Painting Mansions Of Madness Figurines


I can’t say that I’m an expert on H.P. Lovecraft or Cthulhu. But when I saw images of Mansions of Madness’ customizable game board at a local Barnes & Noble bookstore, I knew I had to buy it.

Mansions of Madness, or MoM, is a turn-based role-playing game in which players explore a creepy mansion. One player takes on the role of the “keeper,” which is just a fancy way to say “Game Master.” The keeper’s job is to destroy the other players by manipulating the game’s monsters and traps. The other players band together to find clues and solve the game’s mysteries.

With my downtime, I’ve started to paint the game figurines. It’s actually quite therapeutic. I’ve added some photos below the fold.


Here’s a partially painted Chthonian. Keep in mind that I haven’t painted sculptures since high school so I’m a bit rusty. But as a rule of thumb, I always start my paint jobs with an undercoat. The goal is to hide blemishes when detailing the figure.


These are Shoggoths, creepy pulsating creatures from another dimension. I started by painting the creatures black (as seen in the picture). Then, I added gray details and green pustules.


Here are some more Chthonians. To keep the figurines upright while also protecting the stand from stray paint, I used an index card.


I added purple and brown paint over the black layer. The next step is to add a coat of gloss to make the creatures look shiny and slimy.


These winged creatures are called Mi-gos. They steal people’s brains.


You’ll see in this picture that I added a lot of blood detailing. The dry brush technique (lightly brushing with a new coat of paint to highlight natural contours in the figurine) works extremely well.

I won’t bore you with all of my nerdy paint jobs. But suffice to say, painting figurines is an extremely relaxing past time. The challenge now is finding 4-5 people willing to spend an evening playing this frustrating game.

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