I decided to add a splash of colour to two of my miniature 18th Century 'structures' - a building and a bridge - and here is the result.
The orange / terracotta panels between the timber frames are based on some reproduction buildings in historic Jamestown, Virginia, USA. The bridge is not based on anything I've seen(!) - however, I am aware that it was not uncommon (in England, at any rate) to add bull's blood to the paint, hence the reddish hue of the rendering on the bridge.
Do you think I've been too bold?
[btw, the miniatures are Pendraken 10mm Prussian Jagers which I have painted as dismounted dragoons]
Thank you for your comments, guys. I've been surfing the web the whole morning and I am happier now with the colours I painted on both structures. It was quite an eye opener to find out that traditional 18th century buildings appear to have been slightly more colourful than I suspected(!). Here is a link to one of the many sources I came across:
I discovered that not only was ox blood used for colouring but also iron oxide - the latter helped to reduce mould. I also discovered that, in the early 16th Century the Spanish brought cochineal to Europe. This is a red dye which had been used by Aztecs. The red dye was extracted from female cochineal insects living on cacti and was used to create a beautiful crimson, a so-called red lake pigment, which was extensively used in European painting.
Did you also know that the first modern synthetic pigment, Prussian blue, was discovered in the early 1700s by accident when a chemist was trying to make red?!
What I am not happy with, is the actual bridge model. The sides were mostly flat and plain except for some random stone blocks sticking out of the sides (see the link below and click on Code 15/200).
So what was I too make of the plain parts of the sides? I could only conclude that these were supposed to be lime mortar rendered portions of the wall, designed to protect the stonework from the weather. Only problem with that theory is that I've yet to find a photographic example of a rendered stone bridge(!). So, unless one of you guys can produce an example, it looks like my table top will be graced by a colourfully rendered 18th century ornamental bridge that never existed but which was arguably feasible for the era!
[by the way, Dindin, that was my feeble attempt to portray a more faded and weathered look .... ]