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CDC #410 – Cyberpunk

Your challenge is to create an original cyberpunk character using HM3.

You may enter up to three times, and…

The prizes are back! So this week’s winner will receive an HM3 rendering of their winning character by yours truly!

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: 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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. 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 :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • 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 at 9am Eastern on Sunday, April 21st.

CDC #409 – Steampunk – Results

Runner up this week goes to Sam Heness fur his Steampunk Samurai,

And this week's win goes to ...

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Okay folks, I have been remiss is keeping up with you all. Between work, con prep, and dance prep (for the younger spawn, not me), I haven't been around. Originally, I was going to do a cosplay update but I saw a little something about some info on Star Wars Ep. IX coming and I thought I'd maybe wait and see.

Everyone. We have a title. We have a glorious 2 minutes of trailer. It's for real, guys.

IT'S HERE.

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CDC #409 – Steampunk

Your challenge this week is to design a HM3 image that evokes the Steampunk style.

It can be a character…a weapon…a vehicle…anything you want.

You may enter up to three times

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: 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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. 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 :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • 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 at 9am Eastern on Sunday, April 14th.

CDC #408 – Gargoyles – Results

This week the winner is Kellkin for his Dracula's Castle gargoyle.

Beautiful job sir!

Thanks to all who entered.

CDC #408 – Gargoyles

Your challenge this week is to choose an actual piece of architecture from somewhere in the world, and create a gargoyle that reflects its’ architectural style.

Maybe it protects the pyramid at Giza or the CN tower. Just have fun. Please post a link to an image of the structure along with your entry.

You may enter up to three times

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: 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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. 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 :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • 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 at 9am Eastern on Sunday, April 7th.

CDC #407 – Family Portraits – Results

Really  low  turn out this week, Oh well...still gotta choose a winner. So here we go...

Superfly30 wins!

Amazing detail. Love, love. LOVE the family "pet".

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Hey everyone! Today we're talking music news. And the biggest story is a brand new track and accompanying video from none other than Rammstein!

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CDC #407 – Family Portraits

So first a little housekeeping…I will be very busy with work until April 12th opening two musicals - “The House of Martin Guerre” and “Chelsea Sunrise”. As a result, I have to suspend the CDC prizes until CDC 410. I really enjoy doing them, but I will just not have time to do them justice.

So on to this week’s challenge. In he spirit of The Addams Family. Your challenge is to create a family portrait of a seriously scary or creepy family. Maybe it is a family of Zombies, or Steampunk robots. Just be creative and have fun

You may enter up to three times

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: 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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. 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 :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • 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 at 9am Eastern on Sunday, March 31st.

CDC #406 – Post Apocalyptic Warriors – Female Edition – Results

Lots of range in this weeks entries - from gritty realism to fantastical. Great work as always folks!

Honourable mention goes out to Superfly30. Great composition and a tricky pose.

Runner up is JR19759. A powerful pose and great details.

And the win goes out to...

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