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CDC #439 – Triple Play!

Your challenge this week is to use the items above as part of a HM3 hero or villain design.

You can use these 3 items as many times as you wish, but here are two caveats:

  • You must use each oft these item at least once.
  • The item must NOT be used for its’ intended purpose. Ie: the belt can be used for anything…EXCEPT a belt

Due to my work schedule over the next two weeks there will be no prize for the winning entry.

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, November 24th.

CDC #438 – Hey ol’ Buddy…’ol pal! – Results

Only three entries this week, but what a tough decision. I have gone back and forth between 2 pieces two for over an hour so it is time to just bite the bullet so to speak and pick one.

So here it goes ...

Gonna pick now...

Stand back...

The winner is...

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CDC #437 – Wild Card – Prize for ForgivenMonster

The original...

My take on the character...

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The List: Top 10 Greatest Couples In Comics

Well, I can say one thing for definate looking at the results we got for this poll. That thing being; nobody on this site reads Archie comics. Nobody even nominated any couples from outside the superhero genre, which I suppose helps me, means I don't actually have to go away and do any research on characters I don't read so thanks guys. So, yeah, we have our 10 and, as previously stated, they're all superhero couples. Let's dive in.

Hon Mentions: Batwoman & Maggie Sawyer, Gambit & Rogue, Colossus & Kitty Pryde

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CDC #438 – Hey ol’ Buddy…’ol pal!

So many years ago, for those of you who qualify as whippersnappers, we had weekly one day contests on the blog called Pop Quizzes. Basically a theme would be posted Saturday mornings and you had roughly 24 hours to come up with a piece that fit the theme. They were a lot of fun, and NO...they are not coming back

So I decided to  resurrect one of my favourite PQs from the past.

Your challenge this week is to take the following figure from Companions / Humanoids...

...and using your machining skills. turn it into a fully realized character. This was my entry for the Pop Quiz...

The winner this week will receive my version of their character rendered in glorious HM3. I probably will not use the companion as a base. This is not the hill I want to die on...lol

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, November 17th.

CDC #437 – Wild Card – Results

Awesome entries again this week folks.Ton of creativity all around!

Honourable mention this week goes to CantDraw for  Tempest.

Great to see your work gracing the CDC pages again. Welcome back!

Runners Up this week is a tie between AMS' Bombshell ...

and Christi S' Azazel and Azrael

Bombshell is classic AMS - great pose, great masking and outstanding colouring.

Christi S' entry once again shows what is possible with Heromachine. If Jeff is reading this i would like to nominate Christi;s piece for the all of Fame.

And finally...the win this week goes to...

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CDC #436 – Monsters Updated – Prize for Kellkin

Kellkin's original...

My take on Kellkin's design...

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Hey everyone, just a bunch of random stuff this time. Some con loot, some gaming news, a quick Halloween, and an announcement of my insanity! I kid, but not by much. Anyways, let's get to it!

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CDC #437 – Wild Card!

Your challenge this week is quite simply to create a unique character using HM3 It can be a hero or a villain or neither for that matter. Maybe it is a businessman or a hair stylist or an alien Use your imagination and have some fun!

The winner this week will receive my version of their design rendered in glorious HM3.

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, November 10th.

CDC #436 – Monsters Updated – Results

Man oh man, when you folks decide to bring it...you BRING IT!!! So many great entries this week that making the call was extremely tough. So here it goes...

Honourable mention goes to Sarah Claasen for her space inspired Frankenstein.

Very well done Sarah. Runner up this week goes to Palazzo for his Do It Yourself Bride of Frankenstein kit.

Very clever take on the brief. And the win this week goes to...

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