Red vs Blue Insignia?

Mh. Red imperial or blue imperial color scheme?

These are not the final insignia I will use – I think – but which do you guys prefer?


Imperial Insignia in Blue

(And note that the bottom three symbols have three different shades, the smaller center one being the same blue as the rest of the symbols.)

Or Red:

Imperial Insignia in Red

It’s probably noteworthy that the Terran Federation has a Blue and White flag, which is why I am personally leaning towards red… even though I think I prefer the blue-yellow combination. Of course I am color blind so what do I know.

Flag of the Federated Nations

What do you prefer?

Update, Aug 4th: I’ve added a few additional shades of red to the pictures, above. Considering these I am much happier with a red-and-golden color scheme; I especially like “Carmine” and “Red Devil”. Again, though, I am color blind so these reds definitely look different to me than they do to you.

Update II: Also – check out this.

2 thoughts on “Red vs Blue Insignia?

  1. Both colour schemes look strong. When it comes down to Empires I think Red is usually associated with Communism. Also maybe it’s just my days spent playing RTS games but in my mind blue = goodie and red = baddie.

    Probably not much help?

  2. No, no, Nate, thanks for the feedback! I did consider the video game angle, but I never associated one wirth “good” and one with “bad” in that context. I did try to find the origin of using red vs blue in games, but couldn’t find an explanation quickly.

    Red and gold are lucky colors in Asia. Nazis also used red (different shade though). Red has also been shown to be associated with strength and success by psychologists if I am not misinformed. The uniforms of the Star Trek guys in the movies were red. Red is also of course associated with warnings, blood, that sort of thing.

    Blue is associated with Earth (“the blue planet”).. Blue is considered to be non-threatening, which is why peacekeepers, the UN, NAtO etc have adopted it.

    I am really torn between the two. One time I look at them and I prefer red, the other blue, for the Empire.

    However I *think* that the context behind the colors really points to using blue for the Terran Federation and red for the Empire.

    Still, I can’t quite decide. Red-Yellow/Gold does look too “communist” for my taste. I should perhaps try different shades of red as well…

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