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Jan 30

Warhawk Paint & Insignia Contest!

Dylan Jobe's Avatar Posted by President, LightBox Interactive

It’s 2008 and the team and I would love to kick-off the New Year by extending a really cool contest to our eligible U.S. players! This is your chance to make your mark on the battlefield by entering the Paint Scheme and Insignia Contest!!


As many of you know, we’re always working on game updates to keep the stream of fixes and new features flowing to our players. As such, we’re currently working on the Warhawk 1.3 patch which will include a collection of new, Player-Created insignias and paint schemes for you all to use when you customize your troops and aircraft.


The team and I will be judging all the submissions and selecting the winners — 50 new insignias and 20 new paint schemes. Winners will not only get their stuff in the game, but will also win a limited edition Warhawk statue from Gentle Giant Studios.


Now of course there are some ground rules…there are always rules :-(

This is common sense but just in case…don’t use other logos or previously created content or imagery. That means you WILL NOT be able to fly around with a official sports logo on your Warhawk or have the face of some hamburger salesman on your soldier’s helmet!! – As cool as that may be. Well…it would be cool for me as I’m big fan of Chicken Nuggets.

Here are some examples:


No questionable content either please. I’m not going to describe various examples of questionable content…you all know what I’m talking about :-)

So for insignias…Here’s what you need to know:

  • The new insignia must be black and white.
  • White is opaque, and Black is fully transparent.
  • The ideal insignia uses only white, black and 50% gray.
  • The new insignia must be 64×64 pixels.
  • No words or text. The insignia must be graphic.
  • The insignia must be submitted in BMP, TGA or PNG file formats.
  • Do NOT submit your insignia in JPEG file format!

That’s the set of guidelines for the creation of insignias and some examples.

Now let’s talk paint schemes. Here are the Warhawk paint templates that you’ll use for your submission.


Once you’ve downloaded the template, you can apply your paint scheme much like using a coloring book. Although, if your submission has the quality of a 3-year-old’s rendering of Dora the Explorer…well, then you are immediately disqualified!!! :-)


Here’s an example of what a good war paint submission looks like if you were the leader of…oh, let’s say the “Airborne Banana Clan” :-)


Note that you don’t have to be a PhotoShop expert to submit a paint scheme, Keep in mind that not all paint programs may work.

Here are some other guidelines and steps that you should be aware of:

  • Go to the official site and make sure you read all the rules!!!
  • Use a paint program on your PC or MAC to fill in your design in like a paint-by-numbers … but without the numbers.
  • Avoid tiny details!
  • The best paint schemes feature clear and bold graphic lines and forms.
  • Again…DO NOT use logos or other previously created content.
  • The paint scheme template can be submitted in JPEG format.

Ok, now for the critical info…pay attention!!

Please send your submissions to playstation_community_support@playstation.sony.com
Make sure that the subject line reads “Warhawk Insignia” or “Warhawk Paint” depending on what you are submitting. And yes, you can make more than 1 submission. Please also include, in the body of your email, your full name, Telephone Number, and PSN handle.

Lastly, the deadline…

The submission deadline is February 15th, 2008 at 11:59pm PST!

If you have any questions please, please, please be sure to hit the official contest Web site for all the details…hypothetically speaking my blog entry *might* not cover everything so please check out the official site so our lawyers are happy :-)

We can’t wait to see all of the cool insignias and paint schemes that you come up with! Also, keep your eye’s posted to this BLOG and Warhawk.com for new info and an update on the upcoming Warhawk 1.3 patch!

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Kenshin001 said:

January 30th, 5:18 am

Dylan, what is happening with the issue regarding people who imported Warhawk and can not access the Omega Dawn DLC because it is region locked and the US store won’t accept international credit cards? Some of these people have paid money for the download only to find it does not work. Competitions are great but I would have thought this problem which is leaving many Warhawk players dissatisfied would have priority.

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    Dylan Jobe said:

    January 30th, 7:56 am

    I\’ve got a couple meetings this morning so I wont be able to reply to comments until later. But I will make sure I do in few hours!

    On this topic specifically though…I *do* wish there was something I could do Kenshin001 — I really do but I have no control over that kind of thing.

    Let me ask around again and see if there is anything \”in-the-works\”

TempusMori said:

January 30th, 5:25 am

Too bad it’s US entries only…

Loucetios said:

January 30th, 5:26 am

Dylan! awesome contest, too bad i suck at pictures on the comp lol, i imagine you’ll get a lot of submissions, can’t wait for Patch 1.3 btw whats up with the .-. — -.-. -.- / — -. at the end of your post?

Mr.Fusion said:

January 30th, 5:29 am

This. Is. Awesome!

Now, I only wish that the downloaded file on the PS3 that I share with my brother allowed my to actually play the game. I’d happily pay $10 extra to add an extra user to the DRM…

Still, I will look into making some nice designs. This is a great idea!

Se-7-eN said:

January 30th, 5:29 am

What the crap are you doing up so early?

Sounds like I need to get to work…

Ad-Kemp said:

January 30th, 5:29 am

This is awesome. Im thinking along the lines of your banana themed Warhawk, well the food sort of theme anyway.

Would a cabbage themed Warhawk be acceptable?

Oh and will us UK people be able to submit our ideas at any point? Or could create an american account and send our themes in ‘under the rader’ so to speak?

The idea of travelling around the skies raining death via assorted missiles in a cabbage themed Warhawk… (nips off to the loo with a copy of Warhawk)

darkiewonder said:

January 30th, 5:31 am

Rock On.

I’m going to try the contest out. ;3

Stoffinator said:

January 30th, 5:33 am

Damn the rest of the world gets screwed again!

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    Dylan Jobe said:

    January 30th, 9:39 am

    Believe me it is *not* out intention to \’screw\” the rest of the world :-)

    Quite the contrary, we approached all of our international partners but for a variety of reasons, they were unable to participate in a \”global\” contest. As you can imagine it takes a crazy amount of work to synchronize this kind of stuff across the planet.

    That said, we have made sure that we can accommodate our UK players \”if\” in the future we hold an SCEE contest just like this one.

    I for one totally want to get participation from all our counties…we just may have to hold separate contests.

    Just so you know, we have budgeted \”open\” memory in Warhawk for new insignias and paint jobs for an SCEE contest in the future…and I hope it happens!!

thor said:

January 30th, 5:39 am

Wahawk crashes for me sometimes in 2-3 split screen multiplayer :( I hope this will be fixed in 1.3!! Also, any word of dedicated split screen servers in uk?

Also will all of these be available as soon as we download the patch, or do we need to reach a certain rank to get some of them (like it is currently)?

But seriously, imo dedicated 32-player split screen servers is all this game is lacking…

Mr.Fusion said:

January 30th, 5:42 am

True, some dedicated split screen servers would be really good.

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    Dylan Jobe said:

    January 30th, 7:06 pm

    Split-Screen on Ranked servers opens up a lot of issue for \”stat-padders\”

    Sadly, this is always a problem with online games… People exploiting the system.

    With split-screen *and* ranked servers it was just way too easy for players to cheat. We saw this big-time in our testing cycle.

    While I\’d love to give you guys what you want, we\’re just really concerned that the cheating will be *way* bad.

    Also, since the player in the split screen always uses a \”guest\” account, they wouldn\’t be collecting awards and points. Maybe some day in the future, for another game, when the PS3 supports multiple PlayStation Network log-ins per console, we can look at something like this…just not right now.


Sejarki said:

January 30th, 5:43 am

Are the statues going to be sold outside of the contest, or are they exclusively for contest winners?

Enforcer_X said:

January 30th, 5:55 am

Any chance 1.3 will fix up and issues with the awards and medals, if any?

For example the Capture The Flag medal 500 captures and saves 5 captures in a round. I have over 1000 saves and over 800 captures and I have captured 5 flags in a round on 3 different occasions all on Official Ranked Servers but still nothing.


StormLord said:

January 30th, 5:56 am

This should be fun :)

Andir said:

January 30th, 5:58 am

@#3 Loucetios: It’s morse code: .-. — -.-. -.- / — -. == ROCK ON

Daver said:

January 30th, 6:15 am

The idea of contest like this or the one with Folklore is very nice… It gives the player to add a personnal touch in the game he is playing..
Great idea!

Violater said:

January 30th, 6:22 am

Awesome as always,
now who do I talk to about my rank not going up even thought I have passed the score?
Tired of being a wingman.

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    Dylan Jobe said:

    January 30th, 10:15 am

    What\’s your PSN Handle?

    I can check the Warhawk Stats database and see whats up for you.

    JLMK !

preciousdeath said:

January 30th, 6:24 am

Pictures are private. What’s the deal?

Cool contest though. Count me in.

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    Dylan Jobe said:

    January 30th, 9:31 am

    hmmm…not sure. I\’ll talk to Jeff and see what\’s up!

    Regardless, you can get the paint scheme templates from the official contest site.


    just click on the \”download paint scheme templates link\”

qxz86 said:

January 30th, 6:25 am

Why are you guys making the pictures privatized now?

We can’t see the high resolution versions.

Rogerjak said:

January 30th, 6:35 am

Oh man!! I’m from Europe! I wish I could enter the contest :(

TheHakku said:

January 30th, 6:43 am

All of the templates are private?! No!

cruisx said:

January 30th, 6:45 am

wait can Canadians enter this contest? if not Then…………ill still enter =p

Trioptical said:

January 30th, 6:57 am


ftwrthtx said:

January 30th, 6:58 am

I know what I’ll be doing!

Clinton514 said:

January 30th, 7:03 am

A bit of a downer that this contest doesn’t include Canadians.

I have a couple of ideas and I guess I’ll submit them for the sake of it. I’ll even give full permission for you guys to do as you please with it if you like it. :lol:

DonRWatters said:

January 30th, 7:06 am

Rock On!

StalkingSilence said:

January 30th, 7:16 am

You say no questionable content, but that is clearly a boob in the top right of your sample insignias (over 3 from right, down 1). You guys are twisted.

StalkingSilence said:

January 30th, 7:21 am

Serious question: what is the policy on decoys? That is, a plane that is painted to look like a soldier is standing next to it? Or a plane with a jeep drawn on the side? Or… a flag on the side?
These things, while cool, should probably be outlawed.

thefjk said:

January 30th, 7:21 am

And no USA flags or anything like that!

JLine said:

January 30th, 7:31 am

With the photo being private, its telling me that I am not allowed to view it. So how do I get the pic on my pc?

Jeigh said:

January 30th, 7:34 am

Hey! That sounds like something I can do! :D I’ve already got some ideas!

Keith K said:

January 30th, 7:35 am

Void outside the US?! Way to crap on the Canadian and European fans of the game..

Now we’re going to get nothing but flag waving yank garbage no one outside the states is going to care about… Ugh…

Good thing I dont pay a subscription fee for this game or I’d cancel it.

JLine said:

January 30th, 7:39 am

@ Keith

Waaa Waaaa

Quit whining. You would really cancel a game based on not being able to win a figurine? Thats just stupid. You must be like 12. If you just want your art to be seen, you can email it to me and I will submit it for you. Add a 05 to the end of my name at yahoo dot com. If yours wins though, Im keeping the damn statue.

Clinton514 said:

January 30th, 7:40 am

Keith K. whoa now. While I can agree that it’s a bit annoying that the contest isn’t global, let’s not insult our friends in the U.S.

If someone is cool enough they’ll submit a couple of flags from other countries or maybe Incognito will do it themselves.

Kamahl said:

January 30th, 7:40 am

Just the US? that leaves me out of this :(

JLine said:

January 30th, 7:42 am

@ Clinton

I bet because of the global presence that this game has, if you were to make a flag of any real nation, it would be disqualified.

Gunwing said:

January 30th, 8:07 am

Yeah well you can’t have it all can you? Still this is a nice way to get the community flowing again with some new user made content. Also any chance you will know when the new info will come for the WarHawk 1.3 update?

Davitr0n said:

January 30th, 8:14 am


Can I submit a bunch of designs for insignias or paint schemes on one email, or do I have to make a different email for each one? (one email title Paint Schemes for all the paint schemes I make and one email for Insignias for all insignias I make)

Also, can we get a better (bigger) version of the paint scheme template? Like others I am getting the “private” message when I try to get the templates.

drakesequation said:

January 30th, 8:25 am


I am an avid player having logged close to 240 hours, running a small clan, and hosting a game of 4-on-4 nearly everyday. Problem is, at the end of a hosted ranked game with more than 8 players, it will say “posting stats” but then never go to the next screen. The screen freezes, but not the PS3. I really am hoping to bump up to 6-on-6 or 8-on-8 games due to my clan growing. I have no freezing problem hosting 4-on-4 and little to no lag issues, wired internet(s). Any idea if this is a fix due in 1.3? Thanks in advance.

Elsa43 said:

January 30th, 8:33 am

Wow! Great idea for a contest!
… it’s just too bad that we Canadians were excluded once again. :(

Seeing that Warhawk doesn’t include a female avatar (YES! Women DO play Warhawk), may I ask if some of the designers out there could add some “girly” designs?

I’m not normally a “girly” girl… but I am proud of being a female gamer – and I’ll admit that I get a kick that my current pink heart insignia seems to freak some guys out! :)

… or Dylan… if you’re adding customizations, don’t you think it’s time to offer a female avatar?????

chasegamez said:

January 30th, 8:44 am

hey Dylan Jobe
1.will there be custom soundtrack patch added
2.will there be a way to make a all knife board

Xostas said:

January 30th, 8:49 am

Canadians once again get the boot.

What I don’t understand is that up in Canada we have to pay a higher price for the DLC, but we can’t the contest? Why are prices higher when the DLC is digital AND the canadian dollar is at parity with the US?

Metalmurphy said:

January 30th, 8:54 am

Wait… so this is just for the contest? We won’t be able to upload the Paint Jobs and Insignias whenever we want to in 1.3?

Or did I just read this wrong? :p

cruisx said:

January 30th, 9:03 am

wtf yo i dont give a [DELETED] if [DELETED] get delayed but it pisses me of when canadians arent allowed to enter a contest -____- >=|

Draicus said:

January 30th, 9:07 am

I have a question, Dylan.

For those of us that plan on submitting a LOT of insignias and paint schemes, should we attach as many as possible to the same submission e-mail, or would it be more convenient if we only attach one per e-mail?

And by the way, this is awesome. Rock!

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    Dylan Jobe said:

    January 30th, 8:26 pm

    Hey Draicus!!

    Please do 1 submission per email — Thanks!


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Kamahl said:

January 30th, 9:41 am

@ 44:
Solo crea una de usa, yo estoy en peru y eso fue lo que hice.

MotoX3style said:

January 30th, 9:56 am

AWESOME! I’m definitely gonna try out a few designs and send them in. User-created content is awesome because while most people don’t have the resources to create a game, most of us would love to be able to modify them. This is a fine example of that, and I welcome any idea’s regarding user-created content. Kudo’s to SCEE!!!

MotoX3style said:

January 30th, 9:58 am

@ #42 Metalmurphy:

“The team and I will be judging all the submissions and selecting the winners — 50 new insignias and 20 new paint schemes. Winners will not only get their stuff in the game, but will also win a limited edition Warhawk statue from Gentle Giant Studios.”

Only for the contest.


January 30th, 10:07 am


no canada
that sucks

Kxpuc27 said:

January 30th, 10:11 am

so basically 1.3 patch going ot happen sometime after Feb 15 my guess March 1st

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    Dylan Jobe said:

    January 30th, 10:20 am

    we\’ll be announcing the v1.3 Patch features pretty soon.

    …so stay tuned :-)

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