FIN: Orc Kong & Project Insight

by Roman aka jar

0rc Kong
- 2020
Spira Mirabilis, Sculpt by Lucas Pina


Travellers know about these rumors of the Monkey Mountains. They heard tales of all sorts of apes and monkeys guarding an enourmous treasure. These are only tales and many expeditions journeyed to the depth of the jungle heart. No man has yet returned and all talk about the ancient treasure is just rumor. Many more will travel there, no one will ever return, because what they usually see is a horde of wild Gorillas, Chimps, Orangutans and all sorts of monkeys beating the life out of them to protect their treasure. It is said they are not only Monkeys, they are a different kind of breed, but no one knows more about this tale. End of the story.


Project Insight
I started to paint this wonderful sculpt during a two day private coaching with Sebastian as a demonstration piece. You won't believe it, but I started with fingerpainting my ambience colors to it, like this:

#01 Fingerpaint of atmosphere idea

#02 Watercolors on top for the larger plan of skin variation

#03 Including base colors in both ideas

#04 working on detail and contrast

#05 put in more time and repeat detail and contrast several times

Hope you like him and the little project insight!
You can find him also on Putty&Paint:

This bust is for sale!

Keep on happy painting!

Review: Private Coaching with Eugene

by Roman aka jar

"Roman has perfected the craft of an artist but, just as importantly, he has mastered his approach to teaching and coaching. This includes everything from the way he gives feedback to his flexible creative approach. He has changed my perspective as a painter and I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him."

- Eugene

Good Morning everybody,
another session of private coaching teaching passed. This time with Eugene.
I want to thank Eugene as he travelled from New York to little Augsburg in Bavaria to learn from me.
This is a true honor and I am really happy I was able to make him happy with the two day coaching.

"I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. The session with you has completely changed my perspective as a painter. Beyond just inspiring me, it has connected me more deeply with my painter's voice and spirit. Our conversations and you sharing the small treasures in your studio with me also made it feel special.

Finally, you were right about the studio, it has the Mojo. Even if our next session happens in your new space, I won't soon forget the MV Bunker (my nickname for it :)).  

Thank you for everything, it meant a lot to me." -- Eugene

approached me with several different topics that he wanted to learn:

- to paint more in a vision of ambience, instead of color recipes
- how to tackle skin and hair
- how to connect colors together while building up paintjob
- interesting, dramatic light situations
- a healthy, rewarding workflow

... and of course we tackled it all on a bust
by Journeyman Miniatures!
Thank you, Eugene for the will to learn from me and the splendid talks about painting, life and the world. It has been a pleasure meeting you and I am looking forward to next time ;)

Keep on happy painting!



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Plans for sessions in the first half of 2020 are in the making. I will be there for you and your personal growth as a painter! Know that the first half of 2020 is filling up with private coachings already.

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by Roman aka jar

MV Team: Johannes

by Johannes

Name: Johannes

Job: Finance Coordinator

Painting: Since I was about 12, but with an 10 year break in between

Media: Mostly acrylics, currently Schmincke and Scalecolor

Brushes: Broken Toad and Windsor&Newton

Airbrush: I'm not very skilled with it and use it mostly to throw colours on things

Miniatures: I love Dioramas and themed armies in 28-32mm scale, but also paint Busts and larger figures from time to time

Inspirational Miniature Artists:
Roman Lappat, Josua Lai, Raffaele Picca, Sam Lenz, Ben Komets.

And not a miniature artist, but traditional artist: Auguste Rodin. 

Gallery:   Putty&Paint   Instagram

my name is Johannes
and I live in a small town near Munich, Germany.

I bought my first miniatures when I was about 12 and started playing Warhammer Fantasy and was hooked from the first moment. Throughout my youth I played several systems and kept playing and painting until I stopped at about 20. In 2017 I bought some miniatures for the old times sake and soon realised that I really missed it and the happiness painting creates in me. Since then I delved back into miniature painting and-art more and more, visited several workshops and a private coaching by Roman.

I mostly enjoy creating scenes and dioramas, letting my vision become reality on a tiny scale. As an escapist, I love fairy tales, little stories and an overall theme of the "fantastic".

On the other hand I also love to play and paint miniatures for the sake of playing and looking good on the table. I especially am fascinated by themed armies and the ideas and relations of miniatures in context with the game you're playing.

Some miniatures for playing and my last themed army:

Miniature painting is my passion and I am truly excited and grateful for all the people I met and friendships that formed along this journey. And as a part of the Massive Voodoo familiy I am truly excited for the path ahead!


Review: Mike Blank - Color Harmony

by David

Disclaimer: I received the book as a free review copy by the publisher. This will not predetermine my review, which will be a fair summary and assessment of the book's strengths and weaknesses as I perceive them.

Hey all,

another book review coming in,
this time on Mike Blank - Color Harmony: Inside the Artist's Palette. The book was published in 2019 in Scale 75's Series Scale Editions. Within that series, which collects a diverse range of books on different topics, it is similar to Alfonso 'Banshee' Giraldes' book "A Colorful Mind" on which Massive Voodoo's very own Hansrainer has written a beautiful and personal review! This volume centers on one of the most well-known figures in the miniature-painting world, the Swede Mike Blank. If you have been around in the miniature-painting scene for some time, and especially if you're interested in historical minis, you must have heard of Mike - or at least seen some of his works. He is a modeling polymath: he sculpts, paints and creates dioramas. He is particularly well-known for his skill of sculpting lively and realistic poses, his super-focused and tightly composed vignettes, and his harmonious and atmospherically-dense paintschemes. While Mike's works are often-seen at modeling exhibitions, and the internet is reprelete with pics of his masterpieces, he does not entertain a dedicated web-presence or online gallery. Just search for "Mike Blank" in your preferred search engine's picture search and you should find his works.

The table of contents

In this volume,
Mike presents his vision in planning and executing a miniature-painting project and shares some invaluable advice drawn from decades of high-level painting. The book starts out with two personal prefaces written by two globally known master-painters, Fabio Nunnari and Alfonso Giraldes, in which they explain how they met Mike and what his work, friendship and inspiration means for them. This is followed by a brief introduction by Mike himself, which is framed by a brief recollection of a legendary night in a Paris hotel, in which the artist (who had been painting exclusively with enamel colors before) for the first time tried painting with acrylic colors. The remainder of the book has five main parts. In the first part, which consists of nine brief sections, Mike presents some general thoughts on his approach to painting, his vision of color harmony and some basic considerations on necessary tools, base-building, and painting metals and special effects such as blood, dirt, hair and fur. The second section includes an in-depth discussion on how Mike paints particular colors (focusing on base color, shading and highlights), including some that many figure painters find challenging such as white, black, red, and yellow. Section three presents a gallery of some of Mike's most prominent works; in Section four, he analyzes very systematically the color harmonies of selected projects in different scales. The final chapter takes the reader on a step-by-step tour of his painting approach, using a 75mm Confederate soldier sculpted by Keith Rocco as an exemplary figure. In this chapter, Mike masterfully integrates most of the insights he introduced in the previous pages, from his considerations in the choices of colors to his approach to include dirt and weathering effects into the paintjob.

Mike's approach to painting white...

... and black.

While I was reading the book,
I found myself repeatedly thinking: this is speaking directly to me. Mike writes that he works on multiple projects at the same time because inspiration is fickle and he likes the diversity that comes with project-hopping (I know this feeling really well, as I discuss in detail in this article). I also share his feeling of not being particularly interested in painting busts as he misses their integration in the surrounding. But more importantly, the book is a treasure trove of insights, tips and inspiration. For me, the strongest part is the discussion of how Mike approaches painting different colors and the in-depth analyses of selected projects in Sections 2 and 4. On those pages, you can find loads of great insights such as how Mike proceeds in highlighting and shading certain colors, how he achieves color harmony in his paintjobs, and how he integrates his figures into the bases. But almost all parts of the book include useful information for novice and advanced painters, for instance the cool tip not to wait until everything is finished before adding weathering effects and dirt on your mini, but to integrate it organically into all steps of the painting process! In addition to that, the book is written in an easy-going and personal style that is very engaging. The book also has very high production value, it comes as a sturdy hard-cover, and the pages are printed on thick, semi-matte paper that is stitched firmly into the cover and should be able to survive some rough handling.

Inspiration from Mike's gallery, focus on browns...

... and blues.

For me, the book's main weakness is that some of the pictures are not ideal. They are too dark and flat, such that the typical "Mike Blank style" of nuanced highlighting and complex color variation is lost somewhat and in parts it is hard to distinguish painted shadows. However this is mainly a problem of the galleries of older works collected the book's first three sections, while the pics in Sections 4 and 5 (which I would consider the main and strongest parts of the book) seem to be newer and are much more informative. Moreover, different than many other painting books, all ideas are well-understandable from the written words alone, thanks to Mike's ability to formulate his painting approach in a coherent and accessible style. I personally also would have liked to have Mike talk a bit about his approach to the composition of vignettes and dioramas, which I find one of the most fascinating and complex topics. Finally, at least at first, I was a bit confused by Mike's use of the word "value", which different to most terminology in painting is used here not to describe the light-dark aspect of color, but its saturation or "chroma".

Analyzing colors (note the color swaths, which correspond to the relative dominance of the main colors)

These minor issues,
however, do not detract from the fact that I really liked the book and would highly recommend it to everyone wanting to understand the work process of one of the absolute greats of our hobby. With a suggested retail price of about 40 Euros the book is not a bargain, but I would definitely say that it's worth it. Whether you're a novice wanting to learn about color harmony and how to shade/highlight certain colors or an advanced painter looking for some tips by one of the best, you are sure to learn something relevant and inspiring!

Step-by-Step: Confederate soldier - variety in grey!

Another section of the gallery: a typical Mike Blank dio, full of action and drama!

My verdict: highly recommended!

All the best,