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anotherdevil
10-26-2011, 21:38
Hello all,

This is a follow in from this thread:
http://www.goldhawkinteractive.com/forums/showthread.php?37-Submit-mascot-representative-for-marketing-purposes/page5

Basically looking to see if anyone can come up with some nice, period specific, posters or art that might help tell the story of an impending alien invasion. See the original thread for some ideas!

Happy posting!

MickeyC
10-26-2011, 21:47
Here are a few cold war era posters from the interwebz that the artistically minded of us could have a play with
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MickeyC
10-26-2011, 21:48
And one I had put in the other thread, that Mylar found elsewhere and did a tagging job on

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Gauddlike
10-27-2011, 13:07
http://www.designer-daily.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/america-under-communism.jpg
Good one to photoshop a UFO into ;)

Some older ones as well to give ideas. WW1 I think.
http://amhist.ist.unomaha.edu/module_files/Propaganda%20Poster%2003.jpg
Bit of rewording needed but close enough.

http://amhist.ist.unomaha.edu/module_files/Propaganda%20Poster%2002.jpg

There is a selection here that look pretty good, not cold war but good inspiration.
http://www.chief108.com/showthread.php?t=13644

Mylar
10-27-2011, 20:38
Here are a bunch. (http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/sixties/HTML_docs/Exhibits/Track16.html)

I like "For all time", "make love not war", "resist", and "Solidaridad".

"do not let them escape" is perfect, crashed craft and everything. With just a change in weapons and the soldier outline to be a bit more alien this basically describes a normal x-com crash recovery mission. It's a shame this isn't for a TFTD remake, I think that pilot has flippers on.

"Build a Regular Modern Army to Protect the Socialist State" is very similar to some of the designs bouncing around in the logo/mascot thread.


I really like Solidaridad's image of the people weaving their efforts together (the basket) to stop the bomb, but having a hard time translating that into something that would apply to an alien invasion.

Gazz
10-29-2011, 14:29
Welcome to beautiful Earth!
Beware the natives!

anotherdevil
10-29-2011, 23:29
Join the armed forces, travel to places, see the aliens, blow them up!

Or alternative last line; get the probe!

Gauddlike
10-31-2011, 09:48
Keep it simple.
Big square of card visible from space with a large font.

No cold callers.
No salesmen.
No religious zealots.
No invasion fleets.
No unsolicited mail.
NO PROBING.
Thank you.

Sathra
10-31-2011, 10:21
Xenonauts: We Keep What We Kill.

Jean-Luc
10-31-2011, 17:47
Earth: Mostly Harmless? :p

anotherdevil
11-02-2011, 23:15
this really should be in the motto thread now =p

Come on guys, show your creativity! Don't worry if you're not the greatest drawer, I promise not to laugh! much...

anotherdevil
11-02-2011, 23:15
How about:

Close encounter of the number 2 kind?

Or is that too obscure...?

Wolfpox
11-06-2011, 13:07
I really do not think that comedy and WWII era propaganda is appropriate for this game's marketing. The game itself has no humor, and it doesnt need to -- it has gravity and fear, and therefore it also has the need for hope and bravery... if not faith...

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/7645/xenonautsposter2.jpg

= Reassurance for the people who are terrified

= Openly known, but remains a mystery, thus helping people have almost a religious faith in Xenonauts, rather than an old fashioned "Go get em boys!" patriotism, which wouldn't suffice in a global unknown threat

= If people knew how the Xenonauts operated, saw their jets, and the equipment they were using, it would actually be counter-productive, because it really isn't on par with what the aliens have. Therefore it's better to be this mysterious "force", perhaps showing electricity, chemistry, or other "science" icons to help people's imaginations run wild. They do, after all, create amazing things from the alien tech, but they can't show that in the posters

(I just stole a generic globe picture from the net, inverted it, and added a generic wreath. I think the ambiguity works.)

Chris
11-06-2011, 13:18
I think the Xenonauts are probably more interested in shooting up aliens than producing glossy posters, but it's a nice idea. Although the font is quite retro, reminds me of the 1940s (which is sounds like you were trying to avoid).

Sathra
11-06-2011, 13:20
I quite like it. Taps into the whole "war-time" thing, without actually going all patriotic.

Leto
11-06-2011, 13:42
Vector drawing (from an existing photo of anything) is a small hobby of mine. I'm terrible at drawing things out of my head, if I had a base (without using any copyrighted material of course), I could try making a cold war-style propaganda style (without patriotism) poster ;)

Andy_Panthro
11-06-2011, 14:18
Since the setting is the Cold War era, it would make sense that there would be posters telling people that they should be uniting against a common enemy and leaving their Cold War squabbles behind.

Something like a handshake between a US and USSR soldier? (I'd suggest other nations, but US/USSR is how most people recall the cold war) You could always have a line of soldiers of different nations between the earth and a UFO.

Might have a go making one, but I'm not sure how good it would look.

[edit] attached a picture!80

Wolfpox
11-06-2011, 22:48
I think the Xenonauts are probably more interested in shooting up aliens than producing glossy posters, but it's a nice idea. Although the font is quite retro, reminds me of the 1940s (which is sounds like you were trying to avoid).

Yes, they would certainly be focused on the war itself, but the level of hysteria among the public would demand reassurance from some government body speaking on their behalf.

This poster -- "We're Here, Believe in Us" -- would be designed to show that an area is under the protection of the Xenonauts. I think it's cool, the font can always be changed easily.

MickeyC
11-07-2011, 11:30
Looks good, Wolfpox.

And Chris, certainly the Xenonauts would be more interested in battling than propaganda, but consider in game for every Xenonaut soldier you also have your scientists and engineers and pilots etc, then those that we never see mentioned in games like these, who cooks the meals, who pays the bills, who cleans the base, who does X, Y and Z? There is likely to be a PR team of some sort, that the player never needs to deal with, but would get some stuff out to the populace

Leto
11-07-2011, 23:11
I tried something fast just now, I'm not a whizzkid in Photoshop, Illustrator is more my thing but those take a long time to do, so I just tried to implement an idea I had.

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anotherdevil
11-07-2011, 23:20
I like it! Could You try something for me though (or post the separate images so someone else can try it). I'm liking the wall idea, but not so much the poster. Perhaps just have the alien face and the line through it sprayed/painted onto the wall?

Or another one would be an alien face (no strike through) with the words, "Alien sighted here" or something similar.

Basically these would get across the idea that everyday people are seeing the aliens, and they are the ones putting these up. Ties in with the Xenonauts as a secret organisation, and not really worrying about thier public image on a one to one basis, just concentrating on fighting the aliens

Could also have a few signs sprayed on doors saying things like "No greys allowed" or "Humans only," but that's a bit more comical ("F*&^ing Prawns!")



Another idea would be posters for some kind of war bonds perhaps... Invest in your secret organisation here! =p

Leto
11-07-2011, 23:25
I like it! Could You try something for me though (or post the separate images so someone else can try it). I'm liking the wall idea, but not so much the poster. Perhaps just have the alien face and the line through it sprayed/painted onto the wall?

Or another one would be an alien face (no strike through) with the words, "Alien sighted here" or something similar.

Basically these would get across the idea that everyday people are seeing the aliens, and they are the ones putting these up. Ties in with the Xenonauts as a secret organisation, and not really worrying about thier public image on a one to one basis, just concentrating on fighting the aliens

Could also have a few signs sprayed on doors saying things like "No greys allowed" or "Humans only," but that's a bit more comical ("F*&^ing Prawns!")



Another idea would be posters for some kind of war bonds perhaps... Invest in your secret organisation here! =p

I just took that wall + poster from some free website, didn't want to spend too much time on the poster itself :)
I'll try some of these sprays, that's a cool idea !

Could use a higher res picture of that alien though :p

anotherdevil
11-08-2011, 00:28
looking forward to it! (Yeah if you could post that alien head picture, or where you got it from, that'd be good!)

Leto
11-08-2011, 00:30
looking forward to it! (Yeah if you could post that alien head picture, or where you got it from, that'd be good!)

I just used the logo Chris posted in the other topic, so yeah that's like 100 pixels enlarged to 500 or more, not ideal hehe.
I'll do some tomorrow, 1h30am here now ;)

Leto
11-08-2011, 15:51
Had some fun the past hour :

http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/Garage.jpg

http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/trap.jpg

http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/rathaus.jpg

http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/garage2.jpg

http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/fence.jpg

Leto
11-08-2011, 16:11
Or the black and white versions :


http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/GarageZW.jpg

http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/trapZW.jpg

http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/rathausZW.jpg

http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/garage2ZW.jpg

http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/fenceZW.jpg

llhht
11-08-2011, 17:39
Hah, love the pics!

How about a aftermath picture with the alien head instead. As in the xenonauts just liberated an alien controlled town, and are crossing out the warning (like your last picture) with something like alien blood.

So a rubble or damaged town with a lone xenonaut walking away from the sign, blood dripping from his finger. In the background maybe some scientists carting off the alien bodies and equipment.

Leto
11-08-2011, 19:16
Hah, love the pics!

How about a aftermath picture with the alien head instead. As in the xenonauts just liberated an alien controlled town, and are crossing out the warning (like your last picture) with something like alien blood.

So a rubble or damaged town with a lone xenonaut walking away from the sign, blood dripping from his finger. In the background maybe some scientists carting off the alien bodies and equipment.

I'm afraid that's out of my league :p I'm just an amateur, not an artist. I love postapocalyptic manipulated pictures, wished I could do stuff like that though, it's very cool but very hard to make a normal picture into that.
Check this guy out btw : http://alexiuss.deviantart.com/gallery/3239976#/d18h2us 40 hours in one piece and that's when you're talented :D

I just like to take random pictures and put stuff on it :p
http://users.telenet.be/leto/images/xeno/bahnhofB800.jpg

anotherdevil
11-08-2011, 20:38
I like them! Dislike the one on the sign the most, as it seems too formal (its a made sign after all) but that's just me. Also I might suggest lessening the opacity of the 'aliens sighted here' one, no reason that should be see through.

But otherwise they look great!

Oh perhaps make them a bit more haphazard? The alien face is always perfectly vertical, and while the writing drips, the face doesn't...

But seriously, SWEET!

P.S. I like the Xenonaut's rank symbol on that yellow t-shirt

Leto
11-08-2011, 20:43
Yeh you're right about the opacity and the face not dripping, guess I'm just a bit lazy :p

anotherdevil
11-09-2011, 06:56
All good, you got the message across well!

Sathra
11-09-2011, 08:27
Looks great. The real-world pics add a nice touch :D.

MickeyC
11-09-2011, 12:28
Great work Leto, some really good ideas

iamkyon
11-09-2011, 15:21
Next step: translating the slogans into Russian and applying some spray paint on derelict factory walls.

Leto
11-09-2011, 17:26
Next step: translating the slogans into Russian and applying some spray paint on derelict factory walls.
I did actually look for that but I only found one paint font in cyrillic and I couldn't type all the symbols I wanted :(

Ocelot
01-20-2012, 03:39
Hi Everyone,

I wanted to try my hand at creating a poster for this game as i'm really enjoying playing it and i'd love to help out. Here is a mock-up of an propaganda-like image where the "x" is represented by four fists crushing down on an alien. I'm curious if others think this is an interesting concept...

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Gorlom
01-20-2012, 04:08
Ok... why the hell does that remind me of a nazi swastika? probably not a good idea to have black on white on red like that.

Also the implied hate thats loaded into that poster is just unsetteling for me. Its like they are ganging up to beat a captured PoW...

Ocelot
01-20-2012, 13:45
Wow - I definitely did not have any intention to make it look anything like a swastika. That didn't even cross my mind! Sorry if I offended in any way or caused any concern...I wanted the image to be provocative, but never imagined it to resemble a nazi symbol. If you do not feel comfortable with it, I can delete my post. I don't want to upset anyone.

Regarding the "unsettling" nature of the image - I was just aiming to resemble the propaganda posters of the cold war and other eras. From my research, these types of propaganda posters were incredibly biased in their depiction of the "other side" and clearly played on people's primal emotions (fear and anger being the most used; with pride being a close second). It speaks to the "desperation" of the times that people would allow themselves to be swayed by such posters. Only in an atmosphere of intense hatred, mistrust and fear can a general populace fall for such nonsense. Thankfully, we live in areas of the world untouched by war directly - and are able to look at these images through unbiased lenses. When they are seen i this light, they certainly look disturbing. In fact, if you take a moment to browse the many hundreds of real propaganda posters that were created during WWI, WWII and beyond, I think you would very quickly walk away disturbed. The way the material purposefully bends and twists the truth, the way it makes everything seem black and white, the way it does not allow any room for different opinions - it is all truly disturbing.

I thought - and maybe I am mistaken - that Xenonauts is set in such "desperate" times. The Xenonauts were created to intercept, hunt down and destroy any and all alien species. In some cases, they were instructed to capture the aliens and bring them back for medical experiments (which is probably a worse way to die). There was no room for negotiation or any other considerations. During such bleak, desperate and fearful times I'm afraid posters with slogans like "destroy the alien" would be quite prevalent around the world. For the sake of supporting the war effort against the alien invaders, governments would likely spread this type of fearful propaganda to ensure that the message was heard loud and clear - we are not negotiating with the aliens or running away and hiding...we are intent on killing every last one of them.

Having said all that - perhaps I'll go back to the drawing board and submit a different proposal. There are many propaganda posters focused on ideas of "pride" and "victory." Although these concepts are grossly exaggerated as well in the context of the propaganda pieces they are set it - basing a Xenonauts image on one of these might be less disturbing. After all, this is just a game - thankfully!

Gorlom
01-20-2012, 14:40
I understand that posters can be agressive and full of emotion. I just think it would be better showing "strenght" then the absolute worst human behaviour such as cowardly gangbeating prisoners.

Have a single fist beat up four aliens from below. That has a more "human underdog uprising beating a larger armed force" feel to it.

Chris
01-20-2012, 15:04
If you check out the various pages on Xenonauts.com we now have some forum recruitment and pre-order banners on the site which are intended to look like propganda posters, so thanks for the various ideas.

anotherdevil
01-20-2012, 19:25
Nice! Very nice indeed!

Both can be seen here: http://www.xenonauts.com/iceland-incident-1/