Creating a decent Tabard
A problem posed to every aspiring Guild leader and perhaps its Officers. With the arrival of the news about the updated changes to the guild system in Cataclysm, chiefly that you will be able to Purchase mounts, tabards and heirlooms emblazoned with your Guild logo and colours. This is a nice change for all those Guilds out there that take pride in wearing their tabards to every Guild event and feel like it identifies them better than a simple extra line of text above their heads. Now that guild pride will be able to be shown in multiple ways, Guilds should really make sure their tabard is what they want it to be.
For instance, when I joined my current guild, I was still wearing the Guild Tabard from my last one. It updated, as it automatically does. I went ‘eew,’ and de-equipped it. It wasn’t so much that the design was off, it had just been put together by someone with no regard for good colours. It was a dirty dark yellow on a black background, and in most Northrend environments, that yellow turned a sickly green. It wasn’t until I heard this news that I approached our guild forum’s officer section with a proposed update to the tabard, to swap the dirty yellow for shiny gold. Our illustrious leader was happy to do it, and I’ve heard nothing but positive comments about it since. It was, as Rydia put it, ‘Like Zal had just brought them back from the cleaners.’
You can see what it now looks like on Zal to your top-left. I wear it with all my sets now, happily. Guild pride for the win.
One of my favourite tabards from a past guild was my friends and family guild <Frogs of War> back on the Horde side. The guild leader was a Star Trek fan, and when I approached him on what the tabard might be (design wise) he came back with a Star trek uniform colouring that worked well. Again, the use of Gold really brought the design to life, alongside the royal looking red. (Purple and gold also makes for a good royal look, as does Purple and Silver.) I will remember that Tabard as a symbol of the guild and all the fun behind it.
Yet another example is our tabard on our Crashed Realm characters. We created a guild, chose a name, picked a tabard. Seeing as we were all in the DK starting zone gear with little chance of ever moving far on, (especially since the problems that caused us to make our Crashed Realm chars seem to have been resolved) we designed the tabard based on the gear we had.
So, (because this was meant to be of some help) here’s my guide to creating a good guild tabard:
- Base the design on the name. This can be anything from direct reference (Legion of the Octupus Guild: Tabard has wavy border and octupus icon) to parody/irony (Deathwalkers Guild: Fluffy border, bunny icon)
- Borders: In my opinion, the best one is the smooth one, but in some cases, the others work well. For example, the Voodoo Temptations tabard we made had a fur trim to it, which matched our DK gear well. If your guild is something like ‘The Walking Dead’ and your icon is a skull, go full out and use the bones border.
- Colouring: Now I can’t expect everyone to have the same artistic standards or caring for colours as me and my art college friends do. However, here’s a little guide for you, take a moment to absorb it:
This is a nice way to look at things. If you want a properly complicated sheet with every variation and shade, Google ‘Advanced colour wheel’ and look for yourself. If you’re using two colours, neither of which are anything between and including black and white, you want to be using this. You either use one colour, and the one opposite it, or a colour, and one 90 degrees round from it. There are a few exceptions, but you’ll find out for yourself. If you’re copying a colour scheme, like my friend’s Star Trek homage, you can be pretty sure that you can create something similar with the palette available.
So, that’s my little talk and guide, I hope it helps. I’ll see you all in Cataclysm when I’m riding my own <Flames of the Phoenix> Elekk!