We continue our Q and A with Roman Lappat Aka "Jarhead"
The First Part of this Q and A can be found here.
Is there a Color which you seem to favor and like to add it to all your models where you can?
Can you pass on one trick or technique or tip that you think newer painters would find helpful or a technique that you wish someone had shown you when you were a new painter?
question is very hard. On one fact this know I could explain every tip or technique in some minutes sitting next to you or the readers of this interview. On the other hand finding hand I to explain a technique of painting with colors in just words is hard. right words
The best tip I got is: Open your eyes to everything. See what you want to paint in real life, think about how to achieve or copy it and learn from it. Go through the world with open eyes and your painting will grow from it.
hat does your work space look like?
Wet pallet or ceramic/plastic?
What paints do you use?
Acrylics mainly. Vallejo Model Color, Golden Acrylics, some Citadel, Hobby Line.
What do you use to thin your paints and to what ratio?
Water. Never think about ratios here. Just go with the flow. I quickly realize if I need a color more thinned or not. It happens as soon as I hit the miniature with the brush. Then I change if needed and dilute more or less.
What technique do you tend to favor when painting to Blend?
Well, blend. I think the word "Blending" is messing up a lot of painters brains. Everyone is just hunting for the right blending. In my translation "blending" is just a transition from one color to the other, brighter or darker or different tones.
I enjoy rough blendings, where needed, I enjoy smooth blendings where needed. I use mainly brushwork for creating blendings, of
my fingers, but you can do this with a sponge course sometimes or a tissue or a big brush or an airbrush or much more. too
From the aspect of painting technique I would say I use all known techniques I have on my chest to achieve what I want to achieve in the particular area.
What do subject or type of miniature do you prefer IE sci-fi or historical?
Depends on the sculpt. If the sculpt calls me, I'll answer.
Miniature painting can be very expensive and that could put off new people to the hobby have you learnt anything to cut costs?
Do not buy every new release you find looking cool. If you are a gamer buy what you need to play and buy the next model when you painted the last group or model. If you are a strict painter,
what calls you. buy
How long do you spend on a miniature from start to finish?
Depends on the size of the project. Can be
that I paint up for a diorama where I am in need of five hundred of these. One of these Zombies is painted in 15 Minutes from start to finish. The longest time single Zombie
I sat on a project was four hundred fifty hours on "The Last Light". (
of Work in Progress Zombies and Last Light attached). photos
What do you prefer metal, resin, or plastic models?
Resin, due to the good quality and the weight.
How do you know when you are finished with a miniature and when to stop before you have ruined the work?
I always paint until that moment. The moment where I have to stop and call it done. Works. Always keep in
miniature is ever finished 100%. mind no
And finally is
there anything you like like pass on to the noobs who are reading this hoping one day to paint as well as yourself?
Paint with joy and fun. You will learn much more. Accept your learning curve. Accept failures and mistakes, learn from them. Grow as the painter you are, not the one you want to be.
Questions asked by you.
Good Question, I'd say the things my eyes observe. May it be in nature, in my hometown, movies, artwork in real and
the internet. I am always trying to learn more and more by observing what is
happening, for example light situations, weathering, material aspects and so
on. I never stop to learn from this and I also try to teach such a view on
things. Speaking of Illustrators I would name Karl Kopinsky, Paul Bonner,
Enrico Marini, Frank Frazetta and Juanjo Guarnido (Black Sad Comic Books).
Updating older tutorials with content we learned during the last years. Offering an easier way to support us on what we daily create and teach on MV.
10100003 Asks: As someone just starting out it would be great to hear his thoughts on the type of things he would do in terms of practice, or learning areas, that are not apparent to a rookie, those unknown, unknowns.
3. Practice is most important. When I started painting miniatures I knew a) if I want to learn much that b) I have to paint much. I painted around 300 miniatures in my first four years, each year.
Mainly for the gaming table, but I tried to improve myself more and more. Challenge yourself with self-studies on different topics, like warm-cold colors, saturation-
Work by Roman.
We would all like to thank Roman for taking the time to answer our questions and if you would like to follow more of his work you can find his blog Massive Vodoo.