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Kaldath’s Caption Contest #53

Greeting boys and girls, it is once again time for our weekly caption contest! This week I ask of all of you to look at the following image and give me your best funny replacement dialogue for it:

Cobra 1

The normal rules apply, which are: You are limited to Three (3) entries which are due by 1:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday December 2nd.  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 #52: Results

Last week I asked you all to give me the best dailogue you could come up with for this image:

CaptCaveman 1

and the top five entries are:

*****

EnderX

If elected, me throw party!

*****

punkjay

Me new spokesman for Rogaine!
*****
redligerwing59
.LOOK! Up in the sky. Its a bird, its a plane, its a pterodactyl, ITS LUNCH.
*****
Skoul 
Call me a furry peanut one more time! I dare you!
*****
Herr D
Bang, bang; this is a stickup!
*****
And the winner is …………………………..

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Character Building with JR19759

As promised, part 1 of the new mini series of videos here on the Blog on Tuesdays, starting this week with posing. I did focus mainly on one pose, but I threw in a few other bits as well, and the principles I go over whilst making this pose can be applied elsewhere as well.

Hope y’all find it helpful. Oh, and sorry for my voice, the fan on my Mac was going crazy during the recording, so I had to filter and EQ the buzz out afterwards and it makes my voice sound a bit weird. Hopefully it won’t happen next week.

Remember to leave suggestions for costume ideas for next weeks video. If there are any things you’ve seen someone do on Heromachine that you’d like me to go over, feel free to say and I’ll see what I can do (it might be an idea to leave a link to the HM picture you reference if you do so).

Character Design Contest ♯100- Threedesign

*Puns*

I know some people think they’ve twigged as to what this weeks contest is going to be, and I have a feeling they are sort of right. But not exactly right.

So, over the last two weeks I’ve asked you to come up with characters using older versions of Heromachine (Heromachine 1 and Heromachine 2.5). This week what I want you to do is to redesign those characters using Heromachine 3. However, YOU CANNOT REDESIGN ONE OF YOUR OWN CHARACTERS. Instead you must redesign someone else’s entry, preferably more than one persons if you are going to enter multiple times. That’s why I said by entering the previous contests you are giving permission for your entries to be used in this contest, so no complaints from anyone please.

To make it easier to find those contest entries, here are the links to the contests-

HM1 Contest

HM2.5 Contest

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 pictures and images 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 ♯99 (HM2.5) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯98 (HM1)- Winner

Ok, that title’s wrong for a start. Because, as very occasionally happens in these polls, this week ended with a draw. It was very close between the top three all week (and our third place entrant only finished three votes adrift) but one single last minute vote was enough to take this from being an outright win to a shared one. And the people who are sharing this win are GuyGenesis, for his Android, and Legatus, for his Father Fusion. Nice one guys, I’ll let you decide between you what you’re going to do about the prize, and well done to everyone else who entered, it was a great contest.

98 GuyGenesis-Android 98 Legatus-FatherFusion

Telling it like it is since 1962

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Character Of The Week: DiCicatriz- Crag

Now there’s a very particular reason I chose this weeks COTW and I want to see if anyone realises before they get to the end of the post. So, everyone, please take a look at this.

Ok, well for a start it’s DiCicatriz, so that means the shading is awesome. You can just feel the cold emanating from him, with those icy blues and the stark white highlights. But that’s not the reason.

Then we have the contrast of the picture. The cold blues and whites of the foreground character stand out brilliantly against the warm reds oranges and browns of the background. Still not the reason though.

Then we have the costume. Admittedly I would have preferred it if the pure black didn’t make up most of the colour for the costume, it does mean much of the detail is lost, but it works against the very light body colours. I do like the fact that DiCi has used some of the lesser seen items, the disk shoulder pads (not sure what they’re called) and the giant clawed gauntlets. It makes the piece stand out more. But again, that’s not the reason.

The reason I chose to feature this picture, is because of his face. He’s Regice ;) . Ok not really, but he looks quite like him. Seems like someone else is as hyped as I am for the new Pokemon games ;)  .

Open Critique Day #4

Alright! It’s time for another Open Critique Day! By the way, I’m sorry that I didn’t really give any feedback last time. I had gotten sick with the flu and was confined to bed.

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, but keep in mind that, though there are some, not all of us here are writers or do art outside of HeroMachine. All I ask is that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters. As for pieces of writing, I’m not sure about whether fan fiction is allowed, but for right now, just in case, don’t post fan fiction either.

Also, again, if you post a work, it is highly recommended that you also give someone else a critique. Throughout the day, when I’m not busy with class, I’ll also post critiques.

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #52

Greetings fellow machiners, as you can see it is once again caption contest time. This week I want your best dialogue for the following image:

CaptCaveman 1

(Hint: be original, as CAPTAIN CAVEMAN!!! is not very likely to win this one! )

The normal rules apply, which are: You are limited to Three (3) entries which are due by 1:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday November 25th.  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!