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#1 Nertea

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 11:55 PM


Erebor Heraldry Contest

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As with a number of decentralized military and economic structures, the Dwarven realm of Erebor is divided into a large number of families or clans that cooperate and unite in times of war. Different families would specialize in different areas, such as stonework, smithing or even weaving. To incorporate this into the Rhovanion Alliance Mod, Erebor Castles will have a unique set of heraldry symbolizing the families that would have been involved in the construction of this unified military outpost.


This is where the public (eg YOU) comes in. The objective of this contest is to define the symbology of these important Dwarven families. Participants can submit designs which represent a family. This could be for a banner, a watermark, a tapestry, a sculpture, a carved mural. It could also be a simple design to be worked into all items related to the family. Essentially, we are looking for a coat of arms.

I would like to stress that artistic skill here is not important. The winning designs will probably be manipulated significantly to fit in with the rest of Erebor, they will be modified to fit on stonework, woodwork and banners. Therefore, spend some time on the design itself instead of worrying about shininess (unless you're good at that kind of thing).

At the contest end date, around two weeks from now, we will have a week of voting, where you will vote for your favorite designs. More details will be issued closer to that date. Depending on the number of submissions we get, we will be asking you to vote for between two and five of the best designs, which will then make it into the art of the Erebor Castle and some buildings. You'll be in the mod! You'll be famous! You'll... win the prize!


Contest Rules:

  • Do NOT submit designs ripped from other people on the Internet. Chances are I've already seen it and will know. Then my wrath will be terrible, and my retribution swift.
  • As follows, submit only your own work
  • You may submit more than one design

  • Post and discuss submissions in the Contest Thread in the Rhovanion Alliance Discussion Forum.

Some Tips.

  • Submissions can be of any dimensions, but preferably at least 250x250 px
  • Erebor colour schemes tend towards the use of bright primary colours, blue, red and green.
  • Erebor insignia at the moment use many angular elements.
  • If you are really keen, you could submit a primary design, and subvariations of it, for example a primary banner and a crest that might mark, say, all weapons forged by this clan.


Edited by Nertea, 08 November 2007 - 12:00 AM.

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#2 Mathijs

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 12:01 AM

Ohhh just like old times!

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#3 Devon

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 02:07 AM

can it be hand drawn and scanned? im guessing it can, but the 250x250 threw me off.

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#4 Nertea

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 03:27 AM

Yep, drawn and scanned is fine.

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 05:48 AM

Great, a RA contest finally! When I joined the The 3rd Age awhile ago, the last contest had just finished:)

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#6 Bebbe

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 02:55 PM

Oooh , I like it.

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 08:27 PM

Hmm, a list of the clans you're going to include would be handy :)
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Posted 08 November 2007 - 09:38 PM

Yeah people might need to know what families specilized in what, and what there names are :).
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#9 Mathijs

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 09:44 PM

We dont ask you to base your ideas off a description. Use your creativity.

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 10:23 PM

Ok then cool!! Could we just make up a family, then??
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Posted 08 November 2007 - 10:50 PM

Um you are supposed to just make a banner...

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#12 Núkumnëhtar

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 12:04 AM

Ok then cool!! Could we just make up a family, then??


No need to make up a family, as Nertea said: "Different families would specialize in different areas, such as stonework, smithing or even weaving." Therefore you only need to make a banner symbolizing a different area: another suggestion would be a musical instrument as mentioned in the Hobbit. :ohmy:
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 01:02 AM

Can we use other images as bases and create something new from them or does it have to be 100% from scratch
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:00 PM

I think your not post to do that

#15 Nertea

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 08:13 AM

I would rather you didn't.

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