Character Contest 58: Simply your best

This week you get one shot, and one shot only, to wow us with the best thing you've ever done with HeroMachine (at least, the best thing that's never been entered in an HM contest before!).

No theme, no constraints beyond good taste, no limits. But you only got one entry, so you're going to have to decide which single image is most likely to blow the socks off the viewer. Agonizing, I know, but I'm evil that way.

Otherwise the contest rules are the same as usual:

  1. Use only a HeroMachine applet (no PhotoShopping except for basic cropping) to create a PNG or JPG of your entry, named as [your name]-[character name].[file extension]. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his "Bayou Belle" character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
  2. Post the image to a publicly accessible website (ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the UGO Forums, etc.).
  3. Enter the name of your entry and a link directly to the image in a comment to this post. The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest.
  4. The link to your image should go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). If you see "preview" or "rotate" somewhere in the link you're probably doing it wrong.
  5. I'll choose a winner next Monday, who will receive his or her choice of any item or a portrait to be included in the final HeroMachine 3 program, or a "Sketch of the Week" style black and white illustration (you pick the subject and I draw it up however I like).

You only get ONE entry this week, so make sure it's your best. And good luck!

(On a side note, admit it -- you would totally want the album from that highlight image at the top. It starts off with Rick Astley; it's like you're getting Rick-rolled before you even begin!)

191 Responses to Character Contest 58: Simply your best

  1. Captain Kicktar says:

    Sophia is of a race of tall and curious people, they are the ones who search for the answers to life, and usually are the stereotypical librarian the adventurers go to with questions.

  2. Kaldath says:

    Opps, Sorry Wrong Link:

    My Entry: Firebird –

    ( Jeff Please Delete my first post in the thread, Thank you )

  3. Joshua says:

    @Kaldath– It’s as if a Thanagarian was imbued with the Phoenix Force; very nice, sir.

  4. MScat says:

    abominal401 (6)- You only get one entry this week. So your “first” is also your last 😉

  5. MScat says:

    This sux!…i created this really great piece and as soon as I went to save it…THE WHOLE IMAGE WAS GONE! X-( hours and hours of work GONE! Oh well…guess ill start over from the begining

  6. Asder says:

    I was saving this one for a open critique day, but i can´t wait to post it, it´s a remake of an old concept that i did for the scorpio character contest and was a finalist.

    So here is the old one(NOT AN IMAGE FOR THE CONTEST)

    And here is the new one(THIS ONE IS MY ENTRY)

  7. Hammerknight says:

    @abominal401, Jeff said only one entry this week.

  8. Jeff Hebert says:

    abominal401: No worries man, but I don’t want to be the one to pick your entry. Let me know by comment number (and name, just to be sure) which is the one you want to be your actual entry and I will delete the rest.

  9. Asder says:

    I just wanna clear that i didn´t submit 2 images, i just wanted to compare the old one and the new one, which is the one competing

  10. MScat says:

    Jeff why am i having so much trouble with Heromachine. It won’t save my characters on JPG or PNG and when i saved it to the Actual heromachine it didnt save it. All im trying to do is add a few details to my old character but it won’t let me do anything. When i do add details it DELETES them as soon as I go to save them! im starting to want to pull my hair out

  11. Jeff Hebert says:

    MScat: There have been a lot of problems the last few days, I think the last update overwrote some stuff that I thought had been in there.

    Particularly for older saved characters, though, there’s no guarantee that they’ll work properly in the new system (although I thought they would), particularly if they were saved with bad data from before.

    Nothing should have changed with the JPG or PNG settings, though.

    I will say someone yesterday said the same thing about the saves not being there, but then a short while later they appeared. Try closing hm3 and reopening it after you save. I’ve also noticed that sometimes during the same session the new save files don’t get put in alphabetical order and I have to scroll around till I find them.

    Life with an alpha product, I’m afraid, but I really do feel bad about the frustration. I’m working diligently to get the code all back up where it is supposed to be.

  12. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    MScat, press the print scrn button. Then past it in mspaint. I take ten minutes to figure out. 😉
    And huh, this is a toughy….I have quite a few I’d say are great. Between eachother, it’s kinda a hard pic. Though Eclipse and Dark Child are up there on my list….hmmm…
    I’ll have to ponder it…

  13. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    opps, typo[s]. I meant ‘paste’ it. And “‘It’ takes”.
    Sorry about’ that.

  14. Tuldabar says:

    OK, here are two pieces that I’m REALLY proud of, and incidentally they are both in Star Wars theme. They are: Jedi Shadow:, and Smuggler:

    Am I the only one having problems with the file saving? I keep having to crop the images to get the white out.

  15. Tuldabar says:

    Ah shoot… My smuggler is the old one I had fixed. Rats, Here’s the finished one: I realized this was a one-shot deal, so that is my entry. Sorry again.

  16. Violet says:

    I made this for the Sagittarius contest along with two other entries, ended up finishing them and just not entering. But this one took…days. Days and days. It felt like, at every turn, something was going wrong. I finally was at the finishing touches…and opened up the file to discover nothing but body parts. I wasn’t surprised, considering the insanity the file contains, so I just closed it and decided that there were already many excellent entries for the contest.

    I found it recently and, with the help of Jeff’s new bug fixes, was able to polish it. Still couldn’t add patterns, though, but that’s okay. Here are our cast.

    In the center, we have our “heroine”, Vendalhia. She didn’t really plan on traveling around getting into adventures, but after an accident left her lower right half mangled, she was discharged from the fighting squadron that she had been with for most of her life. Out of options and no longer in danger of violating the cybernetics restrictions of the military, Vendalhia went through a series of painful surgeries to attach several internal and external robotic replacements, the most prominent of which was her right leg.

    Mercenary work was her only avenue for income. After paying off her surgeries, she was able to look for jobs in farther places, crossing the barriers between worlds with the clearance she had earned in the military and kept after an honorable discharge. Vendalhia had decided that there would be no commitments and no home, just one place after another. One job at a time.

    In the world of The Endless Meadow, which Vendalhia thought was the lamest name ever, she was arrested by the elders of a rather isolated Centauride village. A suspicious culture completely at one with nature, they considered her artificial parts a disastrous omen and most were clamoring for her execution. One brave Kentauride, an idealistic mare by the name of Juniper, facilitated Vendalhia’s escape with the help of the two elders who were against the ruling.

    To Vendalhia’s annoyance, Juniper, who was forever banished from her homeworld, decided to tag along with her “new best friend” on “exciting adventures”. She tried to explain the nature of her job to Juniper, but all the Kentauride took from it was that Vendalhia went around helping people and she gave up trying to explain it to her. The girl was talkative, cheery, and stuck out like a sore thumb in most locales…but Vendalhia gradually came to see her as the devoted, albeit clingy, best friend Juniper wanted so desperately to be.

    Her jobs immediately became less like jobs and more like charity, with Juniper having a habit of stumbling upon the most insanely pathetic lifeforms who needed help. One such group of beings were the Fire Souls, who resided in world called FryntsckeKel, roughly translated as “That Which is Born of the Magma Mother”. Despite their intimidating name and home, they were an incredibly passive and ordinary people, but were being invaded by an aggressive race known to them only as “The Smothering”.

    Not only was it a difficult mission in a harsh environment, but Vendahlia now had another tagalong in the form of Harvey (so called because his real name unpronounceable for Juniper), an incredibly easy-going and good-natured Fire Soul who thought the girls were just real neato kids. Him and Juniper together meant Vendahlia was officially outnumbered and their missions became even more like adventures.

    On the world of Yonna-1.4, in an abandoned stone fotress-turned-laboratory, they encountered Prender the Sixth, the preserved brain of an abrasive, anti-social scientist. After initially attacking them, his overwhelmingly curious nature got the best of him when it came to the most bizarre, beautiful specimen he had ever come across…Juniper. He followed them around from that moment on, obsessed with the Kentauride who, owing to her patient personality, tolerated his behavior admirably. Prender had a habit of inspecting her at random moments and over-analyzing her every comment or idea, murmuring “fascinating…”

    It is quite annoying. Vendalhia often wants to dump his canister out on the ground and stomp on his lobes.

    In the wastelands of Borm-Byre, on the beach of an acid sea, Juniper, newly introduced to the concept of photography, insists that they have a picture taken. She even has them all get into the proper position, with Vendahlia having to stand on a rock ledge infront, owing to her constant insecurities about traveling with two ridiculousy tall beings and a floating robot brain.

    “To remember,” Juniper says happily, grabbing an irritated Vendalhia’s midsection as the remote link Prender enabled goes off.

  17. Legatus says:

    @Tuldabar: read the contest rules again – very carefully. Then look at posts # 8, 15 and 19!

  18. Tuldabar says:

    Yeah, sorry about that. I finished my post before I realized this was a “one-shot” deal. I settled on my smuggler (after some cropping mishaps of course ;). I apologize again.

  19. Tarkabarka says:

    So my enty. – HELL LADY

    In the Aquarius competition when i see PapaKrok Spirit of Aquarius picture i have an idea to make also a girl on a motorcycle. So i think a lot of to what i make.

    My concept is a girl from hell, whose sexy and devilish.
    If i have a tattoo i make this theme because i very like this concept.

    I like the motorcycles, and sexy girls :D.
    To ride a bike is a great thing and any man have inside a devil, whose want to go faster and faster.

    Also Sorry for my english. I don’t use the language and i forgot a lot of.

  20. dm3588 says:

    So it can’t have been used in a previous contest, but can it have been used in an open critique?

  21. Violet says:

    Additionally, my entry was meant to represent several of the different themes and aspects of the Sagittarius contest that you mentioned. I decided to incorporate them all in what was undoubtedly a fit of frustration. Dropped the archer bit from the front character though. The quiver never, ever did right on her back.

  22. Jeff Hebert says:

    dm3588: Yes, for this particular contest, ones used in an open critique are ok.

  23. alphaalpharomeo says:

    Did you post the Caption COntest winner yet?

  24. The Fish says:

    Here’s my entry:
    Anansi: He is the protector of Africa and guardian of the creative spirit. A living embodiment of Anansi and his storytelling powers, he specializes in illusion and nature magics and has all the standard abilities of a spider. He is even able to mimic the venoms of other spiders and administer them by his fangs.

  25. MScat says:

    Hey Jeff thanks for everything. I know your working hard for all of us. But if I still can’t get it to work I might have to sit this one out…even though I really don’t want to

  26. abominal401 says:

    Leave nr 16.
    Seventh entry,Gunner! Thank you!

  27. Myro says:

    This sucks! I went through my library, and almost everything I made outside of character contests is junk. Well, not junk, but not as good as I’ve made for the contests!

    I’m going to have to go at this from scratch, and I haven’t an idea on what to try to make.

  28. Jeff Hebert says:


    PapaKrok, let me know which ONE entry you want and I’ll delete the others. Otherwise, they’ll all be disqualified.

  29. PapaKrok says:

    Oops sorry Jeff, I missed that part :0 Lets do the 80s tribute.

  30. PapaKrok says:

    Jeff, looks like #42 Alice is still there, can you X that one as well…might wanna use it later after some tweaking.


  31. MScat says:

    Jeff Im still having trouble…and im not even using the same computer! OH WELL…sigh…I was able to get a somewhat good picture. NO WHERE NEAR what I wanted and really it doesnt even LOOK like the image I created in the program. Some of the colors and sizes changed when i exported it. UGH i give up!

    This pic is based on a short story i wrote a while back. The premise of the story is this: A young woman is sent away to a school training professional Ballerinas. She is losing her passion for dance because of her teacher’s strict and routine way she wants the pupils to dance. One day she sneaked away into the woods. She hopped up on a rock and began to dance. A young fiddler happened to see her. He begins to fall in love with her, so he begins to play his fiddle. The two danced and played music all night. The young fiddler brought back the passion for dancing in the ballerina’s heart.

  32. Vampyrist says:

    Are entries eligible if they were presented at an Open Critique day?

  33. Jeff Hebert says:

    Yes, for this contest, Open Critique Day entries are fine.

    PapaKrok, sorry about missing Alice, that comment has now been deleted.

  34. Jeff Hebert says:

    Abominal401, the others have been removed, leaving your #7. Thanks!

  35. TheRandomHERO says:

    @PapaKrok (42): Ya, I’m not entering this compition solely because your entry f***ing rocks! I can not top that. And no offense to the others but neither is anyone else thus far, in my opinion.

    Great use of shadows and depth portrayal with sizing.

  36. TheRandomHERO says:

    Ok, well the entry was there before Jeff accidently deleted it. Comment still applys after he reposts it.

  37. Jeff Hebert says:

    TheRandomHERO, it was deleted because everyone only gets one entry. He requested to keep “80s Tribute” so that’s what I did, the others are removed.

  38. Jeff Hebert says:

    MSCat, please email me directly ( with exactly what is happening, and if possible the steps you’re taking to have it happen. I’d really appreciate it.

  39. Vampyrist says:

    If they are fine then, may I present you with a work inspired by a few words by Nietzsche.

    “Battle not with monsters, lest you become a monster, for when one gazes into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.”

  40. Kaldath says:

    @Vampyrist: Now That is AWESOME!

  41. One entry only… HeroMachine 3 Beta is buggy… clock is ticking…

    I predict a lot of last minute entries. See you Saturday. ;9

  42. Fyzza says:

    Jeff – Can we use our entry for this contest in another?

  43. Jeff Hebert says:

    Fyzza, I’m going to go with no — a contest is a contest.

    Hey, if other people are having problems with HM3 really going nuts on you please email me, I’d like to get any feedback on bugs I can while I’m in the code.

  44. Tuldabar says:

    @unknownblackpaper: Holy Huttspawn! How did you DO that?! And where’d you get that baby dragon?! That’s bloody awsome!

  45. Fyzza says:

    @Jeff – That’s perfectly understandable, this is for past and present creations so I see why they’re not eligable to be used in future contest.

    @Tuldabar – the dragon is in Companion|Standard on the second page.

  46. Jason22274 says:

    I’m probaly hugely out gunned in this one, but I like him the best:

    Barbose, Northern barbarian to violent for his own village, he’s moved south to warmer climates, though continues to wear much of his northern furs.

  47. Joshua says:

    @PapaKrok– I have an 80’s tribute to your 80’s tribute, “Dude, that is–like–totally radical.”

  48. unknownblackpaper says:

    @Tuldabar: Lots of patience! Took me at least 4 hours to make. The layers @_@

  49. Fyzza says:

    My entry is Wulf, a character I created back in December and I consider this creation my best.

    Name: Harold Baenziger

    Alias: Wulf

    Born: April 17th 1979

    Height: 6’3”

    Weight: 240 lbs

    Eyes: Dull red

    Hair: Long, light brown

    Ethnicity: American, of European decent

    Genre: Neutral, leaning slightly towards Hero.

    Powers: Mild superstrength, Extreme accuracy, Extreme fighting abilility, Basic invulnerability, Can summon energy beings in the forms of red wolves, Strong superspeed, Can talk to wolves and other canines, Night vision

    Backstory: Harold was born to Kaspar and Mary Baenziger on April 17th 1979. The Baenziger’s were a poor family, but Kaspar worked extremely hard to feed his wife and son.
    One tragic day, Harold’s father died of overwork and extreme stress. Harold and Mary were evicted from their home, and forced to live on the cold streets, and Harold had to be withdrawn from school. He made friends quickly with a homeless Mixed Martial Artist, who taught him the styles of MMA, Boxing and Wrestling. He began to compete in MMA contests, and Boxing and Wrestling matches.
    He was making enough money to feed himself and his mother, but the cold was too much, as she died of Pneumonia shortly afterwards. Harold, now an orphan, paid for his mother and father’s funerals, and they were buried together. He started working harder than he ever had, and started training in swordfighting and archery. He found himself to be a natural at both, and at the age of 18, when he had mastered them, he began training in many other sports.
    This was when he found that he was a superhuman. He was in the boxing gym he had trained at since a young age, and when he punched a punch-bag, a blast of red energy flew from his hand, and landed next to the punch bag, forming the shape of a wolf. The energy-wolf cocked its head and then copied the exact movements that Harold was doing. After a while, he learned how to control this power, and realised that this must not be his only power. He realised this was why he was so good at each sport that he trained in.
    Cut forward a few years, and Harold has become Wulf, the super-human that lurks in the city, the forests and the mountains, challenging almost anyone in his path. He has left a saying behind in the super community; ‘If you see a red wolf, you’re pretty much a dead man.’

    With Weapons:
    Without Weapons:
    With Wolf Aura:

    The main image is the one with weapons, so if it happens to be a finalist, could you please use that image, Jeff?

  50. LargeForamt says:

    My Entry, not much to say about her other than she is a cybernetically enhanced assassin (Replaced her left forearm and hand, her legs [save the inner thighs and groin]and numerous internal organs, allowing her to efficiently opperate in her preferred desert climate.) She prefers her planet’s seemingly endless sandstorms to covertly kill those assigned, hence the alias.


  51. Kaldath says:

    @Tuldabar, That Dragon and a couple others are in the Companions Section of the program.

  52. zaheelee says:

    I know that once some of the WAY more talented people start entering (cough cough Imp cough cough), I wont stand a chance, but I wanted to make a cool looking concept so, here it is 🙂

    Black and White:

  53. ajw says:

    a little close to something but its Swiss pajama and torch club!
    I will accept disqualification if its crossing any lines.

  54. Gero says:

    Wow…just wow. I don’t even enter most of the normal character contests because of the level of competition, but this is ridiculous. Jeff, good luck picking a winner when the only rule is “submit your best picture ever”. I can’t even imagine how hard some of these entries were to make. I’m out before I’m even in for this one…

  55. Whit says:

    Well, maybe not my best work, but I think it’s my most ambitious and the one where I put the most thought into it. Nonetheless, mine doesn’t hold a candle to most of these entries. These are the Three Graces of Greek mythology.

  56. ams says:

    Hey gang! Great idea for this contest getting everyone to put their best work up. Makes you go back through your archive and really take a look at what you’ve done. I had a hard time deciding on which pic I would put up, but I kept coming back to the same image. I enjoyed creating this character and I hope it shows. Cheers!

  57. Watson Bradshaw says:

    hey Jeff, what are the rules on using a piece that has established characters (DC/Marvel)? I have one that I am really proud of, but I don’t want to evoke the wrath of the copy right gods!

  58. Jeff Hebert says:

    Watson, that’s a big no-no, sorry.

  59. Watson Bradshaw says:

    no problem, thanks for the heads up Jeff

  60. Watson Bradshaw says:

    well here is my no copy right hurting entry.


    Kid Turbine is a Teen mechanical genius who created a superhero robot called Knight-bird to petrol his city. As the city cheers for their protector they have no idea that the “side-kick” is really the one calling the shots.

  61. XionUnborn01 says:

    My entry is Penance Priest. They are a small group of over zealous priests that force the foul souled to live their punishment and repent in their shriveled, weak bodies.

  62. Worf says:

    @Watson Bradshaw (#69): I’m not sure that’s going to “fly”, but cool picture nonetheless….

  63. Zyp says:

    Power Aztec

    Really REALLY cool contest idea btw! It’s a nice chance to post the pieces we’re really proud of that didn’t relly fit into any of the previous contests. It’s cool to have a more open one! Thanks!

  64. zaheelee says:

    @Zyp, I really like that look 🙂 I hope you get into the finals!

  65. Frevoli says:

    Hm, anything… if I can decide on something, I’ll get back to you

  66. abominal401 says:

    Thanks Jeff! And sorry that i had to put you to delete all of them and waste your time! Next time i will pay more attention!

  67. Runt82 says:

    I normally don’t enter character contests because I feel I have no shot. But, I’ll throw in what I think is my best HM3 work to date. This isn’t my favorite character in my stable, but I’m still proud of it. I doubt I’ll win, but here goes.


  68. VonMalcolm says:

    Dr. Eads is a female alchemist who took to the Shadow Barrens to pursue her calling in peace. At first her experiments were noble and humane but her isolation maddened her as the Shadow Barrens polluted her flesh. In secret her study turned from the dark art of Alchemy to the Black Art of Transmogrification. Her initial experiments in exile were designed to protect her from the covens, killers, crackpots and creatures that inhabited the Barrens; but as she found success her ambition steered her towards building an army that would reek vengeance upon the civilization that had made her an outcast.

    Her ‘paranimal’ subjects call her Master; her ‘parahuman’ subjects call her Mother. Her twisted motherly instincts are what makes her the ‘Arch Mage’ of her field. Drucilla Eads’s beauty is still enchanting, but as time goes by, her evil soul shows itself through her skin more and more.

    For the first time three of her subjects have escaped: she underestimated the parahuman’s intelligence, communication, and will; having only restrained him with a Tragic Noose. He cut the noose from its ever supporting Dead Man’s Branch with a Shadow Stiletto that was stolen and hidden from Drucilla by a beastly paranimal equipped with a long, prehensile tongue. At the appropriate moment this beast paranimal spit the stiletto to a soaring paranimal (who was occasionally let out of his chains to fly free) and the flying paranimal in turn dropped the stiletto to the parahuman who was precariously perched on the Dead Man‘s Tree. After waiting for the right moment the parahuman cut himself free (almost being hung in the process); he then unchained his accomplices and they all made their escape.

    The escapee experiments now wander the Shadow Barrens just trying to survive as Mother relentlessly searches for them. They trust no one but each other and they will attack anything on sight, despite not being inherently evil. Mother never gave them names; she just calls an individual subject ‘my baby’ or ‘my pet‘. The renegades named themselves Trans, Mog and Rify after the word that has haunted them their entire lives: Transmogrify.

  69. Zarae says:

    my best was in a critic day, but with no time, i havent changed it or fixed it. not sure if its allowed.
    so just entering in case:

  70. Zarae says:

    if any know about forgotten realms (D&D) its the Dark Maiden- Eilistraee

  71. Brad says:

    Only one, Mr. Hebert? Wow, you’re evil sometimes. Well, I choose to list my favorite, my Ice Dragon.
    I chose this one because it was the first one where I tried to expand beyond a regular human figure. It remains as my crowning glory of HM achievments.

  72. Blackjack says:

    Wow, it’s been awhile since I read the actual blog portion of this site. I didn’t know there were contests. This is an Alien Priestess I made a while back.

    She is a Turmek Warrior-Priestess. The Turmek are a clandestine race that have combined advanced technology with natural magic, putting laws of survival at the forefront of their study. This Priestess is one who is in the Dragon-worshipping sect of their religion. Here she is surrounded by her aura in a meditation spot where constant concentration by many predecessors have both choked and replenished the life from the area, thus constantly leaving it half-grown. Also seen are three of the six Turmek moons, one of which sports rings like the planets Saturn and Uranus in the Solar System of Earth. Keeping her calm, she is undisturbed by the meteor shower that is storming through the atmosphere behind her.

  73. borntobealoser says:

    Ok, here goes nothing…

    It’s kinda hard to tell what’s going on in my entry, sometimes even I can’t tell. She’s meant to be shooting out of the explosion (which is the Big Bang.

  74. The Imp says:

    PapaKrok, ams, Zyp:


  75. Jessica says:

    Okay, so this is my version of the Lady of the Lake in King Arthur legends. Hope you guys like it!

  76. Tango says:

    Question, Jeff: There’s something of an alien species I’ve come up with. In my own little show-off thread (which I need to update soon with new stuff), I posted one of them, and then for the earlier “Aliens” contest, I used another member of the same race. Could I enter yet another member of that race? In other words, a brand new image for this contest that happens to feature a type of alien that I’ve used before.

  77. Jeff Hebert says:

    Tango, that’s fine — so long as it’s a new image.

  78. zaheelee says:

    I don’t know why everyone keeps saying they have no chance of winning (*raises hand*) when every image I have seen so far is FANTASTIC! Good job guys, and keep it up 🙂

  79. Dionne Jinn says:

    I would have loved to put on one of my jedi characters, but I tend to do some serious photo-shopping with the lightsabers. But the 80s theme gave me an idea, so here is the best I got. My interpretation of Synergie (or Synergy, which ever spelling you prefer) from the old 80s cartoon series Jem and the Holograms. Looks pretty much like her, I think.

  80. Dionne Jinn says:

    Oops! Forget it… I only now noticed that established characters are forbitten. New try with something else…

  81. crispy says:

    Oh sorry, just read only one entry.
    ignore my last post,

  82. CPrime says:

    Yeah, I’m going to stay out of this contest. I was born in 86 so I’m too young to remember this decade. Nor would I really want to. When we do the 90s, I’ll definitely be all over this one.

  83. zaheelee says:

    @CPrime, you do realize that this has absolutely nothing to do with the 80’s, right? The picture is there to show the “best of”. The real theme is literally your best work. Basically, that means you should read the instructions before you post.

  84. PapaKrok says:

    Joshua and Imp. Thanks! Humbly.

    I missed entry into the bounty hunter contest with the Marshall and his Foxy Mama. Made me sad, so he’s back.

    Can you hear the soundtrack? Chicken cow chicken brown cow…

    TheRandom Hero, Thanks as well, but please enter something! I would feel like a d*ck if I were to put you off the creative process. Alice will have to wait till I get her right, the ghastly chick….

  85. PapaKrok says:

    PS Imp…that’s smokin cool.(93)

  86. PapaKrok says:

    Ams, great side shot! Been trying to pull that off without success myself! NICE!

  87. Dionne Jinn says:

    Since my previous post (91) can be considered to be disqualified for contests, I made this one. I wanted to keep the 80s theme and couldn’t awoid taking influence from the series I mentioned above, but it turned out pretty nice. Let me present to you: the Disco Queen.

  88. PapaKrok says:

    Zyp, LOVIN the light effects 🙂

  89. PapaKrok says:

    Asder, diggin the entry!!

  90. B. Clouser says:

    The Warm Messer (Means ‘Hot Knife’ in German)

    Battleship Hunting Prototype. Large knife on its back extends and slices into a ships hull as the mech passes, gutting it like a fish.

  91. Tango says:

    Lord Tal’Var:

    As their death rate continued to rise, the sickly Vyngorian people grew desperate. Tal’Var, a rebellious and long-lived (thus higher status) Vyngorian General, seized the throne with ease, after promising his people that he would end their suffering and bring health and prosperity to them all, launching a galaxy-wide conquest with the ultimate goal of bringing immunity to all of Vyngor. This search would last several thousand years. Recently, Lord Tal’Var discovered a race that possessed just the right genetic code that his people needed: our race.

  92. Jeff Hebert says:

    CPrime, it’s not an 80s contest in any way, as the body of the post I think makes pretty clear … maybe I should just remove that image. It was for the “Simply the best” headline, not the 80s part.

  93. CPrime says:

    Ohhhhhh. Yeah, I was beginning to wonder what the hell people were thinking with their entries. Haha.

  94. CPrime says:

    But Jeff, be honest with us. You do actually own the 4-CD “Simply the Best of the 80s” set, don’t you…

    It’s okay, man. You can admit it. We all have parts of music library that are… questionable.

  95. Frevoli says:

    Okay here’s my shot

    Major Gregor Heart was the superhero of the people; former army commander, husband, father… the city loved him.

    Well, except of course the fiends whose plots he foiled on a regular basis. That is until he arrived that faithful day to stop a bank heist by Russian strongman, “Iron-Curtain”. One of the Curtain’s henchmen got in a lucky shot, followed by a few more, silencing the hero once and for all.

    Sent off with a lavish funeral and left a memorial in the cemetary out of town, there he lay undisturbed… until that night. A kid, no idea of what he was doing, had come across a spellbook. With it, the Major stood once more.

    Yes he still had heart (which is now clear to see, thanks to the opening in his chest cavity) but now he goes under a new name.

    So whilst Major Heart never rose again, the world bears witness… to Major Gore

  96. Frevoli says:

    May I also add that I almost didn’t finnish, due to slow program response (whether that was down to me having too many components, or just my computer remains to be seen) occuring after finnishing the statue… but I am really happy that I did and proud of the result

  97. The Imp says:

    @Tango: Lord Tal’Var is badass.

    There’s some excellent entries this time…

  98. CPrime says:

    Ok, since I am apparently an idiot (Woohoo! Six and a half years of college!), and misunderstood the theme of the contest (and by the way, thank you to those of you kind enough to not insult me with your sarcasm, at least verbally), I’ll give this contest a shot.

    This one is hard because I’ve used my best stuff in previous contests. So this is actually “simply the best of what’s left.”

    Also, I’d like to note that this one entry, but I feel it necessary to post both images. If Jeff says it’s ineligible… well, it isn’t the first time…

    Azura. Jeri Stevens. Optic blasts. Member of the New Force.

    Without the blast:
    With the blast:

  99. Chocolate Soda says:

    This is an Unfinished Entry I made in a contest way back.

  100. Troy Prine says:

    [The MegaGoober]

    Well, I just finished writing his backstory for y’all to read, but, of course, with my $#^**@ computer, it got lost, so, in short, he’s a guy who gets amnesia and wakes up in a ruined city, where he makes allies with other unfortunate soldiers and they have an epic quest to stop a world war. There.

  101. Joel says:

    here’s my entry.

    Master swordsman Jiro. if you look behind him, you can see a testament to his skill.

  102. spidercow2010 says:

    As I began my backstory on this character, I realized that my addled old brain, so far removed from its childhood, had combined Red Riding Hood with Snow White. I gave her a red hood but called her Dwarfmistress. Had some idea about how she slays wicked queens and wields a sword created in Dwarven forges. Couldn’t figure out that large evil wolf lurking on the periphery of my narrative, huffing & puffing to get in.
    Well, what the hell, it’s a pretty picture:

  103. Frevoli says:

    @Spidercow2010 that’s fair enough. When I was writing my backstory I included an evil Violinist called “The Fiddler”… whom I then found out already exists, as a Golden Age Flash villain

    The subconscious is the enemy of original thought

  104. B. Clouser says:

    I’m going to repost my submission because Photobucket apparently likes to darken my images and make them hard to view. Jeff, you can go ahead and delete my post #103 if you want.

    Here is the proper version of my submission.

    The Warm Messer (Warm Messer means ‘Hot Knife’ in German)

    A Battleship Hunting Prototype. The large plasma lined knife on its back extends and slices into a ships hull as the mech passes, gutting it like a fish.

  105. Mysterious Zed says:

    This is one my crime fighting duo,
    Justice squad, justice duo or urban justice couldn’t think of a name or anything so pick one. Thanks

  106. Arioch says:

    @72 Zyp: Freakin awesome!!!

    @76 runt: Simple in design, but well composed, and I love the colors, he looks great, and can be a fine source of inspiration 🙂

  107. Nakiato says:

    nothing all that special but this is a design I did of the hindu Goddess Kali. I dont know that it is contest material really but its one of my favorite so here

  108. Iflyte says:

    Alright, I was inspired by Shogun II TW this week. So, I made an awesome samurai guy, though, he was upgraded to an evil painting of an awesome samurai guy with a god of death inside.

  109. DiCicatriz says:


    Jeff did an awesome sketch of this character for me a little while ago and I wanted to contribute something involving him for this contest.

    Kid Chaos is provided his catastrophe-inducing abilities after having his heart replaced with that of the Aztec goddess Coatlicue.

    Coatlicue is the matriarch of the Aztec pantheon, and has dual roles as both mother and destroyer. Her chaotic nature led rival pantheons to band together and imprison her. They slaughtered the Aztec pantheon (her children), destroyed her incarnate form, and sealed her into a dimensional rift just outside of the mortal realm. Coatlicue, before being completely subdued, managed to seal the mortal realm from divine influence. The deities that imprisoned her could no longer incarnate themselves within the the physical universe. They could only subtly manipulate events from afar, or act through representative human avatars…

    Kid Chaos came into being when the hapless youth stumbled onto a hidden temple devoted to Coatlicue while touring the ruins of Teotihuacan. The temple is a weak point in Coatlicue’s prison and she is able to interact with him, turning him into an avatar of chaos. Kid Chaos strives to use his abilities for good and eventually meets up with and forms a group of superhuman adventurers: The Chaos Kids (seen here if anybody’s interested: ). The moment in my illustration comes after a particularly brutal defeat at the hands of a mysterious group of Mayan brothers, ritually empowered by select deities of their own pantheon (seen here: ) Despite venturing into the Mayan underworld, Xibalba, to rescue their leader; the Chaos Kids are too late to prevent the Siblings from ritually sacrificing him to their gods (their goal is to destroy Coatlicue’s foothold on the physical realm). The ritual, however, backfires. Kid Chao’s physical death in the sacred space of Xibalba (another dimensional weak point) provides Coatlicue with a brief window into the mortal plane. She rips herself out of Connor, and physically incarnates herself on the mortal plane.

    Coatlicue manifests as a terrifying matriarch, her lower body composed of writhing snakes which hold tightly onto Connor’s catatonic body. Her power keeps him on the edge of life and death, cementing her place in the physical universe. She travels to the center of the Aztec universe (the sacred teocali in the former site of Tenochtitlan) in order to collapse the dimensional multiverse in on itself and end everything. His own teammates are forced to face the world-shattering menace of Kid Chaos possessed!

    -This last link is my entry, the former ones are just for reference and don’t qualify anyway since I used image-editing software to create them. Sorry for such a long post, I got a tad carried away 😀

  110. CPrime says:

    Thank God we’re only allowed one entry. It’s only Wednesday. I don’t know know how you’re going to wade through all these.

  111. Cpt. Brass says:

    Captain Brass and the crew of the Airship Elixir.

  112. LionStar says:

    This is Peter. He is the most loyal disciple of a terrorist organization known as The Guild. He is endowed with control over electric currents and is not known for having mercy on his victims. Once a positively ambitious college student, Peter is now a most deadly adversary.

  113. pyrodude760 says:

    for my submisson i chose survivor i never gave him a name or anything if someone wants to write a backstory for him that would be awesome here he is

  114. Mr. Chowderhead says:

    Can I post a character that has allready been posted on the UGO forum but not in a contest?

  115. The Imp says:

    Is it just me, or does Captain Brass (#127) look like George W. Bush? 😀

  116. Myro says:

    Imp (130): I guess I can kinda see it. I thought he looked like a taller, younger version of British actor Edward Fox.

  117. Mr. Chowderhead says:

    Since this character was allready posted on the UGO forum but not in a contest I’m not sure if it’s eligible but what the hell? Anywho my best work or at least my favorite…

    Dazzarelle (version 2)

    Age: Eternal
    Height: Whatever she desires. 6’0″ on average
    Weight: 135lbs
    Power: Telepathy, Telekinesis, Superhuman Strength and Speed, Energy Projection,

    Dazzarelle is a God Hunter created by The Overseer (seen here: to destroy lesser gods who have become tainted with the power they have been given. Dazzarelle’s latest task is to destroy Darkness (seen here:, a being who’s power has become so great, he now poses a threat to all of existance and even The Overseer himself. When Dazzarelle confronts Darkness, she is defeated by the maniacal entity and as a consequence, is corruped by his evil. Forsaken by The Overseer, Dazzarelle now finds herself hunted by the minions of Darkness and has been given only 1,000 years to destroy Darkness before his evil corrupts her absolutly and The Overseer unleashes his most powerfull creation, the Golden Guard (seen here:, from destroying all of existance.

  118. Rozenstal says:

    I already exposed this work on Open Critique Day, a panel with more than 30 villains:
    The unlucky and aggressive gambler:
    The malicious inventor:
    The fine and severe goddess of the Mechanic:
    New Year’s fanatr to Russian card collection online game: super-Santa against bad guys. The full name of work – “Behave well in New Year, boys and girls!”
    Interested persons can look at originals of characters of the latest work:

    Attention! And now a question: what of these five works it is necessary to put on competition?
    For Jeff: if council is not, consider the first work.

  119. Legatus says:

    Here is my contest entry. It is what I consider to be “Simply The Best”!

  120. pyrodude760 says:

    #133 mr. chowderhead i love the darkness you have some fantastic designs

  121. fang mcfrost says:

    this is a piece i did playing with perspective, the scale might be off but i think its pretty cool, alittle femme fatale thing going on

  122. TheRandomHERO says:

    Ok here is mine, and i’m only submitting cause i put alot of work into it. But I did it all for nothing cause I never saved it. I took screen captures as I go so that if HM3 crashes on me I have a template to go off of, but this image is the last one I took, and I went all the way without saving after this shot. Then HM3 crashed and I lost it. SO here is my entry in uncomplete. i won’t complete it either cause it just took waaaaaay to damn long. I was giving shadowing and textures a shot.

  123. PapaKrok says:

    TheRandomHero (137).

    Glad you entered! I love the inked feel and the nod to Scottish ancestry.

  124. dblade says:

    Here is my entry. The Seductrix is a cyber demon who preys on the lonely internet traveler, corrupting the poor soul with carnal temptations.

  125. Cpt. Brass says:

    The Imp, lol I had absolutely no intention of making him look like W. Oh well.

  126. Amaranth says:

    My entry, Prymixa the Dragon Queen:

    Prymixa is a prismatic dragon which means that she can control each magical element. She commonly takes human form when meeting with mortals in her throne room.

  127. Mr. Chowderhead says:

    #136 pyrodude760 thank you so much my friend.

    Anywho, I should point out, the Dazzarelle character is the one I nominated for this contest. The other are there just you could put a face to the other characters mentioned in the bio.

  128. headless general says:

    This is my first entry into a contest. Her name is Wicked

  129. weee90 says:

    these guys dont have a name but they are the best i got but i dont think ill win

  130. Me, Myself & I says:

    headless general (145) I think you need to review the process for adding the links. I am not able to see your image.

  131. pyrodude760 says:

    #133 Mr. Chowderhead you should seriously consider making a comic strip or a story board for you characters honestly im just blown away as of right now i petition for your characters to become a story lol i would love to read there story dude

  132. TheRandomHERO says:

    @PapaKrok (139): Thank you, it had so much more detail when I add’d the color and patterns and shading but HM3 crashed on me, and I really didn’t wana attempt it all over again. So you guys get my “draft” black and white. And yes, the nod to scottish ancestory is there. Odd that you caught it. I grew up with stories from my grandfather who lived in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. My favorite one was that of the Wulver.

    p.s. I can’t wait to see the “Alice” finished.

    @dblade (140): This one is the first (beside Alice, but she doesn’t count cause it was removed) that made me go “Whoa.” Took me a second to figure out how you did that. Actually the first thing that poped into my mind was “You’re not suppose to use photoshop!” Nice work.

  133. Rozenstal says:

    For Jeff: consider the new-year work.

  134. Worf says:

    @dblade(140): I agree with TheRandomHERO, very cool use of the skyline to make that background.

  135. dblade says:

    @TheRandomHERO(150) and Worf(152)

    Thanks. It’s always a blast to explore what you can do with the different HM3 elements. I mainly use the HM3 for character sketches and rarely put backgrounds on my images, so this was a fun experimentation with shapes and transparency.

  136. The Imp says:

    @dblade (140): Yeah, that’s awesome. I love the background – what is that? Kind of looks like the city skyline turned horizontal. It really looks Matrix/internet-y.

  137. Anarchangel says:

    So after a lengthy debate with the voices in my head about whether I should enter this character with a city background or a minimalist background I finally decided on the minimalist version. Though I will probably regret it the second I hit the post button.

    This is Doubletake:

  138. dblade says:

    @The Imp (154): Good eye! It is multiple layerings of the city skyline turned on its side, stretched, and squeezed with color transparency adjustments.

  139. Lime says:

    I created the Rust Ridge Prowler slightly too late to enter him in the “Aliens” contest, alas. Maybe he’s my best — at least, I think he represents my most inventive use of the available parts. 🙂

    “The Rust Ridge Prowler only comes out once in a blue moon.”

  140. Mr. Chowderhead says:

    @ pyrodude760 (#149): Thanks a million for the kind words! Sadly my writing skills are awefull and pretty unoriginal but I may right a bio for the characters.

    @ Anarcangel: Double Take is simply fantastic my friend. Very well done 🙂

  141. Myro says:

    Been struggling with this one, finally got a re-imagining of a character I’ve previously worked on for a game.

    Succubus is one of the pawns in a rivalry between gods in a personal struggle. Problem was, once the gods started imbuing their pawns with powers, those pawns weren’t bound to follow directions.
    Originally a normal woman, Succubus had been transformed into a faun (a type of female satyr), but she had originally mistaken her form for a demon. Stealthy, quick, strong, and capable of emitting pheromones that will allow her to flirt her way out of (and sometimes into) a situation beyond her control. And when worst comes to worst, she can always teleport in a cloud of ashy black smoke. Having taken to art theft, she has become notorious to the region of late.
    Here we see her knee deep in mid-teleport just as a spotlight appears on her. She does this by forming wormholes through a pocket dimension filled with noxious gas, not unlike Nightcrawler I guess. Kind of a blink and you miss it moment.

  142. Knitesoul says:


    A man who has both powers of fire & ice. His weapons take form of dual swords, Magma & Icebrand. He can magically make them appear through his hands. His left hand can only conjure ice as his right can only conjure fire. (This link is my entry)

    This was based off of my previous work, “Psychic Sword”:

  143. D says:

    This was inspired by a Beatles song

    Can you guess which one?

  144. A Norseman:

    Wish I had time this week to create a new character for this contest. He is the second character that I upgraded from HM 2.5 to 3 alpha. It would be too egotistical to use my first. ;9

  145. zaheelee says:

    @dblade(140): I LOVE that background! How on earth did you make it? Please dont tell me you added each and every square yourself (and if you did, I have so much respect for you right now). I dont think i have that kind of patience 🙂

  146. zaheelee says:

    dblade, you dont have to answer my last post, i just looked at some earlier posts and i dont want you to feel like you are repeating yourself. nevertheless, it is simply AWESOME!

  147. zaheelee says:

    I guess this is just my day for complements, but Myro, I love your design! I is really cool how you made the feet disappear.

  148. zaheelee says:

    * It is really cool

  149. Me, Myself & I says:

    weee90 (146) I like your image a lot. I have a suggestion that might help it a little. If you look at the blue guy in the foregrounds hood you will see that the sky behind him shines through. When using this particular hood, I find it helpful to place an object the same color (or perhaps even a little darker) behind the hood so that you can’t see through it.

  150. Me, Myself & I says:

    Hammerknight (119), that rocks man.

  151. Me, Myself & I says:

    “There Will Be Blood . . . I Insist”

    The power was intoxicating. He wished he’d learned the blood rites decades before. Of course they feared his power, and of course, the means at which he gained it. He couldn’t blame them really. Fact is, he didn’t care. He was going to continue on his journey and there was nothing they could do to stop him. Once his bone armor artifact was finished he’d be invincible. Too bad it was such a long process as only one bone could be harvested from each target.

    There Will Be Blood

  152. Me, Myself & I says:

    Oh, Jeez. I messed up and saved it as a Bitmap. Here it is as a png.

  153. Myro says:

    Zaheelee (166): Thank you.

  154. dblade says:

    @zaheelee (164): Thanks for the compliments. And if I had the patience to put in all those squares I would be a saint!

  155. Kytana says:

    Ok i have finish a old idea for this contest.
    i think i must not explain it and i hope its not to hot.
    And i am careful to point out that i am female and i wish all of us good luck!

  156. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    I’m not entering, at least I don’t think I will.
    This contest is unfair! xD
    The already posted one’s….I cannot say any of mine would win. I really like the stuff I’ve done, but man, you guys and gals are just to good with BG’s and such. I’m out, for now. 😀

  157. BbBbBbBbB says:

    Tiny is a super hero that flies and has super strength. Her companion is a fighting dragon that can also fly.

  158. Me, Myself & I says:

    Hey everybody. BbBbBbBbB (177) that’s my kid’s entry. We have two generations on here HM3.

  159. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    That’s pretty cool MMI.

  160. Galahad says:

    This is Mantis. He’s a modern-day ninja of sorts.

  161. Nicholas/GtaMythMaster43 says:

    I looked at all the entries and wow…..they all rock!

  162. Jeff Hebert says:

    MMI, that’s great that your kid is creating with you!

    I’ve now downloaded all the images and will get to sifting through them. Post to come later today with the Finalists and winner. Thanks for all your hard work, everyone!

  163. Jeff Hebert says:

    OK, Felipe’s was the last entry!

  164. ThePerfectTense says:

    This was all I could come up with. Not for the faint of heart, I give you…

    The face and Blood took me AGES. Also I had to take a screen shot because every time I tried to download it, it cut off about x40 of the bottom.

  165. ThePerfectTense says:

    No Way!
    UG! I tried to download it for SO LONG… And I end up missing the deadline! That is SO annoying.

  166. Jeff Hebert says:

    OK fine, Perfect Tense you made it in. And THAT was the last entry, double super secret promise!

  167. ThePerfectTense says:

    Thanks Jeff!

  168. darkvatican says:

    I know people have come a looooong way since I did this pic, but I was and still am most proud of this piece.

  169. Daniel Hazard says:

    This is Clyde a rhesus monkey trained as a mafia hitman