I often forget about just how long I’ve been maintaining this blog. It doesn’t seem remotely reasonable that I would’ve started this whole shindig back in 2009, but I did.
As a result, how long ago changes were made to various things always come as a bit of a shock to me. I’ve been toying around with the idea of having an official logo created for the blog for a while now. Just how long, I can’t rightfully say, but since I last updated the logo of the blog back in 2012, you can safely assume that it’s been more than five years. Frankly, I suspect that my aspirations of a blog specific logo go back as far as the blog itself. The earliest inspiration I can think of was when I did up a few test banners for Maunderings of a 40k Gamer back in 2010 (a contest which I won, by the way, though never got my prize for!!!)
In all fairness, that’s because I was both a little too ambitious and a little too lazy to get things going. It wasn’t through any fault of Dvernings.
Anywho, I started rekindling an interest in Magic: the Gathering over the past few years, and have been following a number of folks on Twitter related to that aspect. One of the guys that I follow there is called “The Proxy Guy” who does some pretty fantastic renders of various magic cards. Well, he happened to tweet out to someone letting them know that he’s also an artist available for commission work, so I shot him a message to talk pricing and availability, and we agreed to some terms.
That’s where you come in. I gave him some baseline suggestions about what it was I wanted, and he came up with some ideas to work from. My original content requests were:
The logo I had in mind was a play on GW’s old second edition logo. Obviously having the 40,000 replaced with 39,999. But also aged. Cobwebs on it, cracks in it. Maybe one end of it broken off.
From that, and a little banter back and forth, these are the options he came up with:
I’ve asked some friends for their opinions, and there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on what is the best solution. From top to bottom, I’d number then 1-4. Which one(s) do you like the best, and why?
Do you have any suggestions on how to improve them? I’m going to forgo leaving any of my own personal thoughts on the matter (Short of saying that he is a pretty fantastic artist), so as not to taint your thoughts.
Thanks in advance!