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Jelle's Marble Runs uniforms (27/28 hockey ; 2/28 baseball) - Hornets added

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Happy weekend! The next team to get jerseys are the Bumblebees, who, like the Minty Maniacs, made the jump from Hubelino Tournament to Marble League in 2020. They maintained a solid middle-of-the-pack status in their debut season and made a bit more of a splash in the Marbula 1 series, and they've steadily gained more and more supporters along the way. (Myself included!)

 

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The 'Bees get the Marble League's second chest stripe jersey, though only on the home, inspired, naturally, by the Canadiens. The stripe lines up with the logo, with yellow on the inside, then brown, and dark brown on the outside. The hem stripe is different, again as the Habs do (if it works for them, I'm not going to reinvent that wheel); the dark-brown/yellow/brown order matches the numbers and NOB. The white jersey eliminates the chest stripe, but retains the striping pattern, and uses the stripe as a "full-size" hem stripe. The yellow shoulder yoke gets a double border to also match the striping. (The logo has two shades of yellow, but trying to use both felt messy and unnecessary, so other than the logo itself and the little secondary logo on the pants, the brighter yellow doesn't make an appearance.)

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I think the whole thing would be improved for the Bumblebees if the lighter yellow was used. Keep the paler yellow on the logo only, not the other way around. It feels too dark right now. The double brown is cool, but it needs a brighter yellow to off set it a little bit more.

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17 hours ago, chcarlson23 said:

I think the whole thing would be improved for the Bumblebees if the lighter yellow was used. Keep the paler yellow on the logo only, not the other way around. It feels too dark right now. The double brown is cool, but it needs a brighter yellow to off set it a little bit more.

 

Thanks for the feedback! My thought process had been informed somewhat by the other three yellow teams in the league (Mellow Yellow, Team Primary, and Crazy Cat's Eyes), all older than the Bumblebees and all using a similar shade of brighter yellow, so the "honey yellow" was a way for the Bumblebees to stand out. But from a pure design perspective, I tried your suggestion, and in my opinion it's a lateral move at worst and an improvement at best, so good call!

 

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While I was at it, I also took a stab at a more substantial redesign that does include both shades of yellow, since I did like the way the honey yellow of the chest stripe matches the logo's design.

 

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Not sure I like it as much as either of the single-yellow versions, but here it is regardless; you never know if you don't try!

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The Limers are an Original 16 team, whose performance has been, to put it bluntly, somewhat unremarkable over the years, and yet they somehow still manage to often find themselves in the limelight. (I couldn't help it.) They have a pretty big fanbase, with the most hooligan-y reputation of any team's fans, and a strong rivalry with the Raspberry Racers. So even when the team doesn't find itself in the thick of things standings-wise, there's always a good chance of some drama in the stands.

 

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The logo and color palette proved tricky to work with, with three different shades of green and no other colors to serve as secondary colors. I ultimately had to rely on the dark green as a "secondary" color, as it provided the most contrast to the others. The jersey design just came about from playing around with different elements and trying different things in a sort of trial-and-error way, since I didn't have any strong gut feelings on where to start. It ended up with a sort of Columbus Blue Jackets vibe, with little half-stripes at the cuffs where CBJ have their star. The waist and sock stripes are "inspired by" the cuff stripes, but with a nontraditional flair of their own. All in all, it's a very unconventional design, but I think it's cohesive when it's all said and done!

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The Indigo Stars joined the league in 2019 and have been wholly unremarkable in the two years they've been competing, qualifying in '19 but finishing near the bottom, and missing out on qualification in '20. They've yet to earn many fans based on those performances, but if and when they ever turn it around, those six die-hard Indigo Stars fans will be able to say they've stuck with them from the start!

 

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I went with a more traditional striping pattern based on the clean, minimalist shapes of the logo. The stripes on the indigo jersey and the white jersey are slightly more different than just a simple rearrangement of the colors, though; dropping from three thin stripes down to two, and making minor adjustments to the weights of the stripes, felt like the best balance of colors on the white jersey. It also let the stripes match the double-outlined yoke (because nobody wants to see a shoulder yoke with a triple outline), and including the indigo yoke was important to me for a team using the color in their name. I spent way too much time turning the wordmark into a number font, but I'm happy with the results.

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19 hours ago, Bomba Tomba said:

I like the number font. What font is it?

I honestly just cobbled together those three number (1, 4, and 5) from the team's wordmark, using pieces of the I, T, and R, and improvising for the angled bits of the 1 and 4. So as far as I know, it's not a full font with a name or anything like that, unless the original designer got it from somewhere rather than creating it himself. (In my head, though, I can't help but think of Jurassic Park every time I look at it!)

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Following up the Indigo Stars with the other perennially "forgotten" team, the Shining Swarm. They joined in the Marble League's second year, 2017, but after putting in a decent debut performance, they've been almost invisible since. The Swarm have yet to make a second appearance, but in 2020 they finally qualified for the 2021 qualifiers by avoiding the Showdown's bottom four.

 

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I don't usually care for gradients on hockey jerseys, but if there's any one team whose logo, name, and general aesthetic calls for it, it's the Shining Swarm. Once I got the gradients right on each jersey, the cuff and hem treatments were pretty simple, but felt important to keep the jerseys from being too plain. I did swap the order of the thin stripe vs. the thick stripe between the dark jersey and the light jersey, as it just looked better based on the colors in each situation. The helmet for the dark jersey isn't particularly dark, but I figured it's far enough from white that they could get away with it. The striping pattern on the socks may be a little unusual, but I wanted to do solid stripes rather than use the gradient again, so I copied the order of the colors from the logo.

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Three teams to go, and today's is the Jungle Jumpers, the group of daredevil marbles with a penchant for oversleeping. They joined in the Marble League's second season of 2017, and have been a mid-tier competitor with a decent fan following, thanks not only to the marbles' appearance and occasional good performances, but also their out-of-competition "lore" in the JMR universe. The team's history prior to the Marble League was in BASE jumping and other extreme sports, and they're perhaps most notorious for missing the final event of the 2017 Marble League after medaling in the previous two events, which was explained in-universe as a result of oversleeping after celebrating those two medals.

 

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I chose not to use the team's "extreme" reputation as inspiration for the jerseys, going for something a little more traditional and restrained, but I did use the BASE jumping motif as a "jumping off point" in deciding to go with the V-style striping, pointing downwards as though falling. After settling on the V, it was just a matter of determining a good-looking order for the colors and weights of the stripes, which didn't really have a deep thought process behind it other than trying a few different things and comparing them. The shoulder yoke on the white jersey was a fun way to keep some color and continue the theme of the striping in an unconventional way, and the added block of dark green on the cuffs felt necessary to balance things and keep the lighter green from dominating too much.

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The penultimate set of jerseys is for the Hornets, who were the second fan-made along with the Turtle Sliders to join in 2019. Neither has been very successful, but the Hornets have been marginally more successful by at least qualifying for the 2020 Marble League and participating in the first season of Marbula 1, although finishing last in both. Naturally, they have a strong rivalry with the Bumblebees, though it's been a fairly one-sided rivalry so far, and the Hornets have attracted fewer fans, even with the 'Bees making the jump to the Marble League a year after the Hornets.

 

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Much like the Turtle Sliders' jerseys, the Hornets' got a bit of a "2000s expansion team" treatment, with a very modern, nontraditional look to them. The logo has some curves, but is still very sharp and angular, so the jersey follows that same style, going for an abstract "stinger" effect. Not a whole lot else to give commentary on besides that, since that's pretty much the only element of the jersey design!

 

I'll post the final team fairly soon just to wrap all the hockey jerseys up, and eventually revive the thread for baseball uniforms once I have a few in hand; I still want to do them because I do enjoy learning more about baseball aesthetics, but it's a slower process since both the "rules" of baseball design and the template itself are newer to me. But I know the JMR subreddit will like them, so I may as well post them here too, though I may share a few at a time rather than just one per post.

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