Review Preview: MV's Jar's Beginners Class in Copenhagen, Denmark

by Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle readers,

here is a review preview about one of Roman's recent MV's Jar's Beginner Classes in Copenhagen, Denmark. As it looks the full review will be ready soon. Stay tuned and enjoy the preview!

Tutorial Voting: Katari vs. Azog

by Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle Painters,

Tuesday again and time for tutorial voting via MV's year of the painter 2.
This week's voting result will be revealed on Friday.

If you want to keep track with an overview on what has happened so far in MV's year of the painter 2
please check this link!
You want to support Massive Voodoo? 
If you like to support or say thanks the monkeys of Massive Voodoo in what they do, please feel invited to drop a jungle donation in their direction via paypal or check their miniatures they got on sale here.


SBS - Katari
A step by step by Roman. Voting for this step by step will take you into primal days. Learn how Katari was painted, learn how her scarification tribals and small conversions made her look unique and learn about the atmospheric thoughts behind the color choices of this bust.

SBS - Azog the White Orc
A step by step by Roman. With it you are entering his mind through the process of a very big bust he recently did: Azog. A brutal paintjob delivered to the bust. Finish version can be seen here! Expect a brutal step by step.

Happy Voting!

MV NOVA OPEN Seminar Reminder

by Massive Voodoo

Washington, DC:  1st September - 4th September, 2016

NOVA Open Convention:
Multiple English language classes! 
VIEW Roman  Lappat &  Raffaele Picca Seminars:

See you for painting in D.C.!
We are very much looking forward!

Pilot Hayden, Mother Morrigan, Succubus

by Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle people,

Roman is still catching up with his fast painting spirit these days and many more finished miniatures will be presented in the future days here on MV. The next one in line is a 28 mm Hasslefree Miniature, called "Pilot Hayden". Roman did already paint up two version of a fantasy Hayden, but this one went different from the choice of colors.

Pilot Hayden
Hasslefree Miniatures, 28 mm


Roman did also paint up some more Hasslefree's. They are just so cool characters to breathe life to. Roman painted up limited resin "Mother Morrigan", which is some kind of imperial fantasy priestess and a Succubus, both also in 28 mm, all three of them together look so neat, because of their different colors and concepts:

If you are interested in making one of these models yours, please check the following banner. All three are on sale by Roman. Well, actually not all three as the Succubus already found a new home. Thanks to the collector for his support in Roman's art, work and passion!

Step by Step: Cold Vikings

by Massive Voodoo

Heyho Voodoo People,

this week's tutorial voting saw a really close contest between two cool (and blue) articles.
Even starting with 15 votes plus Azog was not in the lead finally. Azog recieved an overall score of 20 votes, while cold Vikings recieved 22. That's close, but also decided. The winner is:

Massive Voodoo's year of the painter 2 is proud to present you another article to be added to the
one of the biggest miniature painting free tutorial libraries in the web.
This article will be #317.
Crazy, but time to go full viking now!
If you want to keep track with an overview on what has happened so far 
please check this link!

Roman is now taking over the article. We hope you enjoy!
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before this really starts I get myself another cup of coffee and spent a moment in silent thoughts about this article. I was looking forward to write this one for you MV readers and Miniature painters outthere since a while. Now the time has come and I nead a sharp mind to transport to you what I got planned as cargo in this one. Before further blabla, coffee :)

Here we go again... starting a  paintjob is always about decisions. You have to decided which colors you use for the different areas of the miniature. Which brand of colors, which saturation and much more. Recently I recieve a lot of questions about my color recipes for different materials and I am frankly here when I say I got none. None specific, I decide from my atmospheric vision I got for the model:

- Where is the miniature/bust/character? 
At the beach, in the forest, desert temple, jungle, troll cave etc.

- What time is it?
Is it night- or daytime? Which light color influances my atmosphere?

In fact these thoughts result from my recent way of painting freely without making me headaches while I plan my project. I paint freely with this, wild and free. It is also a topic I explain in detail in my MV's Jar's Advanced Class and in many private coachings to come. I will try to give you an insight and a glimpse into the topic by explaining it on two Viking models I painted up some weeks ago in kind of the same atmospheric setting.

This is not a true step by step showing you each step I have done. It is more an insight into my thoughts while working these models into a cold atmosphere. Step by step kind of, but still with enough big steps to keep you thinking, not repeating blindly. I want to excuse myself for a mix in the photo quality of this article. Some were done with my mobile, others with my digital camera and even some with the big camera, but I am pretty sure you get the point of this article.

"Rolf" by Castle Miniatures in 75mm and a small tiny bust by Nocturna called the "Viking Raider". Both on a plinth by Dino Pivato, prepped with masking tape to keep these beauties from color harm. The resin bust preps and pinning to the plinth went quite easy while some areas on Rolf had to be taken care of with the use of Milliput.

Additionally I prepared Rolf's helmet on a toothpick, stuck to a cork and did the same to his shield, as these pieces needed to be placed later on.

I told you about decisions. I decided to have both figures in a cold atmosphere so I started quite simple with that. If you take a look on the cold/warm color theory article in MV article section it might give you additional information on the topic. My easy start after priming both models with black primer was spraying them blue to setup my atmosphere:

Now comes the important part to keep it cold. It is time to apply other basecolors to the models for example leather, metallics, skintone, etc. What I did to keep it all in the same atmosphere was adding a tiny drop of the same overall blue into each basecolor.

Applying basecolors is always a very important step, but also exhausting and boring. Stay focused on it and prepare your basecolors well as an opaque surface you can work further on top. If it's an unclean surface with not being opaque it might lead your furthermore paintwork to look strange if unclean areas in your basecoat shine through. Well, you can also use this to your advantage when it comes to very textured or structured areas.

I did not paint both models at once. No one can do such. I started to paint on Rolf and switched over the Raider here and there. I try to do the same in the explanations.

Rolf. Like I told you I mixed in my blue basecolor in everything else. My browns, my metallic tones, my skintones. Everything recieved a small drop of blue to it and so everything fits fine in the atmosphere I aiming for. I paint highlights and shadows to the areas or stibble a texture where I want one. I do quite the rough work here as I call it sketching my idea, the concept of light and shadow and my color choices for different areas:

Same thing happend on the bust, but much slower and with a slightly different warmer basic skintone.

I did not use pure white for the eyes of the bust, it was a little off-white with a drop of red, green to it, but also a tiny drop of blue from my atmosphere color.

I went a little further in my sketch. Painted the eyes, glazes for skin color variations, first shadows and highlights and rough texture. Also added the base color for the blond hair, but well - again - blue to the mix. Makes them look green, weird for the moment, but well in the end one atmosphere.

After this step is done I start to intensify the different materials a little more. Bring back their original color you can say. Different brown glazes and washes on the leather, reds on the skin, a black controlled wash on the chainmail, a highlight here and there, a stronger shadow here and there and a little more texture over there.

This will change the overall atmosphere look once more, but no need to be confused, just stay focused, it still works well togehter. The sketch grows.

Overall look still good, even different colors appear, all cold. Keep it cool!
 While I was working my way through more and more details of Rolf I also came upon the shield. I decided for a yellow/black shield, but again if I would place a strong, powerful yellow here it will stand out of my atmosphere way too much. I have to add blue to the mix again, even for its base color. Same to the black by the way.

I added snow to Rolf, just a little bit and with it I wanted to bring back some more of my atmosphere to pull it all together even more. I took the airbrush once more, mixed in a thin glaze of blue and sprayed this to the overall model, but before I did I used masking putty to cover areas I did not want to have more blue. I wanted these areas a little more intense in their tonality.

Pffftt! Pfffft! With this step also some of my highlights and shadows turn blueish once again. Subtile. Everywhere, except where I placed the masking putty. Tricky, eh?

I kind of did the same steps to the Viking Raider bust. What I also did on the metallics and wasn't able to explain properly on Rolf's photos: While highlighting the metallics I used a bright silver with a blue touch. You can buy such from Scale75 or just take a silver and mix in a drop of blue to it.

You can see how I added textures to the metalls by stippling and thin lines, crossed ones or just single ones. As metallics in nature are a material that reflects its sorroundings pretty strong I aimed for blueish highlights in the metals and some brown midtones to brownish dark black shadows. I did this with applying strong tone (makes it matte again, so additionally recieve a contrast in my metals between matte and shiny), followed by strong tone plus a drop of black for the deepest shadows.

Compared to the photo above you can see how I also started with cold highlights in the hair basic color to keep really everything stick together. 

When I decided the bust was done with main work I removed the tape from the plinth. I love this moment when the beauty of the plinth comes together with the one of the paintjob. In the back you can spot another paintjob, which was done in not a cold atmosphere setup, but in a ... guess what?

Both models - these two cold vikings - were a lot of joy to paint. The structure of my atmospheric work schedule keeps me kind of free from recipes. I add what needs to be added to stick to a specific atmosphere. On both models I might have done some small edge highlights here and there and some color variations here and there to make it more interesting, before I called them done.

If you want to see more photos of Rolf, that I called "Erik Reimundson", please follow the link to Putty&Paint.

If you want to see more photos of the Viking Raider bust, please follow the link to Putty&Paint.

I hope you enjoyed the insight into my progress on these two. I hope my thoughts are understandable. Give it a try, do not fear. Keep on happy painting!


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Mountain Ogre and Miniatures on Sale

by Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle,

Peter has recently finished some minis. Today he will show us his version of Roman´s Ogre and tell us a bit about it:

At the moment I enjoy painting so much. 
Roman´s Advanced Class has given me some very important energies back. The Ogre bust was my first bigger paintjob after finishing the workshop miniature Hayden and it has been a very enlightening experience.

Beside learning how to deal with atmosphere and how to apply it on a project, the class has somehow opened my mind. In the last years I was a bit struck in my way of painting. Perhaps some of you might remember my big project Theseus´ Destiny, which I finished for Duke of Bavaria 2014. After I entered it into the contest and won my silver medal, I felt like I had to achieve at least the same quality on every new paintjob I started. Well, we all know that these attempts are always about to fail as there are so many things that have an influence on your work. Daily troubles, lack of motivation, wrong colors... no matter what it is, you are not always in balance and this affects your skills, positive and negative.

Nevertheless I knew these facts, I tried to push myself to the maximum. However this does not help very much, it rather results in frustration and so your work will never be "satisfying". But happily attitudes can change. During the Advanced Class I learnt that you can fix anything that "has gone wrong". There is nothing in painting that could be called "wrong". It´s just a temporary state and you just have to identify the things that bother you about your project. If you have, just simply fix them and learn while doing it. You have all the tools at hand (brushes & paint). Don´t give up. If you need a break, take it and put your project back into the cabinet for as long as it takes until you want to continue working on it. But never give up! If you feel like there is nothing else to do, call it finished and enjoy the moment.

So, the Ogre had his difficulties, too. It´s a beautiful bust with lovely volumes, which are a pleasure to paint. But its complexity lies in its large areas of skin. These were challenging, but we are not here to take the same roads over and over again. They get boring. With new ways and new challenges comes the joy of painting and if you know that you can´t do anything wrong, there is nothing to fear. So, I took the challenge and enjoyed the paintjob a lot. I hope you like it :)

Mountain Ogre
sculpt by Roman Lappat, 1:11

You can find additional pictures here: Putty&Paint
The bust is for Sale!

There is something I want to annouce: as my cabinet it getting crowded, I want to sell some of my older projects. I hope they will find a nice new home and somebody who enjoy them as much as I do :)

If you are interested in buying one of the following, feel free to contact me: baphomet[at]massivevoodoo[dot]com

Theseus´ Destiny
Figures by Figone, 85mm & Zvezda, 1:72
On display base

Forged Monkey, 90mm

The Rising
Figures by Mantic Games, 28mm
On display base

Metal Models, 54mm
On display base

Figure by Castle Miniatures, 120 mm

Figure by Pegaso, 90 mm

Figure by Pegaso, 54 mm
On display base


Katari - Shaman Woman of the Izla Tribe

by Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle,

another finished project from Roman's table.
This beautiful bust by Black Crow Miniatures was sculpted by the talented
Romain van den Bogeart. Roman was inpsired by playing the computer game "Far Cry - Primal" a while back and we think that it is a good thing that he gets so inspired by such games.

The bust, originally named "Morrigan" was started by Roman during a two day MV private coaching session with Evgeny and Roman. Roman finished her some days after the coaching. We hope you like her! Future step by step in progress :)

Katari - Shaman Woman of the Izla Tribe
Black Crow Miniatures, 1:9

You also find her on Putty&Paint
with some additional photos.

The bust is for sale and if you want to support the jungle and get something unique in return check the painted Miniature Art that the monkeys on MV have for sale: