Tip of the week

by Roman aka jar

Train your eye to study statues of all kind.
Don't just walk by. Stand still, look, observe. Not only on the beauty of the sculpt itself, but also on volumes and how they are hit by light and shadow, color variations in different ambiences, weathering and beauty. This is a free gift we can all appreciate, if we start looking and visualising.

As a figure painter you can only learn from it as statues are nothing else than what we paint, just slightly bigger and often with a little bit more history. If you want more inspiration on statues check this article.


If you see a guy with a camera or pen'n'paper in your hometown, spending quite the time in front of statues, it might be me.

Happy visualising!

Review: Private Coaching with Stefan

by Roman aka jar

Hiho Jungle,
time for another review on a two day private coaching I held back in late 2017.
This time Stefan visited me and his coaching goal was very precise:

As a big Infinity gamer he wanted to make the jump from basic tabletop miniatures to a higher quality of his painting. Several different topics to tackle and that is what we did. 

Roman & Stefan, serious painter style

And like always a warm welcome on my students table. Less candy this time :D

Sterfan brought plenty of Infinity models to work on.

Stefan also brought some of his models he painted since his visit of my beginners class. Really cool gaming pieces. Mainly worked with drybrushing and washing. Not bad at all, but of course there is always room to improve.

My teaching plan with Stefan and our topics:

  • In-depth color theory
  • Different approaches on how to start a model
  • In depth look on glazing, layering and detailing 
  • How to create different types of blendings that show a certain material
  • Painting black
  • Painting skintone
  • Introduction into airbrushing

The first thing we did, was a in depth look on color theory with several exercises.
As soon as you understand colors better, painting gets easier. Simple as that. I am not a big fan of recipes anymore, as recipes just lock you in boundaries and do not have anything to do with painting freedom. Of course if you paint armies, recipes are a good thing to unify the look of many figures, but still this can easily be done, even if you know more about how colors work!

Training the eye to visualising!

On this - already painted - figure by Stefan he wanted to know what he could improve. I showed him detailed principles about saturation, focal shadow and light and more.

We learned to start from a grisaille sketch and how to continue on it on this subject.

We learned to paint black on different materials on this fella.

We created a smooth blending with a slight influance of atmosphere.

Left: new approach, right: old approach

Another approach on how to tackle different material and reflections and technique approaches.

Let's paint a nice gaming figure face.

As a teacher I really enjoyed these two days with Stefan. We had plenty of good talks about everything and focuesed on improving Stefan's skillset a lot. He went home as a really happy student.

This is what Stefan had to say about the coaching (german only, sorry):

"Mir hat es wirklich sehr gut gefallen und meine Erwartungen wurden erfüllt und sogar übertroffen!
Was mir besonders gut gefallen hat:
  • Deine offene und positive Art: Auch mal über privates sprechen oder über die Gedanken, die in einem beim Malen vorgehen.
  • Viele Tips zu guten Farben und anderen "Werkzeugen" (Pinsel, Nasspalette, Literatur)
  • Inzwischen habe ich mir fast alles schon besorgt: Inktense Farben, Dark Sea Blue von Vallejo, Schminke Farben, Color and Light: A guide for the Realist Painter etc..
  • Die vielen "Gimmicks" die du mir kostenlos mitgegeben hast. Hab das Booklet von dir schon durchgelesen und ich finde es sehr kurzweilig und sehr inspirierend.
  • Dass du mir in der Zeit wirklich richtig viel Methoden und Werkzeuge mitgegeben hast, das war echt super. Ich konnte soviel mitnehmen und einbauen für mich!!!
  • Gesponsorter Kaffee/Verpflegung.
Nochmals von ganzem Herzen vielen vielen Dank :-)
Feel free to contact me for your private coaching!
I am filling up dates for two day private coachings at the moment for the whole year of 2018, but still have to catch up with tons of emails after the winter break. Be sure I'll be back at you very soon! Additionally check back with the MV roadmap of weekend seminars to certain topics.

Review: Private Coaching with Manuel

by Roman aka jar

Good Morning Jungle, 

time to see another private coaching review hit the jungle.
This time Manuel visited me for some painting fun during last years Halloween.

Welcome to the MV studio, Manuel!

Manuel says:
"At the beginning, I would like to thank my great wife for the amazing support. I am very happy to have found a woman who takes me seriously in my hobby, gives me the freedom and even gives me this cool opportunity of a private coaching. THANK YOU!!"

After my first beginner course with Roman in Herne 2016, I was hooked again for my painting passion. I never saw miniature painting as an own way of art. After applying the basic understanding of the color wheel, I wanted to learn more. I want to have the ability to tell stories with miniatures, to be thought-provoking or create feelings.

By a short coordination in advance, the theme “Atmosphere” was quickly fixed and I came to Augsburg, carrying a viking with me that I wanted to paint with Roman. Without further detailing the whole two days, I would like to summarize the contents in short bullet points:

  • Lots of theory (love IT) and painting (love IT too)
  • Basing improvements
  • Deepening of the color theory, context of the atmosphere and effect on the colors
  • Painting leather, metal and paint options for structures
  • OSL, integration and impact on the atmosphere
  • Pumpkins ….
  • Cool and deep conversations.

Pumpkins in progress

Magic sculpt was used here.

While Roman was doing pumpkins, Manuel had to work through tons of theory to make him understand the principles on how you can create atmosphere.

Roman says:
Manuel came up with the idea to create two figures, themed to Halloween and even connect them together with the bases and our painting plans. This was so much fun instead of just painting up another barbarian. Thanks for this splendid idea!

Blacksun barbarians getting ready to collect pumpkins!

Manuel says:

I can highly recommend a private coaching with Roman, for anyone who wants to bring his hobby to the next level. For me the two days were more than successful and I will trust more in myself and my abilities in the future for more complex projects. I take the following for myself:
  • Be badass, dare to implement your idea more consistently
  • Art is always a port of yourself and your personality
  • I can only paint a complete project with the base colors
  • Photorealism is only a matter of time. 
Thank you Roman for these two days, you will always be an example and inspiration for me. 

PS: For those who are interested in my further path of art, here are some ways to follow me:

Two Barbarians from the back!

Manuel's result

... and the german version of Manuel's review 
- thanks for writing this up, buddy!

Zu Beginn möchte ich zunächst meiner tollen Frau für die Hammer Unterstützung danken. Ich bin sehr happy eine Frau gefunden zu haben die mich in meinem Hobby ernst nimmt, mir den Freiraum schenkt und mir sogar diese coole Möglichkeit eines Private-Coachings schenkt und organisiert. DANKE!!

Nach meinem ersten Beginnerkurs bei Roman in Herne 2016, hat mich die Leidenschaft am Bemalen wieder gepackt. Das ich letztlich Gemälde in 3D male habe ich vorher nie so gesehen. Nach vielen anwenden des Grundverständnis des Farbkreises wollte ich mehr verstehen. Mit Miniaturen Geschichten erzählen, zum Nachdenken anregen oder Stimmung erzeugen würde ich gern können, dachte ich mir.
Durch eine kurze Abstimmung im Vorfeld stand das Thema „Atmosphäre“ schnell fest und ich kam mit einem kräftigen Wikinger bepackt nach Roman. Ohne den Ablauf der zwei Tage weiter im Detail vorzustellen (die Bilder bringen die Schritte denk ich rüber), möchte ich in kurzen Stichpunkten die Inhalte zusammenfassen:

  • Viel Theorie und viel Malen
  • Basing Optimierung
  • Vertiefung der Farbtheorie, Zusammenhang der Atmosphäre und Auswirkung auf die Farben
  • Leder, Metall bemalen und Möglichkeiten Strukturen zu malen
  • OSL und Einbindung und Auswirkung auf die Atmosphäre
  • Kürbisse
  • Coole tiefe Gespräche.

Für jeden der sein Hobby auf die nächste Stufe bringen möchte kann ich ein Private-Coaching wärmstens empfehlen. Für mich waren die zwei Tage mehr als erfolgreich und trau mich jetzt viel mehr an Themen ran die ich mir vorher nicht zugetraut hätte. Folgendes nehme ich für mich mit:

  • Sei krass, trau dich ruhig konsequenter deine Idee umzusetzen
  • Kunst ist immer ein Teil von dir und deiner Persönlichkeit
  • Ich kann auch nur mit Grundfarben ein komplettes Projekt bemalen
  • Fotorealismus ist nur eine Frage der Zeit

Vielen Dank Roman für diese zwei Tage, du wirst für mich immer ein Mega Vorbild und Inspiration sein.

LG Manuel

PS: Für alle die sich für meinen weiteren Weg der Kunst interessieren, können mir gerne folgen:


Feel free to contact me for your private coaching!
I am filling up dates for two day private coachings at the moment for the whole year of 2018, but still have to catch up with tons of emails after the winter break. Be sure I'll be back at you very soon! Additionally check back with the MV roadmap of weekend seminars to certain topics.


by Roman aka jar

Find my personal music playlist that I am listening to while happy painting on youtube!

Allright ... 2018

by Roman aka jar

Hey Jungle,

2017 is gone.
2018 is here and it is time to roll up the sleeves to get back to work.
No need to be patient with your jungle from now on. There are big things on the horizon that will be tackled by your jungle crew.

and Josua spent some great days in the MV headquarter and enjoyed some splendid painting time. They updated their progress on MV's facebook, do not miss it.

We want to thank all of you for a great 2017.
Thank you for your support in what we do, for your comments, for reading the jungle blog. We are a little sad that in the hurry of 2017 we forgot to celebrate MV's birthday, but we also learned that the older you grow the less important birthdays get. Well, seems like it is the same for blogs :D

I, for my part can tell you what is up
on my table after my winter vacation:

  • Finalizing shipping to all winners of our 2017's MV's challenge (soon complete, sorry for the delay and muchas gracias for your patience all over)
  • Painting, tackling some new comissions and finishing some old projects
  • Getting back in control over my email tsunami, please be patient. I'll get back to you!
  • Writing at least one tutorial a week for our readers as I got about 60+ in stock from the last years
  • "Tip of the week" will arrive on Tuesday (not today). This was a good thing in 2017 and we will stick to good things from the past.
  • Slowly planning the next MV's challenge. This will be most awesome! Promised.
  • We are even working on an update of Massive Voodoo 2.0 (big news!), but also ask for your patience on this. We can promise you that you - our readers - will be happy!
  • Focus on rebuilding articles from our tutorial section that miss some photos due a photobucket issue. If you want to help, write a comment below the article.
Beside this I can already tell you that I will not post blog updates every day from now on as there is so much sidestuff to do this early 2018: This year the MV studio has to move as the buildings of the culture park will be gone in autumn. We already have several new options, but none decided yet. I bet you can imagine that this is quite the workload to plan and push through. 2018 will be a year of restructure the old , readjust and focus on the new.

Well, saying goodbye to an old year always means I will change my cutting mat on my working table and do a big clean up. The old painting mat is packed with lots of memories and creative flows, it is signed and is now on ebay. Only two days left!

From old to new ...
let's see how the new one will look during this year!

So far, keep on happy painting and read ya all soon!

Update on the Infinity and Waterbase Challenge

by Massive Voodoo

He jungle,

as written before, the jungle vibrates with activitiy behind the curtains. Here a short update on the Infinity and Waterbase Challenge: we are finishing the medals!

We will shortly send all winners their parcels and hope, that they enjoy them a lot :)

Your Josua & Roman


by Roman aka jar

Find my personal music playlist that I am listening to while happy painting on youtube!