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Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day 150 to all the Canadian Machiners out there!

Character Design Challenge #326 – RPG Character Classes: Round 5 – Rangers

Time for Round 5! Your CDC is to create a member of the Ranger Class. This is the group that features the hunters, the sniper ranger and the bow and blade ranger.

Once again, a brief written description of the world of your RPG is an entry requirement.

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. 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 :,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;
  • 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 on Sunday, June 25th at 9:00am Eastern.



R.I.P. Batman!

Actor Adam West died today at the age of 88, This iconic version of Batman was a childhood memory I will always treasure and my  condolences  go out to his family and friends!

Character Design Challenge #323 – RPG Character Classes: Round 1 – Fighters – Results

First things first! a HUGE thanks to all the creators that entered this week! Great job everyone. I have gone over this for hours now, and I know that no matter how this goes, there will be those who would have chosen differently. First to the honourable mentions.

Meniukas, FelipeSCard, and DemiGod all had stunning entries, but neglected to include the brief written description as outlined in the brief.

3rd place goes to Xinmodic for this brilliant and creative character.

Runner up this week goes to JR19759. Great job!

And the winner is...

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Character Design Challenge #321 – The Doctor Will See You Now

Your challenge this week is to use HeroMachine to create one of the animal/human hybrids known as the Beast Folk from The Island of Doctor Moreau. I have included a list below for reference.

  • Edward Prendick– The narrator and protagonist.
  • Moreau– A vivisectionist who has fled upon his experiments being exposed and has moved to a remote island in the Pacific to pursue his research of perfecting his Beast Folk.
  • Montgomery– Dr. Moreau's assistant and Prendick's rescuer. A medical doctor who enjoyed a measure of happiness in England. An alcoholic who feels some sympathy for the Beast Folk.
  • Beast Folk– Animals which Moreau has experimented upon, giving them human traits via vivisection for which the surgery is extremely painful. They include:

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The Dark Tower Finally Releases a Trailer!

Hey everyone, here with a very special bit of news! The film adaptation of The Dark Tower has finally released a trailer! And of course it had to do so while I was out of town for a couple of days and didn’t have time to do a proper review for it (although a post about what we did while we were gone is also forthcoming…). So now that we’re home again and work is done for the week, let’s check out our first look at The Dark Tower.

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Where Did Wonder Woman Get Those Boots? Toronto!

Jitterbug Boy is an international supplier of high-quality custom-made footwear for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.
Specializing in odd, unusual and highly physical footwear, founder Jeff Churchill, and his crew, supply productions worldwide. Churchill has built a unique shoemaking business that has shod famous feet and solved serious, if bizarre, sole problems for clients around the world.

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I’m Still Around

I just wanted to stop by and let you all know I am still around and doing well. I know I haven't written anything in a long time, I have a lot of things going on right now so that combined with a  severe case of writers block has kept my  participation on the site as simply a reader! But you are all in the more then  capable hands of Jr, melmo44, and djuby which are all better writers the  I ever was! Good work guys!! I'll see if I can get past this writers block and get some Anime Talk and or Kaldath's Corners up in the near future.

Character Design Challenge #319 – Masterworks – Results

Two Machiners entered this week's CDC and WOW is all I have to say! The challenge was ti recreate a section from a famous Seurat painting,

Christi S. captured the texture and sense of shadow and light of the original,

While HerrD emphasized Seurat's use of pointilism in his entry.

So to the win...

I always said I would never end a CDC in a tie, but this week  I cannot determine a winner.  Both entries address the challenge beautifully and effectively. In the past, when two pieces are very close, I would break the tie based on which piece I could see competing for CDC of the Year, and this week I think both are worthy.

So for the first, and possibly the last time we have a draw. Beautiful work by tiy both, and thanks for entering.

Character Design Challenge #318 – Classic With A Twist – Results

The winner of this week's CDC is James Knight.

The approach taken to the body was restrained and thoughtful with just enough detail to be effective, while the facial expression is brilliantly composed.

Please join me in congratulating James on the win.

Well done you!