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Chthonian Painting Tutorial for Mansions of Mansions

One of the scarier monsters of the game, the Chthonian are otherworldly monsters that appear from nowhere and swallow up the investigators.  Below I’ve put together a painting guide on how painted these beasts.

Painting Guide for the Chthonians from Mansions of Madness

Chthonian Painting List

When I painted the Chthonians, I was going for a contrast: ‘natural’ colors for the main skin and strong colors for the tentacles. With that, I’ve put together the paints used before for reference

  • Game Color Sombre Grey
  • Game Color Wolf Grey
  • Game Color Dark Green Wash
  • Game Color Royal Purple
  • Game Color Charred Brown
  • Game Color Tan
  • Game Color Warlord Purple
  • Game Color Squid Pink
  • Model Color Basic Skintone
  • Model Color Scarlett Red
  • Game Color Black

Painting the Chthonian Skin

For the skin, I started with gray dry brushes followed up with green and purple washes. This helped to create something that looked almost natural.

Base Colors

Chthonian from Mansions of Madness painting base colors

As with all my models, I paint the main colors so I can get a  sense of proportions between each block. The main body was done with Sombre Gray, the tentacles with Warlock Purple and Squid Pink on the inside.

Dry Brush

Chthonian from Mansions of Madness painting grey drybrush

I then took a dry brush of Wolf Gray over the body to highlight all the ridges.

Green Wash

Chthonian from Mansions of Madness painting green wash

I then used a green wash to create an ‘oddness’ while simultaneously shading the skin.

Purple Wash

Chthonian from Mansions of Madness painting purple wash

To accentuate the oddness and deepen that shadows, I used a purple wash. While the green was a general, dump it everywhere wash, the purple was selectively added to the deepest crevices.

Finishing Touches

Chthonian Painting Guide Finished

The last bit added to the skin was bringing it back into the base. So using Charred Brown, Tan, and weathering powders. I wanted him to seem like he just burst out of the ground and dirt spreading everywhere.

Painting the Chthonian Tentacles

I wanted the tentacles to be extra creepy. Something to draw focus and give them an extra scary. I built up from purples and pinks.

Base Colors

Chthonian from Mansions of Madness painting basic skintones

The main tentacles were painted with Warlord Purple while the inside was painted with Squid Pink. I then went back and highlighted the sucker pads with Basic Skintone.

Red Wash

Chthonian from Mansions of Madness painting red wash

A red wash was then used to tie all three colors together.

Purple Dots

Chthonian from Mansions of Madness painting purple dots

I then wanted to add something extra to the tentacles. So I took the Royal Purple used as a wash for the skin and used it as beauty marks at each one’s base. I kept them larger and more grouped towards the base of the tentacle and spread them out as it moved towards the middle.

Black and Purple Dots

Chthonian from Mansions of Madness painting black and purple

I then added a bit of black to the purple and colored in some of the dots near the base.

Finishing Touches

Chthonian Painting Guide Finished

The final touches included using WarColours Fluorescent Pink. This gives it a brighter, shiny look.

Chthonian Showcase

And that’s it, two Chthonians painted and ready to devour the world.

Painted Chthonians

I hope you enjoyed this painting tutorial and the crazy Chthonian monsters don’t give you too many nightmares!

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