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The Big Question ♯28

This week we’ll keep it short and sweet with the Big Question. Like the previous 2, this one is going to be heromachine related.

So, question is, what Blog series, past or present, is/ was your favourite? Personally I’d have to go with the Power User Profiles. It’s nice to learn more about the people who use this site and, as we have a Hall of Fame for pictures but not one for users, it’s nice to reward those who contribute to the community.

So, over to you guys. What’s your favourite blog series that we’ve had on the Heromachine Blog?

Character Building with JR19759

As promised, part 1 of the new mini series of videos here on the Blog on Tuesdays, starting this week with posing. I did focus mainly on one pose, but I threw in a few other bits as well, and the principles I go over whilst making this pose can be applied elsewhere as well.

Hope y’all find it helpful. Oh, and sorry for my voice, the fan on my Mac was going crazy during the recording, so I had to filter and EQ the buzz out afterwards and it makes my voice sound a bit weird. Hopefully it won’t happen next week.

Remember to leave suggestions for costume ideas for next weeks video. If there are any things you’ve seen someone do on Heromachine that you’d like me to go over, feel free to say and I’ll see what I can do (it might be an idea to leave a link to the HM picture you reference if you do so).

Character Design Contest ♯100- Threedesign

*Puns*

I know some people think they’ve twigged as to what this weeks contest is going to be, and I have a feeling they are sort of right. But not exactly right.

So, over the last two weeks I’ve asked you to come up with characters using older versions of Heromachine (Heromachine 1 and Heromachine 2.5). This week what I want you to do is to redesign those characters using Heromachine 3. However, YOU CANNOT REDESIGN ONE OF YOUR OWN CHARACTERS. Instead you must redesign someone else’s entry, preferably more than one persons if you are going to enter multiple times. That’s why I said by entering the previous contests you are giving permission for your entries to be used in this contest, so no complaints from anyone please.

To make it easier to find those contest entries, here are the links to the contests-

HM1 Contest

HM2.5 Contest

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: 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 warnings. Only post pictures and images 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.

Character Design Contest ♯99 (HM2.5) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯98 (HM1)- Winner

Ok, that title’s wrong for a start. Because, as very occasionally happens in these polls, this week ended with a draw. It was very close between the top three all week (and our third place entrant only finished three votes adrift) but one single last minute vote was enough to take this from being an outright win to a shared one. And the people who are sharing this win are GuyGenesis, for his Android, and Legatus, for his Father Fusion. Nice one guys, I’ll let you decide between you what you’re going to do about the prize, and well done to everyone else who entered, it was a great contest.

98 GuyGenesis-Android 98 Legatus-FatherFusion

Telling it like it is since 1962

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Character Of The Week: DiCicatriz- Crag

Now there’s a very particular reason I chose this weeks COTW and I want to see if anyone realises before they get to the end of the post. So, everyone, please take a look at this.

Ok, well for a start it’s DiCicatriz, so that means the shading is awesome. You can just feel the cold emanating from him, with those icy blues and the stark white highlights. But that’s not the reason.

Then we have the contrast of the picture. The cold blues and whites of the foreground character stand out brilliantly against the warm reds oranges and browns of the background. Still not the reason though.

Then we have the costume. Admittedly I would have preferred it if the pure black didn’t make up most of the colour for the costume, it does mean much of the detail is lost, but it works against the very light body colours. I do like the fact that DiCi has used some of the lesser seen items, the disk shoulder pads (not sure what they’re called) and the giant clawed gauntlets. It makes the piece stand out more. But again, that’s not the reason.

The reason I chose to feature this picture, is because of his face. He’s Regice ;) . Ok not really, but he looks quite like him. Seems like someone else is as hyped as I am for the new Pokemon games ;)  .

JRoundup- Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

In lieu of a Big Question this week, and because I’m a massive Pokemon fanboy, I’m going to be taking a look at the soon to be released 3rd Gen Pokemon remakes. I apologise to all of you who aren’t Pokemon fans, normal service will be resumed next week (because I won’t have got the games by then so I can’t do a review of them, thank you Gamefreak and your stupid police of giving Europe the games a week after everyone else).

Anyway, on with the show.

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New Post Idea

Now that we don’t have anything on the Tuesday slot here on the blog, I was thinking “what would be a good idea to fill that slot?” I’d kinda like for it not be a rehash of something I’ve done before. Then an idea struck me, but I wanted to run it by you guys before I went a head with it.

The idea is kind of hard to explain, so I try to word it best I can. What I was thinking of doing is basically screen capturing myself making a character on Heromachine, narrating the process and then posting the video as that weeks post. Obviously it wouldn’t just be me creating a whole character in one video, that video would be like 2 hours long and no-one has time for that, but instead it would be broken up into segments of around 20- 30 minutes (hopefully), say video 1 would be the base and posing, video 2 would be costume, video 3 would be hair/ face, video 4 would be background (if there is one) and video 5 would be shading and other finishing touches. That way it would take us all the way up to Christmas and then we can go from there. Also, it gives you guys a chance to have some control over the content, because you can make suggestions for things I can do with the character for the next weeks video (basically like a community character build only with one person doing the actual building). It might also help some of the newcomers with some of the more advanced aspects of Heromachine 3, such as shading and posing.

And the good thing about having this as a Tuesday slot, is that I’m not working on Tuesdays so I’ll be able to record the video same day and, because I’m in the UK, if I record in the morning it should be up at the regular time for all you guys across the pond.

So what do you guys think. If you like the idea, we can start next week (so you can make suggestions in the comments if you so wish, just remember, when it comes to posing, I’m no DeliriousAl). If not, then I’ll try to come up with something else.

JR out.

Character Design Contest ♯99- Twice (and a bit) as Good?

So, following on from last weeks HM1 contest, this week your challenge is to create the best character you possibly can using Heromachine 2.5. As with last week, you can enter hero, villain, male, female etc. just so long as you used HM2.5.

Have fun. Oh and also, by entering this contest you are giving permission for the character/ characters you enter to be used in next weeks contest, ok?

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: 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 warnings. Only post pictures and images 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.