Behind The Cards: Weather Painters

Franco Ferrara

12/8/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Spirit Warriors was a breath of fresh air for the Six Samurai, and introduced two entirely new themes: The Weather Painters and the Magical Musketeers.

While the Samurai and the Musketeers both show some promise, the Weather Painters – my personal favorite of the three – resemble how a person uneducated in modern art might view it… sort of as a total mess.

In the OCG, the Weather Painter theme was well researched in all departments from their design with clever references to color and various artistic allusions. Unfortunately, the theme lost those elements upon their localization for the TCG.

In the OCG, these cards were named for various types of pigments used for coloring paints and other mediums, but when they were released into the TCG that concept was obliterated. Instead, the Weather Painter monsters were named for the weather they represent in their backgrounds, making the theme fall a little flat; thematically, they basically lost the only interesting thing they had working for them.

But that's why I'm here today: to paint these monsters in a new light!

 The Weather Painter Sun
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The Weather Painter Sun152437
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN032
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute FIRE 
A / D 1600 / 400
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

If this card is in your GY: You can send 1 face-up Continuous Spell/Trap you control to the GY; Special Summon this card in Defense Position, and if you do, place 1 "The Weather" Spell/Trap from your hand face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone. You can only use this effect of "The Weather Painter Sun" once per turn. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase of the turn after this card was banished from the field to activate a "The Weather" card's effect: You can Special Summon this banished card.


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The Weather Painter Sun was known in the OCG as “Weather Painter Bengara”, which is the name for an old Japanese coloring agent. Bengara's an iron oxide, and therefore produced a red color; it was used in lacquerware for wood. Painter Sun is visually based on classic period clothing. Its accessory is an older style paintbrush and palette, further perpetuating the perception of a historical painter.

The Weather Painter Snow's snowflake looks like it was airbrushed, and we can safely assume it's because she's holding an airbrush and canisters in the art for Weather Pattern Snow.

The Weather Painter Thunder was called “Weather Painter Turmer” in the OCG, and is obviously named for turmeric. Turmeric isn't just great for cooking, it's also a great source for the color yellow. A relative to the ginger family, it's the root (rhizome) which is used to create the bright yellow hues, after being boiled and dried and ground into a majestic shade.

The Weather Painter Thunder displays red horns – probably a nod to the thunder entity Raijin – and a cloak trimmed with storm clouds. Thunder bolts dangle from the cloud trim, and make up its wings. The monster's also holding an “electric” crayon.

 The Weather Painter Thunder
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The Weather Painter Thunder152438
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN033
Level 3
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1700 / 0
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

You can send 1 face-up Continuous Spell/Trap you control to the GY; place 1 "The Weather" Spell/Trap from your Deck face-up in your Spell & Trap Zone. You can only use this effect of "The Weather Painter Thunder" once per turn. Once per turn, during the Standby Phase of the turn after this card was banished from the field to activate a "The Weather" card's effect: You can Special Summon this banished card.


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The Weather Painter Rain was named “Weather Painter Lapis” in the OCG. Lapis Lazuli, a valuable gemstone with the best quality specimens found in Afghanistan, was at one point also ground into pigment for painting. It was so valuable that it was once worth more than its weight in gold. The Weather Painter Rain is named for that gemstone-based pigment.

Painter Rain's concept is based on a pluviophile, someone who enjoys the rain. Thematically, this character idolizes the concept of the bookworm or writer whose perfect day is sitting at home writing in their books and reading, a much satirized and stylized character type. Her hair and “wings” are represented by blue raindrops which also adorn her clouds and coat, and not surprisingly she carries a blue fountain pen for writing, to really hammer home the motifs.

Wavering Lights
The Weather Painter Aurora went by the moniker of “Weather Painter Lampla” in the OCG. Lampla represents the color green, and her “accessory” is a roller brush. Her brush also happens to look like a green “bankers lamp” and coincidentally it's also illuminated.

I'm sure you've seen lamps with a green glass shade and wondered why they're green. During the 19th century into the mid-20th century, such lamps were mostly used by professions that required precise and meticulous vision-related work, such as bankers, librarians, and accountants. The green shade on the lamp was said to help lessen the eyestrain because these early incandescent lights were so bright. In fact, in ancient Greece it was rumored that Emperor Nero wore faceted emeralds as glasses to help with his near-sightedness. Painter Aurora's color is a reference to those green lamps.

The Weather Painter Aurora is wearing a green shawl with little spheres hanging from the cloud trim, each sporting a “negative” or “positive” symbol inside. At the North and South Poles, positively and negatively charged particles clash and they produce the aurora borealis. The same spheres are also found in Painter Aurora's staff, and when she's seen in the artwork of “Aurora Weather Pattern” she's actually painting the aurora borealis into the sky.

It's also important to note that the two main colors of the aurora borealis are green, caused by atomic oxygen, and sometimes red with blues caused by nitrogen. Green and green-yellow are the more common colors, and would explain why this green represents this weather phenomena and why she's enrobed in a green aura.

Keep Reaching for that Rainbow
The Weather Painter Rainbow remained the same in both the TCG and OCG, named quite obviously for a rainbow. The monster's bathed in daylight and wears a long white dress. The color white's significant because white light – daylight – contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum equally. That means when the white light's broken up, all the colors of the spectrum will appear, from red all the way to violet.

Everything about this character is a reference to white light and even her finger nails are painted in the colors of the rainbow, along with her hair. Unlike the other Weather Painter monsters, her shawl sports a fur trim with subtle shades and hues ranging the colors of the rainbow in order, instead of a “cloud” trim. The disks are just continuous rainbows instead of semicircles. Note that though this monster's “weapon” is seven tubes of color, there are only six Weather Painter monsters, prompting the question of where the remaining Weather Painter is.

 The Weather Painter Rainbow
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The Weather Painter Rainbow152440
Set Spirit Warriors
Number SPWA-EN035
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Fairy
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 2400 /
Rarity Secret Rare
Card Text

3 "The Weather" monsters When your opponent would Special Summon a monster(s) (Quick Effect): You can send this Link Summoned card to the GY; negate the Summon, and if you do, destroy that monster(s). Once per turn, during the Standby Phase of the turn after this card was banished from the field to activate a "The Weather" card's effect: You can Special Summon this banished card. "The Weather" Effect Monsters this card points to gain the following effect.
? When a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can banish this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


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The Weather Canvas cards are interesting in that their effects perform like actual weather conditions, affecting areas of the field with their conditions. You can have a sunny day with snow showers or even snow with thunder. The Canvas cards grant effects to your monsters and make them extremely versatile, granting them the ability to dodge card effects and protect themselves from harm. Of all the themes I've seen in Yu-Gi-Oh, this one is uniquely fascinating, even if it IS a bit tough to play.

What makes the Weather Painters so tricky to use is their lack of synergy with other Fairy-themed cards, combined with their unique playstyle. The quick-effects granted by the Canvas cards are really cool, but their boss monster's hard to summon without significant investment and stalling, not to mention that there's a ton of removal working against you in current metagames.

But that said, this deck can reap a lot of advantage in a short time with the right cards; the trouble is that none of it matters when you're going to lose so many cards and tempo in the process. One idea is to use Miraculous Descent and perhaps the Timelords with this theme. Anti-Spell Fragrance is an interesting concept too, since the Weather Painters “place” their themed spells onto the field, getting around the restrictions of Fragrance.

Beyond that, I'm not sure what else I could suggest. Give them a try and see what you think.

-Franco Ferrara


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