Character Contest 92: Soldier

All give some, some give all.

Ordinarily I’d follow up last week’s Character Contest with a Caption Contest, but given that it’s Memorial Day in the U.S., when we honor those in our military who have sacrificed their lives, I wanted to do another design contest, this time on the theme of “Soldier”. We’re not talking about the solo barbarian with the giant two-handed sword, or the general with glittering medals, but those in the trenches who do the grunt work, in the tradition of “Sergeant Rock” and “The Unknown Soldier”. Men, women, robots, aliens, animals, orcs, whoever they are, these are the individual weapon-wielders who go with teams of their fellow soldiers where they’re ordered and do their best to make it back alive.

The person with the winning entry as selected by our expert panel (i.e. me) will win their choice of a) a portrait to go in HeroMachine 3, b) an item to go in HeroMachine 3, or c) a custom black and white “Sketch of the Day” style drawing (also by me). The rules otherwise are the same as always:

  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.
  • All entries must be in by next Monday, when I’ll choose a winner.

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

And a sincere thank-you to anyone out there who has a loved one who gave their all while wearing the uniform. We can never thank you enough.

165 Responses to Character Contest 92: Soldier

  1. http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii579/barbario1/soldier.jpg

    an outrider (horse not pictured). tasking with patrolling the outer reaches of the army while on the move.

  2. I have a quick question I know the rules say we can’t use any design that was used in a previous contest but does that include the SODWA contest. Just curious thanks

  3. MScat:
    I have a quick question I know the rules say we can’t use any design that was used in a previous contest but does that include the SODWA contest. Just curious thanks

    Hmm … I supposed the SODWA is all right since I didn’t have anything to do with the judging on that one.

  4. This ones a bit personal! It’s dedicated to the history of the Cavalry, and since I’m a medic with a Cav unit I wanted to show some respect to those that led the way!

    http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx70/celticdragon79/cavscout.jpg

  5. Kaylin88100

    So…we can do a modern soldier, obviously, or I assume a historical one like a Roman soldier, but what about fantasy or sci-fi? Are they allowed? I’m asking now so my entry doesn’t get disqualified next week. :P

  6. Kaylin88100:
    So…we can do a modern soldier, obviously, or I assume a historical one like a Roman soldier, but what about fantasy or sci-fi? Are they allowed? I’m asking now so my entry doesn’t get disqualified next week. :P

    Yes, I’m famous for disqualifying submissions :-)

    Anything goes. That’s why I specifically mentioned orcs in the description. Any sort of soldier for any sort of army, past, present, or future, real or imagined.

  7. Captain_Kicktar

    Well, my two post-apocalpyse soldiers fit well into this contest.
    Overwatch Soldier: http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac111/Kicktar/HM/OverwatchSoldier.png
    Containment Soldier: http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac111/Kicktar/HM/ContainmentSoldier.png

  8. Kaylin88100

    Jeff Hebert: Yes, I’m famous for disqualifying submissions Anything goes. That’s why I specifically mentioned orcs in the description. Any sort of soldier for any sort of army, past, present, or future, real or imagined.

    Anything goes? Wahoo! :D

  9. Kaylin88100: Anything goes? Wahoo!

    Hence the line from the post:

    Men, women, robots, aliens, animals, orcs,

    whoever they are, these are the individual weapon-wielders who go with teams of their fellow soldiers where they’re ordered and do their best to make it back alive.

  10. MisterDinoMan

    In the future wars are fought with genetically engineered supersoldiers. Corporal Grunt is a tough as nails shocktrooper.

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/misterdinoman/2012/05/MisterDinoMan_Corporal-Grunt.PNG

  11. For me, the image of soldier that always occurs to me first is the plastic army men I played with as a kid, so here’s my interpretation
    http://www.robertmckercher.com/RobM_Plastic_Army_Man2.jpg

  12. @Jeff: I hope its ok when i make a critical entry.
    I think powerful and mercenary people makes war. Without them we need no soldiers(only for the home security)in other land. War is never a option to reach peace.
    So i hope you think about it when you create your work. ;)

  13. BTW, you really need an older GI style helmet. Maybe I’ll request one if I win.

  14. Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

    Always make sure to remember the soldiers who have risked their lives for us, and also remember those who lost their lives for us.

    http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/9571/nha247neveralonepng.png

    -NHA247

  15. maniacmick

    Don’t forget our nation’s fighting canines!

    “Sgt.” Rambow-wow and his handler

    http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu224/seamusmcfrost/maniacmick-rambow-wow.png?t=1338248038

  16. TJ, thanks for representing 68Ws (…my future MOS) and for your duty. Best of luck, brother!

  17. Alphaalpharomeo

    I’m trying to figure out something cool for the Navy. I served in the navy for a bit but had to leave for health reasons. I really wished I could have served longer, but I served long enough to have respect for anyone who has joined the military

  18. DariusDemetrius

    Alphaalpharomeo:
    I’m trying to figure out something cool for the Navy.

    You could always do a Seal

  19. Alphaalpharomeo:
    I’m trying to figure out something cool for the Navy. I served in the navy for a bit but had to leave for health reasons. I really wished I could have served longer, but I served long enough to have respect for anyone who has joined the military

    Alpha, thank you for your service, brother.

  20. Charles \\\"Drago\\\" Smith

    This is me back in my Army Infantry days.I was a B.F.V. Driver for my Captain and I carried a S.A.W. because I was also a foot soldier. I went by the call sign Drago and my B.F.V. at the time was Lone-wolf.

  21. Okay I could move my whole “My Characters” to “Contest Characters” LOL but I am going to try and pick out the ones that I think fit the best for this contest. See what you all think.

    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-Pilot.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-NavySeal.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-Paladin.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-Templar.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-SerpentSamurai.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/ApocSoldier.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/LionHeart.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/NINJA.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/MedievalKnight.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/Ranger.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/BlackNight.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/DeathKnight.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/CELTICVIKING.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/FantasyWarriors.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-Orc.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-RoadWarrior-1.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-Shina.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-Orion-1.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-ArmyofOne.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-Barbarian.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-CyberWolf.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-K9Soldier.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-Merc.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-Spartan.png
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-MoordinRawul.png

    I will stop with that. I have so much that I think may fit in this contest but I dont want to over do it. These were the ones that popped out at me from my stuff. I will try and come up with something new-er, but I think I may be happy with it like this.

  22. SpellCheckingQuill

    Yeah, they’ll shoot each other on sight if they meet later, but right now, the war can be put off till the medics come.

    http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/5193/quillunlikelyaid.png

    Warnings for: very mild blood, GoogleTranslate German, and a WWII German soldier that is not the embodiment of all evil. ;)

    Since I’m 90% sure I butchered the German language, I apologize in advance to everyone who speaks it well enough to notice.

  23. ProwlerKnight

    http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/149/f/0/never_forget_by_prowlerknight-d51louc.png

    Remember their names and the sacrifices they have made
    Those brave men and women who give their lives for us
    They are heroes without capes and powers
    They are the saints in a land of hell
    They didn’t want to fight, but are willing to strike
    They didn’t want a war, but were ready for the battle
    They are the brave soldiers of the armed forces
    Army, Navy, Airforce, and Marines
    All fighting for freedome
    With courage and fortitude
    And their names will live on forever
    For we will never forget
    Because Freedome ain’t Free

  24. ProwlerKnight

    (F*** I forget the solo barbarian post >.< so my Soldier in battle is invalid)

  25. High Voltage is a futuristic U.S Soldier from the year 2300, His armer is solar charged and can shoot powerful beams since bullet and explosive weapons are now rare.

    http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums/m593/mrmatt220/HighVoltage.png

    (Headshot)

    http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums/m593/mrmatt220/HighVoltageHeadshot.png

  26. YouAlreadyKnowIthink

    My second contest EVER! ^_^…heres my SOLDIER!!!
    http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii563/TNGnikkuh/Soldier.png

  27. LegendofMoriad

    When those not prepared are forced into war. A sad truth that happens all too often
    http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii494/legendofmoriad/LegendofMoriad-Conscript.png

  28. DionZeromus

    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y43/Lord_Gaylon/People/DionZeromus-AfganPatrol.png

    Increased resolution for improved details

    A1C Charles Mayfield, C-130 Crew Chief, USAF

  29. Alexander of Limbo

    I’d like to re-submit my image, there were some things out of place:

    http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/8133/alexanderoflimboasoldie.png

  30. spidercow2012

    Sheer boredom puctuated by stark terror.
    http://fav.me/d51mro9. Move Out: Pacific Theatre:Spidercow

  31. @SpellCheckingQuill:
    I try to translate:
    Entspannen sie sich.
    Ich werde sie nicht verlassen.

    Ich werde gehen so bald ein Arzt eintrifft.

    Klappe halten!

    Dummkopf!(I find “So ist es Recht.” is better as a insult.)
    Hope i can help.

  32. Pokey Bunny

    Pokey Bunny:
    Well I hope you like her.

    http://pokey-bunny.deviantart.com/art/Soldier-Jane-305003486

    Oops. I think I did my first entry wrong so I’m going to do it again just to be safe.

    http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/149/a/5/solider_jane_by_pokey_bunny-d51la72.jpg

  33. tolkienhiste

    My first entry : Howling Commandos
    Heroes of WW2
    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/HowlingCommandos.png

    I change my name , my old identify is sohier-Legrand

  34. Alphaalpharomeo

    http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae99/dhabirunner/NavySeaman.png

    From my branch of the military….a Navy Seaman

  35. tolkienhiste:
    My first entry : Howling Commandos
    Heroes of WW2
    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/HowlingCommandos.png

    I change my name , my old identify is sohier-Legrand

    And yet, still you won’t put your name in the file name :-)

  36. Wow, only Tuesday and I already don’t envy Jeff’s choice…

  37. tolkienhiste

    Jeff Hebert: And yet, still you won’t put your name in the file name

    i dont understand you Jeff
    my name is in the directlink now

  38. tolkienhiste: i dont understand you Jeff
    my name is in the directlink now

    It doesn’t matter if it’s in the link, it matters if it’s in the file name. Instead of “HowlingCommandos.png” it needs to be “tolkienhiste-HowlingCommandos.png”. Look at maniacmick’s link, the very first comment here — it has his name in the name of the file, not just in the long URL. It’s the difference between this:

    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/HowlingCommandos.png

    And this:

    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/tolkienhiste-HowlingCommandos.png

    It doesn’t do me any good to have it in the URL but not in the name, as my goal is to be able to right-click the link, choose “Save image as” and it drops into the folder with a name that tells me whose it is and what the character’s name is. That doesn’t happen unless the file name is complete.

    Not trying to be a prick here, it’s just that NOT putting it in the name means I either have to notice while I am downloading it, hit cancel, copy the name from the comment at the top, right-click the link again, save image as, then manually click at the front of the link, paste in the creator name, add a hyphen so I know where the creator name stops and the character name begins, then hit Save.

    Or, more likely, I don’t notice and I end up with a file in the folder and no clue who created it. Then (assuming it’s good enough to overcome my irritation), I have to come back to this page, do a search for the character name, and try to identify who submitted it.

    Especially in a contest like this one, with lots and lots of entries, I really appreciate properly named files and direct links. It saves me a ton of time. And the less grumpy I am, the better your chances of winning!

  39. DariusDemetrius

    Oh… I now see what you were meaning Jeff… I’m sorry all of my entries are wrong then… I never understood that until you just explained it… Should I fix and resubmit my entries?

  40. http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/6316/maddoctorivan.png

    Crazy Ivan – steampunk russian soldier. All nazies are scared, when they hear his name.
    Also he wear a cape made of bear’s skin.

  41. DariusDemetrius:
    Oh… I now see what you were meaning Jeff… I’m sorry all of my entries are wrong then… I never understood that until you just explained it… Should I fix and resubmit my entries?

    No, that’s ok, just do it from here on out. I’ll fix the wrongly-named ones as I go. It’s the ones that don’t go directly to the image that I generally skip so you’re not at risk for not being entered or anything.

  42. tolkienhiste

    My re—first entry : Howling Commandos
    Heroes of WW2
    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/tolkienhiste-HowlingCommandos.jpg

    I think that i give the good presentation Jeff ^^

  43. Charles\\\"Drago\\\" Smith

    This is me, back in the Army Infantry. I drove a B.F.V. and when I wasn’t doing that I was a S.A.W. gunner.

  44. this contribution is a support message to these anonymous warriors, without past and without future, these brave individuals, of boundless self-denial, without whom the pharmaceutical industries could not properly invade the world.

    I am meaning of course, the zombies.
    you know them, you’ve already seen them in God knows how many survival horror games, or in Romero’s films. but we do not pay them much attention, at best they seem threatening, and generally they are just minor annoyances, formalities to eliminate before fighting the level boss.
    Yet, they are so admirable in their efforts to be an obstacle, needy when it comes to come slowly to you growling “brains!”. look at our specimen, and notice how he walks toward inevitable death, absurd, insignificant, not even an expression of fear on his face. and see how he keeps his rifle in hand, in a desperate attempt to seem intimidating. it does not even understand that this weapon does not work anymore. and the grenade he took with him, hoping that if he can not stop you in his life, he hurts you with his death.

    do not talk about sacrifice without mentioning the commitment of the undead, the real heroes of Resident Evil.

    http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/1136/gozuforcezombiesoldier.png

  45. Hey Jeff I was reading your response to tolkienhiste about the name stuff, I can repost mine if it makes it easier on you if you want? I’ll remember though HM name-Hero name under title right?

  46. Ariana Iris

    The military of “Serra do Montejunto” is composed of three main branches: “Exército” (Army), “Força Aérea” (Air Force) and “Marinha” (Navy).
    The main force in the Montejuntian Army is the “Corpo de Infantaria” (Infantary Corps), for missions of defense and peace keeping.

    http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/8388/arianairisinfantaria.png

    For heavy fire combat resort, there’s the “Batalhão de Cavalaria” (Cavalry Battalion), a special force that uses High-Tech Battle Armor that enhances the soldiers force, speed and firepower.

    http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/4358/arianairiscavalaria.png

    The Navy special forces are the “Fuzileiros” (Naval Marines), trained for quick response situations, urban assault missions, hostage retrieve missions, etc.

    http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/4831/arianairisfuzileiros.png

    The Air Force special forces are the “Pára-Comandos” (Paratrooper Commandos), trained to infiltrate enemy lines and survival in wild territory, they operate in small fire teams or solo missions.

    http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/1561/arianairiscomandos.png

    The military in “Serra do Montejunto” is compulsory for every man and woman at the age of majority (18) for a 6 months Recruit Period.
    The ingression in the military is also an alternative to prision in most charges.
    As a result, the Montejuntian Army is mainly composed of school dropouts, bullies and criminals, (not that different from other countries military!!!)

  47. tolkienhiste

    my second Entry : Battle Eagle
    Lieutenant Johnson was one of the fiercest drivers in the United States before World War II. Sinking into madness after the massacre at Pearl Habor, by the Japanese, he took the secret identity of Battle Eagle. Accompanied by his co-pilot small falcon, he became the terror of the Axis forces
    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/tolkienhiste-BattleEagle.png

    I’m really sorry, I do not think there were restrictions with respect to copyright. I’d know for next time

  48. I continue to be amazed by the number of people who, even after Jeff spells out how to name your files, still don’t do it correctly.

    Don’t make him grumpy, people. You wouldn’t like him when he’s grumpy.

  49. DariusDemetrius

    THis is my Tribute to My uncle who lost his legs in Vietnam. He Saved his platoon by laying on a grenade, And even after it blew up under him he radioed back the enemies position. My uncle was awarded the purple heart for this.

    http://i413.photobucket.com/albums/pp214/DariusDemetrius/DariusDemetrius-UncleCraig-1.jpg

  50. They are all better men and woman than I will ever be!!!Bless you all for our freedom!!!!this is the EAGLESTRIKE SPECIAL OPS!!!
    http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/4243/scatmaneaglestrikespeci.png

  51. http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/1396/e350nco.png

    An NCO of an unidentified army on the move.

  52. Archangel 13

    @ Ariana Iris. freakin epic all 4 of your soldiers are amazing they blow my head off
    @ NHA247. your never alone made me teary me once being a soldier. I was at a funeral for a fallen soldier and he was a widower and his parents had died years ago so the only person that the flag was given to was his 5 year old daughter… who didnt understand any of the symbolism.

  53. John:
    I continue to be amazed by the number of people who, even after Jeff spells out how to name your files, still don’t do it correctly.

    Don’t make him grumpy, people. You wouldn’t like him when he’s grumpy.

    Time for some tough love then. Don’t follow the rules, don’t get an entry!

  54. ams: Time for some tough love then. Don’t follow the rules, don’t get an entry!

    That’s actually what happened last time, the ones who didn’t have direct links didn’t get considered. I’m easier on the naming because some sites, for instance, don’t let you put in hyphens, or like Facebook don’t let you control the name of the file at all. But it’s still irritating :-)

  55. Jeff Hebert: That’s actually what happened last time, the ones who didn’t have direct links didn’t get considered. I’m easier on the naming because some sites, for instance, don’t let you put in hyphens, or like Facebook don’t let you control the name of the file at all. But it’s still irritating

    Ok, all you non-users of the Heromachine forums! Time to get on board and register to make Jeff’s life easier for the Character contests. It’s easy.

  56. I had some time, so, just for the fun of it, a medieval soldier.
    Admitedly not very realistic, but, well…

    http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/897656AriochSoldier.png

  57. I don’t know why I enjoy making soldiers? but for whatever reason, if I can find the time, I’d like to try and create a couple new ones or so. Either way, here’s a couple entrants
    1st Entrant {SODWA}- “Major Havok”

    2nd entrant“Atom: The Atomic Man”

    Just incase the HTML tags don’t work properly
    http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t440/GuyGenesis/Contest%20Entrants/GuyGenesis-MajorHavok.png
    http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t440/GuyGenesis/Contest%20Entrants/GuyGenesis-AtomTheAtomicMan.png

  58. SpellCheckingQuill

    Jeff, if it’s all right, I’d like to resubmit Unlikely Aid with the corrected German text supplied by Kytana. Nothing’s changed except that now half the dialogue should actually make sense. *shame*

    http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/1649/quillunlikelyaidcorrect.png

    Thank you so much, Kytana! I left “dummkopf” in just because it reminds me of a WWII comedy from the late 1960s called “Hogan’s Heroes.” It was a good show – kind of biased, but funny. Thanks!

  59. Same entry as before, but I corrected the hands (the color was awful), and the right elbow (way better now IMO). I tried to have a – between arioch and soldier, but it doesn’t take it :-(

    http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/252364AriochSoldier.png

  60. Entry #1 and #2:
    As far as I know, in the UK honouring veterans and those who served in the forces is usually done along with Remembrance Day in November, so I guess this is appropriate for the theme:
    A war memorial- there’s one in almost every town and village in the UK- apparently there’s only around 41 villages that didn’t lose anyone in the First World War: http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/trekkie/2012/05/Trekkie-WarMemorial.png

    With poppy wreath: http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/trekkie/2012/05/Trekkie-WarMemorialPoppies.png

  61. Well this is pretty much my perspective for awaiting a strike .Do I relax?Do I look around alertly,Do I mess around with the team?At any rate Big are the ba#ls that protect our freedom!This is Waiting for the fireworks.
    http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/2624/scatmanwaitingforthefir.png

  62. Wow!!I almost forgot the most powerful soldier in the most MIGHTY ARMY in the UNIVERSE!!!! I give you MICHAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/5503/scatmanmichealarchangel.png

  63. ProwlerKnight

    *Non-subject post

    Dblade for the dice roll win in the last character contest I thought of a few options i would like if at all possible, you can take your pick of any of them or if you decide on none of them I will come up with more ideas, I just couldn’t settle with one and you said I can try my luck and I’m a gambler lol (I live in Nevada so that should tell you all that) (ps I actually don’t gamble for money but I like taking chances)

    #1. For tops it would be cool to have a holster that goes on the side of the character under the arm, a shoulder-strapped holster, like the one in the belts catagrory but not flat on the chest but rather set to the side like an actual under arm holster.

    #2. A gloved hand with the trigger finger out like its holding a gun (like the normal hand but with the glove lines on it)

    #3. A Molle Vest like this:

    http://i01.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/344369633/Tactical_Safety_Molle_Vest.jpg

    (It covers the whole body not just a segment)

    #4. a new pair of baggy cargo jeans in the standard legwear (still baggy but not rolled up like they’re tucked into boots, more loose at the ankles)

    #5. some elbow pads would be cool, like military style ones, but if not then i can probably configure the shoulder pads somewhat.

    #6. A new Military Baseball Cap (the ones with the flag patches on them)

    #7. a full-sized Headset Like so:
    http://www.publicsafetycenter.com/image/peltor-dual-comtac-ii-military-headset-with-split-audio-2581.jpg

    And that should do it lol, agian if you choose none of these I will work on new ideas, but for now that’s what I came up with

  64. ProwlerKnight

    (on that vest if it was plain would be better, not the camo it is in the image)

  65. Hello Dudes. First and maybe only entry.

    So i see a lot of soldier here, for me this is feel like to tribute to the troops.
    I check this contest in an other way. I see a lot of army and navy Pin Up poster (i hope i wrote down well) and that gives me the idea to make this type of picture. But i not choose today day army or navy man i choose a person for the future. I made a picture for my well loved and well knowed game character. The person is i think the world well knowed soldier whose always save the earth and kick the ass of the big and badass aliens.

    So here Katlyn Shepard the savior of the humanity. Go everybody join for the Alliance.

    Shepard Pin Up for Harlequin
    http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/152/3/a/shepard_pin_up_style_by_tarkarra-d51xa9c.png

    P.s.: When someone cry for to i hurt the copyright things, this is my character, ergo belongs to me. If i want i do it any time any and any mode.
    But not be problem The game Mass Effect and the characters belongs to Bioware and Electronic Arts.

    Sorry the english is not my main language i ask sorry for the grammar problems.

  66. We always seem to forget these guys. We never thank them, we almost never notice their struggles, except maybe to blame them in their defeat. We certainly never praise them in their victory.

    But they’re still there, saving our lives, working tirelessly, dying by the millions of billions, day by day. Without their constant vigilance, every single one of us would lie dead, helpless against the constant threats which only they can protect us against.

    These are the soldiers of the endless wars that wage constantly inside each and every one of us. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the white blood cell.

  67. My submission: Off-Duty

    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/387/shiborethoffduty.png

    My concept behind this picture was, soldiers work very hard. It is a highly demanding job. But you don’t work all the time. Sometimes, you need some well-deserved R&R, especially when your job is protecting the Earth.

  68. tolkienhiste

    i reedited my second Entry : Battle Eagle
    Lieutenant Johnson was one of the fiercest drivers in the United States before World War II. Sinking into madness after the massacre at Pearl Habor, by the Japanese, he took the secret identity of Battle Eagle. Accompanied by his co-pilot little Hawk , he became the terror of the Axis forces.
    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/tolkienhiste-BattleEagle-1.png

    @Jeff: you can not consider my first publication of Battle Eagle

  69. @ Jeff, Okay I decided to make another character, I had entered some pieces to the contest that were from my “my characters” I had made a while back but still liked the look. After seeing the conversation you had there for a minute I realized some of my earlier entries didn’t have proper naming either, I hope that doesn’t irratate you too bad or disqualify those entries.

    Here’s what I came up with
    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-SamuraiSoldier.png

  70. http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/4337/62580840.jpg And thanks again for answering the question.(If you still remember)

  71. Thundersong

    Heyla!

    I named this one a Gathering of Sisters. A Mother sends out her prayers for her son at war. Sisters from the Past come in answer to that prayer. Joan from France, Nina from Russia, Jane from the Old West, Rosie and Betty from the Golden Age give her Courage for her son. Each Sister a Warrior and Soldier in what they did in their time period. A Mothers’ courage has unknown depths for her child. A Soldier fights for Freedom and for his family back home. No greater honor is there.

    http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/Thundersong-GatheringofSisters.png

    I wanted to do something Totally different, but I’m still a newbie at HM, so what I wanted to do…is a bit beyond my abilities and still have this old computer that slowed down So much when I was doing this one, that I thought it was frozen a couple a times…lol! In a way, this one “captures” the essence of what I wanted…yet not. LOL! I hope this is something in line with this weeks contest.

  72. A project I’m working on…

    The Blackhawks have been around since the 40’s, and are trademarked by DC comics. However, most of their early adventures were printed by Quality comics, who did not renew most of the copyrights.

    Using photoshop to convert these old comics into black and white, I’m recoloring the illustrations and rewriting the dialogue to create “new” works. So here are the Knightowls.

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-Knightowls.jpg

  73. Cape-Jacker

    http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n533/hannah_gibbs5/Cape-Jacker-Homecoming.png
    Because so few have had the fortune to come home. No matter the country, no matter the cause, no matter the uniform or the language or the culture: they were, and still are, heros. Thank you, from the very deepest of my heart and soul.

  74. War Eagle. One of many propaganda heroes who was briefly popular during the 1940s and then fell into obscurity at the end of the Golden Age. His powers included enhanced vision, lightning reflexes, and an avian sidekick.

    http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83105&d=1338573298

    (note: Sorry about the film name, I don’t don’t know how to fix this in the UGO forums)

  75. @Kingslaughter

    The Trooper is seriously good. Really liking that gun.

  76. The genetically engineered deathdog soldier.

    Deathdog Soldier: http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83106&d=1338588607

  77. In the Future, Wars are fought with a combination of sentient machines and actual humans.

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/superfan1/2012/06/Superfan1-Valor.png

  78. Alexander of Limbo

    dblade:
    The genetically engineered deathdog soldier.

    Deathdog Soldier: http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83106&d=1338588607

    love the deathdog dude =D

  79. I have gone a little overboard with number of entries for this contest, but it has been fun and plays into most of the characters I had or like to make. Here’s one more. I think im done…

    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee363/cameron_stanley_84/Contest%20Characters/TOOL-ApeSoldier.png

  80. Universal Soldier by ezio100 & Jarrod Street

  81. Entry #1

    Some people here may have guessed from previous contest entries, that I have somewhat of a demon obsession. I do. So I decided to make my first entry a battle between soldiers in the seven year war after the Apocalypse (read revelations for more details)

    I give you Heaven VS Hell:

    http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/153/2/0/heaven_vs_hell_by_onikagenoken-d522sfg.png

  82. Basic:
    @Kingslaughter

    The Trooper is seriously good. Really liking that gun.

    Thank you @Basic. I wanted to try something different for a change and came up with the concept of a soldier rushing into battle through explosions and demolished walls. Most of the item bindings (including the gun & pose) are custom made. Glad you like it. :-)

  83. An homage to the star-spangled super-soldiers of the Golden Age:
    Colonel Patriot!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-ColonelPatriot.jpg

    (No, he doesn’t throw the shield on his bike. If he does, I get sued!)

  84. The dreaded order comes through…
    Hold Until Relieved!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-HoldUntilRelieved.jpg

  85. Fantasy mercs have to eat between wars…
    The Charge of the Light Brigands!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-ChargeoftheLightBrigands.jpg

  86. Today we have armed aerial drones and bomb disposal robots.
    Tomorrow…

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-FutureofWar.jpg

  87. Here’s mine-inspired by a certain unnamed-for-legal-reasons super-soldier.
    http://i.imgur.com/KDwJl.png

  88. In the not-so-distant future, machines and humans come together to form assault teams and protect the remains of a post-apocalyptic Earth from interplanetary threats. Here’s one of them…

    Floating: OORLOG
    Back L-R: GOUDET, PLAZMA
    Middle L-R: ZWARET, IGNIS
    Front: LONGSTEEL

    http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p498/MaDPac2/Madpac-AssaultTeam.jpg

  89. In war, there is collateral damage…sometimes, quite a lot!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-CollateralDamage.jpg

  90. It’s a weird thing having to trust your life to some people you just met, and who you have to cover the backs of as well. Guys you probably would never meet, who come from different places, who maybe even run in different social circles. Guys you would never hang out with if you didn’t serve together. Most of them don’t even want anything to do with you until you’ve seen combat together and pulled through the other side. But once you lose your combat virginity, didn’t die in your first firefight, these guys you will trust with anything. Even when you rotate back to the world, they will always be your war buddies.

    http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv217/Myrowire/Hero%20Machine%20Contest%20Entries/myro-war_buddies.png

  91. Ploughed Jester

    Well, just making it under the wire this time. Not sure what was going on but HeroMachine3Alpha kept crashing on me. Still, I managed to finish the one causing the problems and capture the rest.

    First is the woodland sniper (aka Crashy McCrashalot). Maybe it was having trouble rendering the grass, I don’t know… I still like it!
    http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/PloughedJester/PloughedJester-WoodlandSniper.png

    Second is a returned soldier, the war hero. Sacrifice often means going above and beyond the call of duty.
    http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/PloughedJester/PloughedJester-WarHero.png

    Last is more of a tribute than anything; the soldiers cross. This picture reminds me of many friends and brothers, and those who came before. All give some, some give all.
    http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s435/PloughedJester/PloughedJester-SoldiersCross.png

    Thank you for this one. The others are always quite fun, but this one is a bit more. It’s nice to see people thinking about the men and women of the armed services… I certainly look forward to seeing everyone else’s work, orcs and super soldiers included.

  92. From the Steppes

    The title refers the last verse of a song called “The Wife of the Soldier,” which was written during WWII:

    “What did the wife of the soldier get
    From Russia’s distant Steppes?
    From Russia she got the widow’s veil,
    And the end of the tale is the widow’s veil
    That she got from the distant steppes.”

    I wanted to make an entry to honor my grandfather, who died two years ago and served in the Air Force, but this is as close as I had time to do: the name on the grave is his first name and the last name of one of his ancestors.

  93. No matter how bad the battle goes, there are always survivors.

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-SoleSurvivor.jpg

  94. I post my enty in one hour, i hope its not too late

  95. http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/7070/kytsoldattech.png
    I am a little bit demotivating by this theme. Its not one of my best entrys.

  96. borntobealoser

    Here’s my entry:

    Goatman Trench Warfare:

    Long after the humans blew themselves to extinction, the goats have inherited the Earth. However, they have not learnt from our mistakes, and still wage war on their neighbours.

    On the losing side of one battle, a two-goat explosive team, Ram-Bo and Baadman, have promised each other that they will stick together and keep fighting on to the bitter end.

    http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy175/borntobealoser/borntobealoser-GoatmanTrenchWarfare.png

  97. http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/1521/kytsoldattech2.png
    better version( i have lust to change it)
    Title: Last Moment

  98. I’m finally back in the hotel from the conference and am starting the judging now. Apologies for the late time, I should’ve done this last night before bed.

  99. @Jeff, No sweat, gotta do what ya gotta do sometimes. We will be here.

  100. Charles "Drago" Smith

    This is me in the Infantry days. I was a B.F.V. Driver and a S.A.W. Gunner