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Painting Tidal Blades

Painting Tidal Blades

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Project Blog by joshtogo Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

Just got this in. Beautiful art and nice mini sculpts. Going to try and do them justice.

This Project is Completed

To the table!

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Got this to the table today and boy did I forget to take a picture.
It’s a sprawling table hog even with two players but it is a beautiful sprawling table hog.
I loved the gameplay and I think it’ll stay in my collection—even though it’s certainly not something I’ll bring out for everyone. It’s a really tight, constrained game. You only get 14 actions over the course of a game so you have to think hard to make each one count.
Long story short: it’s a medium to heavy euro with gorgeous art and components.

Last but not least…

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The judgeThe judge
A boatA boat
A marker of undetermined type. A marker of undetermined type.

I thought I was all done only to find the last token in the box. Glad I noticed it.
All told these were really nice to paint. Minimal mold lines, nice detail, fun sculpts. Next step is probably a solo game of this.

Sagoshi

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Sagoshi
Sagoshi

Nearly there. This is the last of the player characters. He is sometimes blue and sometimes green in the concept art so I had fun shading him from green to blue. Until painted I thought his companion bug on his head just looked like a stupid hat. Now I think he just looks a little dumb but much less like a hat.
I had an odd thing happen with my varnish. I almost always use the Army Painter Matte rattle can and bave had really good luck with it. On Sagoshi’s just, however, when I came back this morning after sealing it yesterday, the back of his bust was white. And no, I did not do what I have done in the past and mistake my white primer for the varnish. It wasn’t a complete white but I definitely had to touch things back up. If any of you out there have had a similar experience or know what might have caused that, please let me know.

Caiman

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Caiman
Caiman
Caiman
Caiman

I really like this guy. In fact, he and Eko are probably the two minis that caused me to jump in on the game. He was fun to paint and I think he came out quite nicely.

I included a pic with his bust to give a sense of scale for them.

Better pics (I think)

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Better pics (I think)
Better pics (I think)
Better pics (I think)
Better pics (I think)
Better pics (I think)
Better pics (I think)
Better pics (I think)

These were way underexposed when I first took them. I figured out that I had set the camera for the dark background and floor. I would have thought that would have meant these would have been overexposed but I was very wrong.

I also included a pic of the busts. These are really quite small but they still have a good bit of detail.

I was going to do some work on the bases (if you look close you’ll see that I had already added sand to Dust’s base) but I decided to keep things simple. I also really don’t like how, unless I completely rebase a mini, their feet always get slightly eaten up by/sunk into whatever I’m using.

All told, I’m pretty happy with how these turned out. Only a few more to go which, at my pace, may take some time.

Eko

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Eko
Eko

Another fun one to paint. I clearly really enjoy cute, cartoony characters. I just hope I like the game as the last couple games I painted up just because I liked the characters were not a big enough hit to keep in my collection.
mom not sure whether I should play games before I paint them. It might mean I paint fewer minis that I like but keep a larger share of the games I paint. I suspect I’ll keep going as I am now—painting before I play. I really like playing painted games and I also enjoy sharing what I’ve painted with others.

Axl

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Axl
Axl

Another fun one to paint. I’m experimenting with some dark lining to lend these a bit more of a comic feel.

Dust

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Dust

An initial shot of Dust. These are turning out to be fun to paint. Better pics and a Lloyd shot to follow once I finish the base.

Primed and ready

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Primed and ready

Took advantage of a warm day to get these primed. Did a bit of base coating before I took this. Now to get stuck in property.

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