Tip of the day

by Roman aka jar

Clean your workspace once in a while. 
Do it full force. Focus on nothing else and do not let get you distracted by something you find.
You will not regret it. It will not only make you proud, it will also help you to enjoy your workflow and your project much more. It can give you the energy to finish a long time project or starting a great new one.

If you want to do it the advance way you also should make some room for freshness.
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MV Challenge 2017

by Massive Voodoo

Hello Jungle painters, 
it has been far too long since we challenged you, right?

2016's Mad Max Car Contest 2 was the last contest we held here in the jungle, but now it is time for something fresh: The monkeys of MV challenge you to show your creativity, show us your skills and put your knowledge to test. Paint like you are and happy painting are the guiding words for this contest, but the topics are quite uncommon.

Let us introduce two challenges to you:

Josua and Roman came to the conclusion to set this up.
One topic for the challenge comes from Josua and the other one from Roman.
Both topics are very different. You can participate in both in the given timeframe.

We will now guide you through the ruleset of this contest and of course show you what you can win if you pick up your brushes and basing skills for this magnificant tsunami of fun. In the end you will find the overall rules for this event and MV's prizes that we got ready for you.

Base with water - Challenge Rules

- Build a water-themed base 
- As this Callenge is about water, it has to contain water elements make sure your base represents at     least one element in the liquid physical state of water.
- Of course you are allowed to add small animal or another small storytelling detail or such to your
  base, but we do not want to see a full figure on the base. It's about basing love.
- You are not limited in the size or shape of your base.

Don't know how to create realistic water on a base? this may help

Walt Disney Infinity - Challenge Rules

- Repaint a Walt Disney Infinity Figure of your choice
- Build a base to your model or use it out of the box, conversions are allowed
- To be able to judge this category we only allow entries with one Infinity figure. No other additional
   figures are allowed. Of course you can add a snake, a butterfly or another small animal to your
- No rules on painting the model. Do what you want!
- Enjoy painting it and sent us your final result to take part in this challenge
- If you are in need of inspiration on how to tackle such a paintjob, check this article!

Overall Challenge Rules

- Sent your entries in until October 19th 2017,
as soon as the calender hits the 20th on Roman's time (located in Augsburg, Germany) entries are not accepted. You will recieve a confirmation mail once your entry was checked. Please write your full name and adress to the email. We need this in case you will win a prize.

- For each challenge entry sent a minimum and maximum of three photos to
   jarhead---at---massivevoodoo---dot---com- Please know that we are judging from your photos, give your best to present your entry and do
  decent photos.

Entries who have been published in their final version before the contest ends are not participating.
- You are allowed to show work in progress photos.
- You are allowed to take part in both categories, but only with one entry per category.
Judging both challenges will be judged by the team of this contest, Josua and Roman. 
Both are not allowed to take part in the challenge or if they want, then they participate "out of competition". Every other person interested in taking part is allowed to. Except Roman and Josua, also members of the MV-Team are not starting out of competition and can participate legally.

We judge your creativity and the beauty of your entry in both categories.

By entering this contest you allow Massive Voodoo to use your photos for articles about this contest. You still own the copyrights, but you allow MV to handle them through their platforms.


In each of the challenge categories we will hand out three Massive Voodoo Medals:
Gold, Silver, Bronze. This makes six medals overall.

The gold winner of the category "base with water" 
will also receive this beautiful base done by Josua as a special super gift:

The gold winner of the category "Walt Disney Infinity" 
will also receive this Infinity Ironman, painted by Roman as a special super gift:

Special Jungle Raffle
Everyone who is taking part in one or both of the challenges will automaticly take part in a special jungle raffle to be able to win one of these prizes:


Eight! I repeat "Eight!", 8, 4+4, overall eight big Jungle Surprise boxes with hobby material and miniature goodies:

Info about Jungle Surprise boxes:
Jungle surprise boxes will be randomly drawn through all out all participants and will be sent in the drawing order. No specific numbers to complicate things.  

One limited premium fine art print of Roman's project "The Nightwatch" (one time only), signed (Signature missing in this photo):

One poster of Roman's project "The Last Light" (three times) - signed. (Signature missing in this photo)

23 is the number.
We are giving away 23 prices, including the medals, special prices and prize pool. Not one less or one more. There will be no shipping cost on your end. Massive Voodoo will pay the shipping cost, no matter where you live. Worldwide. We just ask for this:

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Are you ready? Kick it!
Tell your friends, tackle some paintpots and keep on happy painting!
Got some questions? Ask them via commenting this post.
We can only answer your questions here! To easily find back to this announcement we will link it up to the upper right corner of the Massive Voodoo blog. Soon!

Responsibility on this event: Roman & Josua



by Roman aka jar

Review: Private Coaching with Orcun

by Peter aka Baphomet

Hey jungle,

here is a little review about Peter´s first Private Coaching. He was visited by Orcun, who also lives in Stuttgart.

Orcun is still at the beginning of his voyage through the world of painting and so, he asked Peter for help in order to improve his skills.

The main topics for the two days coaching were:
  • painting techniques
  • color theory
  • light/shade-theory
  • painting different volumes

Side topics:
  • building bases
  • metallics
  • create simple glow effecs

The question of a proper workshop model was an important point in Peter´s preparations. He chose the Flagellants by Games Workshop, as they are easy to build and have interesting volumes.

Orcun´s statement:

I'm Orcun, 33 years old and started painting miniatures 1.5 years ago. I love this hobby because it brings the fantasy world to life and requires patience and creativity. I have been working hard to improve my painting skills to get more realistic and exciting results. I have been watching videos and reading tutorials but I wasn't improving as I expected. I needed a trained eye and much more experienced tutor to point out my mistakes. This way I wouldn't develop bad habits and move in the right direction. I have been following the masterpieces of the Massive Voodoo painting studio and approached them for help. After finishing the arrangements, I visited Peter in Stuttgart for a two day private coaching. He was very enthusiastic and well prepared for the coaching. We had a lot fun during the whole learning process. I learned very important theories and painting techniques. I learned what to focus on when I'm training to be a better painter. I was also very inspired and will definitely paint more often. I thank the whole massive Voodoo team for this opportunity and hospitality. I recommend contacting their studio to anyone who needs inspiration and wants to improve their technique. 

Two of Orcun´s models before taking the class:


I was very excited about having my first student for a private coaching here in my flat. Of course, I have joined Roman during many of his painting classes and supported him by coaching some of his more advanced students, but to teach without any "backup" was still unknown territory.

Nevertheless these two days were a very important lesson for myself. In advance, It took me some hours to think through all the exercises I would do with Orcun and how I could really help him to improve his skills. After all my preparations were done, Roman supported me with some of his teaching materials, which helped a lot during the coaching. Thanks for this, mate!

I really enjoyed the two days with Orcun. We spoke a lot about painting and had some good laughter together. He was an open-minded student and even if some of the units were quite challening he forced himself through. I was really happy with the results and today I´m sure that he will improve his skills much faster. It makes me smile that I was able to help him a bit on his road to happy painting. 

A guide in theory on how you can increase your skills.

First day:
On Friday we started with the fun part: building a proper base for the miniatures. At the beginning Orcun worked himself through a lot of inspirational material and after a short introduction into different materials, we got "lost" in our creativity. 

After the introduction into the beautiful world of base building, it was time for theory. Thanks to our great tutorial section, I had all the materials I needed :)

A well illustrated guide by Raffa showing you theory about light and shadow.
A guide that shows you how you can bring your miniature into a good light situation.
Theory: The full color wheel
Funny and interesting way to understand the colour wheel. 

Theory: Complementary Colors
Raffa again goes deep into colour wisdom.

A basic approach on cold and warm colours.

Second Day: 
On Saturday it was all about painting. After a quick talk about Friday´s theory, we opened our wet palettes and started right away. Nothing more to say about this, so lets have some pictures:

explanation for light and shade on volumes

Orcun´s version

Peter´s version

final results

painting glow effects

As I wrote before, it was a very interesting experience to have a student here at my place and help him to improve his skills. The most important lesson I learnt for myself: accept that time is running fast and you have to focus, even if the miniature will not be finished during the class. It´s more important to share your knowledge and have trust in your student.

It would have been a lot of fun to keep on painting with Orcun the whole day, but I felt our exhaustion and the need to think about our newly gathered knowledge. Thanks Orcun for these interesting two days!

If you are interested in having a private coaching with Roman, Raffa or Peter, have a look here: CLICK.


Musica & Info

by Roman aka jar


I really got bored of any sort of music earlier this year.
Due my job and passion I listen to so much music that sometimes the only music I am in need of is silence.

So I took a break.
Removed all music from my ears and after I while I started to search new music.

As these days I am going back to the roots of Massive Voodoo I decided to create a music playlist on youtube for the modern miniature painter. Call it a radio or such. Music that I use for painting and find inspiring. In one of my recent private coachings with Nicholas, he told me he would love to see such a thing. Here it is - Music for the right painting mood, music that inspires me.

I leave the old playlists in the past, if you are interested in it, check it here!

I hope you enjoy!

All We Do

by Roman aka jar

Review: Private Coaching with Philip

by Roman aka jar

Hello Jungle,
today it is time for another private coaching review.

this review is all about how Philip visited me to learn about painting atmosphere during two nice days in 2016. It took quite the while to write this up, no one knows why.

As Philip is a very talented person and already has good knowledge when it comes to painting and color theory I asked him for homework without his help. Philip had to paint my famous wolf photo by mixing the colors he needs only from primaries. This is a great task to learn to visualise and analyse colors that I have implemented as a part of my teaching of the principles of atmosphere. I always love to see my students results and their joy in understanding painting much more during this task. Of course I am there to help and avoid fear :)

Well, not so with Philip. It was his homework and he came back with this:

Yeah, wtf :D  

I have to say usually my students in my class have about one hour to fullfil this task. Phil's homework took him some more hours as he was really enjoying it. If you want to see more of Philip's art check his Instagram.
Allright, after Philip arrived in the studio we tackled the subject of painting atmosphere in theory and color mixing exercises. Another wolf was done.

The coaching went on and Phil was getting deeper and depper into my brain. We listened to great music and headed on to the bust Phil wanted to put his new learned knowledge to a test. Of course under my guidance. The bust was Papa Jambo by Black Sailors.

Phil was forced to sketch in his atmospheric vision without getting to distracted by fears of not being able to paint a perfect blending in the start. Sketching is where painting begins.

I for my part started off with a model by Black Sun Miniatures to explain the process clearly to Phil, alongside his own paintjob.

After the first day Phil was a little tired in the brain so we went for good bavarian food and lots of atmosphere.

Next day. Day two. 
Painting again and pushing details and further into the vision.

In the end of the second day mainly consisting of intense painting time, good chats and fine music we were not able to finish the bust completly, but were able to push as far as we could in a two day coaching.

I was really happy to be able to help Phil with small hints and pushing him further and further on this cool paintjob. As a teacher Phil made me truely proud with his result.

Thank you for visiting me for private coaching and your will to learn from me, Philip!
It was my pleasure and a lot of fun. I hope to see this bust finished one day. Should not need much time invested from now on. You can do it!

Keep on happy painting!
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Feel free to contact me for your private coaching!
Right now I am fully booked with two day MV private coachings until the end of September 2017. All requests from now on will be planned up for autumn 2017. Right now I can not give you any specific dates yet, as I the second half of 2017 will be planned around weekend seminars and these will be settled in July.  I slowly place private coaching dates in the second half of 2017 now. Slowly.

Tip of the day

by Roman aka jar

Tip of the day
Be creative when it comes to annoying color pot lids.
If you do not have the wet palette for it, find something else or "MacGyver-construct" something that fits your needs. Be creative, not annoyed.

Keep on happy painting!


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Roman's first Art Exhibition

by Roman aka jar

Hi jungle readers,

I am looking forward to write this down since a while now ...

Once upon a time I got asked by a friend of my dad - she is organising art exhibitions in a bavarian castle in Höchstätt - if I want to exhibit my miniature passion. And I said yes.

I had no idea what to expect, so I did not expect anything.
The outcome was very interesting and my goal was reached.
My goal with this was: Showing the passion of miniature painting to people who never heard about it.

Usually there are miniature art exhibits in form of shows, events, contests and such, but mainly only people who are already in the hobby of painting figures go there. These shows carry themselves, but do not spread further. I reached my goal.

I have barely done an exhibition of my work, so the first thing that came to my mind was this:


My mind was racing 
and the first thing I thought about was to decide to not do it alone. To make it an interesting event for visitors I asked my good friend Susanne, if she wants to join up and do a combo exhibition. Susanne is painting large, powerful and colorful canvas and I love her work. She said yes. We both decided to work on a concept soon. This was about a year ago. We should have planned earlier, but both never found the right time as everybody was busy with the every day struggle and hustle.

As the castle is really packed with exhibitions until 2019 already we were lucky to be in and plans had to be made quite early to set everything up (flyers, posters, concept, text, text for newspaper, etc.).

I still had no straight forward idea on what to exhibit:

Only figures?
(well I only have a certain number available from my projects as many are sent all around the world to collectors already. Thank you for your support in my work, passion and art!)

Or shall I present myself as a full artist in everything I do?
Drawings, photography, figures, paintings, writing even?

I was kind a lost and did prepare severl things. Not really prepared them, I did them:

- I printed my favourite photos I have made in high quality
- I found back to drawing

btw some originals are for sale.

Well, this was fun, but I had no concept at all, still.

Susanne and I named our exhibition "cats and dogs", as we both are very different in many things in life, but also similar on some and do we do meet in painting spirit somehow. Hard to explain, this is a soul thing I guess.

For Susanne it was clear what to present: superlarge canvas paintings and I knew they would fill the exhibition room with great energies. Maybe this is why I wanted to do as many different things as possible to use also space in the venue? I felt that miniatures might be just standing in a small corner.

Well, one day Sanne said "Roman, stop showing your vacation photos and some drawings, you are a figure painting artist. A professional. Rocking it since 10 years. Now rock this exhibition!" ... I am not 100% sure if this were the right words, but this was the message that hit home.

Figures only it is.

My mind was racing again and I came to the conclusion to create prints of my personal favourite pieces I did in the past. Still having in mind to show it to people who might have never seen this before, so I skipped showing only Space Marines or Ogres with chopped of heads of maidens.

My plan was to have some twenty miniatures with me, also some of these shown on larger prints and also have some prints of models that I do not own anymore.

After some test prints of stuff and also some experiences made I charged in.

Plan. check. Execution. check.


framing for days ...

My cats even were confused on what I did there all the time ...

It was not eay picking the photos of figures I wanted to be part of the exhibition. First I went with topics somehow, but my girlfriend gave me some good tips on rather choosing similar and interesting angles and close ups to be presented.

Well, I had them all together. Prepared small booklets on explanations how figure painting and basing works. These explanations were really simple and not a complex tutorial as I still had my audience in the back of my mind. I additionally wrote my artist portfolio and some more informations on figure painting to be fully prepared.

As I had a certain amount of walls to use in the venue Sanne forced me to plan a plan how to hang my photos instead of doing it spontaneously with superglue.

So I took photos with my mobile of the different groups to give them numbers and describtion later on.

Water Buffalo

Animal Kingdom

Warrior's eyes


Usual suspects

Science Fiction

The funny ones

Fire, Pirat, Ninja Turtle!


The Nightwatch

The day of the exhibition and the vernisage was closing in. Susanne and I hung our stuff some days before and I also placed some of my miniatures in the cabinets the castle was providing.

Susanne and I already realized on this day how cool this looks and how big the contrast between our both works is.

We even made it in Augsburg's local newspaper with an announcement.

The day of the vernisage 
We did not expect so many visitors and want to thank everyone who arrived, even through some rain showers. From far and near. Biggest thanks from my side goes to my dad and his wife for their amazing help in many things. Thanks to Bene who provided me with photos for this review.

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed the evening with us and special thanks to those who wrote a greeting in our guest book.


We even made it to the newspaper again :D

This was actually what made me most proud. Additional of course that many people visited the exhibition. I hope this is like throwing a stone into a lake and the results and waves of it will be more awareness of "non-geek" people to see the beauty of miniature painting, but this is just a small start. To see the beauty they first have to encounter it ...

... and I also learned a lot of things:

- If you present figures, check for cabinets early.
The cabinets of the museum were great, but sadly too low, table height.

- If you think the light is good in the room, check how it is in the evening too. Not a big deal in the end as the museum was closing at 6 pm, but on the day of the vernisage - after some minutes of talk and fine music - the venue was quite dark and that is shitty if you want to look at tiny miniatures.

- I learned to answer interesting questions, for example, when an old lady was pointing at a bust of a fantasy shaman and asking me "Is this baroque or renaissance?" 

- It is good to have some experience in preparing and planning something like this. I had not. Now I got it and I know what I would do different. Also I know have plenty of stuff to do something like this again, yay.

I really enjoyed the vernisage 
and the many chats about miniatures I had with people who have never seen such a thing before. It was refreshing and I am happy that my goal was reached: spreading the word about miniature and figure art.  Beside we recieved such a great feedback during the one and a half month while the exhibition was running: Thank you! Everybody enjoyed the high contrast of program that we were offering.

It is always a pure joy to see Susanne's paintings. Somehow you can feel the energy that Sanne did put in them and often a spark of pure color joy jumps over to you. Thank you, Sanne!

While my mind was racing in preparations of the event I really enjoyed creating interesting stuff for the exhibition, for example a set of postcards:

If you want to get a set yourself and want to support me in my work,
feel free to check this link!

This is a little preview of a high quality, premium art print of my diorama "the Nightwatch".
A limited number of these will be available soon and exclusive, via Mr Lee's Miniatures.
And don't smoke, it kills. (Too lazy to edit the photo, sorry!)

As I was able to sell two of my framed artwork I did for the exhibition I decided to make the others available too. I soon have a list of photos online via Roman Lappat - painted miniature art.
Stay tuned!

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed the read.
I really had to share my experience on this event as it took quite a big part of my brain in the last couple of months.

Cheers and happy painting!

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