What is an old man doing running around a creepy old mansion? Don’t underestimate the Prof! This week brings a tutorial on painting Harvey Walters, an investigator in the Mansions of Madness game.
Harvey’s use in the game is to solve puzzles and has a relatively high sanity – ideal for when the monsters start to show up. He offsets his frailty with a magic staff that allows him to reduce any damage down to one, yup even a Shaggoth can’t swallow the old man whole.
Painting wise, I wanted to give Professor Walters a classic suite, but with a hit of color. A white shirt, royal purple vest, and a black jacket it is. And to set off the vest, a bright yellow hanky.
As with the rest of the set, I’ve stuck to mostly the Vallejo range as I like their dropper bottles. All the Model Colors used are from the Painting Skin Set.
- Model Color Light Brown
- Model Color Medium Fleshtone
- Model Color Basic Skintone
- Model Color Light Flesh
- Games Workshop Gryphonne Sepia Wash
- Game Color Wolf Grey (hair)
- Game Color Wolf Grey
- Game Color Hexed Purple
- Game Color Electric Blue
- Model Air Cold Grey
- Game Color Black
- Model Color Burnt Umber
- Model Color Mahogany
- Game Color Sun Yellow
Step 1: Primer and Skin Base
After cleaning up mold lines, and filling in a bunch of gaps (real common on this set), I primed Harvey white and painted his skin Light Brown.
It’s helpful on a layered model like this to start from the inside and work outwards.
Step 2: Base Colors
In this fashion, I painted his shirt Wolf Grey, vest Hexed Purple, then his jacket 1:1 Cold Grey & Black, and the pants 1:1 Cold Grey & Wolf Grey. The handkerchief, tie, and shoes were also based. I then touched up any misplaced paint.
I seemed to have missed a picture along the way as the image also shows that I highlighted the skin with Medium Fleshtone.
Step 3: Black Wash
To color in the hair and provide some contrast with his face, I added a wash of Black. This still keeps his hair looking aged, but now has a right amount of shadow.
Step 4: Painting the Skintones
Next up, I added two layers to his skin: Basic Skintone and Light Flesh. Because the model is relatively flat, some of the highlights were meant to add wrinkles to his face.
The Light Flesh layer left him looking a little pale and lifeless. I fix this in the next step.
Step 5: Face Wash and Blue Vest
Another two-in-one picture. But to fix the too-pale skin, I added a wash of Gryphonne Sepia. This added some earth and shade without being as dark as a brown or flesh wash. I still wanted him to look like an old man.
I also highlighted his vest with Electric Blue. I didn’t bother with the shirt as so little of it shows through anyway.
Step 6: Jacket Highlights
Now onto the outer layers. Harvey is a classy dude, and sharply dressed. This is why I used a sharper contrast with the Wolf Grey. The tight folds of his jacket would cause brighter edges.
On a piece that was to be more display than gaming, I would probably do a mid-tone first, or at least shaded with a black wash.
Step 7: Pants Highlights
Wolf Grey was also used on his pants. It’s not as sharp of contrast, but it keeps the colors uniform.
Step 8: Brown Highlights
Last up is the highlights for the brown. So the book, shoes, and staff all received highlights of Mahogany Brown.
The staff also received a few scuffs of Wolf Grey added to the brown to make it looked more used.
Painting Harvey Walters Showcase
And there he is. A painted Harvey Walters from the Mansions of Madness, ready to solve any riddle.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s painting Harvey Walters tutorial. Coming soon is a tutorial on using his ski recipe (and a few others) to do a light skin version of my dark skin tutorial.