Halt! Papiere bitte!

by Roman aka jar

"Halt! Papiere bitte!"
... is german and says "Stop! Identify yourself!"

A weird project.
That is why I love it so much.
I painted the model "Frank von Stein" by Terrible Kids Stuff already once. You can see it here. I decided to paint this model twice, which is nothing I usually do with great joy.

I had this obviously different scaled german world war two scifi moon soldier by North Star Models waiting for ages in my drawers for the right idea. It came with a sketch of a base:

I love to play with scales since a long time.
Not in every of my project, but in many from the past. For example Robot & Pilot, or the last of the big Pelicans, or Davidé vs. Goliath or a recently done Mech to just name a few and I always am very inspired if I see other people try this too. It just changes everything. I am really happy to inspire people with this idea.

... back to the project. If you are interested in a superhuge Step by Step article of both versions I did on this figure from Terrible Kids Stuff you might check the brand new and actual issue of the Figure Painter Magazine, just saying :)

Halt! Papiere bitte!
Terrible Kids Stuff, North Star Models, various scales

You can find more photos either on Putty&Paint or romanlappat.com.
The project is for sale, feel free to enjoy a look in my PDF cataloge.

Keep on happy painting!

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by Roman aka jar

Good Morning jungle,

are you already in project mode for Massive Voodoo's brand new challenge?
If not. Well, what are you waiting for?

Recently I finished a comission piece for a private collector.
The model is by studio McVey. I was really happy that my long time client was open to let me find my own inspiration for the full project. He wanted my vision. I am thankful for this. While looking at her I always came up to the idea of an "Oni", but therefor it is good to know the meaning behind this word.

Wikipedia on "Oni":

() are a kind of yōkai from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demons, devils, ogres, or trolls. They are popular characters in Japanese art, literature, and theatre.[1]

Depictions of oni vary widely but usually portray them as hideous, gigantic ogre-like creatures with sharp claws, wild hair, and two long horns growing from their heads.[2] They are humanoid for the most part, but occasionally, they are shown with unnatural features such as odd numbers of eyes or extra fingers and toes.[3] Their skin may be any number of colors, but red and blue are particularly common.[4][5]
They are often depicted wearing tiger-skin loincloths and carrying iron clubs called kanabō (金棒). This image leads to the expression "oni with an iron club" (鬼に金棒 oni-ni-kanabō), that is, to be invincible or undefeatable. It can also be used in the sense of "strong beyond strong", or having one's natural quality enhanced or supplemented by the use of some tool. In addition to this, it can mean to go overboard, or be unnecessarily strong or powerful.[6][7]"

Placed her on a plinth by Artificer Terrain and build up the base around her, using several different basing techniques I am pretty sure of speaking about as soon as I write a step by step on this project. Which I will do in the future as I took enough photos. Here is one out of this collection:

I was also very happy to have no exact time frame or pressure by my client. Thank you very much for this. I was able to evolve the project in the time it needed.

Studio McVey, 28mm

You can find more photos of her, via romanlappat.com.

Keep on happy painting and yes I know, she is far away from being a typicall "Ogre or Troll Oni" :D

Tip of the day

by Roman aka jar

Clean your workspace once in a while. 
Do it full force. Focus on nothing else and do not let get you distracted by something you find.
You will not regret it. It will not only make you proud, it will also help you to enjoy your workflow and your project much more. It can give you the energy to finish a long time project or starting a great new one.

If you want to do it the advance way you also should make some room for freshness.
You want to support Massive Voodoo? 
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MV Challenge 2017

by Massive Voodoo

Hello Jungle painters, 
it has been far too long since we challenged you, right?

2016's Mad Max Car Contest 2 was the last contest we held here in the jungle, but now it is time for something fresh: The monkeys of MV challenge you to show your creativity, show us your skills and put your knowledge to test. Paint like you are and happy painting are the guiding words for this contest, but the topics are quite uncommon.

Let us introduce two challenges to you:

Josua and Roman came to the conclusion to set this up.
One topic for the challenge comes from Josua and the other one from Roman.
Both topics are very different. You can participate in both in the given timeframe.

We will now guide you through the ruleset of this contest and of course show you what you can win if you pick up your brushes and basing skills for this magnificant tsunami of fun. In the end you will find the overall rules for this event and MV's prizes that we got ready for you.

Base with water - Challenge Rules

- Build a water-themed base 
- As this Callenge is about water, it has to contain water elements make sure your base represents at     least one element in the liquid physical state of water.
- Of course you are allowed to add small animal or another small storytelling detail or such to your
  base, but we do not want to see a full figure on the base. It's about basing love.
- You are not limited in the size or shape of your base.

Don't know how to create realistic water on a base? this may help

Walt Disney Infinity - Challenge Rules

- Repaint a Walt Disney Infinity Figure of your choice
- Build a base to your model or use it out of the box, conversions are allowed
- To be able to judge this category we only allow entries with one Infinity figure. No other additional
   figures are allowed. Of course you can add a snake, a butterfly or another small animal to your
- No rules on painting the model. Do what you want!
- Enjoy painting it and sent us your final result to take part in this challenge
- If you are in need of inspiration on how to tackle such a paintjob, check this article!

Overall Challenge Rules

- Sent your entries in until October 19th 2017,
as soon as the calender hits the 20th on Roman's time (located in Augsburg, Germany) entries are not accepted. You will recieve a confirmation mail once your entry was checked. Please write your full name and adress to the email. We need this in case you will win a prize.

- For each challenge entry sent a minimum and maximum of three photos to
   jarhead---at---massivevoodoo---dot---com- Please know that we are judging from your photos, give your best to present your entry and do
  decent photos.

Entries who have been published in their final version before the contest ends are not participating.
- You are allowed to show work in progress photos.
- You are allowed to take part in both categories, but only with one entry per category.
Judging both challenges will be judged by the team of this contest, Josua and Roman. 
Both are not allowed to take part in the challenge or if they want, then they participate "out of competition". Every other person interested in taking part is allowed to. Except Roman and Josua, also members of the MV-Team are not starting out of competition and can participate legally.

We judge your creativity and the beauty of your entry in both categories.

By entering this contest you allow Massive Voodoo to use your photos for articles about this contest. You still own the copyrights, but you allow MV to handle them through their platforms.


In each of the challenge categories we will hand out three Massive Voodoo Medals:
Gold, Silver, Bronze. This makes six medals overall.

The gold winner of the category "base with water" 
will also receive this beautiful base done by Josua as a special super gift:

The gold winner of the category "Walt Disney Infinity" 
will also receive this Infinity Ironman, painted by Roman as a special super gift:

Special Jungle Raffle
Everyone who is taking part in one or both of the challenges will automaticly take part in a special jungle raffle to be able to win one of these prizes:


Eight! I repeat "Eight!", 8, 4+4, overall eight big Jungle Surprise boxes with hobby material and miniature goodies:

Info about Jungle Surprise boxes:
Jungle surprise boxes will be randomly drawn through all out all participants and will be sent in the drawing order. No specific numbers to complicate things.  

One limited premium fine art print of Roman's project "The Nightwatch" (one time only), signed (Signature missing in this photo):

One poster of Roman's project "The Last Light" (three times) - signed. (Signature missing in this photo)

23 is the number.
We are giving away 23 prices, including the medals, special prices and prize pool. Not one less or one more. There will be no shipping cost on your end. Massive Voodoo will pay the shipping cost, no matter where you live. Worldwide. We just ask for this:

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.

Are you ready? Kick it!
Tell your friends, tackle some paintpots and keep on happy painting!
Got some questions? Ask them via commenting this post.
We can only answer your questions here! To easily find back to this announcement we will link it up to the upper right corner of the Massive Voodoo blog. Soon!

Responsibility on this event: Roman & Josua



by Roman aka jar

Review: Private Coaching with Orcun

by Peter aka Baphomet

Hey jungle,

here is a little review about Peter´s first Private Coaching. He was visited by Orcun, who also lives in Stuttgart.

Orcun is still at the beginning of his voyage through the world of painting and so, he asked Peter for help in order to improve his skills.

The main topics for the two days coaching were:
  • painting techniques
  • color theory
  • light/shade-theory
  • painting different volumes

Side topics:
  • building bases
  • metallics
  • create simple glow effecs

The question of a proper workshop model was an important point in Peter´s preparations. He chose the Flagellants by Games Workshop, as they are easy to build and have interesting volumes.

Orcun´s statement:

I'm Orcun, 33 years old and started painting miniatures 1.5 years ago. I love this hobby because it brings the fantasy world to life and requires patience and creativity. I have been working hard to improve my painting skills to get more realistic and exciting results. I have been watching videos and reading tutorials but I wasn't improving as I expected. I needed a trained eye and much more experienced tutor to point out my mistakes. This way I wouldn't develop bad habits and move in the right direction. I have been following the masterpieces of the Massive Voodoo painting studio and approached them for help. After finishing the arrangements, I visited Peter in Stuttgart for a two day private coaching. He was very enthusiastic and well prepared for the coaching. We had a lot fun during the whole learning process. I learned very important theories and painting techniques. I learned what to focus on when I'm training to be a better painter. I was also very inspired and will definitely paint more often. I thank the whole massive Voodoo team for this opportunity and hospitality. I recommend contacting their studio to anyone who needs inspiration and wants to improve their technique. 

Two of Orcun´s models before taking the class:


I was very excited about having my first student for a private coaching here in my flat. Of course, I have joined Roman during many of his painting classes and supported him by coaching some of his more advanced students, but to teach without any "backup" was still unknown territory.

Nevertheless these two days were a very important lesson for myself. In advance, It took me some hours to think through all the exercises I would do with Orcun and how I could really help him to improve his skills. After all my preparations were done, Roman supported me with some of his teaching materials, which helped a lot during the coaching. Thanks for this, mate!

I really enjoyed the two days with Orcun. We spoke a lot about painting and had some good laughter together. He was an open-minded student and even if some of the units were quite challening he forced himself through. I was really happy with the results and today I´m sure that he will improve his skills much faster. It makes me smile that I was able to help him a bit on his road to happy painting. 

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

First day:
On Friday we started with the fun part: building a proper base for the miniatures. At the beginning Orcun worked himself through a lot of inspirational material and after a short introduction into different materials, we got "lost" in our creativity. 

After the introduction into the beautiful world of base building, it was time for theory. Thanks to our great tutorial section, I had all the materials I needed :)

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.
Theory: The full color wheel
Funny and interesting way to understand the colour wheel. 

Theory: Complementary Colors
Raffa again goes deep into colour wisdom.

A basic approach on cold and warm colours.

Second Day: 
On Saturday it was all about painting. After a quick talk about Friday´s theory, we opened our wet palettes and started right away. Nothing more to say about this, so lets have some pictures:

explanation for light and shade on volumes

Orcun´s version

Peter´s version

final results

painting glow effects

As I wrote before, it was a very interesting experience to have a student here at my place and help him to improve his skills. The most important lesson I learnt for myself: accept that time is running fast and you have to focus, even if the miniature will not be finished during the class. It´s more important to share your knowledge and have trust in your student.

It would have been a lot of fun to keep on painting with Orcun the whole day, but I felt our exhaustion and the need to think about our newly gathered knowledge. Thanks Orcun for these interesting two days!

If you are interested in having a private coaching with Roman, Raffa or Peter, have a look here: CLICK.


Musica & Info

by Roman aka jar


I really got bored of any sort of music earlier this year.
Due my job and passion I listen to so much music that sometimes the only music I am in need of is silence.

So I took a break.
Removed all music from my ears and after I while I started to search new music.

As these days I am going back to the roots of Massive Voodoo I decided to create a music playlist on youtube for the modern miniature painter. Call it a radio or such. Music that I use for painting and find inspiring. In one of my recent private coachings with Nicholas, he told me he would love to see such a thing. Here it is - Music for the right painting mood, music that inspires me.

I leave the old playlists in the past, if you are interested in it, check it here!

I hope you enjoy!