Yeah I think I'm gonna have to do a V2 of the player sprites. I'm not entirely happy with them overall - I figured by using the skate blade & sticks together that I would free up even more available colours, and totally forgot they affect ice colours. For what I was trying to do, it worked - but it can be WAAAY better.
I toyed with an idea of putting a black border around the sprites to make it a bit more cartoony (and for something "different) and it actually looked super cool. I'll save that for a different concept, but I am still going to look at some way of refining the shading as I feel there's not enough depth.
There are definitely a few stray pixels from an animated fan back there I believe. Another one of those graphical items that are on the list as well. I was gonna let that one slide, but if you caught it, someone else will too LOL!
With the goalies I did a few things:
- removed the 70s style facemask and streamlined it to a cage
- assigned the pants colours to the mask to differentiate it from the jerseys and make it stand out
- simplified the pad design on the front and back
The nets are actually stock 30-team ROM. I changed the crease though. I shortened it so it was nicer proportionally to the ice width.
Thank you for the technical review on the visuals. I appreciate this and it will help my next release get better.
This is still my "first" ROM too. LOL