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Cosplay Work In Progress- 1 Month, 2 Days to Go!

I feel like we're getting down to the wire, here. I'm feeling the crunch. So here's how we've been doing lately.

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Poll Position: The Greatest DC Superhero

Ok, I guess we've got to do this. So, we've done Marvel's best heroes and villains and we took a break to cover the greatest superteams last time out, but I guess we've got to do DC now. So yeah, Batman is going to win, it'll be between Superman and Wonder Woman who comes in second, a Flash and a Green Lantern (probably the ones already in the poll) will round out the top 5 and the rest of the poll will be made up of the other classic justice leaguers (Aquaman probably coming 6th because of his movie) with the 10th spot being open to the possible surprise nomination that isn't on the poll or a legacy version of one of the characters on the poll. I'll change the settings the day before the poll closes (which is a week on Friday, so the 27th Sept) so people can see if I was right or not before we put the list up.

Oh and obviously, you can enter your own nomination once per day, make sure you put the secret identity of the character if the superhero name has been taken by multiple characters (e.g. Green Lantern- Hal Jordan or Green Lantern- John Stewart).

CDC #431 – Forged In Fire

Your challenge this week is to create an original and unique weapon. It can be modern futuristic or historic in design. The entry should be an image of the weapon only.

The winner this week will receive my design of the warrior that would wield such an awesome piece of weaponry.

Feel free to include a brief written description of the weapon and its’ intended user. Totally optional

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

Enter as often as you like!

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, September 22nd.

CDC #430 – Keeping Up With The Krustaceans – Results

Runner up status this week goes out to ForgivenMonster for Aquatic Warrior Goddess.

And the win this week goes to...

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CDC #429 – Be A Good Sport! – Prize for Superfly30

Superfly30's version of Zamboni...

I decided to do him in his early years when he was with the Leaf's farm team and was still considered a bit of a hockey hunk...

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The List: Top 10 Greatest Superhero Teams

Well, this was an interesting poll. We had a lot of votes and a lot of good suggestions by you guys, some that I would have never thought of in a million years, and some rather interesting results. So let's get right on into said results.

Hon Mentions: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Incredibles, The Defenders

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CDC #430 – Keeping Up With The Krustaceans!

Your challenge this week is to create an original shelled alien character that resides on a planet completely covered in water.

The winner this week will receive a Heromachine 3 version of their winning character designed by me. Not the greatest award, but better than a fish hook to the eye!

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

Enter as often as you like!

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, September 15th.

CDC #429 – Be A Good Sport! – Results

Great entries again this week folks. Shout outs go to Palazzo for their tongue in cheek "Bombcurler" and to Greggory Basore for another great back story for his "Queen of Clubs"

Runners Up this week are Nerd and Proud for "Fastball"...

...if there was award for the most improved "machiner" it would go to this guy. Well done and...

"Kahuna" by Kellkin. This guy often finds himself in the top three and justifiably so. Love the whole idea, especially the tribal tattoos on the suit.

And the win this week goes to...

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CDC #428 – Batwoman is Coming! – Prize for Christi S.

Christi's amazing Ghast...

My version...

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CDC #429 – Be A Good Sport!

Your challenge this week is to create an original hero or villain based on a sport

The winner this week will receive a Heromachine 3 version of their winning character designed by me. Not the greatest award, but better than a cleat to the cup!

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

Enter as often as you like!

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, September 8th.