Tutorial Voting: SMC!

by Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle Painters,

today there is a very calm day of Massive Voodoo's year of the painter.
Due Roman's autumn blues, today's start of a private coaching and the massive amount of bananalicious work which is going on behind the curtains of MV you will not find a choice today for voting.

There will be only one article today and this one will be up next week for you to read.

In this article you will see a project log of Roman's take on a 1:35 Military Model from Alpine Miniatures. See how it grew to become a special gift to the organisator of the recently held Scale Model Challenge.

Read it soon!

Kong's WIP-thoughts - November #01

by Roman aka jar

Hello Jungle of MASSIVE VOODOO,

it has been a while since I wrote my last WIP-thoughts.
Now it it's time for it, but be warned this write up is also mixed with Kong Fu, some very personal thoughts of mine to explain my painter's soul nowadays.

It happened some days after the Monte San Savino Show. 
Monte always marks a spot for me in the year. A spot where I feel the need to calm down.
Autumn is standing at the front porch, telling you that winter might soon arrive and well I am a child of the summer. I love it warm, sun, power, endless energies.

My miniatures I took to Monte San Savino Show.

Autumn for me feels like, honestly: Blahgnarglohnowhybluargh!
I do not know why but it feels stranger every year. I feel the need to calm down. Focus on myself, drink tea, do less activity in the internet. Maybe I just need some holidays after this year passed without one so far.

I said it happened some days after the Monte San Savino Show. That weekend was beautiful and really great, but it also marks a spot. A spot telling me the 'season' of this years miniature painting madness is over. Sure there is still some private coachings and a painting class in the Netherlands ahead and I won't calm down on these, but I feel to calm down for myself - for example by trying to write something on MV every day, answering my mails like a greek god of speed ... calm down and breathe. Drink Tea, find time to search for new music I like, enjoy good books while drinking tea. I think you are getting the idea of what I am talking of, eh?

Well, being back in the studio after the show in Italy felt very strange. First of all I took most of my finished models home into my cabinets to have the studio's cabinets free for new ideas and projects. Some were sold and are at the moment shipped through the world. Then I tried to paint and painting was no fun. So I cleaned up the place.

I just don't know, but that felt good. Since then I am not caring to much about my autumn-blues. It's there, I accept it, let it happen. The difference to summer is, the power of the sun guides me and I feel strong. Autumn is more like ... I just don't know, I follow where the blues takes me.

... and so far it took me to realize I need to breathe and calm myself down. Taking a little holidays on things in my life that keep me from focus on what is important for me. Some of the past weeks were truely filled with me going to bed so early it did not feel 'normal'.

In autumn I just want to be a lazy cat.

... but I quickly realized I am no cat, no matter how early I try to get myself to sleep. My mind needs to work and luckily autumn does not take me down like it did in some of the past years as I learned to work with my energies and capabilities. I learned to take a breath in the right time and now it's that time.

Drawing the banners for the BANANALICIOUS Painting Contest 2, 
drinking tea to it, was truely relaxing.

I even took out a truely old WIP from 2010, to have some relaxed painting strokes on it. Without any pressure, without a goal to push me to my limits - just paintin', drinking tea.

Well, can I sum up this write up? - No.
I just don't know. I won't be gone, I will just do things a little more relaxed. I will focus my upcoming blogging work on the BANANALICIOUS and will do some other blogposts for sure, but I won't fly straight like a bolt-thrower like I did this year until now. I just don't know, I just need to drink a tea now :)

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes

Step by Step: Virago, Ilyad Barbarian Beauty

by Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle Painters,

time for your last tutorial voting winner.
This time Roman talks about painting the Virago (Ilyad Games, Female Vorag Barbarian, a great model, but sad to the toe - very rare as the company Ilyad Games is no more. You can find some rare Ilyad Games Miniatures on ebay, sometimes and they are far from cheap.

 Let's hear what Roman has to say about this lady.


First of all I want to give thanks to my friend Rafael Garcia Marin who played a big part in getting me this miniature. Keep an eye on his blog, it is worth it: Volomir's blog.

Well, as I am selling most of my own works as I am freelance artist in miniature painting one day I decided to create a little special collection for myself, without selling the models after the paintwork. I decided to slowly get my fingers on some Ilyad Games Miniatures via ebay or other occasions. My collection is at three painted models at the moment and some unpainted resin in my drawer.

I also decided to create simple bases for them. So I went with some stones with superglue on her gaming base. Nothing too fency, but still nice. Primed her white with surface primer by Vallejo. Using the airbrush for that. Why? Well, it is definatly finer than using sprays out of the can.

Next step was the usual one, taking basic tones for every material and placing them as a preparation for further work. Using the brush here. As you can see in the fur I already included a little light situation sketch, using zenithal light theory while applying my first colour layers.

Next step was painting first gentle lights to every area. Base, skin, clothes, metals and leather. I even was in the mood to throw some sandy pigments to the base to make her boots look more dusty. Don't ask me why, I just did.

Well, I now got interested in working on the fur and the skin parts as those make most of the model. So far the skin was too yellowish, so I took some skintone that is more reddish or pink to work further on the skin. The fur recieved some detailed lights in a blue grey to seperate single hairs from eachother. Also her mohawk recieveda dark wash to have the different hair seperated from eachother.

After this I went for some details on the metal. Working with a brigher metal tone here to give the pieces volume. The skin also recieved some glazes of dark red-brown to make out the shadow situations even better.

You can see the red glazes really come into play on the following photos. Additional to that I did some darklining. That means I seperated different material from eachother by using a dark brown line between both of them. You can see that pretty good on her leg to the fabric, on the fur and leather parts to the skin.

Now it was time for final lights on the skin, fur and some blood effect. Using a a bright blue for some tribal paint. In this case I did not want to have it look like a tattoo. If I would have gone for the tattoo I would have mixed in some skintone into a darker blue to make it look more included in the skin. This time I wanted to have it look like paint, she painted on her skin before the battle.

The base recieved some edge highlights on the stones. Leather parts recieved some more light and as I decided to make these models of my collection decent ones I felt the end coming closer.

The blood string from the fresh severed head was made in this way: Blood & Gore and Blood Drops.
Instead of Raffa's hair I used a piece of clear plastic here, like one I have I used here to create waves or waterfalls.

She looked like this in my cabinet and I was already happy with the result.
Final photos of  her revelead what I was aiming for. By putting more work and time into the upper area, adding more details there her lower legs were not that important for me anymore. Click to enlarge the photo:

Well, this was not a very strong article. I know, but I do hope that some of you might find inspiration in it.

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes

Sanne's 4th miniature project: Tilda

by Massive Voodoo


Today Massive Voodoo is proud to present to you another figure project, done by our trainee,
Susanne aka Sanne.

It all started when Roman gave Sanne a cool 28 mm Hasslefree miniature, called Tilda.
Sanne was always complaining about female miniatures always looking like silicon-non-realistic women. Tilda in this case now looked more like a powerful girl, a barbarian or viking woman whom the men of their tribe fear and tread with tons of respect, because they fear the beating they might recieve from her. Sanne was free to choose the setting of Tilda and Roman and Raffa were already looking forward to an interesting viking themed execution ... but what Sanne realised was absolutely different and way more cooler.

So, this is Sanne's 4th miniature painting project since she is doing the traineeship at Massive Voodoo. Base was scratchbuild and many parts of the base sculpted by Sanne. Roman and Raffa are truely proud of her and surprised by the way she executed Tilda.

Hasslefree, 28 mm

As a big part of MV is explaining project progress you can look forward to Sanne's first article, coming this future. She explains her thoughts behind it and the work she has done. We are already looking forward to it. A little preview for you:

We are looking forward to her next project!

Review Preview: Private Coaching with Nadia and Roman

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BANANALICIOUS 2 - Random Prize Pool

by Roman aka jar

Remember: The BANANALICIOUS Painting Contest - Episode 2 is on!
With this update we bring you the first prizes of the random prize pool!

Thanks to our sponsors there will be big random prize pool. By entering the contest you are taking part in the random lottery of the random prize pool. Every participant has the chance to win one time in that lottery. The random prize pool will be updated until the end of the contest with truely awesome prizes.

From now on you will find regular updates on the random prize pool on your MV blog and see it linked to the contest rules.

You can find the rules in english here, on top of the english rule post you can find the rules in spanish and in german language! Thanks to Antonio and Mike for their help in translation.

The contest is also linked up to the upper right corner of Massive Voodoo.


First of all we want to thank our sponsors for helping us with their support.
Without their help it would not be possible to bring you this bananalicious event with these bananalicious prizes once again. The list of supporters is huge and MV is thankful about that fact. The bananalicious random Prize pool will be epic this time!

You want to support this contest too?  
Need more information? Check this link!
You want to help us by translating the rules in your own language?
Feel free to contact us via: mv---at---massivevoodoo---dot---com



... to be continued!

Now to the random prize pool. Every participant of the BANANALICOUS Painting Contest 2 has the chance to win one of these prizes by a random lottery, which will be done after the contest. You just have to take part in the contest with at least one entry to be in the lottery.

Random Prize #01:
Massive Voodoo is sponsoring "Kaheron", limited model of 2014's World Expo in Stresa.
Model is in 54 mm, by Sgt. Blackart.

Random Prize #02:
Kromlech brings you some SciFi madness with these five cool models.
From Aliens to Orc doctors to massive bulky Orc machines.

Random Prize #03:
Savaged Forged Minis throws a mad bunny,
a Fallout Stalker and two lady-busts in the random prize pool lottery.

More to come soon!