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Jenny Barnes – Painting Tutorial

Jenny Barnes is one of the heroine investigators from Mansions of Madness board game. A pistol-toting flapper that hunts cultists and zombies in high heels and a tight dress.

How to Paint Jenny Barnes

Rather than have her run around as gray plastic, I painted Jenny in her iconic blue outfit and gave her a fairly pale skin. Below I put together a tutorial on how to paint her. Don’t have time to read it all or want a nice, printable version? I also put together a PDF version, just jump to the bottom and fill in your email.

From Beginner to Happy, Painting Jenny Barnes


The models from Fantasy Flight Games are in relatively good condition for painting except for some mold lines (see the brim of her hat below). I used a hobby knife to scrape most of the lines off but as you can see I missed a few.

Painting Jenny Barnes - Primed

Step 1: Primer

After priming with White Primer, she was ready to paint. The remaining mold lines (like her hat) were scrapped off as I painted and noticed them.

The white primer allows for lighter skin and brighter blues.

The Skintones

I wanted Jenny to be fairly light skin to contrast with her dark blue dress. All colors for the dress are from the Vallejo Skin Set, which provides a nice variation of skin colors to use.

Painting Jenny Barnes - Basing the Skin

Step 2 Medium Fleshtone

For the base color, I used Medium Fleshtone, which provides a nice warm base. The rest of the model was also base coated with their primary colors (though I later changed the shoes and hat back to dark blue).

Step 3 Dark Flesh

Dark Flesh (which is oddly lighter than Medium Fleshtone) was used to highlight. Very little of the Medium Fleshtone was left visible.

Step 4 Basic Skin Tone

Finally, Basic Skin Tone was added, again leaving the previous colors only the recesses.

Painting Jenny Barnes - highlighting the Skin

Step 5 Light Flesh

To complete the highlighting Light Flesh was used on the upper areas of skin such as her shoulders, knees, and hands.

Step 6 Red Wash

A red wash was created using Red Vermillion and Airbrush Medium. It was used to color her lips without making them overly bright.

Step 7 Dark Brown Wash

Once the rest of the colors were finished, a Dark Brown Wash was used as a pin wash to create a stronger distinction between her dress and skin. By adding more Airbrush Medium, it doesn’t leave a strong tone, so a few layers were needed to accentuate her deeper recesses. It was also used to create artificial details around her knees and hands – the sculpting isn’t that detailed.

Dress, shoes, and Hat

All of Jenny Barnes’ background shows her in a dark blue dress, hat, and shoes. While I started with changing her hat and shoes to white, they didn’t contrast enough with her light skin and I changed it back to blue.

Painting Jenny Barnes - basing the blue dress

Step 8 Dark Prussian Blue

The clothes were base coated with Dark Prussian Blue. Her straps required a few back and forth clean ups with the BasicFleshtone to get it neat.

Step 9 Dark Prussian Blue with Pale Blue

The first highlight was a mix of two parts Model Air Blue and 1 part Model Air Pale Blue. The Model Air paints are a bit thinner than the Model Colors in the skin set, so a few layers were needed to provide a nice coverage for the highlights.

Painting Jenny Barnes - highlighting the blue dress

Step 10 Pale Blue with Dark Prussian Blue

For the top highlights, the mix was reversed with 1 part Model Air Blue and two parts Model Air Pale Blue. For some of the ridges along her abs and back, a forced highlight was needed to make up for the shallow sculpting.

Step 11 Pale Blue

A final highlight of Pale Blue was used along the sharpest highlights.

Her Pistols

Jenny carries a pair of pistols in the game, offsetting her very feminine look.

Painting Jenny Barnes - the pistols

Step 12 Black

The guns were based with Black to give them a dark base.

Step 13 Gunmetal

Model Air Gunmetal was used to provide the gun casing its metallic look. The Gunmetal is a relatively dark silver which works well with her pale skin.

Step 14 Mahogany Brown

And finally, Model Color Mahogany Brown was used for the handles. A classy lady like this would have a classy pistol.

Jenny Barnes Showcase

To finish up, the base was retouched with black and a few coats of Matte Clear was used to seal in the paint.

Having her painted will add another level to the game for sure!

A Painted Jenny Barnes - from the right A Painted Jenny Barnes - from the left A Painted Jenny Barnes - from the front A Painted Jenny Barnes - from the back

This finishes up the first Investigator of Mansions of Madness, so it’s back to more monsters.

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