Category Archives: Character Design Challenges

CDC #421 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 9 – Prize for NerdandProud

NerdandProud's version of Achillia...

My version inspired by his design.

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CDC #422 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 10

The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character. The winner each week will win a version of their character created on HM by yours truly.

NOTE: due to my vacation schedule this CDC will run for 2 weeks ending on July 21st

Your challenge this week is to design the villain team’s husband and wife duo – Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke:

Real Name: Geofftrey Tyler

Age: 40

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Profession: Illusionist – fired from a magic show on the Vegas strip.

Superpowers: ?

Mirrors:

Real Name: Angie DelBello

Age: “Mind your own business jerk”

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Profession: Illusionist’s assistant – unemployed

Superpowers: Can transform into a being made of tempered, reflective glass; she also produces mirrored shards which she can wield, or throw, as weapons.

You can enter either or both characters. If you do enter both characters, please do so separately as 2 winners will be announced when the CDC ends; the best Smoke and the best Mirrors.

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

Enter as often as you like!

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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. 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 :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • 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).

This contest will close at 4pm Eastern on Sunday, July 21st.

CDC #421 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 9 – Results

Good turn out this week.

Honourable mentions go out to...Henry George and Scott Weyers

Runner up this week is Palazzo. Interesting colours, nice layout.

And the win this week goes out to...

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CDC #420 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 8 – Prize for Kellkin

Kellkin's original Dark Web...

My version inspired by his design...

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CDC #419 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 7 – Prize for Xinmodic

Xinmodic's Elemarrow...

Inspired by his design, here is my version - Gauntlet

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CDC #420 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 8

The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character. The winner each week will win a version of their character created on HM by yours truly.

Your challenge this week is to design the villain team’s computer genius Dark Web.

Celine Eastlake was recruited by the FBI at age 19 as a hacker in their cyber crimes division. This job took her to parts of the internet that she had only heard about. Dangerous people resided there, and the deals made there were horrific.

While researching The Lunatic Fringe’s latest attack, she came across sensitive banking information from around the globe tied to Dr. Epoch’s group, and promptly emptied the accounts into an FBI ghost account which she had previously set up.

Celine then ran a search for people looking for information online about The Fringe’s activities. It was here that she ran across the name Seth for the first time. A quick search revealed a young man with an intense superiority complex, and considerably more passion than intelligence. “Hmm…” she thought,“…fascinating"

She quickly transferred all the money from the ghost account into a new account set up for Seth. Celine then cracked open a beer, and called Seth to tell him what she had done. What he saw as a way to honour his work and vision, Celine saw as a way to live the life of which she had dreamed.

Dark Web is rarely in the field with the others, preferring to work from the compound, but when she does she wears a suit of dark purple and black, and a mask/helmet which allows her to access the internet through the movement of her eyes.

She and Pin Up quickly became best friends.

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

Enter a often as you like!

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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. 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 :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • 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).

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Sunday, June 30th.

CDC #419 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 7 – Results

The win this week goes to Xinmodic. What pushed this entry over the top was the background story that Xinmodic created. The inclusion of Hurricane Katrina and last year's team building villains, The Lunatic Fringe, was really a great idea. Not a huge fan of the name Elemarrow, but the power of the back story cannot be denied. Well done you!

Your prize will be posted on the blog later this week.

There was also great story work by Gregorry Basore this week. Good job sir.

CDC #418 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 6 – Prize for AMS and Ubiquitous Pixel

Once again we had a tie last week. Both AMS and Ubiquitous Pixel ccame up with awesome designs. So rather than doing two different designs based on their originals, and since it was a challenge about a morphing character, I decided to morph the best of both entries into one terrifying Guanlong.

AMS original

and UP's version

My version...

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CDC #419 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 7

The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character. The winner each week will win a version of their character created on HM by yours truly.

Your challenge this week is to design the hero team’s archer

Gender: M

Name: Derek Bruce

Age: 30

Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana

AKA: ?

Powers: Derek’s powers lie in his bow and arrows which are both made of energy and can take on the forms of any energy source including fire and lightning.

Your entry this week should include your rendering of Derek as well as his hero name, and a brief synopsis of how he mastered archery and how he attained his energy bow and arrows.

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

Enter a often as you like!

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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. 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 :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • 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).

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Sunday, June 23rd.

CDC #418 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 6 – Results

Only four entrants this week, but they are four heavy hitters who all swing for the fences. Well that is enough with the baseball metaphors for today. Let's have a look at all of them.

In 4th place we have Kellkin.

The way you masked the reptile tail onto the body is  a stroke of genius and really adds to the transformation. My only criticism is his apparent size. Guanlong were small and swift members of the tyrannosaur family, and this guy looks a bit lumbering.

In 3rd place we have HerrD

I love seeing your name in the entries because your work always has such a fascinating story within it. Well done sir!

So no we some to the top two...

Ubiquitous Pixel

and AMS

Ubiquitous Pixel: The word Guanlong literally means "five coloured crested dragon" which you got down beautifully, and the markings on the tail and arms are great.  The only drawback is that the choice of clothing seems somewhat random and perhaps unnecessary.

AMS: As always the work is stunning, and I feel like this guy can move...and move fast.The musculature makes sense for the character, and while i love the base colour, It would be nice to have some other coloured markings and a more prominent crest.

So what I would like to do if both Ubiquitous Pixel and AMS are ok with it, is name them both winners, but instead of doing a rendering for each, actually morph these two designs together, taking the best parts of each, and adding some features of my own, to create an all new Guanlong. Let me know what you think guys.

Your prize will appear on the blog later this week.

Thanks to all who entered.