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CDC #372 – Team Building – Part 12

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 and name an important and influential member of the villain squad. Her name is Janine, and she is 16 years old. She is the twin sister of Jason Chapman aka Uriah. Separated from her brother by the foster care system, neither has any knowledge of the other. Only Dr. Epoch is aware of the truth; a truth that will one day make one of them switch their alliance in a violent rampage. Janine carries a similar trait to Jason ie: morphing, but whereas Jason morphs into a single entity, Janine has the ability to morph into any animal at will. Your entry must show Janine in both her un-morphed, as well as one of her morphed personas.

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 9am Eastern on Sunday, July 22nd.

CDC #371 – Team Building – Part 11 – Results

Great job this week folks. So here we go...

Runner up this week goes to Calvary Red. The character description is excellent, and Jason's morphing ability is well explained amd outlined.

And the win goes to...

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CDC #370 – Team Building – Part 10 – Prize for Kellkin

Kellkin's version...

My take...

Hope you like her and congrats again!

CDC #371 – Team Building – Part 11

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 morphing member of the hero squad. His name is Jason Chapman and he is 16 years old. He grew up in a series of foster homes across Texas. When his morphing ability was discovered he was sold to a travelling carnival by money hungry foster parents. It was at the carnival that Ages approached a broken Jason, and offered to help him escape. Your challenge is also come up with a “hero” name for Jason and determine exactly what he morphs into. Is he like Beast Boy – morphing into animals at will? Or is he more like the Hulk? That is entirely up to you. Your entry must show Jason in both his morphed and un-morphed personas.

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 9am Eastern on Sunday, July 15th.

CDC #370 – Team Building – Part 10 – Resuilts

So there were only 5 entries this week, so I will forego the honourable mentions and runners up. Perhaps it is a summer vacation thing, or people are just losing interest, but this group of challenges will be coming to a natural conclusion in a few weeks time. It would be nice to go out with a bang rather than a fizzle, but that is up to you all. So now to the results...

Even though I am not doing the honourable mentions and runner's up, I would be remiss if I did not give a shout-out to Blunt Object for the absolutely beautiful character description that accompanied his entry. Seriously the best one I have ever read. Well done you!

And this week's winner is...drumroll please...

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CDC #369 – Team Building – Part 9 – Prize for Xinmodic

Xinmodic's take on Veloz...

My take...

Hope you like it! Thanks for entering, and congrats again!

CDC #370 – Team Building – 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

Your challenge this week is to design the mystic member of the villain squad - Dr. Amanda Peterson – aka The Emerald Sorceress. Having always been fascinated with world religions, Amanda was researching the Voodoo religion while working toward her PhD and became possessed by the malevolent spirit of a powerful ancient witch. As her psyche was slowly absorbed, Amanda lost herself eventually to the witch’s vengeful spirit. The transition from Amanda is telegraphed by her eyes turning a vibrant emerald green.

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, July 8th.

CDC #369 – Team Building – Part 9 – Results

Gonna approach this a little differently this week. Rather than honourable mentions and runners up, I have selected a top four this week, all of which are more than deserving of the win. Basically I am hoping that talking through all four will help me make a decision.

First up...Xinmodic.

Probably the least aerodynamic of all the entries. That being said, the colours are dead on, although I do question the practicality of running really fast while bare chested. Dude's nipples would be like hamburger! Ouch!

Next is Calvary Red.

Big fan of the costume itself, but not a huge fan of the colours as there is already a hero team member who is predominantly in white. Really like the mask and emblem.

Next is Kellkin.

Really dynamic pose and I love, love, love the background. Not a big fan of the lightning bolts - a bit "Flash-y" for my taste, but the costume is solid.

And finally Ubiquitous Pixel.

Great pose and shading as usual. Would have preferred a different base colour, again based on the fact that there is already a hero team member in blue (Bluejay from Part 3)

Well that actually helped a little. This week the win goes to...

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CDC #368 – Team Building – Part 8 – Prize for Ubiquitous Pixel

Pixel's original...

My version...

Hope you approve. Thanks again for entering. Cheers!

CDC #369 – Team Building – Part 9

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 speedster member of the hero squad -  Virgilio Velasquez – aka Veloz. Despite being able to run at supersonic speeds, his greatest strength might be his agility and acrobatic skill. A native of Mexico City, he spent his early years among the ranks of the Lucha Libre but eventually left that life to find greater challenges. He soon became a parkour legend throughout Mexico and the southern states before Ages offered him a true challenge; joining he and his young team in their battle for justice.

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, July 1st.