Tzolk'in - The Painting of the Wheel(s)
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Like many others, when I opened the game I thought the wheel screamed to be painted. I saw a lot of people dry-brush their wheels and really liked the way they looked. I wanted my wheels to be grey in color (kind of like stone) and then I would dry-brush some colors on.

Apparently my dry-brushing skills suck to levels I can't explain. I ended up priming the wheel at least 3 more times because I just couldn't get the desired look. So after a while I was thinking about just leaving the wheels grey.

I then thought I would try to color the wheel one little piece at a time. I figured the worst that could happen is I would be out of time alone and just prime the wheel again. I decided to show step by step what I did as well because after the first night, I realized I was having a really good time doing it.

So here is the process step by step...evening by evening. Now I didn't work on it consecutive evenings, but I did take a picture each night when I decided to call it quits.
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1. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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Evening 1

Here is the first try at it. I was playing around and just wanted to see what it would look like with a palette of colors on the wheel. I kind of liked it so I kept going. I figured if I didn't at any point I could just spray it with grey primer (again). You can see the gold in the left in the area I kind of played around in just to see if I liked it or not.

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2. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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Evening 2

I finished the inner wheel. I stayed with a palette of red, blue, green, yellow, white, and just a little black. It was interesting because not all the areas were the same as far as style where I thought they should be (some were solids but others were sets of lines in the same shape on the opposite side). I tinkered with a few of the characters on the outside of the circle but then called it a night.

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Evening 3

I got a little crazy this night. I finished all the little characters on the next layer on the from the inside out and then went crazy with the red to fill in everything else. While I thought about adding different colors, I didn't want it to look like a rainbow and I found a similar image of the calendar on the web that had a lot of red so I ran with it.

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Evening 4

The next phase I pretty much stuck with white, red, yellow, and a little black. Those little places will start making you go cross-eyed after a while trying to make sure you get each one filled in.

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Evening 5

I just pushed on with the red and powered through getting those little areas done. I wanted to do other colors that night but I also didn't want all those little areas looking me in the face and laughing at me and mocking me that I couldn't paint them...maybe I was starting to lose it at this point because I thought the wheel may be talking to me.

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Evening 6

This evening was a lot more fun because I got to finish the top area of the wheel and add in some different colors. I added in little blue highlights on the sides that I painted the day before to just break up all the red some. I thought the white made some night pops of color on the wheel since a lot of it was red.

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Evening 7

I finished the leaders on the bottom and really wanted to make them colorful. I ended up painting over some of the red I originally painted because I really wanted more color. I also painted all the numbers and symbols on the outside of the wheel with white to help them stand out a little more.

Also, instead of the stickers on the four points on the wheel (for the four feeding times), I painted those on. I didn't think they turned out too bad considering they were free-handed.

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Evening 8

I dry-brushed the other five wheels (the dark brown didn't turn out as well as I would have liked but it was okay). I then sealed them with two coats of gloss and the one coat of matte finish because I didn't want them to be so shiny.

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Evening 9

I attached them to the board and here is the finished product. I didn't attach the sticker to the middle on yet. I wasn't sure if I wanted to but I ended up doing it later.

And there you have it!

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