Finn & Skunk

by Massive Voodoo

Heyho Pirates like to roll!

 This small bust is truely lovely to paint.
This one was painted by Roman and Raffa during their recent BÄM² weekend class for explanation purposes. A true teamwork. The Ferret is just such a lovely detail on this bust and it brings in tons of character to both of them. They did paint this one as a skunk. Smelly character.

Finn & Skunk
Fer Miniatures, 1:16
more photos via Putty&Paint

Keep on happy painting!

This project is for sale, check

In times of WAAAGH! ...

by Massive Voodoo

In times of WAAAGH!, burning bridges light his way!"
Friederich von Altdorf, Imperial Garrison Commander in Altdorf on Warboss Grazhak Ironjaw during the siege of Altdorf.

Another day in the jungle, another one of Roman's finished paintjobs.
He really needs to catch up with stuff like that as there are many more to show.

This one is a small conversion from GW's kinda new Orc Warboss model.
Roman really enjoyed that one as you can probably see. Do not miss the Snotling pointing
his middle finger to the enemy lines. Well, he has all the reason to do so, rocking the battlefields close to this guy.

We hope you enjoy this piece 
- stay tuned as Roman is working on a series of articles for Figure Painter Magazine on the progress of this beast.

In times of WAAAGH! ...
Games Workshop, 28 mm

If you want to see more photos of this piece, 
please check back via Putty & Paint.

This model was sold to private collector.

Thank you for your support in my work, passion and art.

Keep on happy painting!


Tutorial Voting: Find your way - to Sparta!

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 or Saturday. Depends how Roman finds the time to sit down and write the article for our MV readers. He is in a private coaching Thursday and Friday.
The winning tutorial will be written if at least on overall of twenty votes is reached.

Important notice:
Soon Roman is heading out to his painting class in Sweden and also adds some days of vacation to this trip. From early August on Roman is doing blogging-holiday. Estimated time to be back is end of August or early September as soon as he returns home from the NOVA OPEN 2016.

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 - Spartan Warrior
A step by step by Roman. Roman will talk you through this comission work of his. How all started, the plans, the communication with the comissioner and insight into the paintjob. Not a cute hobbit on his walk through a peaceful forest.

SBS - Find your way
A step by step by Roman. By voting this Roman takes you on an insight ride through his work and thoughts on this bust by Midnight Miniature. A cute hobbit on his walk through a peaceful forest.
 Happy Voting!

Review: MV's BÄM² Class, Augsburg, Germany

by Massive Voodoo

Good Morning Jungle of Massive Voodoo,

it is review time.
Review of a very special painting class by Massive Voodoo.

The so called "BÄM²" class.  
This class is special as this class concept is about training your skills, in a small group with two teachers: Raffaele Picca and Roman Lappat from MV. A full weekend with a really well working concept and time on hand.

The class is also special as so far Raffa and Roman have so far done five of them.
The last four were done in 2012 and 2013, so there it was not happening for a longer time.
Check the reviews here!

Now Roman and Raffa decided to bring this class back,
with an updated concept a new miniature in tow.

Many thanks to FER Miniatures for their support!

We did meet up in Roman's old school, "Staatsinstitut zur Ausbildung von Fachlehrern" in Augsburg, Germany again where he studied to become a teacher. It is a great venue for classes and many followed the call. Thanks to everybody who was a part of this class.

A very inspiring light situation. Olloolloo!

The building is an old hospital, freshly renovated and one of the art class rooms is in the old hospital chapel. A beautiful and inspiring place. This is where the class took part.

Everybody was ready for the BÄM². 
Raffa and Roman explain their "BÄM²"- teaching goals, or you can call it the "BÄM²-effect" as a personal step forward in individual painting skills. The class content is aimed at their students to give them more self-confidence and knowledge in the field of miniature painting, combined with practical work on a bust over one full weekend. 


With two teachers and a group of ten students there was plenty of time to give individual coachings on different questions, topics and "issues", this going alongside a very structured class concept that starts with ...

Drawing and Sketching.

Making many thoughts before everyone starts with the work on the miniature.

You can call it a "battle plan".

Why and how to do so?
Well, Roman and Raffa explained this in detail at the class.

Everybody busy, everybody battle-planning.

We did paint a lot, laugh a lot and learnt a lot. 
The venue is also really cool as you are somehow always surrounded by some artistic work that is done by actual students of the school. This one in particular draw all our attention.

Well, we very really busy. So busy that this review will not recieve a big amount of supermuch photos, but here is another one of everyone being busy :)

Busy with applying their basic colors after we worked on the concept.

That booty ...

The classroom from the outside, being busy late at night.

Being busy leads to results ... still we have to be busy for final details:

So everyone busy again, but this time black and white.

More busy painting. Aiming to BÄM².

Being busy leads to final results
for the weekend and Raffa and Roman are very proud teachers when they look at their students results. Training stage completed with fabolous pirates:

This one was missed on the group shot as Andy had to leave a little earlier to catch his train.
Many, many thanks 
to all of you for a great painting weekend. Thanks for your trust in our teaching skills, for travelling to Augsburg, for the nice moments and the funny hours.

And we missed Jörg on the group shot, he went outside and was waiting for everyone to come too for the photo. Roman did not manage to include him in the group shot via photoshop or was he just too lazy? Who knows ...

Keep on happy painting everyone!

We will try to offer this class concepts once in a while,
so stay tuned to get your game on!


by Massive Voodoo


by Massive Voodoo

Step by Step: Azog, the white Orc

by Massive Voodoo

Aloa Voodoo People,

this week's tutorial voting results look like this:
three votes for "Find your way" and nine for "Azog".
12 people voted, which we are thankful of. So finally Azog managed to win and his article will drop in with this posting.

Roman will now take care of the article.
We hope you enjoy!

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.

Step by Step: Azog, the white Orc


This bust is sculpted by Cyril Roqulaine from France.
It is a huge bust and brutal sculpt. Heavy too. Brutal because you can feel the sculptors energies and powers in the volume and with this also very beautiful. It is not on public sale, but you can contact the sculptor via his facebook page to get more information on this bust.

Roman was invited for demonstrational painting instructions to last years Monte San Savino Show 2015, where he decided to take this beast for a one hour explanation of his wet in wet color sketching method. A common way he uses to start his projects.

Having a close look on Azog. No plans for painting yet.

Big and heavy piece, no attached to a big plinth for taking it to Monte. 
Primed black and white. Ready for the trip to Italy.

Sadly Roman's time for demonstration painting in Monte was more like thirty minutes instead one hour due classes ahead of his and the midday break when the castle closes, but nonetheless all who joined deserve a thank you from Roman as we had great fun.

The demonstration part in Monte was mainly about bravery, losing fear of color and the wet in wet sketch to get into the paintjob, to find a way into the project. Roman wanted to show that there is no need of being scared of colors, that there is nothing you can do wrong or can not be repaired during the process.

Most of the painters Roman knows struggle with self-confidence, because they fear not to achieve what others think might be good, or because they won't achieve the result another painter recieved and so on ...

It is a common thing that on the one hand many love miniature painting, but on the other hand are never happy with what they do, because they fear what others think or say about their work.

Roman enjoys to start really rough and wet, yeah.

Levent did a full video of the demonstration done in Monte, check it out here to get to know what happened there last year. Many thanks, Levent.

How can you find self-confidence while painting your models?
Trust in what you can do, think about what you can not, train yourself, don't put yourself under too hard pressure from the outer world. It is you and color, no one else. Roman will now guide you through his thoughts and progress on Azog from the point on he came home from Monte San Savino.

He will try to tell you the insight to this paintjob, but also wants to focus on showing you methods how you can train your self-confident painting.

This is how Roman brought home Azog. 
About thirty minutes of demopainting and now look at this mess. Is it a mess? Yes, absolutely, but there it is: It's a thirty minute sketch on a superhuge bust, what to expect?

Important is that you make your thoughts on your pieces:

1. What is it that you don't like at the moment?
2. What is distracting you? Confusing you while looking at your work?
3. What do you want to change?
4. Why do you want to change it?
5. How do you change it?

You can ask yourself these questions through all stages of a project. No matter if it is a diorama, a single miniature, a tank or a bust. It doesn't matter. Ask yourself. Of course you can also ask your friends, you can ask in a forum, you can ask your cat, but in the end it is important that from all these inputs you definatly also asked yourself. You questioning what you do is the most important question. The answers you find with your thoughts the most important ones. The ones from your friends and pets can influance your thoughts, but never should influance your way too hard to not paint your way anymore.

So, example is needed. 
Roman brought home Azog like you can see above. A true mess in blue, dirty, unclean, with a touch of orange. A beautiful sketch. Roman asked himself the questions mentioned above:

1. That it is still a very early WIP and a lot more time has to be put in to make it look good.
2. The color choice is good, the idea of the bounce light fine, but now all needs more defination. Definition in contrast on all those shapes and volumes, to make them easier to read for the person who is looking at this bust in the end.
3. I want to change: Put some time in the volume work, shadows and highlights, on the way there clean up areas, maybe paint the eyes to finish to see the character staring at me for motivation.
4. Well, obviously it is just a sketch at the moment and far from finished
5. Time and brushwork.

 ... we all know how this can end up. This guy was just too huge and Roman had by far more important stuff to do than sitting down and working on this beast of a bust. So for the first two months after Monte Azog was hiding in a cabinet. That is ok and fine, if you do not put yourself under too much pressure.

The Black Primer Moment.
When Roman returned to Azog he made up his mind and as he told himself in the example above, more contrast is needed to make all the volumes understandable. He was too lazy to do this with a brush and carefull. Why not sketch on?

Roman took black primer spray and controversly to the sketched OSL light he sprayed pure black.
Pft! Pft! Pft! In need of contrast on a large scale, why not go large without fear?

Allright, questions to oneself again:

1. What is it that you don't like at the moment?
Uogh, well, I somehow miss color in it. The black sketch helps me to understand what is going on in the sketch but still focus on smaller areas is needed, but I do not push myself to it as still in the overall picture I do miss the color. So work on this first.

5. How do you change it?
Airbrush. Pft. Pft. Blues and Oranges.
If you don't have an airbrush use a brush for it. Works also good, change what you want to change without fear of results and tools and paint brands. This is the way to learn for yourself.

Oh dear this looks like a fail, no not really :D

Allright, questions to oneself again:

1. What is it that you don't like at the moment?
Well, he is not white and Azog in the movie is a white Orc. Now he looks like an Orc from the Clan of Complementary Color Hues. I want to bring back my whites. I really like the shadow from the black primer but I want to include this much smoother in overall paintwork. 
5. How do you change it?
Brushwork. Well, you can even go with your tool of choice here, some would do with the airbrush others with fingers on such a big bust. Change what you want to change without fear of results and tools and paint brands. This is the way to learn for yourself.

Blueish Whites slapped back in place, but still all that was done from the sketch is still there and visible.

More white!! Bam! Bam! Bam!

And more ...

Allright, questions to oneself again:

1. What is it that you don't like at the moment?
Contrast is slowly coming in, but mainly in the overall bust. Needs detail work. I like the bright site already the one in the shadow is just muddy blackbluesomethingblah. Need to work on this too. I also want to make the orange reddish parts less powerful again, still visible, but less powerful. I don't like to work with too small brushes on such a big bust. Also the scars, wounds need attention.
5. How do you change it?
Brushwork. I will sit down and paint from surface to surface. To blend them together. That means I need middletones for too rough transitions. Really need to work on the blue areas with this technique and put some time in it. Using a bigger brush. Paint the wounds/scars.

Bigger Brush. Check. Size 22.

This photo from the far - while Roman was picking up a coffee - was inspirational.
Important sidenote: Do not always look at your models from too close, also check back if they work from the far, especially if they are such a big canvas for your color work and light and shadow play.

Allright, many hours later, 
whites have been increased. Details have been worked on smaller volumes, oranges have been taken behind layers of blueish whites, the blue side has been included in the main picture, but darker as the brigher side should be more in focus for the viewer. Eyes were painted.

A lot of the large areas were covered with whites and even rather thick colors, using the big brush. Smaller lines and "details" were done with smaller brushes of course. 

This photo is definatly too blueish.

Dark and bright contrast check via black and white photo.

Allright, questions to oneself once more:

1. What is it that you don't like at the moment?
Well, actually I am quite happy. Ok I see many areas that could be blended more smoothly, but I decide not do to so. I want to keep a connection from the Cyril's paintwork to my brushstrokes. A brutal paintjob. I enjoy the way I slapped up color there with the big brush. Maybe I put him aside and have a look later on if there are tiny areas I completly missed out in my painting frenzy. Maybe.

5. How do you change it?
Well, keep it calm and call it a day. Look back on the model in the next couple of days when the mood is right and spent some two more hours on some details you like to change or work on. Two hours, with alarm set. As I already am happy with it and I do not want to change the brutal look of the paintjob by working to hard to get it smooth.

Final photos of Azog, the white Orc.

Paint self-confident. Do not fear. Always think what you want to do and do it. If you are unhappy with the look of something make your thoughts about it. Ask yourself why you are unhappy. If you do not find the answer right away, think about it until you find it. Speak with friends, share your thoughts and ideas and find your way. Paint self-confident and decide for yourself when you are done with your goal.

What is the worst case that can result from this? 
Yes, something can fail and you learn and you overpaint it or redo it, but you've learned your lesson and your set of painting tools is bigger for the future. 

Funny side-story
Roman took Azog from the studio to his cabinet at home and as he is too large for the transport box Roman carries this guy in hand and did put him in a shoe in Erik's trunk. While we prepared the ride, Azog was standing on the car roof by night, lid by orange lamps of the houses. It looked so cool that we had to take a photo.

And the mind starts racing, why didn't Roman go with a different color choice? So many options.
Well, even these thoughts see no need to touch your self-confidence in a bad way. It was done in the way Roman wanted it to do and the inspiration came too late. He is happy with his version and you can be pretty sure that there is some other painter outthere who might do another version - his version - of this bust.

Keep on happy painting!
Paint self-confident. Most important: paint!

This bust is for sale. If interested please contact: jarhead(at)massivevoodoo(dot)com