Mansions of Madness – Charlie Kane

A bit of catching up, as I’ve finally based the first batch of MoM characters that I painted a while ago. First up is Charlie, one of my favourite characters across the Arkham files games, especially Eldritch Horror.

Mansions of Madness - Charlie Kane

Compared to some of the other characters he was fairly well defined, probably because he’s from an expansion (Sanctum of Twilight) rather than from the original core set. With all the characters I’ve tried to follow the card art and this one was one of the easiest.

The suit was the biggest takeaway here and the method I used for painting black is becoming my go to for that colour. It’s dead easy to do and I think quite effective. I started with a Black basecoat. Then highlighted Black with a small amount of Electric Blue added. I repeated this several times, adding a little more Blue each time. I think it gives the suit an expenxive, satin look, which I think an ego like Charlie would appreciate.

Tying things together, I used colours containing a little blue in both his shirt and hair – Heavy Bluegrey and Ghost Grey.

The gold is my attempt at NMM and I think I’m doing okay with these smaller bits and pieces. It’s a basecoat of Desert Yellow with a very small amount of Olive Drab added (all colours mentioned so far are Vallejo paints). I layered up with pure Desert Yellow and then again but with Ivory added. I then just kept adding Ivory to the mix until I got it to where I wanted.

I’m really pleased with Charlie, he really looks the part with the transparent base on those gorgeous game tiles and being a little… rotund, shall we say, he stands out when surrounded by other characters. Rita Young is up next, but till then, here’s a few more pictures of Mr. Kane…

20 thoughts on “Mansions of Madness – Charlie Kane

  1. Wow, very clean looking and the highlights are nicely done. I like how they are noticeable but not overly bright. Nice overall effect. What did you use for the skin?

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    1. Thanks mate.
      Yeah, I like the way the addition of Electric Blue highlights black, it makes a change from using grey.
      For the flesh, I start with a basecoat of tan and then use different mixes of Tan, Pale Flesh, Elfic Flesh, and Glacier Blue to wet blend over the top. I then usually finish with a glaze of one of the mixes.

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  2. I’m pretty sure that Charlie just came out for Arkham Horror: The Card Game so this is timely! The sculpt is definitely better than most of your typical MoM ones too. I really the cold black on the suit and you’re gaining confidence in your NMM too. I would say that you could get a bit more shadow on the gold pieces to make them look even more convincing. Its tough on the smaller the pieces are but its still doable! 🙂 That isn’t to say the gold looks bad as it is either. Many painters would be chuffed with the results you’ve already achieved. I look forward to seeing what you paint next, me ol’ mucker! 😀

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Jeff, I’ll try a darker mix to start with next time and see how that goes.

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      1. You’re very welcome. As my hand-picked apprentice (meaning I picked you and you don’t have a choice in the matter), I may give lots of painting feedback and you don’t feel like you’re progressing but in fact, you’re improving each and every time and eventually, I won’t have anything to say but, “Good job.” 😀

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      2. Thank you, Master, I look forward to that day🖖

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      3. Your time will come. That is one thing I know for sure 🙂

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  3. Excellent work on this rotund chap, Justin! The blue highlights add a sheen to his suit that gives it a richer colour than just plain black. You’ve brought out the expression on his face really well, and the NMM looks great.

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    1. Cheers Matt.
      Yeah, I thought the addition of Electric Blue added a bit of a luxury feel to his suit.
      I was well pleased with his face, actually Charlie as a whole to be honest, and glad you liked the NMM 😃


  4. What a brilliant figure, Justin! 🙂 I think you got the suit spot on!

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    1. Thank you, John,.
      I’ve used the technique I used on his suit a few times before and am getting reasonably good at it now… I think!

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  5. This is excellent Justin, you’ve really captured the card art in paint.

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    1. Cheers Dave, that’s very nice of you to say so, as that was my aim 😁

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  6. Oh lovely work indeed on this guy. I love the sharp suit and the tie pops against it very nicely!

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    1. Thanks Azazel.
      Yes, I thought the red tie really popped, though I can’t take any credit for the choice of colours, I just followed the card art🙂

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      1. The execution, on the other hand…. 🙂

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  7. You did really well on that skin-tone and the face!

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    1. Thanks mate, that means a lot coming from you Anthony😃


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