I needed a break from painting colourful Renaissance (obvious by the fact that I wasn't painting any) and I had wanted to do this project for some time since I had the idea. What I wanted was to recreate is the true Zorro of childhood Sathurdays, as portrayed by the unforgettable Guy Williams in glorious black and white. So I did:
When I first encountered this black and white painting (actually shades of grey) I thought it a mere gimmick that would have little more use than a diorama if one was so enclined. Vikotnik's wonderful Nosferatu project made me reconsider and what project could be better suited than this one to try it out?
The pictures are full colour and have not been adjusted (aside from the usual correction of sharpness etc...). I printed out a custom background and floor in black and white to serve as a backdrop, otherwise the effect would be spoiled.
Zorro is the only one that actually uses black as a basecolour. All the others use shades of grey and no white paint was used anywhere. I used the mounted and unmounted version made by Malamute's Boot Hill Miniatures (I do have the Artizan one in the leadpile as well).
The presidiales (also from Boot Hill Miniatures) are painted using only two different colours (a dark and a light grey) and were the most work due to all the different shades of grey.
The peons were actually the first minis I did to see if I could manage to paint in this style. It was a bit of a learning curve but they came out well enough for me to try the presidiales (which show some improvement I think). These are Foundry miniatures. For some reason the bases look a bit off, I may have to fix that.
And a shot with some colour (background and landsknecht mini in the center) (as if you couldn't see him) in case someone might think it's a fake.