FM: Painted while teaching

by Roman aka jar

Aloa Jungle,

during a private coaching with Markus (review coming soon) I painted some figures for explaining different painting aspects and methods.

First I painted some dark evil dog to explain aspects of light and shadow, contrast, zenital light and color variations ...






Second was another dog, explaining aspects of saturation/desaturation ...


We also went into some speedpainting techniques with the so far gathered knowledge ...
15 Minutes Zombie!


Then I helped Markus finding his color scheme of his Army of Krieg. The goal was to find a quick way to paint up these troopers to a good standard. This one was painted and based in about two hours.





And last we checked back on how much detail you can add to a larger metal area while still being fast ...


This was a lot of fun and soon I can show you what my student achieved!

Stay tuned and keep on happy painting!


Yours
Roman

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Review: Private Coaching with Werner

by Roman aka jar




"When I was new into the wargaming hobby I really didn’t care about painting miniatures at all - playing games was amazing and painting just felt like “a waste of time” when you can have a game or two instead.



Then a few years ago I actually started painting and really enjoyed it. Soon I wanted to get better  to reach a higher level of painting. Here I have to give a huge credit to Romans “Advanced Class (Atmosphere)”. This workshop changed really my relationship to color and I finally found my passion in painting.



However, there was always a thing I was very unpleasant with – metal structures in all kinds and shapes. I never could get my head around it and I really needed some hands on sessions.  So I contacted Roman found an appointment for the coaching without any hassle.








After arriving at the Massive Voodoo Studio, Roman welcomed me in a hearty way and immediately made me feel at home (His flat mate Alin was also there to work on masks. She’s a really nice and talented person. You can check out her stuff here:https://www.instagram.com/alinakhdar.opus/

After refreshing my knowledge on grisaille painting, we started to paint non-metallic metal on various shapes. During that part of the coaching, Roman really made me notice why I was always struggling with this topic. I really had several *klick*-moments during these 2 days and these helped me a lot. Then we went on to true metallic metal and I how to improve contrast and the BAM. After dinner my brain was really stuffed with new information and we decided to continue the next day.







On day 2 we started at 9 am. Roman now showed me the magic of Hybrid-TMM-NMM. I was really amazed by the large contrast range, resulting by the combination of both techniques. I practiced on a space marine and after some failings, with the help of Roman I finally get my head around this topic.

Finally, we did some practice on miniatures I brought with me.




Conclusion:



I had a great time, learned a lot and I would always do it again. Roman is not only a nice person, but also a very good teacher. He fetches you up at your exact point on your painting journey and pushes you very far in only 2 days" 

- Werner






I want to thank you, Werner
for two beautiful days with a topic that I usually do not teach. Also for the good vibes and cool chats.
I really enjoyed preparing this hands on coaching for you and so much made sense while seeing my preparations take hold in your training during these days. I am really considering making this a weekend hands on group workshop. Thank you for the great feedback!

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes,
Roman



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in your very own private coaching session, do not hesitate to contact me for further details via
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2019 is closed in terms of private coaching and fully booked, plans for sessions in the first half of 2020 are in the making. I will be there for you and your personal growth as a painter!



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FM: Theddra Skull-scryer

by Roman aka jar

Hey Jungle,
another finished miniature from my table.
Not painting many miniatures from Games Workshop recently, although the sculpts are calling me again since a long time. I really do enjoy some of the new releases and I might paint one or the other in the future.

This one was painted during explanations in a two day private coaching and also for some final preparations for my upcoming "Skintone & Faces Workshop" soon! This will be so cool!



Theddra Skull-scryer!
What a name! Such an evil character in my eyes. Somehow I disliked the official theme or let's say the looks of her gang from the official studio paintjobs. They looked so ... well, bright and easy going like a gang of hippie and flower barbarians. In my eyes I did saw them much more connected to the dark gods. So an overall dark mood was needed for my personal interpretation.

I really got inspired by a computer game I played last year ... it just hit home in my memory.
The game is "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice" ...


Not the easiest game to play as it confronts a lot with yourself about life/death, isolation and fear and well, find out yourself. Screenshots done by me, out of the game, back in early 2018. As I would know I would need them sometimes. Well, the ways how inspiration works sometimes. I learned them :D

In the first two photos, above you can see an eye painted in her hand. In the upcoming of photos it is gone. It is a magic eye. No not really, I forgot it first, was unsure. Then took photos and decided to go for it and took only one photo. What you think?
 







Hope you like her?
Really thinking on the rest of the gang in this dark look :)

//
For Sale. See this link for details. Thank you for your support.



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Review: Private Coaching with Markus

by Roman aka jar


Hello Jungle,
time for another private coaching session review.
This time with a gentleman that I already know since a long time and who is supporting my painting and way of the miniature painter from the early days: Markus

Me & Markus



Our main topic was bringing back Markus's painting mojo.
The joy and fun in painting his tabletop armies. This is a very common subject for me to teach hands on. I mean I know it from myself: Sometimes your painting mojo can just be stuck or it feels lost. It is normal. Reasons can be: you are burned out from painting, you are overfeed with artificial knowledge about painting in form of pixels and videos and forgot how to put this to your brush and color or you are just stuck in old methods that might need some optimization or fresh wind. All of that I can provide, because I know the dark places a painter's mojo can hide :)



This seminar for me was some kind of mash up
from several of my hands on workshops, focused and prepared to garantuee Markus all the knowledge he wanted to get out of this coaching. He asked for technical painting advice, a little bit of atmospheric painting, brush control, true metallic metalls and overall for a cool color scheme for his Death Korp of Krieg Tabletop Army. And of course getting faster with all this ...

We started with tons of theory,
followed by going in depth, more and more into painting ... basic and important knowledge applied in the beginning, atmospheric training, followed by some speed training and then putting it all to the test in the end in one example of the Death Korp of Krieg Soldier. We even found time for some OSL explanations ...







This was quite the enjoyable ride, for teacher and student alike.
Even our brains felt a little bit mashed up in the end.
Really happy to see Markus enjoying painting again.

And it was so good to see both of you again, Conny & Markus - thanks for the good chats, happy vibes and time spent in good company!

Keep on happy painting!
Yours
Roman


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If you want to learn from me
in your very own private coaching session, do not hesitate to contact me for further details via
jarhead---at---massivevoodoo---dot---com

2019 is closed in terms of private coaching and fully booked, Plans for sessions in the first half of 2020 are in the making. I will be there for you and your personal growth as a painter!



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Workshop Information!

by Roman aka jar

Hey Jungle,

just a quick shoutout:
Two seat is free again in my ...





Instructor: Roman Lappat

In this two day MV masterclass Roman takes you deeper into understanding the wide variety on painting skintone and faces. After these two days you will never dislike your results in this topic as Roman shows you the magic that is behind a natural and convincing skintones.



Augsburg, Germany
// 9th November- 10th November 2019  2 day Skintone & Faces Masterclass *new*
german language - 14/16 / List of Succesors: 0 - Information PDF 

If you want to grab one of them,
feel invited to write an email to:
jarhead---at---massivevoodoo---dot---com

See you there!
Keep on happy painting!
Yours,
Roman
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Review: the Encyclopedia of Figures Modelling Techniques, Vol. 1

by David

Disclaimer: this is my personal opinion on the book; I bought it myself and have no relevant relationship with Ammo, the editor or any of the authors.

The book's cover

There are a number of books
on the topic of miniature painting out there, which I like to group into three categories, based on the different primary aims and target readership. Some books aim to inform on basic principles and foundations, introducing theoretical concepts such as color theory, rules of harmony and base composition and their relevance and transfer to miniature painting. As a paradigmatic example I would name the first volume of Jeremie Bonamant's Figopedia. The second category includes the large number of books with more technical approaches, in which the authors explain how to achieve certain effects, how to do smooth blendings, how to master brush control or use of the airbrush, or present color recipes. Examples include Games Workshop's painting guides, AK Interactive's learning series on how to paint wood, skin or metal; the book on painting Steampunk miniatures by Scale 75, or Ángel Giraldez' Painting Miniatures From A To Z. Books in the third category are mainly centered on individual painters and their painting history and development. Examples for these books, which often include but do not focus on information on the masters' preferred methods and their approach to painting, include Scale 75's most recent publications on Alfonso Giraldes (the excellent review by Hansrainer is highly recommended) and Mike Blank.

The 112 pages-strong "Encylopedia of Figures Modelling Techniques, Vol. 1", edited and co-authored by Rodrigo Hernández Chacón and published in 2019 by Ammo of Mig Jimenez, is the first volume of a three-volume Encyclopedia on figure painting. Actually there also is a "Vol. 0" of the series, in which the fundamentals of figure painting (tools, preparation and priming of the mini, brush control, etc.), are explained, but the volume designation suggests that it is not meant as a genuine part of the encyclopedia. Focusing on "Color, Shape and Light", Vol. 1 straddles the first two of the three categories of miniature painting books by combining the introduction and description of general approaches, principles and concepts with more hands-on advice on how to achieve certain effects.

Table of contents

In addition to a brief introductory blurb by the editor, the book consists of four chapters with one each on light, color, shape, and texture. The chapters include a general introduction of core concepts by Chacón as well as articles on specific topics, written by him and five other well-known and highly decorated painters. Krzysztof Kabalczyk contributes an article on how to plan and execute painting a bust in the "Rembrandt lighting" style, based on a single light source. Roman Gruba shares insights into how he painted his acclaimed Boudicca bust, convincingly combining a dark, night-blue atmosphere with the orangy Object Source Light (OLS) effect of a campfire. In his article, Rubén Martínez Arribas presents a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how he painted his Legends of the Jade Sea Orc Sailor, focusing particularly on cast shadows and the bright and intense light situation of a sunny, cloudless day on the open seas. Dmitry Fesechko, of whom I am a big fan, summarizes in excellent detail the crucial importance of value, i.e., the contrast between brightness/darkness, for the miniature painting hobby - both on figures and in the composition of bases. Finally, David Arroba puts all theoretical concepts and fundamental thoughts introduced in the previous pages into practice by showing a step-by-step explanation of painting the Goblin King. The book closes with a couple of uncommented pages which present a few of the authors' best-known, yet older works.

Rodrigo summarizes relevant color theory concepts in a succinct way.

Different light and shadow situations explained in a nutshell

The book is beautifully layouted and overall has a high production value. It is printed on relatively thick, slightly glossy paper; the pictures are excellent and large enough to allow detailed analyses on what's going on on the mini. In terms of substance, it really shines in combining the introduction of general ideas in an accessible and practical way and showing how these ideas are relevant and can be transferred to the subject of miniature painting. I particularly like the "Russian chapters" by Roman Gruba and Dmitry Fesechko. The former explains in-depth how athmosperic colors interact with and affect the "local colors" of individual parts of the miniature. And while the specific example centers on the color effect of dark-blue nightly colors and warm orange fire, the general logic how surrounding colors affect local colors can be transferred to other atmospheric situations such as a deep-green forest, the yellow-umbra of a desert-scene or the pale ice-blue of an arctic surrounding. I found Dmitry's chapter on value particularly insightful as I have always considered the light-dark contrast the most important one in miniature painting - and the most difficult to master. Besides a general discussion of the relevance of value and its application in painting different materials on a  miniature, the chapter briefly addresses how to play with light and darkness in creating vignettes and dioramas to develop the scene's narrative and guide the viewer's eye.

Rubén explains how to add cast shadows already in the earliest stages of black-and-white volume sketching


Krzysztof shows the effects of different textures on light and shadows.


Roman shows how to use atmospheric effects and OSL on the example of his Boudicca bust.

Dmitry shows how to use value contrast to guide the viewer's eye.

Of course, as any book, this volume also has its weak spots. At points, I would have liked a bit more diligence in the editing and language checking. Next to minor issues in wording and spelling, final editing has missed a few more serious glitches. In Dmitry's otherwise fantastic chapter, for instance, there is a numbered value chart ranging from 1 (light) to 9 (dark) - in the accompanying pictures, the scale is inverted: 1 is dark and 9 is light. This is not a big issue, but a bit confusing when you first try to understand what's going on. There also is, most likely because of the collaboration of multiple authors within an edited volume, a bit of overlap and repetitions between individual chapters, and some concepts are introduced in multiple chapters. Finally, while, as noted, Roman's elaborations can be transferred to non-night/non-OSL atmospheric light situations, the book could have benefitted from including a few pages on other atmospheres and their impact on local colors.

Excellent advice and analysis, but a bit confusing: the different value numbers of the chart on the left and the picture discussions on the right.

These issues notwithstanding, there is much to learn from this book for both the novice and the more advanced miniature painter. For the novice, there are a lot of concepts and theoretical ideas on colors and how to apply them on miniatures (and small dioramas). It does so in an accessible and easily digested way with nice pictures and without going into overwhelming details. The more advanced painter can find more in-depth information on more advanced topics such as OSL, cast shadows and how to make the best out of light-dark contrasts. In addition, with a suggested retail price of 29,50 Euros, the book is easy on the wallet.

The book's final part takes a look at textures and how to create them on miniature, including the use of additional materials such a flock to add "texture to the touch" to a figure.
In sum, I recommend the first book of the Encyclopedia to figure painters who are looking for a single volume that combines theoretical and background knowledge on color, shapes and light as well as useful bits of hands-on advice in a way that is directly useful for miniature painters.

All the best,

David

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