Review: Private Coaching with Matthias

by Roman aka jar

"Many of these insights and impressions are only slowly sinking now and I often catch myself with a smile and think to myself: "Roman, you old fox!" 

- Matthias


It feels good to be able to teach again ...
man, I missed it.

My heart beats for in person teaching and helping my students forward on their personal painting journey. This means I am not throwing content in front of my student, they rather have to tell me what they want to improve and learn and I build up a didactic teaching frame around their goal. I love it!

I was happy to welcome Matthias for a two day private coaching in the new studio and we enjoyed to glorious days of painting joy ... Thank you, Matthias for joining your course and for your trust in my teaching skills!

Matthias wanted to push his gaming miniatures further. So far, we did not meet. Matthias did not take a lesson or workshop from me yet and I thaught him a careful mix from my beginner-, advanced- and basing workshop ... he did great!

Review: Private Coaching with Matthias

This is what Matthias has to say about the two day coaching session:

Review? Phew ?! Where do you start and where do you stop?

Somehow the right question for 2 wonderful days and my previous way of painting figures.

For a long time I've been thinking about taking a course with Roman. But then always asking me the questions, is it worth it for me, does the brush master even do coaching with paint splatters like me or should I wait until maybe another beginners course takes place? Accordingly, the start-up and the brooding were long until I dared.

Similar to my previous approach to miniatures, which I mainly paint to play and often fail or even start for the same reasons. Too many identical miniatures, used too long, pondered too long, how should I paint them now, which color scheme fits there, etc.

Accordingly, I went into this private coaching with great anticipation and skepticism.

To be honest, I'm not sure what I liked the most or why I am so excited about these 2 days.

Certainly the high-quality and understandably packaged theoretical and practical part was very good and brought me further, but it was probably more the things between the lines that inspired me so much and showed me a new approach and perspective on painting.

Right from the start, Roman picked me up where I was and made me feel welcome. He then guided me through these 2 days with encouraging words, a little nudge if necessary and, above all, with a lot of patience. Similar to a trip, I was able to experience a lot of new things, some familiar things in a new light and some completely unexpected things. Many of these insights and impressions are only slowly sinking now and I often catch myself with a smile and think to myself: "Roman, you old fox!"

So at this point, thank you very much again for 2 wonderful days of vacation, which for me have passed much too quickly.

This is what Matthias says about these
two days of private coaching (german):

"Review? Puh?! Wo anfangen und wo aufhören?

Irgendwie die passende Frage für 2 wunderbare Tage und meine bisherige Art Figuren zu bemalen.

Seit längerem habe ich schon überlegt ob ich einen Kurs bei Roman machen sollte. Mir aber dann doch immer die Fragen gestellt lohnt sich des überhaupt bei mir, macht der Pinselmeister überhaupt Coachings mit solchen Farbklecksern wie mir oder sollte ich lieber warten bis vielleicht mal wieder ein Anfängerkurs stattfindet? Dementsprechend lange war der Anlauf und die Grübelei bis ich mich getraut habe.

Ähnlich wie meine bisherige Herangehensweise an Miniaturen, die ich vornehmlich zum Spielen bemale und dabei oft aus den gleichen Gründen nicht fertig bringe oder gar beginne. Zu viele gleiche Miniaturen, zu lange gebraucht, zu lange überlegt wie soll ich die jetzt anmalen, welches Farbschema passt jetzt da usw.

Dementsprechend gespannt und skeptisch bin ich in dieses Private Coaching gegangen.

Um ehrlich zu sein ich bin mir gar nicht sicher was mir am meisten gefallen hat oder warum ich so begeistert von diesen 2 Tagen bin.

Mit Sicherheit war der qualitativ hochwertige und verständlich verpackte Theorie- und Praxisteil sehr gut und hat mich weitergebracht, doch vermutlich waren es vielmehr die Dinge zwischen den Zeilen die mich so begeistert und mir eine neue Herangehensweise und Sicht auf das Malen gezeigt haben.

Von Beginn an hat Roman mich da abgeholt wo ich war und mir das Gefühl gegeben dass ich willkommen bin.  Durch diese 2 Tage hat er mich dann mit ermutigenden Worten, einem kleinen Schubser wenn notwendig und vor allem mit viel Geduld geführt. Ähnlich wie auf einer Reise hab ich viel Neues, manches Bekannte in neuem Licht und einiges völlig Unerwartetes erfahren dürfen. Viele dieser Erkenntnisse und Eindrücke sacken jetzt erst nach und nach und ich erwisch mich öfters mit einem Lächeln und denk mir: „Roman, Du alter Fuchs!“

Deswegen an dieser Stelle nochmals vielen vielen Dank für 2 wunderbare Tage Urlaub, die für mich gefühlt viel zu schnell vergangen sind."

Keep on happy painting!

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Project diary: 1177 B.C. - 02

by David

Hey all,

welcome back to my project diary. If you're wondering what this is, please check the announcement post, in which I explain the motivation and general goals of the diary. At the bottom of that post, you will find a link to all parts of this series (constantly updated as soon as new articles are published).

Today, I want to talk a bit about the general concept for the base. This will be relatively brief, sketching some ideas and explaining central ideas in a few words. If you want to dive deep into the principles and practice of base design, I cannot but recommend you take a look into Marijn van Gil's book "Dioramas FAQ 1.3", which I reviewed here in the Massive Voodoo jungle not too long ago.

The cover of Marijn's book

But back to the project. For me, the base is usually the most important aspect for my projects. The base literally provides the foundation for the miniature, it sets the scene, provides much of the athmosphere, and thus shoulders a huge part of telling the story! Consequently, I usually know exactly in which environment I want to portray a miniature, and it is a rare project where I did not have a very clear idea about the base and scenery even before I started on the mini. Ideally, I would like the base to be able to have an effect on its own, being interesting to look at and giving a tiny window into the world pictured in the project scene even without the miniature.

A couple of examples, ...
... in which I tried to make...
... the base tell most of the story.

Keeping this in mind, what should the base for my Bronze Age warrior look like? As noted in the previous entry I want to protray him just having arrived at the beach. So, I envision a beach scene with sand and a little bit of some kind of water effect. Of course, before I start working on the base, I need to consider the space I will have for the scene. I put my single 1/72 minis almost exclusively on simple wooden plinths (later painted black) with a surface area of 2x2 cm, and a height of about 4 cm. So, I need the beach scene to fit on a 2x2 cm area. To see how that could look like, I first did a few impressions of how the mini would look on that naked plinth:

Testing the angles...
... this is probably how the figure will end up.

Then, I drafted the beach scene on a sheet of paper, posing the mini on it to get an idea how that would look like. You can see that I defined the front side of the mini (which will be the main perspective the final project will be viewed), the rough angle of direction which I think the mini should face (labeled "view"), and a few lines on what will later be the beach, indicating where I wanted to have a bit of "deep" water effect and some wave ripples on the sand.

A few quick sketched lines...
... and with the mini on top. In the end, the waves will be less parallel to each other and to the mini's stance.

Once that was done, I had a pretty good impression of the overall design and composition of the base and based on that sketch, I can work on the base. This will include two steps: one before I start painting the mini, the second at the end, when the mini is basically done.

Thanks for reading. The next installment of the project diary will cover preparation of the mini.

As always, let me know, in the comments, if you have questions. See you in a bit!

Best, D.

FM: Cursed City Skeletons, Games Workshop

by Roman aka jar

Hey Jungle,

time to catch up with some painted miniatures.
Damn, these Cursed City models are just too cool and I enjoyed giving some skeletons of the Ulfenwatch my personal touch. I used these techniques to create the moss on these models:

Cursed City - Ulfenwatch
Games Workshop, 28 mm

Two of these models are already in private collection.
One is still up for sale.
Feel invited to check back with my PDF cataloge via


So far,
Keep on happy painting!

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