The Ultimate Paint Rack

by Massive Voodoo

It's finally done - the preparation of our next Indiegogo campaign.

You can find all of the details about the campaign on the campaign page!

Maybe you can remember this post some time ago.

We finally found the solution to perfectly organize and travel with your paints and you can support us to make this real.


We were often struggling with the way we store, manage and travel with our paints. All products and options available at the time were just not what we were looking for.

Some months ago, Raffa decided to build a better paint rack than ever before! Something that fulfilled all the requirements he had. When the first really rough prototype was finished, we both could see the potential for something that a lot of other painters would love to have. Thankfully our friends confirmed this thought.

Almost everyone owns a ton of colors, good daylight lamps, nice miniatures and the best brushes in the world. Why should you settle with anything less than the Ultimate Paint Rack?

So, check out the campaign and see for yourself if you like to have one of these for your painting table!

Tutorial Voting: Black or green skin?

by Massive Voodoo

Aloa Jungle Painters,

another Thursday, another Tutorial Voting via Massive Voodoo's year of the painter.
Again you are up to vote via comment to choose next week's fresh miniature painting article.
Your choices this week are:

This article brings you a step by step. A big write up on how Roman enjoyed the conversion, sculpting and painting work on the yet unreleased Forged Monkeys' "Jamal" bust. The article shows you his approach on "Juva, 1883" and the thoughts he made while learning to paint black skin.

For this article vote "Juva" in your comment.

In this article you will find a step by step guide on how Roman tackled Drakerys' Orc Shaman. Basing, sculpting an ear and painting included. Check Drakerys' Kickstarter, well done guys!

For this article vote "Orc" in your comment! 

Your vote, your choice!

Forged Hope Contest Update

by Massive Voodoo

Hello busy robot-forgers, 

it is yet time again to remind you again of August the 15th as a final date for your entry for the Forged Hope Program. We are really anxious to see more robots dropping in daily! Keep it up!

To motivate you, here we go with another update on the random prize pool.

This time Massive Voodoo's gratitude goes to "Ayora Studio" from Sevilla, Spain who supports the random prize pool with one of his cool 54 mm "Captain Crocodile"-sculpts.

Keep on happy forging!

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."