Final Friday Night Fights I Results

Congratulations to the winner of the first ever HeroMachine Friday Night Fights contest -- Kaldath! Here's his final winning entry for posterity:

Kaldath wins a custom color illustration by yours truly of whatever he likes. Each of his rounds was a blowout, so either he's just that awesome, or he has lots of friends who like to vote, or a combination of the two. Well done, sir! For those of you who don't know, Kaldath also won the very first HeroMachine character design contest a while back.

To further honor his success, here are his other three winning FNF entries (click to see at their original size).

Week 1, Super-Hero (Ramses):


Week 2, Sci-Fi (General Falgar):


Week 3, Fantasy (Jenel-LaDamor-DeCaye):



Our runner up, and the winner of a black and white custom character illustration, is none other than Imp! As always, his characters showed a lot of originality and excellence. Here are his four entries:

Week 1, Super-Hero (Crescent):


Week 2, Sci-Fi (Rough Night at the Office):


Week 3, Fantasy (Barbarian Queen):


Week 4, Open (Little Death Machine):


Both of you guys were definitely worthy finalists, I am pleased as punch at the high quality of your entire slate of characters. Thanks to you both for sharing your creativity with us!

The same goes for so many of the other fourteen competitors as well. This wasn't an easy challenge, and there were some truly inspirational illustrations submitted. I salute each of you.

I did, however, want to particularly single out Zyp, who won the "West Coast Avengers" Open contest with his absolutely fantastic "Inferne":

I mean no slight to the other great entries, but this may be the best thing I have ever seen come out of HeroMachine. Zyp wins any item or a portrait to appear in the final HeroMachine 3 version.

Congratulations to Kaldath, Imp, and Zyp, as well as to all the great folks who participated! Hopefully we can have another set of Friday Night Fights after the holiday. Until then, keep creating!

13 Responses to Final Friday Night Fights I Results

  1. Tristan says:

    Good on you Kaldath

  2. The Imp says:

    Congrats, Kaldath; you definitely earned it.

    Also, I wanted to say that I like Inferne so much that I’m almost willing to give up my prize to Zyp.

    Almost. 😀

  3. Kaldath says:

    A slight correction, I won the Second ever Heromachine Character Design Contest, Scorpidius won the first one, Though Two of my entries did get honorable mention in the first one.

    Anyway I already said this in the FNF finals post, but it is worth repeating. I than each and everyone of you who voted for me, and I thank those of you who took the time to comment on my work as your comments will only undoubtedly help make my HM art work even better in the future.

    I have already let Jeff know what I want as my prize, and to show the level of his artistic Mastery here is what I got the last time I won.

  4. Niall Mor says:

    I agree that Inferne is excellent. Her composition and the background look like almost like something professionally done–like a real comic book cover.

  5. Danny Beaty says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! I’d like to thank everyone who voted for The Mighty Atlas, Jack Saturn, Ra Mahn Kar, and The Black Bat. Personally, I hope there will be no more Friday Night Fights.

  6. Hammerknight says:

    Good job to the winners. But I must add that we have all won, one way or another, with Hero Machine so a good job to Jeff as well.

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  8. MartianBlue says:


    No, no, congrats all. A very interesting concept, with many great entrants. I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s work.

    I enjoyed the FNFs but I think maybe it needs a different theme or something. I don’t claim to know better than anyone else, but I would like to see single characters by each creator, instead of a team survivor series.

    Here’s what I have in mind
    *16 entrants
    *1 on 1
    *Winner of each round moves on
    looking familiar, here’s where it gets different
    *a contest theme, instead of a weekly one
    *each round has the same character, but with small differences, such as…
    *Week 1, basic character design, no background
    *Week 2, character with background
    *Week 3, character in pose
    *Week 4, comic cover
    (rough idea, something like that)
    *2 entrants submission required at beginning, if moved on to next round a third entrant is submitted, and so on with the fourth.
    This gives us time to really work on one character, and teaches us to not only make great characters, but great pictures as well.

    As I said, it’s just a rough idea, but maybe worth thinking about

  9. Gero says:

    Congratulations to Kaldath, Imp, and all WCA winners (especially Zyp!)! It was a lot of fun looking over and voting on the entries. I can’t wait to see what the next FNF will have in store for us, and I just hope I’ll be able to enter it!

    P.S.-Martian, that’s an interesting idea, building on one character over the course of the contest, but it may be too hard to pull off…

  10. Kaldath says:

    It is an interesting Idea, but wouldn’t likely get as many entrants, I know I wouldn’t enter, as I have no desire to design comic book covers. I perfer very simple backgrounds and will only use a more complex one if I believe the character needs it to pull off an effect or style.

  11. MartianBlue says:

    Thanks Gero & Kaldath,
    Let me think for a moment…
    Here’s what I was trying to get at. The rounds I listed were just rough ideas of how to do the following…
    *Showcase Charcter Design
    *Showcase Full Picture
    *Showcase Custom Pose
    *Showcase Complete Work

    Because let’s face it, a great background and good pose usually out a better character design, or at least that’s the way it appears to me.

    btw, Congrats on the win Kaldath, you had some great entries

  12. William A. Peterson says:

    How about making the first round an open (no limit), then downselect to 16, then 8, and so on?

  13. kyle says:

    when’s the next contest?