Category Archives: Challenges

Character Design Challenge ♯160- Here Comes The Money

This week, your challenge is to create your own fictional currency using heromachine. You can do coins or notes, or, if you want to go down a different route, gems and similar valuable items that are often used a currency in games, so long as you show the value of the unit of currency you are entering (you don't have to compare it to dollars or anything like that, but putting a number on a coin or note would be a good idea).

As per usual, no limits on the number of 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.

Character Design Challenge ♯159- Redesign

Ok guys, for this weeks contest I want you to redesign or redo one of your old characters. Everyone has characters that they've done in the past and everyone should have improved since they did those characters, so let's see how much you have improved. Please bear in mind though, that to qualify you must include the original picture of the character you are redesigning. Oh, and obviously, only redesign your own character. It should be blatantly obvious, but just so there's absolutely no confusion.

As per usual, no limits on the number of 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 – Nawlins!

r37581.1On February 27th, 1827 - New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration. 

Your Pop Quiz challenge is to create a superhero or villain based on Mardi Gras that is worthy of the celebration and the city.

 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 :,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, February 28th.

Character Design Challenge ♯158- Power Up

Ok guys, with this weeks challenge, what I want you to do is create a superhero or supervillain. The catch being you must show them using their superpower. That is the only requirement, the type of power doesn't matter, the character just has to be shown using it in your entry. Simple really.

As per usual, no limits on the number of 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 – One Ringy Dingy…

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On February 20th, 1880, the American Bell Company was incorporated. 

Your Pop Quiz challenge is to create a telephone that evokes a period in history, even if phones did not exist at the time.

 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 :,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, February 21st.

Character Design Challenge ♯157- Pre-pair to Pose

Ok guys, a more technical challenge this week. What I want you to do is to create TWO characters (in the same picture obviously). Now there are two catches. First, neither character can be in the standard forward facing pose. Second, you must have a male and a female character. So you have to create a non-standard pose for both a male and a female character. I will be judging on the complexity of the poses, how well you have costumed the characters in conjunction with the poses and how the two characters interact with each other.

As per usual, no limits on the number of 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.

Character Design Challenge ♯156- Maps

Ok guys, for this weeks challenge I want you to create some form of map or chart. The map can show just a city or a country or even a continent, it can be a treasure map or a navigational chart. However, the locations shown on it must be fictional, so don't just grab the world map from the backgrounds section and plot places on it, that's just being lazy. Try to be as detailed as possible because a good map shows more than just "this place is here and that place is there".

As per usual, no limits on the number of 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.

Character Design Challenge ♯155- Tattoos

Fairly simple challenge this week. What you are required to do is to create a character who has one or more tattoos. The basis of this challenge is to test your creativity when it comes to item usage, masking and colour, so don't expect to mask an insignia to an arm and win, I'm looking for intricacy more than anything.

As per usual, no limits on the number of 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.

Character Design Challenge ♯154- On TV

Ok guys, this weeks challenge is based around one item.If you go to Backgrounds- Furniture, on the last page there is a TV screen. You must use this item in your creations. Also, you must show some sort of TV show on said screen. The show can be anything you want (so long as it's not an actual real TV show, because of copyright reasons), you can do a quiz show, news, sports match, drama etc. I would also like for you to include the room that the TV is in as a background. So, to sum up, you must:

  • Use the TV from the last page of Background- Furniture
  • Include some sort of program being shown on the TV
  • Show the room that the TV is in.

Any entries that don't meet these three requirements won't be counted.

As per usual, no limits on the number of 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.

Character Design Challenge ♯153- Buildings

So, for this weeks challenge, I want you guys to go all architectural and design the best building you can using heromachine. When I say building, I mean any freestanding structure supported by foundations, so you can do a house, a roman villa, a skyscraper, a castle, a bridge, a factory, a university, anything like that. Now obviously, there are already some buildings in heromachine as items (mostly in the backgrounds section). Don't use them. You can use backgrounds- cityscapes for backgrounds obviously, but don't build you building by adding on to an already designed building that's an item, that's not going to get you anywhere.

As per usual, no limits on the number of 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.