Announcement: Jar´s Beginner & Advanced Class in Hamburg

by Massive Voodoo

Hey jungle painters,

we are happy to announce the next MV painting classes in Germany.

This time, Roman will hold one of MV's Jar´s Beginner Classes and one

MV's Jar´s Advanced Classes in Hamburg.
Beginner Class: 17.03.2017 - 19.03.2017 
Advanced Class: 24.03.2017 - 26.03.2017

Both classes will be held in German.

We offer three days full of colors and happy painting. Be sure to save your seat quickly. If you are interested in joining the class, please write an E-Mail to Peter: baphomet---at---massivevoodoo---dot---com

You will find all necessary information here:

Beginner Class
Advanced Class

If you need an English translation, please feel free to contact Peter via the E-Mail-address above.

If you are interested in having one of Roman´s classes in your city, please check this link: CLICK

Best wishes,
Your MV-Team

Step by Step: Kurgan Chieftain, Games Workshop, 28 mm

by Massive Voodoo

Good Thursday Morning Jungle Painters! 

The winner of this weeks tutorial voting has to arrive today. The voting time was not as long as usually, but Roman is travelling to another painting class today.

You did vote last week here on the jungle blog and it was a close call:
The winner with two more votes is: Kurgan, Chieftain

If you want to keep track with an overview on what has happened so far in
MV's year of the painter 2 please check this link!
You want to support Massive Voodoo? 
If you like to support or say thanks the monkeys of Massive Voodoo in what they do, please feel invited to drop a jungle donation in their direction via paypal or check their miniatures they got on sale here.

Roman is now taking over and writing the article - we hope you enjoy!



this article takes you through my thoughts while painting this project. I would not call the miniature a high end competition figure, but it never was aimed for this. I'd call it high end happy painting.

I drew a lot of inspiration from the computer game "Warhammer - Total War" where I started to play a Chaos Campaign. With lots of Barbarians and later Chaos Warriors my warriors put the old world to flame and sword. I always liked the barbarian way. Most of the photos in this article are done wit my mobile. I apologize for some bad photos in this article.

A screenshot of my mighty chaos army ...

Well, computer games. 
They are good in a way to relax the brain, but too often they steal too much time, so I decided to put this inspiration also into miniatures. I did so with the Khorne Slaughterpriest, step by step here.

When I saw the content of Games Workshop's Silvertower Box I instantly fell in love with the Kurgan Chieftain miniature. Such a cool sculpt. I wanted to paint him for the joy of painting him, but with a slightly tiny conversion. I knew a lot of people like the sculpt and will do great versions of him, but I was also sure that most of the painters will use the model out of the box. I switched heads. The original head was no a gift to Khorne on the Slaughterpriests base and I used one from the Barbarian Raiders on horseback. Simple as that, but the whole character changes.

My end result of the model looked like this - so you all know about what we are talking about ...

Painting Process
It was a pleasure to paint this guy and I want to take you on a ride for explanation now.
I started with black primer, but instead of using white primer afterwards I used a dark desaturated green followed by yellow/green from Vallejo via Airbrush from a 45° angle. A kind of way too saturated color, but the painting gods are with me and I trust them, even when they laugh at me.

The beginning looked like this. If you ask me why, I can not even tell you. Just enjoyed using a different color than always the same:

So weird :D

As you can see in the photo above I already placed basic colors of bones and shoes (some Khaki/Sand/Desert color, mixed from primaries) and skintone to the model. For the skintone I decided to make him look ill or something. I really enjoyed the greyish/purplish color, but was not yet sure where this will take me.

I washed some leather parts with Soft Tone from Army Painter and painted the amour parts in a blueish grey. Some areas have more grey in it (shadows), others less (brighter areas).

Now I knew what use the strange yellow/green in priming had. Not to forget something. Sometimes GW models are so packed with ... yeah, stuff. I decided to give everything still glowing greeny at least a basecolor to be able to focus better.

In this state I used pure white to paint highlight reflections on my metal parts. BAM! BAM! NMM Roman style :D

While painting the maybe gold parts in black to block them out I also used black as a glaze here and there to add first shadows to most of the parts. The white looks weird, but I was not scared.

The skintone recieved more highlights, for it I used the basic color (purple/grey) and mixed in more skintone. I was able to paint most of the skin with it, leaving only a small glimpse of the purple, but still it is there.

I wanted more saturation. Everywhere.
I used Inktensity Inks by Scale75 to glaze over areas and tint them in a stronger color. Now the whites look megablueish. All good, I  hope.

Also reds have been used on the hand, nose and lower belly, knees, scars ...
Orange beard, yeah!

Time to clean up.
I went for every area again to clean it up and make it more readable for the viewer. Leather recieved some texture attention. I used a desatured blueish grey again to smoothen the armour. Placed some dark brown as a basic for the NMM gold. Also added highlights to it, by adding more yellow to the brown and even some white later on. With this same color I worked also on the bone parts and even on the skin again.

I enjoyed the textures appearing here and there from my wild brushstrokes.


Some more angles on this step. Oh yeah, painted the stones on the base greyish. Click to enlarge.

Time for definition.
In this stage I was in the need to go back to work on details. Pushing highlights to white again in the silver NMM. Pushing them in the gold NMM. Pushing them in the bone parts, pushing them in the skin, pushing them everywhere.

And a bad photo now, how great is that!

Better one.
I call it definition as the whole model gets sharper. It is annoying work to check back with every area and it takes a lot of effort to not skip something, but in the end you will be rewarded for each small edge highlight, texture improvement or shadow you did spent ten seconds on. It will be more defined. If you want, take the time. If not, don't. Simple as that.

I really enjoy painting on top of such a rough sketch as I am always in control how much more effort I put in. I used brown glazes for the NMM armour parts to show their worn look. Used really bright brushtrokes on the texture of the loincloth and loved how his boots turned out to be wild leather boots.

I really enjoyed my simple approach on painting Non Metallic Metal here. I know it is rough, I now it is fast, I know it is not smooth, but for me it works and it was great to enjoy it and learn more about painting NMM.

Here are some final photos of the Kurgan, Chieftain. Really big ones, if you click them. I mean in the end we all know that this is a 32 mm model. In the final stage I made final clean ups. Smooth main areas that I felt not comfortable with and adding final highlights or darklining here and there. I also painted the gems in red. The beard recieved more highlights and definition, but soon I realized I do enjoy the overall look of this paintjob. It works for me.

And I gave him a tattoo. I mean he is a chaos barbarian. 
 For me this paintjob was a study in a fast approach on NMM, keeping color harmony even with a weird start and training the use of my brushstrokes to be more accurate with my movements and the placement of the light and shadow. It is definatly a more BAM! BAM! paintjob, but it is one of this years paintjobs that I enjoyed a lot this year.

The model is already in private collection and I want to thank the person for his support in my work, passion and art. If you want to check back with my online PDF-cataloge please feel welcome to do so, here.

Last thing I did: 
I worked a little more love on the base and made it cold, with snow and grass, so the colors of the model were also repeated on the base. Bad photo now again.

Keep on happy painting!

If you want to keep track with an overview on what has happened so far in
MV's year of the painter 2 please check this link!
You want to support Massive Voodoo? 
If you like to support or say thanks the monkeys of Massive Voodoo in what they do, please feel invited to drop a jungle donation in their direction via paypal or check their miniatures they got on sale here.

Tutorial Voting: A Chieftain finds his way

by Massive Voodoo

Hi Jungle Painters,

The last tutorial voting resulted in the step by step of Sharki and now after some weeks without tutorial voting, it is back. Monte and the Painting Class in Madrid kept Roman pretty busy.
Time for Tutorial Voting again on this beautiful and misty, cold and foggy
Tuesday here in Germany, once again.

This week's voting result will be revealed on Thursday,
if everything works like planned, as Roman is heading out Thursday morning to another one of his MV's Jar's Beginner Classes in Herne, Germany.

If you want to keep track with an overview on what has happened so far in
MV's year of the painter 2 please check this link!
You want to support Massive Voodoo? 
If you like to support or say thanks the monkeys of Massive Voodoo in what they do, please feel invited to drop a jungle donation in their direction via paypal or check their miniatures they got on sale here.

SBS - Kurgan Chieftain
A step by step by Roman. By voting this Roman gives you a walkthrough of the process he passed while creating his vision of a Games Workshops Barbarian from the Silver Tower Box. A small conversion can work wonders.

SBS - Find your way
A step by step by Roman. By voting this Roman takes you on an insight ride through his work and thoughts on this bust by Midnight Miniatures. A cute hobbit on his walk through a peaceful forest. Will green influance it all?

Happy Voting!

Review: MV's Jar's Beginners Class, Madrid, Spain

by Massive Voodoo

"Thank you for an awesome course, for being such a friendly and motivating teacher, for giving the best of you to us.

I had tried to do some wet blending serveral times, and all what I had achieved was a total fail. I couldn't believe that it could be so "simple" (I know it will be much harder to master).
This has been a weekend full of good mood, full of technics and tips to learn, full of good advices.
But over all of this, I'd like to highlight the best part of your teachings: paingint must be fun, a shared joy, a continuous learning. As you say, "Happy painting!" - Raul

Madrid. Spain.
Some days ago Roman travelled there to hold one of his famous MV's Jar's Beginner Classes.
This was Roman's 54th beginner class he held.

Roman is a person who feels very comfortable when everything is organised to 100% and all plans work out smooth. He was scared of Spain. It was his first time in Spain and he was scared from the stories he listened earlier: Spaniards are a very cool bunch, they do organise in a different way than germans.

There was absolut no reason of being scared. 
Thanks to the fantastic Team of Fantastic Coures, Javier, Sergio and Victor the painting class was wonderful to teach. Such a great organisation help. Everything was perfectly organised, even a camera and a projector to see explanations on big screen. Muchas Gracias for your help, gentlemen.
Highly appreciated. Check them out, they do not only organise courses, they do write tutorials to help other painters and also have a cool miniature range.

"From Fantastic Courses we want to say that your course has been an example of how courses should be. People pay high prices to attend courses and they deserve high quality also. You perfectly manage timing which is really amazing and allows people to see the whole agenda. In addition, the structure of this course is perfect as allows to follow up the lessons in a very natural way. We learnt a lot, as painters and as person, from you. We can only say THANK YOU for being such a great guy"  
- Fantastic Courses Team

Many thanks also to Big Child Creatives who offered their studio as a venua and organised a lunch in the bar nearby on Saturday.

Also a big thanks goes out Roman's students, coming mainly from Madrid, but also other places of Spain. Some even travelled far, for example, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and one crazy guy arrived from Argentinia. Thank you everyone for your support in what Roman does with your participation.

Thank you Victor for taking many photos and all of you who supported this review with their own photos. Sadly Roman was not able to do many on his own as he was busy teaching.

"It was a real pressure to assist to your course. I consideer myself a rookie and I have learned new ways of painting with a teacher that feels passion for this hobby. I really like my demo-nette and the feeling that I know more techniques with her.
But Roman, you have to stop smoking! Only buy tobbaco for your bases, it's healthier."- Eduardo

A big thanks also to the supporters of this class since many years with donations in material for basing and painting. Thank you!

To round up the "Muchas Gracias" two names are not allowed to be missed here: Alfonso Giraldes and Rafael Garcia Marin. Two wonderful guys who made Roman enjoy Madrid beside the seminar. Roman did spent some additional days and enjoyed them very much, because of these friends.

"I was going with a little fear. 
The miniatures had always been a mysterious world and scared me, but in the course I have learned a lot of things, and the world has become a new place full of lights, colors and details. Not only have I learned how to paint miniatures, now i see the world differently. I am so grateful! 
I have a new obsession and I need bigger pockets!"

See you soon!"

- Laura (winner of the most colorful thumb on Sunday!)

To the painting seminar review now. 
Madrid still rings back with wonderful impressions, endless passion and a lot of happy painting moments.

in the Big Child Creative Studio and setting everything up.
That studio is a great place and we all were very welcomed. Thank you again for the hospitality, Jose and the full team of Big Child Creatives.

We were sorrounded by a lot of artworks from Big Child.

Very inspiring.

... and of course we were able to get some of their great miniatures:

A really great place to hold the seminar:

"For me, the best experience for who wants to improve in miniature painting and to begin a new way to paint something. I recommend it to everyone. Roman isn't only a great painter and artist, he's also an awesome teacher. Thank you Roman, I will never forget this experience." - Daniele

The word 'beginner' might be confusing to many first time participants of this class.
It is not a class for 'only' beginners. In fact it is a class for every person, at every age interested in figure painting, whatever their experience level is.

'Beginners class' means here that Roman gives an introduction into his way of thinking while painting, in detail a lot of important theory is explained while doing a walk through Art History and is used in practical exercises. During the weekend you will not only learn to improve your painting skills, you will also learn the 'Why?' behind everything explained and with that you will be able to teach yourself in your own hobby future by just recognizing what nature has to offer.

The theory parts contain:

- Learn to see your world with different eyes
- Introduction into basing composition
- Learn how to feel harmony in different aspects
- Important contrasts for figure painting
- Explanation about how to paint a light situation on your figure
- Understand colour theory and learn how to use it properly
- Learn about different materials, their unique properties and learn to paint them
- Learn to lose fear of doing something wrong
- much more!

Roman thought about sitting down and writing what we did on which day, but this would end in a big déjà vu. Donal from Ireland did write quite some words when Roman asked him and the other students for some feedback. Donal will take over now and Roman will throw in photos ... thanks, Donal!

"If you have the opportunity to take this course, or any offered by Roman, do it. You will be richly rewarded. Roman is one of the great teachers in the miniature painting community and long may he continue to give over of his time and skills to help those of us who come to learn from him. He is skilled, empathetic, charismatic, with a deep and infectious passion for painting, but also for sharing his knowledge with others. 

His enthusiasm and passion for his art is unbridled and shared freely with all. Roman speaks to you with the same respect and interest in your own little Daemonette learning figure as he does about the award winning examples of miniature art that surrounded us during our weekend. Each was a piece to be appreciated in the context of the skills of the painter at that point in their painter’s journey. Visual comparisons may be made of course, but in the context of learning and instruction."

 There is nothing you can do wrong ... happy painting, wait, that's weird ... :D

May the light be with you, Donal!

No Light without shadows!

Even in black and white.
Thank you Albert :)
"I had the pleasure of attending the Roman Lappat course. It was a very intensive and fun weekend.
In it I learned a lot of things, from the composition of the scene to the color theory. But also his special vision of the hobby.He was very kind and very good teacher.
I highly recommend this course.
I would also like to thank to fantastic courses their great organization and to big child creatives for allowing us to do the course in their study." - Albert
We got some water there!

Friendly inspirational discussions everywhere.

"If you paint as a hobby, as most of us do, Roman’s course will crystallise the information you will have gleaned from countless internet articles, blogs and You Tube videos. Additionally much of what is presented was familiar in some shape, or form from articles and advice from the Massive Voodoo blog. Now I will revisit these articles again with a deeper, more well rounded understanding having seen Roman perform the technique, or explain the concept directly to me. This course has taken all the various floating chunks of knowledge I have and anchored them into a cohesive whole in my mind. The painting skill set I had was somewhat chaotic and unfocused, but now I feel it has been ordered and crucially the path ahead in my painter’s journey has been lit for me."

Javier. Focused.


Orange Claws, oh yeah.

"I leave Madrid now with a head buzzing with new possibilities and eager to get back to my painting desk. I plan to take more courses with other painters and with Roman again if I can, but this one has been very special to me. Thank you again Roman and adiós Madrid!" - Donal

This is how our models looked on Saturday 1:30 am. Primed.

And we went for lunch ... way too much too good food. Roman got supertired afterwards, but no time for Siesta.

Back to painting we went. 
And Saturday melted into Sunday. Everybody got tired, no exclusions, but everybody did well to stay focused on the course until Sunday's tasks also melted the miniature together with the base and left us all standing in front of a row of beautiful demo-nettes:

Well, what can Roman say. Nothing more than his smile on the last photo. This says it all.

Thank you all for a great time in Madrid.
Muchas Gracias! Massive Voodoo will be back!

To sum this up Roman was collecting photos of his students on facebook of their models:

Not all of them, but some ...

Daniele inventend a group of facebook called "Roman Lappat - students" which is a place to talk, discuss and enjoy happy painting together. If you ever joined a class by Roman and want to be in there too, please feel welcome. Please also know that Roman is reading in there too and tries to help whereever he can, but unfortanetely daily work and tasks and life might not give him the possibility to put highest priority there. Sadly.

Keep on happy painting!