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3Rd Edition Unit Logos In Vector Format

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Looks good, you do this by hand, or use the Image Trace options in Illustrator?

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Looks good, you do this by hand, or use the Image Trace options in Illustrator?

CorelDRAW, manually drawing for the most part.  Might not be the premier program, but I know it well.

 

Two of the remaining 4 PanOceania.  The Akalis is going to be annoying...

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Neat, thanks for sharing these!

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And the last 2.  I'm not entirely satisfied with some of the finer details on the Akalis, but without a clearer source image, that's as good as it gets.

 

And that's a wrap, at least until the 3rd Ed. book hits with other updated emblems.  I'll post some WIP pics of these designs on the O:I figures, just as soon as I have some work actually progressed; my personal painting is ridiculously backlogged.

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You sir--are a wonderful human being. I was needing these SO bad.

Do you mind messaging me a workflow of what all you did? I'm needing to go back and do the non-Icestorm PanO logos, and so far, it's been hit or miss.

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You sir--are a wonderful human being. I was needing these SO bad.

Do you mind messaging me a workflow of what all you did? I'm needing to go back and do the non-Icestorm PanO logos, and so far, it's been hit or miss.

 

For the most part it's creating layers of shapes on top of a bitmap as a rough blueprint.  At least, that's my process.  I've been doing it on and off for about 20 years.  Maybe the newer vector programs are better at anticipating and interpreting, and they could speed up the chore.  I've found that relying on the computer to trace leads to a lot of cleanup - several dozen nodes and slight curves where what's actually needed is a single straight line.

 

Here's a couple screencaps of the Jotums emblem in progress, a pretty simple one.

 

1) I import the bitmap (lower res than I'd prefer), and set up some guidelines.

2) These are adjusted, and some basic shapes are added.  Note how the right side of the symbol is wider than the left, how the line bleeds past the guideline, and needs to be corrected for.

3) The basic shapes are edited and combined into more complex shapes.

4) The text is inserted, commanded to follow a circular path (the outside rim of the emblem.  The font is resized and the kerning (spacing between letters) tweaked to make it as close as possible to the original, in so far as I can judge from a fuzzy bitmap.

 

A little clean up and done.

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Here's the in-progress shots for the Auxilia.

 

Import the bitmap, add guidelines.  Add some basic shapes, equal sized and distances to try and capture the intent of the original.  As you can see in the 2nd shot, the original has undergone some stretching.  Offset and outline tools are used to create contouring lines that maintain uniform thickness.

 

I've got to sit down and create a definitive colour matching palette...

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Some of the techniques I use are probably overkill, but a big part of what my vector work was used for was computer-driven engraving.  There's a lot of shortcuts you can take when you're just printing on paper.  Engraving lines means your image has to be... cleaner, purer.  Reduced to nothing but lines, because fancy pen shapes and effects generally don't translate well.

 

For instance, look at the Grenzers emblem above.  Attached is the same image, behind the scenes in wireframe view.  The accent above the C needed to be added manually, as there was no equivalent in the font's extended letter range.  The Z of the font was also different, so I drew a box over the original Z to hide the whole letter from sight, while preserving the spacing (just inserting a spacebar strike or 2 isn't going to cut it).  I then manually drew a replacement Z, and aligned it over the original.

 

If you printed the emblem, you'd never know this.  If you engraved it, you'd engrave everything, the original Z, the obscuring box, and the corrected Z.

 

Like I said, overkill for printing, but old habits dies hard.  On the other hand, most of these vector files will be pretty much CNC-ready (and others only needing minor adjusment) for anyone that has such equipment, say, the terrain and accessory token partners.

 

Meanwhile, the Interventor emblem.  Drew a donut, created 3 chevron shapes, placed them at 120 degree intervals, subtracted them from the donut, then text and contour.

 

Iguana Squadron in a bit...

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Less talk, more supplying me all the nice people with amazing PanO unit logos!

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Finally, the Iguana Squad, the last 'confirmed' emblem in the O:I book appendix.

 

1) Pulling up the bitmap, at first glance it looks like it's going to be a pain.

2) But some experimentation reveals the design is neatly divided into 24 pie slices, and that will be the guidelines.

3) The rest of the guidelines are added.

4) Trimming away the excess lines leaves the core shape.

5) And so on.

6) And so forth.  One the sections is completed, then copy-pasted, rotated and recolored.

 

Less talk, more supplying me all the nice people with amazing PanO unit logos!

 

The 'how' was asked.  The overall answer is to think in terms of basic geometric shapes.  The details are reliant on the tools available within specific programs, and how to use those tools is the subject of whole books.  Ultimately, there's nothing to be done but to start playing with those programs and creating simple designs.

 

As for more emblems, I'm a bit hesitant to go too crazy until I get my hands on the 3rd edition books, in hopes of having higher res images to work with, and in case they're changed.  The later shouldn't be too much of a worry though, if the O:I changes are any indication.  But until then, the only real source is the army builder, and the details are infuriatingly low res.

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Great job! I used to do this sort of thing for a living, so I know how engrossing it can be to manually vectorize an image. Every design is like a puzzle, perfect for a certain kind of slightly broken mind. 

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Awesome, thanks for your hard work!

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A bundle of Ariadna, for a change of pace.

 

What fonts are these?

 

I got the names from another thread: Crandall, Eurostile, Microgramma, Neuropol X, Zero Threes.  Calibri has the Cyrillic characters that closely match the Russian-esque troops.

 

EDIT: The Merovingian logos appear to make use of Futura.  Just FYI.

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Attached are the results.  Unfortunately, the system won't permit me to upload the vector files or a .RAR, so those are unavailable just yet.

Could always link the files from Google Drive and Hyperlink them in a post. A little tedious, but worth it. 

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Could always link the files from Google Drive and Hyperlink them in a post. A little tedious, but worth it.

Especially is making them public like that, you can easily upload and download there.

Claudius Sol made a Drive folder for all the unit concept arts, these could fit in there!!

https://docs.google.com/folderview?id=0B1r4n-YFfa-SM1RNNU9KMGhVZWc&usp=docslist_api

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Two more, Penthesilea and the Authorized Bounty Hunter (taken from the older model concept art of ABH Miranda Ashcroft, but presumably the same emblem will be used for the mini that's coming with the 3rd ed. books).

 

By all means, make requests.  I won't promise anything, but finding and attaching a higher res source image than what's available on the army builder will definitely make the job easier and thus more likely to happen.  The 3rd and 4th images are an example of this.  The bigger image, taken from concept art promos, means much less guesswork and quicker drawing.

 

I tried emailing CB about any publicly-available archives of concept art, but never got a reply.  Googled and dug around, hit and miss.  If anyone knows of any large sources of Infinity concept art, please let me know (thanks for the link, Scorch, every bit helps).

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I guess your first stop was (Archived and many images broken :_crying__rvmp_by_bad_blood: )

A shorter list http://www.data-sphere.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=137 and http://www.data-sphere.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=849 but probably a good place to put any new.

 

What about asking how Aleph Toolbox site got the icons? I just hope the source wasn't the shop/catalogue.

 

Or maybe from Army... :unsure: Bingo... if 90*90 is enough for you. Or maybe bigger, this treasure chest has some surprises.

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The arrows were annoying as hell...

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The Aleph starter box, and a tweaked Penthesilea

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