By Marco Scheloske - images & text © 2010
Image: Display plaque
Sometimes you build a model with the techniques you know for years.
Sometimes you build a model with techniques you`ve seen somewhere else, just to try them.
And sometimes you have an idea that will be a challenge for yourself.
The last happens with this little display (which may grow in the future): When the Future was Black and White. It contains three little dioramas from Skyhook, each only a few centimeters in size. Being all from classic black and white SF-movies, I painted them as they were seen on screen: just grayscales, mixed from pure black and pure white only!
To do so I made screenshots of the various scenes to get a feeling of the needed grays. It was an interesting experience to see how much we are trained to look and "think" in colors. Then I mixed several grey ''basecolors'' as a starting point, mixing tones between those from them. I used only pure white and pure black for those greys, not a single drop of another color was involved (astonishing how a single drop of black affects a complete 25 ml bottle of white!). From these colors I made a greyscale chart to compare them with the screenshots - at the end I got a feeling for it, but in the beginning it was really tough. It helped to keep my eyes ONLY on the screenshots, the grayscale and the models - one look to something with ''real colors'', and my brain switched from ''grayscale only'' to ''normal life color mode” immediately.
The paintwork itself was done as usual: basecoat, detail painting, wash for shadows, drybrush for highlights.
Finally I added a plaque for the (so far) complete collection and small prints from the title screens of the movies.
The pictures were taken in front of a grey background - but those are NO grayscale pictures, they have been taken in color! As a proof I added a colored pewter figure in one of the overview shots (Perry Rhodan from the German novel series, so it is a classic one, too…)
This page copyright © 2010 Starship Modeler. First posted on 23 March 2010.