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Have you ever wished you could see the character you've imagined drawn out in perfect detail by a professional artist, but you just don't have the skill to do it yourself?

Thanks to HeroMachine, now if you can imagine it, you can create it, absolutely free. With thousands of hand-drawn custom-colorable line art, you can outfit any character from any genre. Whether you're an RPGer who wants to bring a character sketch to the game, a novelist who wants to capture that perfect face to refer to as you write, or a gamer who wants a more comics-style rendering of your warrior, ninja, wizard, or archer, HeroMachine can bring that illustration to life.

Just choose the type of item you want, click on it to add it to the canvas, and choose your colors. In minutes you can build your very own customized, beautiful character sketch.

Kaldath’s Corner: Babymetal react to Youtuber’s React to Babtmetal

I couple years ago the Fine Brother which are on youtube did a video Youtuber's react to Babymetal. That video is how I discovered Baymetal and began my  fandom of the group. Well Recently the Fine Brothers have Babymetal in their studio and had them react to that video, the result is this:

 

Character Of The Week: Linea24- Merti

So, in case anyone didn't know, Linea's back in action after a few months absence and it seems to have done her some good. The picture I'm featuring this week is a remake of a picture from a few years ago and if you compare the two on her thread you can see the improvement. But taking it as it's own picture, rather than a remake, there is still a lot to commend. The costume (love the colours, the purple is very delicate and it really sets off the vibrant blue), the item usage (see the cape used as a dress so it matches the pose), the expression and the wings (very subtle, almost fading away into the background, which really fits the fairy idea, especially with insectoid wings which are usually semi transparent).

Gallery: Linea's Astra Universe

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A Taste Of Japan: May 2016 Tokyo Treat Small Box

Hello fellow machiers. Yesterday I made a post inquiring weather you all would be interested in an unboxing and taste test of the Tokyo Box subscription and while there were not a huge number of replies, what replies I did get indicated some interest and since my first box arrived today I shot a video along with my Roommate April for your enjoyment.

If you enjoyed this video let me know and I will do more each moth as the new boxes come in.

Tokyo Treat Box

Hey Guys and Gals,

I have recently signed up for the Tokyo Treat Subscription service, which is essential a box full of 5 to 7 candies or snack foods from Japan. My Subscription is the cheapest one offered by the way, Here is what I want to know, would you guys like me to review these boxes for you ? Tell you what is in the box along side of pictures, and what I, my room mate, and my best friend and his wife think of candies/snacks found inside ? If there is interest in this I might consider upgrading to a more expensive subscription for a large box each month. My first box is due within the next couple days, so let me know what you think of this idea.  If my friends consent I might even record it instead of doing photos.

Character Design Challenge #167- Shakespeare

As this past Saturday marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, I thought now might be a good time to do a contest based upon the bards work. So basically the idea is, go find a list of Shakespearian characters and do your take on them. You can stay word for word faithful to the source material or you can modernise the character, if you want to you can do the characters in a completely different genre, just so long as they are recognisable. You may do multiple characters in one picture if you are feeling ambitious, provided they are from the same play. Also, please put which play the character is from with your entry (unless blindingly obvious e.g. Macbeth or Hamlet).

As per usual, no limits on the number of entries 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.

Atomic Girl

atomicgirlI was indulging my latest weird past time this morning by watching other people play games (seriously, what's up with that?!) on Twitch.TV and came across a fun new streamer playing Fallout 4 (my other latest addiction) named Atomic Girl. She recognized the name and had very kind things to say about HeroMachine, which was both surprising and flattering!

It turns out she makes really cool dieselpunk and steampunk stuff, so if that's your jam check out her shop or visit her on Facebook.

Good luck with your Twitch career, Atomic Girl!

Character Design Challenge #166 (The World Is Mine) Winner

Honourable Mentions: Brons- Dictator & Hawk007- Dragon Hunter

Winner: Xinmodic- World Conquering Army

Character Of The Week: Lull-Carae- Lullasy

Ok guys, time-out quickly. I'd like everyone to just take a moment and take this little nugget of information in. Apparently, Lull did the scales on this characters tail individually. As in, that isn't a pattern masked onto the tail, those are single insignias each placed into position one by one to cover the entire tail. 2 things to note here. 1. How many other people would actually bother to do that (I for one would have died of boredom half way through) and 2. Lull must either be mad, incredibly patient or both (probably both) to do that to himself. I don't even want to ask how long it took. But anyway, moving on from the tail, there's a lot more to like about this than just that. For example, the great use of atmospherics and lighting for the background. Lighting the floor and then fading to black the further into the background you look is a great way to not only make the character stand out more, but also add that extra sense of creepiness and unease to the picture, because you don't know what could be in the darkness. Also, I like the use of shoulder-capes. Granted they are used on the shoulders (a novelty for me to point out an item being used for what it's actually meant to be used for), but the positioning and sizing really fills out the costume, continuing the hood without meaning that the character has to be wearing this long cape or cloak. And finally the expression. The look on the characters face is an interesting mix of sinister and inviting. This is even more noticeable on the alternate version Lull posted which is very much more over-the-top than this version, but the expression is very understated and furthers the air of mystery that the character has.

Gallery: Lull-carae's works

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Character Design Challenge #166- The World Is Mine

"Gee Brain, what do you want to do tonight?"

"Same thing we do every night Pinky- try to take over the world."

And that's you premise for this weeks contest. I want you to create a prospective world conqueror, who MUST be shown in pursuit of said goal. This can be either in planning, creating their "ultimate weapon of world dominance" or in the actual act of conquest. Oh, also, bumbling henchmen are optional, something which might actually be a boon.

As per usual, no limits on the number of entries 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 Challenge #165 (Spooky, Scary) Winner

Honourable Mentions: Lime- Whispers & Hawk007- Wanna Play

Winner: James- Ickbar Bigelsteine