Thursday, July 24, 2008
Back to the Chips
Once again, inspiration struck. I've always really liked the Samurai Palace chips, since the first time I saw them. I think they are really slick looking chips. Unfortunately, they are also like $1.25 each. No way I'm spending that kind of cash on poker chips. I settled on Nexgen Las Vegas chips for a couple reasons. They have a nice clean two color look, and they have a recessed middle which makes them perfect for labeling. Now, I've been kicking around the art for the labels since before I got the chips. When I last did labels, I did a dragon theme with AZBoardgamers on them. This time around, I wanted to do something different, just didn't know what. So, inspired by the Samurai Palace chips, I dug around and for some Samurai art. I never did find anything simple like I wanted, but I did run into Hokusai. Hokusai was a Japanese artist most famous for The Great Wave of Kanagawa. So I started looking at some of his other art and found 6 images I liked. I scanned some chips and pasted the images on so I could see what they looked like. They actually look better than a lot of other things I've tried. Now I need to try out a little numbering/denominations on them and see how that looks. One nice thing about this art - it tends to have good chunks of open space to take the denominations. I'll probably not use the same thing on the backside of the chips. The Samurai Palace chips use a black back with a grey-ish kanji character and the denominations. I'm thinking about doing the same thing. Let me know what you think.