Review: MV's Jar's Beginners Class in Hamburg, Germany

by Roman aka jar


"Thank You for everything you have done for me during this workshop. I totally changed the way I think about painting and i will not forget this experience. really great time and I am surprised and satisfied from how well I manage to do my project. this moment with the base when we have put this paint on it and...beautiful black and white base...and started PAINTING just changed the setting in my mind. I like your approach. You helped me a lot.

It was nice to see you in person and talk about your miniatures. I was carrying kind of your work with my all the time during my small journey trough miniature painting world and it was some role model which I have been chasing in my passion."

- Jacek

My second home - beside Augsburg - when it comes to teaching miniature painting classes.
And friends. I have so many good ones up in the north and I am happy to know so many nice people there. This makes it feel like home.

This review will be different as this class in Hamburg was some kind of different for me.

First of all I want to thank everyone of my students
 in this class for their will to support me and learn from me. I appreciate this and I am happy that there is still much for you to learn, even for those who have taken this class several times now. I want to thank those who travelled far for this class and overall I want to give my gratitude to all of you for making this weekend what it was: beautiful.

As you have realized it has taken me a while to sit down and write this review.
For me as a teacher and person this Hamburg class was a really interesting experience.
Let me tell you. I arrived not in the best condition, I felt that I am a little exhausted from lots of travels and crazy painting adventures in 2016, but sadly for me this hit me in the face when the class started. No energies, no fun in painting, no fun in teaching, just wanted to go home and cuddle with my cats.
I know that no one of you realized this - only the friends I told. Well I am a professional and frankly the energy of my students and the fun, their experiences and their results kept me going. Telling you this might look unprofessional though, but well I was born honest to myself and others.

Getting ready to jump the train to Hamburg. This is basic equipment I carry when going out to teach a painting seminar like MV's Jar's Beginners Class.

... but frankly my bags are not important at all. 
The content of these are important as this helps me to inspire my students to achieve wonderful results. Sometimes even on their first try, this student never painted a miniature before:

This is a first time ever miniature and base which made me really proud as a teacher.
The student ... well, she is supertalented, if I compare it to my own first miniature.
I told her this and she was like: "Yes, but you explain so well and everything makes sense!"

Thank you!
Such moments helped me get through a weird weekend.
Seeing the reason behind what I do, why I teach this beautiful passion, why I try to infect new people to miniature painting. Why I invest everything I am and can be into it. Why I am feeling low energy sometimes. Why I love my job.

Some more results from the weekend.
Sadly I was not able to take photos of them all as Sunday went quiet hectic in the end.


"Hey Roman,
danke nochmal für den super Workshop. Mich hat er super weiter gebracht und es war wieder schön in deinen Geist eintauchen zu dürfen.
Da ich einen Vergleich von vor fünf Jahren habe (Hannover), möchte ich dich loben, wie dein Workshop sich weiter entwickelt hat. Auch die Entscheidungen welche Inhalte du verwendest möchte ich loben. Er ist dadurch sehr Einsteigerfreundlich bietet aber auch erfahreren Malern viele Möglichkeiten sich aus zu toben und lernen. Anbei meine Fotos der erste Teil. Ich schicke noch vier. Ich hoffe sie gefallen :D
Ich freue mich auf den nächsten Workshop mit dir und wünsche dir bis dahin eine gute Zeit.
Mit den besten Grüßen aus Kassel
der (nicht mehr einarmige )

- Ma(L)rius"


Thanks to Marius for additional photos to this review and this powerful photo of the great colors and material, light and shadow situations:

Big thanks to Heiko and the WU Dao Kung Fu School, once again.
It is always a pleasure to return to this temple of good spirit and happy Kung Fu. It fills my heart with joy, even in not so good moments. Thank you for accepting me and my workshops as a part of the Wu Dao.

Many thanks to Michelle for being who he is.

I am not getting tired of saying many thanks to the supporters of this class:

Well, I do not want to make this review unprofessionally personal, speaking about my strange mood all the time, but it is what it is. I am exhausted these days, no full batteries after working my asss literally off in 2016. I feel guilt, not to continue like this, but things have to change. Guilt to everyone who supports me ever since and also to the ones who supported me during the last year. I feel guilt in "I have to write a tutorial soon" or "I should paint a miniature again and speak about my process like so many others do in the internet, constant." ... well, I have to stop feeling guilt as this makes me sick.

What I learned 
from teaching a happy painting class in a sad mood: I call myself professional from now on as not many of my students caught a glimpse on my emotional rollercoster. Cool. I already knew during the class that I got to take off from work somehow to restart way more calmer and relaxd. I do this right now. No guilt.


"I am now a year in the hobby, Roman Lappat and the team of Massive voodoo have already done a

great job for me as a beginner with their blog since I am going to introduce everything about Citadel painting guide going out there. I had some respect for the artist when I came to the workshop, but this was completely unfounded, the teacher and man Roman Lappat has turned out to be a very pleasant contemporary. 

Each question was answered without problems I had not the feeling of clumsy students, but my strengths were extracted from me. The lessons were simply very well structured, of theory, color, light. There was really something about different techniques. And what was the most beautiful thing was brought with humor and fun. My girlfriend has built, based, painted all her first figure at the workshop. And she made it absolutely great. That's what faith holds most for the lesson.
I'm certainly not the last time there, rather spend money on a workshop than one hundred gray minis in the closet. Figures get a soul with a color and a novel shows you how to bring your soul into the figures in its own way."

- Marcel

Let's see some more results. 
Famous Demo-nettes. Sometimes I think about don't liking them anymore. At least I have seen and painted so many that I will maybe never touch this kind of model again. Period. As soon as I see my students results I know why they are important for my Beginners Class. Freedom in color choices. A new horizon. Also an OSL study of a class repeater.

Left: This workshop. Right: two years ago.

the true Lion (or tiny ewok, if you dress him the right way, give him a spear and a neck chain with a human tooth and make him stand up right) in the Wu Dao enjoying painting kung fu too, but only with well choosen subjects:

 Some more impressions of the weekend. 

Thanks to the Pigment Pirates. 
It was cool meeting some of you again and also get to know the new faces.

Keep on happy painting!
Well, the only thing I can say now is: Thank you all for a weekend to remember.
This weekend had a lot of impact on me. Mainly, because I learned again why I do what I do. For you. My students and I am thankful of recieving back, when I see how you all focus your energies on one small thing and suceed.

Let's continue and face your fear of paint!
There is no reason to feel it.

Best Wishes,


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