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Erik Racer
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I'm contemplating submitting one of these so we can have a microbadge. I've not done one before so these are first attempts.

Thoughts or suggestions?

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As far as tooltip text: either just Thunderbolt Apache Leader or Thunderbolt Apache Leader - Warthog Fan.

The hard part is to make the engines visible in such a small space. The second one is trying to make it closer to scale. I won't be offended by constructive criticism, so if you have suggestions, let me know. Heck, I probably won't even be offended by unconstructive criticism ... but I might end up thinking you're a tool.
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Second one looks really good.
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Second one looks better to me, too. Is there any way to make the background the same sandy-brown as the box cover? And maybe make the Warthog a darker metallic color?

Also, let us know when this posts, because I'm totally buying it.
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I'll be the dissenting opinion so far. The engines in the #2 look slightly too big to me. I'd prefer if they were slightly smaller. I prefer #1 over #2 as is.

Second Nate's suggestion for background and aircraft colors.
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Needs more contrast between the plane and the background. The plane is pretty hard to see.
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Based on the feedback, I darkened the warthog and added a sandy background color.

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edit - added originals for comparison
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Interesting. With the background, I like #1 better.
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I like #1, too!
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I really like #1 with the sand background!
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I still like #1 the best. It's better now with your modifications.
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OK. Thanks for the feedback. I'll submit Microbadge #1. But before I do, what tooltip text should I go with?

#1 - Thunderbolt Apache Leader Fan.

#2 - Thunderbolt Apache Leader - Warthog Fan

The second assumes somebody might create other MBs for some of the other aircraft, however, I don't know how likely that would be. I'm inclined to go with #1, but thought I'd see if there's any strong feelings for the other (or another suggestion entirely).
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#1 - Thunderbolt Apache Leader Fan. I have no strong feeling about the Warthog, but I love the game.
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I'll vote for badge 1, the sandy version, with text 1.
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Thanks everybody for the feedback. I've dumped #1 into the "official" feedback thread.
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Can't wait! I've got all this geek gold from the Con just sitting around, now I have something to spend it on!
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Thank you for putting in the time to make a TAL microbadge!
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Here is where Erik posted his TAL microbadge design in the Microbadge Submissions Design, and Feedback thread.

I don't really know how the microbadge approval process works, but it might help if some of us posted our support or thoughts there.
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I figure if I don't hear anything by midday today (Dec 2, 2012), I'll submit it for approval.
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Well, other than TAL owners, the only other feedback I received was that it didn't look like a warthog and that I should essentially start over. Fortunately I'm thicked skinned and only cried a little bit.

With that in mind I tried taking his suggestions and crafted a third one for your consideration. I cheated on this one in that I started at 75x75 so I could get the scale correct and then shrank it down.

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I'll be honest, when you're working with such a limited size canvas, its pretty hard to get much detail in there ... which is why some of the MBs out there really amaze me.
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...No, even with a sandy background I think I'd prefer #1 over #3.
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I read the advice you got over on the other thread and I do like the look of the aircraft in #3 more than in the others. There is something to be said for a more subtle color scheme such as in #3, but I do like that the background color in #1 attempts to replicate the coloring in the game.

I also like the angle the A-10 is rotated in #3. It seems less traditional and more unique/forward thinking, whatever that means.

I'll still buy whatever you design.

My bloviating is now concluded.
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bloviating : noun : to speak or write verbosely and windily

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I just used verbose to describe something I wrote yesterday, so I had to use something else today.

I am aware of my tendency to write verbosely. Maybe it's all imagined from my perspective. Regardless, a little self depreciating humor now and again is a good thing.
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#3 is definitely the best looking of the aircraft.

Have you tried different backgrounds just for yourself to see if any of them made a noticable improvement?

Assuming that the current background for #3 is the best you saw, I think it looks fine and would vote, 'yes' for mb approval if I were on the committee.
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Now that I have my free microbadges from BGG for Christmas, I want my TAL one! I think you should just resubmit #1 and see if it gets approved this time. Tell them Dan Verssen of Dan Verssen Games, the creator and publisher of the game, supports your design!
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