Character Contest 95: Not Captain America

Your Character Design Challenge this week is to create the most awesome illustration possible featuring the idea of a country-based character from someplace other than the United States using HeroMachine 3. I’ve shown “Captain Britain” above, but there are tons of possibilities here. Your creation doesn’t have to be the “country’s mascot” like Captain America is, but some element of the native land should be present in the design or power set. For instance, you could create a villain called The Leprechaun, who’s based in Ireland. And then the nearest Irish person would punch you in the face, but you get the idea.

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] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
  • Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). 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!

(Image and characters © Marvel Comics.)

269 Responses to Character Contest 95: Not Captain America

  1. I put the over/under on the first incorrectly-named entry at 10. I’ll take the under.

  2. This contest, by the way, is bloody brilliant. Heromachinists, does Jeff take care of you, or what?

  3. Got an ANTI-Captain America Nazi villain who should qualify…as long as we can use countries that don’t exist anymore! Hauptman Reich!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-HauptmanReich.png

  4. Kaylin88100

    Here’s an idea: maybe everyone who doesn’t live in the US could do their own country. It would be fun seeing where everyone comes from. I’ll be doing Britain, by the way. :)

  5. Well if there is a leprechaun entry, I’m the nearest Irishman, unless someone’s actually from Ireland.

  6. I went with my mother country for this one. Here’s a Crusades-era nomadic Armenian warrior, a Warrior of the Holy Land!

    http://www.majhost.com/gallery/bobobo1/Rorschach/jack-warrioroftheholyland.png

  7. A fairly basic take on the concept. I don’t think I’ve used this in any of the contests here yet.

    http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk15/Sulemania/Heromachine/Suleman-Maiden_Of_Finland.png

    Maiden Of Finland, or Maiden for short.

  8. Ploughed Jester

    maniacmick: Well if there is a leprechaun entry, I’m the nearest Irishman, unless someone’s actually from Ireland.

    Born and raised American but I’ll still back you up on that one, brother.

  9. Kaylin88100:
    Here’s an idea: maybe everyone who doesn’t live in the US could do their own country. It would be fun seeing where everyone comes from. I’ll be doing Britain, by the way.

    under that guideline – same XP

  10. Omg, is this a nazi contest or “country-based character from someplace other than the United States” ?
    So when i see that i think i must create a german version

  11. theres two canada’s and i dont see anyone crying about that.

  12. barbario:
    theres two canada’s and i dont see anyone crying about that.

    First this is not bithing or humilating. It’s not about the crying. I personally hate everything wich is join for Nazis. Maybe this is my problem, maybe to the nazis take my relative to a lager. If you don’t live in this side of the world you never understand that. Kytana and my country suffering in the WWII in the Nazi regim.

    Sorry i know what is the artistic freedom, everyone do what will want to do. But i want to tell my personnal opinion and if someone live in easter and central europe i think agree with me.

  13. Excuse me but this is a CONTEST can we please stay focused on that!

    I like to look through the entries every week as they are being posted just to see all the cool designs people have and i DON’T want to weed through a million messages of people complaining about another person’s entry. 1) It’s not fair to the hard work they put into their image and 2) Its seriously annoying. What a person chooses to design is THEIR business and JEFF’s business no one else’s. Show some respect to your fellow Heromachiners.

  14. Question: Could they be two characters who both represent the same country as part of a team?

  15. borntobealoser

    Here’s my entry:

    Draig, Hero of Wales:

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

    I should hope by now most people have heard of Wales. There was a time when Wales was a country nobody had heard of, and those that had heard of it thought that it was a part of England, not it’s own country. A lot of Welsh people didn’t like that, but I just found it funny.

  16. Sebastian978

    I wanted to get this in, can’t pass up the chance to represent my families native country of Italy. I’ll be away at the hospital for the rest of the week starting tomorrow while my wife gives birth to my son at 8am tomorrow morning (c-section). Good luck to everyone in this contest and can’t wait to see all the entries when I get back on here.

    Here is my entry for the contest. Italiano-migliore.

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/Sebastian978-Italiano-migliore.png

  17. DiCicatriz

    MScat:
    Show some respect to your fellow Heromachiners.

    Yes but as a community comprised of different people from various countries, I think its fine for Harlequin and Kytana to voice their concerns at their country of origin being represented by nothing (at least so far) but Nazis. As a Mexican I’d be a little perturbed if somebody made “Captain Burrito Lawnmower Housekeeper” for this contest so I can understand where they might be coming from. Respect has to work both ways.

    I think (and this is my personal opinion, not reflective of anybody else within the Heromachine community, least of all Jeff) we should keep our representations of other nationalities tasteful, no?

  18. Since this website belongs to one person. NONE of us can say what anyone else is allowed to post. Only Jeff has that right.

    Heromachine and the contests should be about fun and enjoyment. But every week it seems people are coming up with new reasons to tear down other people’s hard work. I myself have had MY contest entries critisized (even after winning one of the contests)

    Because of this these contests are losing their enjoyment. That’s why I’ve decided to withdraw myself from any further contests until I can once again enjoy myself here.

  19. WeepingAngel23

    http://www.4shared.com/photo/oUQfPY9s/Weepingangel23-CptConfederate.html
    I’m not sure how to get the direct link on 4shared.

  20. WeepingAngel23:

    I’m not sure how to get the direct link on 4shared.

    Try out this link
    http://dc620.4shared.com/img/oUQfPY9s/s7/Weepingangel23-CptConfederate.png

  21. This is the Dread Pirate Francois, cousin of the Dread Pirate Roberts (Wesley). He is known for his park our and fencing abilities as the best and most heroic Frenchman ever (not an incredible feat). He is known publicly as Captain France, but in the dark shadows of the underworld, he is known as the Dread Pirate Francois!!!
    http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/191/7/e/dread_pirate_francois_captain_france_by_mcknighthc-d56qkx1.png

  22. Sebastian978:
    I’ll be away at the hospital for the rest of the weekstarting tomorrow while my wife gives birth to my son at 8am tomorrow morning (c-section). Good luck to everyone in this contest and can’t wait to see all the entries when I get back on here.

    Early congratulations to you and I hope he drives healthy and that you and your family will be so as well.

  23. In general, I would vastly prefer that these contest post comment streams consist ONLY of entries and questions about how to enter. It is in fact irritating to try and pick out the contest images from the rest if there’s lots of cross-talk and chatter about unrelated stuff.

    Regarding the Nazi stuff, look, we just had the largest movie in the history of the planet in “The Avengers”, and a fair piece of the back story for it (including the entirety of the “Captain America” movie) dealt with Nazis. They’re THE staple villain of comics and films.

    Having said that, I am much more likely to look favorably on characters that are based upon the CURRENT country, not what they did in the past. And as we all know, Germany has long since moved on from WWII to become a strong and vital part of our global community in a positive, democracy-promoting way.

    In other words, I’m not going to rule out Nazi sorts of entries because they are an important part of the history of the comics genre. But your odds of winning with such an image are going to be very, very, very low.

    Regarding “all of these entries are Nazis”, dudes, the contest post was up for less than half a day. There were fewer than 20 total comments, I think it’s a little quick to pull the trigger and say that “all” or even “most” of the entries are anything. I usually get over 200 total images that come in throughout the weeks, so let’s just hold off on any sort of knee-jerk stereotyping about what we’ll get when it’s over.

    I now return this to the regularly scheduled posting of images.

    Oh, wait, one more thing — do NOT diss anyone else’s work here. I hate that shit. From here on out I’m going to start deleting those comments with extreme prejudice.

    The world is what we make it, and I want to help make this little corner of it a positive, fun, creative place to be.

  24. Whenever Britian is in danger, her greatest warrior returns to her defence.

    http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/191/3/8/ghost_of_ivanhoe_by_frevoli-d56qmah.png

    … so he doesn’t care about Wales or Scotland, I guess

  25. This is Sir England – the champion of the English. He stands with weapon and shield in hand and is accompanied by his faithful companion.

    http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q625/marKus730/Heromachine/Markus730-SirEngland.jpg

  26. Sebastian978

    McKnight57: McKnight57

    Thank you McKnight57. I’m psyched about it, probably wont sleep tonight lol. I’m sure everything will go off w/o a hitch. He’s actually my first kid. My daughter is my wife’s but I’ve been her dad sense she was about 1yrs old.

  27. Who knew that Vatican City was a country?

    Well one lone soul, thrown out of the papal cardinals, dedicated himself to be it’s protector.

    Cardinal Rule

    http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/191/4/f/cardinal_rule_by_frevoli-d56qz9a.png

  28. by the way, Jeff– thanks for the new energy item, it’s coming in handy, as you’ll see…

  29. Frevoli:
    Who knew that Vatican City was a country?

    Well one lone soul, thrown out of the papal cardinals, dedicated himself to be it’s protector.

    Cardinal Rule

    http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/191/4/f/cardinal_rule_by_frevoli-d56qz9a.png

    That looks pretty cool. I like the extra detail on the belt. Nice job with the flag as part of the mask.

  30. McKnight57: That looks pretty cool. I like the extra detail on the belt. Nice job with the flag as part of the mask.

    thanks – I was daunted by the complexity of it, but I thought it was too good an idea to give up

  31. I’m curious, would a character based on a group of nations like the EU or UN also be applicable here, or just single country characters?

  32. Vampyrist:
    I’m curious, would a character based on a group of nations like the EU or UN also be applicable here, or just single country characters?

    I think that’s fine, within reason. Like “Captain Earth” wouldn’t really qualify even if you tried to say he represented a group of all the nations on Earth, but I think you could probably get by with a “Blue Helmet” guy representing the UN.

  33. maniacmick

    Frevoli:
    Who knew that Vatican City was a country?

    Well one lone soul, thrown out of the papal cardinals, dedicated himself to be it’s protector.

    Cardinal Rule

    http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/191/4/f/cardinal_rule_by_frevoli-d56qz9a.png

    I knew… lol

  34. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/822/captinisereal4.png/#

    if i win which i not sure if i will win but if i do i want iron man amour pices

  35. Ninja:
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/822/captinisereal4.png/#

    if i win which i not sure if i will win but if i do i want iron man amour pices

    You named the file wrong, the image isn’t a direct link, and you’re still asking for contest prizes even though you haven’t won. :o

  36. Whew, been a long time since I’ve used the program. Do parts of country counts? I hope so. Here is Commando Nord (North Commando), representing the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec.

    http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/8269/collexcommandonord.png

    The story: We are in 2014. Quebec has finally declared its independence from the rest of Canada. But with fresh water quickly becoming a valued resource, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is not going to let Quebec get away with thousands of liters of blue gold without a fight. As the Canadian army starts marching on the province, the RCMP unleash their terrible Project: Angry Beaver, a genetically engineered soldier who is half-man, half beast. But La Belle Province hasn’t said it’s last word. Trained for years in a secret base under a Native reservation, Commando Nord is the result of the work of hundred of the best Québécois engineers, geneticists and psychologists. Totally loyal to the Independence and clad into its proud flag, Commando Nord is going to threw out the blokes from his country once and for all!!!

    PS: The above story is a satire. It is not intended to reflect my real political views or to hurt anyone. In short, it’s just a joke

    PPS: For those wondering, what’s written in the background translates as “Long Live Free Quebec”. It’s the local revolutionary cry.

  37. Representing Iraq, we have Gilgamesh!

    http://i519.photobucket.com/albums/u352/DENZIS666/Albannach-Gilgamesh.png

    I’m not of Iraqi descent at all, but I want to show that the country has a long and rich history that we never seem to hear about.

    In case you’re wondering, Gilgamesh (the central character in the Epic of Gilgamesh) was a semi-mythological king of Sumer, the very first civilisation that arose in what is now modern day Iraq.

    I based his facial appearance (the beard itself has about 30 layers devoted to it), on statues of the Lamassu, mythological creatures with the bodies of winged bulls and the heads of humans.

  38. Jeff Hebert: I am much more likely to look favorably on characters that are based upon the CURRENT country, not what they did in the past.

    So the Confederacy, pre-revolution Mexico, Desiree, Texas, the Holy Roman Empire, the USSR, Imperial Japan, a united Korea and a disunited Voetnam are all out? Gee, I don’t know if I can deal with being limited to a mere 200 countries! :)

    In any case, I shoulc probably stop fobbing off old creations as entries into new contests.

  39. Though I’m American, I felt that a certain continent was rather underrepresented. To remedy this, here is Leeu.

    http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q583/Shan_Renxin/Leeu.png

  40. I hope this isn’t TOO adult-themed. It is a cultural lifestyle after all…

    Name : PeaceKeeper
    Power : Can create and turn into smoke. :o
    Culture : Rastafarian
    http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w510/DeliriousAL/Heromachine/DelirousAL_PeaceKeeper.png

    Also, dreads are NOT fun to make. :P

  41. Where do I begin….

  42. I have two questions:

    1) Is it possible for us to do characters for fictional countries? If so, I am making a Westerosi hero. Just saying.

    2) Is it okay to do characters for countries no longer existent, or would you prefer characters for modern-day places?

  43. Sebastian978: They all look really cool, but what country will each one represent?

    Oh. I thought it was clear from the names in the links. Ok, if it’s not clear, I’ll write it here, may I?
    So, there are Captains for Vietnam, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Argentina and Aruba. I’m sorry if I confused someone, I just thought it’s really clear that “http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/191/8/6/captain_brazil_by_malfar-d56q9z8.jpg” is Captain Brazil and so on, but…well, in my next post (You didn’t think it was all, did you?) I will write down their names as well.

  44. One for my country of origin. ¡Viva México!

    1) El Comandante

    Francisco Miguel Aguilar was born in Mexico City, squandering the educational opportunities he was given and becoming somewhat of a neighborhood ruffian. Meanwhile, his patriotic brother Armando became an accomplished biologist, devoting himself to the study of ancient Nahua herbology for the betterment of all of Mexico. Eventually Armando developed an experimental serum using the chemical extract of a rare volcanic plant. There came a day when Francisco was gravely wounded during an unintended confrontation with a powerful narco. Near death, he found his way to Armando’s remote laboratory. Armando used the only sample of his serum in a desperate attempt at supercharging Francisco’s immune system long enough to operate on his wounds. The serum was far more potent than he had imagined and Francisco’s physiology was boosted to superhuman levels. He was superhumanly strong, his senses greatly enhanced, and possessing an accelerated recovery rate. Before either of them could assess what this turn of events meant for them, the narco’s enforcers arrived. They had tracked Francisco down to finish the job. Although they managed to escape, Armando was killed defending his brother, his notes and samples destroyed in the ensuing fire. Francisco devoted himself to living a just and patriotic life as brother did. He fights for his nation, for his people. Taking the name of an ancient Aztec king, he is Cuauhtémoc the Swooping Eagle and wielding a large brass hammer, La Esperanza del Pueblo (the People’s Hope). He is known to the world at large as EL COMANDANTE.

    http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l607/DiCicatriz/HM%20Contests/DiCicatriz_ComandanteCuauhtmoc.png

  45. Interesting contest but unfortunately I’m on busy week, I’m counting on Gendonesia to make Gatotkaca superhero..

  46. Tipical soviet superhero. General USSR. Superhuman-minded radioactive bear from Chernobyl. http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/365/maddoctorgeneralsssr.png

  47. Watson Bradshaw

    entry 1

    BRITANNIA

    Susan Conway didn’t believe it when a large stone statue of a lion came to life one night and said that she was now chosen to be the protector of the United Kingdom and personification of its peoples inner strength. Armed with Poseidon’s three-pronged trident and indestructable shield she will fight any would be invaders.

    http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/watsonbradshaw-britania.png

  48. borntobealoser: Here’s my entry:Draig, Hero of Wales:http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy175/borntobealoser/borntobealoser-Draig.pngI should hope by now most people have heard of Wales. There was a time when Wales was a country nobody had heard of, and those that had heard of it thought that it was a part of England, not it’s own country. A lot of Welsh people didn’t like that, but I just found it funny.

    Had a freind from Wales and I you should have seen how mad he’d get When I called him English!

  49. maniacmick:
    Well if there is a leprechaun entry, I’m the nearest Irishman, unless someone’s actually from Ireland.

    maniacmick:
    Well if there is a leprechaun entry, I’m the nearest Irishman, unless someone’s actually from Ireland.

    Sorry to burst your bubble. I guess im the one doing the punching now.

  50. Johnny Gear

    I was trying to go for a kind of mystical feel, I’m not sure if I like how it came out. I may try again. ( and no she’s not a leprechaun, I don’t need any Irishman punching me)
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-IrishMaiden.png?t=1341931400

  51. This reminds me of “Strike Force” by Aaron Allston for Champions. We did a campaign using those characters, and one of the group chose the character that spoke Welsh, in addition to english obviously. So, during the campaign he was teased by the other players for being able to speak a language that hardly anyone knew. It became a running joke of the campaign.

    This continued on for a couple years, until one adventure where they were trying to defeat some mad mystic character and they found this old tome that had the clue they needed to foil his plans, and sure enough, it was in Welsh. The player was so happy that he finally got to use his characters language, and at such a pivotal moment as well.

    Sure, the players did continue to tease him about it even after that, but he felt so much better knowing that he got to use it at least once.

  52. I was wondering whether AMS was going to post his entire National Hero series. Raise the bar, why don’t you!

    Still – onwards and upwards…

  53. Hopefully this link will work. Yes, I made it all up only since I saw the contest.

    http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x463/Kalontas/Kalontas-WhiteEagle_TheSarmatian.png

    The White Eagle also known as the Sarmatian, is the polish superhero, created by the Soviet scientists during their experiments with a super-soldier serum Nazis were working on previously. A major of Poland People’s Army Jan Andrzejewski was given the powers of superhuman strength and speed, as well as slowed aging, as a reward for his long service in the war against the Nazis. Soon the White Eagle (as the hero took a costume based on the heraldic polish bird) took to the skies with functional hussar wings (the newest Soviet invention) and fought crime and enemies of the communist state.

    However, in 1980 he was sent against the protests at the Gdańsk shipyard. After talking to the leaders, he was convinced communists were in the wrong and swore to fight for justice and equality. Now an outlaw, he fought communists in secret, after finally helping to quell a rebellion by a rogue military commander who tries to hijack a Soviet nuke to destroy the newly born democracy. During this time, he was known as the Sarmatian, recalling the old polish noble traditions, and adopted a new costume based on a hussar from renaissance-era Poland.

    Since democracy took hold in Poland, he was officially hired by the state again, once more officially helping fight crime, but now for freedom and equality. Taking the name of White Eagle again, he didn’t revert to his old costume, but took a pauldron and helmet from it, to symbolise both facets of him are equally important.

    His pet eagle is called Tadzik, after Tadeusz Kościuszko, historical polish hero. Tadzik was hatched from an egg modified by robotic aliens who helped communist Poland and the Soviet Union during the 1980s. The eagle is said to be possibly immortal and can share his vision with the hero, letting him see places he normally would not be able to.

  54. I wrote so much and I still forgot to say he’s got a lance, because he charges at people from the air. (Sorry, the post edit time cut-off already happened)

  55. DC-Lover:
    Sorry to burst your bubble. I guess im the one doing the punching now.

    No problem, good to know there some Irishmen here.

  56. ok here is a new country i chose i never heard of it before i just know its one of the newest country’s in the world. i give you the one and only east timor lad

    http://i328.photobucket.com/albums/l325/funkeymoneky19/pyrodude760-easttimorlad.jpg

  57. I must advise… I love write unusefull explanation of what I’ve done :P so you may jump it and going directly to the link below :)

    Well, when I’ve readed this contest, the first thing that come in to my mind was “WOW! That may be a great challenge!”

    I’m not a great fan of complicated construction with HM3, strange pose, great landscape and so on… I usually prefer a simple, linear frontal image of the character, much like photo-album or school annuaries… so, the great challenge for me was the idea “how can i create a hero/criminal that represent ITALY?” [I'm Italian and live in Italy :)]

    Our small nation have so many face, that the idea of creating a “Captain Italia” was a real pain-in-the-as for all the comics fan in the last 20 and more year! Fan have tried, author have tried, even comic publisher made some “fan contest” but nothing…

    My first idea was to create a whole team, on about 6 character, trying to take some “popular and stereotypical” face of Italian… [well, anyone in america may think about “Italian Character” as “Pizza-Hero-type” or “Mafia Syle Criminal”… and will easly be punched in the face by the nearest Italian :P …no well, even I have thinked about something like that, but.. no thanks :)]… and well, I will probabily DO a team, soon or lather…

    But… I’ve stopped, thinking: what’s a “Cap”? a National Mascotte? It IS NOT something about stereotype or “popular foreign view”… it’s something about the NATIONAL SYMBOL…

    If I would think about stereotype of English, I can think to a soft-mooded gentleman with a “bombetta” [rounded hat] that drink tea, or about a drunken punk with pointed hair and chain… but CAPTAIN BRITAIN IS NEITHER OF THAT… he wears a Flag… he has a LION on his chest! I’ve never thinked about a Lion when I have thinked to U.K. before we know Captain Britain!!! The same is true for Captain America… If i think of America, I think first to a fat hamburger or hotdog… but Captain America have a pair of wing on is head, not a pair of hotdog! [and god be blessed for this @__@]

    They wear Symbol of the Nation, officialy recognized alongside their flag…

    So I’ve made some research and…

    WOW! I’ve discovered the symbol of Republic of Italy, National Symbol that near no one of Italian know!!! Or at least, no one know their meaning! Thanks to this challange, at 36 years of age, I’ve discovered the symbol of my nation! O_O [yes, to all non-italian may seem strange, but… most italians have a strange relationship with symbol and patriotism…]

    So, a “Cap.” that rapresent the “forgotten (but official) symbol” of Italy, as a sense of UNITY [that we usually forgot] was a very good Idea!

    All of that speaking simply to present you my [first] entry for the contest! [I promise, I will not speak so much for the next!!!]

    Italia Turrita [or Cap. Italia, if you prefere]!

    http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/6020/thatlynitaliaturrita.png

    Italia Turrita [headshot]

    http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/7817/thatlynitaliaturritafac.png

    Italia Turrita [with mask]

    http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/1280/thatlynitaliaturritamas.png

    Italia Turrita [headshot with mask]

    http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/1280/thatlynitaliaturritamas.png

    The name mean “Italia with Tower on itself”… well, it’s not so clear I know… “Turrita” is an Archaic Terms, and I think is no longer present on our dictionary! But one of our symbol is a Woman with a “Crow of Tower and Castle Wall”, called Italia Turrita, and so…

    Well… I hope you like her :) anyway, I love her, and I’m proud of my creation, simply becouse I’ve created something of “unusual patriotic” and I’ve discovered a piece of my nation :)

    Oh… you would know what mean any of the symbol on Italia Turrita? i can write much more! But I will spare you :) who want know, simply ask me :)

    Thanks, Thatlyn
    P.S. I’ve also writed so much simply for train my written english :)

  58. Cape-Jacker

    You might have already answered this question from someone else, Jeff, but I’d certainly like to know if we’re allowed to use fictional countries, such as Narnia and the like.

  59. Cu Chulain – After the Krios Incident, heroes and monsters of myth and legend began returning to the world. Among them was the Celtic warrior Cu Chulain, returned from the Isle of the Dead to fight evil once more.

    http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/xx260/hastur1/sutter_kaine-cuChulain.jpg

  60. Sebastian978:
    I wanted to get this in, can’t pass up the chance to represent my families native country of Italy. I’ll be away at the hospital for the rest of the weekstarting tomorrow while my wife gives birth to my son at 8am tomorrow morning (c-section). Good luck to everyone in this contest and can’t wait to see all the entries when I get back on here.

    Here is my entry for the contest. Italiano-migliore.

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/Sebastian978-Italiano-migliore.png

    Sebastian978 …ehm… I don’t know how I can tell you but… Italiano Migliore wear the Flag of Ivory Coast [Cote D’Ivoire], an African Nation, since the flag of Italy have the color in the opposite order :) [Green-White-Red]

    Anyway,Congratulations on your new arrival! :)

  61. Johnny Gear

    I tried to make another Irish hero. Again I tried for a old style type magic feel, but with a little more warrior in it, this time. http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-IrishWarriorMaiden.png?t=1341954744

  62. Captain of the island mirco nation of Principality of Sealand

    the super Powered Pirate ‘Captain Sealand’

    http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg542/scaled.php?server=542&filename=captainsealand.jpg&res=landing

  63. Johnny Gear

    This wasn’t originally made for this contest, but I could fit for Japan, kind of,
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-CrimsonSamurai.png?t=1340418051

  64. pyrodude760

    FRM i really like STRATEGOS OF GREECE that was originally the country i was gonna do but i thought i dont wanna do the same old thing i usually do but i gotta say that is an incredible piece

  65. Well since my grandfather was born in Ireland I wanted to create this hero first!

    This is Ireland’s Hero!

    He is a vigilante crime fighter who has no powers but excellent agility skills and uses blunt weapons to defeat criminals on the streets of Dublin and all of the surrounding cities.

    Erin Go Bragh!

    http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/4305/nha247irelandheropng.png

    Thanks!

    -NHA247

  66. Johnny Gear

    Frevoli’s mention of the Vatican gave me an idea for an angel warrior. The gold and white are from the Vatican’s flag.
    Version 1:
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-Seraphim.png?t=1341964379
    Version 2:
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-Seraphim2.png?t=1341964674

  67. Back Again.

    I haven’t entered a contest since the Zodiac sign thing but this stuck out to me for some reason. Anyway, I know you so no America but… I couldn’t help myself. So, Idk… I guess he represents North and Central America. Or as paranoid 9/11 radicals call it, The North American Union.

    Here he is… The Spirit of America.

    http://www.freewebs.com/xtheforcex/Zforce-NativeLand.png

  68. Mcknight57: YES! I love the Princess Bride! (clap clap clap)

  69. Since the first entry was for a “Captain Canada”, I thought I should post my own character of that name, whom I first created with HeroMachine 2, but updated to HM3 a few months back. The full story is on my web site at:
    http://www.eldacur.com/~brons/Comics/TeamTechOps.html

    Short form: my Captain Canada was invented at work back when I led an operations team that was responsible for a large database of TV stations, schedules and shows. One of my guys handled all of the data for Canada, and my boss took to calling him Captain Canada. Someone circulated a picture of the comic book Captain Canuck and I responded first by creating Captain Canada in HM2, and then doing characters for the whole team:

    http://www.eldacur.com/~brons/Comics/TechOps.jpg

    Later, when most of the team was laid off, I created a comic book cover commemorating event featuring the new Captain Canada:

    http://www.eldacur.com/~brons/Comics/TechOps-II.gif

    Finally, a few months ago, I decided to revise the good captain in HM3, the only version eligible for this contest:

    http://www.eldacur.com/~brons/Comics/Brons-CaptainCanada.png

    He’s on a transparent background as I planned to use him to create a new HM3-based cover featuring the TechOps team. I was rather pleased with the original but thought an HM3 update might be called for.

  70. YouAlreadyKnowIthink
  71. My second entry, created for this contest, may not actually fit the rules as laid down, as the country he was created to embody is entirely fictional. I made it up almost 50 years ago when a group of Jr. High students decided that we should make up fictional micro nations. Mine was Ispylvania, a small country whose name means “The woods themselves” in contrast to Transylvania’s “across the woods”.

    Ipsylvania is a small nation on the border between Greece and Albania, populated by gypsies. The ruling families are the Gregoris, and national weapon and symbol of the king is the two-headed throwing axe. Yes, a king with a symbolic labrys. Ipsylvania’s flag features a bend sinister and an eagle. Here it is rendered with Karl Wilcox’s wonderful Drawshield heraldic webapp:

    http://www.eldacur.com/~brons/Ipsylvania.png

    Taking his name from the national bird, The Eagle, or as he is known elsewhere The Ipsylvanian Eagle, has a flag-based costume and wields a small throwing axe.

    http://www.eldacur.com/~brons/Comics/Brons-Ipsylvanian-Eagle.png

    I realize that Jeff was probably thinking about real countries, but with Ipsylvania approaching its 50th anniversary, I couldn’t resist and HM3 had the perfect eagle for doing a flag-based costume.

  72. Here is my second entry!

    Uganda Hero!

    His power is the ability to insert energy into objects and use them to balance at the most difficult angles and even deal extremely powerful attacks to his enemies!

    http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/7092/nha247ugandaheropng.png

    Thanks!

    -NHA247

  73. The South Pole isn’t very well represented. Then again, there aren’t many people there…

    Name : Lady Southwind
    Power : Probably something related to wind. Or coldness. Or windy coldness…
    Culture : Antarctica
    http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w510/DeliriousAL/Heromachine/DeliriousAL_Southwind.png

    Did you know that Antarctica doesn’t have an official flag? :o

  74. Entry #1

    I really like the idea of everyone doing someone from their home country. Now while I was born and raised in America, I made a superhero in tribute to my Swiss heritage. Sadly someone already did a Switzerland one but here’s mine:

    When he was about five, Ulrich Honiker discovered he had two unique gifts (or seven, depending how you look at it). The first was super heightened senses (on the same level as daredevil, only with sight to match). The second was that he had complete muscle control. He had shown great balance and attentiveness as a baby, but age five was around the time these gifts began to manifest at superhuman levels. As Ulrich grew up he began harness these gifts. His senses made him an excellent hunter and his complete muscle control allowed him to harness greater strength and agility. Ulrich trained in archery/marksmanship and swordsmanship, and even martial arts. Once his skills were good enough he decided to become a superhero protecting the Swiss people from crime (not that crime is overly high in Switzerland XD). He now prowls the night, dispensing justice as: William Tell:
    http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/192/1/0/william_tell_by_onikagenoken-d56wuxu.png

    *for those who are unfamiliar with the story, William Tell (or Wilhelm Tell if you want to use the European equivalent of William), was a Swiss mountaineer way back when Switzerland was still controlled by Austria. He was fabled as sort of a Swiss Robin Hood, because he was exceptionally skilled with a bow (and crossbow), and was said to have the surest foot on a mountain of any man. The story goes that he rallied all the mountaineers in his Kanton (which is sort of like a state) and helped them to stockpile weapons. Once they had made preparations, he gave the signal by lighting a bonfire, and all the mountaineers grabbed their arms and made a first strike against the oppressive Austrians. Soon after that Switzerland won freedom from Austria and now on every August first (the day William Tell lit the bonfire) People all over Switzerland light great bonfires (it’s our forth of July equivalent).

  75. A re-design of one of my older characters – Golden Fleece, defender of Greece.

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/the-imp/2012/07/Imp-GoldenFleece.png

  76. Another hero, representing another more distant part of my heritage. Representing Spain. ¡Viva España!

    2) El Rey Campeon

    http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l607/DiCicatriz/HM%20Contests/DiCicatriz-ReyCampeon.png

    A separate bloodline maintained alongside the royal family, meant to serve as leaders of La Guardia Real. Each generation a chosen one among these soldiers undergoes an ancient ritual to unlock the mystic energy of their bloodline. If they survive, they become a champion of champions. They enjoy greatly augmented physical strength and the ability to channel the energy that empowers through various heirloom weapons. This is the latest in the long line of royal champions, Eduardo Lorca. He is sworn to preserve the royal family and protect the nation at large. He is… El Rey Campeon!

  77. Second entry, decided to make a heroine based off Italy. Meet Italiana, vigilante for the salvation of her people!

    http://www.majhost.com/gallery/bobobo1/Rorschach/jack-italiana.png

  78. I wanted to go the “traditional” route of a simple costume based on the flag. For my Scottish ancestors:
    Saltire–The Champion of Scotland
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v99/webpulp/Share/Webpulp-Saltire-Scotland.png

  79. I had a b tch of a time with the fluer de lis, but I loved the bunting, which made it seam more french to me
    http://static.zooomr.com/images/10224835_a274b45ec2.jpg

  80. The Scandinavians. From Left to Right, they are:

    Norseman the Mighty Hunter, enemy of the Troll King
    Finnlady the Little Mermaid, enemy of the Lady Nakki
    Markus the Great Dane, enemy of the Wyrm Mother
    Icelandica the Swan Maiden, enemy of the Ice Maiden
    Big Swede the Berzerker, enemy of the Vargr Prince

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-TheScandenavians.png

  81. I went traditional again! This time it’s a female, an Armenian Warrior Priestess who fought in the Holy War of Avarayr, a battle in which the Persian army was 4 times the size of the Armenian side. Though we didn’t win the war, we caused the enemy severe enough casualties that Armenia was granted religious freedom! GO MOTHERLAND :D

    http://eastofbyzantium.com/images/story.jpg

    http://www.majhost.com/gallery/bobobo1/Rorschach/jack-femalearmenianwarrior.png

  82. All right, second entry!

    None of them had been created specifically for this contest, but I think they are suitable as a “nation oriented” :)

    So.. from Japan we have… KABUKI (wich original name was Apatia), an emotionles sword mistress with her Jade Blade!

    http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/802/thatlynkabuki.png

    Also, from Japan, we have a tatooed martial artist in perfect Yakuza Style, in two version! Here is IREZUMI:

    http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/6007/thatlynirezumifan.png [with a pair of “Nationalist” Fans]

    http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/5231/thatlynirezumikusarigam.png [with a Kusarigama, a typical Ninja weapon]

    When I’ve created them, Kabuki and Irezumi was intended to be the same person from two different reality [both being also an evil alternate version of Dynamite, the martial artist charater played by a friends of mine in our RPG Campaign]

    In addiction, there is another charater, the Spanish/Mexican Bounty Hunter, Las Boleadoras [I admit, he's an highly stereotypical character :P]

    http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/2084/thatlynlasboleadoras.png

    I hope you like them

  83. Since A few people went with a Faux country, I did too!
    Representing Gringot’s and the goblin nation Wargalleon and his trust aid Fetch!
    http://static.zooomr.com/images/10224836_95ecef0070_m.jpg

  84. Keric:
    Since A few people went with a Faux country, I did too!
    Representing Gringot’s and the goblin nation Wargalleon and his trust aid Fetch!
    http://static.zooomr.com/images/10224836_95ecef0070_m.jpg

    Your link is wrong. Look at the rules!
    BTW: Fantastic entrys here.
    *back to the work

  85. Sebastian978

    Thatlyn: Sebastian978 …ehm… I don’t know how I can tell you but… Italiano Migliore wear the Flag of Ivory Coast [Cote D’Ivoire], an African Nation, since the flag of Italy have the color in the opposite order [Green-White-Red]

    Anyway,Congratulations on your new arrival!

    One of his powers is mirror image of the flag to confuse the enemy

  86. Sebastian978: One of his powers is mirror image of the flag to confuse the enemy

    Wow, you are a Genius O_O I’m not an Italiano Migliore Enemy, but I was confused by his power, you are right!!! O_O :)

    Anyway… I can’t find my second entry… it’s have been moderated? O_O

    So… not questioning the moderator choice, but can I ask why? So I can correct myself next time :)

  87. Swazi Hawk

    *Solar Powered Diamond Derived Digital Armor (Mach 10?)
    *4-D Computable Battle-Pre-Cog Visor
    *Digital Virus Laced Force Claw
    *Digital Flash Travel (Teleportation) (-50% power)
    *Smart Blast Solar Flares (-90% power)

    http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx13/mnqricard/Xenowolf-SwaziHawk.png

  88. O_O My second entry it’s again there? Oh well… pheraps I’ve some connection problem @___@

    Okkey, sorry for questioning :)

  89. Thatlyn:
    O_O My second entry it’s again there? Oh well… pheraps I’ve some connection problem @___@

    Okkey, sorry for questioning :)

    It was held in moderation and I just approved it.

  90. Jeff Hebert: It was held in moderation and I just approved it.

    Okkey, thx :) it’s my first contest and I haven’t still a clear idea of how moderation works, thx :)

  91. Cape-Jacker:
    You might have already answered this question from someone else, Jeff, but I’d certainly like to know if we’re allowed to use fictional countries, such as Narnia and the like.

    I’d rather not, but since some people are already and I couldn’t get here to post in time I guess it’s going to be ok.

  92. Kytana: Your link is wrong. Look at the rules!
    BTW: Fantastic entrys here.
    *back to the work

    Thank you for pointing that out, I clicked through, and it was SO SMALL try this link:
    http://static.zooomr.com/images/10224836_6c71782cf8_o.jpg

  93. Keric: Thank you for pointing that out, I clicked through, and it was SO SMALL try this link:
    http://static.zooomr.com/images/10224836_6c71782cf8_o.jpg

    That’s not what Kytana meant (though that is a better image size), she was referring to the actual file name of your image. The file should be Keric-whatever_your_entry_is_called.jpg, instead of 10224836_6c71782cf8_o.jpg

    This is all explained in the rules. Those are the bullet-pointed sentences at the end of the original post. I don’t mean to sound snappy or sarcastic, but these rules have been established for the past year or two, and it’s probably very frustrating for many of the seasoned users, and Jeff, to still see so many people not naming their files correctly, when the rules are blatantly clear (even in bold text). It’s not a difficult thing to do. When you download the image onto your computer, just give it the correct name, or rename it if you’ve already saved it. Simple, easy, and it means that your entry won’t be automatically disqualified from being a finalist or even the winner, if you’re lucky.

    I realise I’ve probably bitten this poor chap’s head off with a wall of text, but others take it as a warning!

  94. All right, there is my third entry!

    Dedicated to 3 Northen Italian City…

    RED RUNNING HORSE:
    http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/4233/thatlynredrunninghorse.png

    And her headshot
    http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/7966/thatlynredrunninghorseh.png

    It’s join the city of Milano [the mayor moda, financial and business center], Modena [with the Ferrari red sportcar] and Torino [a sort of mystical city, with an important relics of Christians, but also a large number of devilish legend]

    And so, Red Running Horse is a young and rich bussines girls, a very wealthy thrillseaker, that had made a pact with the devil: power (superspeed) and thrill for became a devil bounty hunter :) I hope you like her :)

  95. My second entry. Storm Crow, or Pahanilmanlintu in the original Finnish.

    http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk15/Sulemania/Heromachine/Suleman-Storm_Crow.png

  96. Sebastian978

    Sebastian978: ← Caption Contest 124 Winners

    Just so I don’t confuse anyone. The flag is supposed to be oposite colors, one of his powers/tactics to confuse his enemies (which non of you are on here.

    On a good note. My son was born yesterday. Awesome little guy, 8lbs 2oz 19in long. Him and his mommy are doing great. We’re really blessed to have a new addition to the family. I seen some comments on here about and thank you everyone.

  97. I decided to do a Japanese hero Rising Son: http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/2701/wildcardrisingson.png

  98. Entry #1
    Liz, wielder of Excalibur: http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/trekkie/2012/07/Trekkie-Liz.png

    After I finished I looked at the costume and thought that I may have been subconsciously influenced by Captain Britain whilst designing the costume.

  99. I’m new to this but here is my character Captain Jamaica – West Indies Crusader

    http://i1063.photobucket.com/albums/t507/cgarwood2/Hero%20Machine/Cgarwood-CaptainJamaica.jpg

  100. I’ve been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender recently, and I’ve been inspired.

    Name : Guru Yatra
    Powers : Sumthin sumthin cosmic sumthin…
    Culture : India!
    http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w510/DeliriousAL/Heromachine/DeliriousAL_GuruYatra.png

    ‘Yatra’ is Hindi for ‘travel’ or ‘journey.’

  101. Awesome! I’ve been meaning to make some stuff along these lines since April or so! (Which, oddly enough, is when I discovered the webcomic Scandinavia and the World…) So thank you for the motivation, Jeff! :)

    First off, my version of the traditional personification of Finland, The Finnish Maiden.

  102. Here is a collaboration between Myro and myself. His character concept and my revision.

    FLUKE
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/ams/2012/07/Myro-ams-Fluke-Ireland.png

  103. Sebastian978

    Did my image over again with out the flag reverse mirror image super power. Ok, I have a confession to make, I messed up the flag. With everything going on and my son being born I wasn’t thinking. lol but hey, it happens to the best of us right? Please, someone say right. lol

    http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/Sebastian978-Italiano-migliore-1.png

  104. From modern Japan, a battle maiden who wields a devastating Love Ray: Kyoto-chan.

    http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q103/JanetteMorgan/WilliamH-KyotoChan.png

  105. Sebastian978:
    Did my image over again with out the flag reverse mirror image super power. Ok, I have a confession to make, I messed up the flag. With everything going on and my son being born I wasn’t thinking. lol but hey, it happens to the best of us right? Please, someone say right. lol

    Aww, but I liked the Confusing Mirror Power explanation! :)

    Congrats on the kid, Sebastian! Glad to hear that he and his mom are both doing well! (And yes, I do think it’s a perfectly reasonable excuse for having a backwards flag. :D)

  106. Sebastian978

    logosgal: logosgal

    Thank you logosgal, I love the little guy already and he’s a real blessing :) Yeah I thought it was a good power explanation too, maybe someday I’ll make a hero that actually has that power. :)

  107. I know that Africa is a continent full of countries, but I created a protector of Africa as a whole, Kwesi, African for strength. http://s1180.photobucket.com/albums/x406/blaq_aries/Kwesi.png

  108. Speaking of Africa… my family is actually from there. Kenya, specifically. And well… I couldn’t do this contest without covering both sides of my heritage. So I’m back again with the guardian spirit of Kenya. He has the power of the Big 5 (substituted a Gorilla for the Jaguar… better visual) and his astral weaponry.

    http://www.freewebs.com/xtheforcex/Zforce-KenyaSpirit.png

  109. ProwlerKnight

    When in Rome, be weary of your actions, for the cities mightiest defendor will strike down with his warhammer of justice agianst all evil

    He is….CAPTIAN ROME!!!

    http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/193/e/f/captian_rome_by_prowlerknight-d571k3n.png

    (Little Cheesy I know but I couldn’t help myself lol)

  110. An evil Don who wanted super-soldiers and weapons to fight the Revolutionaries in 1929 enslaved a scientist named Juarez by kidnapping his wife Laura. A man who believed in freedom, he dragged his feet until the Cristeros began burning the Don’s castle. Finally reunited with his wife and seeing his infant son for the first time, he injected the child with his serums and loaded him aboard a prototype flying bomb aimed at the northern border. The tiny biplane was tossed and battered by storms, and finally fell onto the Ranchero of Juan and Maria Chavez in New Mexico. They adopted the child, who grew to be remarkably swift and strong, and revealed his origin to him only as they lay on their deathbeds towards the end of WWII. They had died from radiation poisoning that had leaked from the Manhatten Project at Alamagordo, and he snuck into their test area at White Sands to seek vengeance upon those he perceived as killers. Before he could reach the scientists, the Trinity atomic bomb went off. Instead of blinding and burning him, the blast activated his father’s serums to give him superhuman abilities, but also buried him under green glass for forty years. Aftershocks from the Mexico City earthquake in 1985 cracked his atomic tomb and the air revitalized him. Unhappy with what the world had become, Carlos Chavez returned to his native land to fight corrupt government officials, coyotes preying on illegal aliens, devil worshippers, and drug cartels as the mighty Capitan Inmigrante!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-CapitanInmigrante.png

  111. Watson Bradshaw

    entry 2

    Grandprix

    Monaco may be one of the smallest countries but the super speedster Grandprix is there to keep the streets of Monte Carlo safe.

    http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/watsonbradshaw-grandprix.png

  112. here’s from my country: Kapten Garuda
    he fight bare hands with his super strength and agility

    http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii180/gendonesiaraya/heroes/gendonesia_Kapten_Garuda.jpg

  113. Alvacascus:
    Interesting contest but unfortunately I’m on busy week, I’m counting on Gendonesia to make Gatotkaca superhero..

    huh? why don’t u make it urself? ==a

  114. Albannach: That’s not what Kytana meant (though that is a better image size), she was referring to the actual file name of your image. The file should be Keric-whatever_your_entry_is_called.jpg, instead of 10224836_6c71782cf8_o.jpg

    This is all explained in the rules. Those are the bullet-pointed sentences at the end of the original post. I don’t mean to sound snappy or sarcastic, but these rules have been established for the past year or two, and it’s probably very frustrating for many of the seasoned users, and Jeff, to still see so many people not naming their files correctly, when the rules are blatantly clear. It’s not a difficult thing to do. When you download the image onto your computer, just give it the correct name, or rename it if you’ve already saved it.(1) Simple, easy, and it means that your entry won’t be automatically disqualified from being a finalist or even the winner, if you’re lucky.

    (1) that is exactly what I did, (and I can post a screen shot to show you that I did!) I’ve found that the site hosting the shot has changed the name in the link on me.

    We all know not to us either Webshots or Zooomr for this now!

  115. And for my forth post, I’ve tried to create another National Personification: GERMANY

    Germany:
    http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2227/thatlyngermany.png

    Germany with Helmet:
    http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/6400/thatlyngermanymasked.png

    I’ve thinked of Germany as a tech-armored girl, a sort of “German Female Iron Man”, and like what I’ve done with Italia Turrita, I’ve tried to add many Official National Symbol of Germany as possible [the flag, the eagle, the jeweled crow, the national flowers, the honor emblem and the liberty bell]

    Anyway I wan’t outline a point:
    The Iron Cross on is abdomen is NOT a Nazi Symbol. The Iron Cross was a symbol of the Prussian and German Empire since 1810 [more or less], more than one hundred years before the WWII.
    Since the nazi had used the Iron Cross in many of thier emblem, that symbol is often associated with them, and the German itself had banned it from any official or national documents etc.

    But in the 2008, after cleaning it from any nazi-memory, the Iron Cross, slightly changed in it’s form and wth the new color [Azure, White and Silver], had returned as official national symbol of German National Defence.

    So the Iron Cross on the abdomen of Germany had nothing to do with nazism

    I hope you like her :)

  116. So, that’s my first contest-picture:

    http://s8.postimage.org/a3eh3bxjp/Finarfin_Bundesfeldwebel.jpg

    It’s the national caption of modern Germany, I called him Bundesfeldwebel, because “Bundes-” (in english: federal) is a common german prefix of national institutions (cf: Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Federal Republic of Germany) and “Feldwebel” (in english: sergeant) looks more like someone, who realy does something, but officers like captains (Hauptmänner) are more dealing with commanding and talking. And I’m very glad, that the “Bundesadler” (federal eagle) is part of the insignia-list :-)

  117. This feels a a bit like a cop out, and also a reference that mostly none of you will get, but in New Zealand we live and breathe the sport of Rugby, so it is probably culturally acurate that our greatest hero would be Captain (of the) All Blacks.

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/iscarioto/2012/07/iscarioto-CAPTAINoftheALLBLACKS.png

    Will try to make a more culturally valuable contribution tomorrow, something Maori in flavour I think.

  118. Sebastian978: Did my image over again with out the flag reverse mirror image super power. Ok, I have a confession to make, I messed up the flag. With everything going on and my son being born I wasn’t thinking. lol but hey, it happens to the best of us right? Please, someone say right. lolhttp://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/sebastian_978/Sebastian978-Italiano-migliore-1.png

    RIGHT :)

  119. Thundersong

    Heyla!

    I misinterpreted the Contest…so I created four characters that were sorta “plain”. After coming back on and re-reading the contest rules…I was like “OMG! Two days of work, down the Drain!!!” Then, I came up with this. The first four pictures are our “Heroes” in their day to day routines. Then the next four are their Costumed alter-egos.

    First up: “Dan” a surfboard maker by day and also a surfer. The Flags on each of the four will tell you where they live, oh and the file name! LOL!

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

    Next: “Lakshmi” a wealthy socialite woman who lives by her own rules. She likes flirting and having fun and dancing.

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

    Next: “Kamado” The last descendant of the Okinawan Royal Family (fictional, but for the contest purposes, okay to do…lol) She yearns to bring about the re-birth of the Okinawan people as a Separate Nation as it once was. The Flag is both the Japanese flag, but also has the symbol of Okinawa or the Ryukyu Islands.

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

    Lastly: Adelina from the small Island Nations of Sao Tome and Principe. She is a trader by day and walks the towns to sell what she trades.

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

    Next post…their Alter-Egos!

  120. Thundersong

    Heyla!

    Up first, Dan’s alter-ego who calls himself Uluru, after the Mystical Rock also known as Ayer’s Rock. He hunts poachers during the night and leaves them for the rangers to find in the morning.

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

    Lakshmi’s alter-ego goes by the the name of Hindu Wrath. She invokes the Goddess Kali to help her defend the Taj Mahal from vandals and those who would attempt to disrupt the rest of the Shah and his wife.

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

    Kamado’s alter-ego is Tsuwamono Naito Onna Neko. Despite her not wearing a mask, her enemies cannot fathom or even figure out that TNON is Kamado. She hunts criminals and those that she feels is stopping her from creating her new Nation.

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

    Finally, Adelina’s alter-ego is Dexa the Slave Freer. She actually is now a redundant hero, since there are no longer slaves in Sao Tome and Principe, but she is the sixth generation of “Dexa” in her family and stands ready to right any wrongs that she would encounter.

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

    Enjoy!

    As before, Now I can go and check out the Competition!!!

    Good Luck to All!!!

  121. As per Kaylin’s request, my first entry is a remake of Canadian Shield, one of my older hero characters. Unlike Captain America, Canadian Shield doesn’t actually need to carry a shield, he is one. A great big, beefy, meat shield.

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

  122. And now…

    Man of Hope, Hero of Ivory Coast!
    http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/4930/thatlynmanofhope.png

    As always, I’ve tried to insert in the hero as many national symbols as possible, but I must confess that I no a clear idea of the national symbol of Ivory Coast and must thanks Wikipedia :P

  123. And there is a short history of Man of Hope:
    “When a young desert ranger was attacked by a violent gang of illegal Elephant Hunters that beat him near death and cut off his right hand, he hasen’t give up his hope! In a strugle to survive, he crawl to a mysterios Elephant Cemetery, and grabbing a rusty tusks of a elephant’s skeleton for using them as a rudimental weapon, I awake the restless spirits of a powerful and ancient Mystical Elephant!
    Now, with the magical tusk as replacement of his lost harm, and phisical power of a mythical elephant, the young ranger had became MAN OF HOPE, terror of criminal and unlawfull hunters!”

    [sorry for grammar error :) I’m writing quickly since I’m at work]

  124. Sebastian978

    Thatlyn: RIGHT

    Thank you :)

  125. YouAlreadyKnowIthink

    thought id do another one since i had nothin better to do :3 Captain Russia
    http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii563/TNGnikkuh/YouAlreadyKnowIthink-CaptainRussiapng.png

  126. YouAlreadyKnowIthink:
    thought id do another one since i had nothin better to do :3 Captain Russia
    http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii563/TNGnikkuh/YouAlreadyKnowIthink-CaptainRussiapng.png

    Captian Russia is amazing!

  127. tolkienhiste

    My first entry
    the mexican hero , Mano de Dios , the star of Lucha Libre
    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/tolkienhiste-ManodeDios.png

  128. Now presenting Sir Coral, hero of the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.
    http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q103/JanetteMorgan/WilliamH-SirCoral.png

    The country’s Wikipedia page:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_and_Lesbian_Kingdom_of_the_Coral_Sea_Islands

  129. Redlight, the Mighty Protector of Canada.
    He is the matter and the matter is him.
    http://th01.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2012/194/b/4/redlight_the_mighty_by_stickeavo-d573wud.jpg

  130. tolkienhiste

    I reupload My first entry
    the mexican hero , Mano de Dios , the star of Lucha Libre
    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/tolkienhiste-LaManodeDios.png

  131. Representing Bulgaria:

    Vasil Todorov, aka Васил воина, Vasil the Warrior.

    Former Olympic boxer, bare-knuckle fighter and underworld enforcer, who now fights organised crime and corruption. His name comes from Vasil Levski, Bulgaria’s national hero, who founded the movement that freed the country from Ottoman Empire control.

    http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj596/largebluecat/HM3/fuzztone-vasilthewarrior.png

    PS Congratulations to Sebastian978 and family – the fun starts now!

    PPS Loving Gendonesia’s character – top work!

  132. Galactic Ketchup

    Braveheartless: Scotland

    http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y375/MetaRaven/HeroMachine/Braveheartless.jpg

    Douglas Stewart was born in the Scottish Highlands, son of the mighty chief Fergal of clan Stewart. His mother was the witch-goddess Nichneven, who came before his father during Samhain, having found him worthy of fathering her child. However, once the child was born Fergal took him from his mother and moved his clan far from the site of his birth ritual, as he feared that the boy would grow to be evil and cruel if he was brought up by his witch mother. This invoked the eternal wrath of Nichneven, who swore vengeance upon Fergal for his betrayal.

    When Douglas was a grown man, he rode with his father to battle against a rival clan who had stolen cattle from them. During the bloody fight Douglas came up against the rival clan’s greatest warrior, a towering giant called Kincaid who was known to cleave men in two with his greatsword. Though Douglas fought hard and bravely, he could not best the huge warrior, and after a lengthy skirmish Kincaid swung his sword low and fast, removing Douglas’ legs as though they were twigs on a branch. As Douglas fell, his brain writhing with sheer agony, the last thing he saw was Kincaid’s boot speeding towards his face. Then, darkness.

    As he lay near death, Nichneven felt her son’s anguish and summoned forth all her powers, for the battle had taken place on the eve of Samhain. She came to her son and, heartbroken to see her child so close to death, began planning how to save his life. To this end, she travelled through the mists of time and space to the far future, where she found the means to save her son. She returned to him and began to work her magic, combined with the bionic parts she had gathered from the far future.

    Douglas woke the next day a new man, with robotic legs and a cybernetic mind. The destroyed half of his face had been replaced by a bionic mask, and he was stronger, far stronger than he had ever been before. His mother appeared before him and explained all that she had done for him, and who she was. She then bade him to take revenge upon his enemies, and destroy those who had tried to kill him. What Nichneven failed to mention, however, was that his life had come at a price: she had claimed his heart for her own, and thus he could feel no love for anyone. He sought out and slew Kincaid, taking his sword as his prize. When he returned home, he murdered his father for both leaving him to his fate and for betraying his mother, the only person he could feel any true love or loyalty to. And so he became chief of clan Stewart, and ruled for years with a fist of iron, destroying all who opposed him.

    I love this contest idea, as it has allowed me to unleash my patriotic pride (TARTAN ARMY!). And can I just say, it feels gooooooood to be back!

  133. #2
    Captain Greenland
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v99/webpulp/Share/webpulp-CaptainGreenland.png

    #3 (Tongue-in-Cheek)
    Obermeisterbustenhalter – the protector of all great German stereotypes.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v99/webpulp/Share/webpulp-obermeister.png

  134. http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/6380/drquinnegyptianangel.png

    “The Egyptian Angel” obviously represents Egypt. Not much of a backstory, just an ancient warrior who has returned to the modern world.

  135. The Atomic Bolshevik – a former Red Army officer who was among the first responders to the Chernobyl disaster. Although exposed to massive levels of radiation, he survived with the ability to control the radiation his body absorbed. He wields a pure-energy atomic hammer and sickle that he draws from a massive irradiated tattoo on his torso.

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/robm/2012/07/RobM-Atomic-Bolshevik.png

  136. William H.:
    The country’s Wikipedia page:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_and_Lesbian_Kingdom_of_the_Coral_Sea_Islands

    I had no idea such a place existed! :D Thanks for point it out. I thought I had run out of countries to which I had any actual ties (not really one of the rules for making an entry, but I was trying to explore my roots), but I am happily mistaken.

    Anyways, inspired by its newfound existence (at least to me), my own entry for the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands:

    3) Woomera

    http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l607/DiCicatriz/HM%20Contests/DiCicatriz-Woomera.png

    A young aborigine, raised in Northern Australia. In youth he had been the farthest spear-thrower of his family, thus they gave him the affectionate nickname: Woomera. As he got older, and his differences to other men in his community became more apparent, Woomera faced harsh treatment from his community. Finally the prejudices grew unbearable, and so he sought asylum in the tiny unrecognized nation. Things began to improve for our hero. He found a community of people like him, who valued him as a human being. But a group of ruffians from his past with a personal vendetta against him threatened to shatter this peace. They took Woomera’s neighborhood hostage, threatening his new friends unless he revealed himself. In a desperate gamble, Woomera underwent a voyage to the Dreamtime, using the rituals passed down to him from his ancestors. He encountered one of the Ancients, a humming being of light, who sensed his empathy and branded him with various seals. When he returned, Woomera found he could release extra-dimensional light from these seals, prismatic living energy. He defeated the Ruffians and devoted himself to serving as protector of the Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands, keeping his childhood moniker: WOOMERA!

  137. William H.:
    Now presenting Sir Coral, hero of the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.
    http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q103/JanetteMorgan/WilliamH-SirCoral.png

    The country’s Wikipedia page:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_and_Lesbian_Kingdom_of_the_Coral_Sea_Islands

    This is a real place???? Wow…. the more you know, i guess….

  138. Johnny Gear

    I re-read the rules and realized I’m not supposed to submit an American. But, I put so much effort in Abe, I changed some of the colors, and decided he’d be a type of 20’s Irishmen, type. Its not the same effect as Abe, but I didn’t want the picture to go to waste.
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-IrishBrawler.png?t=1342140362

  139. La Matadora, heroine of Spain. Yeah, I know. How original, a Spanish character dressed like a Matador. So sue me.

    http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/xx260/hastur1/sutter_kaine-laMatadora.jpg

  140. well this is my first real contest entry here goes!JAPAN_TECH SAMARI

    http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/6794/scatmanjapantechsamari.png

  141. Scatman: AMAZING!!!!!

  142. Entry #2

    Shakti is a warrior who was infused with divine energy by Indra (a Hindu god of war and storms). Shakti can now use an ancient divine martial arts style. He can grow another pair of arms, also he can channel the divine energy through his body causing him to glow yellow-gold (the color of Indra) and causing a gold eye to appear on his forehead. The eye lets him see all that is around him with his mind, making him immune to any form of mental influence and enabling him to see through any illusion or obscurement (darkness fog etc.). The divine energy in his body can be released in the form of powerful strikes/shockwaves, or can be used to give him immense strength.
    *Shakti means divine energy/force (thank you wikipedia)

    http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/194/a/7/shakti_by_onikagenoken-d575fvn.png

  143. Thundersong

    Heyla!

    I decided to go with One more entry. So, here is Monk Lha-Mo who lives in his Monastery during the day, studying the Sutras.

    http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/Healingbear/HM/Thundersong-MonkLha-Mo.png

    By night though, he is overcome by his emotions of frustrations on not being able to help his fellow countryman, so he invokes the Bodhisattvas and the Wrathful form Mahakala of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara appears and merges with Monk Lha-Mo to bring hope and Compassion to the suffering peoples.

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

    The Monk Lha-Mo and Mahakala are both from Tibet. I have always been interested in Tibet, so I tried to stay somewhat True to the Symbolism of what Mahakala incorporated, but took some artistic license in making Mahakala.

  144. especially when we quote and reply and paste all of them again just by commenting!I just spent ten min.tryin’ to delete my post to get them off!The more you see them the even harder it is to compete!He really is too good for these things!

  145. Scatman: well this is my first real contest entry here goes!JAPAN_TECH SAMARIhttp://img406.imageshack.us/img406/6794/scatmanjapantechsamari.png

    It’s TECH SAMURAI

  146. YouAlreadyKnowIthink

    FRM: Captian Russia is amazing!

    thnx bro i like ur great briton alos :3

  147. Even bad guys need representation. Here is the hero of North Korea, the evil genius Dr. Kim Chi Dong, and his mechabot Yongary!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-DrKimChiDong.png

  148. The cosplay costume is exciting,I like it very much.How about this coat?
    [img]http://cosplaysky.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/B/l/Blue-Exorcist-Ao-No-Exorcist-Yukio-Okumura-Cosplay-Costume-Set-1.jpg[/img]

  149. It’s the singing shillelagh himself, MR. TURA LURA!

    http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u438/jamais5/hm3/HerrD-MrTuraLura.jpg

    *note–911 in U.S., 112 in most of Europe, 999 in Ireland.

  150. No cause too great, no villain too terrifying, no message too long–wait, what was that?

    http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u438/jamais5/hm3/HerrD-BaronL.jpg

  151. Congrats to Sebast & family–another entry in the human race. Thank heavens no one’s won it yet . . .

  152. as alvacascus’s wish, gatotkaca
    http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii180/gendonesiaraya/heroes/gendonesia-gatotkaca.jpg

    oh by the way, all my entry represent Indonesia

  153. South Korea Man
    An American Soldier who fell in love with S. Korea while based there, now protects the country as if it was his own,
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/superjack/2012/07/SK-Man-2.png

  154. headlessgeneral

    Old pic. Wish I could make something new for this contest but I haven’t had access to a computer for a couple of months. Anyway, lots of nice entries for Mexico. Here’s mine.

    http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83185&d=1342178782

  155. Born in Rome, member of the Vatican Clergy, he is both an Italian and Vatican [sharing the same ground, Rome and Vatican City are usually a unique city] a Hero… or Criminal?

    He’s a monster, hidden between the holy person, a sinner between saint? Or is a ravaging monster hunter [or monser eater?] wich share with his enemy the same horrible nature? a Corrupted Priest, ora a Converted Demon? [or he’s simple an old pics that I want share?]

    He his Il Reverendo Nero [The Black Reverend]
    http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/7292/thatlynreverendonero.png

    And that… it’s his horrible headshot:
    http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/4131/thatlynreverendonerohea.png

  156. One of my old pictures. Didgeridoo, an Australian aboriginal with a sonic attack. His low, droning voice is similar to the instrument of his name, and his tattoos are meant to be reminiscent of aboriginal art.

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

    And now a much newer picture. Sturm und Drang is the premier hero team of Germany. Translated into English, it means Storm and Drive, and usually refers to a passionate will that overrides rational thought.
    Sturm (Gretchen Luftmann) is a weather manipulator, capable of calling down lightning, hail, sleet, bitter cold or scorching heat to take down her enemies. She can use powerful winds to knock her foes over or to take to the air in flight.
    Drang (Claus Von Eberhardt) has some low-level damage resistance and upper human-level strength. However, he also has the power to absorb physical trauma and use it to enhance his strength and invulnerability until he can no longer be damaged by his foes, literally becoming stronger the more damage he takes.

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

    I’ve got one more idea that I will try to find time for.

  157. Ned from Australia

    http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/MrVampire_photos/HeroMachine/MrVampire-Ned.png

    Long Before Tony Stark there was a real man called Ned Kelly. If you don’t know who Ned Kelly is, shame on you. Ned was a bush ranger (robber, hijacker etc.) who is considered a hero by many Australians. He and his gang dressed in home made armour during a shoot-out with local authorities. I tried to keep the character and style of the bush forged armour while still modernising it. Ned Wore a coat over his armour which is what I was trying to imply with the steel cape.

    The flag is based on the southern cross flag, Australia’s flag of independence. Australia lost it’s war of independence because we stayed up late drinking the night before and the British got up early. No I didn’t make that up, that’s actually what happened. Official documents state the (Eureka Stockade) battle officially lasted from 2:00am to 2:10am.

  158. I thought it be cool to try and do a Japanese hero in a Japanese style. Anime in general is a hard style, so I went for a more chibi/ super deformed style. I gave him a little flag because I wasn’t sure if it would be obvious where he’s from. I named him Captain Courage:
    http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l512/JohnnyGear/JohnnyGear-CaptainCourage1.png?t=1342203452

  159. Herr D:
    It’s the singing shillelagh himself, MR. TURA LURA!

    http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u438/jamais5/hm3/HerrD-MrTuraLura.jpg

    *note–911 in U.S., 112 in most of Europe, 999 in Ireland.

    Are you Irish?

  160. I can’t forget Japan’s one and only KAI LON DRAGON!!
    http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/6162/kalondragon.png

  161. reality t.v super stars “SUPER GREAT FIGHTING TEAM JAPAN” !!!
    http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e113/rancid20/other/rancid-teamjapan.png

  162. ProwlerKnight

    Ok since people are doing countries that no longer exist I will make one character from a long lost nation.

    I give you Arion, Defender of Atlantis

    http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/195/b/d/arion_defendor_of_atlantis_by_prowlerknight-d579t2n.png

  163. ProwlerKnight

    In the deep dark streets of Japan, a lost soul wanders, hunting for souls.

    When you see him, run…for he is Reddomisuto (Red Mist)

    http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/195/2/e/reddomisuto_by_prowlerknight-d57adrb.png

    (Had to do a villian for this one lol)

  164. Being unemployed is rough . . . This entry is dedicated to those who lost livelihoods recently when a large number of companies went out of business.

    http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u438/jamais5/hm3/HerrD-PrussianEagle.jpg

    You’ll do better than him, anyway.

  165. My wife pointed out this is sort of like a virtual pageant . . . and how else would we choose the most qualified candidate?

    http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u438/jamais5/hm3/HerrD-SuperheroPageantWinner4.jpg

    Introducing Miss Panama and her invention, the thong holster!

  166. Meet Captain Argentina:
    http://i.imgur.com/UNKOz.png

  167. While obviously not very good at camoflague, she is a mistress of disguise. As the daughter of one of the few honest government officials of Liberia, she has access to confidential information she uses to fight the rampant corruption of her homeland as Lady Liberia!

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-LadyLiberia.png

  168. Hyperanthropos

    For this contest, I have decided to use a lot of characters, that I had made, when I had just discovered Heromachine 3, so they are relativly simple. Still, I believe they are worth posting.

    This character, I created for Hawaii
    http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/1294/hyperanthroposdockahuna.png

    For Egypt I made
    http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/8195/hyperanthroposbenu.png

    The champion of Israel…Gibborim!
    http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/5298/hyperanthroposgibborim.png

    The Yucatan peninsula of Mexico is protected by…
    EL DORADO!
    http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/8084/hyperanthroposeldorado.png

    and in Germany, evil cannot hide from the flames of…Leuchtfeuer!
    http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/8884/hyperanthroposleuchtfeu.png

    Should anyone feel offened by my characters in an ethnic or racial way, I would like to apologize in advance.

  169. Some people overcome adversity with ingenuity, or stubbornness, or quiet grace . . .

    http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u438/jamais5/hm3/HerrD-Gutesmaschine.jpg

    . . . or goofiness?

  170. Thundersong

    Heyla!

    I am most interested in Legendary/Lost Continents. I had made a personification of a LLC awhile back when I first started using this Hero Machine and have done a few tweaks on her to enter her into this contest, being that the gate was opened…so, here is my last entry, from the Motherland Lemuria or Mu or Mukulia or Hawaiki or etc…the Ancestral Land of all Races. Her clothing color is representative of most Countries (like the Olympic Flag), but her headgear and accessories reflect the some of the Great Civilizations that was said to have been started from the “Motherland”. Her gift is that of Healing and she exudes the Healing energy also.

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

  171. Can you really improve or find a better patron for a country than Captain America, honestly! I am still around and enjoying seeing other peoples works. Things have been super busy around here on my end. I hope that I can find more time to get back into the swing of things here.

  172. Britannia, defender of Britain:
    http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h464/Kaylin88100/Kaylin88100-Britannia.png
    Not one of my best works, I know, but oh well. I don’t have time to come up with a better idea for this contest.

  173. Some time ago I created the concept (also design and character) of a Greek superhero who defends my country from corrupt politicians, criminals and all kinds of villains, foreign or domestic… He is named Myrmidon (after a tribe of fierce ancient Greek warriors) and he wields a powerful energy spear. He also has two energy blades projecting from his armored elbows. I consider this one of my best works so far, so here it is, the Myrmidon of Greece:
    Entry #1: http://i861.photobucket.com/albums/ab175/KingSlaughter/Kingslaughter_THEMYRMIDONOFGREECE.png

    Entry #2: An older battle scene I created some time ago where the same hero (Myrmidon) slays the IMF beast:
    http://i861.photobucket.com/albums/ab175/KingSlaughter/Kingslaughter_TheMyrmidonslaystheIMFbeast.png

    Entry #3: The Swedish Swordsman, a crusader blades wielding warrior from a long bloodline of vikings:
    http://i861.photobucket.com/albums/ab175/KingSlaughter/Kingslaughter_TheSwedishSwordsman.png

  174. I fixed a slight flaw on the gradient of the legs, so now posting the final version of my #1 Entry named the Myrmidon of Greece (sorry for the trouble Jeff):

    http://i861.photobucket.com/albums/ab175/KingSlaughter/Kingslaughter_THEMYRMIDONOFGREECEfixed.png

  175. Maybe first and only entry. (I don’t know to have time to made an another picture)

    I wrote down a lot of not my type the superheroes. But i’m a big nationalist. So i made Hero for my beloved and really hated country. I wrote down a lot of to i’m hungarian. If someone don’t know this is a little country in the middle of Europe.

    So this is my national hero.
    Hungarian Hussair – Magyar Huszár

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/tarkabarka/2012/07/Harlequin_Hungarian_Hussair.png

  176. Here is another of mine Italian Hero :)

    A wealthy, cunning and brillant middle aged advocate which was tired of the criminal rate of his city [Napoli, Naples, one of the City with the highest rate of criminality in italy] he became “Stile Italiano” (Italian Style), a true masked investigator, to aid the common people against the Mafia and other Criminal! But he’s not alone! One after one, many common citized view him as a Symbol of rebelion, ad found “I Pulcinella” [The Pulcinellas. Pulcinella is a folklore mask, a sort of souther rival of Harlequin, “born” and typical in Naples]

    Stile Italiano e I Pulcinella [Italian Style and The Pulcinellas]
    http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/3734/thatlynitalianstyle.png

  177. Ok, Here we go.
    First, Captain Egypt A.K.A. The New Pharaoh-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainEgypt.png
    Next, Captain Japan A.K.A. The Emperor’s Right Hand-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainJapan.png
    Next, Captain Mexico A.K.A El Rey De México-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-ElReyDeMexico.png
    Next, Captain India ,or simply, The Guru-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CIndia.png
    And, finally, Captain Norway A.K.A. Odin-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainNorway.png

    I should say that these guys were already established superheroes, and the title of “Captain” was honorarily bestowed upon them, hence, the double names.

  178. Don’t know what happened last time but
    Ok, Here we go.
    First, Captain Egypt A.K.A. The New Pharaoh-

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainEgypt.png

    Next, Captain Japan A.K.A. The Emperor’s Right Hand-

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainJapan.png

    Next, Captain Mexico A.K.A El Rey De México-

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-ElReyDeMexico.png

    Next, Captain India ,or simply, The Guru-

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CIndia.png

    And, finally, Captain Norway A.K.A. Odin-

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainNorway.png

    I should say that these guys were already established superheroes, and the title of “Captain” was honorarily bestowed upon them, hence, the double names.

  179. My second entry. Not exactly unique any more. Who better to defend Britain than our country personified? Lady Britannia:

    http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q625/marKus730/Heromachine/Markus730-LadyBritannia.jpg

  180. Vectorman316:
    Ok, Here we go.
    First, Captain Egypt A.K.A. The New Pharaoh-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainEgypt.png
    Next, Captain Japan A.K.A. The Emperor’s Right Hand-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainJapan.png
    Next, Captain Mexico A.K.A El Rey De México-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-ElReyDeMexico.png
    Next, Captain India ,or simply, The Guru-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CIndia.png
    And, finally, Captain Norway A.K.A. Odin-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainNorway.png

    I should say that these guys were already established superheroes, and the title of “Captain” was honorarily bestowed upon them, hence, the double names.

    Little problem for your links.

    Captain Egypt A.K.A. The New Pharaoh
    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316/CaptainEgypt.png

    Next, Captain Japan A.K.A. The Emperor’s Right Hand
    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainJapan.png

    Next, Captain Mexico A.K.A El Rey De México
    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-ElReyDeMexico.png

    Next, Captain India ,or simply, The Guru
    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CIndia.png

    And, finally, Captain Norway A.K.A. Odin
    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainNorway.png

    Simple thanks is enough.

  181. The legend say that Rome was founded by two man, orphaned when still babies, but rised and feaded by a female wolf [the symbol of Rome]… two man, rised by wolf…

    But if that wasen’t a legend? If the two children, Romolo & Remo, was two… wolfman?

    The Sons of Wolf founder of Rome:
    http://img864.imageshack.us/img864/5791/thatlynsonsofwolf.png

  182. Vectorman316:

    And, finally, Captain Norway A.K.A. Odin-http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainNorway.png

    By the way, you may want to repost your entries. You haven’t put a space between the dash and link. The link works fine, but you have to copy and paste it into the address bar instead of clicking on the link. Just to make it easier for Jeff when he’s going through the comments to download the pics, you know?

    That issue aside, I just want to say that Captain Norway is fantastic. Clean, simple design. I love that beard on the helmet in particular, and the way you’ve made the blade of that axe in his left hand face directly towards the viewer is really cool.

    Dunno if I’ve seen you around before, but I hope to see more of your work!

  183. From my beautiful Argentina…

    MALAMBO, a gaucho (the argentine cowboy) protecting a small community of corn and soy growers from the claws of big companies and corrupted government officials.
    http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p498/MaDPac2/Madpac-Malambo-Argentina.png

    MERCENARIA, the sole survivor of a Toba indian tribe. Highly skilled in the arts of fighting, she now seeks revenge against those who slaughtered her tribemates – a group of soldiers she once belonged to.
    http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p498/MaDPac2/Madpac-Mercenaria-Argentina.png

    MONTES, a former professional wrestler kicked out of the business after discovering corruption within the Argentine Sport Association. He moved to the dessert mountains and improved his attacking and fighting skills by studying those of the puma, the mountain wildcat. He’s out to clear his name and exposed the real guilty ones.
    http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p498/MaDPac2/Madpac-Montes-Argentina.png

  184. *REPOST WITH WORKING LINKS*

    First, Captain Egypt A.K.A. The New Pharaoh-

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainEgypt.png

    Next, Captain Japan A.K.A. The Emperor’s Right Hand-

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainJapan.png

    Next, Captain Mexico A.K.A El Rey De México-

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-ElReyDeMexico.png

    Next, Captain India ,or simply, The Guru-

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CIndia.png

    And, finally, Captain Norway A.K.A. Odin-

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainNorway.png

    I should say that these guys were already established superheroes, and the title of “Captain” was honorarily bestowed upon them, hence, the double names.

  185. From my grandparents’ native land, Italy…

    PROTETTORE retired from papal guard duty after taking a knife strike meant for the pope and losing his left eye. He now fights any threats against the Church.
    http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p498/MaDPac2/Madpac-Protettore-Italy.png

  186. More of an experement in layouts than a well thought out entry but here we go.

    This is Ngahuia, Maori Gaurdian who has the ability to summon the spirit of her ancestor Papatuanuku, the Goddess of the Earth

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/iscarioto/2012/07/iscarioto-papatuanuku-1.png

  187. new to this If I did not do the link right please let me know

    this is the Kiwi Avenger from New Zeland

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhughes78/7573829136/in/photostream/lightbox/

  188. Harlequin: Little problem for your links.

    Captain Egypt A.K.A. The New Pharaoh
    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316/CaptainEgypt.png

    Next, Captain Japan A.K.A. The Emperor’s Right Hand
    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainJapan.png

    Next, Captain Mexico A.K.A El Rey De México
    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-ElReyDeMexico.png

    Next, Captain India ,or simply, The Guru
    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CIndia.png

    And, finally, Captain Norway A.K.A. Odin
    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh615/vectorman316/Vectorman316-CaptainNorway.png

    Simple thanks is enough.

    Thanximus Mucho for the help

  189. The Shookman

    Question, is there a specific way I should add text to my work? I’ve never added text to anything before, I just want to stay within the rules here.

  190. The Shookman:
    Question, is there a specific way I should add text to my work? I’ve never added text to anything before, I just want to stay within the rules here.

    Since you can’t use an outside image editor like Photoshop, you have to use the built-in “Font” slot for adding text to a HeroMachine image. It’s in the list just like Headgear, Tops, etc. Load Font-Standard, pick one of them, and click in the text to add what you want.

  191. I made this for my dad but i think it can fit into this contest.

    The Reptile Pharaoh from Egypt!

    http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/3403/nha247reptilepharaohpng.png

    Thanks

    -NHA247

  192. The Shookman

    Jeff Hebert: Since you can’t use an outside image editor like Photoshop, you have to use the built-in “Font” slot for adding text to a HeroMachine image. It’s in the list just like Headgear, Tops, etc. Load Font-Standard, pick one of them, and click in the text to add what you want.

    Wow…. I spent almost an hour looking for font and it was right in front of me the whole time haha. I’m an idiot. Thanks Jeff!

  193. Hyperanthropos

    This character is a German superhero.

    Let me tell you of the Übermensch. He is the lightning.
    http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/9316/hyperanthroposbermensch.png

  194. The Shookman

    http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k312/theshookman/TheShookman-CaptainZambia.png

    This here is Captain Zambia. After years of British rule over Zambia, and constant slave labor, he finally decided to fight back after he found his daughter murdered at the hands of a British soldier. Dawning the colors of his flag, he leads a ragtag group of rebels against any and all evil that plagues his nation!

  195. http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/6457/kytgerman.png
    Title: Germans first superhero
    Name: Michael Stelz
    Age: 30 years old
    Job: He was soccer, but when he became his power he cant played.
    Power: Extreme speed, he can used is terrific speed for energy kicks.
    Probaly he has his power since he born, but they come out when he rescue
    fans from a damaged tribune. So every body know about his speed rage also like his speed power.
    Short explain about the eagle in the middle. Its a current federal service flag from German, always used by fans.
    http://www.face2image.de/Deutschlandfahne-mit-Adler.jpg
    Good luck all over the world and please be respeced for each land. (And no i am from Austria, not german ;) )

  196. Domhellsing

    holy paladin from Palestine by Domhellsing
    http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/5950/paladindom.jpg

  197. Well i have been really busy this week with finals approaching for this semester but here is a quick entry.

    The Metal German!

    He is a dark hero, he doesnt believe that criminals should be taken to prison. While he is protecting the streets of Germany, he makes sure the criminals will not make the same mistake twice.

    http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/4530/nha247metalgermanpng.png

    Thanks

    -NHA247

  198. deathwish145

    general scotland was a simple man living on earth 523, before the english empire forced him from his home, and into fighting. he began a resistance movement, using an old energy rifle and his grandfather’s sword. he is fast, agile, and due to the blessing of an old celtic god, he has superhuman strength as well. he was transported to earth 616 to recruit help from what he expected would be an independant scotland just as advanced as his own world’s futuristic elizabethan era technology. he was dissapointed, but stayed to help excalibur in several ventures against the brotherhood of mutants.
    http://mafia279.deviantart.com/art/mafia279-general-scotland-314931214

    commander britain was the product of dr. josef reinstein’s first attempt at a supersoldier serum for britain. the female volunteer, whose name and file were destroyed, suffered an unforseen genetic mutation which causes her to need plutonium close to her body to survive, with her biochemistry being not at all affected by close proximity to radiation. she was saved by the genius of howard stark, who designed a containment suit which allowed her to safely carry a large amount of plutonium in shoulder-mounted containers, linked to a cyborg style series of modifications which allowed her to work around and carry large amounts of materials without contaminating herself or the others around her. her main assignment was originally working in open environments with weapons grade plutonium, instead of humans, but she escaped one night, being extremely angry with her rotten luck and non-battlefield assignments, to appear and dissappear on and off of battlefields, becoming the grim reaper of WWII. she unknowingly saved captain america several times from amushes, leading him to believe in a guardian angel.
    http://mafia279.deviantart.com/art/deathwish145-commander-britain-314929912?q=gallery%3Amafia279%2F34744939&qo=1

    captain john damingo of unified earth represents the world country of earth 523’s future, once space travel and the elizabethan II age has begun.
    http://mafia279.deviantart.com/art/deathwish145-commander-britain-314929912?q=gallery%3Amafia279%2F34744939&qo=1#/d57hzi5

  199. Last entry for me this week.
    Once upon a time, he was merely Carlos Guadela. Now, he is El Gaucho, hero of Argentina, defending the people with his magical bola and pistola.

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

  200. Here’s Miss Cedar, Guardian of Lebanon. Who says kick-butt action couldn’t have a little fashion? http://s1158.photobucket.com/albums/p619/ChattyBlackCat/?action=view&current=MissCedar-BlackCat.png

  201. The Golem-protector of Israel and Holy Jerusalem. In Jewish legends, in the time of great danger or need, A golem would be made to protect the people. Made out of clay, clothed in the finest silks, the golem is given one task; written on a scroll and then placed in its mouth, and cannot be stopped until it’s task is complete.

    Given the constant turmoil in the region, perhaps a Golem is needed once more.
    http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu224/seamusmcfrost/maniacmick-golem-1.png?t=1342413819

    P.S. I’m not Jewish , do not wish any offense. I just thought the idea was cool ever since I saw the “Snow in August” tv movie

  202. Just to make up for my Nazi villain, here’s one for those of the Hebrew persuasion…

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-Zionman.png

  203. OK folks, I realize it’s a little earlier than usual, but it’s officially Monday where I am (albeit by only 30 minutes) and with over 200 entries, I’m going to go ahead and close this contest or I’ll never manage to get it judged!

    This is probably the strongest competition yet, with some truly stellar entries. I’m going to have a tough time of it when I wake up :-/

  204. Aw, no Germania contest entry for me, I guess. That’s what I get for procrastinating… :(

    Good luck on the judging, Jeff!