Character Contest 55: Capricorn Won!

Despite recent attempts to subvert the sublime perfection of the modern Zodiac system with the discredited "sidereal" horoscope model, we here at HeroMachine central remain committed to our stated goal of doing a Character Design Contest for each heavenly sign. This is our last chance to honor Capricorn, the sign of the Goat, so off we go!

Remember, the goal here isn't necessarily to create a character named "Capricorn", though you could certainly do so if you wanted. Rather, the goal is to be inspired by any aspect of the name, history, or images associated with the sign to create something that looks awesome. For example, since the symbol is a goat (sometimes with the rear end of a fish), you could do something related to the animal portions. Or you could find examples of famous Capricorns and do a character based off of them.

From Wikipedia:

The constellation is usually depicted as a goat with a fish's tail. One myth says that when the goat-god Pan was attacked by the monster Typhon, he dove into the Nile; the parts above the water remained a goat, but those under the water transformed into a fish.
Capricorn is sometimes depicted as a sea-goat, and sometimes as a terrestrial goat. The reasons for this are unknown, but the image of a sea-goat goes back at least to Babylonian times. Furthermore the Sumerian god Enki's symbols included a goat and a fish, which later combined into a single beast, the goat Capricorn, recognized as the Zodiacal constellation Capricornus.

"The symbol of the goat rising from the body of a fish represents with greatest propriety the mountainous buildings of Babylon rising out of its low and marshy situation; the two horns of the goat being emblematic of the two towns, Nineveh and Babylon, the former built on the Tigris, the latter on the Euphrates; but both subjected to one sovereignty."

For more inspiration, you could go to Google Images and do a search for "Capricorn". Or just click that there link, to save yourself some keystrokes.

The rules are the same as usual:

  • All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the UGO Forums, whatever);
  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest
  • Please name your files as [your name]-[character name].[file extension]. 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). If you see "preview" or "rotate" somewhere in the link you're probably doing it wrong.
  • All entries must be in by next Monday, when I'll choose a winner, who will receive his or her choice of any item or a portrait to be included in the final HeroMachine 3 program, or a "Sketch of the Week" style black and white illustration.

No limit on entries this week, so knock yourselves out. Just make them good!

101 Responses to Character Contest 55: Capricorn Won!

  1. Avatar TJ says:

    Alexia is a sword sister of the order of capricorn. Being a Satyr it is common misconception that they are all musicians and poets but many live lives of service to the gods and act as protectors of their temples and their followers. The sword sisters and brothers often fight along side man in defense of the greek islands against invading nations.

  2. Avatar Chisoph says:

    Capricorn Man! (Not his actual name)

    He might look familiar to some of you. He is in much the same style as my Sagittarius entry back in the Sagittarius contest.

  3. Avatar wolfshadow25 says:

    whats a good site to use for constest entries?

  4. Avatar wolfshadow25 says:


    The Capricorn Defender

    a mild mannered man Cap I. Corn spends his days as the Manager of Zodiac Signs Inc. During the weekends he loves to entertain and have amazing parties at his house. But at night he becomes THE CAPRICORN DEFENDER!!!! defender of truth, liberty, goats and fish everywhere.

    Warnging: do not bother him when smoking pipe

  5. Avatar Myro says:

    These zodiac-themed contests have been giving me a bit of trouble determining what direction I want to go in, but, anticipating that Capricorn would be coming up next, I thought ahead.

    William Duren was born different. Having a rare satyrism birth defect, he was abandoned by his parents, and then adopted by Uncle Benjamin’s Traveling Circus and Sideshow. Better known as “Sideshow Billy – The Goat Boy,” William possesses fully functional goat-legs, horns, and a speech impediment that causes him to ululate as he talks. William has become bitter and spiteful as time has gone on, and his behavior has gotten more obnoxious and contentious toward the gawking spectators who have “come to see the freak.”

  6. Avatar Myro says:

    Oh, I forgot. Warning on the above picture! Billy is using a common obscene gesture that may offend those with more delicate sensibilities.

  7. Avatar wolfshadow25 says:

    second entry

    Pan’s second in command Capricorn is his bravest and most loyal solider

  8. Avatar ajw says:

    a little homage to the legend typhon rising from the nile to see capricorn armed for revenge.
    it is a little crowded I think but I kind of like it.

  9. Avatar Asder says:

    I couldn´t get a name, so i just named it crapricornio

  10. Avatar Vampyrist says:

    Here is my Capricorn, a raider who is the son of a mermaid and a satyr.

  11. Avatar B. Clouser says:

    For mine, I decided to use the theme of Paganism within the zodiac and the goat imagery, and make something fantastic with a mix of dark ages and sci-fi flare.

  12. Avatar Watson Bradshaw says:

    Entry 2

    Agent Capricorn

    the deep sea explorer of the Consortium of Advanced intellects, a group of adventurers in the late 1800′s.

  13. Avatar spidercow2010 says:

    Remember that one week where the zodiac ran backwards?

  14. Avatar Rapthama says:

    Goddess of Art’s Discpline

    The Kalin Shrine was originally a place dedicated to the Goddess of Art and the Nine Muses. When Ayvenas, the Creator, called her back, her loyal disciple did not leave, but stayed and awaited his master’s return. After Regin killed the poor disciple, he used his knowledge of demons to turn him into a half demon to control her. Now the disciple has turned into Regin’s most evil and powerful “watchdog”.

    There’s a legend going on, about the Bridge of Capras. It’s said that when a person crosses the bridge, he will be granted a wish of his choice, but there is a trick tho…
    The wish needs a sacrafice. One example is that, once a highpriest of Raksha Temple went on the journey to help his people to get cured from the plague, which had almost killed 2/4 of his people.
    Finaly, he made it to the shrine and asked that his people would be cured. The shrine granted his wish, but in exchange of his services. In nowdays, he guards the bridge with his life.
    The shrine had granted Shadoj the Knives of Capra brothers ; The first capricorns to learn the human language.

  15. Avatar Medozz says:

    Ok. Just for fun.

    I’ve read the decription and I thought how looks like a capricorn economist. Variation 1 for today.

  16. alphaalpharomeo alphaalpharomeo says:

    Ok this one’s sort of a spoof on people who audition for roles or American Idol when they’re not what the role calls for and they just have no business being at the audition.

  17. Avatar Frevoli says:

    Okay so far we’ve met Scorpio, the intergalactic mercenary, and Sagittarius, the billionaire trend follower. Now here’s one of the main leaders of the zodiac; Capricorn.

    Tough, reliable, humourless (perhaps if he wasn’t, he’d deal better with being called a furry Aquaman), Cap won’t rest until the job is done. Gifted with the speed of the water and the strength of the earth, Cap was one of the first Zodiacs emerge. In which time he’s established the Zodiac the Zodiac intitive and (as we’ve already established) will only stop when the work is over.

    [wow, this emerging Zodiac thing is getting interesting, where will it lead? Find out next time]

  18. ams ams says:

    First entry ever! GET YOUR GOAT!

  19. Avatar borntobealoser says:

    My first entry, I found this contest pretty hard to do.

    Capricorn, King of Satyrs:
    Of course, anyone in the know can tell that Capricorn isn’t fully Satyr, there’s bits of Minotaur in him as well. This gives the advantage he has over his brethren: his immense size and strength. He’s not into the same things as the others, he tried playing music and dancing around campfires with dryads, but realised that ruling and looking over them put him to better use.

  20. Avatar Asder says:

    Well capricorn symbolize a creature 50% goat and 50% fish, i decided to do a 100% goat body and a 50/50 weapon, and here is the result.

  21. Avatar Watson Bradshaw says:

    Entry 3

    just watched Black Dynamite again and it inspired this next piece. Here is Capricorn Jones

  22. Avatar joel says:

    entry #3

    the greatest actor in the goat world: Christian Satyr!

  23. Avatar joel says:

    taste the wrath of my double pun!

  24. Avatar Fishsticks says:

    Well, I don’t know if this really counts for this week’s contest, but I have had a lack of inspiration recently and I wanted to post something.

    I loved Sailor Moon when I was a kid and I thought it might be interesting to do a birthstone-themed sailor scout. I’m a Capricorn and garnet’s my birthstone. Somehow, the end product came out to be Sailor Capricorn.

    I hope I can come up with something better.

  25. Avatar Robo says:

    Entry #1 Capricorn. He is an aquatic being that must have a breathing apparatus outside of water. One of the members of the Zodiak (a group that this contest has inspired me to do…lol)

  26. Avatar CHOSENONE81385 says:

    B.Clouser lovin’ dat breathing effect great work!

  27. Avatar CHOSENONE81385 says:

    really feelin’ that entry Asder great work!

  28. Avatar joel says:

    entry #4

    I looked up Capricorn and found out they are very hard working and dedicated. So I made a character who has dedicated his life to his craft: the desert assassin Mangetsu.

  29. alphaalpharomeo alphaalpharomeo says:

    Ok this is my last one I swear. It’s military officer Captain Rickorn.

  30. Avatar James says:

    Is it against the rules to color/touch up in an external program? I’d like to shade my entry in GIMP, but I get the feeling that this might be…ehhh…less than entirely smiled upon?

  31. Avatar MLS says:

    Every great commando team needs a leader. In the case of the Zodiac Commandos (my on-going GI Joe rip-off) the tactical and strategic brains of the team is their commanding officer, Colonel Capricorn.

  32. Avatar Arkalem says:

    Celeste, the Prime Ewe to His Imminence, the Sea-Ram.

    Pictured here relaxing with His mythic form just outside of her latest successful Bacchanal.

  33. Avatar Iago_Valentine says:

    My first entry is inspired by the tale of Pan and the river. Somehow, I just had this goofy image of Pan relaying the story to some devotees, so instead of beating a hasty retreat, he swim/runs away with a triumphant grin on his face. Thus I present, Pan’s Tale:

    This next one is more in my usual style. Capricorn, of course, is the sign of December-January, or January/February if you trust the new system. So this character, which I named simply “The Lady of Winter”, is the watcher and guardian spirit for those born under the sign of Capricorn. I give you, the Lady of Winter:

  34. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    James (51): I must’ve accidentally deleted that rule at some point in the copying and pasting, but yes, that’d definitely against the rules. Absolutely no editing in any non-HM program other than basic cropping.

  35. Avatar XionUnborn01 says:

    Goat Faced Killer:
    An evil wanderer of the woods, he lures people in with his pan pipe music and brings them to a grizzly, brutal end.

  36. Avatar Rapthama says:

    To be honest I just realised that I was making humanoid/capricorns all the time (Which gives me an increased chance of success for my work) and not those capricorn/fish ones…

    Behold, Angcap (the mad angel/capricorn/satyr)!

  37. Avatar Javier77 says:

    A little contribution: Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson… greetings!

  38. Avatar joel says:

    Ya for ghost faced killer! (nice D&D reference!)

  39. Avatar joel says:

    just in case you didn’t catch my post in the caption contest, the prize I would like is an afro (we need a fro!)

  40. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    I not only got it, I sent you the proposed item about an hour ago via email. However there is a version of an Afro there already on the third page or so.

  41. Avatar ajw says:

    Watson Bradshaw (40) May I ask if you did that before you entered the room?

  42. Avatar XionUnborn01 says:

    Lord Hornelius, the lord of Goatlantis, the lost underwater city.

  43. Avatar Watson Bradshaw says:

    ajw (60) Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!

  44. Avatar Blazing Tornado says:

    First time trying out for a contest. Still have a lot to learn from the program.

    Herman The Capricorn: Defender of the wildlife, harvester of the crops, champion swimmer and a damn fine singing voice to boot!

  45. Avatar Watson Bradshaw says:

    ENTRY 4

    My final one for this contest.
    The Capture-corn.
    In a future where mankind is at war a relentless amphibious capture and detaining autonomous robot is sent out to stop the remaining resistance left.

  46. Avatar Jessica says:

    Okay so here she is. I named her Saturna because the ruling planet for Capricorn is Saturn. Let me know what you think.

  47. Avatar Fishsticks says:

    I found some inspiration! Thank you anthropology class!
    I attempted to personify the Tropic of Capricorn (that imaginary line 23 degrees South of the equator).

    The Winter Solstice gives rise to Capricorn; the southern hemisphere’s Mother Nature. With the return of the Sun comes the bearing of fruit to plants and animals, turning her world into luscious, rich gardens. She serves to protect her land so long as the Sun is in her power. As Cancer rises with the Summer Solstice, Capricorn goes dormant until the Sun lies in her possession once more.

  48. Avatar Blazing Tornado says:

    Another one that just crossed my mind. Again, pretty straightforward, but hopefully the idea will get me some points:

    A lesson to be learned, never read horoscopes to a dumb jock. When star football player Jack “Big Bomber” Winfield was told he was a Capricorn… he asked what it meant. When he was told that a capricorn is basically a seagoat, he did the only logical thing his brain could come up with. He put on a wetsuit, a wrestling singlet on top, stuck a plastic fishtail on the lower back of it all, stuck some plastic horns on a martial arts padded helmet and topped it off with leather gloves and boots to become The Fantabulous Seagoat Man, champion of the oppressed, the defenseless, but certainly not those losers from the rival college!

  49. Avatar Rapthama says:

    Final entry

    “Enlighted” capra general, Blackhorn Dorgolas. When Blackhorn Hafiz started to build fortifications near the Pasper shrine without conceling with the other capras a war started between the Blackhorns and with capras. After months of battlings a stranger who apperently was also a black skinned capra from the Blackhorn house. As he introduced himself to the general Hafiz, ge gained a powerful reputation. When Hafiz crowned himself as the king of Khant, Dorlos became the next general.
    When fighting with Dorlos, you must bewere with his powerful blue lighting attacks. His shamanic conductors increase the strenght of his lighting aswell…

  50. Avatar Rapthama says:

    also forgot to say that in romania the word “capra” means goat

  51. Avatar r-Kelleg says:

    A plain “simple” picture of the classical capricorn

  52. Avatar Vaadren says:

    It turned out a bit small when I saved it, but it still works.

  53. Avatar joel says:

    entry #5

    The Gatekeeper: he is a powerful warrior and one of the ancient ones from the Order of Capricorn. No one is quite sure just what the Order of Capricorn does, but their members can be found across the world. The Gatekeeper likes to travel around the world testing his fighting ability against others who are strong. Right now, he fights in the sky arena.

  54. Avatar Khymera says:

    This is Fethedos Grufidoth, better known as just Gruff. He is a being called a Capricorn, or sea goat, that hails from the undersea kingdom of Capricornicopia. He is the eldest of three brothers, and was trained as a warrior at a young age. He was sent forth to battle the Sea Troll, who took control over several national waterways and devoured any sea goats he came across. Gruff was grieviously wounded during the fight, but overcame the Sea Troll by poking out his eyes with his horns, making quick work of him after.

  55. Avatar Jessica says:

    Okay, so this time I tried a more goat-like approach, with a few twists. I played around with the backgrounds and coloring. Hopefully, it looks alright. Her name is Saturnya (yeah, I know I have a thing for Saturn). She comes from the land of Olympia and is a warrior woman.

  56. Avatar joel says:

    final entry

    another powerful warrior from the Order of Capricorn. his name is Dread Knight.

  57. Avatar Me, Myself & I says:

    Here is a bit of a spoof regarding the recent ‘changes’ to the Zodiac as we knew them! It’s all about the ‘Time Shares’.

    Time Share

  58. Avatar Me, Myself & I says:

    “Well comrade’s, you all know of our recent troubles on the planet Capricorn. Well we have a response to the insurgents. Our new centurion is designed specifically to handle the resistance’s new armaments.”


    CapriCurion Close Up

  59. ams ams says:

    Don’t know if this against the rules or frowned upon, but when I posted my entry earlier (ams(36)), I screwed up the cut and paste on paint to save the file. I’m posting the same entry again corrected with a slight edit. If this disqualifies me from the covetted 1st prize, so be it, but I couldn’t stand the beginner’s mistake and had to fix it.


  60. Firecracker Firecracker says:

    Jeff says in his into to the contest to check out some
    pictures for inspiration. I did and here’s what I came up with.
    First is a feminine version of Capricorn which I like because it
    looks like she’s in prayer. It’s actually a combination of a couple
    of pictures.
    Second is a male tradtional Roman version of Capricorn.
    Third is a super villian named Capricorn which I thought was pretty
    lame and stylized but I did it anyway. (There’s another version
    which I think is cooler but I ran out of time)

  61. Avatar Kytana says:
    Every day the star named capricorn came to the earth and protect
    their animals on the mountains. The sun of his forehead is the
    symbol of immortality. Birds on this picture to be looking for
    fresh fish to bring him back for a gift. He like that to

  62. Avatar Khymera says:

    oops! this being my first time and all, I didn’t realize we were supposed to have our user name in the file. Here is a differnet link with the new file name. It’s pretty much exactly the same as the entry above, so I don’t know if it’s even needed.

  63. Avatar Chocolate Soda says:

    The Mystic Ram of the River

  64. Avatar Knitesoul says:


    Armed with her hammer “The Capricorn” and her scale mail armor.

    Good Luck to everyone!

  65. I have had internet connection issues all week. So I’m not going to be able to get an entry in this CC. :/

    Just stopped in to say good luck, all.

    P.S. Belkin wireless routers? “3 Easy Steps” my…

  66. Avatar Rhinoman says:

    Pan is just a little P-Oed after his transformation!!

  67. Avatar Myro says:

    Atomic Punk (93): That completely sucks, my man. Really would have liked to see what you would have come up with.

  68. Mecha Capricorn:

    Sorry about the delay my computer crashes all the time.
    Not happy with the result but I lost the other I was working on when HM3 crashed…

  69. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    OK, all entries are downloaded (except the ones with invalid links) and I’m going through them now. Entries are now closed.

  70. Avatar Kaylin88100 says:

    I think I’m too late but this is what I would have entered: