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Jason
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Given the number of games which use history as a theme, I thought these color palettes might be useful to someone for graphic design, illustration, etc.

The first is based on a scan of an illuminated manuscript from the late middle ages (~1450). The background is the color of the parchment, the colors in the top row are as they appear on the parchment, and the black and "white" are as they appear on the parchment.



The second is based on pigments used at different times throughout history. Specific blacks and whites are not included but would have been used. "Medieval" includes pigments used from antiquity through the middle ages. The exception here is Egyptian blue; knowledge of the process used to create it was apparently lost at some point and it was not used after antiquity. Also note that Tyrian purple is not a pigment used for paint but a dye used for cloth. "Egyptian" includes the four colors other than black and white which would have been on an Egyptian painter's palette. A more limited Egyptian palette would be black and red. "Stone Age" represents the three pigments, other than black and white, available in prehistory.

Disclaimer: These are approximations of pigments based on various sources, both descriptive and visual. As such, they don't represent what a pigment would look like applied to a given medium, and in general are unlikely to be particularly accurate.

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Fantastic post Jason, thanks very much for your work and your sharing I am never that enamored by history games, but this is a superb resource.

GG for you on behalf of everyone

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Thanks for the GG, everyone! As a thank you, here are a couple more palettes based on Japanese woodblock prints.



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Yes, this is great.

What kinds of images are you using for your source material?
 
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Black Canyon wrote:
What kinds of images are you using for your source material?

The palettes of the illuminated manuscript and woodblock prints are based on archives at various universities that are available online. For example:

http://www.ulib.niu.edu/rarebooks/medievalleaves.cfm

http://asian.library.ucsf.edu/

The palette of ancient pigments was inspired mostly by the site linked to below, but I used a lot of sources in determining a representative color for each pigment.

http://www.webexhibits.org/pigments/

EDIT: Thanks for the GG!
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Awesome links. I especially like the last one. Thanks for posting these.
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Black Canyon wrote:
Awesome links. I especially like the last one. Thanks for posting these.


I concur. Great resources. Thanks for sharing!
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