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THE CREATIVE GAMER - Tzolk'in Gear Pimping - A survey of what others have done (Part 2 - the Insanity Continues)

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I posted back in December all of the creative Tzolk'in Gear Pimping going on. If you missed it see: THE CREATIVE GAMER - Tzolk'in Gear Pimping - A survey of what others have done

This is a continuation of that post - I kept adding on to the other one but then it got out of hand. Also, I doubt I will do another follow-up as 1) This could keep going on forever, especially as more and more copies hit gamers' tables and I don't think I want to keep doing this over and over. And, 2) I FINALLY got my gears painted and ink washed in the past couple of weeks so I'm done painting (well.........I might apply one more ink wash, but that story is for another day) so looking at these all in more detail is nice but not necessary for inspiration anymore BUT, they deserve to be seen and I LOVE seeing them collected all together as a group - an art show of sorts I guess.

Anyhow, I'm just going to jump right in because this is going to take a while.



Exhibit 22:
Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
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Heavy on the black with some red and a little yellow. The outer gears are all painted with stone-like look to them. The outer ones are along the lines of what I've done except with a stone-like look at least showing through a bit.



Exhibit 23:
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Patrick Nickell
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Bothell
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Yet MORE black. LOTS of black here. Funny, this one almost looks like velvet or raised fuzzy velvet on a black background. The black definitely stands out from the board doesn't it?

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Exhibit 24:
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Barry Goldstein
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Culver City
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Mr. Goldstein certainly likes GOLD doesn't he? Frankly, I like the gold look too - the gold paints really sparkle in the light in person that a still photo or even video can't do justice showing. For me, this might be a little too much gold though...




Exhibit 25:
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Jestin Jund
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Sioux Falls
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Jestin's AWESOME wife painted this terrific looking gear! He better have given her some good back and feet rubs after completing this - I know mine took quite a while hunched over and could have used the same after. Jestin posted a detailed comment on the image below with a general description of how his gear was painted. I like the color choices and details that were highlighted - its a good balance. Would like to see the inked outer gears as well with everything together on the board!

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Exhibit 26:
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Keller
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Interesting - this is the only image mudslapper has ever uploaded to BGG! I really like the aged look of this gear - simple but effective.



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Well, this isn't the gears but some other fabulous pimping I just had to point out. macklau already had my attention with his amazing gear paint job (one of my favorites) and really went all out creating a custom storage box with decorations, AND custom player pieces. FANTASTICALLY INSANE WORK ANGEL!!! (now I know what my next project is going to be............................well, maybe not)

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Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
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Speaking of GOLD from earlier, this has some terrific looking gold as well. Simple in color scheme but triumphant in appearance.

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Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
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Purple? I love purple, but not sure for these gears. According to the comments Instagram did a number on the color......hmmmmmmm.




Exhibit 30:
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Mikael Vintermark
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Actually, Nekau's friend painted these. I'm liking the natural look quite a bit! Although adding grass as he mentioned in the comments might be overkill....




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David Short
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This is another with the color-matched outer gears which is the general direction I wanted to go on mine.

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Exhibit 32:
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Michael Perez
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Glendora
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Funny, this one has some similarities to my paint job except mine is more in the gray range and this is more in the reddish range and more consistently the same color across all gears. Nice mottled coloring on this one. Wow, this is another user with only 1 image (this) posted to BGG! Quite some inspiration coming from all around the geek for this game!



Exhibit 33:
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Curt Parr
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Kurt, your avatar keeps staring at me! What! What did I do?! Well, I'm staring at the colors - the blue and red look metallic to me - not sure if its the lighting or what, but I'm kinda mesmerized by it.

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Dan Edelen
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edelen used Gold and Silver paint pens on the details. Why didn't *I* think of that! shake The brown stone wash look on this one is SPECTACULAR!!




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Kaworu17 says he spent the weekend with his friend painting this one. The stone look on the main gear is really nice looking!



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Marc-Andre Delalay
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A nice first effort for a beginner painter! Yes, EVERYONE seems to be inspired to take up painting just for this game!



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Peter Gorniak
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Another nice straight-forward design. I've really been liking the brown-range look of these and some of the other gears. I like the turquoise color to contrast on this one.

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Exhibit 38:
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Ken Dilloo
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Really nice detailed work on this one. When you are painting the middle gear and realized just HOW MUCH detail there is, it is both overwhelming and yet puts you into a trance sort of mode when painting as you imagine what each element is and what part it must play in a larger story around the calendar. Very very interesting to dive deep into the detail - a depth you miss unless you really spend some time with it.

(bigloo33: I'm glad you abandoned the painted sticker - I was worried about that approach so I scanned mine and then colorized on the computer. If you want my scan I can send it to you - although the simple gold center works fine as well....)

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I *really* like the paint scheme and color choices on this one. If you have some time, click through to the picture and look at the largest resolution version - the painted detail is EXQUISITE! I also love the lunar cycles shown around the outside of the gear - best use of the flat spots I've seen!

Would really like to see a shot of this on the board with all the other gears!!



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did the paint on this as a commissioned work. The color choices are excellent and the detail work is very nice. The mini in the center of the main gear is a great touch and matches the rest of the work as well.

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Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
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Exhibit 41:
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Hey, another one that looks somewhat similar to mine!



Exhibit 42:
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Kirk Bauer
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Nice naturally looking gears. Color choices for the worker spots are great as well!



Exhibit 43:
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Cory Yates
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This is a very brightly colored set. Nice detail work done by a first time painter, too! Painting the sticker came out pretty decent also!

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Exhibit 44:
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This one is different as The_AirBear used a special speckle colored spray paint to apply after a gray base coat. Give them an interesting granite look. The detail work in the central gear is excellent!




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This one has an different dark-brown color which makes the gold and silver highlights really stand out.





Wow! 45 different custom painted gear designs posted to BGG (well, ok 44 as one was game piece pimping). And, every gear had its own look and flavor. And some looked vastly different than all the others. There are just so many different directions you can take this.

But, I DID finally get my gears painted. And I'm very happy with them. I got a lot of good compliments about the work on them at the local convention a couple of weeks ago. There's a little more tweaking I could do, but I'm pretty much done with them at this point. Well, except that one last go at inking it again.......I think it needs a bit more to highlight the colors and look a little cleaner.

What do you think so far though?

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This isn't the best picture as its hard to see the shininess of the gold and silver paint. I might also need some final touch-ups to a couple of areas that ended up a bit lighter than expect and then try to take a better picture of it before I officially post my pic. Its allllmooooost there....


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