Friday Night Fights Finale!

Congratulations to our two finalists in the first HeroMachine Friday Night Fights Contest! Each of these gentlemen will receive a custom character illustration by yours truly, the winner's in color and the runner-up's in black and white. To have come this far means each of them created three great, winning characters in three different genres, which is no mean feat. Along the way they overcame some wonderfully illustrated opponents, and now at the last they meet head-to-head for the championship.

With no further ado, therefore, I give you your coincidentally Death-themed "Open" final round of this first iteration of Friday Night Fights:

I am also happy to announce the winner of the West Coast Avengers bracket from last week, Calin the Beastmaster, who defeated runner-up Scarab almost two-to-one. Well done! Calin's illustrator will receive his or her choice of either a portrait or any item they like for inclusion in HeroMachine 3, so congratulations.

Which brings us to our last West Coast Avengers round, featuring the "Open" submissions of all our previous contestants who are not in the final two. There are some great entries here, and one in particular that I think may be the best thing I have ever seen come out of HeroMachine.

As usual, the contests will run for one week, ending at midnight next Friday. The top vote getter wins, and you can vote once per day.

Good luck everyone! And thanks both to all of those willing to compete, as well as the great comments people have been leaving giving their critiques and thoughts on the various illustrations.

30 Responses to Friday Night Fights Finale!

  1. Gene says:

    Wow! Thanks Jeff! I won one!! *Dances like a dork*
    (Creator of Calin the Beast Master)

    Congrats to the finalist – those are two great pictures, though in the end I voted for the Executioner – more out of taste than skill – both are very well done.

    As for the Final WCA group, there are a lot of great entries here – this will be a tough one…..

  2. Zyp says:

    Ahh Damn! I was voted out! Well lonely wolf was probably my worst entry, or at least the least interesting. But I’m really glad that i still got my last entry posted here since I’m REALLY proud of it, so thanks for the great system Jeff!

    I voted here for the Little Death Machine ‘cos it shows more skill with using the hm3 and has better desing than its opponent which is, lets face it, a bit dull to be a finalist.

  3. Hammerknight says:

    I think everyone has done a wonderful job with all the entries. Jeff have you got a topic in mind for the next go around?

  4. Jeff Hebert says:

    I am wide open in terms of whether or not to do this again, and if so how, and when. I’d love any feedback on how this works, how it can be improved, or what you all would like to see in a new round of it, from rules to timing to prizes to anything else, really.

  5. Kaldath says:

    I think you should do this again, but not for at least several months. Doing these large contests to often make them less special in my opinion and takes away from the normal Weekly contests.

  6. Gero says:

    Congratulations to the finalists!

    For the final round, I went with Executioner, mostly because I felt Little Death Machine was too busy, and didn’t seem to have as much depth and story behind it.

    For the final WCA, I was stuck for a while between Mettallicc and Inferne, but eventually chose Inferne. While Mettallicc is amazing looking, it’s made mostly from parts that are designed to go together, and that’s what finally decided me…

  7. Kaldath says:

    I will not comment on the final round entries as I am competing in it, but for the West Coast Avengers Round I most say it was a tough choice as a few of these were really good, but in the end my vote went to Inferne. I only found one thing about it I didn’t care for and that is the left arm. I think it could have been layered a little better, however even with that one flaw I feel it is the strongest entry.

  8. Kaldath says:

    Edit to my last post ( note to self proof read before posting ) I meant the right arm, not the left arm

  9. kingmonkey says:

    I would just like to remind you that had I not been tardy, you’d have been graced with my Open round entry (assuming I made it past the first three rounds, and there were some pretty spectacular entries all around, so that would never have been guaranteed). Nonetheless, I wanted to sare wth you my Open entry:

    I voted fr Little Death Machine. She touched my heart in that special way that only a girl cyborg deah machine can. Executioner was a solid entry with good use of heavy black colours to promote mood, but the fun factor of LDM won out in the end.

    For the WCA round, I voted for Inferne. The use of background can never be overlooked, and in this entry it stands on par with the foreground character. My runner up choces would have been Black Erik and Waiting for the Train.

  10. Tigerguy786 says:

    I voted for Little Death Machine because she was more original and interesting than Executioner.

  11. Gene says:

    LoL, Rickrolled heromachine style by KingMonkey.
    *Tips imaginary hat*

  12. John says:

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: one of our WCA contestants has excellent taste in illustrators, none other than the fantastic Peter deSeve.

  13. The Imp says:

    *throws a brick at kingmonkey* That’s awesome. πŸ˜€

  14. William A. Peterson says:

    Two tough choices…
    I voted for Executioner, but that one was very close!
    In the WCA bracket, I voted for Testament, but I really like both Silver SCR and Metallicc Mech, as well!

  15. Lawrence says:

    wow, Inferne is absolutely amazing. I can’t stop looking at it. Very well done. I liked Metallicc too but Inferne just blew me away.

  16. atomicpunk says:

    Inferne is testament to the power and versatility of HM! Nice work.

  17. Kountkill says:

    I enjoyed the friday night fights, but didn’t realize until after the first round, that after the vote was closed, peoples creations would disappear, so I hadn’t saved them beforehand. So, after each round contestants creations disappear, are you going to post either everyone entries, or even just the winners, for posterity?

  18. Jeff Hebert says:

    That’s a great point, Kountkill, and frankly I hadn’t realized it either. I am not sure the best way to get those posted … should I go back into each round and post the images at the end, now that the voting is over? Or make one big one that has all sixteen for each genre?

  19. One big post, all sixteen entries!

  20. Alexander says:

    I am having trouble getting logged into the UGO Forums… is there ANYone who could contact me directly so I could describe my problem and get help?

  21. The Imp says:

    I may not be able to get on later in the week, and it seems pretty clear Kaldath is going to kick my ass here, so congrats Kaldath, in case I don’t get a chance to virtually shake your hand. πŸ˜€

  22. Kountkill says:

    My thought would be that you should do it whichever way would be easier on you. You’ve already got enough on your plate with working on HM3, so whichever way would be most convenient for you.

  23. Gene says:

    Hmmm…Wonder how this will turn out?

    Sorry Imp, I did like yours – but style wise I like Executioner. Both are technically great.

    As far as the WCA, Inferne is Awesome and deserves the win. I even voted for it once over my own πŸ™‚ I had to see my guy get some votes! He’s all lonely up there….

  24. kyle says:

    i had fun creating waiting for the train,
    but in the end it got all competitive to win the top prize.

    you should make one big post that has all sixteen for each genre and have them with their creator name by them.

    we should go back to the original character contest.

    you could work on the next parts for hm3.
    like weapons,background,back plane,etc

  25. Jeff Hebert says:

    Kyle, regular character contests were held on alternating Tuesdays throughout FNF just like usual. FNF was IN ADDITION TO that.

    And I was working on parts for HM3 throughout — hair, dresses, etc. all came out in the last month while FNF was going on.

    I do want to put up all sixteen for each genre, though I will likely break them up into four posts because otherwise for people with slow connections, that’s going to be painful.

  26. Kaldath says:

    @Imp – Thank you bud, I waited until the end to reply as even though you were behind it was always possible that you could have gotten a last minute ground swelling of votes!!! Your work throughout this entire contest was super, I liked all your entires and my votes went to them all until this last round!! and though I came out the victor in the end neither I am gladdened that we both will be receiving a fantastic prize from Jeff and in that way we are both winners!

    @Everyone else – I want to thank everyone who voted for me, and also want to thank those who commented on my work, knowing what you all think of my various pieces of art work will undoubtedly only help me make better pieces of art in the future!

  27. kyle says:

    so technically you put together old character contests and made fnf.

    are you still working on hm3 items or are you putting it on rest?

    how to improve:let the creator choice the name of their character name

    what to see if we do this again: revamp,pirates,etc

    prizes;first round=item,2nd=face,3rd= character on the main page,4=black and white illusion, second place color, first place a comic illusion of the character.

    for the next character contest revamp of the late 70’s,80’s,90’s cartoon character.

    caption contest: the phantom …..

  28. Jeff Hebert says:

    No, technically I did not just jam together old contests to make FNF. While there were contests based on supers and sci-fi/fantasy before, none of them were head to head, none had a bracket structure, and none were sequential. FNF is totally different in format. But if it makes you happy to think differently, go for it.

    Yes, I will repeat it again — I was working on HM3 throughout and I continue to do so. Shoes should be released later today.

    The creators COULD name their characters, and everyone but you and one other guy did so. You could either type in the name of the character when you save the image or just put it in the submission email. You don’t have to accept the default “hm3-beta.jpg” name, you can replace “hm3-beta” with whatever name you want.

  29. kyle says:

    oh,my bad i thought you did,im sorry.

    im sorry that i made you repeat your self.
    its cool that you asking for suggested for items to be add on to hm3.

    I did put a name on one of the entries for the sci-fi genre
    but you didn’t name him ku wung=sci-fi b

    come up with a new genre=contest/round, that we never did
    for ex=pirates or a revamp of a old cartoon,knights,dooms day thing

    for an old cartoon contest:
    revamp an old cartoon .

    Heck martian-blue got his contest that he wanted
    (Greek mythology)
    have the others suggested a new contest as well .

  30. kyle says:

    i cant wait until the shoe are made πŸ™‚