Mu 74 - Mawhi, Aradia Miniatures

by Massive Voodoo



Hello Jungle Painters,

it is time once again for a miniatures unpacked on your Massive Voodoo Jungle.
This time we are heading to Italy to Aradia Miniatures and we will have a look on their brand new and fresh release, called "Mawhi". This review is written by Roman.


We already wrote one Mu about a miniature by Aradia Miniatures: The Toad King. 
Check it out here!

Let's start, shall we?
First of all, let's talk about the artists who worked to bring this real cool beast alive:


The miniature arrives in a plastic container, which keeps the miniature parts safe.
 
For the packing aspect the miniature recieves three of five Voodoo points. It is a functional package, but compared to those other crazy companies who make a contest in who got the most fancy boxes this is pretty casual. The miniature is safe and that is most important. Nice addition is the copy of the artwork drawing. Some people might ask for a promotional paintjob there, but that is just personal preference.

Opening up the box you find the main body, head and arms without further packing. You find three smaller parts in a plastic zipper bag.

 
Ok, now we'll have a closer look. I can say from my part that I already love the miniature. The sculpting work of Allan Carrasco is always a joy to look at and imagine paint on these great surfaces. Allan is well known for his monstrous creatures, but this one is a little different than usual. In cooperation with Aradia a really interesting concept was born:

It's a whale!



The main body.

Love the sculpting work on the hands and muscles.

Mawhi's smaller parts: a Tucan bird, an anchor and a shell with the Tucan's feet to be placed on the back of the whale colossus.

Look at these powerful arms. Drisch!!

Birdy!

 Anchor!

While I turned around the model I was expecting a monstrous whale penis as Allan is famous for sculpting his models very authenticly. Well, I was surprised to find it all packed warm in some clothing.



The sculpt itself recieves five of five Voodoo points. Such a cool sculpt and a fresh concept with enourmous impact and great detail by Aradia Miniatures.

Looking on the cleaning work you might encounter when ordering one copy for yourself. On the arms you find some resin staves, which are actually not for pinning the arm to the models armpit. They just have to be removed and the areas has to be cleaned to fit well to the armpit.


You will also find very normal mould lines here and there. These are not bad, just the regular ones which can be cleaned easily with sandpaper or a sharp blade. All details are fine and the casting quality overall is superb.


The fitting quality of the parts - after removing and preparing the surfaces - is top notch.
On the following photo you can see a glimpse of the details. All these shells on the whales back and stuff. So cool!

The casting quality of the piece and the time you need to prepare it for painting is pointed out with four of five voodoo points.


Well, you know how it is with those great sculpts by Allan Carrasco. They caught your attention and after a moment you are realizing that you are building up a base and prepare them for painting, even you do not have the time to do so :D

I added some more shells parts to the back of the whale while I did some on the base. The base was build rather simple with a steering wheel and a chain I bought at the local hobby store, cork, Milliput and real shell pieces from the beach.


Before I primed the big "Mawhi" I had to fill gaps on the arm and neck. Tiny ones. We recomment the following articles to you "How to prepare a resin model", "Filling Gaps with Milliput" and "Working with Vallejo Putty 501".

Primed.

What a beast, eh?




Well, last point. The price for the piece. It's at 55,00 € and we say this ain't cheap for a miniature, but in fact it is a fair price. Looking at the size of the model, the coolnes of the sculpt and concept and the overall quality. Definatly a fair price! Compared to other miniatures, full body or busts in that size it is truely fair. Five of five voodoo points.






PS: Colour is on. Early start WIP :D


Alicia

by Roman aka jar

Hey Jungle Painters,

another finished miniature jumps my table.
This time a first result from my recent Hasslespree - a time I have once in a while - enjoying to paint up those beautiful sculpts from Hasslefree.

Her name is "Alicia" and I painted her up for my sister as a birthday gift.
Hope you like her!

Alicia
Hasslefree Miniatures, 28 mm
Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes
Roman

Tutorial: Creating your own brush cap

by Massive Voodoo

Good Morning Jungle Painters,

while Roman and Raffa sit in the plane to the states to be present at the NOVA Open 2015 you will still find some cool stuff to read on MV. The jungle breathes under the canopy and we prepared some posts for you in the coming days. Please be aware that Roman and Raffa are travelling. Please do not expect answers on your comments or such. These are up front prepared articles. Now enjoy!

Roman writes this little article for you - a small tutorial that can give you inspiration on how to secure your brushes.

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While I prepared my competition emergency box for our trip I thought I could clean up my brush box. Well, it was a true mess on my table.

Chaos!

While cleaning and deciding what to put back in I did not find my brush cap for my favourite brush. A Windsor&Newton Serie 7 - 00. Well, this happens so often and I was tired of searching for it, but I saw these Q-Tips on my table that I use to clean the airbrush with.

The ocean of Q-Tips.

I took my blade, cut some pieces and found happiness.


My favourite brush was safe for the trip! Yeah! 
The others are ok too, but what really matters is my favourite brush.

This will not work on bigger sized brushes. With a Q-tip it just worked with this size, but I am sure you can be creative to find other solutions. Be inspired!

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes
Roman

NOVA OPEN 2015

by Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle Painters,
well it's about time and Raffa and Roman are entering a plane to D.C. this morning to be a part of the NOVA Open 2015, starting in a couple of days. Both are really looking forward to meet you there and feel very honoured to be selected judges of this years Capital Palette.

You want more information?

BUT this does not mean your jungle of daily painting will become absolutely silent. We have prepared some cool posts for you and wish you some happy painting all around the globe!


Convention:
NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention
September 3-6, 2015
Location:
Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport 
(Washington Dulles International IAD also nearby)
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA  22201
Room Nights lowest in City at $91 per
Current Games/A Few Surprises Likely:
40K (GT, Invitational, Narrative, Trios Team Tournament)
Blood Bowl
CMON's: Dark Age & Wrath of Kings
Dropzone Commander
Infinity
Lord of the Rings/Hobbit
Malifaux
Warhammer Fantasy
X-Wing
40+ Seminars
Vendor Hall
Demos
NOVA Open Charitable Foundation:  Lounge & Silent Auction
Halls open 24/7 from Thursday at 10am through Sunday at 7pm
Where to Find Us:
More Information:
contact:  novaopen@gmail.com

Musica

by Roman aka jar

A fine glass of red wine, packing my suitcase for D.C. and some fine music.

Bananalicious News!

by Massive Voodoo



Hey Jungle Painters,

today the last load of Random Prize Pool winners was shipped.
Additional to this we already started to ship individual medals. We did not finish this yet and tomorrow Raffa and Roman are heading out to the NOVA Open 2015.

Not funny on a bike, but great feeling afterwards!


After our return we will drop a last bunch of parcels to the roads with all your medals included.

Stay tuned´and keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes,
Your MV-Team


Total War Warhammer

by Roman aka jar

Well, this looks totally awesome, eh?