Tip of the week

by Roman aka jar

This tip of the week is - again - on a very significant topic:
Observation skills.

Learn to obvserve what your eyes see day by day and learn from it for painting. I call this visual studying and what I can tell is that this helps me a lot while on my journey as a painter. Give it a try and read an article about visual studying here and even for different months of the year:; Autumn, winter, spring ... (still missing summer on this one, but in progress).

Others might call it carbage. I find beauty in dead bonsai trees and of course in alive ones too. The color of soil and the variety of elements.

A dark blue night. Colors change by daytime.
 The color of stones is not neutral grey.

 Reflecting material works different with light and shadow than non-reflecting material.

Take your time to enjoy the small things in life and train your eye to find them.

Keep on happy painting!

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SBS: Vizar

by Roman aka jar

Good Morning Jungle Painters,

we like to share ideas, thoughts and painting processes and it is not to wonder that we are able to present you another step by step article. I am catching up with some figures I painted back in 2016 and prepared articles for. Always remember Massive Voodoo is offering these for free and they do take time and effort to land in MV'S unique and huge selection of free tutorials and articles.
So if you like what you can find on MV consider the following - thanks for your support!

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"Now listen up worm,
you think you can get in this club?
Told ya a strict no, so do not mess with me. I've seen snails with a stronger spine than yours. Shut the front door and move off."
                                                                                                                                - Vizar, the bouncer

This article is about
a future bouncer - at least in my vision - when I did the box art comission for Spawning Pool Studios last year. Read more about it here.

Vizar is currently out of stock on Spawning Pool Studios webshop, but let's pray that he comes back.

Vizar here is a great model and I enjoyed every second working on him. If you read on you will find me talking about the following aspects in this step by step:

  • project plan/vision/basework/priming/basic colors
  • workflow/painting process/paintint red
  • including two object source lights while painting zenital light

I hope you enjoy!

project plan/vision/basework
Allrighty - I'll be back in a second to continue writing - need a fresh coffee first.
Allrighty again. This model took me about 30 hours to paint, including basework, prep and priming. The article that you can read here took me about 8 hours overall, including photo edit, sorting photos, writing my thoughts on the project.


This was rather simple, but constructed to be effectfull for my OSL from below. My vision for Vizar here was a as a bouncer on a spacy scifi space port, filled with all the scum the universe has to offer and he is toughest. I wanted to create an old school Shadowrun feel to it.

basework/priming/basic colors
I wanted to create this one a very small squared plinth to limit my space for telling the story. I could have gone with a wall and a door to the club and so much more, but I wanted to still have the model in focus for a box art and it is always good to challenge oneself.

Material I used were mainly plasticcard elements that I cut into the shape I need them too and and some small six-cornered-bricks for building small six-cornered-brick-towers that are meant to be energy suspenders for the lights on the ground. Yeah. Whatever.

Primed him black, combined with white from the top.

As I work my way from rough and sketchy to clean and sharp I started dirty and fast to understand my vision. Placed basecolors slippy sloppy to understand what I am aiming for. I can not give you precise color recipes - again - on this one as everything I needed was mixed by using primaries plus black and white. All basic colors that were placed recieved a touch of blue to tie them together in my ambience plan.

workflow/painting process
I decided for some more colors and went totally cameo style here.
Painting red can be a pain in the stomach, but here is a little tip: Start dark and strongly desaturated. You can desaturate your red with the use of black or a dark blue or a dark green. In this case I went for black and a tiny drop of blue to match my basic colors.

Regaining control over dirty areas by repainting them with more color. Repainting the blacks (still a tiny drop of blue inside) and while doing so also grabbing his hair and super future glasses with the black color. More definition of different thhings on the model.

Already looking forward to paint the reds. You can already see a difference between saturation while I placed the basic colors. One side is meant to be darker than the other but it is not shadows what is happening here, it is saturation.

Took a photo of this stage with the big camera, where the colds were more visibile.

Time for stage two after my initial sketch. Painting on. Painting highlights on the blacks, very bright as you can see, they might not look like blacks anymore, but I know I can tint them down later on again if need be. More highlights on the skin to define volumes and shape. Still very pinkish, but the magenta and purple in my basic color creates this when adding white. Painting my highlights under the guide of zenital light.

Another light source comes in. First OSL.
Painting a quick sketch on my colors for the base and definining things in sketchy way. Painted the light panels pure and opaque white first to recieve the most effective glow powers in the end.

Already slapping color here and there where I see the OSL take hold of the model and while giving the magentas on the base a small highlight I also did this to the areas of his boots that were lid from below, mainly on the lower edges to understand what I am aiming for on this.

Did a photo in the photobox again on this stage to see properly what I have done here. Not as rough as my basic sketch, my vision gets clearer. Everything I can not handle at the moment due it is not important right now - for example, his patches, glasses, gun - does not recieve any attention and is just painted black.

Next stage made me increase highlights in all areas. Pushing brighter and brighter and smaller and smaller, but always checking back how zenithal light will hit a certain shape. The overall shape of the large one first, then the smaller ones included in that shape. The thoughts behind placing these highlights bigger or smaller come from my studies of different materials. On how they reflect light. Check back with photos of clothes, skin, metal, whatever or the real thing. Mainly worked on the black clothes and skintone.

Did touch the reds with a stronger saturated red first and then small reflexion dots. For these I have added a cold off white to my last used red mix. The gun recived a basic sketch of green and blue  and metal parts were painted in a dark metal color. Metall pigment color + black is the key here.

Vizar recieved more attention to detail in the next stage. I cleaned up rough color transitions that I wanted to see smoother. I increased tiny little details all of the place. Edge highlights, bringing in the second OSL from the gun but not as strong as there should only be a small reflection on areas sorrounding the gun. Painted white on top of the magenta LED bars on the bottom.

A photo from the work in progress cabinet to check back if the magento glow is slowly working. It is important to see your project not only under daylight while working at it also try to check back with it in different light situations, for example daylight, big roomlight, etc.

Checking back on it under my daylight table. The white I have added is important to give a stronger OSL effect coming from this light source, later on when glazed again with magenta flouroscent color by Vallejo.

Sometimes during projects I have to set up my wet palette for fresh new start on things and mind. Ready for a start in happy painting.

I was about closing into details on Vizar now. A fresh wet palette can help on this as it sharpens the brain and brush to what you really need now.

I mainly went for retouching the lower OSL now, how it will influance the lower part of the figure and base. Added some minor tweaks here and there on ... well everything. I am listening to inner voice that tells me if I miss something like a highlight here and there or if I should calm something down. As soon as this voice wents silent I am close to abandon the project.

Mainly going back with magenta glazes to bring back the glow and its intensity from below.

Again some white on it, smaller now.

Glazed with flourescent magenta again. Retouched lower figure area with strong edge highlight reflections.

It was about time that the voice went silent. 
And I abandoned the project after doing still some minor tweaks here and there. I was really happy about the outcome and the vision that I was able to catch with my version of "Vizar", the bouncer. Hope  you like him too:

You can include several light sources like zenital light and several OSL influances in one model, but it is a thin line you walk there as these things can also be confusing to the viewers eye. I decided to go for a normal zenital light on the model first to make it understandable and readable easily. Then I decided for a strong OSL from below as this is something the viewers eyes can read easily again if the light source is located on the base. The small green shine of the weapons energy is not as strong as the one from below and therefor only a small area was used. It is also easy to read as the osl source is located on the model. I decided to not add another light source from not on the base itself. With all the saturated colors in the middle I might destroy the color harmony and readability for the viewers eye.

Keep on happy painting!

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Splash! Splash! News!

by Roman aka jar

Aloa Jungle,


From the start. As some of you might have recognized I was quite busy with several things the last weeks. I was planning blogposts ahead and wrote them to appear while I was travelling. Just to not see our jungle dwellers getting bored somehow.

Well I was also very busy with plans and projects since my first art exhibition earlier this year.
This event lead too many new ideas in my brain that are soon able to see sunlight. One idea that was already shown is Fehur, the Treeman.

Printed Miniature Art

One idea out of it were my miniature art postcards,
another one is a fine artprint by one of my favourite projects called
"the Nightwatch".

This project does mean a lot to me. You can find a full step by step on it here on Massive Voodoo. The original is now at a collector's home and I am really happy to know that is in good hands.

I got asked by a good friend of mine, Manuel who asked me for an artprint of this project on demand. The idea and how it turned out was just beautiful and we both agreed on that this does make a hobby room something special:

Manuel's workspace with framed miniatureart artprint of the Nightwatch
Of course signed and as limited, numbered.

I showed this to some friends and had to order another small amount of numbers.

I decided to limit the number of these prints to 75, overall. So far 7 already are in their new homes without announcing it. Cool, thank you very much! One was auctioned via Nova Open Charity Foundation. Another one can be won via a raffle in the actual MV Competition. All you got to do is take part.

Product details - this ain't no poster:
Size: Motive 40 x 40 cm, Final size: 46 x 46 cm
Limitation: 7/75 (15 are printed, we print on demand, shipping time can be up to two weeks)

Get yours online!
Or check back with Mr's Lee's booths
on Euro Militaire Show or Scale Model Challenge.

Printed on handmade Hahnemühle William Turner 310 g/m² paper this limited print of 75 pieces shows Roman Lappat’s project called “the Nightwatch” in high end quality. A beautiful piece with a matte look for your hobby cave or even your living room. Miniature Art for your wall, not framed. Each print will be signed by Roman Lappat and numbered.

This idea of mine will be distributed by Mr. Lee's Minis.

If you want to get yours, check their store not only for high quality artprints.

Still? Splash?
Ogre Maneater, sculpt by Roman Lappat, painted by Kirill Kanaev
(thx Kirill for letting me use these)

"The townsfolk of Riverside used to tell the fairy tales about Ogres from the hills to their children to frightened them and make them listen. One day the Ogres came down from the hills and now there is no townsfolk anymore, Riverside burnt to the ground and all children eaten. An ogre raid is no joke."

Well yeah, got more to say on these things I was working on. You might remember my Ogre bust that I once sculpted? It now is available via Mr. Lee's Minis too.

If you are interested in a full step by step article on how I sculpted this Ogre check the magical link you just might have skipped.

So far from the splash news!
Keep on happy painting! 


by Roman aka jar

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Mu 99- Fehur, the Treeman

by Massive Voodoo

Aloa Jungle people, 
today it is time for another review on MV. 

This is review #99

If you are interested in getting to know more products we regularly use, check the overview on the Miniatures/Material Unpacked, in short MU.

Today we will have a look on "Fehur, the Treeman" published by Mr Lee´s Minis (concept by Roman Lappat, sculpt by Romain van den Bogeart).

Some of you have already seen this bust on the internet, painted by Roman.
just got his hands on one of this beautiful kits. Let´s hear what he has to say about the walking tree.

Peter: I had the chance to get my hands on one of this beautiful kits before the official publication. Roman asked me to do an honest review here on the blog and I will be happy to do so.

Many of you might have already seen the boxart, done by Roman. I was lucky to follow his steps on the bust while visting him in the studio. I realized, how much power Fehur incorporated. There are no weapons, no big unrealistic boobies, no armour, not science... in short: nothing typical from the world of miniature painting... just a simple smile and a peaceful appearance. In addition, the animals and especially the bark would be a very interesting experience to paint. I was looking foreward to a peaceful and challenging paintjob.

This bust is now leaving pre-order phase and is now officially available for order at Mr Lee's Minis or via email to mrleesminis(at)gmail(dot)com or ready to be picked up at a show with Mr Lee's Minis booth. For example this upcoming weekend at Euro Militaire or Scale Model Challenge soon.

Now, let´s have a look at the parts you get:

The kit consists of 8 parts:
  • body
  • 2 owls
  • 5 small limbs
The kit´s first appearance is pretty good.
There are no airbubbles or damages from the casting process. A bit of cleaning will be necessary, but this seems not to be a big issue.

Let´s have a look at the main part, the body:

Oh, he is smiling... I really like him already. The squirrel on his shoulder supports his peaceful look. The cast itself looks very good as there are no mouldlines visible.

His sides are covered with tiny details and there is so much potential to be harvested with the brush. Little work with a blade or sanding paper has to be done.

On the back and his right side are small mouldlines, but nothing which should bother an experienced painter. Ten minutes of cleaning at maximum.

The fixpoints for the limbs look clean and there shouldn´t be any bigger problems to glue them on place. Perhaps a bit of gap-filling will be necessary, but this could also be achieved with thick super glue.

A look at the two owls:

The owls are an interesting detail. They don´t seem to fit any specific race. It´s more like Romain was inspired by a number of different scources and tried to find a compromise, in order to give the painter as much room for interpretation as possible. Nevertheless, the quality of the sculpt is awesome and the cast has no flaws.

There is one point for concern.
The drains for the resin were positioned at the end of the tiny tail feathers. When removing the spare resin, you have to be very careful not to break the feathers. I suggest a thin resin saw.

A look at some small parts, the limbs:

Fehur has five small limps which are separated from the main body and have to be glued. As you can see on the picture, there is a bit of cleaning work to be done. Due to the casting process, it´s always hard to prevent any moldlines from appearing. 

Final look:
Unfortunatly, I forgot to take a picture after assembling the bust. But here is a picture just right before I primed my version (with a bit of additional details).


Fehur, the Treeman is a very interesting and unique bust. The look, the peaceful appearance, the challenging structures and volumes... this is surely not a bust for beginners and needs a good preparation in oder to not lose yourself in the sculpt. It´s also not a bust to show off your super smooth blending-techniques. No, this bust is made for having fun with color. Fehur is already on my table and after getting used to this new concept, I really enjoy the hours with him very much. In my opinion, it´s one of those busts you will always remember for the freedom it offers and the challenges you met on the road towards the final brushstroke.

Scale: 1/12 (~100mm)
Price: 35 GBP + shipping
Order: via Mr Lee's Minis!
or via email to mrleesminis(at)gmail(dot)com

I hope, you enjoyed this review and we will be back with more, soon :)

Best regards,