Tutorial Voting: A funky Waaagh inside a box!

by Massive Voodoo

Good Morning Jungle,

while we face a foggy morning today in Augsburg and can not see our own hands in front of our head Massive Voodoo's year of the painter brings you another tutorial voting - less foggy and without a fail than the last one.

Feel invited to vote your choice via comment. Which article should be up next week?
Voting lasts until Monday next week! These are today's options:

In this article you find a complete walkthrough by Roman on how he proceeded during the Project "Your Waaaghhh! ends here!" from 2012. See inside the plans of the project, the basing and painting execution and some more interesting information.

For this article vote "Waaagghhh!" in the comments!

See Roman tackling his second conversion of Forged Monkey's Jamal bust, called "Funkmaster J".
A little bit of sculpting, chains and glitter in the end. Funky, eh?

For this article vote "Funk" in the comments!

Some projects need their own transport box and Roman's "Last Light" is definatly one of that kind due its pure size. Find out how Roman build a truely sturdy transport box for this diorama and learn about the material and the steps you need to find and take.

For this article vote "Carry Box" in your comment!

Thanks for the Jungle support! - September

by Massive Voodoo

It is unbelievable how fast September went by, eh?

Again Massive Voodoo wants to say big thanks to the Jungle support by donation from the following locations:

08.09.2014 Glen Carbon, USA 10,00 $
10.09.2014 Hammersmith, Great Britian, 20,00 $
28.09.2014 Balwyn, Australia, 10,00 $

With their help we bought a new coffee machine for the Augsburg HQ yesterday as the old one died after too much years in service. The new one is not a fency one, but one that works and delivers coffee! 

Thank you for your support!

Step by Step: Inuit Fisherman

by Massive Voodoo


Last week's tutorial voting is over and ... it was a lil' FAIL!

The giant butt article is already up to the jungle, we did just forgot about it, but thanks to an anonymous comment we are managed to fail even bigger by posting it up again - here you go:
Link to the giant butt!

We are very sorry about this fact, but hey - nobody is losing anything by this situation as you now see this article again and another one :)

As last weeks voting really was a little mess up in between Roman's preparation for his basing class we are now up to count only the votes for the "Inuit" and the "Carry Box" and the winner from last week is "Inuit".

So let's see what Roman has to tell about his work on this bust by Romain van den Bogeart -
Miniatures Unpacked to it? Here you go!

I could do this all day, I could do this all night: Paint and talk about painting. It's in my soul and my heart. Learning always comes slow and a challenge is often welcome. My challenge in this project was definatly the size of this bust and the fish. Honestly I was much looking forward to give this sculpt by Romain my version of colour on it as I do love Romain's sculpts. I touched some sculpts of him in the past and always I had the feeling I could feel the soul he did put in his sculpts. It is always a pleasure to sit down with my muse to paint a sculpt by him as I think or believe that his sculpting and my painting has somehow a connection to eachother.

Big talk here, eh. Well, we are not getting deeper in this little journey of my painting Kong Fu, rather switch over to the step by step article of the "Inuit - Fisherman".

Starting easy with this article. The resin bust was prepared and glued together. Small gaps have been filled too. I closed the sculpt's eyes as the looked pretty strange at arrival, at least from a painter's perspective. Still interested in the quality of the sculpt and what's up with those eyes? Check the Mu!

I like to go easy in my approach into such a big bust. I went with some brown and skin glazes on top of a pure white primer to just have some colour on the model. And had to threw in some reds to the face. Rough and easy. Sketching.

Now these tones needed a stronger covering power as they were just thin glazes so far. Following you can see the colours I used to achieve this. Mainly working in that brown middle puddle of colour for the face and leather. Still sketching.

After this was dry I threw a wash on all the areas I worked on so far. Army Painter's strong tone is my new love when it comes to this. Still sketching, closing the cavities of the leather and face area quick and rough. Eyes were painted black.

Well, first sketches done on the leather and the skin, now I wanted to start the fish. Fun that I was invited to my girlfriend's dad to have some grilled fish on a sunday, just the day before I decided to start with the fish. Visual Inspiration everywhere.

Ok fishy, fishy, here we go. I decided to give it a shiny look and went for a little experiment with one of the Scale75 Metal Alchemy colours. I mixed it in VMC. German Fieldgrey WWII. Painted the whole fishy with it, except the fins and added a little brownish shadow to it. Gentle, but still all is sketching here.

While this was the easy task on that fish my mind was already working further. I was asking my girlfriend's brother and dad as both are really into fishing what sort of fish this might be. No one was really sure so I had to ask back with Romain himself on what sort of fish he was sculpting there.

It turned out to be Dusky Grouper - check Wikipedia here. Now I was collecting inspirational photos to see what was up to be painted there. Using black coloured glazes I started to work on that pattern and also the fins.

The fur on his hood has been painted in some sand tones, including VMC, bleached bone by GW and some London grey mixed in to keep it desaturated for the moment. Sketching. Also used this mix for the bone parts of his jewellry but without the grey in it. Fish eyes sandy yellow basecoat with ... I have no idea which colour that was. Can't tell you the name but I am sure if you look close enough on that photo and search for the same colour in your paint rack without looking on the name, you'll find something really close.

Ok, now I went back again to the Emerald Alchemy Colour. Added some more highlights on the fish's scales to bring out more attention of the fish's volumes. Still sketching, no mistakes can be made here, all areas are in sketching mode.

I did a little too much in my oppinion and went for some strong tone again to apply a wash with. This brings all of the fish together, blends in the recently painted highlights and the pattern.

Next step tp bring all areas up to a same level was taking attention to the leather again. Therefore I used a bright tone and a rough brush to bring on random high contrast leather texture. I also washed the bone jewellry parts with Strong Tone. First highlights on the fish's fins have been done with that greenish highlight tone to the left.

This looks like madness, but when you know were you are heading madness is a positive side effect. I went in for detail scratches now, using a similar bright tone but a more focused brush tip.

Attention to the the scratches in the material and finer texturizing now. More highlights on the fins.

Now the leather got some cure of that madness by using several brownish water thinned glazes on top of it. Including Chocolate Brown by VMC and Strong + Soft Tone washes by Army Painter.

Again I went for the fish's scales with that mix of green and Alchemy colour to set some more scales to focus.

Now I decided to head for the face again. It was also lacking saturation. I used Scale75 Skintone Set for the first time to bring out the prominet face spots on the Inuit's face. Applying my glazes several time to intense them by the number of their applications.

I also used some orange and re-brownish acrylics to be used as glazes on top of the leather parts to bring back saturation here too.

Thanks to Michael from 5th-Dimension I was able to switch the working plinth to a proper plinth, special made for this bust. Thanks, Michael!

While the face was growing in colour power I had my fun with the leather parts by repeating the initial madness of texture and giving it some more glazes of brown, orange, reds and even purple was used here and there.

Pure Ivory was used to clean up the hood fur and bring a light situation on top of the desaturated sketch I have done here in the beginning.

The ropes recieved some highlight colour on top of the darker yellowish brown. Using the application of the brighter tone to place the light situation on top of the darker tone, leaving some spots darker.

As you can see in the upper photo I already started to bring in purple, orange and red glazes to the Inuit's face. Added small details and highlights here and there.

Another long day of painting went by on this bust and I was checking the bust with the camera of my mobile ... well, strange but cool looking photo. I was happy so far but not yet done.

After the photo looked so strange of its colours I decided to take out the big camera and do better photos now to see on the photos were I wanted to improve even more- going on detail hunt - adding my thoughts of plan to improve to the pictures now:

 Overall I was quite happy with the result so far:

Happy with the scales and leather so far, but wanted to bring some more detail on prominent fish scale areas.

Happy with the face, but a little more attention could be done with coloured glazes to make things even more alive. Also some highlights on skin irritations are missing  here. When they are done, I plan to glaze some thin skin tone on top again to blend it all together once more.
I was pretty happy with the rough leather look and the different colours that appeared in it but want to add some well placed edge highlights to the true material damage that can be seen as deeper texture work. For example the cracks here and there are in need of final attention.

The bone jewellry parts need a little more attention and seperation from their sorrounding materials. I will use dark lines to achieve this, sort of dark-lining.

Looking at the fish I wanted to use some gloss varnish on his eyes and on some scale parts, but not all over the place as this would destroy my metal scale look that I have prepared and worked on so far. Happy with the scales but in some areas they are missing highlights in the shadow areas if you get what I mean by looking at the fish's tail in this photo:

So these are the thoughts I made and wanted to put some more time in. After looking at the bust I also decided to add some snow. A cold breeze that brings some snow the fisherman's body while he is walking home with his catch. I even thought about adding an icicle of snot to his nose but thought this might be way too much.

These in between photos helped me to check back what I still wanted to do and I wrote a list of all of them to see them fullfilled.  So I did in three to four more days of 6~8 hours of painting, before I was able to paint the plinth black and call it done:

Following you can see the final version I called finished. Well the changes are really subtile, but still took me about three more days to apply them. Maybe only I see them, can be, might be - but I know they are there and that additional time spent on it made it more special to myself. You can click the photos to see big resolution ones:

If you want to see more photos of the Inuit Fisherman check Putty & Paint!

In hope that you enjoyed this walkthrough article I'll drop out of this write up and make myself ready for your questions if you got some. Let me know your thoughts!

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes

Massive Voodoo's year of the painter 2014

by Massive Voodoo

Hi Jungle Painters,

while it is becoming a weekly routine already we want to say some more words about  
MV's year of the painter.

Right now many weeks have passed with weekly Tutorial votings and weekly articles. For us it is great fun to see how far we can reach with our inspiration and our helpful articles, packed with hints and tips about miniature painting. MV's year of the painter helped the jungle's article section to grow to 258 free articles.

We are thankful to all of you who take part in the weekly votings, who spread the word about it and who enjoy what happened so far since the announcement of the year of the painter, back in the end of January with the first tutorial voting.

What happened so far via 
Massive Voodoo's year of the painter?

February 2014
Tutorial: Working with 1:72 Figures, Samurais
Tutorial: Using superglue for structure
Step by Step: The Arkvenger, Pegaso Models
Tutorial: Quick High Elf display base
Step by Step: Zombicide Gaming Miniatures
Tutorial: Stamp your Milliput

March 2014
Step by Step: Quick display figure
Step by Step: Tale of Revenge (by guest author Felix)
Basing Composition: Introduction
Tutorial: How to create bowstrings
Tutorial: Sculpting a Werewolf - part A

April 2014
Tutorial: Never fear your gaming bases
Tutorial: How to find good roots?
Step by Step: The Nightwatch
Tutorial: Building up a Wasteland Display Base
Step by Step: The First One
Step by Step: Pirate Buccaneer
Mu47/Tutorial: Modelmates' Rust Effect

May 2014
Tutorial: How to create Newspapers
Airbrush: Masking Options
Tutorial: How to create stalagmites/stalagtites
Tutorial: Painting the colour "BLACK"
Mu47/Tutorial: Modelmates' Verdigris Effect

June 2014
Step by Step: Dragon Priest
Tutorial: Primitivo Base
Tutorial: How to create candles
Step by Step: Sha'un - Ram Tribe Warrior
Step by Step: What about a quick Slayer?
Tutorial: Curved Plaster Wall Piece

July 2014
Inspiration: Project Motivation
Tutorial: Cleaning your Airbrush
Step by Step:  WHF Chaos Lord
Step by Step: Repainting X-Wing's Imperial Shuttle
Step by Step: Juva, 1883

August 2014
Tutorial: Rider on the Styx
Tutorial: Postapocalyptic Toad King
Step by Step: Drakery's Orc Shaman
Tutorial: 5 colours, 2 hours,1 Mini

September 2014
Step by Step: Sha'un Ram Tribe Warrior
Inspiration: Visual Studying - Learning to see
Tutorial: Col. Straken
Mu 60/ Tutorial: Scale75 Metal and Alchemy Steel Series + Inkensity Set
Step by Step - Male Galaxy Defender

October 2014
Step by Step: Inuit Fisherman


 More to come - stay tuned!

MV's Jar's Basing Class - Review Preview

by Massive Voodoo

Augsburg's MV's HQ is still a little exhausted, yet happy as we had a great time on Roman's second and also for this year last Basing Class this past weekend. Thanks to everyone who attented and made the weekend what it was: very cool! We hope everyone had a safe trip home and a good start in the new week ... here are some first impressions:

More soon!

quote of today

by Massive Voodoo

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."
                                                                Lao Tzu 

The Aquila - Hero of Rome 41 A.D.

by Roman aka jar

41 A.D.

In the dark lands of the Chauchi Tribe,
deep in the winter forest of Germanica,
a hero of Rome was born as he returned
one of the lost eagle home to mother Rome.

Great model by Nuts Planet
You can find a Miniatures Unpacked with a detailed look on the sculpt here.

A lot of fun for me as I am still reading tons of Ancient Roman novels. My brain, soul and mind is totally stuck in the ancient world. Usually I have such reading phases about a specific topic for some months, but this one now goes on for over eight months now. You can not imagine how many books I have read so far. And even the novels are fiction they are always presented in a historical correct background. There is truely a lot to learn from that big picture. Really my joy since some months.

I decided to give this bust a go to let out some of the impressions I gained from reading all of these books. Sometimes this has to be done. Thank you, Nuts Planet and Benny Sa :)

Last photo shows the bust in my cabinet.
Strange light there as the yellow lamp from above makes it all a bit weird.

The Aquila - Hero of Rome 41 A.D.
Nuts Planet, 1/9

If you want to see more angles of this bust, please feel free to check it in my gallery on Putty&Paint.

You can be aware of a future step by step about this bust. It is in preparation for you already. Interesting might be where this journey started. I really started with fun on it and the early WIP looks even crazy to me as I just was throwing colour on it in pure joy of painting:

Early WIP - after the first hour of colour throwing:


Hope you like him!
Keep on happy painting! 
Best Wishes,