Tutorial: Pimp my TriTube Pro

By Massive Voodoo

Hi all,

Hansrainer here 🙂

As promised before,
here is the tutorial on how to pimp your old tri-tube painting lamp:

This is the logical conclusion of my quest for a good painting lamp, started in my last article:

Put the grip back in the original position, put the screw back in and affix it with the wingnut. Of course without the lamp-head. 

Now you need to be a bit careful when inserting the 8 mm x 50 mm screw. Since the screw holding the wing-nut protrudes a little into the bolt-tunnel, you need to actually screw it in. Make sure its flush with the end of the “grip”.

Screw the hexagonal connection nut on the big screw.

You can prepare the LED-Panel by removing the barn doors (I did, they are of no use to me and the actually restrict the movement of the panel within its own U-frame. )

Now, shove the panels holding opening over the hexagonal nut, screw tight. For additional grip, you can add a piece of rubber between the screw and the nut, metal on metal connections like this can be somewhat slipping without it.

Plug in the power pack and test the panel. If you like it, attach the wiring to the boom with the cable ties:



Tube lamps tend to fade over time. Many LED-Lamps are suboptimal for painting due to poor light quality. Replacing the existing lamp-head of my Tri-Tube with a high quality, fotographers LED Panel was cheaper than buying the LED version of the Tri-Tube, has more than 3 times the output and significantly higher color reproduction quality.

In case you don’t own a Tri-Tube yet but like the idea, the cheapest lamp with the same heavy duty boom I found was at around 42€, so together with the panel, a complete new build would be about 160€, not cheap but doable.


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Review: Basing Workshop, Augsburg

By Massive Voodoo

Hello ladies and gentlemen,

I really forgot to post and review this one.
A truely wonderful Basing Workshop in english language I held back in the end of 2018.
I got no idea how this just slipped through and no one reminded me 😀

Well, here we go …
My basing class is something special. Everyone who took part can tell it. It deeply explains insight into harmony, using the golden ratio in big and small aspects and so far was focused on the topic “After the Apocalypse, Nature strikes back”.

Just look at this …
a student’s project work in progress from this workshop:

and it connects with this …

Crazy, eh?
It just feels right, balanced and amazing.
There are rules for such things that you can include in your base too. It is such a wonderful topic to teach hands on and I can only recommend this seminar to you if you want to improve your basing skills. Here is a short overview:

Instructor: Roman Lappat

In this MV class Roman takes you deeper into basing. No gaming bases. What makes a good display base? Learn more about composition rules you can put to use while basing, learn different focused material aspects on the subject: “After the postapocalypse, nature returns”.

You can find an in depth describtion via my curriculum:

More reviews and results:

Last chance!
If you want to join up for this specific topic for the last time you only got two options left:

Arvika, Sweden
// 19th July – 21st July 20193 day Basing Class
english language, special version* 7/16 – Information PDF
*including an inspirational trip to an amazing car graveyard on Friday, more information via mail

Augsburg, Germany
// 22th November- 24th November 2019  3 day Basing Class
german language – 2/16 – Information PDF 

After these two the topic of the seminar will change and I will never teach
“After the postapocalypse, nature returns” again. The workshop will still see the same frame of content, but the material and theme will be different.

You can find more information
about upcoming workshops via this banner

Well, back to this splendid weekend we enjoyed together last year.

I want to thank this cool bunch of students who really made this weekend special. Travelling from all over Europe (Swiss, Czech Republic, Ireland, Denmark, Germany) to be part of this seminar makes me only say: Thank you so much!

And the results for one weekend were so different and so specially beautiful:

Even some did not believe
in all my explanations or at least were kind of sceptical. At least it looks on this photo 😀

Quickly, the skepticism turned into focused joy:

Of course,
learning to build such bases is not only sitting down and working on them, glueing material together and calling it a base. A lot of wisdom in this seminar, comes from my teachings about perspective, balance, golden ratio and harmony of elements. It goes deep. So deep that that I can not write it all here for you, but I can show you the fun part of the seminar that sums up the theory:

Real life basing!

… but why?

In between it was always time to sit down in front of well prepared theory lessons!


Thanks to Josua and Jakob for
sending over some of their photos for this review!

What are these humans doing?

More theory …

Our basing cave. The Massive Voodoo Studio!

It has been such a joy to see everyone’s individual project grow – here are some WIPs:

Everybody busy working …

With a little gorilla help!

Sometimes we even moved from the workspaces, mainly to grab some food. It was a cold winter’s weekend …

Well, this has been a really interesting idea and execution!

Primed bases on Sunday morning, time for painting …

Glueing a tiny beam of a sea cat’s urin …
one of the strangest things I did in my whole life!

Is he really doing this?

In depth explanations, if need be … it was cold!

It is really magnificant what my students can create in this 2,5 days. Just look at these bases and I bet you can feel them:


Yeah, well …

Thank you gentlemen for an awesome weekend.
Thank you for your patience for this review!

Keep on happy basing!
Last chance!
If you want to join up for this specific topic for the last time you only got two options left:

Arvika, Sweden
// 19th July – 21st July 20193 day Basing Class
english language, special version* 7/16 – Information PDF
*including an inspirational trip to an amazing car graveyard on Friday, more information via mail

Augsburg, Germany
// 22th November- 24th November 2019  3 day Basing Class
german language – 2/16 – Information PDF 

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FM: Conan

By Massive Voodoo

“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

More photos:

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!

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Workshop Roadmap 2019 – Update!

By Massive Voodoo

Hey fellow painters,

already announced two weeks ago, the

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!

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FM: Wise Woman

By Massive Voodoo

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

More photos:

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!

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FM: Lady of the Lake

By Massive Voodoo

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

More photos:

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!

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Review: Advanced Workshop, Augsburg, Germany

By Massive Voodoo

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 AnfĂ€ngerworkshop 
besucht hatte, hatte ich mich sehr gefreut, dass endlich ein Termin fĂŒr den Fortgeschrittenenkurs bei mir geklappt hat. Wie immer fĂŒhlte 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, VorfĂŒhrungen und Übungen wechseln sich ideal ab. Sehr spannend fand ich, dass Roman mir einige der Techniken schon bei meinem letzten AnfĂ€ngerkurs gezeigt hatte. Dadurch hatte ich die schon einige Zeit eher unbewusst angewandt. FĂŒr mich noch mal eine deutliche BestĂ€tigung, dass man den AnfĂ€ngerkurs wirklich jederzeit noch mal wiederholne kann um an seinen Projekten von Roman unterstĂŒtzt zu arbeiten.

Jetzt kam dann die ganze Theorie dazu. Und natĂŒrlich viel bewussteres Malen von AtmosphĂ€re. Im Vorfeld war ich mir nicht sicher, ob mir die Übung mit dem wolf gefallen wĂŒrde. Ich war dann extrem positiv ĂŒberrascht, wie viel Spaß mir die Übung gemacht hat. Farben aus den PrimĂ€rfarben mischen geht erstaunlich leicht von der Hand und bringt noch mal einen sehr entspannten kreativen Ansatz in die Miniaturenmalerei. Werde ich bestimmt frĂŒher als spĂ€ter 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 spĂ€teren Schritten richtig viel Sinn. Egal ob der AnfĂ€ngerkurs noch recht frisch ist, oder ob man schon eine Weile malt, ich halte den Fortgeschrittenenkurs immer fĂŒr 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 …

If you want to join one of my seminars,
feel invited to check back with the

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! 😀

Ready for some explanations …

“Der AnfĂ€ngerkurs letztes Jahr war fĂŒr mich eine Offenbarung.
Seitdem bin ich mit meinen Miniaturen wesentlich zufriedener. Die Anleitungen sind fĂŒr mich unschĂ€tzbar 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 hĂ€tte ich sie niemals getroffen. Schnell war klar, dass wir auf jeden Fall auch den Advanced besuchen.

Im AnfĂ€ngerkurs hast du mir eine TĂŒr in eine grĂ¶ĂŸere 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 angekĂŒndigt hast. Wir fuhren Freitagmittag los, brachten unser Zeug ins Hotel und begaben uns zum Kulturpark. Die GebĂ€ude
 Wow! Unheimlich und inspirierend zugleich. Das Studio
 mir fĂ€llt einfach nur ‚krass‘ ein. Eine Nerdhöhle, eine Werkstatt, ein kreativer Vortex.
Freitagabend Farbtheorie: Nachdem ich ‚Colors‘ gelesen hatte, war das eher eine Wiederholung fĂŒr 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 LieblingsbeschĂ€ftigung. 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 tatsĂ€chlich sind und nicht was unser Gehirn meint zu sehen.

Samstagnachmittag: Malen! Juhu! No more words needed. AtmosphĂ€renschulung war einleuchtend und wird fĂŒr alle Zeiten abgespeichert.
Sonntag: und jetzt? Richtig geil malen! Deine AusfĂŒhrungen waren sehr verstĂ€ndlich, 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 AnfĂ€ngerkurs war es stellenweise recht stressig und der Austausch mit erfahrenen Malern fĂŒhlte sich gut an. Du hast sicher bemerkt, dass ich wahnsinnig unsicher bin, mich oft rĂŒckversichere und Anerkennung suche. Darauf hast du stets reagiert und deine VorschlĂ€ge brachten die Figur nach vorne.
Ich habe mich mit den Worten “Danke fĂŒr Alles“ von dir verabschiedet und ich meine tatsĂ€chlich Alles. Danke fĂŒr 

  • Wissen 
  • die Postkarte, die schon gerahmt in meiner Malecke steht 
  • den Aquariumfilter 
  • gute GesprĂ€che 
  • 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! 😀

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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News: Seminar Update – second half of 2019

By Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle Painters,

it is about time to announce the second half of 2019 Massive Voodoo Workshops.

  • You always wanted to know why so many miniature painters enjoy these hands on seminars?
  • You want to do a big step in your miniature painting skills with me on your side and helping and guiding you with my expertise in painting and teaching?
  • You want to know why so many people tell this was a great experience?
  • Why people travel for this unique experience or even repeat a seminar for several times?

Well, this is your chance
to be part in one or several of my famous hands on seminars. I am looking forward to see you there!
Grab your seat while they are available!

You can find all information about the seminars in the

Jar’s Skintone & Faces Masterclass
Instructor: Roman Lappat

In this two day MV masterclass Roman takes you deeper into understanding the wide variety on painting skintone and faces. After these two days you will never dislike your results in this topic as Roman shows you the magic that is behind a natural and convincing skintone.


See you for happy painting! 

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