MASSIVE VOODOO Tutorial Overview

by Roman aka jar

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1. Theory
2. Basics
3. Basing
4. Painting
5. Step by Step
6. Sculpting
7. Photography
8. Inspiration

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You may find tons of Articles about Miniature Painting, Sculpting and maybe other important hobby stuff in here written by the apes. They are arranged in categories to provide a simple navigation - for the categories we have used big banners, below them you find the articles. Those articles are linked via a banner that gives you a preview on what is behind it. Simply click the banner to get to the article you want to read. Important: We are working on translation of the articles to tender them in different languages. You will see a country flag in the article banner, if the article is already translated. Simply click the banner and choose your language afterwards. If you got some questions about something written in one of the articles simply post them via comment below the article. As soon we find the time we try to answer it.


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Theoretical thoughts can bring your skills to the next level when it becomes something normal to you due your experiences you've made. It is necessary to know something about the stuff you work with, colours, light and shadow, how to have a go on something you never even spent a moment of thinking about, while doing. Here you find thoughts that might help you - pick out what you like and what is good for your own style of painting.



A guide in theory on how you can increase your skills.

Thoughts about Painting Joy by me and many jungle visitors - check the comments!

This article focuses on winning and losing and the dark and light side ...

Painting/Project Motivation
Roman speaks about a project related motivation curve.


A well illustrated guide by Raffa showing you theory about light and shadow.

A guide that shows you how you can bring your miniature into a good light situation.


A basic approach on cold and warm colours.




Here you find some basic thoughts about how to start with a miniature, how to work with different materials and ideas that can make your hobby even more joyful. You know Miniature Painting is like a muscle, it has to be trained to increase Volume. A pyramid is built from a good foundation, always remember.



and Storage solutions.

A guide to show most of the stuff needed to be equipped as a professional when painting.

Cleaning your workbench, talk about brushes, colours, material, spirit etc. 

How to keep your brushes clean
Cleaning up your brushes is important, this shows you how you can have a go at it. 

How to build your own Paintrack
Simple guide on how you can store your colours properly. 

Light your workplace
Searching for a powerful light to get a bright workbench?

A guide that shows you on how you can build a transport box for your finished models.

Competition emergency box
This guide tells you about the essential stuff you should take when heading for a travel with your figures! 

About Blades
Taking a closer look on hobby knifes and other sorts of blades!


Article showing you, how to prepare a miniature before painting.

Guide that shows you through the cleaning process of a plastic GW Marine.

Big Bull getting his horns sanded and his muscles prepared.

True Material Damage
Using the figures material for true damage!

Drilling your guns!
A guide that keeps your weaponry looking very cool!

Article showing you an easy way on how you can fill gaps after building your model.

Article showing you a putty that can mostly do everything.

Article showing you some hints and tips about the use of superglue.

Article showing some hints and tips about easy handling your mini while painting.

Article showing you a guide on how to easily handle more than one miniature.

This Article shows you how you can clean off colour from a miniature to repaint it.

Peter shows the use of Magnets on his Gladiator bust.


A base is an important addition to a miniature, wheter it is small or big it always will help to tell a story around the miniature itself. Gaming bases, bigger display base to massive diorama bases, everything needs attention and with a moment of time you can make great details to base. Here you find thoughts on how to do start with a base to what material you can use in the end.



Basing Composition Introduction
A guide that takes your bases to a higher level.
This article shows you how you can easily create your own sockets.

An article which shows the use of small sockets.

Working with a socket with profile. A look on what you can do.

This article shows you how you can use your unused gaming bases for a good reason.

Make your wood socket unique by burning it.

Article showing you how you can fix a big and heavy model to a gaming base.

Pin your gaming figures the easy way
This article shows you how to fix your models without drilling or a metal pin.

Why there is a reason behind a black socket even during the progress.


This Article shows how you can work with gypsum with Hirst Art products.

Carving a wall from plaster
Our friend Kurt tells you an easy way on creating your own wall.

Where there is something big, something small will always bring harmony.

How to create mushrooms?
A guide on how you can add mushrooms to your base.

Using superglue for structure
Well, the title says it all!

Stamp your Milliput
Explanation on how to create nice textures to your Milliput basing.

Basing with Juweela Bricks
A guide that shows you how to work with these great bricks!

This article explains how you can work with real rust objects.

Using old coins and some bricks to build up your base vision.

Article showing you an example on how you can work with wood.

How to find good roots
Go outside, find your basing goodies!

A way on how you can achieve a dried desert ground.

Cork is a great material and here you can see how you can use it.

Guide that goes crazy with a dead camera and its interiors.

You can add simple clothing to your basework with this guide.

A stone flagged base is created in here, easy and simple, good result.

Using common earth instead of sand creates a more realistic effect.

A guide that shows you how you can add cool posters to your scenery.

Robert shows how you can do magnificant roof work.

Metal punched sheet can add a cool look to your modern base.

Raffa shows how you can build up tools and use them to create a brick wall.

How to create candles
If you want to light a candle on your base, check this!

Ripping apart old watches can be dangerous and fun.

Matt uses eggs to create something really stunning!

Creating Stalagmites / Stalagtites
If you are building a cave on your base this will be useful.



This guide is for simple snow, i would recommand the advanced technique explained next.

Easy and cheap way of creating realistic looking snow on your base.

Making masterclass snow
A guide that brings you into detailed masterclass use of snow.

This article shows you how you can do icicles.

Paint can chipp of its surface, why not use the reallife stuff?

Different ways on how you can create fine looking dosh at your bases.

Creating wood and tree fungi
Make your forest look more than a forest, don't forget the fungi!

Raffa shares the secret about his spider webs. Great effect.

Leaves are always a good addition to a base.

An article showing how you can work wrong with 2K water effect. Fail.

Base finish with pigments to make it look dusty.

This guide shows you how you can work with 2K water effect.

Water runs and falls, here you can see how to create it.

Bringing up some green to your base with the products of MiniNatur.

Detail work at grass ground work.

Creating Newspapers
Article that explains you how to add worn newspapers to your bases.

Hanging Plants
Ever wanted to create some cool looking hanging plants?

An old pirate boat full of clams and clam fouling.

Using Crackle Medium, Primer and fire!

A stamped label for your showcase socket.

Advanced label for your showcase socket.

Advanced label for your showcase socket.



Primitivo
A guide through a truely epic fantasy display base.

Never fear your gaming bases
Fear is not needed when you do quick gaming bases.

Combination of explaining words and a video of the build up.

Starting paint and colour thoughts and some rough light and shadow.

Quick High Elf display base
Well, what the title says. High Elf themed temple base.

Wasteland Display base
Roman explains his thoughts on a Fallout/Wasteland base.

Basing the DáoFêi
Peter explains his basework on this nice figure from Infinity.

SciFi Gaming Base, Trench
Roman building up a trench base for WH40k.

Detailed Gaming Base
Ben building up a gaming base for Lord of the Rings.

Step by Step article on how you can create a wonderful desert base.

Epic basing with something different than usual.

Having a closer look on materials and thoughts during this project.

Easy guide on how you can build up a mortheim gaming base.

Raffa shows a step by step on how to paint marble.

The son of Ahab riding high seas in a walnut gets some work for the lower parts.

Showing you a display base with some cool gravestones.

A view in thoughts on building up the UW2 base.

Using different materials to create a jungle on a small base.

Using products by Secret Weapon and Mother Earth.

A look deep inside the blue ocean.


Painting is the most important thing, maybe or maybe not - who knows, but for sure it is something beautiful and it is all about the fun you will enjoy while swinging your brush. It is not important on how much time you spent, it is not important how great your blendings become, it is not important if there is athmosphere or not, it is not important if you are working totally crazy with colours or if you working like a mathematic genius when it comes to paint - IMPORTANT is that you do it from the heart, straight Happy Painting, the rest grows simply out of your joy.




Peter explains some explorations about why hands are as important as a brush during painting.

A view on the jungles priming methods.

A small intrdoduction on the colours Roman uses.

Keep your colours wet for a longer period of time by using a wet palette.

Wet Palette 2.0 
Improve your Wet Palette

Raffa takes a close look on a lot of different blacks.

A view into Roman's brain during the starting process of painting.



All common techniques explained easy to understand.

Glazes are very important when it comes to painting.



Painting the colour "black"
A big guide that shows you how to conquer your blacks.

An introduction into the theme of painting with real metal colours.

Andrea shows how you can achieve great results by using oil colours on a knight.

Andrea shows a brilliant way on how you can achieve great metallics.

Metallic Colour Comparision Chart
A collection of the results by different metal colour brands! Huge!

A guide that brings you some deeper thoughts on how to paint leather.

Starting thoughts and a Step by Step on the approach of painting human skin.

A guide that shows paintwork on a 28 mm male face.

Human Face 2
This topic handles prominent spots during painting a busts face.

Article that brings you thoughts and examples on how you can paint eyes.

This article shows you how you can add a cool demonic effect to skin.

This guide gives you an example on how you can paint skin of greenskins.

A demonic based freehand done on a standard bearer in 28 mm.

A round shield provided with medusa's face.

Tribal Scarification
Big Warriors, big scars shall mark them!

Beginner Article on how you can start with painting wood grain.



Tired of painting glass? Do some real one instead. This guide shows you how.

A guide that introduces Light that comes from a source nearby the miniature.

Raffa explains how to use really glowing pigment powder.

Pure gore in here, always keep in mind that less is more.

Want something really ugly to an ugly model? Read on.

Blood drops
A way on how you can create blood slowly dropping from a point.

A go on some slimy content.

Article that shows you an approach on how to paint a energy axe.

A thought on how you can include a real shadow on your scene.

Article about warfare camouflage and how you can paint it.

Doing some fur and a bow lash with your own hair.



A collection of links and photos to inspire your skill of weathering.

An overview about Weathering, including theory and practical use.

The use of hairspray during your weathering session can bring wonderful results.

Guide that shows you how you can create your own rust pigments.

How to: Verdigris Effect by ModelMates
This article explains you how to apply Verdigris.

How to: Rust Effects by ModelMates
This article explains how to apply rust.

Another cool effect can be achieved by using liquid mask.

Article that shows you the use of salt and hairspray on different scaled models.

An insight in the topic cracked surfaces.

Raffa explains different weathering techniques in a series of 4 videos.


... and what you got to know for an easy start with oil paint, by Roman.

Andrea explains his way of using oil colours! Pure Essence of Petroleum, baby!



Generalpoleaxe contributed this very useful article to the jungle.

Cleaning your Airbrush
Roman shows a quick and a big-time way of cleaning his airbrush.

Simple article on what you can achieve fast with your airbrush and some gaming models.

Ferrari Girl gets a new dress and makes a dad happy!

Different Masking Options
Explanations on different masking options you can use while airbrushing.


Step by Step Articles you may find beneath this banner. Let the muse dance - i hope they show a bit of the process all in all and the thoughts madewhile doing or forgotten afterwards. We hope there is a bit to learn from making such an effort to show step by step articles, even sometimes steps may be weird. It is the process of creativity that strikes when you are doing Happy Painting, less thinking, so it is often a trip back to reality when making a photo in between - not easy, but i hope you understand this.



WHF Chaos Lord
Roman explains his approach on this Warhammer Fantasy Lord of Chaos.

Sha'un - Ram Tribe Warrior
Raffa takes you through a journey during his paintwork on this beauty of a bust.

Dragon Priest
Forged Monkey's Lychee Priest painted up as the priest of Dragons.

Raffa's Slayersword winning piece described in the progress

Drakerys' Orc Shaman
Sculpting an ear, baswork and painting a cool looking green skin.

Rider on the Styx
Roman explains his thoughts on his version of Charon, the rider on the Styx.

What about a quick Slayer?
A dwarf with orange mohawk painted up with joy.

The Arkvenger
A model without a face is searching for its character.

Tale of Revenge
Guest author Felix gives a look behind the curtains of one of his biggest projects.

Barracuda
A pirate bust getting painted, honestly.

A dwarfen King and his shield bearers in 28 mm by GW painted and explained from A to Z.

Red Box Games Hrothgar in 28 mm made finished off a brawl in a nearby dwarf bar.

Pirate Buccaner
Step by Step that shows you Roman thoughts during painting this bust.

Hasslefree Dwarf
This article explains painting strategies on how to conquer a quick display piece.
A pretty old model back from 2009 but maybe Inspiration in there.

A GW Demonette in 28 mm standing on a gaming base.

Leo
Yedharo Bust in 1:10 of the Lion Zodiac.

A gaming table Skaven Warlord by GW in 28 mm.

Roberts approach on a Red Box Games stealthy assassin crawling through thight medieval streets in 28 mm.

The Walking Dead
A bust of a beautiful woman turned into an undead walker. 

Mephisto
A demon bust by Wonderlands Project. Mephisto arises. 

Disturbed Sin - a Slaanesh Party
A big project with five Miniatures comes to an end.

The Nightwatch
A look behind the scenes of a Fantasy Hero gathering.




5 Colours, 2 hours, 1 Miniature

Roman explains his progress on a rather cool and quick paintjob.

X-Wing: Repainting the Imperial Shuttle

Explained repainting of a prepainted X-Wing model.

Giu's Robot Repairs

A truly mad project, explained in details!

The Last Light
 
Step by Step of the Slayer Sword Germany 2013 Diorama . Aliens and Blood Angels.

Painting the DáoFêi
Peter explains his paintwork on a cool Infinity model.

The First One
Step by Step that guides you through a cool robot kit.

Fast Pedro Kanto
Raffa assaults a popular GW figure with speed and skills.

Female Galaxy Defender
A hero there is. Ready everyday to save the planet.

Hac Tao
Yu Jing, Infinity, 28 mm for gaming.

Eldar Autarch
GW Eldar Autarch in green, 28 mm.

A big walker from GW's Eldar fraction in 28 mm.

Space Hulk Terminator in 28 mm painted from A to Z.

Another Space Hulk Terminator in 28 mm painted from A to Z.

A GW Space Marine Captain in Terminator Armour of the chapter Salamanders.

Zombicide Gaming Figures
A guide for good looking and quick painted gaming figures.
Got some balls to look at this? Very intresing freehand explanation by Raffa.

An alien Tyranid Tyrant Guard by GW in 28 mm.

Step by Step about a heavy converted Nurgle Space Marine by GW in 28 mm.

Another approach on a demonette by GW in 28 mm.

Another approach on a demonette by GW in 28 mm.

An evil supreme alien race appears on the horizon.



Juva, 1883
Conversion work and painting black skin.

A great bust by Young Miniatures in 1:10. Big article!

A tank step by step in 1:72 explained by Raffa.

A tank step by step of a Flames of War model in 15mm.

Working with 1:72 Samurais
Explanation on how to proceed with figures in scale 1:72.


Pimping up an old gladiator paintjob!

High Elf Griffon
Pimiping a true epic ride!



You know that sculpting stuff only the real freaks manage to learn. May this soon help us all, i mean us, the people with two left hands. Sculpting is really a joyful time waste with great capability to become a big thing beside painting. A sculpt is far more than miniature painting, it is the essence and birthplace of it all.



Post-apocalyptic Toad King
Roman explains his conversion work on Aradia's Toad King.

Making a leather loincloth 
Dress your mini up with some leather!!

How to create a bowstring
Guide that shows you how you can attach bowstrings to your bows or crossbows.

Scratchbuilding the Lamps on Frutti di Mare
Roman explains how Robert did the Lamps on Frutti di Mare.

This guide shows you how you can add belts to your models.

Creating a tiny bucket for your bases or other ideas.

Old frozen ladder on an old frozen Sentinel.

Roman's approach in how to scratchbuild a sword and shield.

Aim well little bowmen and use the best arrows you can get.

Roman's approach on this goal with patience needed.

Fine needles used to add special effects to your model.

Oli explains how you can do some great mini books.

Pirate Flag ahoi!



Inspiration: Statues
Big photo collection of statues, very inspiring.

To find the right proportions on your male sculpt check this!

To find the right proportions on your female sculpt check this!

Mati explains each step on how you can start your sculpting.

Mati shows how you can fast train propotions and sketch a bust daily.

Sculpting a Werewolve - part A
A journey begins with first steps.

Touch of Death - Sculpting
Raffa explains his sculpt work at his ultraepic project. 

Sculpting Horns
Raffa shows how you can sculpt horns to your beastman.

Steps of Sculpting an Orc Face
Raffa shows some steps in photo form on how to sculpt an Orc bust.
Mati shows in wonderful way how you can get your own cloaks.

Maurizio Bruno shares his thoughts and steps during sculpting a whole 54 mm figure.

Raffa opens his mind to show the inside of his Sculpt work on this bust.

Masquerade Miniatures Tube Tool in Action.

Nothing special here, more useless, but maybe you might need a Teddybear someday.

Nothing special here, more useless, but maybe you might need a Monster blob of decay someday. 
 



Making a photo of your painted miniatures isn't the most important thing. Somehow for showing them around it is needed as there are not much painters on this planet at all, so there might be none in your area. We have to spread the word and share our little friends in public to bring attention to our hobby and art. Here you may find the jungle way of taking photos.


A guide that shows Roman's approach on taking photos.

Need a photobackground for your personal use?

Miniature Photography, part 1
Philip is taking a deep look inside professional equipment. 

Miniature Photography, part 2
Philip explains how to make good photos with a DSLR.



Inspiration can be everywhere. Here you may find stuff that maybe gives you inspiration, maybe it is up to you. You can say this is the funny area between all these serious articles above.

How to display miniatures?
Inspirational post about displaying our little loved ones.

Thomas explains some great experience he has made with icecream and a smile.

The jungle's fine secrets revealed.

Roman's version on how you can do a shipment of a painted miniature.

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