FM: Conan

by Roman aka jar

"What is good in life?"

"To paint minis, to see the grey plastic driven before you, to hear the praises of fellow hobbyists"

- acrylic_chemist

Hasslfree Miniatures, 28 mm

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Painted this cool figure by Hasslefree Miniatures up during my recent Advanced Workshop some weeks back. Mainly for explanation purposes and demonstration of the seminar content. Such a big fella!

Hope you like him!

For sale. 
If you want to make this unique version yours to collect my art and at the same time support me in my work, passion and life feel invited to check back with my miniature art PDF cataloge!
Thank you!

Keep on happy painting!

Workshop Roadmap 2019 - Update!

by Roman aka jar

Hey fellow painters,

already announced two weeks ago, the second half of 2019's workshop dates is online.
I am already updating the enrollment and answering questions via email.
Thank you for signing in!
I am pretty sure you will not regret it and learn a lot!


Reviews on Seminars
- get to know what is coming at you:

Beginner Workshops
Advanced Workshops

Special Seminars (OSL, Basing, Speedpainting, Material, etc.)


Want to learn a lot about basing composition
on the topic "After the postapocalypse, nature strikes back"? If so, grab the chance for this workshop in fall 2019. I will be teaching this topic for the last time. For 2020 there will be a fresh new topic on basing, still with the same guidance on composition rules of harmony.

Student results:

The classic.
My Beginner Workshop,

an Introduction into my ways of thinking while painting. A full package of knowledge brought to you on point to make you understand your very own journey!

Student results:

A very advanced workshop: The Material Masterclass.
Learn to understand how to tackle different materials and also learn how to study them with your eyes and extract their information from real life into figures.

Student result:

You got tons of gaming models, unpainted?
Then the Speedpainting Masterclass is for you. Learn to paint up cool looking gaming figures in only 15 minutes each with these techniques.

Student results:

OSL Masterclass.
Learn to paint additional light sources to your models without any fear ...

Student results:

You can find the roadmap linked up
to the right navigation bar of Massive Voodoo :)

I am already planning private coaching sessions with several students around these seminar dates. If you are interested in having a one and one coaching with me, just write me an email!

Keep on happy painting and see you on your workshop of choice!

FM: Wise Woman

by Roman aka jar

"When humans participate in ceremony, they enter a sacred space.

Everything outside of that space shrivels in importance. Time takes on a different dimension. Emotions flow more freely. The bodies of participants become filled with the energy of life, and this energy reaches out and blesses the creation around them. All is made new everything becomes sacred."

- Sun Bear

Wise Woman
Sculpt by Lucas Pina

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Some Work in Progress photos are available ...

Painting this sculpt was a wonderful experience for me, personally. I really got a connection to her, the character that was hidden in the sculpt. It was a true joy to dig it out with my paint and brushes.

I will check back with the amount of photos made and hopefully there are enough to write up my thoughts in a step by step article for Massive Voodoo :)

For sale.
If you want to make this unique version yours to collect my art and at the same time support me in my work, passion and life feel invited to check back with my miniature art PDF cataloge!
Thank you!

Keep on happy painting!

FM: Lady of the Lake

by Roman aka jar

"The Knights of the Realm needed him as the world was at a turning point.
 The Lady of the Lake had to fullfil her destiny and wade into the holy water, summoning the Green Knight, the eternal warrior of peace. She was ready, even the water was a little bit cold. She had no fear. Slowly the bottom of the lake started to gloom in deep and rich greens. He was on his way and she was ready for the conception of the eternal green flame! Together they would bring back peace and harmony in their world."

Lady of the Lake
Fer Miniatures

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Really enjoyed this bust. I knew I would paint her that way as soon as I got my hands on her two years ago at the Scale Model Challenge. It took me quite some time to call her finished, sometimes project motivation can be a miracle in itself.

It is really interesting to see where she started and where she went in all her different stages:

I plan to write a step by step article on her in the future of the Massive Voodoo, stay tuned!

For sale. 
If you want to make this unique version yours to collect my art and at the same time support me in my work, passion and life feel invited to check back with my miniature art PDF cataloge!
Thank you!

Keep on happy painting!

Review: Advanced Workshop, Augsburg, Germany

by Roman aka jar

"After attending the beginner workshop three times already, 
I was very happy that finally an appointment for the advanced workshop worked for me. As always, the arrival felt like visiting a friend.

The learning environment Roman creates is first class. In addition, he is didactically superb. Theory, demonstrations and exercises alternate ideally. Very exciting, I found that Roman had already shown me some of the techniques during my last beginner course. That's why I had used it unconsciously for some time. For me once again a clear confirmation that you can really repeat the beginner workshop at any time again to work on your projects supported by Roman.

Now the whole theory came along. And of course much more conscious painting of the atmosphere. In advance I was not sure if I would like the exercise with the wolf. I was then extremely positively surprised how much fun the exercise has given me. Mixing colors from the primary colors is surprisingly easy and brings a very relaxed creative approach to miniature painting. I'll definitely implement it sooner rather than later at home. And I also learned that I can hit every color very quickly. This allows me to relax even more while painting and color recipes are becoming increasingly unimportant. Another learning success was that you can paint very strange colors on your miniature. These then make a lot of sense in later steps. No matter if the beginner workshop is still fresh, or if you have been painting for a while, I think the advanced workshop is always recommended."

- Florian

"Nachdem ich bereits dreimal den Anfängerworkshop 
besucht hatte, hatte ich mich sehr gefreut, dass endlich ein Termin für den Fortgeschrittenenkurs bei mir geklappt hat. Wie immer fühlte sich das Ankommen an wie der Besuch bei einem Freund.

Die Lernumgebung die Roman schafft ist erstklassig.
Dazu kommt, dass er didaktisch einfach top ist. Theorie, Vorführungen und Übungen wechseln sich ideal ab. Sehr spannend fand ich, dass Roman mir einige der Techniken schon bei meinem letzten Anfängerkurs gezeigt hatte. Dadurch hatte ich die schon einige Zeit eher unbewusst angewandt. Für mich noch mal eine deutliche Bestätigung, dass man den Anfängerkurs wirklich jederzeit noch mal wiederholne kann um an seinen Projekten von Roman unterstützt zu arbeiten.

Jetzt kam dann die ganze Theorie dazu. Und natürlich viel bewussteres Malen von Atmosphäre. Im Vorfeld war ich mir nicht sicher, ob mir die Übung mit dem wolf gefallen würde. Ich war dann extrem positiv überrascht, wie viel Spaß mir die Übung gemacht hat. Farben aus den Primärfarben mischen geht erstaunlich leicht von der Hand und bringt noch mal einen sehr entspannten kreativen Ansatz in die Miniaturenmalerei. Werde ich bestimmt früher als später auch daheim umsetzen. Dabei habe ich auch gelernt, dass ich jede Farbe sher schnell sehr genau treffen kann. Dadurch kann ich mich beim Malen jetzt noch mehr entspannen und Farbrezepte werden immer unwichtiger. Weiterer Lernerfolg war dann noch, dass man ruhig sehr seltsame Farben auf die Mini malen kann. Diese ergeben dann in späteren Schritten richtig viel Sinn. Egal ob der Anfängerkurs noch recht frisch ist, oder ob man schon eine Weile malt, ich halte den Fortgeschrittenenkurs immer für empfehlenswert."

- Florian


Advanced Workshop, Augsburg, Germany

A group of nine students
gathered in the Massive Voodoo Studio for some cold and rainy painting days! Perfect painting weather! Thank you all for coming from near and far.

Main topics for MV's Jar's Advanced Class:

- Learn to paint atmosphere in a Miniature Project
- Learn to visualise, analyse and understand the variety of colors

- Learn to keep all harmonic
- Doing a small conversion to make your figure personal
- Learn simple, but very effective rules for a gaming base
- Learn to paint skintones
- Learn to paint black and white
- Advanced Color Theory
- Advanced Blending Techniques
- Advanced Happy Painting Methods
- and more!

First of all 
a big thanks goes out to Hasslefree Miniatures, who supported the class with a big bunch of miniatures, which were actually perfect for the class concept.

They got great miniatures, check them out here!

A quick photo on the results from the weekend ...
really impressive gentlemen :)

The whole seminar started with tons of theory
 - a big, printed handout, prepared by me helps to guide the student through the seminar. It has thirty three pages!! Additional we went through a lot of explanations and demonstrations to build up knowledge - colorwise, basewise and nature-guidance-wise ...

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The beginning was getting the figures ready, small conversions, small tricks in preps and a small, but detailed gaming base that would carry our atmosphere plans ...

The studio was home for us ten brave painters who stood against the cold with additional heaters who jammed the electricity not only once! Beware of the boiler for hot water! :D

Ready for some explanations ...

"Der Anfängerkurs letztes Jahr war für mich eine Offenbarung.
Seitdem bin ich mit meinen Miniaturen wesentlich zufriedener. Die Anleitungen sind für mich unschätzbar wertvoll. Die Leute, die ich damals kennen gelernt habe, sind heute Freunde und wir treffen uns mehrmals im Jahr zum Zocken und Malen. Ohne deinen Kurs hätte ich sie niemals getroffen. Schnell war klar, dass wir auf jeden Fall auch den Advanced besuchen.

Im Anfängerkurs hast du mir eine Tür in eine größere Welt gezeigt. Seitdem betrachte ich Fotos, Kunstwerke und Illustrationen mit anderen Augen. Ich habe Colors von Betty Edwards und James Gurneys Color and Light gelesen.
Die Freude war groß, als du den Advanced Kurs noch im ersten Halbjahr angekündigt hast. Wir fuhren Freitagmittag los, brachten unser Zeug ins Hotel und begaben uns zum Kulturpark. Die Gebäude… Wow! Unheimlich und inspirierend zugleich. Das Studio… mir fällt einfach nur ‚krass‘ ein. Eine Nerdhöhle, eine Werkstatt, ein kreativer Vortex.
Freitagabend Farbtheorie: Nachdem ich ‚Colors‘ gelesen hatte, war das eher eine Wiederholung für mich. Die praktischen Übungen frischten aber die Erinnerung wieder auf. Besonders die Übung mit den Farben nachmischen hat mir gut gefallen. Base-bauen ist sowieso meine Lieblingsbeschäftigung. Wir sehen uns wieder auf deinem Basing Kurs!

Samstagmorgen ‚Der Wolf‘: War jetzt nicht mein Lieblingspart der Veranstaltung, aber es gehört halt dazu auch mal zu entdecken, dass man Farben so sehen muss, wie sie tatsächlich sind und nicht was unser Gehirn meint zu sehen.

Samstagnachmittag: Malen! Juhu! No more words needed. Atmosphärenschulung war einleuchtend und wird für alle Zeiten abgespeichert.
Sonntag: und jetzt? Richtig geil malen! Deine Ausführungen waren sehr verständlich, deine Geduld endlos und die ermutigenden Worte gaben Kraft.
Die Unterlagen: Inhalt ist gut.
Das Essen: super gut! Hat auch gut mit der Orga geklappt.
Die Stimmung war insgesamt klasse und ich fand das entspannte Malen super. Beim Anfängerkurs war es stellenweise recht stressig und der Austausch mit erfahrenen Malern fühlte sich gut an. Du hast sicher bemerkt, dass ich wahnsinnig unsicher bin, mich oft rückversichere und Anerkennung suche. Darauf hast du stets reagiert und deine Vorschläge brachten die Figur nach vorne.
Ich habe mich mit den Worten “Danke für Alles“ von dir verabschiedet und ich meine tatsächlich Alles. Danke für 

  • Wissen 
  • die Postkarte, die schon gerahmt in meiner Malecke steht 
  • den Aquariumfilter 
  • gute Gespräche 
  • Zusammentreffen mit anderen Leuten 
  • Freundschaft mit Stefan und Christoph (war nicht dabei) 
  • gutes Essen 
  • neue Wahrnehmung 
  • Abenteuer 

Deine Kurse, also du, sind der Dreh- und Angelpunkt all dieser Dinge." - Michael

Wolves ...

We got no light - again! :D

First explanations on the 'canvas" - nothing better than hands on teaching ...

Our projects during the process of applying all the new theory ...

Busy working in the studio ... painting, painting, painting.

And more hands on explanations ...

Such a nice group of good people!

Our results on Sunday afternoon!

We took the chance to make goodd photos of each project in the end ...

Here they are ...

"Back from Romans Advanced Class,
 today I had the opportunity to be brave and practice what I learned. Painted with primary colours only. Somehow the class opened my mind in regards of colour theory and mixing primary colours did not only result in muddy brown. Yeah!"

- Sebastian

Time to clean up the space and pack everything!

I want to thank all of you
for travelling to Augsburg for this seminar. Thank you all for the good time that was spent, the good chats about miniatures and beside miniatures. Thank you all for the good vibes that you brought to the MV Studio and the seminar. Thank you for your trust und support in my teaching skills!

You and your results made me a proud teacher!
Thank you for the additional photos for this review!

Keep on happy painting
and see you next time for another hands on seminar and a ig level up in your painting!


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