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Character Design Challenge #462– RPG Character Classes Challenge – Part 1 – Warriors and Fighters – Prizes for Suleman and CantDraw

Suleman and CantDraw's winning pieces ; Magpie and Annalise

My versions based on the original designs...

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Introducing the Nerdmudgeon podcast!

Nerdmudgeon, Earth's mightiest podcast!

Hi all! I hope you'll forgive my interruption of your super-hero-making for a moment, but I wanted to share a project my two best friends and I have been working on during These Trying Times. We've put together a podcast called "Nerdmudgeon", where the three of us discuss various geeky subjects from our perspective as three middle-aged nerds who get grumpy when they move too fast.

We're reviewing all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films in chronological order to see if our opinions about them have changed over the years since we first saw them.

Each episode is just a half hour or less in length and we try to come at them with a positive, genial discussion with hopefully a few laughs thrown in as we poke fun at each other.

If you get a chance, I'd sure appreciate you giving it a try and letting me know what you think. If you like it, please leave us a review on the podcast-listening program of your choice and maybe recommend it to other geek friends?

Thanks in advance for your support and I hope you're having a great one!

Character Design Challenge #462– RPG Character Classes Challenge – Part 1 – Warriors and Fighters – Results

Had to take a little extra time to judge this week due to the number of entries! What an awesome surprise. So many great pieces to choose from. So here it goes...

Honourable mention goes to Tartan Panda

Runner up this week is JR19759

And because I was spoiled for choice this week, we have a tie for the top spot between...

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Character Design Challenge #463– RPG Character Classes Challenge – Part 2 – Knights and Paladins

For the next few weeks we will be building a team of RPG characters based on the following classes: Warrior/Fighter, Knight/Paladin, Barbarian/Berzerker, Monk/Martial Artist, Archer/Ranger, Thief/Rogue/Assassin, Priest/Healer, Mage/Wizard, and finally Summoner/Necromancer/Druid. 

Your CDC challenge this week is to create an original heroic knight or Paladin character. 

The winning entrant will receive a HM3 version of their character rendered by yours truly. 

The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. 

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: 

Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters.No characters based on Official RPG NPC's ( Non-Player Characters ). Please keep all submissions PG13. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in 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. 

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever); 

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name; 
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png. 

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). 

This contest will close on Monday, May 25th  at 6:00pm Eastern 

 

CDC 461 – Prize for Scott Weyers

Scott's original Carver Shade...

My version ...

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Pics from May 12th…

Here are character concepts from May 12th that were posted to the forums.

RUBBER BULLETTE by TheMightyMo

http://www.heromachine.com/forums/topic/mightys-heroes/#post-167612

HARPY (Leigh Walker) by JR19759

http://www.heromachine.com/forums/topic/jrs-characters/page/131/

Go check'em out!

Costume Concepts: Stargirl

Here are some costume concept illustrations for the upcoming Stargirl TV show.

What do you think?

Recommend checking out the rest of these 2 artists illustrations.

https://www.instagram.com/illustratedbygina/

https://www.instagram.com/alanvillanueva_art/

Frankenstein your items….

Hey 'machiners!

Did you know you have the means to create your own items out of others?

There is a whole bunch of possibilities when using the masking tool and "frankenstein" them together.  Here is an example....

I took 2 Croc heads from HEADS/ANIMAL section and did this....

Took a 3/4 turn item and made it head on.  Pretty cool, eh?

Here is how I did it...

There are treasures to be found in all item categories.  Happy hunting!

***For a more in depth step by step post, please visit this page created by SULEMAN.

http://www.heromachine.com/2016/05/06/submission-box-suleman-tutorial-frankensteining/

Stay Safe and Cheers!

Character Design Challenge #462– RPG Character Classes Challenge – Part 1 – Warriors and Fighters

For the next few weeks we will be building a team of RPG characters based on the following classes: Warrior/Fighter, Knight/Paladin, Barbarian/Berzerker, Monk/Martial Artist, Archer/Ranger, Thief/Rogue/Assassin, Priest/Healer, Mage/Wizard, and finally Summoner/Necromancer/Druid.

Your CDC challenge this week is to create an original heroic Warrior or Fighter character.

The winning entrant will receive a HM3 version of their character rendered by yours truly.

The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges:

Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters.No characters based on Official RPG NPC's ( Non-Player Characters ). Please keep all submissions PG13. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in 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.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close on Monday, May 18th  at 6:00pm Eastern

Character Design Challenge #461 – May the 4th Be With You -The definitely “NOT” Jedis and Siths Challenge -Results

four entires this week. Expected more, but oh well.

Shout outs to Palazzo and Atomic Punk for well thought out, and in Palazzo's case, adorable entries.

Runner up this week is Tartan Panda. This is a lovely piece of work, but the character is essentially in silhouette, and this is a "character design challenge". Still though, really beautiful work.

So the winner this week is Scott Weyers.

I think this might be your best entry ever. A really clean, uncluttered design. Well done you1

Your prize will be posted to the blog later this week.

Thanks to all who entered.