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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Cool new game featuring HM3 images


Recently Grumpy Gnome Games contacted me for permission to use HeroMachine 3 images in their upcoming spy-themed gambling card game, “Secret Agent Adventures“. Naturally I said yes and I have to say, it turned out really well! If you’re an in-person gamer, check it out and let us know what you think if you end up playing it.

PUP REDUX: Kaldath

*Cue confusion*

Hang on JR, what are you doing? I thought  Kaldath already did a Power User Profile! Why have you got him doing one again?

Well, let me explain. I have had a few people in mind for doing new PUP’s, but I haven’t had any way to contact them and, as seems to be the way, a few of them have completely disappeared off the radar. So, what do? Well, if you go back to the Power User Profiles that were done by Jeff, they are now 4 years old, and could do with a bit of an update, especially as a lot of the pictures and galleries have disappeared completely since the switch from UGO. So what I thought I’d do is this, lets give all the old Power Users a chance to update their profiles if they so wish. And where better to start than with our head moderator? Honestly, all of you guys who keep thanking me for keeping the site running aught to be thanking Kaldath, he does more than I do, I’m just more in your face. And to make things a bit more interesting, I’ve redone the profile questionnaire. So, if anyone who did a PUP for Jeff would like to redo theirs, you can contact me by email at and I’ll send you the new questionnaire (there are more questions on it than Kaldath has answered, because you don’t have to answer all of them if you don’t want to). It’d be nice to get a few old ones redone, if just for old times sake.

Oh, and I just realised, I’m writing this on the 4th anniversary of the first ever Power User Profile, nice and coincidence.

So without further ado, I shall hand you over to the very capable hands of Kaldath.

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A Unique Take On The Zodiac


Character Design Contest ♯111- A-Mage-ing

I was talking to Vectorman316 the other day and he suggested doing a series of contests themed around fantasy RPG classes, since we haven’t done them before. Pretty neat idea if you ask me, I don’t know how I didn’t think of it before. So that’s what we’re going to do. This weeks class is the Mage, because it is the best class (who doesn’t want magic?). So your quest, should you chose to accept it, is to create the best Wizard, Warlock, Druid, Magi, Sage, Summoner, Necromancer or Magician you can. You must show proficiency in Heromachine wizardry to truly excel in this task, so make sure your mana is full and equip yourself with your most powerful tools, such as a good staff and a spell book containing such enchantments as the Masking Spell, and set forth. You must have completed your mission by the highest moon of the seventh day, to prevent the prize from falling into hands of your enemies.

(Incase you haven’t noticed, I’m having way too much fun with this).

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 ♯110 (Mech Me Some Robots) Poll

Honourable mentions have to go to Lef and BluntObject, who very very nearly made it onto this poll.

Character Design Contest ♯109 (Aquatic)- Winner

This weeks contest got exactly 200 votes, which pleases me, because it makes figuring out the percentages so much easier (even though poll daddy does that for me, but if I did it myself it’d be easier, but anyway). And our winner managed to garner 90 of those votes (which is 45% of the votes) to take a comfortable, and yet again runaway, victory. And that person was, predictably, AMS for his Waterdragon. Congrats AMS, that makes you our first repeat winner this year, and well done to everyone who entered.