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Whiz Bang Prize Update #2 (Backwards Bending Robot Leg)

Here’s an update on the leg. One more piece to go. I hope people don’t mind me sharing the progress. Missing the forums at the moment. SAD FACE.

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Character Design Contest ♯91- Seven Deadly Sins

Another throw back contest for y’all this week. Much like witht eh Western Zodiac contest we did a few weeks ago, Jeff ran a couple of contests based around the seven deadly sins (which btw one of which was my first ever contest entry ;) ) so I think it’ll be interesting to see how people take on this one and how people have improved if they were around to have entered first time around. In case anyone doesn’t know what the Seven Deadly Sins consist of, they are Lust, Greed, Gluttony, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. Now, the idea here is to represent one or more of these sins through a character or a scene. You can do more than one in one picture, but ti has to be obvious which sin you are trying to represent. Also, a word of warning, I know lust is on that list, that does not give free pass to be explicit. PG-13 please.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. 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 Of The Week: Mudslide by Anarchangel

Ah, the lesser spotted COTW post, some what of an endangered species, mostly due to the fact I want it to be special when I do post it, so it’s not weekly anymore. But anyway, just because the forums are down doesn’t mean we’re not getting awesome artwork to feature. For example, Anarchangel posted this to his deviantart page earlier.

Ok it hasn’t got as much of a “Wow!” factor as the last few COTW’s but I felt this deserved to be featured because its very inventive. You don’t see many mud/ slime creatures in Heromachine form, mostly because they’re very difficult to do, but AA managed to pull it off in a very impressive way, just by using the elasticated arm as a base and working from that. And I think we can agree that the final product works very well.

One final thing, would you guys like me to make this post weekly again once the forums are back up and running (whenever that may be). I have said why I’d like to keep it a occasional post, but if you guys want it weekly again I will oblige. There’s plenty of great heromachine work out there deserving to be featured for me to make it weekly again.

Character Design Contest ♯90 (Insect Themed) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯89 (Everyday Heroes) Winner

This weeks poll ended nice and close, only two votes between our top two, who had been trading places all week. But I guess homaging certain iconic images does pay off, because this weeks winner is BabyVroomVroom for their character Gust. Congrats BVV and well done to everyone else who entered.

89 BabyVroomVroom- Gust

JReviews: Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 5- Time Heist

New episode, new review time. Not much to say about this one.

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Kaldath’s Caption Contest # 43

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls! Gather round for it is once again time for our weekly caption contest. This week I want your funniest dialogue for the following image:

Clark Kent face

 

The usual rules apply, You are limited to Three (3) entries which are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday September 23rd.  Of course I as always expect you to keep your entries no worse then 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 #42 – Results

Greeting Folks, Sorry for the delay in judging this weeks caption contest, I had a busy day and just got home. So Lets get to it!

Last week I asked you to give me your best dialogue for the following image:

CB and DP 1

And As usually here are my top five entries:

Sabrina
Deadpool: Hey, we’re starring in a caption contest
Captain Britain: Caption… what?

Calvary_Red
Captain Britain: “As ridiculous as this is, it’s the only way to keep Deadpool from learning the true nature of our mission.”
Deadpool: “Too bad for him, I already read this issue like, six times.”

Someone Else
Captain Britain: What he doesn’t know is that I’m not really Captain Britain!
Deadpool: What HE doesn’t know is I can read his thought balloons.

punkjay
Deadpool: Sooo C.B. now that I look the part can I make the moves on The Queen?
Captain Britain: Wow! Wolverine was right, you really are a bloody twit!

Timedrop23
Deadpool: So what fashion school taught you to dress like that again?
Captain Britain: Elementary, my dear Deadpool. Elementary.

and the winner is ……………………….

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Forum Non-Update

Regarding the long down time for the forums, I’m sorry for the extended delay. Ben the Awesome Tech Guy and I both work for the same company for our regular jobs and we’ve had a major project that’s due to launch today. That’s taken up all our time, but I’m hopeful that maybe this weekend we can turn our attention back to the forum issue.

We’ve found a replacement for SimplePress (the current blog software) that we hope will put less of a load on the server. We’ve run one sample import and it looked good but we haven’t had time to really dive into it to make sure, since data integrity and the preservation of peoples’ character images is the most important thing.

Thanks for your patience, I know it’s super frustrating.

Character Design Contest ♯90- Insect Themed Characters

This weeks challenge does exactly what it says on the tin. You have to create an insect themed superhero or super villain. So we’re talking insect inspired powers and costumes. I’m sure you don’t need me to give any examples. I know at least one person is going to be very happy with this weeks challenge.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. 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.