Monster In the Darkness & Demon Roach Guide

Odds are, if you are reading this, you already know what The Order of the Stick is.   If you are unfamiliar with The Order Of The Stick, it is an award winning web comic created and drawn by Rich Burlew that parodies D&D, role-playing games and medieval fantasy.


For this guide, I am assuming you have also read the OOTS Cleaning, Preparation & General Painting Information Guide.  If not, I would suggest reading it as it contains a lot of basic information useful for each and every Order of the Stick figure. That guide can be found here:


List of paints used in this guide:

Reaper Master Series Lemon Yellow (Eyes)

Reaper Master Series Cloudy Grey (Stone)

Reaper Master Series HD Entrail Pink (Umbrella)

Privateer Press P3 Thamar Black (Blacks)

Privateer Press P3 Morrow White (Whites)

Privateer Press P3 Khador Red Base (Roaches)


 I picked the paint I used in this tutorial because the colors not only match the comic, but these paints are available worldwide through either local gaming stores or online.  Feel free to use any brand of miniature paint you can find.   Please note that the craft paints found in the local art and crafts stores do not contain the finely ground pigment that is in miniature paints and the large molecules found in craft paints may show up as grainy when used on small miniatures like these.  BUT, if that is all you have, use it.


 The Monster in the Darkness and Demon Roaches comes with a black resin Monster in the Darkness, black resin Demon Roaches on base and a large plain plastic base.

 MITD Parts



The Monster in the Darkness and the Demon Roaches are cast in a special black resin.  It is directly paintable without priming (make sure to wash it well before painting to remove all mold agents) and can be used as is for the blacks.


  After the mold lines are cleaned you can polish the black resin to remove any “greying” of the color caused by sanding or cutting or paint a black line over any discoloration from cleaning the mold lines or use the figures straight out of the package for the black color.


The Monster in the Darkness can be used as is without  a base or glued to the large plastic base and putty stones sculpted if desired.



While this special black resin is paintable without priming, I have chosen to prime the umbrella and eyes.  This is because a while underlayer will give lighter colors more brightness. It will also take less layers of paint to get a good solid color over the white primer than over the black resin.   I also primed the demon roach and stone part of the demon roach base as well for the same reason.

MITD step 1

Demon roach step 1


 I painted the umbrella with Master Series HD Entrail Pink.

MITD step 2



P3 Morrow White was used for the cat faces and the top of the umbrella.  Master Series Lemon Yellow was used for the eyes.


MITD step 3

MITD step 3a

I then painted the demon roaches with P3 Khador Red Base.

Demon roaches step 2


The stone on the demon roaches (and Monster in the Darkness if you wanted stone) was done with Master Series Cloudy Grey.

demon roaches step 3

I did the black outlines of the cats on the Monster in the Darkness’s umbrella with P3 Thamar Black.  I also did general touchups and then sprayed the figures with dull coat to protect them.



Monster In The Darkness Variant  Monster In the Darkness Variant


Demon Roaches