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Character Of The Week: Viper- Artillery

Sometimes, the pics I feature in these posts don’t jump out at me first time round and I have to go back and look through galleries again to find something. It’s not because there’s anything wrong with them, it’s just you sometimes have to take that second look to truly appreciate some things. Things like this weeks COTW, for example.

I think the reason I only really looked at this one properly second time round was because of the fact that it was only uploaded as an attachment to the post on Vipers forum thread, so the picture size was smaller than it really needed to be for the design to really come across properly. But when I did view it in full size, there was something special going on.

Let’s start off with the colour scheme, which is…. vibrant, yeah, that’s a good word. You have a lovely layering effect with the colours on the costume (much like with DeleriousAl’s picture last week), where you have two foreground colours that do most of the work, being eye-catching and bright (which they are a lot of both) and then you have the calmer, more grown up and refined background colours, which hold the whole thing down. Think of it like a band, the black and white aspects are like the drums and bass, providing the rhythm/ backdrop for the singer and guitarist (the orange and green aspects) to really shine. If you took them away it would be a complete mess, with two star aspects vying for attention and clashing horribly, but with them there, it’s a tight and streamlined outfit that works well together.

The fantastic colour scheme is then further bolstered by some pretty damn fine shading. It is really hard to get highlighting with white to work, but it does here, probably because it is mixed with colour highlighting, white for the green and white parts, yellow/ golden orange for the orange and grey/ silver for the black. It just mixes well. I also light the attention Viper has put into the shading, which you can see on the shoulders, the slight highlight around the rim of the neck and the dark orange shading on the arm, all of which make the character really pop off the screen.

Finally, we have a bit of an oddity. The body shape of the character is very disproportionate. I don’t know if the Bruce Timm style male body was used at all, but that’s the vibe I’m getting. The shoulders are far to wide, the legs are tiny compared to the arms and the head is massive. It’s wonderful. It’s cartoonish, outlandish and if you add the vibrant colour-scheme and the bright highlighting, it just makes the character seem special. I like it.

Vipers Forum Gallery Thread- Viper’s Multiverse

(Thanks to RobM for the idea to link the featuree’s gallery , feel free to shout at me in the comments when I inevitably forget to do it next week).

Open Critique Day #11

Alright, guys! It’s time for another Open Critique Day!

By the way guys, please don’t be afraid to post something. This is something that requires (in fact, it’s pretty much all) audience participation.

As for how this goes, you post a work of yours, finished or WIP (aka work in process, for those who are new to abbreviations), and then others give you critiques on your work.  I do not mind if you post the occasional non-HM picture or piece of writing. Just make sure that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters. 

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

Geek Quiz ♯9: Villains Edition

For this weeks quiz, we’re going to test you knowledge on the bad guys who make life difficult for our favourite heroes. Considering how well everyone did on last weeks quiz (…) I thought I’d make it a tiny bit easier for y’all.

As per usual, 10 questions with a total of 20 points to get and don’t post answers in the comments, just your scores. The answers will be below a jump from the post whilst on the main blog page, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, take a look at the questions on the blog first.

1. In which issue of Daredevil did Bullseye debut (1 point)

Bonus- How many years was this after the Man Of Fear himself debuted? (1 Point)

2. How many Doctor Who TV serials have the Daleks been in? (1 Point)

3. What is the home planet of Sinestro? (1 Point)

4. During the “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow” storyline of 1986, the Silver/ Bronze Age, Pre-Crisis version of Lex Luthor is killed. Who is it that kills him? (1 Point)

5. Which comic series did Sabretooth first appear in? (1 Point)

6. What is the name of Darkseid’s first born son? (1 Point)

7. In which episode do the Klingons make their first appearance in Star Trek? (1 Point)

8. Who was in the original iteration of the Masters Of Evil? (1 point each- 4 Points)

9. What is the capital city of Latveria? (1 Point)

10 Name all of the actors to have voiced the Joker in a Batman cartoon TV series (not including TV movies or shows where Batman is part of an ensemble cast, such as Super Friends) (6 Points)

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Caption Contest Hiatus

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, or morning or afternoon depending on when you are reading this! I write this post to inform you all that I have decided to take a break from doing Kaldath’s Caption Contest for a while. Between the low turn out that contest has been getting in past month or so, as well as a general feeling of being burned out on it I figure it is time to step away before it stops being fun to do. I am not sure when I will start them up again but hopefully I can get my caption mojo back soon. In the mean time I will try to give you something each week to replace the contest, weather that be an Edition of Anime Talk, or a Kaldath’s Corner, a bad Super costume or something else entirely I will try my best to keep you good folk entertained on Wednesdays! ( Starting next week since I did  an Anime Talk yesterday! )

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #60 – Results

Last week I asked you all to come up with your best dialogue for this image:

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We had another small turn out for this week so no top five this week and instead I will just announce the winner and that would be …………………………..

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Anime Talk: Vocaloids!

On this edition of “Anime Talk” I want to discuss the phenomenon known as Vocaloids. Now I first learn of this 4 or 5 years ago, however browsing youtube today I stumbled across a couple videos by the Fine Brothers ( Elders React to Vocaloids and Kids react to Hatsune Miku ) that brought them back to my attention ( I will link to those videos at the end of this article). For those of you who do not know what a Vocaloid is, they are computer generate synthesized singers and apparently a number of Japans top Idols are Vocaloids!

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Character Design Contest ♯106- TGT: Fantasy

Ok guys, you should know what to do in a TGT (2 Great Tastes) contest by now. You’re given a compulsory genre (in this case Fantasy) and you have to mix it with another genre (e.g. Sci-Fi, Horror, Western etc.) for your entry. Simple as that.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week 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 pictures and images 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.

Possible Absence

Hey Folks I just wanted to write and let you all know that due to pending weather conditions here in New Jersey that I may not be able to judge caption contest 60 or post contest 61 this week. On Monday night we are expected to be hit by a Blizzard lasting through sometime on Tuesday night. Now if I have electricity and no interruption in my internet service I will post as normal, but it is always possible that this wet heavy snow will knock services out and I just wanted you all to know ahead of time in the event I can’t post anything.

Character Design Contest ♯105 (Cyborgs) Poll