Character Contest #H01 “Robotic Duo”

For my first challenge I would like to honor the famous duos both past and future. There has always been a straight man and a funny man teamed up to bring a smile to our faces. Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, C3PO &R2D2, and Twiki & Dr. Theopolis are a few of the most famous duos out there. Your challenge this week is to create a Robotic Duo.

With the help of my wife Isia, I will be judging the contest with a different eye. We are not looking for fancy bells and whistles or elaborate backgrounds. I’m looking to see if the character really fit the theme of the contest?

I’ll pick my personal favorites when the week is over.  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 the HeroMachine forums, ImageShack, PhotoBucket, or 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 challenge;
  • 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  Saturday, when I’ll choose my personal favorites.

Limit two entries this week.

P.S. I forgot to add that dblade will be offering prizes to the winners.
I would like to thank him for the offer.
Here is how the prizes will work:

1. At the end of each month I will have a poll that includes the weekly winners for that month.
Everyone will then be allowed to vote for the best design of that month. That winner will be
the prize winner for that month.
2. Each quarter of the year (every three months) the monthly winners will be placed in a poll for
everyone to vote for the best design for the quarter. The winner will be the prize winner for
that quarter.
3. At the end of the year, the four quarterly winners will go head to head in a vote off for the
best design of the year. The winner will be the prize winner for the year.

Because it is the last month of this year we will only be having the weekly winners going up
for the monthly prize.

All prizes will be between the winners and dblade.

36 Responses to Character Contest #H01 “Robotic Duo”

  1. Best of luck to everyone.

  2. Will “bells and whistles” be penalized though? I ask because your general statement about judging is deviating a bit from Jeff’s judging technique (ie. favorite design that fits the theme of the contest). Basically the addition of the “comic book” caveat makes me wonder if you are looking for a particular style of illustration as opposed to just sending in a piece inspired by the theme. I wouldn’t mind a bit of clarification.

    I’m not opposed to contests asking for a particular style but as a default I would feel a little constricted by the rules. If I’ve misread your instructions please feel free to correct me.

  3. I’m not against “Bells and Whistles”, I’m just saying that a bad character design with a lot of bells and whistles will not beat out a good character design. Go with what the theme inspires you to do. Every one looks at art in different ways. I am a old school comic book/cartoon type of person, because that is the art that I have always done. I also love tattoo art, and have a love for art in general. I do not want anyone to feel constricted when they design their character. I guess I should have said that I am looking for designs that fit the theme the best. There is really no good way to put it. I have taught a lot of young people about art, and I always tell them that the most important thing is art is that you are the one that feels good about it. It is your art and what other people say about it should in no way reflect on the art. These contest are for your enjoyment and as long as you enjoy doing the art that is all that counts. I have changed the post hoping to clear things up.

  4. Thanks for the clarification!

  5. Clear as mud now right?

  6. So uh DBlade…How about that PIPBOY3000? Just saying, anyways I have some time tonight so hopefully I can find some to get back into the game and make a cool “Robotic Duo”. Later guys and gals!

  7. TOOL:
    So uh DBlade…How about that PIPBOY3000?Just saying, anyways I have some time tonight so hopefully I can find some to get back into the game and make a cool “Robotic Duo”.Later guys and gals!

    Done and submitted. It’s in the hands of the Machine God now.

  8. Oh Mighty Machine God, hear our prayers. Bring on forth newest items to us sinners……….hmmmmmmmmmmm

  9. Prometheus and Boomer

    Prometheus: the brains

    Similar to the T-X with its Mimetic Polyalloy skin, and advanced endoskeleton(as in Terminator 3), Prometheus has the ability to use its liquid skin to replicate any tool, imaginable. Its skin also enables it to look like any human, but it chooses to have a robotic default appearance. Has energy, bladed, and projectile weapons. If damaged it simplies absorbs metal and repairs itself.

    Boomer: the brawn

    Boomer is a heavily armored battle drone, with large energy, projectile, and high yield warhead weapons. Has great maneuverable due to its flying, and hovering capability.

    Both Prometheus and Boomer have shielding, and are immune to EMP weapons.

    http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd510/Kellkin/Kellkin-PrometheusampBoomer.png

  10. Machine God LOL

  11. He was the world’s wealthiest man, now trapped and going mad within the mobile cryogenic pod he financed. She is his devoted bodyguard programmed to emulate the films of Pam Grier. They are…cue Whitney Houston music…DCup and Sir.
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/djuby/2012/12/djuby-dcupandsir.JPG

  12. Ladies and Gentle bots, the FRC ( Fighting Robots Championship ) is going to have a fracking good fight for you tonight. Introducing the Champs! They hail from a remote region on Mount Song, The Shaolin Master and his fighting robot Red Dragon!

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

  13. Twiki and Dr. Theopolis… that takes me back… I mean, yeah, man! I’ve been like checking out Netflix and there’s all this old tv that like old people used to watch. ;9

    Great subject for the new challenges. Bonne chance, tout le monde! I will try to get an entry in this week.

  14. This is my revised entry…

    Don’t I fell like a dumb ass…I gave my guy the wrong name! Instead of Prometheus it should’ve been Hephaestus, but it didn’t really sound right…so I just named him Forge.

    Forge and Boomer

    Forge: the brains

    Similar to the T-X with its Mimetic Polyalloy skin, and advanced endoskeleton(as in Terminator 3), Forge has the ability to use its liquid skin to replicate any tool, imaginable. His skin also enables him to look like any human, but he chooses to have a robotic default appearance. Has energy, bladed, and projectile weapons. If damaged he simplies absorbs metal and repairs itself.

    Boomer: the brawn

    Boomer is a heavily armored battle drone, with large energy, projectile, and high yield weapons. Has great maneuverable due to its flying, and hovering capability.

    Both Forge and Boomer have shielding, and are immune to EMP weapons.

    http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd510/Kellkin/Kellkin-ForgeandBoomer.png

  15. http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/338/6/f/robo_green_and_robo_blue_by_jason22274-d5n3msr.png

    According to the original specs Robo-Green was the brawn and Robo-Blue was the brains. Do to a mix-up the AI’s were downloaded to the wrong bodies however. Now the one with the most intelligence has no hands, and the one with the most aggression has no weapons.

  16. Off topic but!
    @ Hammerknight
    I also love tattoo art, and have a love for art in general.

    Hmmmm… Spike tv-
    1 Ink master
    2 Tattoo nightmares- You might like

  17. Watson Bradshaw

    MiMi is a entertainer-bot that is set to hit the stage in Neon Hollywood but unfortunatly has been shipped off to a war front by a factory mistake, Now its up to Tankk to take the scrappy young bot and make her a soldier…and keep her in one piece!

    http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/watsonBradshaw-MiMiandTankk.png

  18. The Atomic Punk:
    Twiki and Dr. Theopolis… that takes me back… I mean, yeah, man!I’ve been like checking out Netflix and there’s all this old tv that like old people used to watch. ;9

    Yep I just finished Buck Rogers yesterday. Netflix is great for watching all the shows from your childhood, makes you think how bad you dressed back then. lol So far I have watched all the Battlestar Galactica old and new and some shows from the BBC.

  19. http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac111/Kicktar/HM/CaptainKicktar-ArtificerandSolitude.png
    Solitude is an assassin droid with all the top equipment thanks to his friend the mechanist droid Artificer, who uses his blowtorch mouth and other in-arm tools to upgrade Solitude with the latest.

  20. I present to you the golden robot AB-Bot and his blue partner Costel-O in what I like to call “The Eternal Struggle”.

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DRC88B2lPWo/UL9KaZMWxKI/AAAAAAAAFLw/HhB8MSGA_LA/s1600/Worf-Ab-Bot_and_Costel-O.png

  21. Holmes is the greatest detective in “modern” London. He will always be found along side Dr. John W.A.T.SN.(walking automaton tactical surgeon, a highly decorated vetereran of the Afghan campaign.

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

  22. Worf:
    I present to you the golden robot AB-Bot and his blue partner Costel-O in what I like to call “The Eternal Struggle”.

    Really like this one!

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DRC88B2lPWo/UL9KaZMWxKI/AAAAAAAAFLw/HhB8MSGA_LA/s1600/Worf-Ab-Bot_and_Costel-O.png

  23. Kellkin:
    Really like this one!

    Thank you, sir.

  24. Marquis Samedi

    One’s a freeloading, glad-handing, washed up VirtuaVaudeVille star whose former colleagues have been dying under mysterious circumstances. One’s a cranky medical bot who’s just discovered evidence of foul play that some robots will stop at nothing to hide. Servo and Crash – together they fight crime!
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk140/marquis_samedi/MarquisSamedi-ServoCrash.jpg

    Also I’ve been having a problem trying to export the picture at a larger size, the bottom part seems corrupted and I can’t upload it to photobucket, does anyone know what’s going on with that?

  25. Marquis Samedi

    Meet superstar blitzball player Falcon-X and his long suffering personal assistant, Eggabyte.

    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk140/marquis_samedi/MarquisSamedi-FalconXandEggabyte.png

  26. Feeling down in the dumps? Look up Hortense and Tear. They’ll slow their salvage work to tell you a bad joke here and there . . .

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

    Of course, you will have to actually feel down–IN THE DUMPS–because they don’t leave there.

  27. P4Z4 aka stealth blade was a protocol droid when it left the factory and B2R1 aka destroyer droid was programmed as construction sites. They had many proprietors before finishing as a bodyguard of yakuza leader, Mishimo Akira.
    http://i343.photobucket.com/albums/o468/tolkienhiste/tolkienhiste-stealthbladeanddestroyer.png

  28. The Atomic Punk: Field Marshal Clank and a Fodder Bot

    Sup?! I like it, has a certain coolness about it. Very robotic.

  29. TOOL: Sup?!I like it, has a certain coolness about it.Very robotic.

    Thanks. I thought of Field Marshal Clank as a “boss” character for the Super Omega Deathbattle Warzone Apocalypse challenge but didn’t get around to designing him. He’s been around for centuries and still commands armies.