MV-Team: Mati

by Massive Voodoo

Name: Mati Zander

Nickname: BADSMILE

Job: Art-Director at Painting Buddha, commission sculptor, daddy, -order varies

Years of sculpting: 2009~now

Media: SSf, Bees Putty, all other putties, plastic, wood, metal, fruits

Brushes: Windsor&Newton Series 7 short sable, size 1 for sculpting details

Tools: Zahle A waxcarver and mainly selfmade ones, Zbrush

Miniatures: Now we're talking! Sculpting: I do that a lot.

1 Favourite Miniature 2 Painters 3 and Sculptors: I will not pick a favourite of either category. There are too many beautiful things created by so many people out there, that it would make me feel uncomfortable if I was to pick just a few names.

Well, here we go, my name is Mati, I live in Berlin, Germany with my wonderful family. I was always interested in artsy things from playing music over painting and drawing to sculpting. I lived in spain for a few years to learn the art and craft of instrument making.

After that I came back to Germany and I started sculpting in 2009, basically by accident. It didn't take long till I decided to start a little sculpting studio and offer my services to the market. YOLO! Like the kids nowadays apparently say. ...I am getting old.

What shall I say about me? I really enjoy sculpting. Apart from it being a really intense personal experience each and every time, it also made it possible to get to know a lot of very interesting and creative people, who I would not have met if it was not for sculpting these small figures. Many of them I call friends now and I really feel I would have missed out on something would I not have met them.

Since I enjoy sculpting so much, I figured there might be others who also do and just don't know it yet. Apart from being friends with those monkey guys, this was the main reasons to join Massive Voodoo. I wanted to help the so very nice community and thought I could help out with some tutorials, answering questions and occassional musical education videos. ;)

Mati at one of his rare sculpting classes ...

One of the things I enjoy most of the community and all the beautiful work that comes out of this pool of unbelievably talented people is passion. From beginners to masters of their trade, the deep rooted and intense passion people show for their and even more the work of others is a very special thing, which I personally feel is not encouraged enough in our modern world. The dedication and efforts put into projects is something admirable and special you don't find everyday.

So from me to you, dear miniature community: Chapeau! If you have questions or need help concerning sculpting, want to commission a piece or ask me out to dinner, just drop me a line at: Mati(at)massivevoodoo(dot)com


by Roman aka jar

Tutorial: Repainting the X-Wing "Imperial Shuttle"

by Massive Voodoo

Good Morning Jungle Painters,

it is time once again to bring you the latest article you voted for via tutorial voting.
Massive Voodoo's year of the painter keeps its promise and brings you miniature painting article joy weekly.

This Tuesday we jump straight inside Roman's brain and check back with an article he wrote for the german tabletop magazine "Tabletop Insider". The article in the magazine will be rather short compared to the big sum up here in english language. So we hope you enjoy and let us know if you do.


Who is no Star Wars Fan? I mean really not?

X-Wing the game is played on a lot of tables these days. So I've heard and I only can count on what I have heard as I am not into gaming myself. The miniatures you can buy for the game come prepainted and honestly I have to say they don't look bad, rather good for people who are really about the gaming aspect with them. Pretty cool.

Nevertheless, I sat to repaint the space shuttle for the Tabletop Insider to see what else can be done with the models. We are taking a closer look on how to achieve the following result of the "Imperial Shuttle":

My aim was to paint it pretty damaged, but not totally. Just like it went straight through asteroids to set down on a rough planet surface.

First step was building a little rough-planet-surface base from cork.

I took the repainted model and primed it black all over again. Now there is not turning back.
Second step was using a dark, reddish brown to spray via airbrush on top of the black primer, the groundwork for further damage:

Next I used Ak-Interactive acrylic fluid "Worn Effects" to ...

... place it in areas I want the greatest damage done later on. I used an old brush for it. Think about that damage, don't place it randomly. For example, the shuttle is flying straight forward, so the front parts and front edges might recieve the main damage when flying through tiny asteroids.

After this is dry I went back to the airbrush again and guess what: I did white again, how stupid, eh? Well I did not strictly head for white via the airbrush, more a bright grey tone.

I really sprayed it all but did minor changes in the colour hue. On its low side the tone was a little darker and I decided to do the same to the shuttle's right wing side. Why? Well, I decided to place it in a interesting angle on that base so I am putting a light situation on top of it. 

And it makes the whole appearance more interesting.

Now it was time to bring on the damage. For this I used a weathering stick from our local hobby store, a toothpick and different old brushes (from left to right). That is the reason why I do not like to throw brushes into the garbage once they are done - they are never done :)

Hot water was placed in the areas I prepared with the Ak-Interactive Product.

Then it is all about patience, using my tools to scratch of the colour. The warm water helps with that and the worn effects product let's it go easily. Yet again it is time to think about the damage not place it madly everywhere. It'll take a while on some many edges and surfaces like on this shuttle, but it is rewarding.

Instead of the ak product, you can also go with hairspray for the weathering and also use hot water. It does work, but it does not work in the same quality. The scratches and damages you get will not look as delicate.

Using the airbrush again I sprayed a gentle touch of blue to the one darker side I have prepared earlier. And drybrushed the base with some brighter sand colours on top of a brown basecoat from the airbrush.

Now it was time to focus on the cockpit. Well, I went for a pretty strange way there. I knew the planets surface is an orange desert mainly so I wanted to see that reflected there, combined with some dark areas of the sky and space above. Some really strong white lines to finish the sketch of the reflection. The weapon parts and all sorts of power unit stuff that was not planned to stay white was painted with a a blue/black. A black with a little touch of blue mixed in.

I started to use pure white to paint edge highlights here and there to the shuttle form and additional to some of the scratches to really mark them as deep ones. This also takes a little while and still the glass of the cockpit looks weirdo.

Contrast. I was searching for it. So I went for Army Painters Strong Tone, added a tiny touch of VMC black to it, thinned it even more with water and placed it on the outer areas of the wings. Several times after one applciation was dry. Did the same glaze over the weirdo cockpit.

You can also see highlights on the black/blue parts by now, done by adding more and more white to this basic tone.

I wanted some really dark rough damage, looking like electricity or laser damage. So I did put pure black colour on top of a tissue and used my finger to apply it. Tap! Tap! Pull! Tap! Pull! Fun!

I repainted the reflection the cockpit with pure white.

Looks like a pretty messed up shuttle, but well you never know what dangers lie ahead of one in a galaxy far, far away. To keep that ship still looking intact I went for a powerful machine in its back. Wrrrrooohhhoouuuummm!

Painted on top of a white undercoat I went for thin layers of blue to be placed there. Here you can see the first one:

More! More!

Drybrushing a little bit of a blue white mix to the base and you even have a tiny "Wrroohhoouumm-Glow-effect!".

Well, I call it down at this point. It was really fun and I hope you like the result. It is no high end showcase model here, in fact to less time was spent in redifining edge highlights and the weathering, but I had my fair share of fun with it and it looks definatly different and more battle approved then the original prepainted version. Dark brown pigments were used on the base for the final touch.

One last thing: You might recognize a little yellowish/sandy touch to the outer wings. I did this with a used tea bag, but I did not want to tell you during the article as I felt some of you might call this disturbing. I placed the teabag and used its water/tea content as a glaze in some areas. Just let it dry.

Wrrrooohhhoouuummm! And out!
Keep on happy painting, jungle painters!
Best Wishes,

quote of today

by Massive Voodoo

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

Freebooter, 1697

by Oli aka HonourGuard

Hello readers,  

in the last months I didn't show anything here on Massive Voodoo. I think it is time to change that now and so I want to start show some of my latest works.

About three months ago, there was the Duke of Bavaria, where I had a great weekend in Ingolstadt, as every year. Thanks to the nice painting event, the many crazy people, the fantastic entries in the competition and thanks to my father who travels with me on the most of the painting competitions. Beside that he had to run the half marathon in Ingolstadt, which was on the same weekend, with me :)

I tanked a lot of motivation on that weekend, that sounds good and nice, but I wanted to use this motivation directly in my further painting and not just talking about motivation. Because I always think it is better doing things instead of talking about things. So I decided to buy one special figure on the competition, a figure that really captures my view. And some of you probably know, that I prefer to paint smaller figures, so I thought is time to change that and to paint something bigger too. And I found a figure, a great pirate model from Alexandros Models in 75mm. On the next day, monday morning I started working on this special project, special because I was a little bit scared from changing from 32 to 75mm (in the past I started often in this scale but often I lost the fun in painting and the figure ended up unfinished). As I said before, this should be different and I wanted to finish this miniature in one step. I tried to stay close to the original because I really liked their color scheme. Than I started painting and finished this miniature in ten days. That's pretty unusual too because normally I need months/years before I finish a bought miniature. This is the story behind this figure and here is the finished result now:

What really made me crazy was to paint this freehand on the socket shield, I think I will never again painting freehand skulls, because at the start of painting the freehand the skull looked just like a comic skull and yes.. it didn't look very good. Overall it took me a complete day to realise this shield about 12 hours. The problem that the texture on the shield was very rough too, so it made the painting more difficult. This day was really a bit exhausting, but I think you can guess how happy I was, when I finished it :) It is always the same, the more work and power you invest in things, the more proud you can be about in the end (or at least I am).

I found a picture of the socket shield without and with color. Socket shield was made with plastic card and greenstuff:

I hope you like my version of this great model sculpted from Allan Carrasco. For me this project was something new and unique and so I decided to paint more miniatures in this scale in the future, because those big miniatures look just great in the cabinet. And there are really many nice sculpts out there which I would like to paint in the future.

So that's it for today, let me know what you think about my first real try in historical painting.

Best regards Oliver

World Expo Stresa 2014 - Review Preview!

by -Matt Cexwish-

Hi Di Ho!

While Roman, Peter and Raffa were keeping a promise to Good Friends, it was up to Ben, Oli, Max, Phil, Valerie, Andrea and me to represent the Jungle at the Lago Maggiore near the Massive Alps in Stresa, Italy! For this, Monkey Brother Phil is writing a juicy sum up with many voices from in between the Miniature Shelves... There were MORE Miniatures there then people! It was up to me to take care of the Pictures, so brace yourself for a small glimpse into the World of the World Expo!

Wedding. Kilts. Bagpipes. Whiskey. Austria.

by Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle Painters 
and Miniature friends of Massive Voodoo,

well these words "Wedding. Kilts. Bagpipes. Whiskey. Austria." sum up the reason why some of the MV-Team were not present at the World Expo in Stresa. What we heard and saw from the reports we can all agree that we missed something big and a great time with friends. We felt it in our bleeding hearts during the weekend, BUT ...

We have been to wedding in Austria, our good friends Sandra + Kurt got married and we already took the decision back in last year's Monte San Savino Show and it was a good choice to be with our friends on this important day. The wedding was held scottish as the married couple are in big love with the country and its traditions. Bagpipe blowers, a ceremony of handfasting, great food and drinks, bouncy castle, great weather, knight games and pony-riding for the kids, dance, cakes, whiskey and funny highland games for the adults.

"They might kill us on this wedding party, 
but they will never take our loooovvveeeee!!"

Even it was a hard trip for us arriving Friday, Saturday packed with the wedding that ended late and taking the train back home on Sunday morning, we do not regret any second. A great weekend with friends on a very important day. Some Impressions, thanks to Anci who made the photos as Roman forgot to bring his cameras: