darker blue I painted some tattoos on the guys head.

I was happy how the orangy hair catches up with the tone of the plinth and enjoyed how they play together.
Final stage of painting has been more and more glazing and tiny spots where I increased the highlights, and glazed again. This is often the spot in a project where motivation lacks, but is very needed to finish it properly. A too hot studio room does not help either. Well, push on through it.

 Some reddish glazes to the eye sockets, nose, ears. Some blood on his cheek wound. Some blood to his side of the body as he just had slain a goblin villager.

The finished version:

You can see more photos on Putty&Paint if you like!

I hope you enjoyed this little walkthrough and insight into my thoughts.
Now I am good to explain the crazy first version to you soon!

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes,

MV's Tip of the week #08

by Massive Voodoo

Good Monday Morning Jungle Painters,

we hope everyone is well and has an awesome start into the new week!
After the last month was pretty quiet due travels and such the daily jungle inspiration on MV is back with full force. To start right off here is another one of  MV's tip of the week:

Uncle Autumn arrived and is always beautiful.
This tip of the week is about roots for your miniatures. We already wrote an article how to find good roots and how to put them to proper use on your projects. Important for using natural materials is that you scale it down to your miniatures. Think about the right scale before the pick.

Now in autumn you can find great stuff too. If someone in your neighborhood has a climbing plant keep an eye out if they remove it in preparation for winter. You might find such spots:

Well,  usually you might not take a look on such things, but in this case we highly recommend it to you. Take a second look, take some time and rip some off, collect them in a bag and be more happy while creating your bases as you will recieve this basing candy:

More tips of the week?

MV's Tip of the week #01 
MV's Tip of the week #02
MV's Tip of the week #03 
MV's Tip of the week #04
MV's Tip of the week #05 
MV's Tip of the week #06 
MV's Tip of the week #07


by Massive Voodoo

MV Studio Renovation - Progress

by Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle Painters,

we are still in the thick of our studio renovation, but we slowly see the light at the end of the tunnel. Slowly. We estimated 10 days for creating the new place, here you can find a report on the first days and here is a little actual progress for you to follow:

Day 6


 on purpose ...

 The start of the massive table ...

Day 7

The cabinets are cleaned and filled again ...

One of the bookshelfs ...

The table stands proud ...

Day 8

Electricity work under the table ... 

Painting table for 6 Jungle painters ... see the frame on top? 
This will be for lamps!

Electricity for the upper lamps will come out of the sky!

So far.
Soon, we hope to have everything ready and finally paint again!
Stay tuned!

Best Wishes,
Your MV-Team

Tutorial: French Chocolate Bananas!

by Massive Voodoo

Aloha  to our french jungle painters,

we want to thank Thibault for translating the most important article on MV into french - we hope you enjoy!


Les grands singes aiment les grosses bananes, je ne vous apprends rien ! Cet article est là pour célébrer l'arrivée d'un merveilleux week-end grâce à cette recette guidée pas à pas afin de préparer le meilleur dessert aux bananes pour votre entourage ! Encore désolé pour la mauvaise qualité des clichés.

Ce dont vous avez besoin ? 

- Des bananes (Le nombre varie selon le nombre de personnes)
- Du chocolat (Je l'ai fait avec du Milka "Noisette")
- Une cuisine

Comment préparer vos bananes ? 
 Eh non ! Il ne suffit pas d'y penser toute la journée pour en attraper, parfois il faut sortir en pleine jungle. Faites attention elles sont très rapides. Si vous avez réussi à en attraper quelques unes ramenez les à votre cachette au milieu des gros arbres ! Suivez ensuite ces étapes …

1. Prenez un couteau et coupez la peau de la banane d'une tranche fine (sans atteindre la chaire.) N'oubliez pas de coupez aussi les tiges. Ignorez les cris de la banane à ce moment, elle ne sait pas encore que cela s'annonce bien pire après !

2. Séparez les carrés de chocolat et posez les côte à côte dans la petite ouverte précédemment coupée. Faites attention à ne pas retirer la peau de la banane car elle est utile. Placez la préparation au four à environ 150 degrés Celsius. Évitez que le chocolat coule sur la plaque en posant les bananes sur un support.


3. Patientez et admirez le chocolat fondre pendant environ 15 minutes. Contemplez seulement la première fois, il n’y a pas de durée de cuisson précise pour faire la banane parfaite. Expérimentez et n’écoutez pas les cris de paniques poussés par les bananes pendant qu’elles cuisent.

4. Lorsque vous pensez que ça a l’air bon, éteignez le four et équipez vous sérieusement pour aller sauver ces bananes épuisées et paniquées. Ne faites pas couler le chocolat et si jamais, appelez votre maman à la rescousse si vous ne vous sentez pas à l’aise avec cette étape.

5. Servez les bananes encore chaudes dans des assiettes - c’est encore mieux si c’est accompagné de glace - c’est le moment pour l’explosion de saveurs tropicales dans votre estomac !


Pour les déguster, écartez la peau et savourez la chaire chocolatée de la banane ! Vous pourrez vous inspirer de cet article pour émerveiller vos papilles ou tout simplement rendre heureux vos amis !

Stay Banana!
Keep on happy painting!

Olis' works: September - Arena Rex

by Oli aka HonourGuard

Hello again,

some months have passed since my last post. For those of you who do not remember me or are new to Massive Voodoo - here is my profile: Oli aka HonourGuard.

I have decided to start regular postings for every 1 or 2 months, to show you my latest finished figures and projects that are currently on my table. And beside that, I want to be a little part of the big Massive Voodoo wheel.

Today I will start with showing you my Arena Rex miniatures. I pledged in their kickstarter campaing about 2 years ago and 6 months ago I finally got my package. I am a big fan of their figures, because they are really on a very high level..on the highest level I guess in 32mm figures.

Let's start with the first one, Lupa:

The next one is the centurion:

I got a first picture, where you see the model without any colors. Sebastian Archer / Automaton did great job on the muscles, especially on the torso.

Small Tutorial:
Painting a shield with NMM Gold:

1. Preparation of the shield, sandpaper + knife and a primed with Tamiya Grey.
2. Basecoat with M
odel Color Carmine Red and bit of MC Chocolate brown. Shades to black and lights up with MC Vermillion. Painted the base of the Gold, using 2 parts MC Deep Yellow and one part MC Chocolate brown, than I added shadows with mixing more brown and later black in it. Also added some rough Blacklining now.

3. I started with the lights, adding more MC Deep Yellow to the gold base. 

4. Adding white to the yellow to paint final lights of the gold.

5. Added some very thin green washes in the shadow areas of the gold. And correct the gold mistakes with the red color of the shield.


And now the finished miniature:

I tried to create a realistic Gladiator atmosphere with the skin and the dirt and dust effects.

And now the last miniature and for today: Vargr

If you like small and very detailed miniatures you really should give these miniatures a try.
As I know they got their shop running now - link!

Let me know what you think about my last paintjobs.

Best regards