Character Design Contest ♯148 (Public Domain: Animal Themed) Winner

Honourable Mentions: Melmo44 & Yin

Winner: Vectorman316- El Lobo

JReviews: Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 10- Face The Raven


Warning: Whilst this review does not contain major spoilers for this episode, it’s comments will. Watch the episode before commenting please.

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Pop Quiz – Up, Up and Away


On November 21st, 1783 the first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon.

 Your challenge this week is to create a hot air balloon design with a twist; the twist is that the design must evoke a specific historical period or design style of your choice. ie: Egyptian, Baroque, Steampunk, Art Deco etc.

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

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 forums,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, November 22nd.

Character Of The Week: ExtremelyEPIC- Heavy Unit Turtle Shell

There were quite a few amazing pictures posted this week, but I have to give this weeks nod to ExtremelyEPIC for this masterclass on how to do atmosphere, lighting and taking constructive criticism. Originally this picture was much darker, which is a staple of EE’s work, but after a number of comments point out this fact, he went back and lightened the picture and, I think we can all agree, the final version is stunning. You could imagine this being a bit of concept art from some sort of epic video game like Gears Of War. The character just exudes menace, thanks in most part to his hunched pose a glowing red eyes, which is emphasised by the stormy background and superb use of lighting. So not bad for someone who’s been AWOL since March.

Gallery- Mechs Over Here

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Power User Profiles: Melmo44

You know a couple months back when I did Suleman’s profile I said I’d contacted a few other people to do Power User Profiles? Well guess what, someone finally got back to me about it. Today’s Power User is an almost constant feature in the CDC’s and twice winner as well (though, to be honest, she probably should have won a few more than just the two). So it gives me great pleasure to welcome to the PUP group Melmo44.

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CYOA Wednesday: Channel U – Part 4

Channel U

Well Folks it is time once again to return to the pages of our story, channel  U! Last week we were facing an enemy that was able to knock our shields out in a single blast and that could knock our own torpedoes down before they could do any damage. We were left with the Option to go in guns blazing and try and take the enemy out or to separate our ship into tow halves one half trying to distract the enemy and the other half go on a rescue mission to save a shuttle-craft that was the our beginning of this encounter. We choose to separate the ship!

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Pop Quiz Results!

Six entries this week showing a wide range of interpretations of the subject.

First we have a badass, aggressive assassin I’m guessing by Worf.


Next we have Keric’s version; love the colours and costume.


HerrD provides a light hearted and twisted…literally…take on the character.


Csection gives us a character capable of waking the dead.


Cliff goes classic voodoo priestess with this lovely entry.


And Lef uses some challenging posing, and great shading in their version.


The one that immediately struck me as the most creative version of the challenge brief was Worf’s entry; just loaded with attitude.

Join me in congratulating Worf on this week’s win.

See you Saturday!


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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Character Design Contest ♯148- Public Domain: Animal Themed

Ok guys, you challenge for this week is to go to this page:

and redesign one of the public domain superheroes within. Simple as that, no extra rules or stipulations. Just redesign one of those characters.

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.

If you don’t know how to enter, there’s a handy little diagram below the jump.

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Character Design Contest ♯147 (Do A Thing) Winner

Very interesting contest this one, seeing how everyone interpreted the rules and how they used the required items. However, there can only be one winner, and I’m sure everyone knows who it is. But before that, lets have a look at some honourable mentions.

Honourable Mentions: Maverick1313 & Vampyrist

Now both of these were very creative in how they used the required items, with Maverick’s use of the insignia’s to create the tank and Vampyrist’s use of the background items to create the weapon, helmet and armour decoration for his warrior. However, the thing that held these two back from winning was that the other required items were used in the way you’d expect (Maverick using the background items for the background (obviously) and Vampyrist using the insignias as insignias). So they were good, but not quite able to compete with our winner.

Winner– djuby- Countess

It is quite safe to say that djuby won this week because his entry was unlike anything else that was entered. All of the required items are present and correct and you don’t have to search them out in the picture because they’re all there is to the picture. And of course, the presentation is stunning. Having the necklace set against a black background really sets the colours off and makes the shading stand out even more. So well done djuby, you take this weeks win.