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No Gallery Grabs This Week/ The Big Question ♯30

Ok guys, unfortunately there isn’t going to be a Gallery Grabs this week (I’ll explain why after the jump), but instead of just leaving the slot empty this week why don’t we get some discussion going. And my question for you guys is, who is the greatest villain of all time?

Now you can choose from any medium you like here, I’m not just asking about comics. You can go books, TV, film, animation, video games etc. so that’s a whole lot of villains for you to choose from. My question isn’t who would win if all of them had a massive fight, it is who is the best at being bad. Answers below please.

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Character Design Contest ♯123- All Winners Squad

So guys, for this weeks contest, I wish for you to turn your attention to a section of Heromachine 3 that falls under the Heads category. It is titled simply “Winners” and contains the faces of some of the great and good of the Heromachine community of the past and present, including our great and powerful overlord Mr Hebert. So your challenge this week is simple. Go create me an awesome picture using one (or more) of those faces. That is the only requirement (apart from the usual rules about copyright characters etc.), the pic can be anything you want, within reason, so long as it contains one of those faces. So make them cool, make them funny, make them scary, but make sure to make them awesome.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯122 (Secret Identities) Poll

Turns out Judges are like buses. You don’t see one for ages, then suddenly two turn up at once.

Character Design Contest ♯121 (Fight Club) Winner

Anyone remember the poll we had for the “Going Japanese” contest we had last year? The one where Vectorman won by a clean 80 votes? Well, this weeks winner not only equalled that score, but broke the record for biggest win margin by 5 votes. Ok, it was the obvious winner I’ll admit, but that is being a bit harsh to everyone else’s work don’t you think? But anyways, the decimator of this weeks poll was none other than RobM for his Corporate Arena. Congrats Rob and sorry to everyone who had to go up against him. ’twas a very one sided fight it seems.

121 RobM-Corporate-Arena

OCD (Open Critique Day) #27

How this goes:  You post a work of yours, finished or WIP, and then others give you critiques on your work. I do not mind if you post non-HM pictures or piece of writing. Just make sure that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that are copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters. 

Also, if you post a work, it is highly recommended that you also give someone else a critique.

Even this is called Open Critique Day, I allow (even welcome!) for you guys to post and discuss on this for the weekend until 11:59 pm Sunday.

Character Of The Week: RobM- Beets By Dre

ba-dum-tish.

So, if you’d have told me at the start of the week that I’d be featuring RobM as the COTW this week I’d have said “cool, haven’t had him on there for a while.” If you then told me that the picture of his that would be featured would be two prize vegetables, I’d have laughed. “Rob’s way to sensible to do that” I’d have thought “and anyway, how would that work? How do you make realistic fruit and veg in Heromachine?” And yet, here we are. And the veg is Rad (-ish). He certainly dropped some sick beets here. I love the shading work here and shadows really make the picture seem more really. Oh, and I have to mention the use of insect wings as leaves. Brilliant.

Gallery: RobM’s Machine Works

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Geek Quiz ♯25: Guess Who

Lets celebrate the quarter-century of the Geek Quiz with something that should be a piece of cake. In line with this weeks CDC, down below you are going to find 20 superheroes/ super villains secret identities. What I want you to do is say which superheroes they belong to. In the case of characters that have had more than one name as a superhero then I want the first identity they took, with the exception of sidekicks who eventually graduated to full superhero status, in which case we want the name they took after becoming a fully fledged hero (e.g. Hank Pym would be Ant-Man rather than Giant-Man or Yellowjacket, whilst Dick Greyson would be Nightwing rather than Robin).

So if that’s all clear then lets go. 1 point per correct answer and as per usual No putting answers in the comments.

1. Timothy Drake

2. Mac Gargan

3. Jefferson Pierce

4. Al Simmons

5. Hank Henshaw

6. Robert Parr

7. Noh-Varr

8. Rahne Sinclair

9. Bart Allen

10. Jon Osterman

11. Garth Ranzz

12. James Howlett

13. Eobard Thawne

14. Taneleer Tivan

15. Michael Jon Carter

16. Barbara “Bobbi” Morse

17. Stephanie Brown

18. Cain Marko

19. Stephan Strange

20. Dave Lizewski

Answers below the jump

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Kaldath’s Caption Contest #65

It is once again time for our bi-weekly caption contest. This time I would like you to give me your best dialogue for this item:

Swamp thing 1

 

The normal rules apply, which are: You are limited to Three (3) entries which are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday May 26th. Of course I as always expect you to keep your entries no worse than PG-13 in nature and that you follow all the normal rules of the forum when writing your caption for the above image. That being said I wish you all Good luck!

Gallery Grabs- Nug

Ok, so, after covering Iscarioto last week, now I’m going to follow up on the suggestions that everyone made two weeks ago. And we’re gonna take a look a Nug to kick off.

One thing I have noticed in looking through peoples galleries for this series is how peoples styles change over time. It’s really interesting to just spend a bit of time and go from start to most recent in someones gallery and see how much it changes, though obviously make sure you have a spare hour or two if you plan to look at any galleries with over 50 pages.

Anyway, on with the show.

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Character Design Contest ♯122- Secret Identities

Alright guys, this week it’s back to the more standard “Character” contest format. For this weeks challenge I want you to create a superhero. It’s that simple.

*grins*

Ok, it’s not thaaaat simple. To make it more interesting, you also have to show the character’s alter-ego, their secret identity, the Clark Kent to their Superman etc. and the two have to be incorporated into the same picture. Now there are many different ways you can do this, so I’ll leave it up to you as to how, I just care that they are both in the same picture.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.