Musica: Batmetal Forever

by Roman aka jar

Review: Scale Model Challenge 2019 - Three MV perspectives

by David

Every year, 

on the third weekend of October, a little town in the Netherlands called Veldhoven is home to one of the world's most amazing exhibitions/shows/contests/meetings: the Scale Model Challenge (SMC). On 19 to 20 October 2019, the SMC returned with full steam, seeing hundreds of participants from dozens of countries, who brought with them close to 2,000 models, figures, dioramas and vignettes to enter into a tough but friendly competition judged by some of the most prominent people in the hobby,

MV at SMC be like...

And, of course, the Massive Voodoo jungle was there - if not in full strength, since Josua and Roman could not make it. To give them - and all others who could not be there (or those who went but want to read a third-person perspective) a little insight into what they missed, Daniele, Hansrainer and David present in this little article their own thoughts about their experience on this weekend.

... but without the other jungle brothers, it felt like...

Of course, we also provide some pics of pieces that we found interesting, that portray what SMC is, or that moved us in a particular way. There is no way we could do justice to all of the exhibition pieces, so if you want to see a huge picture report, check the official SMC website!

So, without further ado, here goes...

Lots to see!

Here I am, finally, I have the opportunity to tell you about my personal experience of the SMC 2019. Initially, I wasn't supposed to go, but in the end, I was very happy to have done it. Together with Monte San Savino, I consider this show probably one of the most important in the world and in my humble opinion, I believe it is a unique event. Thousands of models, all of the highest level, from some of the greatest artists and modelers from all around the world. But, the thing that surprised me most about this event was certainly the commercial space. I didn't count them, but I think I've seen hundreds and hundreds of stands, miniature producers, colors, and much, much more.

But the most incredible thing is not the number of stands, but the fact that they are all stands exclusively dedicated to the miniature's world. In short, a real paradise for all miniature lovers, painters, sculptors, and collectors. While talking about the organization, I think it was really impeccable. Everything perfect, everything on time, a rare event. Really.

As always, the best thing when you go to an exhibition are not the models on display (which were incredible anyway) but always and only the people you meet and know. I was lucky enough to meet personally my friends and MV brothers  David and Hansrainer with whom I shared some really pleasant and amiable time. Unique people that make our hobby even more beautiful to practice and follow. Thanks, friends, I had a great time.

Personally I brought my small display,  which I won a Silver Medal in the Green Fantasy Category, but honestly, I didn't even disclose it, because medals are always the last of satisfactions. The real prize was getting to know more and more people who have the same passion as me, who sacrifice time for this hobby, who dedicate love and passion behind this wonderful art.

What can I say .... see you next year! Thanks, SMC!

Daniele "Found" Trovato


To me, SMC is probably my favorite event in the painting year. I love the venue, where everyone is together in the same conference hotel and where the exposure to the other painters and artists is the most intense.

This year was only my third time going there, but it was again a great weekend: From the classes one can attend (I had the pleasure of learning to paint from Andy Wardle and to learn a lot about self organisation and project handling from Tue Kaae) over the amazing commercial area where one can get lost perusing each of the dozens of booths and vendors of great art, miniatures, paint, brushes and all the other little things the painter and hoarder in me loves to the extremely high level contest with hundreds of exquisite models for every taste imaginable.

But there is more: Beyond the aspect of just being a show, the fact that everyone is huddled together in such a tight area is very conductive to meeting new people and forging bonds. Especially if you are a bit on the shy and insecure side of communication (as I tend to be), this is a great opportunity. 

My personal highlight this year was the Karaoke-Night in the bar on saturday evening - it brings people from all corners of the show together, be it painters, scale modelers, hobbyists, manufacturers or organisers of the event.

I am fan and I am looking forward to WME next year in Eindhoven!


There was a scale model of the WTC, built by a teenager over the course of three years...

... it even included LED lights and a little waterfountain!

It was a fantastic weekend, jam-packed of incredible pieces of miniature art, inspiration, lots of laughter, joy and inspiration. I did not participate in the contest, having focused on expanding my unlimited assembly line of WIPs in the last months. But the contest is not what SMC is about for me. Most important are the friends I have made since I started this painting journey, both in the real world and over the wonderful channels that the internet provides. And SMC provides the chance to meet friends, old and new, all sharing the same interest. Be it in the exhibition room talking about the incredible paint-jobs, chatting over a cold one in the constantly packed bar, or participating in the legendary Karaoke sessions in the basement bar on Saturday night, there is so much time and space for exchange with friends from near and far. And, of course, the show also is a chance for MV to get together. Since Roman and Josua could not be there, it was all the cooler to finally meet my jungle brother Daniele for the first time in person.

Really cool display: Ducks of the World

But, of course, the show is - also - about the huge shopping area, and of course the exhibition pieces. I was extremely impressed to see the super-high technical standard and the complexity of miniature painting in the Fantasy figures category. However, I personally feel a bit overwhelmed by the development towards greater technical brilliance, larger and ever more complex minis, so I found myself spending more time with the historical figures area - and: the scale models. That's something I enjoy a lot at SMC, that it's not a figure or scale model show, but has both. I enjoy looking at greatly built model kits of planes, ships or tiny scratch-built motorcycles. And, as so often, I found that the pieces that left the biggest impact on me were dioramas and small vignettes, often in the historical section and including a scale model or two.

Telling stories in miniature: sweet and funny ones ...

... as well as touching ones ...

... dramatic action scenes ...

... depicting life itself!
So, next time around, I will bring a few new projects! For one thing, these shows wouldn't work if people didn't bring their models. For another, I realized that I missed the tingle of excitement on Friday evening before the show and Sunday morning, when the prizes are announced. And: I will not only bring painted miniatures and the odd vignette, but I will also bring a scale model: a 1/144th scale airplane. Not sure yet which one it will be, but it will be there.

Some scale model goodness...

... and some fantastically painted soldiers in David's favorite scale
And that's another nice thing: next year the show will be back - if not in the classic SMC format (see below) - and I am already looking forward to it!


Well, my second year without being at the SMC. Sad. Really miss all my friends and painting family there and I am always in a little grief if I can not make it. Unfortanetely until the Studio Move is settled and through I am holding a little tight on the money I got available for travelling to painting events, but good news is: I will be at the World Expo next year ...



While the SMC is a yearly event and has been run by the fantastic team around Robert and Margot Crombeecke for many years now, 2020 will not have a "normal" SMC. Instead, the SMC-makers will host the World Model Expo (WME) in Veldhoven on the first weekend of July (3rd to 5th), 2020. This will be like the SMC on steroids with even more people, more models, more minis, and more awesome! The MV crew will be there for sure - and if you want to go as well, we strongly suggest you arrange for lodging somewhere in the Eindhoven area asap - hotel rooms at the WME venue (the same hotel where the SMC takes place) were booked out within the hour after registration opened. But if you can't make it to Veldhoven in July 2020, don't fret. We will write a report worthy of the WME summarizing our experiences; and in 2021 you might be able to make it - the SMC makers promise that the SMC will be back as we know and love it in October 2021!

All the best, the

MV Crew.

News: Speedpainting & OSL Workshop in Madrid, Spain

by Roman aka jar

Good Morning Jungle people,
I got invited by my good friend Alfonso Giraldes and the Miniature Art Academy to teach in Madrid, Spain again. Thanks to him and his team for all the help in organisation and language. Here comes all necessary information for those of you who do not want to miss this chance. I will teach two different one day Masterclass seminars. One on Saturday, one on Sunday.

Madrid, Spain
// 29th February 2020 1 day Speedpainting Masterclass
english language - 12/0 - Information PDF
Madrid, Spain// 1st March 2020 1 day OSL Masterclass english language - 12/0 - Information PDF

Location: Centro comercial chokomaite calle iglesia 17, 28411 Moralzarzal MADRID Spain

Please check back with the PDFs that are linked up to the Workshops. You can also find the charge for each seminar in the PDFs. If you book both, Saturday and Sunday there will be discount of 40,00 €.

The PDFs contain all necessary basic information. I am planning to sent out all necessary details for the workshops in the middle of December, as soon as I got 10 people signed up for each.
If you got more questions I happily answer them via email.

See further seminar describtions below, in my curriculum or via the PDFs.
Thank you!

If you want to sign up just write me an email to

A little more information & reviews on the seminars I teach:

Jar's Speedpainting Masterclass

Instructor: Roman Lappat
Roman usually does not teach masterclass seminars, but when he does: These seminars focus on one subject, because they aim to teach you to master a certain topic. In this class it is all about speed, efficency and zombie hordes.

Find reviews here:

Augsburg, german language 
Augsburg, german language
Forchheim, german language

Jar's OSL Masterclass
Instructor: Roman Lappat
Roman usually does not teach masterclass seminars, but when he does: These seminars focus on one subject, because they aim to teach you to master a certain topic. In this class it is all about light sources from objects and about the "how to" and "why" you can transport these into your projects. 

Find reviews here:2019
Hamburg, german language
Augsburg, german language
Augsburg, german language
Augsburg, english language

You can find more information
about upcoming group workshops via this banner

You want to support Massive Voodoo? 
If you like to support or say thanks the monkeys of Massive Voodoo in what they do, please feel invited to drop a jungle donation in their direction via paypal or check their miniatures they got on sale here.

SBS: The Weird End of Capt. James Hook

by Daniele "Found" Trovato

The Weird End of Capt. James Hook

"Many years have passed since Peter Pan left Neverland.
Peter is now a young adult, a career man, he's married and he has two children.
During a Christmas holiday in London, Captain Hook, fervently searching his revenge, kidnaps Peter's children, forcing Peter to come back again to Neverlands.
When Peter arrives, he is forced to assume the mantle of the "child in greenish tights" to fight his last challenge against Captain James Hook, who wants to kill Peter at all costs.
So in a challenge to the death, Peter and Captain Hook face off.
And just as Captain Hook is about to mortally hit Peter, Tinkerbell stops his hand, giving Peter the chance to strike the final coup de grace to the terrible Pirate"

If'd you want a copy of this bust subscribe here

Hello painters,
this is Daniele, and today I would like to share my process to sculpting
my last personal bust
(truly 2 busts :-) )
So, be ready to follow me and discover the journey behing the magic of sculpting.

The Idea

I  Always have been fascinated by Peter Pan.
Since I was young.

I don't know why...

...Children Flying...

It's my world.

One movie that in particular marked my life was "Hook" by Steven Spielberg (1991).

 I literally could write that movie word for word (also Robin Williams is my favorite actor).

Watching again that movie, the only part I didn't like was Captain Hook's Death.

He got eaten by the Crocodile.


I want that Peter kills Captain Hook. No need intermediaries.
So I imagined an alternate end for Hook.
An alternative Death.

After a little brainstorming,  fed only by the desire to create and by my imagination, I started to create Peter Pan and Hook :-) :-)

The sculpting process

Sculpting this piece really challenged me.

Combine two busts and create a dynamic harmony isn't simple.

But you know what I think: you need to do new things in order to be better.

Even if that way is absolutely difficult and hostile, for the first time.

Firstly I sculpted Peter Pan, which is not exactly a young boy, but a young adult (like Peter Pan in Hook).

Remember My Method: IFAM

As I already discussed in my previous article "The Pinocchio",  I will continue to say that I'm not very talented.

Isn't a false modesty, It's reality.

I'm not very talented, I'm mainly a strong stubborn person!

My secret is the stubbornness, not artistic talent.

I go into the process, into the flow, and I work and I made mistakes... ... ... until  I obtain a sufficient dignified level.

As I Always said:

1% is talent, 99% is hard work, persistence, consistency.

Unfortunately, people are not interested in the process: people are interested only in results, so often they don't consider the amount of work and effort that an artist put into a single piece of art.

I put usually some wire on a piece of cork:

I used a bit of ciano-glue and magic sculpt to better fix all.

The first layer of clay is very important. You need to make sure it sticks very well on the armature.
Here I used some Super Sculpey Classic which is very soft and easy to manage (also more sticky).

After that, I baked in order to obtain more firm armature.
Then I attached some FIMO+Beesputty 

To firmly secure the structure I welded the arm's armature with two pieces of wire (put inside the cork).

Remember: the more the armature is full of firmness the more simple is the sculpting process

Then I decided to set the pose in something like unstable (I imagined that Peter Pan was flying)

Basically, for this bust I used FIMO Professional + Beesputty Firm (50%, 50%) the famous mix from my friend Valentin Zak :-)  But sometimes I added a tip of MixQuick Steadler, just to make the putty more sticky.

About The Face, I tried to create multiple versions.  Again, NOT TALENT, PERSISTENCY!

I think that I sculpted the face about 20 times, in order to obtain something that satisfied me

For correct and get better anatomy, simply I put some sausages of clay, then I smooth them with a simple clay shaper tool

I sculpted the Sword by Three different pieces of MAgic Sculpt, Then I attached on the right arm with some glue, in order to keed firmly.

I change every part of the bust in any moment. Just joke, play, have fun!

As you can see, I work always in front of one mirror (my friend Lucas Pina suggested to me), this helps me to see the sculpture differently.

Starting create Captain Hook, I baked to balls of Super sculpey original

Simply linked with some aluminum wire

Check the pose together

Same process: Sculpey Original, Baked, Fimo Liquid ,  Fimo+Beesputty

Just check anatomy before, I recommend to spend a lot of time in this process

To get more firmness on the structure I put a bit of original Sculpey under the bust

The Tinkerbell

Here I used some Apoxie Putty (similar to Magic Sculpt) to create different Hook's version

Shaped using some sandpaper and Dremel

Put in a metal wire in order to work on it better

To create Tinkerbell, I used a little wire to create the armature and worked on the pose before

Sometimes I use some Turpentine to smooth all the surface. 

She's about 25mm :-(

So, what would you change now?

After every sculpture, I relax and judge my own work in a different way of seeing .

Some things that probably I would change:

-The right elbow of Captain Hook is in a very uncomfortable position. That is exactly what I wanted to obtain, but probably I think I pushed it too hard.
-Probably I would sculpt the drapery of the Hook Shirt more "sharply".
-Peter Pan is looking is hand, because he's in the moment while he's understanding that he can hit Hook using his dagger. Probably this message is too hard to understand. My fault. :-(
-Some Hook's braids are too much static and attached to the torso, probably It would be better to sculpt more dynamic

 Limited Edition bust

The Weird End of Capt.James Hook 

(Peter Pan's Revenge)

designed and sculpted 

Super Sculpey Original
FIMO Soft + Mix Quick + Beesputty 
 Apoxie Putty
Magic Sculpt

This bust will be available only from 5 to 7 December 2019

Signup now to be notified

Final thoughts

This bust challenged me a lot. Every piece I tried to create something different, to push my skills over and over again


"If you always do the things you already know how to do, 
you will never be anything more than what you are now"



This Blog is free for everybody, but we spent hours and days of work to create something unique for you.
Support NOW Massive Voodoo!
If you like to support or say thanks the monkeys of Massive Voodoo in what they do, please feel invited to drop a jungle donation in their direction via paypal or check their miniatures they got on sale here.