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Character Design Challenge #323 – RPG Character Classes: Round 1 – Fighters

To be completely honest, my understanding of RPGs and their characters falls just slightly above my knowledge of 20th century Russian politics. A number of folks have floated the idea in the past of an RPG series, so I did a little googling, as you do, and to my surprise I found the lists of classes and characters pretty intriguing.

So to start Round 1, your CDC this week is to write a brief synopsis that explains and describes the world of your RPG, and create a member of the Fighter Class. This is the group that includes Knights, Paladins and Barbarians, among others.

There is no limit on entries this week, so feel free to enter more than once.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, 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;
  • Please name your filesas [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).

This contest will close on Sunday, May 28th at 9:00am Eastern.

Character Design Challenge #322 – Results

Runner up this week goes to Worf. The costume and work on the wings is great!

And the win goes to...

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Character Design Challenge #322 – The International Legion for Justice: Phase 6.

Major Patriot became aware of Vasily Kuznetsov in late 1942. Born in the Russian town of Uzlovaya to a chemist father and physicist mother, Vasily’s mutation was hidden by his family who feared for his safety. Vasily could sprout gold metallic wings at will and fly at astounding speeds. In 1943 he was recruited by Major Patriot into the ILJ at the age of 16 and adopted the moniker Imperial Eagle

Your challenge this week is to design Imperial Eagle’s ILJ uniform.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check. 

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, 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;
  • Please name your filesas [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).

This contest will close on Sunday, May 21st at 9:00am Eastern.

 

Character Design Challenge #321 – The Doctor Will See You Now

Your challenge this week is to use HeroMachine to create one of the animal/human hybrids known as the Beast Folk from The Island of Doctor Moreau. I have included a list below for reference.

  • Edward Prendick– The narrator and protagonist.
  • Moreau– A vivisectionist who has fled upon his experiments being exposed and has moved to a remote island in the Pacific to pursue his research of perfecting his Beast Folk.
  • Montgomery– Dr. Moreau's assistant and Prendick's rescuer. A medical doctor who enjoyed a measure of happiness in England. An alcoholic who feels some sympathy for the Beast Folk.
  • Beast Folk– Animals which Moreau has experimented upon, giving them human traits via vivisection for which the surgery is extremely painful. They include:

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Character Design Challenge #320 – Art Deco – Results

Honourable mention this week goes to Calvary Red. The use of simple shapes and clean lines is really well done.

And the win goes to...

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Character Design Challenge #320 – Art Deco.

Your challenge this week is to use HeroMachine to create an Art Deco style poster that focuses on one of the following topics: travel, music, fashion, architecture or film.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, 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;
  • Please name your filesas [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).

This contest will close on Sunday, May 7th at 9:00am Eastern.

 

 

Where Did Wonder Woman Get Those Boots? Toronto!

Jitterbug Boy is an international supplier of high-quality custom-made footwear for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.
Specializing in odd, unusual and highly physical footwear, founder Jeff Churchill, and his crew, supply productions worldwide. Churchill has built a unique shoemaking business that has shod famous feet and solved serious, if bizarre, sole problems for clients around the world.

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Character Design Challenge #319 – Masterworks – Results

Two Machiners entered this week's CDC and WOW is all I have to say! The challenge was ti recreate a section from a famous Seurat painting,

Christi S. captured the texture and sense of shadow and light of the original,

While HerrD emphasized Seurat's use of pointilism in his entry.

So to the win...

I always said I would never end a CDC in a tie, but this week  I cannot determine a winner.  Both entries address the challenge beautifully and effectively. In the past, when two pieces are very close, I would break the tie based on which piece I could see competing for CDC of the Year, and this week I think both are worthy.

So for the first, and possibly the last time we have a draw. Beautiful work by tiy both, and thanks for entering.

Character Design Challenge #319 – Masterworks.

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat.

Your challenge this week is to use HeroMachine to recreate a portion of this painting. There is no limit on number of entries.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, 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;
  • Please name your filesas [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).

This contest will close on Sunday, April 30th at 9:00am Eastern.

 

 

 

Character Design Challenge #318 – Classic With A Twist – Results

The winner of this week's CDC is James Knight.

The approach taken to the body was restrained and thoughtful with just enough detail to be effective, while the facial expression is brilliantly composed.

Please join me in congratulating James on the win.

Well done you!