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piper90910 Sep 2014 8:25 p.m. PST

I am curious if anyone has ever painted quantities of figures in grey tones -- "black and white" -- to simulate the look of old-timey movies for, say, Pulp games, or Gangsters, or that sort of thing? If so, do you have pictures of your work?

The more I watch old films or films simulating old periods, the more I am curious about this. It would make a striking tabletop, but so much extra work! Plus terrain to match, or things would look daft. So, any thoughts?

Cyrus the Great10 Sep 2014 8:36 p.m. PST

Check out this blog.


tkdguy10 Sep 2014 10:20 p.m. PST

Nice work on those miniatures.

Dexter Ward11 Sep 2014 2:37 a.m. PST

There was a game many years ago at Salute (late 80s, I guess) with a stagecoach attacked by Injuns, all in grey scale to replicate the old 'Stagecoach' movie.

TamsinP11 Sep 2014 3:38 a.m. PST

Cyrus – yup. Curt's greyscale/chiaroscuro Great War stuff is amazing.

Allen5711 Sep 2014 4:25 a.m. PST

This topic comes up every few years. Seems lots of folks think about it but I have seen very few do this. I suspect that getting a good effect painting this is beyond the ability of all but a few.

haywire11 Sep 2014 4:42 a.m. PST

Jen Healey did a Miniature Mentor Video on something similar, but she did using 2 browns instead of greys


There was also this WWII Diorama


which I am trying to find the article for… but I think it was something like… assemble it. Take a picture. Open the picture in an editor. Change to greyscale.

boy wundyr x11 Sep 2014 6:10 a.m. PST

I thought I remembered an article on this in WSS, but it doesn't appear to be in the gangster or spy issues, I'll have to check my hardcopies tonight.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Sep 2014 9:26 a.m. PST

A bit ago I posted an article about these guys …

glub blug

… to go with these …
Whadda yew lookin' at?

… whose write up is pending.

Actually, I use a lot of standard paper terrain for them and just print it in B&W!

Fizzypickles11 Sep 2014 12:00 p.m. PST

Painting grayscale is actually quite difficult. Unless you can get hold of chroma neutral black & white paints it requires the use of a warm brown also.

Some of the painting shown here is extremely well done.

Fried Flintstone11 Sep 2014 12:35 p.m. PST

This stuff is cool and works perfectly with the theme …


The Tin Dictator11 Sep 2014 4:37 p.m. PST

The Staines Wargamers did a demo game at one of the conventions years ago of the Movie "Stagecoach".

Everything was in shades of B&W (Gray).
It was very interesting.


Bellbottom12 Sep 2014 3:34 a.m. PST

I remember seeing a diorama years ago at a NE UK show of a group of soldiers round a campfire. The sides towards the fire were painted in muted colours and firelight effects, gradually fading into greys and browns to black at the side of the figures away from the fire. It was exceptional.

piper90912 Sep 2014 9:58 a.m. PST

Lots of good work! I figured this subject had come up before, but I wasn't Searching with the precise phrase(s) the search engine wanted to see.

Zephyr113 Sep 2014 1:31 p.m. PST

I use a tiny smidge of watered down white to 'ink' the eyeball, dot the pupil, and use the base flesh color to shape/cover around it. Avoids the glaring white "caught in the headlights" look…. ;-)

evilcartoonist13 Sep 2014 10:20 p.m. PST

I did these several years ago:


And these this year:


And these sometime in between:


Fizzypickles14 Sep 2014 4:19 a.m. PST

Lovely thumbs up

WeeWars16 Sep 2014 4:20 a.m. PST

Very nice!

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