Briton93

Big Ten Alternate Helmet Concepts

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1 hour ago, Briton93 said:

These next two helmets are Fauxback themed. 

 

Indiana last won the Big Ten in 1967, so for their design I went back to their crimson color base and changed their decals from white to chrome silver.

 

There are a few helmets which reflect in some capacity for this project, so I try to be authentic with what is reflected. In this case, "The Rock".

 

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That I on the helmet is either illinois' or is very similar. The block I Indiana used in 1967 is different. It's thinner and the serifs aren't as wide.

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1 minute ago, 8BW14 said:

That I on the helmet is either illinois' or is very similar. The block I Indiana used in 1967 is different. It's thinner and the serifs aren't as wide.

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Wow, great call. I mocked it up from my memories of the Mallory/Dunbar era. You're right: it was narrower. 

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For Nebraska, I wanted to find a new way to celebrate the black shirt tradition. Black-on-black Decals, a red chrome stripe that carried into the facemask, and a Husker red visor to provide a bit of contrast. 

 

 

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Cool thread! For the Huskers, I would change the N and numbers to red chrome with possibly a silver outline. They get lost with so much black.

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1 hour ago, cjm3114jr said:

Cool thread! For the Huskers, I would change the N and numbers to red chrome with possibly a silver outline. They get lost with so much black.

Thanks!  They actually used that helmet before. I wanted to try something along the lines of black-on-black, as if to suggest black shirts are assumed to be omnipresent. 

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Dear traditionalists: I built this as a concept for a Spring Game. Nothing for the fall. ?

 

Blue matte shell, chrome decals, two-tone face mask.  The numbering would be unique for each player, but for the design I chose to honor Heisman-winner John Cappelletti. 

 

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Illinois has worn gray uniforms the past three homecomings in honor of "The Galloping Ghost" Red Grange. I wanted to create a helmet which better fit the uniform, so I went with a gray shell, gray tonal chrome numbers (Grange wore #77). For the stripe, I incorporated the chevron logo, so that when opponents lined up, there was no question who they were facing.

 

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Iowa has both worn several variations and had several concepts done. To be unique, I went for a gold chrome helmet with black decals. 

 

To tip tip the hat to the Hayden Frye era, I wanted to work in the "America Needs Farmers" design into the concept. It's an end-around, but I used a reflection of Kinnick Stadium holding a collective sign which reads, "America Needs Farmers".

 

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Now we get into the really fun, out there concepts ...

 

Rutgers announced this past season they wanted uniforms which would be easily distinguished as Rutgers uniforms. I disagree with the notion of scaling back as the onlya means to do this.

 

The Scarlet Knights concept marries the Rutgers alternate logo with a hydroskin featuring chainmaile and a variation of the battle scuffs they used in prior seasons.

 

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I've liked what State has done with their alternate helmets the past few years, and wanted to stay within the realm for consistency.  To do so, I went with a hydroskin using the same Greek pattern which is featured on their jerseys and pants, then capped it off with a light bronze for the decals and facemask.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Briton93 said:

Illinois has worn gray uniforms the past three homecomings in honor of "The Galloping Ghost" Red Grange. I wanted to create a helmet which better fit the uniform, so I went with a gray shell, gray tonal chrome numbers (Grange wore #77). For the stripe, I incorporated the chevron logo, so that when opponents lined up, there was no question who they were facing.

 

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I would never ever want to see Illinois wear a grey helmet but conceptually this is really cool, as are most of your concept helmets in this thread. Keep em comin

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Second-to-last helmet revealed is Michigan's. This was the most polarizing reaction I got on Twitter. A Detroit journalist and Talk Radio host both retweeted and it was a house divided. At one point, a designed attempted to openly chastise me for the collective sins made by concept artists on IG. It was fun when he asked me, "What is a 'Design Partner of Nationally Ranked Contenders,' as you list in your Twitter bio?" And I explained that I'be done work for two HS national champions.  ?☕️

 

ANYWAY, I kept the shell a matte blue paint job, but with maize chrome wings. Big House in the reflection.

 

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Wrapping the Big Ten concepts up with OSU, who has had a number of alternate helmets. I wanted to kept it close to the silver shell, but for something different I went with a halftone hydroskin which displays their classic block o and buckeye leaf logo. Eight buckeye leaves for the eight national championships.

 

 To compliment the neckline on the jersey, which has eight buckeye leaves, I added "TBDTITL", which is a play off of the nickname for the marching band (TBDBITL, or The Best Damn Band In The Land).  I don't see the program actually putting that on a helmet for a game, but that extra feature would make a lot of 17-year old recruits pumped at their visit. 

 

Thanks to everyone for their compliments and feedback. I'll be back with the PAC-12. 

 

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7 hours ago, Meh said:

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In due time.  Do it right or don't do it at all.  I haven't gotten to a point with uniforms yet where I'm satisfied with the output, so for now just caps.

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Considering that it's been 6 months since the last legitimate update, I'm going to lock this to prevent unnecessary bumping. 

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