(Topic ID: 262195)

Art Blades vs Mirror Blades


By John_I

3 months ago



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  • Latest reply 3 months ago by TheLaw
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    Topic poll

    “What do you prefer?”

    • Art blades 14 votes
      29%
    • Mirror blades 20 votes
      42%
    • None 1 vote
      2%
    • Mirror blades unless really cool art blades are available 11 votes
      23%
    • None unless really cool art blades are available 2 votes
      4%

    (48 votes)

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    #1 3 months ago

    Years ago when I first saw mirror blades on a TZ I thought it looked pretty cool as a gimmick, but never cool enough to ever buy a set for any of my games. Now art blades really seem to have take off and even the OEMs are making them. It might be my imagination, but it seems like mirror blades are finally going out of style in favor of the much better looking IMO art blades. To me this is great. I love seeing the new art blade designs and have seen some really cool ones on older WPC games too. On the other hand I am tired of seeing mirror blades on games at shows and at my friends houses. To me mirror blades are like spinner wheels on a car at this point - I just roll my eyes. What do you think? Personally I prefer nothing unless really cool art blades are available.

    #2 3 months ago

    In most cases I still prefer mirror blades. Art blades are cool too, but they still make the playfield look boxed in to me. I also feel mirror blades brighten up the game.

    #3 3 months ago

    Mirror blades show off the machine, art blades show off bad art most of the time.

    #4 3 months ago

    The reflection of the mirror blades really enhances the game, brightens it up, no brainer.

    #5 3 months ago

    Prefer mirror blades but find that the playfield is too tight to fit or use without ultimately getting scratched on many games (even with protectors during maintenance).

    #6 3 months ago

    crome or mirror vinyl is so delicate. One of my users requested some custom Blades for TW last year. I ordered to protect them with a hard rough protective lamination. Here are my results:

    "The Twilight Zone Pinball Inner Side Arts" (Bally) printed in vinyl with sand protective lamination (photo 1).
    http://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The%20Twilight%20Zone%20Pinball%20Inner%20Side%20Arts%20print1.JPG
    The Twilight Zone Pinball Inner Side Arts print1.jpg

    "The Twilight Zone Pinball Inner Side Arts" (Bally) printed in vinyl with sand protective lamination (photo 2).
    http://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The%20Twilight%20Zone%20Pinball%20Inner%20Side%20Arts%20print2.JPG
    The Twilight Zone Pinball Inner Side Arts print2.jpg

    "The Twilight Zone Pinball Inner Side Arts" (Bally) printed in vinyl with sand protective lamination (photo 3).
    http://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The%20Twilight%20Zone%20Pinball%20Inner%20Side%20Arts%20print3.JPG
    The Twilight Zone Pinball Inner Side Arts print3.jpg

    "The Twilight Zone Pinball Inner Side Arts" (Bally) printed in vinyl with sand protective lamination (photo 4).
    http://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The%20Twilight%20Zone%20Pinball%20Inner%20Side%20Arts%20print4.JPG
    The Twilight Zone Pinball Inner Side Arts print4.jpg

    I hope you like!

    Regards

    #7 3 months ago

    I remembered that another user told me that he wants mirror vinyl for blades for his "theatre of Magic" and I recommended him to order a hard protect again, I means, chrome vinyl with rough protective lamination. I found photos of this work:

    "Theatre of Magic Pinball Inner Side Arts" (Bally) in crome vinyl with sand protective lamination (photo 1).
    http://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/theatre%20of%20Magic%20Pinball%20Inner%20Side%20Arts%20print1.JPG
    Theatre of Magic Pinball Inner Side Arts print2.jpg

    "Theatre of Magic Pinball Inner Side Arts" (Bally) in crome vinyl with sand protective lamination (photo 2).
    http://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/theatre%20of%20Magic%20Pinball%20Inner%20Side%20Arts%20print2.JPG
    Theatre of Magic Pinball Inner Side Arts print3b.jpg

    Regards

    #8 3 months ago

    I prefer Art Blades but only if they are right as far as the art and if it just ties in well with the play field. Just being picky with that regard.
    As far as mirrors they seem to go good with music themes. I do have them on my MB but I'm ready to replace with art blades I picked
    up from pinsider, SILLYOLDELF. Picked up a set for LOTR as well. Really awesome looking on both. I might swap out the mirrors on the MB and install on my TOM. I think they would tie in well on that machine. Oh, My SS has mirrors which look really good on this pin. I do like the blades that are mirrors and have art on them as well. Thought about doing my MET in these.

    #9 3 months ago

    Has anyone actually painted their own "art" instead of using either Blades?

    #10 3 months ago
    Quoted from Djshakes:

    Mirror blades show off the machine, art blades show off bad art most of the time.

    Most art blades just make the game look more busy and boxed in. Plus the art style rarely matches the game art so catches your eye even more.

    #11 3 months ago
    Quoted from jawjaw:

    Most art blades just make the game look more busy and boxed in.

    Agreed, and I think it's because the art is designed to be viewed from straight on, yet they are viewed almost at a 90degree angle when installed in a game. Someone should try to do blades from the player's PoV that would be more immersive, even if it looked weird at different angles, like the crazy sidewalk art.

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    #12 3 months ago

    One cool thing about mirror blades is when they're installed in a row of games and you're playing at one end, it looks awesome looking down the row.

    #13 3 months ago

    I'd go neither.

    Many art blades look pretty crwppy and agree on them boxing the game in even more
    Mirror blades make the game lighter, which I've never seen as a big benfit, but I've never really understood the point of them.
    I guess they look near I'd you just stare at your games?

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