Your character design challenge for this week is to come up with an image with HeroMachine based on the idea of the Zodiac sign "Ares". To help you out, here's a bit on the history of the name from Wikipedia:
the first astrological sign in the Zodiac, named for the constellation of Aries, called "The Ram" in Hellenistic tradition, after the golden ram that rescued Phrixos, taking him to the land of Colchis. Aries is ruled by the planet Mars.
As closely associated with Mars as it is, and since they're homonyms, you should feel free to take this in the direction of "Ares, Greek god of War" if you like. I think they're close enough to warrant something like that. Or maybe you prefer to do something related to a ram, or you could go in a totally different direction like making A.R.I.E.S. or R.A.M. an acronym for a mech or whatnot. Definitely let your imagination go; "Aries" is just a starting point.
The contest rules are the same as usual:
- Use only a HeroMachine applet (no PhotoShopping except for basic cropping) to create a PNG or JPG of your entry, named as [your name]-[character name].[file extension]. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his "Bayou Belle" character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
- Post the image to a publicly accessible website (ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the UGO Forums, etc.).
- Enter the name of your entry and a link directly to the image in a comment to this post. The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest.
- The link to your image should 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.
- I'll choose a winner next Monday, 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 (you pick the subject and I draw it up however I like).
No limit on entries this week, so knock yourselves out. Good luck everyone!
Here is my first version of Ares.
I share my birthday with some really cool cats. I would like to open with tributes to:
Oops… bad link.
Other April 16th Birthdays: Peter Garrett (lead singer, Midnight Oil) and Jon Cryer (actor, “Pretty in Pink”). “Pretty in Pink” by The Psychedlic Furs is also my theme song.
Here is my entry, a play on words.
I haven’t entered a contest in a while; but I thought I’d try my hand at Aries.
Can I claim the above picture as my entry?
Here is my version of Aries inspired by the above picture
here is my aries entry
sisters of Aries
a clan of beautiful yet deadly women that vow never to be touched by man, many have tried to pillage their homes and all have fallen to their blades.
Tribute to the War God
Papakrok(11), Papakrok(12): Those are incredible.
I’ve been playing around with HM3 for a little while, but this is my first time entering a contest. Just figured I would try it out.
This is Ballum, father of Vivix Falia (the character i entered for the Picses contest).
Ballum used to be one of the most well-respected of the Celestials, until an entity known as The Bale (also saved for another contest) began to whisper in Ballum’s ear. Ballum began to become tainted by The Bale’s Whispers and began to lose his way from the Celetial cause. He willingly stepped down from the Celestial Plane and through The Bale’s Blessing, created a universe known as Chaos World where he rules supreme with an iron fist.
This is a battle drone that has the option of being manned:
Oh, and there are 1 or 2 injokes there as well.
I had to save this from HM3 as a screenshot, because every time I tried to use the settings, it cut off either the sides or the bottom.
D (15): That looks like it’s really cool! Really wish I could see all the details! 🙁 Maybe you could also provide an exported version at a higher quality with the understanding that some of it was cut off? Or if you made the writing and stuff at the bottom a little smaller, you might be able to fit all of it in. Also, what did you use to get and save the screenshot? It might help to save it as a PNG instead of as a JPG. It seems like JPGs don’t preserve color boundaries as well, which translates into images whose details can be difficult to make out.
Ok I think I came up with a good one. I have Facebook, if I upload it on there and make it public then post the link from the bar at top can you get to it for the contest?
I have played around with HM3 before, but this is the first time I have entered a contest.
Ok after some time I got myself a photobucket page, I’ll add the link here but if it doesnt work just let me know and I can add my facebook as well. I have other works there as well. Here goes
Tool, what you want to do to keep Jeff happy and, more important, qualify, is to look on your photobucket page for a ‘Direct Link’ box, copy & paste the URL in that box into your reply to this blog, and Post. It has to do with how long it takes everybody’s hosting pages to load on Jeff’s computer; he simply doesn’t have the time. This technique loads nothing but the image.
Thanks spider, ok lets try this one more time. Is this right? Sorry Im new to the contest proceedures.
Quick, agile, her immense energy also makes her aggressive and restless, argumentative occasionally, headstrong, quick tempered, easily offended and capable of holding grudges if she feels affronted.
(ignoring the fact that Aries is a ram and a ram is a male sheep… but as I haven’t always stuck to the mascline/feminine considerations of the sings anyway, I’ll just do it my way)
A few weeks ago when I finished off the remaining zodiacs, I tried to give each a unique location and because Aries was the last one I did, she got a farm… ish
On a side note – does anyone know what the patch thing on the main ugo page is about?
… perhaps a link would help
my photobucket is currently down, so this one’s from my deviantart (if that’s a problem, I can reupload as soon as photbucket’s back on)
just realised how to get a direct link from deviantart
use this one – http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/102/d/d/aries_by_frevoli-d3dt6o3.png
Here is y first stab at Aries. In my picture, he is a warrior, wearing the mystical Golden Fleece, which was made from the hide of Aries. He also wears Aries horns upon his helmet as tribute.
The War God Aries Ruler of Mars watches over battles and gives to courage to those lacking. He is inhumanly strong and durable, and possesses immense strength of arms, his Overwhelming masculine physique givens inspiration to others to remake themselves in his image. His fire-like hair is a true sign of his touch on the human race as well as his stubbornness when it comes to waging war.
(inspired by the pic at the top)
Hey UesugiWarrior, i love the pic you’ve made and i think it fits really well with the whole Aries theme.
Good Luck to you and everyone else.
Okay time for my seccond – play on words – entry
When researching Aries, I found that those born under the sign can be refered to as “Arians”… which I thought sounds like another word
I also decided to include the fire element – which Aries is a sign of
Ahhh, Zodiac contest time again. I’m usually only good for one of these a week:
The Battering Ram: Siege warfare’s most commonly used breaching weapon.
So, with the new save features, are we going to get a full group shot of the Zodiac Commandos by MLS? 🙂
You got it, Tool
Nice job Tool, good to see you in the competition.
D, way to think outside the box with that blueprint, I’m loving it!
Thanks, I have been making characters for a while but I decided to try and enter some contests. I usually just focus on the character but decided to try and pull off a full picture. I actually researched the character through wiki to try and come up with something worthy.
Jeff, number 12 is odd and pixilated, I’m gonna reload it here as the smaller size.
the ram under the influence of Mars :
So my first entry. I havem’t got an idea, but i hear some Death Metal and i have a concept.
So this is the member of Band ARIES. That band is a GOTH-DEATH Metal band. The caracter is the lead guitarist and vocalist Skygge. (Danish word means shadow)
D Very cool blueprint 🙂
This time i have inspired from greek mythology again:
The Golden Fleece.It reserved from the sacrifice on an oak in a grove sacred to Ares, where it was guarded by a dragon.
So i took this scene on a shild.
Proud to present:
Gallo-celtic god of the ram. And also god of war, merchants, wealth and the village.
Well, I had fun, enjoy!
Aries with the blood drenched hooves. He has embraced modern weapons as fully as he did with the ancient ones.
My re-interpretation of the Aries myth, where the flying ram arrives to save Phrixus from the sea:
Aries – The Ram. I’m always amazed at how those big horn sheep can scale such steep mountains and balance on such tiny crags of rock. So I made Aries the Vertical Assault Specialist of the Zodiac Commandos, my GI Joe rip-off team. I even managed to put in a subtle nod to the man himself, Albert Pine.
And @Dan #31, I’m happy to oblige with a group shot. This one I compiled in Photoshop, not HM. Maybe I’ll submit a 100% HM group pic next month.
Alright, only one entry this week.
Giant mechanized suits created under the guise of space exploration. Now used for the control of the newly discovered power source on Mars.
I decided to do something a little different for this one. It is a T-shirt design that you might see someone wearing.
and a headshot
I’ve never entered a character before, but I’m an Aries, so I guess now is appropriate.
Meet A.R.I.E.S., the Aromored Robotic Infantry Extermination System, a massive, heavily armed and armored battle mech deserving of the title “God of War”: http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn48/GeroTheKeymaster/Aries.png
Whoops, just noticed someone used a similar acronym. Guess I’ll change mine to Autonomous Robotic Infantry Eradication System, that’s a bit more different…
Oh good, my birth sign!
Man I’m still waiting for the Zodiac Commandoes!!!
The thing I started first is turning out to be really complicated, and I’ve still got quite a bit left to do on it. In the meantime, have another weird pun:
“Run! It’s raining letters!”
@ Papakrok (39) & Lawrence (34): thanks
@logosgal (17): I used MS Paint. And thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated. I’ll have a crack at uploading it in a larger size. As for the font size, especially on the diagram itself, I’m not sure how much smaller I can make it before it becomes illegible.
Armageddeth is the most powerful warrior of a galactic empire. He has a terrible temper and likes long walks on the beach. As long as that beach piled high with bodies next to an ocean of blood.
Armageddeth with battle mask http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=76638&d=1302672119
Armageddeth showing his face http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=76637&d=1302672098
And the iRAM, Ares’ personal database of the greatest warriors of the galaxy, now with helpful AI. http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=76640&d=1302672955
Ares The Conqueror
After 180 days in space they finally see there mission objective, To be the first human beings to set foot on the red planet Mars. The martian landscape is vast and canyons and mountainous regions can now be seen as the sun rises on the alien world. A communications satellite is launched from the rocket as three members of the crew enter the landing module ready to make history.
Ok, here is Aries in a larger size, as requested
Sorry it took so long; my computer has suddenly decided to do a HAL on me.
Watson Bradshaw (55): That’s amazing! Wow!
D (56): Glad you got the bigger image figured out. Looks really cool!
War wages between races and tribes. All manner of weapons are being used and Aries as the the god of war presides over all, ruling with his unique weapon and control over fire. By the light of Mars he reigns Supreme.
Well as i am an Aries and so is my partner i’ll be trying out a female creation too.
hope you like this one though.
here is my entry
p.s this ma first entry
Aries The Ram: http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=76643&d=1302696505
@CHOSENONE81385 #53 – I posted Commando Aries last night. It’s comment #45.
@MLS (46) Nice. I’m digging the group theme. Do you have them all planned out, or you do the new one around the time of the contest? And, if I can make a suggestion, you should do a villian based on the “new” sign Ophiuchus. You could do it like he’s a former member who comes back for revenge. Just a thought.
My second entry is the one I started first. I used the HM3 working version with the “load/save as text” feature (the text file for this picture is 172 pages in MS Word!) rather than HM3 proper, because I started this on a friend’s computer and didn’t want to deal with .sol files. Really really hope that’s okay because I’m not redoing it.
“Thanks for the Rescue”
It’s basically the story of Phrixus. I think the whole sacrificing your rescuer and giving his skin to your inlaws thing was kind of a mean stunt to pull, so I decided to show Phrixus in the bloody act of sacrifice with a somewhat unpleasant expression on his face. The background shows other aspects of the story: On the left is a body of water with a sign labeling it “Hellespontos” and another sign that says “R.I.P. Helle.” On the right, Phrixus’ new wife, Chalciope, stands arm-in-arm with King Aeëtes, her father, in the grove of Ares which will soon house the Golden Fleece. The dragon near the back of the grove is ready to guard the fleece, and the dogs and snake are some of Ares’ sacred animals.
Closeups of my second entry (67):
Chalciope and Aeëtes:
Altar of Zeus:
And in case you don’t know the story of Phrixus:
@Dan #66 – I don’t really plan them out beyond the next one. I have an idea for Taurus that might not work, but I haven’t even started thinking about Gemini yet. Some concepts work right from the get-go, like Pisces; others change drastically once I start playing with them, like Aquarius (she started out as a male demolitions expert).
Interesting idea with Ophiuchus. Very interesting…
@Atomic Punk: I believe you are thinking of Charlie Chaplin.
Man, @MLS you’re Zodiac Commandoes are so creative! Great work for this contest! 😀
Rinjoclans: THAT was your first ever contest entry?! that was amazing!
The Aries Constellation
I don’t see the entry #1 I thought I posted so I’ll try again, sorry if I double post.
A combination of the ram and the war god.
ARIES: GOD OF WAR
And if anyone can tell me how to export my pic with the new system and not lose the whole top of my picture, it would be appreciated. Cheers!
My Aries is a guardian of the Labyrinth, much like the Minotaur.
Hey thank joel!
@Dan (66) I had the same idea with Ophiuchus – the sort of “If you can’t join them, beat them” motivation for villainy
Although so far I’ve only done the multiple Ophiuchi henchmen… might make a main one, or just more villians from rejected zodiac
Col. Maximillian Von Ares and his Iron Legion.
Aries One “Battle Bot”
Heroes Farewell to another hero!
Golden Warrior: Farewell, rest now…among Aries.
( Story I will continue with.))
this time I wanted to have a bit more simplicity especially in my use of colors. I am pretty happy with the result.
oops I forgot to rename the file. I hope you all forgive me.
Right, my first ever entry for a competition, Fire Ram:
Mostly just taking the ram element and the fact that Aries is a fire sign rather than much else.
When Arians come calling:
Here is my crack at Aries, apparently Ram warriors and Dragons don’t get on.
Sean David Ross, love the flying ram, amazing job!
Wow Rinjoclans, I love the job you did on the light effects. Really cool entry.
Right this is my third entry:
The Priestess summons the Holy Fire of Mars to make a sacrifice to her Almighty God Aries. Armed with her ceremonial dagger, mystical herbs and spell scrolls the Sacrifice is set to be a momentus occasion.
Okay. It took a few days to make this but here:
I hope you like it!
The Aries destroyer
Aries by Domhellsing
bit of a gladitorial theme thing here.
The Disciple exits the tunnel from the cells, readying himself for the fight of his life in the Ares Arena. Branded with the name of his God, he fights for the honor of becoming a warrior of Ares himself.
My second entry.
BattleRAM – I think the char is a little bit manga style char. Battleram is a mutant who use his body. He is a professional martial artist. Why his name is BattleRam if you see the picture you find the answer.
UesugiWarrior (96) Use the full screen link of the picture
Especially Jeff is more easily see the picture.
Insulted that the constallation which shared hisa name was a ram, Aries the God of war decided that he would turn it into a symbol of fear and pure evil, taking the form of a demonic looking ram while still retaining some human apperance. To make it more fearsome and to further asssociate it with war and evil, Aries recently joined a group of neo-nazi’s bent on world domination and had the swaztika tattooed onto his chest
Lawrence(88): Thank you.
Here is my first attempt at this contest!
I felt the heat upon my face as the flames of the
woods blinded me. I hope we’d had come to our journey’s end, however, the ram’s words implied it was only beginning;
“Welcome to the Land of Fire”
I mixed up what I knew about the Aries legend and came up with this. The idea is “Aries, the golden ram” is leading one to the land of fire, domain of Mars and power.
I’d also like to thank Jeff for increasing the scale to 999, for without which those flames would not be possible.
@Danny Beaty: Yep, Charlie Chaplin. My bad. In my defense, I haven’t been sober since Friday.
This is “Heck” Week. Between my friends and me, there’s a birthday to celebrate every day from April 11th through 18th. We get a little… excessive. ;9
So… maybe another entry. Maybe not. Where’s the Jaegermeister?
@All: Really great stuff. Keep ’em coming.
@Watson Bradshaw: Well done with the Aries Rocket!
Man, there are some really good entries. It would be a whole lot easier to win one of these things if everyone else wasn’t so damn good. Bastiches! 🙂
lol woops, this is my first ever entry
@logosgal (61): Thank you! Love your Air-E’s, BTW.
This is in Honor of Kevin Smith who played Ares in the Hercules and Xena shows. RIP
No Kevin Smith
I had this idea of trying to Re-Create Kevin Smith in HM, but couldn’t do the man justice, so I went for the next best thing. I hope to get some laughs!
Sorry, corrected a typo
D (104): Thanks!
THERE’S SOME PRETTY GOOD ENTRYS HERE. CHECK OUT THAT GUYS ONE ON #23, ITS COOL LOL
My. 3rd entry
The member of the Armored Infantry Rapid Enforce Squad is one of the universe best Mech fighter squad. They fight in every type of planet. Snow, Jungle, Desert, Lava, they don’t fear what type of his next enemy, they do they work. In this moment after a fight they rest a little to prepare for the next battle. Their nickname is the R.A.M – Roughs And Morons.
I did a rework of my Ares warrior database, iRAM. The original just looks like I jammed the Armageddeth image in there with no planning. I think this works better for the concept.
iRAM, Ares’ personal database of the greatest warriors of the galaxy, now with helpful AI. http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=76709&d=1302890188
Just a quick question. I have seen several that have a panoramic view, how do you do that?
Garrett25 (112) there are numerous different export options available with different sizes. They are labelled as “Standard Layout” or “Widescreen Layout” and available in different sizes.
Garrett25 (112): Are you asking about the ones that have been widescreen like mine? To see your picture in widescreen, go to the bar at the bottom of the picture in HM3 that says “view” and click the gray rectangle (the bar will say “widescreen view”).
To get a widescreen picture to submit, either choose one of the widescreen sizes when you export the image, or take a screenshot when you’re in widescreen view.
The Zodiac sign Aries is ruled by the planet Mars. The God of War known as Mars rules that planet, and his herald is known as Aries. Mars sends Aries to Earth, where he revives the ghosts of Earth’s warriors to start a terrible war, while the power of the red planet brightens the sky:
Jeff, as a technical aside I wanted to mention that I saved the titled image and did a print screen, so this wasn’t a problem, but when I went to load the character later on, it was “un-titled” and was messed up a little.
ARIES – GOATMAN
ARIES – WARRIOR
ARIES – ROBOT
I decided to go with a more Roman-like Ares god of war with his companions Deimos(terror) and Phobos(fear)
P.S. he will kick your a** if you make fun of his skirt
@ Tarkabarka: thanks for the advice i do appreciate it, but i do try and do a full screen link as it happens it comes up as it does, you can still access the full screen image by clicking on the picture itself when the page loads, so i just make do with that.
Here is my next entry:
A warrior journey’s through the land on a quest from her leader. She must complete the Trials of the Ram, one such trial is the one you see before you. She must survive an ambush and come out the victor. The Ram of Aries looks on in eager anticipation of this fight.
Damn you photobucket for your site maintenance not allowing me to access my profile! So here in the imageshack profile I was forced to create (I’m still pissed about that!):
The Hammer, the ram of the king’s army with his son The Sword. Them and their troops are used to break down the enemy strongholds no one else can.
I made this just before the contest while experimenting with facial features and thought it might be fitting for the theme.
My version of Aries. Due to him being the god of war i made his colours blood red and black. As for the appearance of the creature, i decided to use the ram like persona however added a twist making it a horrific beast that could strike fear into everyone. As war is a horrifying event he must be just as horrifying. So with that said I Hope you enjoy my interpretation of the God of War!
logosgal (114): Exactly like yours, but how were you able to edit (in detail) what was only viewable in widescreen? All that I know how to work on is what is in front of me using the full body view.
if you choose him please say Aries warlord of mars who has conquered and murdered millions
if you choose him please say Aries warlord of mars who has conquered and murdered millions
Okay my first and last entry.
When the six tribes were united, each one of them choose their leader. As the leader of Onondaga tribe he’s also known as Cheiftan of South. The Onondaga tribe are known as “Keepers of the Fire”. Athauore’s special aura Aries (pronounce as Ar’iis) allows him to control the fire at his will (It usually activates when the chief is greviously wounded or killed, which heals him completly from the damage).
Ah right the link too…woops
Some more entertainment-themed Aries:
Gone in 60 Seconds:
Thermopylae: Not just a graphical novel or movie. A real battle that changed the course of human history.
In the distant future, car manufacturers have broadened their horizons and started making hybrids of ALL sorts. Dodge, in this case, has dusted off an old design from the 80’s and gave it new life. I give you the Dodge A.R.I.E.S. K!! A.R.I.E.S. standing for Automotive Recon Interplanetary Exo Scout. A wonder of Bio/Mechaical engineering, the Model K has fused “man” or in this case ram and machine into a highly responsive, combat ready Exo Scout. Utilizing the pilots brain ,nerve endings and a few internal organs, the Exo Scout responds flawlessly to the pilots thought!
In the distant future car manufacturers have begun producing ALL sorts of hybrids. Dodge,in this case, has dusted off a design from the 20th century and given it new life. I give you the Dodge ARIES K. The acronym ARIES stands for Automotive Recon Interplanetary Exo Scout. The Model K has fused “man” or in this case ram into a Bio/Mechanical wonder. Utilizing the pilots brain, nerve endings and a few internal organs the Model K performs flawlessly with only a thought from the pilot. Essentially used for space exploration, the Model K can be fitted for combat with additional weapons.
I wanted to play with fire.
Aries is a fire element so…
Second entry Aries….
Garret25 (121): What I do to see the sides while I’m editing them is use the “all items” grouping and use the move arrows to move the picture until whatever part I want to work on is in view. I also use this trick in Headshot view as a makeshift movable zoom.
Whatever you do with the “all items” grouping won’t save or export, and any left-right movement will reset when you switch views; e.g. if you move all items directly to the left in normal view, then when you switch to Headshot view or Widescreen view the picture will be centered like you never moved it. This can be a little annoying sometimes, but it’s handy when you need to see whether the item you’re placing goes off the edges. (And you should make sure to check, because unless you put a background in and make it just the right size and position, there’s no line or anything to tell you where the edge is.)
Up-down movement does transfer between views, but does not save or export. To get everything back to its original vertical position, use the “reset” button in the move box while the “all items” grouping is active.
Also, when using the “all items” group to move the picture, make sure you switch the grouping back to “Current Item Only” (or whatever other, non-“all” grouping you need) before you try to do anything else in the transform tab, otherwise you could end up rotating or resizing the whole picture. (Again, this wouldn’t save or export, but it’s a little annoying to deal with.)
I like playing with fire. The question though, do I mean in HM or real life?
btw, Seira is Aries backwards
Mars Ultor: The Avenger. Because “Aries” just screams “Mech.”
Aries the Overseer
Half-man, half-ram Demi-God Aries is known as the overseer. At any major event throughout history, he’s there. He prefers to observe, but he’s not above getting involved. He’s often seen with the rising sun atop the highest peak in the land, looking down on what he rightfully sees as his Kingdom.
OK folks, thanks for all the entries, comments, suggestions, and advice (I particularly like Logosgal’s technique for the makeshift zoom in comment 135).
I’ve got these all downloaded and will be going through them all shortly. Contest entries are now closed.