We had a huge turnout for Character Contest 95, wherein you were challenged to come up with a character based on a country that was not the United States. We received 237 entries from sixty different people. Amazing! And the quality was stellar as well. In fact, I went ahead and uploaded all of the entries so you can have the same joy in viewing them as I did. Just click any one of the thumbnails below to start a slideshow of the whole set.
We're going to do things a little differently this week for determining the overall winner. I've still selected a handful that I think were exemplary in one way or another, but the winner will be decided by popular vote among you, the HeroMachine public! I've put all the Finalists in a poll, below, and you can vote for as many as you think are worthy. At 6:00 Central Time today, whoever has the most overall votes, wins. We'll see how this goes and maybe we'll do it like this going forward as well.
You can click on any image in the poll to see it full sized in a separate browser window or tab.
Good luck everyone!
Glad to be one of the finalists!
Kingslaughter- wow! That’s all I can really say! 😀
He got my vote, along with Sutter_Kaine (for the Scottish hero), Scatman, DiCicatriz, Vectorman316 and Imp. Great work, gentlemen.
WOW! is this the most finalists EVER???
i cannot decide who to vote for!! can i vote for more than one?
(wow, AMS got THIRTEEN finalists! but, then, i got all mine as finalists.)
FRM, make sure you’re looking at the poll at the bottom, not the massive set at the top that includes every submission. The Finalists are the ones in the poll at the bottom. And there, you can vote for as many as you like.
Good to be one of the finalist 🙂 I voted for a few others that I thought were really good.
Congrats and good job to all the finalists!!
Though not making finalist has bruised my ego so, I had so much fun creating warriors for my homeland. It really pushed me to learn more about my country as well. 😀
I chose most of AMS’ stuff. Guy has skills! Also Cu Chulain, the Scottish hero.
You just won a pop quiz, Jack, you don’t get to have anything bruised 🙂
Aw come on, my brain could always use more schmoozing! :’D
I’m just kidding, though, I’m not only in it for the win.
a whole mess load of talent out there, a lot of really great stuff. My personal top 5 would be. Imp-AlbanianEagle, fuzztone-vasilthewarrior, DiCicatriz_ComandanteCuauhtmoc, scatman-japantechsamari, and ams-TINH-Vietnam
Congratulations to all the finalists. It was amazing this week to have a look at all the entries. So much fun, so much talent!
My choices: Imp’s Albanian Eagle and Sutter_Kaine’s Cuchulainn
I’m one of the finalist, at my first contest? *_* Well… goooood 🙂
I’m laughing, since the one chose from the final was created in to a raptus of creativity, while the others of mine have been more reasoned 🙂
So… now… voting… @___@ how chose? @___@
Hey thanks for the shoutout 😀
So many good entries this time. AMS and FRM had my favorites this round. Great job everybody!
I ended up voting for the most flag-y guys, despite that my own submission was more of a historical symbol. Maybe I should have went with the other idea I had, where my “White Eagle” looked more like his flag. And an eagle. Lol.
I can’t even comprehend how yall made such amazing art without cheating. Clearly you’re wizards of some sort. I’m just blown away by all this amazing work.
Thanks for including me as a finalist. Honoured to be among this group.
My votes went to Gendonesia, DiCicatriz, Headlessgeneral, Ams, and Scatman, in that order.
I bet now more people will understand how hard this is to judge. And the meaning of subjective. . . I’m not sure what’s more interesting: that the one of mine that made finalist was my wife’s call for last of mine, that my picks are in reverse order from their poll standing except for guru–the OLD MAN [harhar,] or that I went all out in a contest for making what I’m least good at in the first place . . .
Gratulate everyone whose enter. And good luck for the poll winner.
I couldn’t decide which of the finalists I liked best, so I just gave everyone a vote. Seriously, all the finalist entries are so good! Actually, all the entries this time round were good, so great work everyone, and congrats to the finalists.
Blimey. A great deal of WOW on show here. Well done to all that entered. I like these Challenges (and that’s what they are, rather than contests, as they make us come up with something new) and the end results here are great. Looking forwards to the poll results!
hey jeff, i noticed that none of my three characters are even listed as entries, though they showed up on the contest page. am i missing something?
Dude, I love that! Challenge, not contest. Brilliant!
Your links led to an html page instead of an image, so what ended up in the “entries” folder was just html pages I couldn’t read. Here’s what you posted as the link:
Right-click on that, choose “Save Target As” and you’ll end up with an html file on your computer. The correct link should be:
I got that by right-clicking on the image and choosing “Save Image URL”. Note how when you click on this link it goes right to the image without all the other DeviantArt stuff on the page.
However, that link isn’t even good because DeviantArt changes the names of the files so this entry wouldn’t count (it doesn’t have your name on it nor the name of the character, so once it’s in my “entries” folder I have no way of knowing what it is).
Now, I have seen other DeviantArt entries that are named properly, and I don’t know how they manage that. And the other people with accounts there have a “download image” link over in the right column that I don’t see on yours. Again, I don’t know why.
The moral of the story is: DeviantArt is not the ideal solution for posting images for these challenges. They’re deviant. Something like the forums here on this site, or ImageShack or PhotoBucket would probably be better.
So many awesome entries this week! I’m honored to be a finalist. Favorites of mine are(in no particular order and not including mine) gendonesia, Vampyrist, DiCicatriz, Kingslaughter and ams.
I can’t even believe how many awesome characters came out of this. Absolutely amazing. Glad I’m a finalist among some of the best work out there. Congrats to everyone, great job!
Congratulations to ALL the entries! There were many inspiring works done in this contest and also lessons for some of the places! Many thanks for putting one of my entries up for a finalist! And thanks for the votes!
Finally, lol, my votes went to AMS, IMP, Scatman and FRM. Always inspiring and awesome works!
Yay voting is fun. Thinking about the voting process on a personal perspective… Almost everyone is going to vote for their own if it’s in the list. So in that regard the winner is actually decided by everyone whos’ work isn’t on the list, which makes it unbelievably fair in my eyes.
I like it!
But how long before some idiot whinges about their favorite not winning…
Hey Jeff, any big plans for the 100th contest?
Well shoot, I can’t access this site from work any longer, so I couldn’t vote. 🙁 Mine would’ve definitely gone to AMS (Tinh), vampyrist (Peacekeeper), Fuzztone, and HerrD. And heck, probably more than that.
Good job everybody, and I second what Fuzztone said – these are Challenges.
Congrats to ams and the finalists. Jeff? Scanner still not working, I have an old form of Excel if you’d like me to make a spreadsheet for you or something to help. I’m slow and my time is limited, but I’m willing.
Maniacmick? yes, I’m part Irish too.
whoah, i just back from my university graduation ceremony, so I wasn’t able to vote since the vote open at midnight in my country and now it’s already closed XD
congratulation for those who made to vote page. and damn! 5 more vote for me to be number one 😛
Congrats AMS, and I’m just glad that Sturm und Drang even made the finalist list. There was a whole lot of awesome this week.
Jeff if i had done my link like this would it have been correct?…. just so i know for next time
Thanks for the votes, fellow machiners! All the images where spectacular this week. Some really great characters and concepts were born in this recent contest. AWESOME!!!!
I’m guessing no, because it’s not named correctly. And that’s without even clicking the link.
Once the results were posted, I couldn’t decide who won. Not just in the poll, but the sheer volume of people who entered. This was massive and a lot of people brought such creativity to the table. But, after awhile of looking over the choices, I have to give my vote to ams. As for which character? All of them, imo. ^^;
Out of all the multiple entries, ams delivered a consistent amount of detail, imagination, and quality to each entry. I’ll be honest, if ams decided to make a comic book out of his team, I’d buy it in an instant. Congratulations to ams and to all who entered.
And a special prize should go to DelirousAL for his PeaceKeeper. ;P
What Kaylin said — it’s good that it’s a direct link to the image, but it’s not named with your name and the character name. So it wouldn’t qualify.
Thank you very much!
Woot! Number two! 😀
Lot’s of talent out there; provides great competition! Congrats to all! and to all a good [insert time of day here]!
Awwww yeah baby! XD
alright congrat’s guys and thanx for the 3 spot!!!awesome!along with peacekeeper,and Garuda is beautiful!I only wish I voted!who knew?CONGRATS EVERYONE WHO ENTERED AMAZING STUFF ALL AROUND!
Oh yeah!!ams I always vote for you!but I couldn’t even vote for myself!I am thankful to those who did!ams!ROCK AND ROLL THAT SET IS SOLID!
Great job, ams and other finalists! I forgot to vote but I must say it would not have changed the top results since they all would have got my vote.
Good job everyone!
Where do I find the ear thingy that “ams-EL-T.O.R.O-battle-armor-with-driver-Mexico” have? 😀
I made it out of a ear piece in the ear items and insignia shapes. It is not an actual item. Hope this helps.
Yeah, thanks. 🙂 Oh btw, how about the pants? 🙂 appreciate the anwers 🙂