Your Character Design Challenge this week is to create the most awesome illustration possible featuring the idea of a Big Bad type of villain using HeroMachine 3.
We're talking city-threatening, nation-engaging, Justice League-level sorts of things here, stuff that will strike terror into the hearts of supermen and superwomen (and even superdogs!) everywhere. Sure, Paste Pot Pete and The Joker are great one-on-one threats, but I'm going for something bigger and badder here, something that would require a whole team to take down. Or just, you know, Superman. Same diff.
I'll pick my personal favorites when the week is over, with the one I like best being featured in the right column for the week. The rules otherwise are the same as always:
- All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums, ImageShack, PhotoBucket, or whatever);
- Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
- The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine challenge;
- Please name your files as [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his "Bayou Belle" character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
- Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.
- All entries must be in by next Monday, when I'll choose my personal favorites.
No limit on entries this week, so knock yourselves out. Just make them good!
this might not count, but–
The Big Bad Barbario
I’ll grant you that rule 3, “The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest” doesn’t mention pop quizzes but that’s the intent. Sorry man, this one won’t qualify.
I’ll edit the post now to make that more clear for the future.
My first Character Contest.. http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p510/HUSH821198/Armour-zuesgodoflightning.png
@Armour, we don take kindly to yur kind rund these parts with yur high faluting fancy pants art drawins, yeah I am just kidding welcome to the show!
Murk-Destroyer of World
He is a descendant of an alien nation which posses not only incredible strenght but the ability to manipulate all forms of matter. He is deranged and believes his duty is too destroy
ok, i’m gonna stop lurking and start posting stuff now. here’s my entry, a mummified titan, better off left buried in its forsaken tomb
Legatus, please rename and repost the link so the file name has “Legatus-” in it. Otherwise your entry won’t count.
vesker787, your link should be http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab37/Vesk77/murks.png — which is over in the right-hand column on PhotoBucket, called “Direct Link”. What you have now won’t qualify.
Also, the file name is incorrect, it needs to be “vesker787-murks.png” whereas now it’s just “murks.png”. It’s a nice drawing, I’d have to have it not count.
Okay so were still having to go through stuff about properly naming files? When you get done while still in the creation window of HM just save the name of the character with “your name – the characters name” example, TOOL – Jefferenski. If you try and rename a link while posting it just breaks the link because it wont go to that page. How many times must we beat this dead horse. Is that easy enough, I know Jeff and others have gone over this at least once right guys, or was it a hundred times, I can’t remember. If your new than steer clear of that shot gun blast just try and read all the rules and regs before entering a contest so you don’t get your butt in a sling with Jeff too. Back to you Jeff…
Well, this is vesker787’s first entry, I think we can cut him or her some slack 🙂
I’m trying not to be a jerk about it, but I honestly don’t count the ones that aren’t right and that’s a shame, to go through all the effort and not have your work considered.
I saw the mistake just seconds after I had posted the link.
Happens when you dig out older stuff, that you think would suit the contest.
I understand on that one, I have seen some contest where I was like oh yeah I already got something for this one and had to go back and rename and move over to different file then post so all the naming was correct.
Well, let’s see how I do on my first try…
It’s by far not as epic as a lot of the other stuff on here. 🙂
Dagon: major villain of the Legatusverse (my Darkseid counterpart)
Not brilliant, but I wanted to enter and I go on holiday tomorrow.
A diabolist and the shadow of his demonic patron
Arioch, please rename your image to arioch-adorjan.jpg and reupload it, posting the new link here. Otherwise it won’t count.
Arioch: YES! Exalted reference! I love that game!
My first entry,
This is Akan which comes from the bible and means “one who troubles”
Akan is obsessed with poison and is an evil alchemist in his own mind. He uses these skills to create horrific batches of poison and spreads them through out cities at a time. His goal is to wipe out major cities leaving them in crumbled states of panic.
He is a psychopath, he does this only for the sole reason to watch the cities fall apart.
He uses the gauntlet on his arm to spray the poison up close and personal to anyone who gets in his way.
For future reference for everyone that doesn’t know how to post properly.
Step 1: export image from hero machine onto your computer naming it for example, CKnap – big bad.
Step 2: go into photobucket or whatever image hosting site you use and upload your picture naming it for example, CKnap – big bad. Then hit upload and save.
Step 3: grab the link and post the link here.
Rhys how I do it with photobucket and it works perfectly everytime. Note that when you save the name it has to be exactly in that order, your name then your pictures name. Hopefully this will help everyone and stop Jeff from having to remind someone every second and third post.
This is Anarchy, the avatar for all things chaotic and a major villain in my universe.
So, I hope I’m posting this right…challenge newbie here. My roommate made me promise to enter the challenge this week just to see if I had the chops to design with the rest of you geniuses…so here it is.
Welcome, Livewyre1014, glad your roomie decided to push you!
Thank you sorry about that i tried to figure it out and thought I did it right my apologizes hopefully this time it works ahah
Imprisoned by the Roman Gods for millenia, she seeks revenge on the world of men – Invidia.
That’s the ticket, thank you Vesk787!
All right, the political image and all comments relating thereto have been removed. There are tons of places on the internet you can go to for political or religious discussions, let’s keep this forum to a nice family-friendly sharing of comics related stuff.
The Great Hell Beast
All that’s known about this creature is he’s a monster, one of the biggest and baddest the world has ever seen. Here he is seen taking out some military vehicles that tried to stand up against it. Is there any team that can stand up against it? He’s taken out everything thrown at him.
Juggernaut, please rename your file to Juggernaut-Hellbeast.jpg and reupload it, with the new link posted here. Otherwise your entry won’t count, unfortunately — currently it doesn’t have your name in the name of the file, so I wouldn’t know who made it once it’s downloaded onto my computer.
I decided not to go for a literally big guy, but definitely powerful. Originally he was Kamamaru Odeki, a strong and ambitious Japanese politician. His ambition however lead him to make a deal with Susano-o, the god of the underworld. Susano-o gave Kamamaru Odeki a unique power. now, whenever Kamamaru kills another person he absorbs their life force and vitality. Not only does this increase his life span keeping him forever young, but he also gains the slain persons physical, and mental attributes in addition to his own. He started out small, but with each kill grew his ambitions further. Now he rules over Japan with an iron fist. By this point he has killed enough people to give himself strength, speed, and durability on par with, if not surpassing, that of superman, and the intellect of a supercomputer. Now he goes by the supervillain alias Shogun and seeks to control the whole world.
First entry: Melinoe – She is an Interdimensional Bounty Hunter. She takes no prisoners and oft her thinking of the “dead or alive” is Dead. She is accompanied by her sidekick Sinetro who is basically indestructible. Killing him, makes him stronger when he awakens. Shooting off a body part, causes regeneration of both parts, in effect creating a new one. Melinoe herself will often shoot Sinetro to create an army of him. She has almost unlimited strength and can teleport herself anywhere, she also uses telepathy and telekinesis. The only way to stop her is to destroy each of the skulls from where her powers originate, sending her back to her dimension. Each of her weapons will send her bounty back to her dimension. Because of her power to travel to other dimensions, she can also use it to bring or send others to her dimension or any dimension she has been to.
here is my submission
She ruins every holiday…she gets her hair corn-rowed at Supercuts…she bottle tans…she wears Mardi Gras beads EVERWHERE…she has a trampstamp…in the front…and you’re her favourite! She is (insert ominous music here)…Aunt Pam!
Oh my!!! I know it, I was just so much in a hurry that I forgot. Excuse me.
Sorry about the names being attached, it doesn’t let me do this as arioch-adorjan
It cut off on the sides when it saved, so the words are screwed up. It’s supposed to say “the birds will RISE”
She is very big and very bad. 😀
Second and last entry: Hebi
Coming from another dimension also, Hebi has an indestructible body, his weakness is his tails. It is the only place that can be injured, but careful…cutting one off, results in another one of him, with more tails. If the tails keep getting cut off, they can end up overwhelming the world. Hebi, alas, is not very intelligent and can be tricked into going back into his own dimension. I’m sworn to secrecy, so I can’t say how.
Vestrion a sentient being with cosmic powers.
(got it right this time ha)
Hyperion is one of the 12 titans of ancient Greece, imprisoned by Zeus himself. When some archeologists accidently broke the seal to his resting place, he awoke from his millennia long slumber. With Zeus no longer around, there’s no one man strong enough to stop him.
An unstoppable engine of destruction with a one-track mind that knows only hate – LOCOMORTIS!!
Chthon is an ancient being, for he is as old as the earth itself. He is as old as the land he rules. All things beneath the earth are in his domain, every rock, mineral, or boiling magma are his to control. He can move his domain to trigger earth shattering earthquakes or massive eruptions which can decimate cities, or even countries. While he may seem an old man, he is still a force of nature.
Somone has already done this 🙁 but I’d already created it before I found out. So here is my depiction of the Lovecraftian monster Cthulhu
Here’s a link for info on this character http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu
Here’s my entry:
This guy is meant to be like a Hulk or Doomsday equivalent.
Really like how this one turned out.
Born of the stolen blood of the Olympians, he unleashes the wrath of Hades on an unsuspecting world: Ichor
I am going to enter this contest I’m just going out of town so I won’t be able to start designing for a few days here. Then I’m
moving so hopefully I can throw a masterpiece together by Friday or Saturday
Well this is inspired by an old creation,but I always wanted him to look BAD A55!!and larger than life so here is…
This is my First ATTEMPT at a Black Hat, I was going for a Gene Grey/ Seductress type of vibe
I then came to the thought that everyone was Grabbing on to the BIG in “Big Bad” So I made A “little bad” I was just going to post the upside-down shot to show that the viewer was flipped, but I flipped it to make it easier on people
A Snake man
More towards the vibe I was going for
Inspired by once having to replace all the carpet in my apartment “thanks” to my roommate’s cat.
personally my worst nightmare http://i1251.photobucket.com/albums/hh559/OdioAmoris/OdioAmoris-imdead.jpg
The Biggest Bad in all of Judeo-Christian-Islamic mythology!
This is the remade and enhanced version of the Owl King. He and his swarm of birds take out entire cities in a nights work.
“Long legs and crooked thighs, a little head, and no eyes”
The old nursery rhyme met me in a dream and led me to making that no head and a lot of mouths. . .this is the first time I’ve doctored a background this much.
From the dawn of life comes the pinnacle of evolution! Constantly mutating! Constantly evolving! Capable of adapting to defeat any threat! The spores in its breath mutating any living creature into a reptilian monster! It lives, it prowls, and it will not rest until all the earth is returned to its primordial state! All fear — PRIMORDIUSAUR!
Hidden in the shadows this man is the most powerful villain in the world. Even though he is responsible for some of the worst crimes humanity has ever been subject to, no one even knows what he looks like
Jeff, does the SODWA contest count as a Heromachine contest? I’m just wondering if it’s okay to submit characters for this contest that were also sumbitted to that one.
Since I didn’t judge that one, it’s ok to re-use entries from it for other challenges.
Here is my entry, LAMPREY!
This evil parasite not only drains your lifeforce and abilities, he also spawns demonic leeches for minions. The fiend only has one purpose, CONSUME ALL!!!!
Have a great day!
This one should win
Thundergrip : Captain of the storm!
He’ll put a shock to your system! …oh wait, that one’s taken…
Hi, I’ve been viewing and using the HeroMachine program for quite awhile but never made an account until now. I saw that this week’s contest was something that I could do pretty easily, so I just decided to make an account and enter something. Anyway, here it is:
He is Apollyon, Lord of the Pit, an eldritch creature of unimaginable destructive power. His abyssal gaze pierces deep into your soul…
His human upper half reached as high as the stars. His hands reached east and west. His bottom half was gigantic viper coils that could reach the top of his head when stretched out and made a hissing noise. His whole body was covered in wings, and fire flashed from his eyes.
From Greek mythology here is the all feared Typhon
Impressive! But I’ve got a question: Where did you find the non-branching lightning for the background?
I mean, you used the one from Item-Energy for the hands and eyes, but I can’t figure where you did find the one coming from the clouds.
After sneakin’ out on his parents,he stole the keys to his mother’s ship(Mothership)went to that planet where everything is 1000x smaller to mess with the ant hills and flip rocks for excitement!hear comes trouble!!
THE FIEND!!He likes to rip whole cities from the Earths crust just to toss them aside,for fun!
Thanks! It’s the same lightning item. I just stretched it out really long vertically and squished it really short horizontally. The part you see is basically just that center bit of the lightning where there isn’t much branching out. And most of the bits of lightning that do branch out are either off screen or hidden behind the character.
I’ve been using HeroMachine 3 for a long while now, but I just signed up. Sorry if the format is wrong…
Turns out the format was wrong. Sorry. This link should do it.
originally it was supposed to be Eye of the Obsideans, but it actually sound better that way:
and here, minus the background:
I feel it as an unthinking entity, with the same spirit of most animals: eat, fight back when attacked. the problem is, it creates high perturbations in the reality around him when moving, because he is on multiple parrallel worlds at the same time. also, it automatically absorbs electric energy and throws it back at random.
Two entries based on Norse myth
“I am Fenrir, the Wolf. I am the one who will eat the sun and moon. I am the one who will finally kill the Allfather Odin in Ragnarok. They fear me, Gods fear me. That’s why they bound me with these chains and locked me in this human form. They are afraid of me, but then again, they have valid reasons for being so.”
A Marquis Samedi:
Dude, I want that painted on my van!
he is smart, and devious, he is like all terrorist and tyrants combined, his name is Nuclear, AKA WMD
My second entry,
This is the Demyan’s! An alien race that has arrived on Earth and enslaves humans by attaching themselves to the humans and controlling them. It extracts the energy out of the human and forces the human’s to bring it to the collecting bay on the mother-ship.
Skygod and Starstrider stomp Chicago!
Samael, The Angel of Ruin: He is the herald of the apocalypse. Samael wields The Blade of Oblivion: a sword who’s blade is made of pure darkness. A blade so strong that only his right arm forged from damned souls can wield it without being destroyed. The weapon is both indestructible and capable of cutting through almost anything. He himself is nigh-on immortal/indestructible. Finally, Samael is in possession of The Gaze of Judgement. When he activates this power, Samael causes anything he casts his eyes upon to be consumed by the flames of destruction.
Ah! Okay, I get it! Never would have thought about it.
Thanks, and, again, well done 🙂
Tried for a couple of Alternative spins on the idea.
First off, an issue that every super-team needs to pay attention to, a real world destroyer.
Secondly, I kind of felt this goes with the Big Bad idea at least in form, but on a socio-politcal level it has a dual meaning. Democracy and Soverignty, rule by all as one, or one as all?
If you get the reference, you get a high-five!
@Iscarioto: This is a reference to Tom Hobbes “Leviathan”
Here’s a Silver Age flashback for ya!
The Dweler in Darkness
Xdjirax the Magnificant
Trans-Dimantional Terra Invasion Fleet (thet one is not very good)
They say when the earth trembles, it is Svarog struggling against his chains. When volcanoes erupt, it is Svarog’s rage that fuels them. And now that Svarog is free, with one stroke of his hammer he will set the world ablaze.
Hope this is big and bad enough for ya.
from the light of the moon he conjures his army to take over the world and make him king of all dead and alive, Anton Darkheart, The Necromancer
One of the most famous techniques of how to create a sense of suspense and fear in a film, is to use a point-of-view shot and a reaction shot. The point-of-view shot is very self-explained. The audience views events through someone’s (or something’s) eyes. The reaction shot works like a mirror. Instead of seeing the actual object, the viewer sees the reaction of the people in the film, who are seeing the object. From the expressions on their faces – be it awe, be it disgust, be it horror – the audience learns something about the unseen subject.
I have used this concept for my Big Bad. Instead of actually seeing it, you see a menacing shadow and the defeated hero, who is pleading for his life. The title of this entry is “Overshadowed”
its my first one.
Behold; OMEGA! All will tremble in fear when they hear the thounderous roar of his mighty shout! Don’t even bother trying to run, for OMEGA will tear down your house, and he will crush you! Men, women and children will all cower away, for they know his scorching laser beans will sear the flesh from their bones! No one will stand a chance against the all-powerful OMEGA!
Okay, finally going to de-lurk and submit the villain from a story I am creating: Merrick the Lich Lord, thought to have been destroyed centuries ago he has risen from the shadows more powerful than ever…
Laser beans are the tastiest kind!
the 3rd entry
Here is my third entry.
This is the Shadow Conjurer!
Im really happy how this one turned out!
I agree, They’re quite destructive. >:D
Laser beans always give me plasma.
I give you the biggest bad guy of all…DIABLO
He isn’t strictly evil. Misguided would probably be a better word. He is under the belief that the kami (Shinto gods) wish for none but themselves to have supernatural powers. The Prophet has been gifted (though no one knows how) with immense “divine” energy. Though he is only human, he can fairly casually throw around divine blasts that make a lightning bolt seem like one of those novelty hand buzzers. Because of his belief that he is doing the will of the kami, The Prophet seeks out anyone with superpowers, be they hero, villain, or other, and kills them with his immense power.
GET OUT OF MY HEAD! ;^>
Just as primitive people in the Colonial Age had no idea that their lands had been claimed by European powers, Earth had no idea that it has been claimed for millenia by greater powers… until it was ceded by the losing side of an interstellar war, and the new military governor showed up!
From a parallel dimension comes the evil twin of the most powerful being in our universe: Eibreh Rekcenpop!
Though I walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil…
he has been around for thousands of years through the crusades and wars of all men, he destroys from the inside out and make every mortal that begets evil his slave to suffer in his Army of darkness, his name is Nemesis
Illfeid is the ruler of the undead in a world where darkness rules. He was imprisoned because he was unbeatable.Now he has escaped and after eons of imprisonment and training is ready to destroy anything that stands in his way
That would make a great logo!
Sorry, this is my first charachter design.
I think i got it this time
Awesome contest with some really impressive big bads. I just have to throw my hat into the ring on this one. I started out using HM for rpg character design and eventually moved to making cool enemies too. I enjoyed making this one for the contest so much that he just became my current campaign’s primary enemy.
Normally slow to act and methodical in his machinations, the arch-devil Asmodeus now sits before you. Over twice the height of your tallest companion, he exudes menace and power. Countless have come before him on his throne and all have fallen… you will be no different.
He stands, blocking out the almost the entirety of his throne. Wielding a sword as tall as you and bearing a shield nearly a foot thick with ease, he takes a ready stance. As the burning hellscape on which you stand erupts behind your unbeatable foe, he looks at you… through your eyes… piercing your soul… and you hear words of dread you know to be true.
“Now, you die.”
Ignorance breaking ancient sigils, waking from his millenary slumber the horrid ABOHRRYM:
This big bad is the nemesis of my created Superhero on Champions Online and superhero story.
The enemy of Captian Valor, I give you HAVICK!!!
An Angel whome fell from heaven and was turned to the forces of darkness by the Dark Lord himself, Diablo. The Forsaken now wields his mighty mace and unimaginable powers agianst the Protectors and the people of the world. No man has yet to bring down the unstoppable immortal, not even the invinceable Captian Valor…..
I don’t post much, but I was inspired. I’m not used to working in detail though.
Ixodidus travels the cosmos feeding on planet after planet, leaving barren husks in its wake. In some grand irony, refugees from the decimated worlds have found refuge on the back of the cosmic parasite, and a strange sort of patchwork city has begun to rise.
A member of Greenpeace thought they could stop a French nuclear test by sneaking aboard the target island and calling for help from the super heroes. She was wrong. As law enforcers, they were honor bound to obey the French edict to stay off their land. Instead of being vaporized, she absorbed the entire blast and is now imbued with enormous power. As the Atomic Amazon, she avenges herself against every super hero that didn’t help.
(This didn’t seem to post yesterday. Let’s see if it does today.)
This is my second entry.
“Peek-a-Boo! I see you!”
Not a fan of the Big Bad, but me trying out a more dynamic picture.
Big bad is the Robot and army, by the way.
Just for laffs…
I have no chance, but who knows.
What is bigger and eviller than a Vampire.
My bloody night
Yeah, I know I’m lazy. But look at how cute he is nibbling on the moon there.
Sunshadow is planet destroyer who was created by the old gods, to maintain balance in the universe – that the amount of the planets would be in balance.
Sunshadow is planet destroyer who was created by the old gods, to maintain balance in the universe – that the amount of the planets would be in balance.
I’am sorry, in my first post link dosent work correctly.
They say to even meet the eye of the basilisk is to face death.
Title: Female, young, bad…
Realname: Alicia Sun
Power: She spells energetic Flames and can summon dragons or other creatures to fight for her. Also she is very clever and powerful to the same time.
(had a better picture but it gona be lost when i use the undo button. make me a little bit mad, a little…)
My design for big bad was a group. (although they are listed here separate — they should be considered as one)
Title: Bad end
A quick entry
The biggest bad? Rob Liefeld draws Archie!
didnt have much time during this week but i put all i had into the 20min i did this lol :3
My last entry,
This is Nightmare!
He haunts dreams and draws you in with the image of happiness and once you have completely dropped your guard, he strikes and captures your soul for all eternity.
O_o stop being so good and give us not so gifted artist a chance T_T
ps-not so gifted wus refering to me xD
HELL FROM ABOVE
An amorphous silicon artificial life-form designed by NASA to explore every planet of the solar system, the Emerald Tiger can withstand the heat of Mercury, the cold of Pluto, the pressure of Venus and the vacuum of space. Able to absorb and discharge the entire spectrum of electromagnetic energy, it can metabolize nearly any combination of gases or liquids and is well nigh invulnerable. Unfortunately, they gave it a little too mush instinct for self-preservation, and it perceives the entire human race as a threat to its existance!
Destroyer of Worlds, Dreams, and Collectible Action Figures:
Jerk Older Brother
ok…. I lied. One more entry for me!
This is the locust!
Universe whole I am here. There is no where to run, no where to hide. I will find you…
Now THAT is the Biggest Bad of them all lol
An Evil Vampire slayer??? O.o XD
Great artwork ^^ always stunning
Oh God NO!!! NOT ARCHIE!!!! WHY LEIFELD WHYYYYY!!!!! XD
(to be honest if you have ever seen a picture of Rob Leifeld you would understand completely where most of his talent with drawing faces comes from XD the guy looks like one of his own comic faces)
Heres my entry hopefully im just in time :/
Its my main villian quake in my second story. He ends up almost destroying the city before hes stopped.
Just a reminder to look at your links and make sure that you have named your files correctly. For instance Blaq Aries has the character name but does not include “blaq aries” in the file name.
Rule of thumb: If you right click on your image to save to your hard drive and the file name does not contain your handle then it is named incorrectly.
I really regret not entering this one. Sad face.
Every other entry here probably contains items you’ve contributed. We LITERALLY couldn’t have done as well without you, so you ARE in the contest! Thanks from ALL of us!
Sorry for the double post but i check the file name is not good. So this is the good named picture.
OK folks, contest is closed, thanks for entering! Results up in a bit.
I expect a cut from the winnings then!! 🙂
Truthfully I get a secret thrill when I see pieces I have contributed. DAMN! The secret is out!