Caption Contest Returns next week!

I do not plan on writing a post this week as I am not feeling all that well, but like the topic says I am planning on bringing back the caption contest next week and see how that goes. I might go back to weekly caption contests or just make them a once a months feature not sure which yet. Anyway sorry for not writing this week and hopefully you are all eager for some caption goodness next week.

PUP REDUX: DiCicatriz

WARNING: Major amount of fanspazzing ahead, you have been warned.

So, for the second of our PUP reduxes we have the first person to get back to me about the idea after kicking the whole thing off with Kaldath last week. And boy was I happy about who it was. Now, if you guys don’t know who my favourite ‘machiners of all time is, you need not look any further (sorry everyone else). His creativity in costuming, his use of colour and his mastery of shading just make him one of the most inventive and awe-inspiring creators still active. Plus, he is a thoroughly nice guy (no matter how many times I’ve ripped off his characters he’s still cool about it) and an around awesome dude. And as a fan of At The Drive-In, I can certainly appreciate where he got his name from. So, it gives me great pleasure to pass you over to DiCicatriz

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Character Design Contest ♯112- Be A Pal-adin

So, onto our next Fantasy RPG category contest, this time covering the “tin can” classes. Your task is to create a character that fits into any of the fighter classes. So that’s Barbarians, Knights, Paladins, stuff like that. So make sure your inventory is filled with the strongest armour,  the mightiest swords and the stoutest of shields. Physical strength is the order of the day here, so leave your traps and spells behind and get creating.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week 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 Contest ♯111 (A-Mage-ing) Poll

This contest certainly lived up to its name. There could have been a completely different poll. Honourable mentions go to: Roseweave, ASubtleDagger, Meniukas (for his Zaria entry), Lef & Legatus, all of whom could have made it on to this poll.

Character Design Contest ♯110 (Robots) Winner

I do like it when we have a close contest. It’s so much nicer than just having the winner run away with almost half the vote  . This weeks winner only won by 6 votes over second place (to put this into perspective, last weeks winner got 55 votes more than second place, whilst this weeks winner didn’t even get 55 votes more than fifth, although there were 22 more votes overall in last weeks contest). But still, a win is a win and it doesn’t matter how close or distant the race was. ANd this weeks winner is Achilles228 for their Gauge. Congrats Achilles and well done to everyone else who entered.

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I wonder why…

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Character Of The Week: Wolf Master- Dust

I say it time and time again, you can do so much by just keeping it simple. This weeks COTW just proves my point. It’s a basic forward facing pose, no fancy posing tricks. The costume is one colour and there’s only 4 colours used in the entire composition, including skin and eyes. And whilst there is shading, it’s not especially elaborate or intricate, it’s more “put a highlight there, put another there” (apart from the face, which is brilliant, what you can see of it of course). But add all of this together and the result is amazing. It’s not flashy, it’s just good. And that’s all that matters.

Gallery: Wolf Master’s Character Gallery

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Open Critique Day #16

Okay, finally get one on time after a while!

By the way, I won’t be able to post any feedback after 4:00 pm CST (unless I have a moment to myself)  because I’m going on a trip with my school choir and I won’t be back home until Tuesday midnight.

As for how this goes, you post a work of yours, finished or WIP (aka work in process, for those who are new to abbreviations), and then others give you critiques on your work.  I do not mind if you post the occasional non-HM picture or piece of writing. Just make sure that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters. 

Also, if you post a work, it is highly recommended that you also give someone else a critique.

Geek Quiz ♯14: The World Of Tolkien

Last week I stepped out of my comfort zone with the quiz, to allow all of you Trekkies out there to have a quiz all to yourselves. But this week I’m back in my element. Armed with A Guide To Tolkien, the internet, my personal collection of his books and my eclectic memory, this week I have devised a quiz on everyone’s favourite fantasy world and its author. Have fun.

Also, if you have any suggestions for themes for the quiz you can suggest them below, or we could go back to doing non-themed mixed quizzes like the first few that we did on the blog.

As per usual, 10 questions with a total of 20 points to get. The answers will be below a jump from the post whilst on the main blog page, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, take a look at the questions on the blog first. And obviously Don’t Post Answers In The Comments. We had a week off this rule last week because I know jack about Star Trek, but the rule is back in force.

1. What do the initials J. R. R stand for? (1)

2. Which University was Tolkien a professor of English Literature and Language at? (1)

Bonus- Which other famous author was a colleague and  literary group member of Tolkien’s at this university between 1925- 1954? (1)

3. What does Melkor mean in the language of the Valar? (1)

Bonus- What does Morgoth mean in Elvish? (1)

4. Who was the first “King under the Mountain” of the Dwarves of Erebor? (1)

Bonus- Which kingdom did he rule previously? (1)

5. What are the four primary areas of the Shire collectively known as? (1)

6. Name the three “breeds” of Hobbit. (3)

7. What is the more recognisable name for the creatures known in the language of the High Elves as the Valaraukar? (1)

8. Which of these creatures of Middle Earth and the Undying Lands was created first? (1)

a) Spiders                       b) Trolls

c) Ents                           d) Eagles

9. What is the capital city of the kingdom of Angmar? (1)

10. Name the 5 Istari (5)

Answers below the jump. They mustn’t peek precious, no they mustn’t.

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Kaldath’s Corner: Daredevil Netflix exclusive

Recently I heard about a new Marvel comics TV show that is being released soon “Daredevil” and thought to myself, cool I’d love to see that! The problem is this show is going to be exclusive to Netflix and though I used to be a subscriber however I switched from Netflix to Hulu Plus a couple years back due to a larger Anime content on Hulu.

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