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Open Critique Day #19

And it’s another OCD! By the way, would you guys like me to do something special for the next OCD, seeing as that one is going to be the 20th I’ve done?

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

Character Of the Week……?

You know, it’s an odd feeling when you’re happy that you’ve got a group of people doing their absolute best to make life difficult for you. Because that’s how I felt deciding this weeks COTW. Honestly. Just to give you an insight into how I do this post, on Thursday evening I sit down and go through all of the galleries that have been posted on in the forums from the week and open up all the pictures that I could do in new tabs, so I can just click through and compare them (plus then I can just copy the link into the Add Media box for the picture). Not including this tab, I’ve got 10 tabs open at the moment, each containing a COTW worthy picture. How am I meant to decide?

I mean, at the moment I’m so torn. Just looking through them all you’ve got the amazing block lighting from Yautja’s FireAnt character which is just staggering and complements the flat, earthy colours of the costume so well. But then you’ve got Candruth with her standard, high, high standard in shading and attention to detail (just look at the reflection of the character in the blades). But then AMS comes along with some truly stunning shading of his own, plus some crazy body shaping and gorgeous water effects. And then we have Ubiquitous Pixel with one of the most intense action poses I’ve seen done in Heromachine. You’ve got cool costuming from Funkmachine and Son4, great shading from Linea and Anarchangel and horrifying creepiness from Lull-carae. Plus Jeimuzu seems intent on making me quit heromachine by being just too awesome to handle. So who do I choose?

*A long, long time later*

Dammit you lot why do you have to be sooo good.

I have reached a decision. Even though there’s only one of me, the vote wasn’t unanimous, but we’re gonna go with it. I’m gonna say this weeks COTW is Spirit Of Spartacus by Ubiquitous Pixel. The chest may look a little odd and it might be a bit rougher round the edges than some of the other candidates, but I dunno, even amongst such distinguished company, this was the one I kept coming back to.

Gallery: My Collection of Creative Imagination

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Geek Quiz ♯17: Anime

As promised, this weeks quiz is on everyones favourite Japanese export (tied possibly with their video games, but way ahead of Sushi). Now, considering how broad a topic this is (much like last week), I haven’t been able to come up with only 10 questions. However, I’m not going to do a two part quiz again, I’ve got a few other plans, so instead I’ve added 5 questions, so there’s 20 points between 15 questions and even then there’s a metric ton of anime’s I’ve missed out. Maybe at a later date we’ll do another quiz on this topic, depending on how people do on this one. Anyway, for next week’s quiz I’m gonna give you guys the choice. Would you rather have a quiz on the X-Men or Doctor Who? Leave your vote with your scores in the comments below.

As I said, this week it’s 15 questions with a total of 20 points to get. 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. And obviously Don’t Post Answers In The Comments.

1. Who is the captain of the Starship Bebop in Cowboy bebop? (1)

2. How many forms does Frieza have? (1)

3. Which of these series is the longest running? (1)

a) Dragon Ball Z              b) One Piece

c) Naruto Shippuden        d) Bleach

Bonus: Which is the shortest running? (1)

4. What causes Ranma’s transformations in Ranma 1/2? (1)

5. What move does Simon use to defeat Guame’s Gember in Gurren Lagann? (1)

6.Who is the first of the Homunculii to fight Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? (1)

Bonus: Who is the first Ed meets in the series? (1)

7. What is Sailor Moon’s real name? (1)

8. Which of these partner Digimon is the odd one out? (1)

a) Agumon          b) Biyomon

c) Gomamon       d) Gatomon

9. What is the name of the parasite that inhabits Shinichi Izumi’s hand in the series Parasyte? (1)

10. What year is Neon Genesis Evangelion set in? (1)

Bonus: When was the Second Impact? (1)

11. Who is the head of Public Security Seciton 9 in Ghost In The Shell? (1)

12. Which of these dark guilds from Fairy Tail is not a member of the Balam Alliance? (1)

a) Raven Tail          b) Tartarous

c) Oracion Seis      d) Grimoire Heart

Bonus: Who is its Guild Master? (1)

13. Who is the boss of the first floor of Sword Art Online? (1)

14. What is the name of the outer most wall in Attack On Titan? (1)

15. Which of these Studio Ghilbi films was released first? (1)

a) Spirited Away                  b) My Neighbour Totoro

c) Princess Mononoke      d) Howl’s Moving Castle

Bonus: What was the first film released by the studio? (1)

Kaitō ni tsuite wa, ika o iku

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Kaldath’s Caption Contest #62

Ladies and Gentlemen it is once again time for our caption contest, however before we get started I have a bit of an announcement. I have decided to stop doing this contest as a weekly thing and instead will be returning to the format I had when I first started it. Starting with this one the caption contest will be bi-weekly from now on, meaning that I will be posting a new contest every other week with the contest winners being announced during the off weeks.

Now with that out of the way, it is time for all you machiners out there to give me your best dialogue for this image:

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The normal rules apply, which are: You are limited to Three (3) entries which are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday March 31st. 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!

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #61: Results

Last week I asked you all to give me your best dialogue for this image:

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and here are my top five from your entries:

Skoul 
What do you mean ‘they look like slippers’?
Herr D
Well? They don’t HAVE phone booths anymore!
KatmirStone
…… and this is where the “I <3 Peter” tattoo used to be.
Sabrina
Spider-Man reboot, huh? Well Spider-Gwen is getting “re-booted” as we speak.
Skoul
New orthopedic tights for super heroes – because while you’re saving the world, we’re saving you!
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And your winner is …………………….

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PUP REDUX: Anarchangel

I think that a recurring theme of this series is going to be “and when I started out this is whose style I badly ripped off”. Last time out it was DiCicatriz and this week we have yet another of my all time favourite ‘machiner’s. A great creator with a seeming bug fixation (no idea why, those things is creepy), but at least he manages to turn them into awesome characters. Oh and for everyone who joined the community after his original PUP was posted, now you know what the name is all about. So, now I’ll shut up and let Anarchangel “blabber on a bit” (his words).

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Character Design Contest ♯114- On The Rogue Again

For our penultimate Fantasy RPG class, we’re going to be focusing on rogues. For anyone who doesn’t know what that entails, you’re basically looking at the sneaky characters. Thieves, assassins, ninjas are all fair game here, anyone who uses stealth and speed over raw power classifies. However, we’re not looking at people who would be best suited to laying traps or dealing long range damage, that’s for next week, you want to be as up close and personal, preferably without being noticed in the process. Bonus points go to anyone who can get onto the poll without me noticing. ;)

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 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 ♯113 (Clerics) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯112 (Paladins) Winner

This weeks poll got over 250 votes in total, which is a record for a CDC poll (if we exclude CDC97, because that was an anomaly to say the least) and, as you might expect with voting numbers so high, the poll was close. Our winner only won by 9 votes from 2nd, who was a further 11 votes ahead of 3rd, giving us a nice and neat 20 votes covering the top 3. However, I’m sure no-one will be surprised with who the winner is. And that winner is Guy Genesis for his amazing Jaquis Kobar. Congratulations Guy and well done to everyone else who entered, whether they made the poll or not.

112 GuyGenesis-Jaquis Kobar V3 helm

Kaldath’s Corner: Babymetal Legend 2015 Concert

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Hello fellow machiners and welcome to another edition of Kaldath’s Corner where I talk about things that I find interesting. This week I am going to once again geek out over the Japanese Kawaii Metal group Babymetal!

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