Community Spotlight: Tidal Blades, Blighted Dragons & Black Templars

January 20, 2021 by crew

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


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Tidal Blades by joshtogo

We're starting off this week with some cartoony fun from a project by joshtogo. These characters are from a game called Tidal Blades by Druid City Games.

Tidal Blades #1 by joshtogo

The thing that immediately struck me with these miniatures is how different they are from many other games out there. I love the cartoony and over-the-top look to the miniatures which makes them appear as if they've come from a children's TV show. That, of course, means that when it comes to colour schemes you've got to get stuck in and give them an equally ace paint job.

Tidal Blades #2 by joshtogo

I certainly think you get that here with these miniatures by joshtogo. The schemes that have been chosen for them came directly from the concept art for the game and they have been executed fantastically. I love all the big, bold and poppy colours on display here and how they work together so nicely.

Tidal Blades #3 by joshtogo

The nice thing about the characters in this game is that you also have some varied individuals to work on. So, when you're bored of painting up a human-like individual you can hop on over and paint up a different character instead that has bright pink or red skin as you can see above.

All of the base colours, shading, highlighting and such has been executed wonderfully and I think I'd be very happy if these characters found their way into a board game collection. There are a few more to take a peek at over on the project link above so make sure you dive in.


Blight Dragon by maledrakh

Next, we're turning to the work of maledrakh who has been 3D printing away on this Blight Dragon from the folks at Lost Adventures. The print has come out very well indeed if this is anything to go by and it has been painted up equally well too.

Blight Dragon #1 by maledrakh

You wouldn't have guessed that this was 3D printed from the final look of it I reckon. The details have come out exceptionally well and the painting takes it to that next level. I thought this was actually some classic Oldhammer-esque miniature until I read more of the description for it!

Blight Dragon #2 by maledrakh

The elements of this miniature which really drew my eye popped when you start to see the subtle blending of colours from the top of the dragon down to the bottom. I really like that shift from green, perhaps the dragons original colour, through to the pinks and purples which show its more mutated side.

Blight Dragon #3 by maledrakh

This comes together to produce a terrifying beast which would no doubt be a troublesome fiend for any hero to fight. Whilst that Conan-like fellow there looks like he might be able to handle himself I think he might have bitten off more than he can chew. A great dragon miniature packed with detail and very worthy of a dungeon delving experience I say.


Black Templars by umbra

Last but not least we turn our attention to the work of umbra who has been working their way through a large contingent of Black Templars over the last few months. Here we can see the fruits of their labour with a character and a few squads which were finished recently.

Black Templars #1 by umbra

Black Templars have always been a Chapter I've enjoyed in the grimdark future of Warhammer 40,000 and its easy to see why from these paint jobs. Black is fun to work with and it contrasts really well against some poppy metallics and plenty of cream or white. It also helps that the Black Templars are badass Space Marine Knights on an endless crusade for their Emperor. What's not to like?

Black Templars #2 by umbra

Across the collection, umbra has done a superb job of really making these Space Marines stand out on the tabletop. I love the way the black has been finished to give it an almost polished sheen and everything looks top-notch when photographed like this. You can also see the hint of weathering and muck around their boots as they battle across a Martian surface.

Black Templars #3 by umbra

Giving the Black Templars those signature red guns but making it a little darker works really well for the scheme as a whole too. It also works very nicely with the basing style and links everything together. I love that with an army like this the key elements of the model stand out so nicely; namely their heads, weapons and those shoulder pads emblazoned with the Black Templar Chapter markings.

On a whole, a fantastic project and one well-worth exploring in more detail on the link above. Perhaps it will get you considering a Black Templar army of your own for the newest edition of Warhammer 40,000?

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Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

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