It is pretty hard to say it was fun as the theme/topic of this figure really makes me very sad. I got myself into reading a lot about the injustice that happened to the continent of Africa and no need to say it: still is on today. By reading a history magazin which explained the so far known depths of african culture and early history I really found myself stuck deep in a topic which ... ya, I got no words for what I feel about it, but I read on and discovered and learned a lot for myself.

That is why I took the chance to put those feelings into a miniature to try to explain.

The lowest photo gives a little insight in the conversion work.
A full step by step article about the conversion and how I tackled such dark skin, which made me happy for the first time will follow soon in the Massive Voodoo jungle.

The project was sold to a private collector.
Thank you for your support in my craft, work, art and passion!

Keep on happy painting!
  • Michael VolquartsPLUS

    super idee roman

    • Roman Lappat, "jarhead"PLUS

      Danke, Michael. Freut mich, dass die Idee sitzt und der Gedanke dahinter rüberkommt.

  • Pavel 'Dakan' Michal

    wow…great idea Roman! I look forward to step-by-step :)

    • Roman Lappat, "jarhead"PLUS

      The step by step will take a little while, but will occour in the jungle oneday.
      Thanks for the feedback!

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  • Alfonso Giraldes_BansheePLUS

    beautiful painted, buit i must say taht he looks more like a badass guy from the sixties rather than a slave

    • Roman Lappat, "jarhead"PLUS

      You got message my friend :P

      I know what you mean, I really wanted to make him look very sad, even with tears in his eyes but during the paintwork he turned out to be full of anger… bad ass.

  • Oliver Posvek (Colouristo)

    Typical roman, very strong expression!

  • Daniel

    Yet again a perfect example for the fact that you turn the things that move you into your miniatures. Always a pleasure to see what results this process delivers.

    Great piece!

  • Uli WilkePLUS

    So much variation in the skin. Impressive!
    But indeed he looks like a Black Panther ... :)

    • Roman Lappat, "jarhead"PLUS

      Yeah, I know ... it was hard not to paint him looking full of anger and well, he is with a reason that needs no explanation. Thanks for your nice words, Uli.

  • John Margiotta "BloodASmedium"PLUS

    Just amazing .so lifelike

  • Anthony Wang

    Love it! The research and heart you put into Juva’s story really comes through in this beautiful work. Thanks for tackling this difficult topic.  I really appreciate the subject given the intense racial issues that plague us at home in the US!