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by Massive Voodoo

Good Morning Jungle,

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Also you will find  all recent beginner class reviews, miniatures unpacked, tutorials and step by steps and private coaching reviews linked up in their corner of the massive painting jungle. 
More coming soon!

Well, there is still the issue with some photos missing in a small number of articles in our tutorial section. Roman is on it, but beside all the regular work and things he has to handle this takes time. Some are already done, others will follow. We are asking for your patience.

Right now it is quite silent when it comes to new class announcements, but this will change in the middle of september. Roman will hold several different classes from his wide variety of seminar offers in german language and english language in his hometown Augsburg, Germany. Still some plans have to be made about the venue and this will be done in early September.  Classes are planned to start in November or December and 2018 of course too. Stay tuned!

Next week Roman is diving deep into his final week of preparations for the great show that will be the NOVA OPEN 2017 in Washington D.C. Beside helping to judge the Capital Palette he has a wide range of seminars ready to knock your painting knowledge and skills in place. See you there!

This means Roman is not really available all around for the next two weeks as preps and travelling will have a tight grip on his time schedule. Just to let you know if you are reaching out to him.

So far, thank you all and keep on happy painting!

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Sun Wukong, the Monkey King

by Roman aka jar

Hey Jungle,

got another hot drop from my painting table.
Another comission I recently finished, a figure by the very cool company Limbo Miniatures and sculpted by Joaquin Palacios. Compared to his usual sculpts he does for Black Sun Miniatures, this one is a rather small guy. 28 mm for the figure itself, sitting, definatly small and supercool.

I had the pleasure to paint him up and created a base for him that made my bells ring in alarm once again when it comes to too big basework, but in the end everything turned out to be exactly my vision for this project. Heavily influanced by this book.

Sun Wukong, the Monkey King
Limbo Miniatures, 28 mm

If you want to see more photos of this project,
check it out on Putty&Paint. I took quite the amount of photos on this project and the future will definatly see a step by step on it.
Stay tuned!

This figure is not sale.
Comission work.

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes
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Lord of the Jungle

by Roman aka jar

Hello Jungle,

nothing more to say than this.
maybe a little more than just a roar or a half naked guy yelling through the jungle.

I am  pretty happy and proud to have this project finished.
Most of the time I hated it while I worked at it, because the base idea went just out of control. While building was fun, painting was hell. A green hell. Through many big and small projects with different motivation curves I learned to paint in both worlds. In the dark pit, when you feel not motivated and energized and in the bright powerful energized moments. It's a slippery walk between those two.

This is a comission work I did for a good friend for his private collection. I said, I will accept the comission if I am free to do whatever I like. This can be great on one hand, on the other when your brain explodes into a superlarge jungle base for a 75 mm figure and tons of animals it can be a trap.
It just  went out of control and I lost track and motivation on my plans.

The figures used for this project are mainly from the kickstarter called "Legends of the Jungle", by Oliver Posvek and sculptor Hector Moran, that I supported with a full step by step PDF write up of this project. Part one of concepting the vision, base building and conversion  is already written and I am in the middle of finishing part two, painting such a beast and adding tons of little detail love. So far the PDF goes out to all backers of the kickstarter. Maybe it will be available later on too. I keep you informed.

With this base idea I created a supertall and thin base that shall represent the might of the jungle as a a green wall. The Lord of the Jungle in the thick of it. With plenty of friends and buddies. To see it in full, please check back with this blurry photo from my mobile:

Lord of the Jungle
Legends of the Jungle, Mixed Media, 75 mm

It was hard to take a full photo, even in the superlarge studio photo box.
I even sculpted a beard and penis and testicles to the Lord of the Jungle. Why?
Well I speak about this and explain it in the PDF step by step.

A tutorial about creating jungle ambience can be found in Massive Voodoo's tutorial section.

If you want to see more photos of this project, feel invited to visit it on Putty&Paint.

This project is not for sale. Comission work. In private collection.
Keep on happy painting!

PS: What I have learned on building too big bases: click!
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Tip of Today

by Josua Lai

Happy Accidents

Sometimes things are not going the way we want them to. Accidents are a normal thing in every day life and also in your hobby journey. I am not talking about accidents that you can avoid, rather the ones you can`t avoid.  And how to deal with them.

Let me explain what I mean while I tell you the story of the base i created as a special mega prize for the MV Challenge 2017.

I started with a clear vision in my mind.
A snow and Ice covered river is wanted in the end . Here is a WIP photo:

 Pretty "COOL" eh?

Everything looked like my plan would work out really well... till I poured my resin... Somehow the hardener part of my resin product got contaminated by something and the resin changed its color to a slightly more yellowish color than clear. As i mixed in a cold green color i didn't recognise it till the resin was poured in my base. The yellow reacted with the blue and turned my snow scene into a warm more Caribbean like scene.  

What to do now? First i was frustrated. After a short time i decided to take the challenge and try to make something out of it. Long story short: I am pretty happy that little accident happened to me in the middle of my Project. Let little happy accidents like this not ruin your motivation and joy for a Project. Let them Challenge you! They are often a good way to learn and improve.

I would love to hear your happy little accident story.

Best wishes


SBS: Son of Khorne - Project Logfile

by Raffa aka Picster

Hey Jungle People,

I didn't post a lot recently, will I explain this? I guess not :P
Let's just look forward and learn lessons from the past, maybe look back at some old-school, less serious, jungle moments of MV and remember where we come from?
Cool projects and some words about the creation.

Starting today with a project I finished in 2017 for the Crystal Brush, and ... for sure, for myself!
On the Crystal Brush, it placed second in the large scale category.
Before diving into the creation of the project, let me show you the finished piece.


Project Log

I wanted to create a big scale, full sculpted project for quite a while now. With the idea of converting a bust into a full figure I started out with the Red Lion bust I sculpted a while ago - it was released at Fernando Ruiz Miniatures.

I thought about "expanding and enlarging" a bust to a full figure for quite a while and the Red Lion seemed perfect for this plan.

The first step was to build a dolly, measuring and planning how tall the final figure will be, measuring from the Red Lions body. That was a pretty annoying process, I found out quickly that some of the anatomic measurements of the bust were a bit off and that it made the final full figure look very strange.

I had to rearrange some elements to make it work and after a while, I had this mock-up.

I wasn't perfectly happy, but the basic idea was sketched out.

One part that took quite some was to make the resin part of the body removable. As the rest of the figure was sculpted with oven-baked clay - BeeS Putty Plastic Summer Xtra - I had to be able to remove the resin before baking.

Afterwards, I have to say, I think sculpting the figure as a whole new sculpt would have eventually saved me some time.

Another shot of the sculpting process. You can see the arm was moved to a new position and converted with a mix of Green Stuff and Magic Sculp - because I could not bake it ;)

A bit further in the process, slowly it's more and more complete. As you can see I deviated a bit from the first mock up. One axe is enough, even for a Son of Khorne :D
In his hand, he has the head of a fool.

On this photo, it is also very visible how many different materials were used.
Bees Putty, Green Stuff, Magic Sculpt, brass wire (shaped to rings using a round object), silver wire, brass chain, an old fishing hook I found at the beach, some resin parts of different other busts (shoulder is from Sha'un as are the horns, the head is from the original Red Lion bust), Brita water filter balls, copper wire, mouse bones.

On this photo, the lower body is baked and finished. You can see the two big brass rods coming out of the lower body. It's the dolly of the legs also working to separate the bakeable lower body from the upper body containing resin parts. It also made the painting part a lot easier on such a big figure (around 18cm overall height)

And the upper body, mostly resin parts mixed with Green Stuff and Magic Sculp

The axe also got the finishing touches. The axe blade was made from a Green Stuff/Magic Sculp mix.
This gives a really hard material that can be cut, sanded while still being flexible. Perfect for weapons and thin blades.

The handle is an aluminum rod with Bees Putty sculpted leather wrapping and connection to the blade.

The same principles were applied to the helmet. The basic shape was sculpted with Bees Putty, the blade on top of the helmet was done with the GS/MS mixture and the resin horns were added after baking the main parts and connected with Magic Sculp.

After all the parts were finished and prepared, everything was base coated black with Games Workshop spray and some touch ups were done using Vallejo Primer and my trusty Harder & Steenbeck Evolution 2in1 with a 0.4mm nozzle.

Next step was to apply a quick spray of "Black Metal" by Scalecolor.
Highlights were painted and sprayed with the brush and my Harder & Steenbeck Infinity airbrush using a 0,2mm nozzle. For the highlights, I used "Heavy Metal" by Scalecolor.
Shadows were painted and sprayed using "Neutral Grey" by Schmincke airbrush paints.

The next step took a lot of courage to pull off. I painted a transparent red over all of the metallic parts to give them a red metallic look. I was really unsure if it will look good. But having a very dull, desaturated, cold figure and "normal" metallics would have looked too boring in my opinion.

The effect works like on this diagram. The black base coat acts as a backdrop for the, often transparent, metallic paint. After highlights and shadows are painted on the metal, transparent red paint is applied evenly over the metallic paint. Most transparent paints work, I have used "Transparent Red" by Alclad II. Other options would be Crystal Red by MIG, Clear Red by Tamiya or maybe even Blood for the Blood God by GW.

As the transparent red paint always takes away some of the contrast I worked on bringing back those highlights and shadows. I also started painted all the other parts of the helmet.

You can see the new highlights that were painted using Speed Metal by Scalecolor.

That's how my workplace looked at that point. Still kind of clean and organized. That changed when the projects continued.

Red was applied to all armor parts, not all received the highlights and shadows as you can, for example, see very well on the arm armor part.

At that point, I also wanted to continue to other parts of the figure and not stick to the red metals for too long. It can help the eye a lot to understand the complete situation if you start applying color to other elements of the figure.

Here I started to paint the skin. You can see that I used a technique that looks a bit odd at first. I often use this technique when I don't have a lot of time and want to get quick results.
I have a very clear vision of highlights and shadows, so it is no problem to paint the areas very defined and smooth it out later. I would not call this a sketch as I had my goal clearly in mind and it is not a "concept" but just a step in the process.
I can't remember the paints I used as I write this a lot later. But from the photo, I guess it is Black Leather by Scalecolor and Sandalwood by Scalecolor mixed with something else ;)

You can also notice a little streak of highlights on the top of the chest.

This highlight step is continued on the rest of the skin. I also used one more step to smooth out the gradient between the layers.

More smoothing, just applying more steps and layers of blending tones.

The final step was smoothing it out using the airbrush. If you want to learn this, you have to visit a class or private coaching. It's a wee-bit hard to explain it just with words and photos ;)
At this point, I spent around 45 minutes on the skin parts.

I started sketching on the fur and also painted some other, non-metallic parts of the figure, like the leather sleeve and straps. On the fur, I used a wet-in-wet technique to quickly give the fur some highlights and shadows to create some depth and volume.

Some more progress on the skin by bringing in some more color variations. The leather straps also got some paint, slowly everything is getting tied together.
For the leather I used more paints by Scalecolor that I can't remember. But basically, it's just a lot of brown variations. I mixed what I felt would fit nicely into the surroundings ;)

A little test fits with the head. You can also see that the remaining metal parts were painted with a combination of Black/Heavy/Speed Metal by Scalecolor. The hanging horn also got more saturation and contrast.

At that point, I also had the feeling that the red metallic parts still look a bit flat and boring.
After thinking about possible solutions, I tried to add scratches and damaged parts by using Heavy Metal by Scalecolor. You can see the scratches, chips and dents on the helmet, shoulder and arm armor parts.

Just a different angle :)

The lower parts of the figure screamed for attention, so I started to paint the pants, leather straps, metal rings, fur parts and bones.

The hanging leather straps were painted in a dull, red leather look. I tried to make the edges look like they have seen a lot of fighting and gave them a weared look. More leather parts were painted and more contrast was added to the fur parts.

More contrast and depth was added to the big fur cloak on the back.

At that point, time was running through my fingers like water.
In the hurry, I took a lot fewer photos, but I can still say a thing or two about the process.
Uniting all the parts was the biggest joy at that point. To get a feeling for the final overall look was amazing.

Apart from that, the most obvious change here is the chain. It's just a small brass chain that you can buy for ship scale modeling. I thought quite a while about what was the best way to paint the chain.

Just painting it with black metal would have been an option, but then I needed to fixate the chain first. Anyone who ever tried to fixate such a long chain in place knows that using super glue works quite well, but on such a long chain it would definitely lead to problems and also take away some of the details. If you just paint a chain without fixating it, the paint would rub away from the metal-on-metal movement over time. So that was no option either.

After grinding my gears for a while I realized I could just blacken the chain using a liquid that is usually used for brass etched parts. I sanded the chain a bit to fasten the time it would take to make the brass chain black, but in the end, it worked out perfectly and leave me with a nice, black chain :)

Sometimes the smallest detail can be a challenge in such a huge project.

I decided to add some tattoos to his arm and chest. I just wanted to break up the big surface with some interesting shapes. You also notice the axe is finally painted.

Slowly, everything is coming to and end. The head was painted and glued in place. All that is missing are the final blood effects and the base.
Unfortunately I was in such a tight timeline, using up the last hours before my flight to build and paint the base, that I did not take any photos.

My painting table at the end of the project. A bit messier then in the beginning, but still looking ok compared to other projects in the past.

I really hope you enjoyed this little project log. I didn't call it a step by step as there are a couple of steps missing, especially the base and painting the different elements in detail.
But I hope you still got some inspiration for your next project out of this!

By the way, this project is for sale. So if you want to add a truly unique and one of a kind project to your collection, check out my Art Catalogue.

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