Character Contest 10: Independence Day

Although it runs the risk of stepping on the star-spangled coat-tails of the Patriot Contest, I wanted to honor the upcoming United States "Independence Day" holiday. So if you come up with the best character illustration centered on anything related to July 4, you'll win either a caricature of your head OR any one item, either of which will be included in the final release of HeroMachine 3! You could go for your classic American-themed character like Cap or Uncle Sam, or you might do something centered on fireworks, or a guy named "The Revolutionary", or a Colonial era concept, or heck even The Human Barbeque as a nod to what most people actually do on that day.

The rules are simple:

  1. You must use a HeroMachine version (preferably the 3.0 alpha, but any one is fine);
  2. All entries must be made as comments to this post containing a link to an image file on a publicly accessible web server somewhere (UGO Forums, ImageShack, PicasaWeb, whatever);
  3. No PhotoShopping or other after-HeroMachine image software manipulation allowed except for basic cropping and maybe adding a name.

I prefer new stuff that you haven't entered before, but sufficient awesomeness of the image will overcome a myriad of sins.

Note that if you've never entered one of these before, it's really easy. Just use the built-in "Save as JPG/PNG" buttons in HeroMachine 3 to get an image file of your character. Then post it to the web using either your own web server if you have one, or one of the free image hosting sites like,,, or even Facebook (just make sure the album is set to Public). Then cut and paste the HTTP:// address for your image into a comment to this post and you're done. It's that easy!

Good luck everyone, and have a great long weekend if you're one of the lucky Americans celebrating the holiday with a day off.

98 Responses to Character Contest 10: Independence Day

  1. RJ mcd says:

    Jeff as a canuck can i do the first of july our canada day?

  2. Kaldath says:

    Entry One: The Patriot I –

    Entry Two: The Patriot II –

    Entry Three: The Patriot III –

    Three Seperate Heroes that share the Mantle of The Patriot. Patriot II is the brother of the first who became the red white and blue hero after his brother vanished. Patriot III is the Great great Grandson of the 2nd.

  3. Hammerknight says:

    Remember if it wasn’t for our military we wouldn’t have the freedom to celebrate. Here is “Gone But Not Forgotten”.

  4. MartianBlue says:

    I wasn’t going to enter this one, but I’ve been working on a new guy, who is perfect for this.
    Entry 1.) Enforcer

    And since I see canada day in RJ’s comment, here’s a canadian hero I just made as well
    Entry 2.) Phazar

  5. RJ mcd says: he has superhuman speed inderance and strength his powers only work on canadian soil every 10 years a constebile of the rcmp in given the treatment that gains them the powers

  6. RJ mcd says: the canadian shield is canadas memeber of the captian corps he is the best of the best he has a 200 percent iq he can press two tones and his speed and reflexs are beyond human

  7. The Imp says:

    This is the American, the leader of Freedom Force, a team I’ve been writing stuff for for a couple of years. This picture represents the American circa 1945.

  8. Andre says:

    Bringer of change, Champion of civil rights, and hes a winner πŸ™‚

  9. Andre says:

    oops forgot the link
    Bringer of change, Champion of civil rights and hes a winner πŸ™‚

  10. RitoruBushi says:

    I am really hoping that the message of this creation will be seen. I tried to stick to era-related material, but I had to stray a couple of times. I did not add a background because when I put him up against it took ALL the focus off the actual character and placed it all on the background. So… here goes…

    (hopes that this isn’t passed up for some mech abomination)

  11. paul says:


    I happened to make a flag based character for a Watchman style game a friend was running here is the Minute Man from the 1950’s

    and him 30 years later in 1980.

  12. MartianBlue says:

    @Andre, hahaha, You captured him perfectly, except your displaying the wrong flag.
    @RitoruBushi, Very nicley done, a lot of attention to detail, but with that said, some Mech-like creations share the same ideas as your character, for example, my 1st etrant Enforcer is the embodiment of a jet, he is a representation of everything america stands for, peace, justice, courage, etc., etc., etc.

  13. Jadebrain_Prime says:

    Umm… I do believe that the picture in post #12 is based on the latest JibJab video ( ). Would this cause any sort of legal issues?

  14. Jeff Hebert says:

    @Jadebrain (#16): While it’s just as possible to use the HeroMachine to create an image that might infringe on another copyright as it would be to use Crayons for the same purpose, any such issues are between the person who actually created the drawing and the original copyright holder.

  15. The Doomed Pixel says:

    Where do supervillains go when they’ve been captured? To high security prisons, of course! But before they get there, they must, of course, get a trial. Gavel is the judge of these trials.With his mighty hammer, there WILL be order in the court…

  16. RSC5 says:

    Statement: I finally have access to a computer that can handle HM3, so I’m trying my hand at this whole contest thing.

    Question: Will a picture that is more of a waist and up headshot size than a full figure have less of a chance of catching your eye? Even if it has attempted background?

  17. Jeff Hebert says:

    @RSC5 (#21): A good picture is a good picture whether it’s a belt-up or full-body.

  18. chase says:

    Hey Jeff do you think my last entry is good enough

  19. chase says:

    This guy is a former Astronaut but sufford major radiation from Mars. He was the first man on Mars not the Moon.

    This Guy is an X cop but got kicked out after he got framed.He just could not stay away from fighting crime so we became a super hero.

  20. Mr.Vampire says:

    Um, I’m from Australia and we don’t celebrate Independence Day here. We had an independence battle called the Eureka Stockade but the British won, so we’re still officially a colony. Though we do celebrate Australia Day. We use to celebrate Guy Fawks night like the English (Nov 5 in honour of a terrorist who tried to blow up parliament in 1605) but the nation here lost interest when they banned firework sales to the general public in the late 1970’s.

    Anyway here’s my 4th July entry, it’s a guy who plays with home made fireworks.
    I’ve also made a second entry of an Australian super hero called Detachable Toe.
    You’ll only understand the origin and complexities of this hero unless you are Australian, in which case you’ll probably know immediately.

  21. Whit says:

    Here at the end of Canada Day, I present to you Corps Canada:

    The Canadian
    Ex-RCMP. Superior detective skills.

    Lady Loon
    Flight, Sonic Scream, and Talon stilettos.

    Polar Bear
    Cold manipulation and tolerance.

  22. Ian says:

    Two superpowered characters from the American Revolutionary War:

    The heroic Captain Colonial, Defender of the 13 Colonies.

    The dastardly British soldier/assassin The Redcoat.

  23. chase says:

    This guy was a former baseball pitcher but he thru a mighty fastball and the person up to base hit straight to his noggin and after that he’s been gaining strange powers

  24. Brons says:

    “Patriot” to me has always conjured up the image of Isaac Davis and his neighbors who fought a few miles from where I live during the Battle of Concord. These were men who not only laid down their lives for a country, but laid it down for a principle that would become a country. America is “conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”, it was that liberty, that proposition, that they fought for.

    So, my contribution is a simple man, the sort who stood in Concord. I captured three captures of him: is just him. is him on a flag background. is a close-up.

    HM3 is really coming along.


  25. Hammerknight says:

    This is from the Johnny Horton song “1814”

    So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round.
    We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind
    And when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind.

  26. chase says:

    Jeff I was thinking about making another character, when does this event end

  27. chase says:

    When does this contest end

  28. Jeff Hebert says:

    Chase, these always go on for one week, up on next Tuesday.

  29. Jeff Hebert says:

    Folks, just a reminder, you only have to enter each character once. When a comment is submitted with a link in it, it gets held in a queue until I can manually approve it, so just be patient.


  30. chase says:

    Oh Sorry Jeff

  31. Gregg says:

    And now an important public service announcement from Star of Liberty!

  32. Zorbas the Awesome says:

    I now present my first entry:

    His name is AmeriMech. Hes a patriot mecha hero.

  33. JAllenJBF says:

    Here’s a picture of the Iron Patriot. Norman Osborn is YOUR America.

  34. Isia says:

    This goes along with the saying, “All gave some, Some gave all”. On this 4th of July, celebrating our Independence and Freedom, we should be thankful for those that continue to fight and die for those things that we take for granted.

  35. Garett says:

    Big Bob Star and his trusty steed Bulls Eye is a hero from the Wild West. He travels from sunrise to sundown puttin the bad guys in jail where they belong.

  36. RitoruBushi says:

    I wanted to add in another entry. Again, I went with a traditional theme, but this time taking a piece of actual American history and recreating it via HM3. I present to you “A Son of Liberty,” complete with his very own action bag of feathers and danger barrel of tar!

  37. darkvatican says:

    I don’t know if this name has already been used or no, but here’s my entry for this contest: American Dream!

    Main Pic –
    Closeup Pic –

  38. darkvatican says:

    Hmmm… I’m not sure if my post went through, cuz my browser hiccuped at the same time… Oh, whether to post it again or not…

  39. Danny Beaty says:

    My bad. The last link expired. Try this one:


  40. Danny Beaty says:

    None of the links I’ve used are working. I’m new at this, and I have no idea what is the problem.

  41. darkvatican says:

    Hey, Danny, why not try using the UGO forums to post your pics? You just need to register and then use the forum “Hero Archives” to make a thread for any/all the pics you make. Instructions for posting attachments/pics are in the last comment (by Hammerknight, actually) of the thread “Attention All Posters. Read this before you post.” This thread is at the top of the list of threads in the “Hero Archives”.

    Here’s the link to the forums…

  42. darkvatican says:

    Sorry for posting my char’s twice, Jeff! *waits to be smite-ed*

  43. Hammerknight says:

    Here is “The Fireball”, fireworks like you’ve never seen before.

  44. RSC5 says:

    I want you to know that patterns are absolute hell on my computer. Just patterning the floorboards of that boat alone took *three hours*! I wish I was joking. If something looks out of place or oddly undetailed, that’s why. I could’ve gone a lot farther if not for that…I wanted to add embroidery to that cape for instance.

    Anyway, I decided to run with a setting involving historical figures of the Revolutionary War with a comic book team twist. Y’know, because. They are the elite squad brought together to defend a fledgling nation, a gathering of myriad minds and skills. (I may add another before Tuesday if the inclination hits.)

    Here is the first one I did. Betsy Ross, an unusual young lady who is up for nearly everything and serves as the emotional center of the team. The eagle Republic is about to land on her outstretched arm.



    Early on, she enthusiastically took up the task of training the obligatory mascot, a bald eagle dubbed Republic. Enduring large scratches from his talons, she became adept at using her considerable skill with a needle to close her wounds. After Republic became used to her, naturally he stopped scratching.

    …But by this time, Betsy had found immense pleasure in patching herself up, so much so that she began slicing random parts of her skin just enough so that she could thread them shut again. She takes quite a thrill in sewing her mouth shut especially, ripping it open when required and plucking one of her threaded needles from the small pouch at her side to repeat the process.

    Her teammates of course find it incredibly disturbing, but despise the melancholy fits she goes into when her strange little pastime is forbidden. Luckily, the outgoing Paul Revere happens to have a thing for weird chicks…

    Here is their courageous leader, General Washington, who was gifted with a strange energy to win the war against Britain. It also gave him glowing white eyes and a rockin’ gold axe to chop shit up with.

    In this picture, he is at the front of one of the boats crossing the Delaware, looking upon his beleaguered and brave compatriots as they prepare themselves mentally for the massive battle ahead. Untold new powers and fresh British forces armed with the souped-up technology stolen from Ben Franklin’s laboratory are what they must face through the gray morning mist, and after last night’s devastating casualties morale is sagging.

    It is well beyond time for the most inspiring and badass pre-fight speech ever. Washington clears his throat.

  45. RSC5 says:

    Quick Note: That wooden seat is floating because it is a Special Boat. A very Special Boat.


  46. darkvatican says:

    @RSC5: That is very morbid.

  47. RSC5 says:

    @darkvatican: Thank you. I think it gives her a compulsive sort of edge that’s at odds with both her time period and motherly place within the group. That eagle’s giving me fits, though! Only two colors, grr…

  48. darkvatican says:

    I’m not sure the eagle is your real problem, RSC5… πŸ˜‰ lol

  49. Haydnc95 says:

    This character is based on fireworks.
    She dosnt have the most colourful costume, but her powers, should i say, are Dazzling

  50. Danny Beaty says:

    @darkvatican: Thanks!

  51. The Imp says:

    Another entry, this time with sidekick goodness!

    Major Victory:

  52. darkvatican says:

    No problem, dude.

  53. Danny Beaty says:


  54. RSC5 says:

    The patterning only took two hours this time!

    For my final desecration/awesomification of historical figures, I present Paul Revere, who has just offed a small group of Redcoats after being ambushed crossing a farm creek on his way back to Virginia. Paul’s sword is still tightly dug into the one who shot the crossbow out of his hands, which pissed him off royally. Now he’s pointing at you, the single remaining soldier…


    (Most of a)Headshot:

    Paul Revere is impulsive, brash, and believes that living life at a neckbreak pace is the only way of going about it. Owing to this, he did not escape his Midnight Ride with fellow agents Dawes and Prescott unscathed, captured by the British and shot pointblank. Even with such a horrendous injury, he managed to escape on horseback and only the speedy intervention of Ben Franklin back at base saved his life.

    Franklin gifted him with an ingenious new replacement eye, a mixture of old magic, clockwork, and pieces of the captured moon capsule. It allows him to detect thermal readings and perform advanced targeting from afar. At first he expressed concern about the bulky new contraption “marring his natural good looks”, but quickly learned to keep his mouth shut after Betsy started in on his perpetually messy hair and unshaven face.

    I was planning on doing mad scientist Benjamin Franklin on a jetpack, but couldn’t get his face or hair right after numerous tries, so I’m now washing my hands of any further entries for this particular theme.

  55. Haydnc95 says:

    when will the contest end and be judged

  56. Jeff Hebert says:

    Every week the contest starts on Tuesday and ends whenever I get to it on the following Tuesday. Every week, it’s always the same.

  57. Haydnc95 says:

    ahh, ok thanks

  58. Danny Beaty says:

    Once again, here is The Battling Patriot:

  59. RSC5 says:

    I made a new background for my Betsy Ross entry and tweaked a few things on the head. Just because.

    Full Fixed:

    Headshot Fixed:

    Made kind of a Masonic feeling building entrance for one of their bases or whatever. There are also thirteen stars, one for each of the colonies at the time.

    Okay, *now* I wash my hands of this thing!

  60. Danny Beaty says:

    Here is Freedom Flyer:

  61. Hammerknight says:

    During an employee cook out at a genetics lab, an explosion genetically fused the BBQ grill to Billy Bubba. Now he goes as the Grill Master, a super hero out to save everyone from a bad cook out.

  62. Hero-X says:

    Once a simple man, James Wolfe became instilled with a listless energy upon reading Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense.” The words of the now famous Patrick Henry in his perhaps most famous speech, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” sent James out of control. Donning the colors of the Colonial Army, He created a new name for himself, the man known simply as: “The Revolutionary”

  63. Isia says:

    @RSC5 your pictures show great attention to detail and imagination,they remind me of someone else’s work, but the disturbia factor kinda throws it off for me. Im a little concerned about you lol

  64. RSC5 says:

    @Isia: Thank you! I’m honestly a very bright and cheery person, honest!, I just latch onto whatever strikes my fancy while playing around with the different HM3 sets. And I adore contrasting character elements, so the idea of a lovely young woman, the motherly center of her team, having a gruesome hobby of compulsive self-mutilation seemed intriguing.

  65. RSC5 says:

    Plus, I think these “Twisted Princesses” are nifty lately:

  66. Whit says:

    The Fireworks, defenders of freedom…

    The leader of The Fireworks. Flight, heat generation, light generation and manipulation, infrared vision.

    Miss Firecracker
    Redglare’s daughter. Tremor and explosion generation. [This was my first attempt at a juvenile, a turned face… and a tapdancer!]

    Second-in-command of The Fireworks. Light generation and manipulation, heat generation and manipulation, invisibility. [So much easier to make once the Energy slot was loaded!]

    Member, known to be somewhat cocky. Smoke generation and manipulation, heat tolerance (in suit).

    The Roman Candle
    Newest member of The Fireworks. Flame generation and manipulation.

  67. Danny Beaty says:

    @Whit: Thanks for bringing “Force of July” to my attention. Never heard of them before. Who published them? Silent Majority reminds me of Multi-Man from Hanna-Barbara’s “The Impossibles”.

  68. Timespike says:

    And because Liberty’s Guardian needs something to guard, Lady Liberty, herself:

  69. Whit says:

    Force of July was DC, a Batman spinoff.

  70. Steve says:

    In 2013, at the height of WWIII, the United States Launched a radical new weapon. A technological dynamo, Mecha-Merica is powered by the patriotism of his fellow soldiers both those fighting along side him, and those no longer able to do so. Programmed to take another life only as a last resort, Mecha-Merica single handedly turned the tables on the WAA (World Against America) and brought a peace to the world that it had never seen before.

  71. Knight1192 says:

    Probably too late to enter, but I’m gonna post this one anyway. This is Tom Aran, WWII bomber pilot. No special powers about him, just an average joe who flew a B-17 in the skies over Europe. And yes, pilots would decorate their jackets like they decorated their planes, though images like her would have been more on the back than the front. But hey, you can’t see the back so I put her on the front.