Hehe, I very like the Nightmare painiting and that was direct inspiration I know about nigthmare horses from D&D, but using them in logo IMHO would be a little too much, a little to flashy and kitschy... I was also prototyping horses jumping over logo, horse heads on left and right etc., similiar to what you've done (btw thanks for initiative!), but it didn't look good to me.. so I think I'll stick with the design I presented, only do some more polishing.
That's how it currently looks, on dark and light background:
Anyone else has oppinions? Especially when it comes to font, colors, positioning..
I was somewhat inspired by Lionhead's logo, when it comes to color, positioning and symbol in rectangle.
The logo has to work in every combination: both symbol and font, just font, and just symbol (in that case, I think horse will have to be inside rectangle, so that floating in space horse head doesn't look offplace).
sunandshadow, blank eyes come directly from The Nightmare painting by Johan Fussli:
And I think they really make this painting. Long streaming mane... I can't do nice hair
Cornstalks, yes I think you're right about pixelated/vector thing. It isn't supposed to be retro-pixel, maybe only a litle old-school. So I simplified horse, made him little less white. I polished/antialiased the font, gave it a subtle gradient, also reduced the glaring white border. How about now?
What should I do with the font, I think it still misses something...
Kosh (in reality: kosz) doesn't mean anything in polish, it's inseparatable part of "koszmar", just like "sham" is bound with "poo", or "spagh" goes with "etti"