Shi Tong wrote:If white is supposed to be evil, then why is Zhang Fei painted with a black and white face with a "butterfly" pattern on his eyes and face?
The Zhang Fei (which I bought) also has moving eyes.
Liu Bei had a white face, as did Zhuge Liang, does this mean they were supposed to be trecherous?
What is a brown-ish face supposed to mean? Pang Tong had a very brown face, and I was wondering why? I think in SGYY he was supposed to be quite ugly.
Zhang Fei is officially categorised as a black face (the main base colour). A black face with white or other coloured patterns is really quite different from a white face. Here's a link that provides wonderful examples of masks of different characters and explanations for the basic mask colours. Spot the difference between Zhang Fei and Cao Cao and you may understand what I meant. Pang Tong is red face too I think.
I love Cao Cao's and Sima Yi's masks' resemblance to each other. Jiang Wei and Pang Tong have the taoist yin yang symbol on the forehead to probably show some divinity? or associations with Kong Ming or Taoism?
The coolest I think is Wen Zhong, the Grand Tutor of Emperor Zhou of Shang Dynasty. His forehead is painted with the third eye, really cool. Despite him siding Shang, he was still honoured as a righteous person as reflected by his red face.
P/S: I just realised that Sun Quan is actually a white face and has an extraordinary beard (large red section). Oh my...
I give up defending his integrity for the time being.