Category Archives: Character Design Challenges

The Jackrabbit March Hare Contest

(Note: This is a guest post by author Ian Thomas Healy.)

Greetings, HeroMachine Faithful! I’m back once again with a brand new design contest in honor of my upcoming book release. Jackrabbit is the fifth book in the Just Cause Universe series and the fourth with a cover done by your very own Jeff Hebert! This is Jackrabbit:

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Jackrabbit is a fun guy, a weirdness magnet, and a penchant for getting himself into bizarre predicaments and ridiculous situations, and that’s the theme of the contest. Since Jackrabbit himself has a very basic and simple appearance, I want to see you put him into bizarre predicaments and ridiculous situations (Keep them PG, please). Here are a couple ideas to get you started.

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As with all other HeroMachine contests, please upload your images to your favorite image sharing site and post the direct link to it here. The contest will end on Friday March 7. The prizes are as follows: I will select the best of the goofy Jackrabbit images and incorporate them into the video book trailer. If your work is selected for the trailer, you will win an ebook copy of Jackrabbit before it goes on sale on April 1, and your name will appear in the trailer credits. The creator of my favorite entry will win a signed Advance Reading Copy (a print book) as well as the ebook and trailer credit.

Let the wackiness commence!

Legal: Jackrabbit, Just Cause, and the Just Cause Universe are Copyright to Ian Thomas Healy. All Rights Reserved. Entry into this contest construes explicit permission for Ian Thomas Healy and Local Hero Press to utilize and display the contest entry for promotional purposes without further recompense to the entrant beyond the stated prizes of an ebook edition of Jackrabbit and/or a print edition of an Advance Reading Copy of Jackrabbit.

Kaldath’s Character Challenge #10 – Results

Last week I asked you to redesign my character Charthea:

Charthea HM3

 

We only had a few entries, but despite the low turn out I was impressed with the those entries no the less! 4 pieces of art to choose from, and only a single spot for a winner, Who will it be ? …………………….

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Character Design Contest ♯61- Old School: Aliens

Ok guys, for this weeks challenge I want you to create an alien hero or villain. They can be humanoid or non-humanoid. No size or power limit, so your entry could be as big as a planet or as small as an atom,, as powerful as Galactus or just a cosmic prankster like the Impossible Man, it’s up to you.

As usual, no entry limit 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 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.

Kaldath’s Character Challenge #10

Ladies and Gentlemen it is once again time for another Kaldath’s Design Challenge. This week I am asking you to redesign for me the following character:

 

The Fire Sprite Charthea

Charthea HM3

 

 

Charthea was originally created for a fantasy play by email Role-Playing Game however feel free to re-interrupt this character as you please. Fantasy, Sci-fi, SuperHero, etc!

The Rules:

Kaldath’s Character Challenge is a Single Entry Contest and as such you are allowed to make only ONE (1) entry into the contest. In addition to that  you must keep your creations  within the rules of the forum and blog so keep that in mind when working on your creations. You  have until Tuesday February 18th at 12 noon Eastern Time to submit your entry and I will I be announcing the winner on the following day. Good Luck everyone and having Machining!

Kaldath’s Character Challenge #9 – Results

Last Week I asked you to redesign one of these two characters:

Dragon Girl HM3Executioner HM3

 

 

 

 

 

With only Five entries in last weeks character challenge once more I will be forgoing a top five and simply announcing your winner. The winner of Kaldath’s Character Challenge #9 is …………………….

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Character Design Contest ♯60- Old School: Elementals

Ok guys, back to the OS challenges, and this week I want you to create an elemental hero or villain, that is a character that can control some sort of elemental power (e.g. Fire). Your character can be modern, silver or golden age in style, but I want to see them using their powers, so fire effects, bolts of electricity, jets of water, all that stuff.

As usual, no entry limit 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 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.

Kaldath’s Character Challenge #9

This weeks on Kaldath’s Character Challenge I am going to do things a little different. This week I am going to give you two character too choose from and asked you to pick one or the other to redesign based only on character name as well as my rendition of the character should you choose to keep the character in the spirit of my design. To be clear you are free to change the characters however you like keeping only the characters name and my version is only there as an optional starting point! Sooo let’s get started.

 

Choose of one these two character to redesign:

Dragon Girl

Dragon Girl HM3

 

Or

The Executioner

Executioner HM3

 

The Rules:

Kaldath’s Character Challenge is a Single Entry Contest and as such you are allowed to make only ONE (1) entry into the contest. In addition to that  you must keep your creations  within the rules of the forum and blog so keep that in mind when working on your creations. You  have until Tuesday February 11th at 12 noon Eastern Time to submit your entry and I will I be announcing the winner on the following day. Good Luck everyone and having Machining!

 

Kaldath Character Challenge #8 – Results

I am sorry for this being post this late in the day, and I want to thank Jeff for stepping in yesterday to play guest Judge om my caption contest, I had a very bad day yesterday dealing with some personal family issues. Anyway here we go!

Last Week I asked you to redesign my character Luranna Mejeer aka the Succubus!

Succubus HM3

 

Apparently this particular character wasn’t very popular with our community and we only got three entries, not enough for a top five, so I will just tell you the winner this week. I was torn between the entries made by JayKingSta and Melmo44 but in the end I choose ……………………

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Character Design Contest ♯59- Chinese New Year

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Ok, so we’re going to take a break from the “Old School” challenges this week, as it was recently Chinese New Year and, whilst there have been contests based around the signs of the western zodiac on the blog before, we’ve never had one based around the Chinese Zodiac. So that is your challenge this week, make a hero or villain based on one of the twelve Zodiac animals shown above (that is; Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig). It’ll be interesting to see what you come up with here. One proviso, a rule specific for this week, you must use the zodiac insignias shown in the picture above. These can be found on the last two pages of Insignias- Nature.

This week there will be a limit on entries, each person can only enter once per Zodiac Sign, so that is only 12 entries per person, but since no-one ever enters that many times, I don’t suppose it really matters. As usual, 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 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.

Kaldath’s Character Challenge #8

Not too long ago I asked you fine folks to redesign my characters Britney and Mea Mejeer, well now it is time for you to work on their mother. This week on Kaldath’s Character Challenge I present for your redesigning pleasure Luranna Mejeer, aka “The Succubus”

Succubus HM3

 

Character Information:

Luranna Is a Mutant from a future post apocalyptic world where she was a the leader of a street gang operating out of one of the few remaining mega cities before she got transported back in time and ended up becoming a super powered goverment agent as a member of the Super Group “Strike Force”.  Adopting a Gothic appearance and taking the name Succubus for her public “super” identity when needed in battle, Luranna mostly operated in an espionage role due to her expert hacking skills, as well as her shape shifting powers.  In addition of shape shifting “The Succubus” is able to fly via winged flight, and has the ability to short circuit a persons nervous system to various different effect by touch.

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The Rules:

Kaldath’s Character Challenge is a Single Entry Contest and as such you are allowed to make only ONE (1) entry into the contest. In addition to that  you must keep your creations  within the rules of the forum and blog so keep that in mind when working on your creations. You  have until Tuesday February 4th at 12 noon Eastern Time to submit your entry and I will I be announcing the winner on the following day. Good Luck everyone and having Machining!