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I have no intention of entering this week’s contest, but I was inspired by it. This is my superhero version of the Nutcracker (I deliberately gave him somewhat nutcracker-like facial features, and thus, yes, he is supposed to look a little creepy).
The Nutcracker is from an alternate dimension, where he leads a resistance force against his nemesis, the Mouse King. Every Christmas Eve at midnight, his avatar in our world, a wooden nutcracker doll, springs to life, and the Mouse King comes through as well, and their forces fight until the morning, when they return to their own realm.
The main reasons I’m choosing not to submit this one are a) “The Nutcracker Suite” is instrumental, and I think the contest was asking for songs with lyrics and b) the contest calls for literal interpretation, whereas I decided to go the superhero route.
Anyway, I will get back to my normal universe eventually.
Here is a new character whom I am calling, at least for now, Polarity. Admittedly, I do not have a backstory yet. Any ideas?
He has the power to manipulate metal (basically magnetism combined with telekinesis.
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Thanks! Your work is excellent! I’d argue that even the weakest one you’ve made so far is better than my best. I just don’t really have the patience.
Same exact thing happened to me yesterday. Wasn’t the first time either. It has indeed disappeared.
Great work, by the way!
That’s at the bottom of every thread. No idea why.
Finally, rounding out the founding members of the (modern) All-Stars is the Electric Eel, the team’s field leader. Given that he’s the leader, as well as the one who contacted the Warrior to form the team in the first place, I probably should have had him first, but I wanted to save him for last because he’s my favorite piece.
The Electric-Eel is the son of the current Poseidon (yeah, I’ll explain the Olympians in a future post. For now, all you need to know is that the Gods are families, not individuals), and the Prince of Atlantis. His uncle, calling himself Neptune, aligned himself with Zeus’s traitorous brother Jupiter and his group of Olympians who claim themselves to hold the true power and model themselves after the Roman pantheon and tried to take over Atlantis. Neptune’s forces launched a siege on Poseidon’s castle, and the Electric Eel, using an enchanted cloak made with squid ink that can turn its wearer invisible, managed to escape the siege and contact his father’s ally the warrior, who helped him raise a team, and thus the All-Stars were born.
I am extremely satisfied with how this piece turned out (except for the legs).
The Electric Eel has the enhanced strength, speed, stamina, endurance, and lifespan that come with being an Olympian, the significantly enhanced swimming skill and underwater breathing that come with being an Atlantean, and electric powers (that somehow manage to work underwater without killing a bunch of fish.)
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Crap! I just made an entire long, detailed post about Eagle and Chameleon, and it’s gone! Okay, fine! I’ll write up a new one later.
Anyway, Chameleon can climb up walls and alter her colors and patterns, as well as the size and shape of her hair. Eagle has wings, talons, speed, strength, and enhanced senses (especially sight. To enhance it further, he wears contacts with a zoom feature.)
I experimented with lighting for Eagle. Any thoughts? I also updated Chameleons look to be all black, with no logo.
I really like your work! Every design is great, and your colors in particular are chosen and distributed beautifully! Also, I find it kind of ironic that your first post in this forum mentioned that you suck at posing. Even if that was the case then, it certainly isn’t now. Frankly, you have far more patience then I ever will.
Charles Canis (Wolf):
Basically the same thing as every other Charles Canis backstory I’ve written. Canis fought in World War II. On the way back, his ship crashed on a tiny island. The survivors found a mysterious spring, which, as Canis would later learn, grants immortality, as well as enhanced strength, speed, and endurance. One by one, all of the other survivors died, falling off of cliffs, drowning, burning, or being devoured by the wolves. By the mid ’60s, Canis was the only one left alive. Somehow, he managed to survive on his own until the late 2010s, at which point he was discovered by a “small fishing boat” (actually sent by the Warrior, who had heard rumors of mysterious occurrences on the island, and who had long before discovered strange things on nearby islands). Just before boarding the boat, Canis got bit in the leg by a wolf. The bite knocked him out for the duration of the trip, but, upon arrival in Maine, he transformed into a wolflike creature. He was quickly knocked out again, and, when he awoke, he was fully human with the Warrior standing over him.
Canis has the ability to transform into his wolf-like state at will (though there are different levels of transformation), although it can also be affected by strong emotion. If he is in a particularly uncontrollable state of emotion for too long, he could become permanently stuck as a wolf (a complete wolf, with no human attributes). He is also immortal, and has above-average strength, stamina, and durability.
I am far more satisfied with my new versions of both Canis (I especially think he looks better with a beard) and the Wolf (the slightly more humanoid features and bizarre eyes of previous versions were just disturbing) than previous incarnations, although the Wolf could still use a little work. Any suggestions for how to fix him?
Cerebrum (no civilian name yet): Cerebrum is a bit of an unusual case, in that he is one of the only humans to have been born with powers. At some point, he ended up at the Warrior’s training facility for super-powered individuals, and learned to control his powers, hence how he got recruited.
Cerebrum has the powers of telekinesis, telepathy, and levitation, as well as a super intellect and a perfect memory.
Admittedly, I’m still not satisfied with this costume.
Snowstorm: I don’t have a civilian name for her yet (any suggestions), but I do have a backstory for her. She was also a college student (Captain Blaze’s best friend, in fact). She got her powers when, during a winter break, she visited her grandparents and, while outside, was fairly close to the crash site of an alien spaceship and was knocked out. When she regained consciousness, she had ice and snow related powers.
The boots of her costume have retractable ice-skate blades (not pictured). While she already had a mask, I realized that it was a pretty crappy one that wasn’t really hiding much, and thus went with face-wear designed to somewhat evoke ski/snowboard gear.
I’ve been really busy. I’ve had all seven done for some time now, but haven’t had time to post them.
Captain Blaze: Aiden Ignatius was an ordinary college student. One day, he was involved in an accident at the lab where his uncle, a chemist worked. This accident gave him fire related powers, as well as flight. He makes the most quips out of the team, and is a little reckless.
I added the mask because I realized that, being a college student, he needs to conceal his identity, even if I vastly prefer the mask-less design.
I know that the flames probably make a little mild shading a good idea, but I chose to forgo shading in order to better show off the bright colors of the costume.
Finally posting the new ones.
The Warrior is shrouded in mystery. He was a founding member of the original All-Stars, became immortal by drinking from the waters of an enchanted islands, and was a member of every incarnation of the team until the ’90s (more on the full team history later). Now runs a secret, international organization devoted to finding and offering assistance to individuals with super-human abilities, as well as to help superheroes better coordinate their activities and provide them with better tech. He helped the Electric Eel recruit the founding members of the current team. No more is known about him, except that he’s most likely 80-90 years old.
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I know this is fairly similar to my last post, but, once again, I haven’t given up. Well, not exactly.
I’m rebooting my universe again. I’m redesigning all of my characters. There are two key reasons for this. First, most of my characters are stored on a computer that I don’t currently have a working charger for. Second, I lost track of continuity, something I will keep better track of in the reboot.