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Offline ecwcaptain

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Chinese Roof Colors (1910-20s)
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:26:56 PM »
I'm about to paint up a Chinese building or two, for use in BoB. They have the standard tiled roof. But, I want to know what color should the roof be, or can if vary (and why), for circa 1900-20s period?

I have seen the usual orange-red, but also greenish. But, even a blue comes up on a net search, but I'm not sure that is good for 1900-20s period.

Thoughts?

In advance - Thanks.

Offline Shipka

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Re: Chinese Roof Colors (1910-20s)
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2019, 03:10:38 PM »

Offline joekano

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Re: Chinese Roof Colors (1910-20s)
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2019, 10:23:36 PM »
For rural buildings, gray is going to be the most common.  But if you want to really delve into it, I recommend this paper:

https://www.academia.edu/25373200/The_Development_of_Roof_Color_in_Ancient_China

Covers ancient times through the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911.

« Last Edit: August 26, 2019, 10:29:40 PM by joekano »
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Offline Shipka

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Re: Chinese Roof Colors (1910-20s)
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2019, 10:49:20 PM »
Keep in mind construction methods varied from region to region, if you know the region you wish to portray then search for images of traditional dwellings in that area