Category Archives: Challenges

Character Design Contest ♯128- Dressed To Impress

Of course, I am making a habit of having costume design contests on an annual basis, so this is going to be this years. However, to make it a bit different, I would like to ask that you only focus on the costume, at the expense of everything else. Some slight posing is allowed if it is to show of different aspects of the costume, but other than that I only want face-forward standard posing, and hair is only allowed if the costume includes so sort of fascinator or other hair accessory. If you want to do shading on the costume, that’s fine, but other than that I want the body to be a completely blank slate, like a mannequin, it can’t even have a face. I’m only going to be looking at the costume, so I think it’s only fair that you guys do too.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). 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 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.

Pop Quiz Winner!

A little better turn out from last time which is great, but you guys are making this very tough. All of these entries are so creative and unique.

First we have Black Tarantula by Mr. Nobody: Really cool and graphic; love the hypnotic background and the squad of little demons.

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Next is Silver Lady by Melmo: Very unearthly look and like the pattern work.

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Blunt Object’s Madam Satan: very interesting colour combination and the creation of the skirt layers is quite cool.

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Another Silver Lady – this time by Geno: taking her into the realm of TV was a great idea. Sort of an evil…or more evil…Long Island Medium.

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And last, but not least, Whirling Dervish by Brons: great work on the pose and robes.

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I’ve gone back and forth a dozen times on this, but the win this time goes to Geno for Silver Lady. The whole image is striking and is a very interesting take on the character.

(To illustrate how tough this was, I have rewritten the previous paragraph three times…with different winners!)

Congratulations Geno, and thanks to all who entered.

Pop Quiz – You Are Getting Sleepy…

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Your Pop Quiz challenge this time around is to redesign one of the Hypnotist characters from the Public Domain Superhero Wiki found in the link below.

http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Hypnotist_Characters

Be sure to post an image of the original as well just for the fun of it.

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums,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;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, June 28th.

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #67: Results

Last week I asked everyone to give me you best dialogue for this image:

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Normally I would give you a top five entries and then post the above picture with the winners dialogue put in place however I am a little pressed for time today so instead I will just announce the winner and post the winning dialogue below:

and your winner is ……………

DiCicatriz 

“Well this is awkward…”
“One of us is going to have to change.”

Character Design Contest ♯127- What a bunch of posers

Ok, starting this week, I’m going to do a series of challenges for you guys, to really test your skills with the ‘machine. And we’re going to kick of with a challenge centred around posing. We did this sort of challenge a while back, so everyone should know the drill. You cannot use the standard face-forward pose. The pose has to be of your own creation, so you can’t use pre-made poses from the forums custom item section. Also, I’m only judging on the pose and, to an extent, how well you’ve adapted the costume elements to the pose, so don’t include backgrounds. That’ll come later.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). 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 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.

Pop Quiz – Colour Me Bad! (and by bad I mean good!)

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Your Pop Quiz challenge this time around is to colour this handsome devil found in Companions – Humanoid.

That’s right…colour…just colour. Feel free to mask, shade and highlight as much as you want…or not. Backgrounds should remain white, but you may also choose a solid black background if you wish.

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums,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;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Monday, June 22nd.

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #67

It is once again time for our bi-weekly caption contest and this week I want your best dialogue for both characters in this panel:

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The normal rules apply, which are: You are limited to Three (3) entries which are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday June 23rd. Of course I as always expect you to keep your entries no worse than PG-13 in nature and that you follow all the normal rules of the forum when writing your caption for the above image. That being said I wish you all Good luck!

Character Design Contest ♯126- Contest Again

Ok, I’m gonna try something a bit out there this week. One of the main rules I ask people to follow for these contests is do not enter something you have entered into a previous contest. However, this week I am actively encouraging you to, if not break the rule, certainly bend it into new and interesting shapes.

What I want you to do is find one of your old contest entries and redo it. It can be from any contest (apart from the previous two contests, they’re too recent), not just ones I’ve run, but from Jeff or HammerKnights contests as well. Just make sure you include the original for comparison, I want to see how much everyone has improved.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). 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 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.

Pop Quiz – Jurassic Mash Up – Winner!

First of all, I have to send a big thank you out to those who took the time to enter. The Pop Quiz has been MIA for a while, but I hope to rectify that. Check the Blog for future editions cuz you never know what day it will be or how long you will have.

First up…Cliff.

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Just fantastic! Wonderful use of items, and I love the water effect you got. On a side note I have to address Ty…brilliant and so well done, but the challenge of a Pop Quiz is what you can create within the given deadline. Please know that there was a lot of love for Ty from this guy.

Next – Geno

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Eerily reptilian and a masterful use of disparate items to create a truly epic creature. This guy has attitude!

And finally – Nug

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Great use of items – the eyes are so expressive, the tusks are very cool and the way you addressed the body and stance of the creature – and the impending threat – is stellar.

All three are very creative and beautifully rendered, but I have to give the win to Geno. You created a dino-nightmare! Well done, and again, thanks to all who entered.

Cheers, and see you soon.

Pop Quiz – Jurassic Mash Up!

aw5fhpff The plot of Jurassic World (which I am just a little too excited about) – beyond screaming and running for your life – revolves around the danger of creating genetically modified dinosaurs. Well I love danger!

In honor of Jurassic World, your Pop Quiz Challenge is to create a one of a kind dinosaur. Oh…and just to make it more dangerous, you cannot use any of the dinosaurs in the “Items” – “Companions” list in any way. Everything else is fair game.

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun! All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums,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;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 9pm Eastern on Sunday, June 14th.