Design a “Strike-Hold!” logo / patch competition

In honour of the fact that we’ve just passed the 50,000 visitors milestone, I think its time we had a logo / patch for the “Strike-Hold!” community.  And who better to design it than the community itself.  So with that, I’d like to invite all you designers out there to have a go (whether you’re a profi or just an enthusiastic amateur).

A few simple guidelines:

  • it should be an original design (goes without saying)
  • it should reflect the spirit, purpose and content of the site – i.e., air-sea-land spec ops (obviously)
  • it should work as a patch that can be won on a combat uniform and as a logo that can be put on the site, on a t-shirt, cap, etc. (of course)
  • a combination of woodland, desert, and/or multicam colourations would be ideal
  • please submit the artwork in vectored or bitmapped formats such as; JPEG, GIF, CGM, etc.  If you’re really hi-speed, you can also submit an EPS version too

All contenders will get their designs posted on the site here, so that everyone who participated gets the recognition they deserve (unless you request not to be shown).  I’ll decide which one I like the most and announce the winner here; plus send an announcement to  the news sites that support us.  If the winner wants picture and/or a short bio posted as well I’m happy to do that – plus a link to their own website.  The winner will also get a free set of merchandise material (such as a patch, t-shirt, cap, coffee mug – plus the new prizes announced here and here).  Sound good?

To submit your design – send an email to:  MAPLE “dot” LEAF “at” FM “dot” PARATROOPER “dot” NET.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:  14 April 2009

WINNER ANNOUNCED:  17 April 2009 (48th Anniversary of the “Bay of Pigs” invasion, and my xxth birthday)

Here are some things to consider:

Heraldic devices

Wing / Eagles: associated with airborne forces; represent speed, surprise and striking from the sky

Trident: associated with naval spec ops; represents striking from the sea (water)

Dagger: associated with commando forces; represents striking from close range on land

Arrow: associated with special forces; represents unconventional warfare, and striking with speed, silence and surprise on land

Sword: associated with land forces; represents power, striking and defending

Shield: associated with military forces; represents strength and defence

Torch:  associated with pathfinder and intelligence forces; represents knowledge and information

And here are some examples of real-deal badges that I like, and that incorporate a lot of these heraldic devices:

unidentified patch - great design and layout

unidentified patch - great design and layout

The classic old 10th SF Group badge.

The classic old 10th SF Group badge.

I think this is an airsoft team badge - I like the stylised look...
I think this is an airsoft team badge – I like the stylised look…
Bophuthatswana SF Operators Badge - I like the wing design.
Bophuthatswana SF Operators Badge – I like the wing design.
Rhodesian Selous Scouts cap badge - fantastic stylised look.
Rhodesian Selous Scouts cap badge – fantastic stylised look.
Unidentified French Air Force badge (1960's?) - I really like the overall design!
Unidentified French Air Force badge (1960’s?) – I really like the overall design!
JSOFCOM patch - a great combination of elements and shape.
JSOFCOM patch – a great combination of elements and shape.
Unidentified - very nice winged torch design.
Unidentified – very nice winged torch design.
South African Police Special Task Force Operator - great combination of elements!
South African Police Special Task Force Operator – great combination of air, sea, land elements!
Sri Lankan Army Special Forces - another great sea, air, land combination
Sri Lankan Army Special Forces – another great air, sea, land combination
US Pathfinder badge - just becuase! ;-)
US Pathfinder badge – just becuase! 😉
Swedish Intelligence and Security personnel badge - nice torch design.
Swedish Intelligence and Security personnel badge – nice torch design.
Replica ARVN Jump Status patch - I just like the design!
Replica ARVN Jump Status patch – I just like the design!

 See the updates here and here for further info about sponsors and prizes.



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