Category Archives: Sharing Day

Kaldath’s Corner: Share Your Music

On this edition of Kaldath’s Corner I am reviving the old sharing day posts. This is something that Jeff used to do when he ran the blog, the idea here is to get to know the community a little better. I am not sure if this will be a regular thing or just a one and done type of experience, we will just have to wait and see.


What we are going to do here is I am going to share with you some of my favorite music and then in the comments below I want you to share a piece of music you enjoy listening to. In addition if you share some of your musically interests with us then you can ask me one question on any topic of your desire and I will endeavor to answer honestly if I am able too. So let us being!


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Forgotten Freshness #3

What a bunch of posers!!!

Now I could pull out my hype cards and tell you all about how I have some of the most spectacular poses in the history of heromachine.

I could.

I could tell you how I pulled out my trusty clicker finger and dove, head first, through the depths of the old post, and brought back treasure the likes you’ve maybe never seen!!

I could! I could do that…

What I can’t begin to describe to you though, is that feeling…
of joy
and bewilderment
your gonna get, deep inside, when you think back to the day…



#3 came out!!!

*Pauses for applause*

My friends…

Without further ado..
This is:



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Forgotten Freshness #2

Challenges, Challenges, CHALLENGES!!!

Lets be honest… We all face ’em.
For some of us getting out of bed in the morning is a challenge.
Deciding what to wear… School drama… Work will get you down. Family matters… the list goes on, right?

Luckily for you guys…!!! 😀 :d 😀

What I have for you isn’t!
This is not a challenge. I repeat. THIS IS NOT A CHALLENGE!
Was at one time maybe… but not anymore!

That’s right guys today I’m highlighting some of the most ever, best in the world, entries from:
PoP Quizes, CDCs, CCs, FNFs, HOTMs, DVDs, ABCs, 123s…

I digress…



Are you guys ready?!?!?!

This is…


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Forgotten Freshness #1

Hows it going everybody? I’m Nug and I want to welcome you to the First Ever instance of…


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No Gallery Grabs This Week/ The Big Question ♯30

Ok guys, unfortunately there isn’t going to be a Gallery Grabs this week (I’ll explain why after the jump), but instead of just leaving the slot empty this week why don’t we get some discussion going. And my question for you guys is, who is the greatest villain of all time?

Now you can choose from any medium you like here, I’m not just asking about comics. You can go books, TV, film, animation, video games etc. so that’s a whole lot of villains for you to choose from. My question isn’t who would win if all of them had a massive fight, it is who is the best at being bad. Answers below please.

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A Very Big Question

Okay guys, I was thinking of doing a count down of my Top 10 Best Marvel Superheroes for my reviews profile on Deviantart as a way to celebrate the New Year, but I’ve run into a small problem. Who do I put on the list? There are some obvious ones; Spider-Man, Captain America, The Hulk, who have to be on it. There are some that you may not immediately think of who could qualify (Black Panther anyone? First black superhero, big deal) and then there are those who you’d never even consider, but still made a big impact on the Marvel universe (the original Human Torch or Ant-Man/ Giant Man). So, I’ve come up with a genius level solution. I’m going to let you guys tell me who to put on the list. Give me your list of the Top 10 Greatest Marvel Superheroes in the comments below, with your reasoning why they should be considered as one of the top 10 and their defining moment in the comics (it doesn’t have to be their greatest triumph or what caused them to become a superhero, for example you could say that Spider-Man’s defining moment was the death of Gwen Stacy because it was the first time that such a major character was killed off in the comics, or Iron Man’s defining moment was when he became an alcoholic, because it made the super-rich, super-handsome, super-heroic Tony Stark more relatable as a normal human being).

So, over to you. Who are your Top 10 Marvel Superheroes (they don’t have to be in any order if you want) and why?

Another Thought

I’m sure some of you may remember a piece I did on this blog back in February titled: Just A Thought. If you don’t here’s a link- link. Back then it was in reaction to the suicide attempt of 11 year old Michael Morones, who tried to take his own life because he was bullied because he was a fan of My Little Pony. Well, it is with a heavy heart that I once again have to dust off the soapbox, because the world just doesn’t get the message.

This morning, I was doing my rounds of checking all my usual internet haunts (deviantart, the forums etc.) and this is the second story down on the MLP community website (for those of you who don’t know, I am a very avid Brony, and I really don’t care if you like it or not)-

The page has a link to the original article as reported in the British tabloid press and the story goes something like this. 19 year old Brony, Adam Smith, was bullied online by internet trolls because of his fandom of MLP, the fan fiction he wrote of the show and his learning disability. He was accused of plagiarism for his story (I do not know if these claimed had any foundation, I haven’t read his story nor seen the comments thread of it on the website it was posted on). He later made a youtube video apologising to the people who accused him of plagiarism for any misunderstanding (again, I haven’t seen the video). He was then attacked in the comments section of the video by people laughing at his speech problems. A few days later, Adam Smith walked in front of a moving train.

Now we come to the point of todays missive, much like my Just A Thought had a point to it. When it comes to criticism, some people take it better than others, but verbally attacking someone and mocking them because of something completely out of their control, such as a disability, is not even justifiable. It is one of the lowest things a person can do. So never laugh at a person less fortunate than yourself, just think how that would feel. And when it comes to dealing with people who think that the best form of entertainment is making someone else feel like dirt, ignore them. Trolls like this thrive on attention, so starve them of it. Most, if not all, internet sites allow you to block users, that feature is there for a reason. Of course, if this is happening in real life, then you don’t have a block button, so tell someone, a teacher, a parent, a team manager if its happening at work. You have a right to feel comfortable with who you are and it is wrong for someone to try and make you feel uncomfortable with being yourself.

Criticism is welcome in this community, it’s an artistic community, it’s actively encouraged. But destructive criticism (“this sucks” and any variation there-in) is not welcome and will get you hit with sanctions as quickly as a moderator notices your comments. So if you are going to criticise, make sure its constructive. Tell the person how the can improve their work, what they could do differently, be encouraging, it feels so much better for all involved. Because trolling will get you shown the exit door, it’s that way and it only opens from the inside. Once you’re out, you’re out.

And as a final thought; really, it doesn’t matter what other people think in the end. Yeah bad comments and criticism can hurt at first, but they don’t really matter. As long as you enjoy what you’re doing, that is good enough. Be you, because you are awesome.

JR out.

The Big Question ♯28

This week we’ll keep it short and sweet with the Big Question. Like the previous 2, this one is going to be heromachine related.

So, question is, what Blog series, past or present, is/ was your favourite? Personally I’d have to go with the Power User Profiles. It’s nice to learn more about the people who use this site and, as we have a Hall of Fame for pictures but not one for users, it’s nice to reward those who contribute to the community.

So, over to you guys. What’s your favourite blog series that we’ve had on the Heromachine Blog?

The Big Question ♯27

You know guys, the 200th Contest got me thinking, we’ve had two contests now where we’ve been asked to enter what we think is our best ever work. But what would enter if you had to pick someone else’s work? What is you favourite piece of heromachine artwork that someone else has done?

It’s not an easy decision this one, I mean there’s been so many great artworks all the way from the classics from people like Zyp, AMS or djuby, to the more recent additions from ‘machiners such as Valyndril, Jeimuzu or Stulte. But having considered it long and hard, personally, I’m gonna have to go with this one by SeanDavidRoss.

You know how, last week I said about when I first found the blog side of the site. Well this was one of the first pictures I stubbled across when I did find the blog. It looked like it was hand coloured then and still does. Ok, looking at it now compared to some of the more clean and neat shading styles that people have adopted since, it does look a bit rough in some places. But that really doesn’t matter. It’s still a stunning piece of art.

So that’s my pick, now it’s over to you guys. You can mention more than one if you so wish, I’m not that mean, I’m just interested and I don’t have anything better to post today.

The Big Question ♯26

Oh dear, JR’s been going through old blog posts again and has decided to do another one off Big Question.

So yeah, I was going through some of the old Big Questions and I stumbled across one of the earliest ones I did (think it was number 9 or something) where I asked what peoples first comic book experience was, and whilst reading through some of the replies I saw a comment by Niall Mor where, near the end of his comment, he started to talk about how he started out with Heromachine. So that’s this weeks Question, because I’m genuinely interested and I know that everyone here has a story here, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. So, how did you discover this website? How did you become part of the Heromachine Community family? Tell us your Heromachine story.

Personally, I started out with Heromachine 2 in, I think it was around 2006. I was bored whilst staying down at my Grandparents house one day and I started messing about on their computer. I can’t remember what exactly lead me to the site, but I probably searched “Create A Superhero” in google and this site was the first thing that came up. I dutifully set about creating my own comic book fantasy world, full of characters either myself or my friends (who all loved this new toy I’d discovered) had thought up with our twelve/ thirteen year old brains. I was quite happy just messing around with the basics for a while, until the 2.5 update. Around then I stumbled across a collection of other Heromachine art. I think it was still on the site, it must have been on the blog or the forums but it blew my mind. There was stuff there that I didn’t know was possible to do, it was the first time I saw any of the alternate skins or monster bodies, I remember seeing one female character that had a transparent 1st skin colour with a purple 2nd colour and I basically went and memorised every aspect of that character and went into the program and rebuilt it. I can even visualise it today. That got me into actually experimenting with the program, although this kinda slowed when the other versions of the program where introduced (Modern Warrior Creator, then HM3). Then it was just translating my 2.5 characters into 3 with my very limited skills at the time. It took me a few years before I looked properly at the blog, I focused again solely on my own little world on the program its self. But then, for some reason I took a look and, as with the previous time I ventured away into the unknown depths of the site, I discovered wonders. I found the contests and through those the art of AMS, DiCicatriz, Anarchangel (I have to say guys, you have no idea how many of your characters I tried and failed to recreate the way I did with the transparent girl) Kaldath, Asder,  Zyp and SeanDavidRoss. I discovered that there was a whole community built around this program and there were people out there doing this amazing work with this thing that I was barely scratching the surface of. And you know what I did? I turned round and said “I’m gonna try and beat them.” God, if you look back at my first contest entry, I was such an idiot. I didn’t stand a chance and not only because I didn’t name my entry correctly. It didn’t take me long to realise that I could do better, so I ended up on deviantart, where, once again, I started look at how other people were using Heromachine, in specific; AMS. I started trying to copy his style and whilst I didn’t fail spectacularly, it’s safe to say, I was no AMS. Thankfully, he humoured me and gave me some advice on shading and how to improve my art. Shortly after that I got up the confidence to join the forums, which was actually because I wanted a bit of help on a picture and Jeff told me to go to the forums newly opened “How Do I?” section. A few days later I started up my thread and the rest, as they say, is history.

So yeah, that’s how I got started on Heromachine and how I got into the community. So now it’s over to you.

Oh and if anyone’s interested, I still have that first Heromachine picture that I made round my Grandparents all those years ago. I know it’s terrible, but I was thirteen (maybe twelve, I can’t exactly remember the date). I think his name was The Eagle or something like that.

The Eagle