by zephram
See also Halberdia Plain by zephram.

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Version 0.5


A font made for a LuneKnight, a Terraria mod by yours truly. It gets its name because parts of it remind me of halberd, partisan, and/or axe heads. I designed this to have the vaguely authoritation look of a Didone as well as a borderline-gaudy look that prevents this from being taken too seriously. These changes lent some much-needed character to the prototypical Didone from which this design evolved. The uppercase letters are more heavily ornamented, as if to suggest that they are letters from an illuminated manuscript.

The main texture is a diamond pattern inspired by vent holes in medieval armor. These were often made with a square punch, and help the font look more handmade. Actually, most of the quirks this font possesses are present to help present a handmade look.



The wider letters are incised, which seems to lessen their perceived wideness by breaking up the shapes. For me this effect lent a more natural flow to the reading.

The ornamentation rules are complicated and factor in lettershapes, English letter frequency, and the existing design parameters. One thing I can concisely explain is that glyphs which normally look fairly plain are ornamented to such an extent that they make others look plain instead (CGJLT1 among others).



Comment by zephram 19th september 2019


Comment by zephram 19th september 2019

v0.2 - 16pt. sample

Comment by zephram 19th september 2019

This looks really cool!

You said it’s for a Terraria mod, what mod?

Comment by DomsGames 19th september 2019

Not sure it's goth or western. cool stuff

Comment by JingYo 19th september 2019

Thank you, @DomsGames and @JingYo! The mod is one I've been developing with a friend. We haven't named it yet.

Comment by zephram 19th september 2019

v0.3 - 26pt sample

Comment by zephram 19th september 2019
Comment by zephram 19th september 2019

v0.4 - I decided to embrace the "medieval" look this was taking on and here's the result.

Comment by zephram 19th september 2019
Comment by zephram 19th september 2019

Decided to texture the entire thing. Plain version coming later.

Comment by zephram 20th september 2019
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Halberdia” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 23rd november 2020

Ah, how did I fail to notice this... thanks so much for the TP! I do think the plain version is better, though... maybe I'll publish one that has this design's caps and the plain version's lowercase...

Comment by zephram 12th march 2021

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