Character Contest 5: Fantasy

Although most people think "super-heroes" when they hear "HeroMachine", the world of imagination is much broader than that. Your challenge for this week, therefore, is to design a character from the worlds of sword & sorcery -- barbarians, rangers, halflings, ogres, trolls, dragons, wizards, you name it. You might even do a fantasy-themed super-hero, of course, the sky's the limit, so long as it is in some way S&S related. The rules as always are simple:

  1. You can use any version of HeroMachine you like;
  2. No editing in Photoshop or other image-manipluation programs;
  3. You must leave a link to an image of your creation in the comments to this post, preferably on a site that doesn't require registration.

The winning entry will get to select either one item to be included in the final version of HeroMachine 3, or they can choose to have an illustration of their face included with the program for all the world to use as their own heroic template.

Good luck everyone! I'll judge a winner next Tuesday, the day after I turn 40. So I might need bifocals by then to see all the entries, but by golly-by-gum I'll get it done!

226 Responses to Character Contest 5: Fantasy

  1. Avatar Eric says:

    Well, i’ve been making fantasy characters for almost five years. I hope i can make something good.

  2. Avatar Hammerknight says:

    Great Jeff I can’t wait to get started. Fantasy is one of my favorites.

  3. Avatar Al says:

    OoooOOOOOoooh. I like this one. I’ll definitely enter.

  4. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    Boys, you better bring your “A” game, because Isia is setting the bar pretty damn high with the very first entry.

  5. Avatar Isia says:

    another entry, again, ANY resemblance to Roseanne Barr is PURELY accidental lol.
    she is a half orc character.

  6. Avatar StrangezThingez says:

    I love fantasy. πŸ™‚ I’ll start it a little simple here…
    Ashanka, the Mute One.

    I’ll probably use HM 2.5 later for the sake of having more medieval options, but I’m pretty happy with this entry considering that I tried my best to make the non-medieval parts fit in…

  7. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    I’m tired of not being able to see the ugo members entries, so I just signed up. Anyways…
    Nice job Isia, I noticed the hanging head, great minds think alike, I had the same ideal for my demon in the angel demon contest, and I would have to say, it’s an demanding pose.

  8. Avatar Boomcow2 says:

    I think I’ll take a crack at this one.

    (Note: The Light Calvary would be how he is equipped, on a horse.)

    P.S. I don’t know why the battle preist is up in the corner like that.

  9. Avatar Whit says:

    Here’s my first attempt at building a scene.

    And I’ve been denied access to the UGO boards for some reason. Anyone know how I can get help to get back on?

  10. Avatar Whit says:

    Um, it’s not letting me post for some reason…

  11. Avatar Whit says:

    Okay, I’ve had to take a bunch of tries to post this, so I’m hoping this works. It’s my first serious attempt at scenery.

    Also, I’m having lots of trouble accessing the UGO boards. Who could I talk to?

  12. Avatar Hammerknight says:

    Here are a few entries, I told you that fantasy is my favorite.

  13. Avatar Isia says:

    another dwarf, a gypsy one this time. maybe a cousin to my headhunter?

  14. Avatar violodion says:

    Adventuring party (HM2.5):
    – or –

    Story bits at UGO forums > Hero Archives > Otherverse > post #141 (http-// forums-ugo-com/showthread.php?p=565673#post565673)

  15. Avatar Merrick says:

    Hmmmm fantasy characters huh? think i can actually do this one -lol-

    this is just something i was messing around with that i never posted. working on an updated one now that there are better masks and what not

  16. Avatar RJ mcd says:

    jeff i do have a guy but something is buggy with the save as jpg option it made my guy tiny and tucked in a corner can you help me resize him i put alot of work on him

  17. Avatar MegaGoober says:

    Well, I’m not sure if this qualifies, but here is my oh-so-familiar and my personal favorite Black Magic Tribe (my own story) member, Infeas Firek. Two contests ago, I submitted him (twice accidentally, sorry) in the form of a druid, the coyote warrior. Now, here he is, in the forms of bandit, one infiltrator pic, and a timeline. The link will get you to the album that he is in, so don’t expect just one picture.
    Please respond or tell me if you just want me to submit only one of them. I also gots anudder couple lying in wait for the competition, so don’t determine anything yet, my good sir!

    Well, if you so choose, you can ignore the Hero-O-Matic pictures, but please look over the others in the album.

  18. Avatar Ky2030 says:

    Ooooh Fantasy lovely.

    My Submission is….

    Knight Captain of the Kings Personal Guard Yoseph Deville

  19. Avatar violodion says:

    @RJ: That can happen.

    Saved image is likely 2000 x 1800 pixels, or some big number. Make a copy of the file, and try cropping out the excess white space in a paint program (MS Paint, Paint.Net, or somesuch).

  20. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    Okay, here’s my entry. –>(The winner)<–
    Just kidding, I’ve already seen 3 or 4 I thought were better, anyways, I decided to take the road less traveled and made a woman.
    Jeff I would like to thank you for this amazing program, and also for the insigna set. I use the circles and squares and build alot of custom stuff all the time, as a matter of fact, with this particular creation, The head (just head shape)was created with that set.

  21. Avatar RJ mcd says: V i took your sudjestion but for some reason my paint program made him a bit fuzzy πŸ™

  22. Avatar Al says:

    Here’s my Night Elf Hunter. Except for the character’s race and title, the image is, in no way, based on WoW; I designed the costume and crossbow myself.

  23. Avatar Legatus says:

    Here comes a member of the elite guard of Jotunheim, home of the Norse giants.

  24. Avatar Isia says:

    ok, I can go on with this all day. I LOVE this subject.Some of you may remember Islbeth. For those that don’t story for her can be found here, if you are so inclined to read it: Post #s 19 and 20.

  25. Avatar Eric says:

    My first entry: “Arcadia, Teleporting”:


  26. Avatar violodion says:

    @RJ, post #27:

    Part of the fuzziness is from using JPG over PNG (especially noticeable on how JPG treats reds). The unspecified paint program *is* reducing the resolution & quality as well, unfortunately.

    Feel free to post in “The Pub” on the UGO Forums for more.

  27. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    Whit, comments with links are put into moderation automatically until I manually go and approve them. You don’t need to keep submitting the same one, I check the moderated queue every couple of hours.

  28. Avatar RJ mcd says:

    thats another thing i have a account here and i still can’t get into the pub or the arkives

  29. Avatar Legatus says:

    basically built on the same base as the one above, but with better head and adjusted for size

  30. Avatar The Imp says:

    What I want to know is, how did Jehu (post #25) get that bigger image? Is it a resizing using Gimp or Photoshop or something? Cause I want to make larger pics like that.

    (And kick-ass picture BTW Jehu.)

  31. Avatar DJ says:

    This is my first and possibly only submission because I am in a cabin in the backwoods of Poland and I have to go to a restaurant or a hotel for internet connection). He is Nordic Shaman.

  32. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    @ IMP
    I don’t know how Jehu did his, but an easy way would be to make your guy, click on all items, Adjust to any size you want, prt screen, paste to paint, move the character around in the hm program (if to big for screen) and repeat prt screen past, until you have what you want then piece him together.

  33. Avatar silentbilbo says:

    My favorite D&D character, Daekel, played for 5 years

    My current D&D character, Kerric, he found out he was the reincarnation of Daekel.

    Groupshot of the Celestial Knights, Daekel’s group, with an earlier try at Daekel.

  34. Avatar violodion says:

    @Imp, post #42: Guess you haven’t been looking at Scorp’s latest images . . .

    @MartianBlue, post #45: That’s not it. Major bummer is the 200% size increase limit.

  35. Avatar Whit says:

    A barbarian. I experimented with scaling.

  36. Avatar haydn says:

    cool! im gunna try!

  37. Avatar Whit says:

    A second fairy. Further experimentation with scaling.

  38. Avatar chase says:

    jeff i dont know how to put my character in how do i

  39. Avatar Loki says:

    you ready for your mid-life crisis?

  40. Avatar Hammerknight says:

    To me this is a fantasy item. The Knight’s Chalice.

  41. Avatar Eric says:

    More entries. I call this one “The Big Kahuna”. Er, i mean, “Thaeror”.

    Maybe entering this cave wasn’t such a good idea, as somebody has already discovered…:

  42. Avatar Whit says:

    A third fairy. These are fun. πŸ˜€

  43. Avatar Hammerknight says:

    Just add a Gnome and a Felome. A Felome is a creature from my fantasy story world of Atlantica, whick I have some stories from there already posted.

  44. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    My third entrant
    Rogue – Elf (2 outfits, 2 alternatives)
    I know his white outfit favors a certain assassin, but let’s face it, the dude(assassin) has style

    Granted 200 is maximum per single item, but once you blow up pic overall you can go even bigger.

  45. Avatar chase says:

    how do you sumbut characters Jeff

  46. Avatar JR says:

    i think we should have a funkiest character contest’cuase fadda nature’s funky πŸ˜€ lol

  47. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    @ Chase,
    sorry to butt in, but you need to upload your character to the ugo forums, or a photo sharing site, like photobucket, or imageshack. ((Make sure it is set to public view)) Grab the direct link and post it here in the comments. That’s all there is to it.

  48. Avatar Karasu48 says:

    Heres my entry:

    Romilan VolkΓ«m was born to a noble house of Elven aristocrats in the fair city of Allarius. His parents discouraged romilan’s fascination with combat, saying it was no position for a young elf, pushing him towards a career in the arts or dancing. He loathed his parents for their suffocating overbearance at 32 (young for an elf) ran off and joined a band of wandering wood elf mercenaries, his natural fighting talent a valued resource in the rag tag group’s escepades.

  49. Avatar Abadon says:

    I made my character on the HM2.5, here is the text string to load it with:

    Gragginok: Dark Minotaur Ruler of the Underworld


    For some reason, the shield in his left hand doesn’t load, go to left hand, then select shields, then click on the spiked shield in the top right corner to get it. I may have another submission on the way.

  50. Avatar chase says:

    Jeff i dont even know how to do that

  51. Avatar Abadon says:

    Here is my second submission:

    Kelfar the Wizard

    2.5b5*m1*Thamior Nailo*Hair:Standard,flatlong2,724D21,724D21,100,100,24,Eyebrows:Standard,eyebrows4,724D21,FFFFFF,100,100,18,Eyes:Standard,newplain,0000FF,0000FF,100,100,17,Nose:Standard,thinslant,FFD08C,FFD08C,100,100,22,Mouth:Standard,closedsmile,FFD08C,FFD08C,100,100,15,Beard:Standard,fraBlank,724D21,724D21,100,100,21,Ears:Standard,elf2,FFD08C,FFD08C,100,100,16,Skin:Standard,fraBlank,FFD08C,FFD08C,100,100,6,Mask:Standard,sweatband,0000FF,FF0000,100,100,25,Headgear:Standard,fraBlank,FFFFFF,FFFFFF,100,100,23,Undershirt:Standard,dressshirt,0000FF,FF0000,100,100,7,Overshirt:Standard,fraBlank,FFFFFF,FFFFFF,100,100,8,Coat:Expansion1,robe,FF0000,0000FF,100,100,20,RightGlove:Standard,wrought,FFFF00,FFFF00,100,100,26,LeftGlove:Standard,wrought,FFFF00,FFFF00,100,100,27,Insignia:Standard,fraBlank,FFFFFF,FFFFFF,100,100,9,Neckwear:Standard,medal,FFFF00,5A3410,100,100,19,Belt:Standard,fraBlank,FFFFFF,FFFFFF,100,100,28,Leggings:Standard,capris,FF0000,FF0000,100,100,10,Overleggings:Standard,fraBlank,FFFFFF,FFFFFF,100,100,11,Pants:Standard,fraBlank,FFFFFF,FFFFFF,100,100,14,RightFoot:Standard,fur,724D21,AC814A,100,100,13,LeftFoot:Standard,fur,724D21,AC814A,100,100,12,Back:Standard,persian-right,A6A6A6,FFFF00,100,100,3,Wings:Standard,fraBlank,FFFFFF,FFFFFF,100,100,4,Tail:Standard,fraBlank,FFFFFF,FFFFFF,100,100,5,Aura:Standard,fraBlank,FF0000,FFFF00,100,100,2,Companion:Standard,fraBlank,390F7C,FF0000,100,100,29,Background:Standard,diamond,01B3F1,00FF00,100,100,1,RightHand:Energy,fire,FF0000,FFFF00,86,86,30,LeftHand:Energy,lightning,FF0000,FFFF00,66,66,31,#

    Once again, his left hand contents didn’t load, go to left hand then select energy then click on the third one from the right.

  52. Avatar darkvatican says:

    Here you go. My warrior priest of justice and righteous anger…

    Blaque Vatican –

  53. Avatar StrangezThingez says:

    Second entry… did this one on HM3 Alpha, but I like how this one turned out… tried to make a simple background to go with it:
    Qatar was the child of two desert tribe members, and as a child, a shaman blessed him with the powers (and appearances) of a panther, a powerful symbol in his parents’ beliefs. When he was an adolescent, Qatar’s village was destroyed by the minions of Necrotic the Nether Overlord, and since then he swore to destroy Necrotic with his father’s blades. Now he constantly dodges the clutches of Necrotic and his army, and until the day he slays Necrotic, he vows to drift endlessly across the desert steppes.

    Necrotic the Overlord is coming up πŸ˜›

  54. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    @ Chase
    Butting in again.
    This is exactly how I do it.
    ***First you need an account(free) on ugo forums, photobucket, imageshack, some kind of uploading site***
    Once you have your account set up…
    -Create your guy
    -Press prt sc (print screen) button
    -Paste to paint, photoshop, etc.
    -Cut your guy out of the page and discard the extra
    -Loginto your uploading (photobucket,etc.) account
    -Grab direct link under picture(appears by moving mouse over picture)
    -Come back here and paste direct link

  55. Avatar JR says:

    wow my characters are getting thier buttz kicked man,i Hope*,(knock on wood)i’ll get into the top ten for creativity or somtin’.

  56. Avatar Worf says:

    @Imp(#42),MartianBlue(#45) and violodion(#47): What I do to get a bigger image is use the flash feature of zooming…

    Here’s what you do: right click in the middle of the face (or anywhere else) and select “zoom in” (you can do this more than once if you want a bigger picture) do a screen capture (Ctrl-Alt-PrintScreen), paste it to paint (or any other program). Zoom out (right click and select “zoom out” or “show all”) move the mouse to the part you want to capture next and repeat… paste the various parts in paint until you get a whole picture. That’s what I do to get the most detail possible. This takes advantage of the fact that flash is mostly vectoral in it’s art, so that when you zoom you don’t loose detail (a tip is still a tip, and not a bunch of big pixels, etc…) Have fun πŸ˜‰

  57. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks for taking up my slack there MartianBlue, good advice there. Also to Worf, the Flash right-click-zoom feature rocks.

  58. Avatar RJ mcd says:

    you guys blow my stuff away i’m dc and your marvel

  59. Avatar JR says:

    hahaa, lol, hehe same here.

  60. Avatar darkvatican says:

    My next entry: Sentopo Kazamir

    He’s a prince from a miscellaneous fantasy world. He was cursed to be enormously fat and “hairy like a monkey”. Despite the curse, he is still one of the world’s greatest swordsmen and all-around great guy. He went travelling in search of a cure to the curse and along the way he ended up in another dimension by accident. In that dimension, he’s forced to deal with advanced technology with only his magical sword, his amazing fighting skills and his incorrigibly-sharp wit. He’s picked up a few new tools and devices he particularly likes, but the two things he likes most are canned beer and his nifty shades. Sentopo’s most famous quote is, “Look out, worlds! Here comes Sentopo – the greatest swordsman in the known (and unknown) universe(s)!”

    (Yes, he corrects his speech as though it were written out like that.)

  61. Avatar The Imp says:

    Worf: Thanks dude! You rock!

  62. Kaldath Kaldath says:

    One Last Entry – My Half Demon Knight Character : Kaldath Kel`Halavath –

  63. Avatar Meg says:

    Is there a limit on the number of entries?

  64. Avatar Meg says:

    This was an entry to a contest which I didn’t win at My randomly generated topic was the “aquatic minotaur.”

  65. Avatar Worf says:

    @Imp: Thanks dude.

    @Meg: As far as Jeff has said, No limits… I’m thinking that if we manage to get over 200 entries, he might just start to limit us πŸ˜‰

  66. Avatar violodion says:

    @Worf: You win a cookie. 😎

    Careful with the zoom in & zoom out, as it most likely will cause max CPU utilization. On complex images (many patterns & much transforms), it can cause the browser to quit unexpectedly.

    Have found zooming to the desired size, and getting screen shots with the β€œWidescreen View” is efficient. On Windows OS, β€˜alt + prtscn’ is good for capturing the active window.

    Bummer about screenshots is the inability to capture transparency. Using β€œSave as PNG” does save with transparency β€” a great thing if one wishes to have a collage of characters assembled in a paint program with a complex background.

    NOTE: Not everything looks better a ginormous size.

  67. Avatar Worf says:

    @Solander(#70): Dude, you got me… I can’t figure out where that face for the Charging Knight came from. Please tell me????

  68. Avatar StrangezThingez says:

    Here we go. Necrotic the Nether Overlord. πŸ™‚
    Necrotic was once known by the name of Azurad Shalah, a desert tribal chieftain of a long destroyed tribe. In his life as Azurad, he was a malicious, tyrannical chieftain, and his nature came to haunt him after his death. When he was slain and tossed to rot in the endless expanse of the desert, creatures of the Nether possessed his severely deformed corpse. As a tool of the Nether realms, Necrotic seeks to destroy anybody who dares oppose him and his masters’ plans.

    This guy went through a lot of changes while I was making him. Really like the impression he gives. πŸ˜€

  69. Avatar Worf says:

    and HERE… Finally… my first entry this week.

    Melkor, Terror of the Seas. A pirate wizard, he’s the scourge of the merchant ships.

  70. Avatar Artfuldodger says:

    For contest #5, I decided to try my hand at making a female on HM3. And because I’m a sucker for punishment, I turned the difficulty up to 11 by making her a centaur.

  71. Avatar Xavier Kain says:

    @ worf, I am pretty sure he used the face shoulder pad from the shoulder set, I believe it is from the Lordi set of items near the end, its the only thing that i can think of that he would have use.

  72. Avatar Xavier Kain says:

    Also i hace some chars kicking around that fit this contest theme but i am wondering what the most reliable image hosting sit would be, one of them , seems to have lots of problems and missing images.

  73. Avatar David K says:

    After the dawning of the Hadron Epoch reality as we know it split apart. After a time the Reality Mechanics or ‘techno mages’ set about combining the lost sciences of the old world and the magic of the new world in to a cohesive whole.

  74. Avatar Andre says:

    this is Du’far, paid assain and tutored in the dark arts of sorcery which makes him a cunning advesary.

    Darkhan, High Overlord set on using his supreme abilities as a sorcerer for world conquest.

    sha’man’da, evil sorceress to the high overlord Darkhan.

    Sha’man, father to sha’man’da, and Leader of a group natural sorcerers gathered to keep order.

    Lord He’ru, King of Egosha last colony of free people.

    Ti’gon, son to Lord He’ru, learning the art of battle and the blade from his father for when he one day inherits the kingdom

    Shal’alaf, brother to Lord Heru, Uncle to Ti’gon and master hunter.

    Ra’feez, sorcerer, oldest friend and steadfast advisor to Lord He’ru

    Au’Set, slave girl freed from High Overlord Darkhan now living among He’ru and his people.

  75. Avatar Hammerknight says:

    Xavier Image Shack not to bad. And RJ if you ask me DC is the best out there.

  76. Avatar haydn says:

    she looks very manley, but there anrnt many female items πŸ™

  77. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    Yah, no limit on entries. Yet. So far the quality of the entries has been super high, which was always my concern, I just didn’t want people spamming every thing that went through their heads before so I’d be wading through scads of silliness. So long as the quality’s good, I’m happy to let people have at it.

  78. Avatar Solander says:

    @ worf: Xavier Kain is correct, I used the face shoulder pad from the Lordi set!

  79. Avatar RJ mcd says:

    i just ment my warriors seem old and dated while you guys are blowing me away

  80. Avatar Pyrate Hyena says:

    some orcs here? no time to check but heres mine xD

  81. Avatar Whit says:

    I’ll have a whole fairy kingdom by the time I’m done with this…

  82. Avatar Scorpidius says:

    I have been so busy with work I nearly missed this thread!!!!

    Here are a few warriors I have.








    The next 2 are updates of HM2.5 Brotherhood of the Axe warriors.



    Finally I just want to say that a huge amount of the fantasy charachters that you guys have created are absolutely fantastic!!, the reply to this competition has been amazing.

    Keep up the great work everyone!!


  83. Avatar Scorpidius says:

    Apologies Jeff I sent the same messgae with links twice, just delete the first one if you don’t mind!

    Scheers mate. Scorp

  84. Avatar Hammerknight says:

    Here is a Giant Orc. Real good subject Jeff you might have to break it up into more then one category.

  85. Avatar RJ mcd says:

    wow Martian that girl the troll is dragging looks like she works out

  86. Avatar Whit says:

    Okay, this is my last fairy. For the contest, anyway.

  87. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    @ RJ mcd (post #115) Considering the times, a girl’s gotta be able to take care of herself with the ransacking of villages, dragging people off and what not. haha

  88. Avatar Andre says:

    Whit, I am so in love with all your fairies. The colors, their scepters….LOVE EM

  89. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    @ hammerknight, your links are missing the space to seperate them, so they’re not working

  90. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    hammerknight post 114

  91. Avatar StrangezThingez says:

    By the way, in case I need to clarify, all my entries thus far are made in HM3 Alpha.

    Jeff, all these entries look awesome. And I agree with Hammerknight’s post (114). I think it’s only fair that categories are made for this one, because there are so many different forms/levels of awesome so far.

  92. Avatar coyote says:

    its not my best work but i dont think steam should be entered in this or any contest lol so heres knight mare

  93. Avatar darkvatican says:

    Another entry… Sentopo before his curse, while he was still a young man full of pride and a daring sense of adventure.

  94. Avatar psyjet says:

    My first entry , Scalpinock.He is an mysterious bounty hunter.The only ones who saw his face are died.

  95. Avatar marx says:

    Wow! It took me a couple of days to come up with a concept. I can’t believe the competition I’m facing. Still, I think I’ve got something unique here. I like to play around with postures and poses, so I came up with this barbarian elf chick in a kneeling/squatting position.

  96. Avatar Meg says:

    These two pictures are of my dashing half-elf, Simon. His little red dragon is quite tame, but I’d stay on his good side, just the same!

  97. Avatar Meg says:

    These pictures are Brian, my inexplicably Bible-named pharaoh! I just liked the name, and it fit him so well, so whatever. I’ve never worked this hard on a HeroMachine character, but he totally looks awesome. I hadn’t seen anyone doing any Egyptian themed fantasy characters, so I decided to take a crack at it! By the way, any chance you might be going to make an ankh insignia for HeroMachine 3?

  98. Avatar Meg says:

    This is Bengkulu, a lion-spirit, guardian of his tribe. He’s not an actual mythological character, but I felt that African myths were one little sub-genre of Fantasy which was being all but overlooked in this contest, so I devoted way too much time to this guy. Bengkulu’s name is taken from that of a Sumatran city and province. His eyes are calm and the set of his lips gentle, but his claws are extended, and he’s ready to rumble if he must!

  99. Avatar Damien says:

    Well Jeff, I hope you consider this A-game material! For my first entry of the Fantasy contest, I give you Fierra clan Yarinod, of the Feyrune.
    I had a bugger of a time with this one. First day, the program locked up every ten minutes and wouldn’t save. Second day, I got this far and Firefox crashed before I could design a background. Luckily, I hit print screen before it did, because the crash took my 15 save files with it! I better get at least an Honorable Mention for this, Jeff! πŸ˜›
    Anyway, Fierra is an orphan [she believes.] She was found drowning in the river next to her mother, a commoner. The aging general who found her raised her as his daughter, and she fell in love with his youngest son, a scholar. Shewas determined to join the military service, where she excelled in every way but was ignored because of her common ancestry. In reality, her father was an influential politician who was “slumming” with her mother, and when he found out they had a daughter, he tried to kill them both.
    –Look for my book if you want to know the rest! [not published yet.]

  100. Avatar Damien says:

    Never mind. I just saw the barbarian elf chick above. She might have me beat…

  101. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    @ Damien post 138
    That’s pretty awsome looking. I’d say you did spend a lot of time on it. How did you make the toes? was it multiple layers of shoes?

  102. Avatar Damien says:

    @ Mart Blue: Yes, as a matter of fact. Good eye! the lady-like slippers for the middle toes, and the new flying-boot for the outers

  103. Avatar Meg says:

    I can’t figure out why, it won’t post one of my entries and when I try it says that I have already posted it! Any ideas?

  104. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    @Meg: WordPress automatically puts any comment with lots of links in it into the Spam folder until I go manually check it out and approve it. I don’t know why it doesn’t SAY that’s what it’s doing, but that’s what it’s doing. I just approved your first one, it should be up any second.

  105. Avatar Solander says:

    Third entry for the contest:

    3 entry: The blind monk

  106. Avatar Meg says:

    Thanks, Jeff! Looking forward to that. You’re the best!

  107. Avatar Isia says:

    My elf ranger, Gavin, taking a break from hunting.

  108. Avatar Whit says:

    Does cropping count as photoshopping? I just worked a long time on an image (having figured out the way around the rotation problem, Jeff), and I have the silhouette of a city which, when blown up, just looks like a bunch of images hanging in space. I wish I could see what I’m doing outside the window in HM3 so I can tell when I have a problem like this. Thanks.

  109. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    I think cropping is fine.

  110. Avatar Whit says:

    Thanks, Jeff.

    And a belated thank you to Andre!

    I’m breaking my vow of no-more-entries (to myself and my fellow competitors) because the one I’m about to post ran into huge technical snags a few days ago, but in the process, I was able to help Jeff with a bug. Posting in a bit.

  111. Avatar Xavier Kain says:

    @Damien, how did you do the legs on kangaroo chick, are they from body parts menus? they look like proper beast legs.

  112. Avatar Whit says:

    @Damien–how do you make the fog/cloud effects I’ve seen in some of your work? I think it’s tiger pattern + transparency, but I’m guessing I might be way off.

  113. Avatar Damien says:

    @ Xavier: I don’t wanna tell!!! Oh, fine…I used the jodphurs from Legwear [flared out pants, strutting general pants…] and masked the original Standard legs just so. With some subtle coloring added, it gave them more depth and the look of bending in the right places. My only regret was letting that loincloth go that low before the browser crashed, they looked SO much better…

    @ Whit: You would be right! Original tiger striping and alpha-tweaked grays was it. But a handy effect for when it’s needed πŸ™‚

  114. Avatar Karasu48 says:

    Here’s my second entry:

    Morpheus, greek god of dreams, also reffered to as the sandman, is the embodiment of dreams, a prophet himself, and is considered, other than the god of prophecy himself Apollo, the all knowing one. this character took me an hour and a half (that damn sand).

  115. Avatar Andre says:

    I couldnt let this competition go by without doing a quick nod to my fave Sword & Sorcery Barbarian chick…Red Sonja…

  116. Avatar The Imp says:

    Another entry. This one’s a desert-dwelling elf.

  117. Avatar The Imp says:

    I just want to say, Marx’s picture at post #133 is probably the best thing I’ve ever seen created with HeroMachine.


  118. Avatar Damien says:

    Yeah, Imp. I totally could see him taking the gold here with that.

  119. Avatar Whit says:

    Ugh! I lie! I can’t quit! I feel guilty about submitting so many (I have a lot of time on my hands), but I keep coming up with ideas. This time round, I wanted to put together a high-calibre scene, like so many I’ve seen on here. So, here it is: the Fairy Throne Room:

  120. Avatar The Imp says:

    Fourth entry – a tribal/primitive necromancer, complete with reanimated pygmy. πŸ˜€

  121. Avatar Solander says:

    Fourth entry for the contest:

    4th entry: The Swashbuckler

  122. Avatar darkvatican says:

    Another one for the contest…

    Vance Highwind, wearing his barbarian attire –

  123. Avatar cailean says:

    how do you post on the ugo forums

  124. Avatar Eric says:

    Dang, that’s one sweet throne room, Whit.

    Solander, i hope that swashbuckler has some Shark Repellent on him. πŸ˜›

  125. Avatar MartianBlue says:

    @ Imp
    “tribal/primitive necromancer, complete with reanimated pygmy.”
    That’s pretty sweet.

    Starting this contest I thought mine was good, but as much as it saddens me (lol), I have to admit that there’s been some entries that have honestly surprised me.

  126. Avatar The Imp says:

    Thanks, Martian.

    @cailean: Join here:

  127. Avatar The Imp says:

    Fifth entry: This guy is a mage from one of the Arconian city-states, ‘Italianate’ nations from the same setting as the desert elf.

  128. Avatar Whit says:

    Thanks, Eric!

  129. Avatar Marx says:

    @Damien & @Imp

    Thanx for the kind words. It’s high praise from guys (girls?) who have turned in such high caliber work.

  130. Avatar The Imp says:

    Imp = guy. I cannot speak for Damien. πŸ˜€

    I like your elf chick so much I’ve actually got it as my desktop pic right now, Marx.

  131. Avatar Ky2030 says:

    Holy Hero Machine…

    Jeff I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes come judging time as from what i have seen of the entries you are going to be hard pressed to find only one winner….I think as these contest continue the workmanship of the characters are just going to get better and better. Plus with all these awesome characters popping up and seeing what people can do with your humble creation is more then likely going to push you to greater accomplishments with the program…If this is what people can do with Hero Machine 3 alpha imagine what the could do with beta let alone a full edition. I don’t think you’ll be able to make a 4th HM as already people are pushing the bounds of their imagination.

    Great work so far all of you and cannot wait to find out who takes the win in this one. Again i wouldn’t want to be the one deciding…this one just might fry jeff’s brain.

  132. Avatar Damien says:

    @ Marx: Damien also = guy. Ask my wife! And I saved your pic too. Something to remind me about my pride and how I don’t always know more than others lol

  133. Avatar darkvatican says:

    Another entry for ya. Although it’s nothing amazing, I do like playing with the posing and trying to make it do stuff w/out going crazy on the proportions…

    This one is Nethyl “Yuen Tenrai” Florence(neh-thill). He’s an old D&D character of mine from several years back. Nethyl is a halfling monk and this is him as he first appeared in the game.

  134. Avatar Solander says:

    Jeff, small suggestion; how about doing steam-punk or post apocalyptic as the next contest? I can only imagine what people could do with that type of setting.

  135. Avatar Isia says:

    Here is my “Sorcerer”. Not sure if this is my last entry or not. Just depends on what ideas strike me. Please enjoy!

  136. Avatar Eric says:

    Another entry, a serpent woman. Heavily inspired by Ray Harryhausen’s “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad”.
    Just don’t make her angry!

  137. Avatar The Imp says:

    @Ky2030: I think the only way Jeff could improve on HM3 is to have HM4 be some kind of three-dimensional modeler, where you could rotate the views from front to three-quarter, to top, back, etc.

  138. Avatar Damien says:
    Because I can’t seem to finish a project this week without crashing the browser, I give you–the Epic Fail Monk!

    After traveling a long distance and suffering many travails to stop the evil in the land, the evil handed him his patootie and sent him packing. He now despondently travels from town to village, warning people of the evil’s coming wrath and hoping that a greater hero than he will step up and triumph once and for all. Because he is teh fail.

  139. Avatar Damien says:

    @ Imp:
    You mean he should do more than just keep making items for HM3? lol

  140. Avatar Damien says:

    @ Jeff: You’re up to over 160 entries right here. Not sure exactly how many cuz Hammerknight posts in bulk.

  141. Avatar Xavier Kain says:

    This will likely be my last entry for this contest, its a centaur and a woman, i know centaurs have been done already but i wanted the challenge.

  142. Avatar Ky2030 says:

    @Jeff – following from the imp’s comment have you ever thought of making a 3D HM?

  143. Avatar Meg says:

    Now, I must be a glutton for punishment, because this entry contains three firsts for me- my first vampire, my first female, and my first scene in HM3! Making the hands work for a girl was HELL, especially since one of them is made of bones *devilish grin*. Layering the hair realistically was a doozy too, as was keeping the face feminine. Does she look like Laura Linney to anyone else? Anyway, this is Kate the Vampire! (vampires are fantasy, right?)

  144. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    3D HM would rawk, but a) I don’t know how to do 3D, b) there’s not a 3D plugin for the web, which means you’d have to do some sort of downloadable dealiewhopper, which would be el-Stinko and c) City of Heroes is already pretty good in that regard.

  145. Avatar Damien says:

    @ Jeff & Hammer: Then that makes about 190.

  146. Avatar Meg says:

    Here’s my HM3alpha opus! This is Ozma of Oz, as in L. Frank Baum’s Oz stories, guarded as ever by the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger. It is so difficult to make a tiger who is not biting someone’s head off, but I think this comes off convincingly enough! Her face looks a little weird, I know, kind of like a cross between Sandra Bullock and Audrey Hepburn. Jury’s still out on whether that’s a good thing! I used six hairs to make that hairstyle! The main part is dreds, with a clean-cut haircut on top of her head to even it out, with two little mohawks above her brow to give it more of a sheen, and two Beatles hairs to round out the bottom! The hair alone was a trial, but I think it and she turned out as well as I could have imagined! By the way, Jeff, one of my entries has been lost in cyberspace since last night. Is it retrievable?

  147. Avatar Zorbas the Awesome says:


    1. Fantasy WALDO:

    2. Zorbas the mighty!!! the guy my names based off of that i created last year in my mind!!!!!!:

    3. Sabroz, the chaos knight!!!! brother of zorbas!!!!!:

    4.Sortilegio, a magic superhero:

    5. Magia-Nera, Sortilegio’s evil magic cousin :

  148. Avatar Eric says:

    DnD character Athao, carving his bow. Hopefully it’s obvious he’s sitting on the rock.

  149. Avatar MegaGoober says:

    I just now finished my ADVANCE FIREK creation. Yeah, sorry, its the same character, but he has so many different forms that I like to make. Next up (if the contest is still going) i’ll throw out ADVANCE OBLIVIOUS, using similar principles, but he’ll be purple. And dark. And someone else.

  150. Avatar Damien says:

    This is The Old One [lame, I know.] He’s based on my personal mental image of a species from a popular fantasy series, but according to the artwork currently available, this is nothing close. Oh well, I liked mine better anyway lol.

    And that makes, like 205! Jeff, maybe a limit wouldn’t be a bad idea?

  151. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    A limit may indeed be necessary for next time, this is going to be exhausting!

  152. Avatar Hammerknight says:

    Sorry Jeff, but you picked a really good subject. And it looks like it’s not only Hero Machine , but Fantasy Machine also. πŸ™‚

  153. Avatar Damien says:

    I say cut it off tonight, and give yourself time to go through them Tuesday at your leisure. You might get a few stragglers, but the bulk of us will know before tomorrow.

  154. son4 son4 says:

    Maybe this could be your next contest HM3 alpha group shot

  155. Avatar JR says:

    yeah i agree with damien, that way you’ll have a good nights sleep instead of none at all. and a clear head too. lol

  156. Avatar Marx says:

    Happy Birthday Jeff!

  157. Avatar Solander says:

    Last entry:

    Entry number eight:

    The Gathering

  158. Avatar The Imp says:

    Jeff, next time you ought to narrow the definition a bit. πŸ˜€ You know, ‘mages’, or ‘elves’, or ‘orcs’. I don’t envy you having to judge this one…

  159. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    Amen to that, Imp. It took me all morning just to save the images :-/

  160. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    Note, that’s not a bad problem to have!