Bamboo Information Counter, WIP table and finished stuff

by Roman aka jar

posted by roman, jarhead, kong

Is there anything better to start a big post with the right music? Enjoy, it is a message to two persons who just should dance and be happy for a moment:

A big post with much to tell from my side. Where to start?

Let's start with the ULTIMATE PLASTIC KNIGHT Challenge and a little update to the steady growing Prize list.

A big thanks to the wonderful guys over at the painting blog "DieVincis" for supporting the contest with laying the corner stone for a new Surprise box, which will be given away as the 2nd Prize. It will content a lot of usuable hobby things for your joy.

 "DieVincis" did support this box with the following content, it will be filled up by myself and Raffa and i keep you updated about its growing - big thanks to the "DieVincis" again and also a big thanks to Big Panda V for the little birthday gift - awesome!!! :D

By the way check out their blog as the content is really cool and there is a lot of Happy Painting going on over there. It was meant to be a german language only blog but lately they start to post in german + english - a must look!

The big surprise box, containing "The Protector of Stalingrad" is also updated with stuff. Useful stuff we hope, more to come soon. Here is a little update.

Next is a little view on my actual WIP table - nothing special fency there, but soon Hon's exchange miniature - the blurry knight in front will be finished.

Next are some photos made by brilliant Palak.
She showed them over on facebook and as i know about her available time for the jungle i have asked her if i can show them here too. Great inspiration by mother nature - clicked by the skillful and talented Palak (i won't show you all as there are way to many, i try to show my favourites -  let me know in the comments that i should show you some more and i will do so soon):

Following the instructions at the bamboo Information counter signpost there follows a little talk about some finished miniatures. First there is a little "Jester" who was struck badly by destiny but still tries to spread the word about Happines around the dark alleys of Mortheim - it's an old sculpt for Mortheim which was given only to staff members or sth like this - hope you like him:

Mortheim Jester
Games Workshop, 28 mm

I also did finish another comissioned Hydra Flak Tank.
The army of the comissioner is a very funny thing as far as i know the army is recruited from several different battalion who have survived a galaxy wide defeat some weeks ago. This one is a special Hydra Flak Tank, who is not in best conditions but still serves and its gunner has become a legend of being too stubborn to die amongst the Tyranid Swarm Fleet.

Hydra Flak Tank
Games Workshop, Forgeworld Parts, 28 mm

Also the For Sale area did recieve a little update on painted miniatures for sale - you can check it here!
So far, enjoy your weekend and be nice to eachother!
I wish you a happy painting time!

Quote of today ...

by Roman aka jar

posted by roman, jarhead, kong

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him."

Sculpting workshop in Munich 9.9-11.9.2011

by Mati

posted by Mati/Badsmile/lil Orang Utan:

Hello dear friends of the jungle !

I would like to invite you to my next sculpting workshop in Munich. It will be held from the 9.9 to the 11.9.2011. And it is the weekend before the "Wiesen" so you won't miss that ;)

The location itself might be known to some of you, big Kong already made two painting workshops there and the people are very friendly.

There is space for 20 participants. If you are interested in taking part, just follow this link to the Bemalforum. More information on what you need can also be found there.

Cheers, see you there.


Milagros 2011 - slideshow

by Roman aka jar

posted by roman, jarhead, kong

Intrested in browsing some really nice models? - here are some photos of the Milagros 2011 / Spain:
Click for a beautiful gallery!

Finished Miniatures :)

by Roman aka jar

posted by roman, jarhead, kong

Aloa jungle visitor,

much to tell and so less time.
This is the actual state of the jungle and its inhabitants. Some news got to be shared:

  • For all our french readers: there is a big update to the article section at "Basing Material". Big THANKS to Francois in helping us with the translations - a deep kong fu bow to you :)
  • Painting JAM and questions by email: I got some serious mails dropped in lately, they are freezed already since some days and i want to do a painting jam with your questions answered but i can't and don't find the time these days, as August is getting really busy for the jungle crew as there is a lot to focus on for ourselves. Every weekend is busy in August. Ay, ay, ay- please accept my honest appologies for not being able to answer you and help you through your projects at the moment.
  • Games Day Germany: Raffa and myself will be there - Raffa is in the jury, Ben and Matt are there doing some excurses and i will hang around too and do a little conversion excurse with the one of the new Fantasy Mages, twice. This is my second visit to a Games Day and i am really looking forward to enjoy meeting everybody. My first visit was in the year 2004, as far as i can remember while I still was mainly playing Tabletop. This year I will enjoy the athmosphere and feel a little sad that i won't make it to participate in the contest.
  • You are waiting for a parcel from my direction? Please be a bit more patient, i wasn't able to do it all as quick as i wanted but it all will be on the road in the upcoming days.

Once in a while there are projects finished. These days are pretty nice in this matter. Finishing stuff as i got way too much different projects. Here comes a little overview.


First there is a little fun project.
It is a Red Box Games Troll

He lives in the swamp,
he collects, he eats, he sleeps,
While there is the typicall town folk far away from his swamp,
you can already smell the Troll when coming near the swamp,
all those flies, all these trophies, they are all his and he will defend them,
together with his friend, James the swamp turtle :)

Swamp Troll defending his lair
Red Box Games, 28 mm

You can have insight on how Idid his burned wood club in this article. This sculpt was a lot of fun to paint as it is sculpted with damn cool muscles and details. Always wanted to paint a Troll. He is also up to CMON - if you want to hit a vote there or leave a comment feel invited to do so here!

He is build up to a Warhammer Fantasy Gaming base and will be sold soon. This is information is not really important I know, but I tell you because you might like to use him as a Troll in your army as soon he is available. First I have planned him as an exchange miniature with Hon from China, but there will be something better for him soon :)


The fisherman by JMD in 54 mm is next - he was a quickly done birthday gift for the dad of my gf. I did him in about 2 days and totally failed at the 2k water :D - no water with hectic, never again - but i do promise this to myself over and over again and always encounter the such hectic mistakes ... Hope you like him - the Norway flag is up his cap because the birthday person is in Norway once or twice a year for - now guess what - fishing :)

JMD, 54 mm

He was a lot of fun to paint, even i did not had much time to invest. I really had my fun on his skin and he also appears in the Basic Oil Paint Video with explanations and some insight on how i did work at the skin. He is also fishing for compliments over on CMON but i know that the water effect sucks :D - fisherboy will be happy about a vote or a comment he told his parrot yesterday. Strangely i was doing him in such a hurry and now some days after the birthday I still got him here as we forget to take him with us twice the last week. Strange Days.


The next miniature comes also in 54 mm and is sculpted by mati aka BADSMILE. There will be a damn cool SciFi Range by mati sooner or later with some cool sculpts - maybe you have already seen the Alien painted by Raffa. The model i did paint up is a Cultist infested by an Alien worm, but i let mati tell you the story when the stars rise clear into the sky ...



Again i did paint up a Grey Knight Model for gaming. This is the model where i have used the Secret Weapon 40 mm Bone Field Beleveled Base for. He is not grey as you would expect from the typicall Grey Knight - in fact he is copper this time as i did like this selection of colours here:

Grey Knight
Games Workshop, 28 mm

He will be for Sale soon - i keep you informed about the "Miniature for Sale" area update. This copper knight is also up to CMON, if you like to vote or drop a line, feel free to do so here.


I also did paint up a Champion of the Emperor and a Blood Angel Terminator, pretty quick for gaming purposes, nothing special here but the sword of the Champion was a lot of fun.

Champion of the Emperor
Games Workshop, 28 mm

Blood Angel Terminator
Games Workshop Space Hulk, 28 mm


Another Red Box Games Miniature was painted too: High Lord Valerion the Gilded. Mostly painted in true Metallics and they are horibble to photograph - so sorry for the bad photos. This guy is really tiny and also up top cmon ...

High Lord Valerion the Gilded
Red Box Games, 28 mm


So far - i already can't wait to the next photo session we do at Raffa's as i already finished the tiny Mortheim Harlequin and a Hydra Flak tank. Something for your isnpiration - really love this video:

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes

Sculpting Rage and Finished Stuff!

by Raffa

posted by Raffa, Picster, Capuchin,...

Hey there!

Some days have passed since the last blog post and i sculpted like a mad man :)
As i will soon be self employed i decided to make a online shop for miniatures and miniature related stuff soon... here are some sculpts and wip :)

Brekk 'The Lion'


And some finished Miniatures :)

A fire mage from Red Box Games.
The model was very much fun to paint :)
The pillar is self made from a set that will be released in the shop :)
I used the snow form Secret Weapon, it's a bit grainy but the effect is very nice as you can see!

A commission work, a Forgeworld model with a little conversion painted as a Deathwatch marine.
The shells on the ground are from Secret Weapon and the Base is a plaster copy of a base i once made as a prototype.
I tried to paint a very small OSL effect from the claw, nothing too eye catching :)

And finally a Forgeworld Chaos Dwarf, a small gift for Edgar :)
It was a very fast paintjob but i hope he likes it anyway!

Uhhhhm, and now something not miniature related, a birthday gift for a very good friend.
Painted with water color and a little help from the airbrush :)

Hope you like some of the stuff!

Work in Progress

by Roman aka jar

posted by roman, jarhead, kong

Raffa is still sculpting like a insane genius, Peter is working on a cool mech-walker-thing and i got something on my workbench too like always - these days my workbench is really a mess and i like it :)

Sculptor at play ...

by Roman aka jar

posted by roman, jarhead, kong

Tutorial - Miniature Painting with Oil Colours / Beginner's Guide

by Roman aka jar

posted by Roman, Jarhead, kong


This time it's me again trying to tell and explain some of my lately made experiences with Oil Paint.
This topic is not easy to catch and i was collecting material for this article about the last 3~4 months. In the end i hope i can give some of you a helping hand with the words following.

Here comes a little overview that might guide you through the article as i tried to order my thoughts, only you in the end can tell if i achieved it:

1. Introduction

2. Material and Equipment
3. Basic Use of Oil Colours

4. Mixing / Oil Colours 
5. Glazing with Oil Colours

6. Final Thoughts + 17 Minutes video of further Explanation !!

Let's start right off - i just inform you that i will write this article day by day not at once. So my mood could change during the article from euphoric to melancolic as everyday has its moments. Also i want to let you know that Max the Maxican will bring up his oil experiences in form of an article up to the jungle too. Thanks for that Monkey bro'! Music if you like!

For a long time i did not use Oil colours for Miniature Painting, i never thought of it. 
I was happy with painting with my well known acrylics and somehow learnt by training and painting all the time how to use those and what to use them for. Oil was never really an option as i just heard rumors that it is a completly different method during the process of painting. I have to be honest, i never really liked painting Oil in the schools i have visited years ago, i was mainly painting with acrylics and was happy that i did not have to change something i like. You know how it is - walking in circle keeps the horizon far away.

But on the other hand I also consider myself as a person who is hungry to learn - without learning and exploring the world would be a very dark place or even darker. Imagine what the world would look like without fire the humans invented a thousand years ago, there would be no BBQ nowadays for example. So i started to try with Oil as i heard many things about it, but always failed to try. The Exploration group was also with the help of my friend Raffa, who learnt with me or I with him in exchange chats of our experience. I did start it from the heart with massive painting as this is the place where it all sleeps. I did not read much about it during the process of learning. I just did and did and listen to hints and tips from others and so far i have learnt that Oil is a beautiful medium to work with, it works damn fine on Miniatures and is the perfect match when combinated with acrylic painting. 

As my brain was collecting experiences during the last months and it is now time to write them down i want to excuse myself if there is maybe a problem with the "thought" i have and that it is not easy to understand, written down to words. From the soulswinging brush moment into the brain and from it pressed to words.

Please feel free to ask and ask and ask and if you this article could help you, please feel free to say thanks via the donation button.

When it comes to painting Oil there are several different things needed, some really must have. I will try to tell you now what you need, maybe in your country the brand is different or you won't get exactly the same product but in the end it will work out - i just can tell you what experiences i have won.

First, you don't need water to paint
If you are intrested in the deep explanation on how oil paint works please read here at Wikipidia.

For the use to thin Oil paint we are using so called white spirit, a non-smelling turpentine alternate. You can use Terpentine too but it smells like hell and you'll get high very fast and maybe very ill. I have heard rumors of some italian friend that you can also use pure essence of Petrolium to thin your Oil Paint. The white spirit we use is from the brand "Lukas" and can be bought in several different seized bottles. It is also the medium to clean your brush after painting with Oil. For a painting session we use it in small hard liquor plastic beakers, which are cheap and can be bought in every casual supermarket.

Always make sure you got your "Oil-Brush" when painting with oil. If you hit your Oil colours with water somehow for example a rest in the used acrylic brush you are not able to paint well. Chemicly water and oil are no good friends and I invite you to do a little testing at an unimportant piece of plastic to see what i mean.

Second, you will need Oil colours
I had my first contact with an Oil colour at Raffa's as he did buy his first row for testing. After this i bought my own. Here is a shot of my first row i did buy. Different brands and as i was mainly up to explore with painting skin, many skin tones.

After some weeks of testing my collection grew and is ever growing since then. There are so many different oil paints that i could go crazy, but i do it slow and easy as always. I lately bought a very cheap set of oil colours, in such a 1 Coin store and i did get 12 small tubes of "fine oil colours" for only 2.95 €. After testing i can say that i rather pay a bit more for my oil colours but have good quality products - i was not very please. You don't need to get much colours for a good start as Oil paint is great to mix.

Third, you need a glossy underground to mix it all up
You might recognize the photos beside the colours in the upper pictures, for sure in the last one because of the overall composition and motive. You will need a glossy underground to mix and thin your oil colours on. Raffa for example is usinf an old flag he found some days ago as palette. Before he was also used to mix it up to photos. A little tip if you use photos is to use some pictures that you might be inspired by - for me this always gives the moment of using a new one something magical. Just hit your underground with the paint you want to use, straight out of the tube.

Sometimes it can happen that your Oil colour spits out a big blob when bringing it to your palette. Try to take be careful. Sometimes it also happens that your oil colour spits out colour with a big amount of oil - you can see this on my palette too sometimes - it is the oily stuff that surrounds the colour. If you hit some of this by accident and paint upon your miniature your area will be very shiny for a long time. You can avoid shinyness when painting with Oil Paint by distract the Paint Pigments from the Oil. Just hit a paper with it and you can paint very matte without an oily film. Now wait a moment /about 5 Minutes) and the Oil will be sucked up by the paper. You can still use the colour pigments by using White Spirit.

You will for sure need brushes. I would recommand not using the best one you got for your first testings. I came out to need 2 brushes after a while one to put the colour where i want it with a good tip and one for the massage (more to this later on). I have also explored that a brush doesn't need to be a casual brush as i was working my way over some big tentacles with the use of a sponge from a blister (more to this later on). Bad photo following now, without the tip of the right brush - sorryio:

Fifth, additional equipment and summary
Oil colours need to dry over several days, when not influanced. You can fasten this process by using different methods, therefor you could need additional equipment. Also equipment will be listed that is just for your personal need, maybe.

- A furnace for baking the oil colour (more to this later on)
- A blow-dryer for fast and quick drying (will not be fixed, it's just for the moment, more to this later on)
- Airbrush
- Matte Varnish

- water
- tissues
- good music
- good mood
- bananas

Summed up, here comes the upper stuff again:

- White Spirit, Terpentine
- Oil Colours
- Brushes

I will now try to explain simple basics that you need to know when starting with oil colours, in fact how to use them and you will quickly smell where the difference is to Acrylic colours. First, Oil colours smell. They don't smell bad or good, they just smell, but please make your own impression of it.

As i told you i put my Oil colours on a glossy underground, mainly - there are some variations that i'll explain later on. Ok, all oil colours you need get applied to the photo or whatever you use. Here comes a great sketch on how i use Oil colours. Using the White Spirit first to make the brush wet - with this i now can mix up my oil paint on the photo. Using more White Spirit will thin the colour to glazes or work with thick colour (more to this later on). I would not recommand using Oil Paint unthinned, it is very sticky and not easy to handle, also it will leave your painted area very rough and the look very poor.

Most time, before i go at the model itself i hit a tissue to make most of the wetness dissapear out of the brush.

For mixing up i use an old brush, which whom i mix up my colours and do rough basic paintwork - you can see it in picture above. I can tell that my first steps with Oil really have been try and error. I've checked how to handle the colours and mainly i tried my experience start on bases or on some big areas, for example my first mostly chaotic go was at the Schell bust, on an airbrushed acrlyic bright basic with blue and brown oil paint. Take a look on my first try to see how an experiment can look like during the process - i did start with a very bright acrylic basic tone.

It might all look very wet, but as soon as the White Spirit dries it is getting matte again - so i was just out for hunting experience here and while working on the first steps, findind a concept it is not that important to do the cleanest work, this can be done later on. You have it much easier - in this article you may find tons of hints and tips that are waiting for you to try and learn from it. So up above it was only some testing around, with this playing around intensed in the next projects i found out the following intresting things you can use to fasten your oil experiences:

  • I prime as usual.
  • Acrylic Undercoat is important. Should be close to your main colour you will use for the area.
  • You can mix up oil colours on top of it. 
  • Oil colour needs 3~4 days to dry at room air. You can fasten the process by using a) a hair blow dryer first to make it all dry (not really but for the eye) followed by using the airbrush and a mix of matte varnish and water or b) put it in the oven for 30 ~60 minutes (no plastic, Resin at 50°, White Metal at 60°~90°). Make sure you go check in between to make sure nothing is wounderable to the heat. You now can paint again on the surfaces.
  • Make sure you don't use Acrylic on top of the Oil as it can break during the years. Put the fatty colour on top of it all to close the surface. The option a) with matte varnish seals it too so you can paint with acrylic on it.
  • You can mix up Oil colour easily in 2 ways. Bring it up to an area as you like, midtone, shadow colour and light colour  and then take a brush and mix it together wet in wet. Another way is using Oil colour as thicker dots, for example a shoulder where you want a light spot on it. Hit it with your light colour oil, take a dry old brush and genlte rub it in - it is hard to explain but when you do you'll see.
  • Oil Colour can be used as a glaze on a dry underground.
That might be the most important thoughts i got for the moment. You now will see yourself guided to some photos and explanations about the upper thoughts. To apply Oil colour you can use different methods and material - not always is a brush needed, here i went with a blister sponge, first i did hit the acrylic underground with some pure white oil colour:

Another example of hitting a spot with strong oil and gently rubbing it in, first photo are the berserk dots, second photo is the look you can achieve with soft gentle rubbing. You can set your colour much more easier and get a faster goal in colour transitions with oil colours - that is my oppinion that i got from painting with both, acrylic and oil:

With Oil Colours you really can say put it where you want it and rubb it in. You can do whatever you like and if it doesn't make you happy at all you still can use white spirit to bring it all down again.

Oil colour can be used as a glaze to do some weathering:

When glazing with Oil colours it helps me a lot to have a tissue where i make a little test of the glaze and its degree of dilution. What you see is what you get. Before i went at the figure with glazes i did use the blow dryer and airbrush method to make it all dry and ready to be glazed on as i did paint some oil at the skin  already:


Final Thoughts
As i have learned by planning such big article over time to collect experience to share i have to admit that this isn't easy. I came to the point where you should be introduced to the Use of Oil paint - this article is nothing more - just an introduction. It will grow by other upcoming articles and so on - but still the teacher soul inside my chest doesn't feel satisfied. For me it all sounds weird as i was sitting way too long in front of this article.

I have tried to summ it all up with a video. It is very big, around 17 minutes but it explains it a bit more in a more logical order, maybe. Sorry for the bad music, youtube free songs aren't the best when it comes to this video length. Enjoy in HD and make sure to read the article first or beside to get all the information that i am trying to tell ...


I am looking forward to your feedback and looking forward to the step by step of the Maxican where his explanations will for sure add big quality in understanding to this article here.
It is just paint, ok - Oil Paints smells and doesn't taste good (make sure you don't lick your brushes) - but in the end it is all paint and is made for happy painting.>

Best Wishes

Edit by Roman: If you are interested in painting more with Oil there is also Andrea's way available - both ways work, read, try and find your own :)