Mansions of Madness – Feathered Serpents

These two came with the Path of the Serpent expansion and are of a higher standard than the minis found in the core set and early expansions. They’re of a hard plastic and have crisp detail, with fewer mould lines and other deformities to remove. Still, they’re pretty simple figures and I didn’t want to take too long painting them up.

Mansions of Madness - Feathered Serpents

So, once again I turned to experimenting with inks, and this time I wanted to see how they’d blend.

I started with the familiar Zenithal prime and prepped glazes of Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue ink by adding Glaze medium, roughly 1:1.

Ink isn’t quick drying and so it’s nice and easy to wet blend them together, which is exactly what I did, applying them in the order mentioned above. The order to apply them is something worth thinking about, otherwise the blends throw up odd colours that don’t flow together – worth a practice first if unsure!

Mansions of Madness - Feathered Serpents

The natural shading from the Zenithal prime worked okay, but things were a little dull. To liven it up I Drybrushed the whole thing, first with Bonewhite and then more selectively with Elfic Flesh.

Mansions of Madness - Feathered Serpents
Feathered Serpents carrying out their courtship rituals!

I tried two different colour schemes for the mouth. One, Heavy red highlighted with Bonewhite, and the other Tan and Pale Flesh. The teeth I based with Heavy Ochre and then finished with a loaded brush tipped with white.

Quick tidy up of the eyes, a bit of lining in, and they were done, all in less than an hour!

Mansions of Madness - Feathered Serpents

I didn’t bother mounting them on a base, they stand up okay on their own and look fine on the board; time to move on…

13 thoughts on “Mansions of Madness – Feathered Serpents

  1. I love these, they’re terrifying and the bright colours don’t detract from the horror. The way you’ve used the inks and blended those different shades is just great, your painting has really lifted those models to another level. You were definitely right to highlight them and it’s just added to the realism.

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    1. Thanks Matt.
      I found that ink blends real easy, you just have to make sure you get them in the right order otherwise you end up with some pretty garish colours!

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  2. Very nice renditions of South American dragons, wonderful use of bright colours and transitions

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    1. Thanks Dave.
      Aaah! So that’s what they are 😏 I just went with the colours on the token art and never actually researched what they represented… More research required in the future!

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      1. Their name is Coatyl and is a physical manifestation of the Aztec god Quetzi Coatyl, but they are also known as the winged serpent in English speaking terms

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      2. You know, I really should have known that. I just never spent the time to make the connection, just looked at the art and copied it without a thought to what they might actually represent – shame on me😔

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  3. They came up pretty nicely, and I like how colourful they are as well!

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    1. Thanks Azazel.
      They certainly add a dash of colour to a game with an otherwise dark theme.

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  4. I’d imagine this is what H.P. Lovecraft would see on acid 😀 The sculpts on these definitely look like an improvement on the early MoM sculpts and I really like how colorful you’ve made them. Anything horrible or unnatural works well in this world so why not go for some brighter colors?

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    1. Lol! Thanks Jeff – Lovecraft on acid, that takes some thinking about!

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  5. Very nice, Justin! 🙂 Plenty of colours (something I can’t do)!

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    1. Thanks John and I’m pretty sure you’d do a fine job painting something with lots of colour, it’s just something you tend not to come across when painting tanks, ships, infantry, etc. all of which you do marvelously well.

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      1. You’re being very generous Justin but, believe me, I’d make a hash of colourful stuff! My Italian ship markings and Paraguayan infantry are as colourful as it’s gonna get! 😉

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